This random collection of resources are ones that I find useful, so maybe you will, too.


Australian Science Fiction Foundation – formally established in 1976, partially to carry on the work of the 1975 Aussiecon, the first Australian World Science Fiction Convention. Its main purpose now is to sponsor and encourage the creation and appreciation of science fiction in Australia.

Australasian Horror Writers Association – of course.

British Fantasy Society – founded in 1971 as the British Weird Fantasy Society, an offshoot of the British Science Fiction Association. The society is dedicated to promoting the best in the fantasy, science fiction and horror genres.

CSFG – The Canberra Speculative Fiction Group – helps science fiction, fantasy and horror writers and illustrators develop their craft through critiquing, and sharing news and experiences.

Horror Writers Association – a worldwide organization of writers and publishing professionals dedicated to promoting dark literature and the interests of those who write it. A close cousin of ours, and an excellent writers resource.

Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America – the purpose of the SFFWA is to promote, advance, and support science fiction and fantasy writing in the United States and elsewhere, by educating and informing the general public and supporting and empowering science fiction and fantasy writers.

General Info and News

Australian spec-fic conferences – courtesy of Jason Nahrung’s excellent website. This is a pretty damn good list of all spec-fic events each year in Australia.

Bloody Disgusting – the best source for the latest horror movie news, videos, and podcasts. Watch scary movie trailers, and find the top streaming horror movies.

Hellnotes – all the latest information on people, places, events, markets, books, and happenings in Horror.

HorrorWorld – an online community for horror, including latest book releases, reviews and original fiction from some of the biggest names in the genre..

Tabula Rasa – a compendium of material on a number of esoteric subjects. Includes an indepth history of horror (in literature and on the screen), plus interviews with Australian writers, editors and publishers, and much more.

Writer Beware – tracks, exposes, and raises awareness of the prevalence of fraud and other questionable activities in and around the publishing industry.


Markets that accept horror/sci-fi short stories and pay semi-pro to pro rates are a constantly changing landscape. The best resources for finding out what’s open are:

Duotrope – subscription-based but still an excellent site

The (Submission) Grinder – free and excellent

Ralan – probably one of the oldest market resources around.

The Horror Tree – more than just a listing of horror markets.

Open Call: Horror Markets – A place for Publishers and Writers to post open calls for professional rate paying horror publications (defined as $25 USD or above).