Australian Horror History

[These pages have been captured from the old AHWA website, and stored here so they’re not lost. James Doig went to a hell of a lot of work putting this together so it shouldn’t be lost.]

Australia has a surprisingly long and rich history of publishing and reading supernatural and horror fiction.  From the mid-nineteenth century, when magazines and periodicals began to be published in large numbers, there was a wide reading public for tales of romance, adventure, crime and horror.

This section provides a checklist of Australian fantasy and horror fiction up to 1960, and an index of anthologies containing colonial horror fiction.  These resources will provide the interested reader with a useful starting point for exploring Australia’s dark past.

If you have any corrections, additions or cover scans, please contact our Horror Historian James Doig on

Checklist of Australian Fantasy and Horror Fiction to 1960: A-C, D-G, H-M, N-Z.

Anthologies of Colonial Horror Fiction

Updates to Australian Horror History Pages

22 October 2011: cover images added to PAUL VALDEZ section; Leigh Blackmore kindly sent cover images for two CHARLES HIGHAM anthologies and for Terrifying Tales by JAMES WORKMAN; cover image added to L. FURZE-MORRISH section; Terror Australis and Shudders and Shakes added to Anthologies page.

24 October 2011: new images added for G.C. Bleeck, Otto Kensch, J.W. Heming and Vol Molesworth.

30 October: added images for W. Carlton Dawe, Mrs Rosa Praed, Hume Nisbet and Mary Fortune.

29 November: images added for Reginald Hodder and William Sylvester Walker.

Barstool Eyes

"...the only fuel you have to make the fire blaze on the page / screen is the stuff of your own being. An artist consumes his or herself in the act of making art."
[Clive Barker, 2009]