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Amanda Spedding

Amanda J Spedding is an editor, and award-winning author and comic writer whose stories have been published in local and international markets earning honourable mentions and recommended reads. She won the 2011 Australian Shadows Award (short fiction) for her steampunk-horror, ‘Shovel-Man Joe‘, and the 2015 Australian Shadows Award (written work in a graphic novel) for her comic, ‘The Road to Golgotha‘.

Amanda is the owner of Phoenix Editing and Proofreading,and also the Editor-in-Chief for Cohesion Press,where their SNAFU series has earned critical acclaim. The first in the series – SNAFU: an Anthology of Military Horror – was a finalist in the Australian Shadows Awards (edited collection), and earned a Bram Stoker recommended read.

Between bouts of editing, she is writing (and rewriting) her first novel – an apocalyptic grimdark fantasy. And short stories, oh how she loves her short stories.

Amanda lives in Sydney with her sarcastically-gifted husband and two very cool kids.

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Amanda also doesn't like to refer to herself in the third person. No, Amanda doesn't.



‘Under the Weight of Souls’ – Morbid Metamorphosis, Lycan Valley Press, June 2016.

‘Ladies & Gentlemen of Horror’ – LGOH Charity Anthology, 2015.

‘The Road to Golgotha’ – Cohesion Comics, June 2015; Winner: Australian Shadows Award (written work, graphic novel), 2015.

‘Fusion’ – Cohesion Press, September 2013 (free online)

‘The Road – Midnight Echo Issue 9, May 2013 (honourable mention, Ellen Datlow’s Best of Horror Vol. 6)

‘The Long Ago’ – Dark Prints Press, ‘Surviving the End’ anthology, May 2012 (honourable mention, Ellen Datlow’s Best of Horror Vol. 5)

‘Shovel-Man Joe – Shades of Sentience, May 2011; Award Winning Australian Writing, August 2011; Winner: Australian Shadows Award (short fiction), 2011

‘Bluey-Left: A Cautionary Tale’ – HarrysDesk, April 2011

‘Sketched’ – Pill Hill Press, ‘365 Days of Flash’ anthology, December 2010

‘Intimate Kisses’ – The Little Tea Zine, December 2010

‘The Whims of my Enemy’ – Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine Issue 48, October 2010 (honourable mention, Ellen Datlow’s Best of Horror Vol. 3; recommended read, Horrorscope, 2010)

‘Nightmare’s Cradle’ – Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine Issue 46, August 2010

‘Monster’ – Shades of Sentience, April 2010

‘A Creature was Stirring’ – Tasmaniac Publications, ‘Festive Fear’ anthology, December 2009

‘The Crone – Writers Resource Centre, December 2008


Cohesion Press:

SNAFU: An Anthology of Military Horror

SNAFU: Survival of the Fittest

SNAFU: Wolves at the Door

SNAFU: Heroes

SNAFU: Hunters 

SNAFU: Unnatrual Selection 

SNAFU: Future Warfare

SNAFU: Black Ops 

Fathomless by Greig Beck

Into the Mist by Lee Murray

American Nocturne by Hank Schwaeble 

Primordial by Alan Baxter & David Wood

Jade Gods by Patrick Freivald 

The Angel of the Abyss by Hank Schwaeble