Some great auction bargains

Some of the great items up for auction at the joint Australian American Association/Australian Horror Writers Association fund-raising dinner-dance and auction.
Fill list and reserve prices
(HERE) and details of the bidding process for those unable to attend (HERE) are on the AHWA website .

Just After Sunset – US first hardcover edition, donated and signed by Stephen King.

Stephen King–who has written more than fifty books, dozens of number one New York Times best-sellers, and many unforgettable movies–delivers an astonishing collection of short stories, his first since Everything’s Eventual six years ago. As guest editor of the bestselling Best American Short Stories 2007, King spent over a year reading hundreds of stories. His renewed passion for the form is evident on every page of Just After Sunset. The stories in this collection have appeared in The New Yorker, Playboy, McSweeney’s, The Paris Review, Esquire, and other publications.
     Who but Stephen King would turn a Port-O-San into a slimy birth canal, or a roadside honky-tonk into a place for endless love? A book salesman with a grievance might pick up a mute hitchhiker, not knowing the silent man in the passenger seat listens altogether too well. Or an exercise routine on a stationary bicycle, begun to reduce bad cholesterol, might take its rider on a captivating–and then terrifying–journey. Set on a remote key in Florida, “The Gingerbread Girl” is a riveting tale featuring a young woman as vulnerable–and resourceful–as Audrey Hepburn’s character in Wait Until Dark. In “Ayana,” a blind girl works a miracle with a kiss and the touch of her hand. For King, the line between the living and the dead is often blurry, and the seams that hold our reality intact might tear apart at any moment. In one of the longer stories here, “N.,” which recently broke new ground when it was adapted as a graphic digital entertainment, a psychiatric patient’s irrational thinking might create an apocalyptic threat in the Maine countryside . . . or keep the world from falling victim to it.
     Just After Sunset–call it dusk, call it twilight, it’s a time when human intercourse takes on an unnatural cast, when nothing is quite as it appears, when the imagination begins to reach for shadows as they dissipate to darkness and living daylight can be scared right out of you. It’s the perfect time for Stephen King.
Signed by Stephen King.


This original illustration, “The Inquisitors”, by horror artist Greg Chapman, depicts the renowned witch-hunters Jacob Sprenger and Heinrich Kramer – authors of the infamous Malleus Maleficarum – and the Witch-Finder General Matthew Hopkins.
All three men appear in the forthcoming McFarland graphic novel Witches!, written by Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton, and illustrated by Greg Chapman.
The piece has been personally signed by the artist.

This full-colour piece is fairly self-explanatory!
Also signed by the artist.

This companion provides a two-part introduction to best-selling author Stephen King, whose enormous popularity over the years has gained him an audience well beyond readers of horror fiction, the genre with which is most often associated. Part I considers the reception of King’s work, the film adaptations that they gave rise to, the fictional worlds in which some of his novels are set, and the more useful approaches to King’s varied corpus. Part II consists of entries for each series, novel, story, screenplay and even poem, including works never published or produced, as well as characters and settings.
Signed by Rocky, and dedicated to the winning bidder!


That notorious evening at Villa Diodati when Lord Byron challenged his contemporaries to write a ghost story, his summons brought forth a mad doctor intent on reanimation and a vampire drunk with bloodlust. The night modern horror was born was notoriously dark and stormy, as were the lives of those who wrote the most fearsome–yet beloved–tales in literature, for those so gifted were also cursed. Horrors, a graphic novel, reveals in gruesome detail how Mary Wollstonecraft, Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe and other masters of the genre were haunted by their monstrous creations.

Signed by Rocky, and dedicated to the winning bidder!


Sterling Silver pendant, with a doublet Opal, valued at $300, kindly donated by AAA member Nick Le Souef from Lightning Ridge Opal Mines.


To be held on the 29th October in Melbourne – details are on the flyer below.

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