Andrew J McKiernan

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Andrew J McKiernan
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Born (1970-09-25) 25 September 1970 (age 45)
Sydney, Australia
Pen name Andrew McKiernan
Occupation Writer/Illustrator
Nationality Australian
Period 2006 to present
Genre Horror fiction/Science Fiction/Fantasy/Speculative fiction

Andrew J McKiernan (born 1970, Sydney, Australia) is an Australian speculative fiction writer and Illustrator. He currently lives on the Central Coast (New South Wales) with his wife and two children.

Andrew J McKiernan is a member of the Australian Horror Writers Association, and was Art Director for Aurealis Magazine for eight years (2006-2017). He was listed as a featured Illustrator in the 2005 release Australian Speculative Fiction: A Genre Overview.[1] McKiernan is also a founding editor of the HorrorScope: The Australian Dark Fiction Web Log, an online news and reviews webzine.

In 2003, McKiernan founded Kephra Design, a business specialising in graphic design, illustration and web development. McKiernan's web development work has mainly been focussed in servicing the particulars of the publishing market. Through Kephra Design he has designed and developed, or been involved with the development of, websites for authors such as Russell Kirkpatrick,[2] Karen Miller,[3] Kylie Chan,[4] Trudi Canavan,[5] Marianne de Pierres[6] and Nathan Burrage,[7] as well as publishers and organisations such as Eneit Press,[8] Good Reading magazine,[9] Aurealis[10] and the Australian Horror Writers Association.[11]

In 2009, Andrew J McKiernan received Ditmar Award nominations for Best Artwork and Best Fan Artist.[12]

In 2010, Andrew J McKiernan's short story "The Message" received short listing nominations for both a 2009 Aurealis Award (Horror Short Story) and 2009 Australian Shadows Award (Short Fiction).

In 2011, Andrew J McKiernan's novelette "All the Clowns in Clowntown" received nominations for the 2010 Australian Shadows Award (Short Fiction), an Aurealis Award (Fantasy Short Story) and a Ditmar Award (Novella or Novelette). His wrap-around dust jacket for the hard-cover edition of Richard L. Tierney's "SAVAGE MENACE & Other Poems of Horror" was also short-listed for a Best Artwork Ditmar Award.

In July of 2014, his first collection of short stories, "Last Year, When We Were Young" was published by Melbourne based Satalyte Publishing.[13]



Short Stories[edit]



  • "Black Roads, Dark Highways: Snake Tales and Outback Hooplah" – article and comic strip in 'Black: Australian Dark Culture Magazine' issue No. 2 (Sept 2008)[14]
  • "Black Roads, Dark Highways: Killer Outback, Outback Killers" – article and comic strip in 'Black: Australian Dark Culture Magazine' issue No. 3 (Nov 2008)[14]


  1. ^ Hanson, Donna Maree (2005: 198). Australian Speculative Fiction: A Genre Overview. Murrumbateman: Australian Speculative Fiction.
  2. ^ Russell Kirkpatrick
  3. ^ "Karen Miller". Karen Miller. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Home". Kylie Chan. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Trudi Canavan". Trudi Canavan. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Home". Marianne de Pierres. 23 December 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Nathan Burrage". Nathan Burrage. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Home Entry Page". Eneit Press. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "Good Reading Magazine". Good Reading Magazine. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Australian Fantasy & Science Fiction". Aurealis. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "Australian Horror Writers Association :: Home". Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "2009 Ditmar Award Nominations". Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "Satalyte Publishing". 
  14. ^ a b "The Blackest Of The Black". Retrieved 3 January 2012. 

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