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Andrew McKiernan


Andrew McKiernan is an author, illustrator, designer and web developer who has been involved in graphic design for over 12 years. He runs his own graphic design business, Kephra Design, and was recently included as a feature artist in "Australian Speculative Fiction - A Genre Overview".

Andrew is one of the founding editors of 'HorrorScope - Australian Dark Fantasy News & Reviews' webzine, Art Director for Aurealis Magazine and a member of the 'Australian Horror Writers Association'.

His novella "Calliope: A Steam Romance" recently appeared in the "Shadow Plays" anthology. Future stories are scheduled to appear in  "Macabre: A New Era in Australian Horror", Black Box e-anthology, Aurealis, Shadowed Realms webzine and the In Bad Dreams 2 anthology from Eneit Press.

40 of his illustrations (plus a colour cover) will appear in the collection "Shards - Forty Short, Sharp Tales" by Shane Jiraiya Cummings (forthcoming in October 2008 from Ticonderoga Publications).

Other illustrations have appeared in Aurealis (issue #33/34/35 and the cover for issue #37), Orb #7, and the In Bad Dreams Vol.1 anthology from Eneit Press.

His regular column and 3-panel comic strip "Black Roads, Dark Highways" will make its first appearance in Black Magazine from issue #2 (Sept 2008).

He currently resides in Sydney with his wife, two children and a cat.


Short Stories/Novellas

  • Calliope: A Steam Romance - Shadows Plays anthology (April 2007)

    "Calliope is an impressive fictional debut [...] One of the longer stories in the book it tells the tale of a man who falls for a beautiful singing automaton at a travelling circus. Rich in character, McKiernan builds a sense of dread throughout the piece, willingly acknowledging to the reader that something bad is going to happen but enticing them to read on."

    -HorrorScope review (Mark Smith) []
  • All the Clowns in Clowntown - Macabre: A New Era in Australian Horror (forthcoming 2008)
  • Daivadana - In Bad Dreams 2: Where Death Stalks (forthcoming 2008)
  • The Haunting that Jack Built - Aurealis #42 (forthcoming 2009)


  • Sobek's Tears by Shane Jiraiya Cummings in Aurealis #33/34/35 - Internal Illustration.
  • Australian Speculative Fiction: A Genre Overview by Donna Maree Hanson (ISBN 0975721704) - Featured Illustrator
  • Aurealis #37 - Cover artist
  • In the Arms of Medusa - by Nathan Burrage in Orb #7
  • In Bad Dreams Vol.1 - 5 internal black and white plates.
  • Shards - Forty Short Sharp Tales written by Shane Jiraiya Cummings and Illustrated by Andrew McKiernan (forthcoming in 2008 from Ticonderoga Publications) - Colour cover plus 40 b/w internal illustrations.



Website: Kephra Design

Blog: McKenzie's Manual of Anthopomorphic Configurations

LiveJournal: The House of the Golden Beetle

Gallery selection

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The Rustle of Autumn Leaves - from 'Shards - Forty Short, Sharp Tales'

The Rustle of Autumn Leaves
from the forthcoming
Shards - Forty Short, Sharp Tales


Shards - Forty Short, Sharp Tales cover draft

Shards - Forty Short, Sharp Tales
cover draft image