The Corpse-Rat King, by Lee BattersbyHot on the heels of the news that Jo Anderton has been shortlisted for three Aurealis Awarda comes news of another Angry Robot author with an Australian award nomination.

This time the shortlistee is Mr Lee Battersby, whose debut novel The Corpse-Rat King is one of three books shortlisted for the 2012 Australian Shadows Award – awarded to “the stories and collections that best typify the horror genre, delivering a sense of ‘creeping dread’, leaving the reader with chills and a reluctance to turn out the light” – in the Best Novel category.

Congratulations, too, to Kaaron Warren who has been shortlisted in three categories: Best Short Fiction (three times!), Best Long Fiction and Best Collection.

We’re not entirely sure when the winners will be announced (the Australian Horror Writers Association website may shed some light on the details in due course) but once again we’ve got all our mechadigits very firmly crossed, for however long they need to be.

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