Shane Jiraiya Cummings

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Shane Jiraiya Cummings
Shane Jiraiya Cummings 2014.jpg
Shane Jiraiya Cummings in 2014
Born (1974-04-24) 24 April 1974 (age 40)
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Occupation Writer
Nationality Australian
Period 2003 to present
Genre Horror fiction
Speculative fiction
Literary movement Dark fiction[1][2]

Shane Jiraiya Cummings (born 24 April 1974, Sydney, Australia) is an Australian horror short story writer and editor. He lives in Wellington, New Zealand with his partner Angela Challis. Born Shane Cummings, he has used "Jiraiya" as his part of his legal name since his Iga-ryu Ninjutsu and Sports Chanbara sensei Kazuo "Crando" Saito bestowed the name to him in the early 1990s.[3][4]

Cummings is a member of the Australian Horror Writers Association, the Horror Writers Association (US), and a graduate of the Clarion South writers workshop (2005).[5][6][7] He has had more than sixty short stories published in Australia, USA, and Europe, and his stories have been translated into Spanish, Polish, and French.[8]

In 2004, Cummings co-founded Australian independent publisher Brimstone Press and Shadowed Realms online magazine with partner Angela Challis.[9] In 2005, Cummings founded HorrorScope: The Australian Dark Fiction Blog, a news and review blog. He has edited the fiction anthologies Shadow Box, Black Box, Robots and Time, and Australian Dark Fantasy & Horror 2006 edition,[9][10] and the co-edited the magazines Midnight Echo (issue 2) and Black: Australian Dark Culture.[11]

Cummings has won two Ditmar Awards and has been nominated for more than twenty other genre awards for his writing and editing including Spain's Premio Ignotus.[12][13][14][15][16][17]

In 2007, Cummings was the Convenor of the Horror judging panel in the Aurealis Awards.[18] He was a judge for the Australian Shadows Award in 2007 and 2008. Cummings continued on with the Australian Shadows Award as Director from 2009.[19]

Shane Jiraiya Cummings served as Vice President of the Australian Horror Writers Association from September 2008 to Sept 2010 .[20]

Cummings self-published seven e-books simultaneously in January 2011.[21]



  • Requiem for the Burning God, 2011.
  • The Smoke Dragon, 2011.
  • Apocrypha Sequence: Deviance, 2011.
  • Apocrypha Sequence: Divinity, 2011.
  • Apocrypha Sequence: Inferno, 2011.
  • Apocrypha Sequence: Insanity, 2011.
  • Shards (e-book edition), 2011.
  • Phoenix and the Darkness of Wolves, Damnation Books, 2009. ISBN 978-1-61572-055-2
  • Shards: Damned and Burning (illustrated by Andrew J McKiernan), Brimstone Press, 2009
  • Shards (illustrated by Andrew J McKiernan), Brimstone Press, 2009. ISBN 978-0-9805677-2-4

Publications Edited[11][edit]

  • HorrorScope, Brimstone Press, 2005 to present
  • Medical Forum (Managing Editor), Health Publications, 2006 to 2009[23]
  • Midnight Echo Issue #2 (with Angela Challis), Australian Horror Writers Association, 2009
  • Black: Australian Dark Culture Magazine (Managing Editor), Brimstone Press, 2008
  • Black Box, Brimstone Press, 2008
  • Australian Dark Fantasy & Horror 2006 edition (with Angela Challis), Brimstone Press 2006. ISBN 978-0-9802817-0-5
  • Shadow Box, (with Angela Challis), Brimstone Press, Nov 2005.
  • Robots & Time (with Robert N. Stephenson), Altair Australia Books, 2004. ISBN 0-9577238-4-9




  • 2010 Tin Duck Award, Best Professional Production, Shards (Brimstone Press)
  • 2009 Premios Ignotus, Best Foreign Short Story, "The Autopsy Room" (Paura 4)
  • 2009 William Atheling Jr Award: "Dark Suspense: The End of the Line" in Black: Australian Dark Culture Magazine #3
  • 2009 Ditmar Award, Fanzine: HorrorScope (ed. Shane Jiraiya Cummings et al.)
  • 2008 Ditmar Award, Novella/novelette: "Yamabushi Kaidan and the Smoke Dragon"
  • 2008 Ditmar Award, Fan Writer
  • 2008 Ditmar Award, Fanzine: HorrorScope (ed. Shane Jiraiya Cummings et al.)
  • 2008 William Atheling Jr Award: Review of David Conyers' & John Sunseri's The Spiraling Worm on HorrorScope
  • 2008 Aurealis Award, Young Adult short story: "Yamabushi Kaidan and the Smoke Dragon"
  • 2007 Ditmar Award, Best New Talent
  • 2007 Ditmar Award, Fan Writer
  • 2007 Tin Duck Award, Professional Short Fiction: "Colossus of Roads" (Ticonderoga Online #9)
  • 2007 Tin Duck Award, Professional Short Fiction: "Prescience" (Borderlands #8)
  • 2006 Ditmar Award, Fanzine: HorrorScope (ed. Shane Jiraiya Cummings et al.)
  • 2006 Ditmar Award, Fan Writer
  • 2006 Australian Shadows Award: Shadow Box (with Angela Challis)
  • 2006 Tin Duck Award, Professional Short Fiction: "Ian" (Ticonderoga Online #5)
  • 2006 Tin Duck Award, Professional Short Fiction: "Hear No Evil" (Borderlands #4)
  • 2006 Tin Duck Award, Professional Production: Shadow Box (with Angela Challis)
  • 2006 Tin Duck Award, Fan Production: HorrorScope (edited by Shane Jiraiya Cummings et al.)
  • 2005 Tin Duck Award, Professional Fiction: "Sobek's Tears" (Aurealis #33-35)

Honourable mentions[edit]

  • 2006 Aurealis Award, Horror short story: "Revision is Murder" (Simulacrum #11)



  1. ^ Kemble, Gary (April 2006). "Horror: give it a name". ABC online news (Articulate). Retrieved 16-9-2007.
  2. ^ Clarke, Rosie (August 2007). "2007 Snapshot interview". Australian SpecFic In Focus. Retrieved 16-9-2007.
  3. ^ Cummings, Shane Jiraiya (June 2007). "The Last of My Kind" , Smoke and Mirrors blog.
  4. ^ Cummings, Shane Jiraiya. "Biography" Retrieved 05-05-2013.
  5. ^ Australian Horror Writers Association member page: Shane Jiraiya Cummings Retrieved 16-9-2007.
  6. ^ "Graduates 2005". Clarion South. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  7. ^ Hanson, Donna Maree (2005: 198). Australian Speculative Fiction: A Genre Overview. Murrumbateman: Australian Speculative Fiction.
  8. ^ Shane Jiraiya Cummings Short Stories. Retrieved 16-05-2010.
  9. ^ a b Kemble, Gary (December 2006). "A new age for Australian horror". ABC Online news (Articulate). Retrieved 16-9-2007.
  10. ^ Murphy, John (16 Jan 2007). "Brimstone fires taste for horror". Wanneroo Times newspaper.
  11. ^ a b Shane Jiraiya Cummings Edited Publications. Retrieved 06-02-2011.
  12. ^ Aurealis Awards winners archive Retrieved 16-9-2007.
  13. ^ Convergence 2 official 2007 Ditmar winners announcement (June 2007). Retrieved 16-9-2007.
  14. ^ Inkspillers Ditmar Awards archive. Retrieved 16-9-2007.
  15. ^ Locus magazine index to Ditmar Awards. Retrieved 16-9-2007.
  16. ^ 2009 Ditmar Awards, Conjecture Retrieved 11-9-2009.
  17. ^ a b c Shane Jiraiya Cummings Awards. Retrieved 16-05-2010.
  18. ^ Aurealis Award 2007 Judges
  19. ^ Australian Shadows Award Judges. AHWA website.
  20. ^ Australian Horror Writers Association AGM minutes. Retrieved 21-03-2009
  21. ^ Shane Jiraiya Cummings: "Let the Grand Experiment begin!" Retrieved 06-02-2011
  22. ^ Shane Jiraiya Cummings Books. Retrieved 06-02-2011.
  23. ^ Medical Hub Retrieved 16-05-10

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