The Nightmare Ball…let your darkest visions free…

AHWA's  Nightmare Ball



The Australian Horror Writers Association invites you to pursue your wildest dreams and face your deepest fears in the best possible way: behind a mask!

Come as your favourite horror/SpecFic themed character.

Dress is formal / nightmare. Prizes will be awarded for Best Mask and Best Ball Ensemble.

Join us for a night of elegant diversion, misdirected passion and perhaps a little conspiracy.


Confirmed guests include: Ellen Datlow, multiple award-winning editor of the Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror series; Rocky Wood, Chairman of the international Horror Writers Association Board; and Richard Harland, author of the best-selling Worldshaker.

Award-winning Australian artist Shane Ryan will contribute his dark art to the Ball’s ambiance.


-Diverse refreshments (yes, this means alcohol)

-Door prize + prizes for the Best Mask and Best Ball Ensemble

-Dance Floor and & DJ, spinning the darkest hits of the 80’s and 90’s

-A nightmare-themed ballroom

Authors, editors, agents, publishers, reviewers & international guests!

Date: Friday, 3rd September 2010

Time: 9 pm to 12 Midnight

Place: The Banquet Hall (Room 201) at the Melbourne Convention Centre in conjunction with Aussiecon 4, the 68th World Science Fiction Convention.

This event is open to all. You do not have to be a member of the AHWA or Aussiecon 4 to attend.


AU$30.00 for Members of the AHWA and their spouses.

AU$30.00 for members of Aussiecon 4

AU$40.00 for non-members AND AT THE DOOR


Please note: prices in the shop are in US dollars.

Again, dress is formal/nightmare.
Prizes will be awarded for Best Mask and Best Ball Ensemble.
There is also a door prize. Our generous donors include Stone, Fire and Water (the gargoyle specialists), Tasmaniac Publications, The Theatre of Blood and Brimstone Press.

Come along, join us.
Let it all hang out; scars, humps and everything else you’re ashamed to be proud of…

*BONUS: Also held during the same period :
The Melbourne Writers Festival

Melbourne Writers Festival is the city’s premier literary festival featuring over 300 writers from around the world. Literary banquets, debates, readings, performances, film screenings and workshops are just some of the events you’ll enjoy at this year’s festival. In Melbourne from 27 August to 5 September 2010.

Combine your literary orgasms for double the pleasure*…
*Use protection at all times (aka if its not on, its not on!)

If it can’t be tamed,

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