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 43)
Sydney, 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) is an award-winning Australian horror and fantasy author and editor. He lives in Sydney with his partner Angela Challis. Cummings is best known as a short story writer. He has had more than 100 short stories published in Australia, New Zealand, North America, Europe, and Asia.[3] As of 2015, he has written 12 books and edited 10 genre fiction magazines and anthologies, including the bestselling Rage Against the Night.[4][5]

Early life[edit]

Born in Sydney, Australia as 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 when he attained his black belt in Ninjutsu.[6][7]

He lived for many years in Perth, Western Australia and Wellington, New Zealand, before returning to Sydney in 2015.[8]


Cummings graduated from Whitireia New Zealand's Creative Writing programme with a Bachelor of Applied Arts (Creative Writing) in 2014.[8]

Writing and publishing[edit]

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 Rage Against the Night, Shadow Box, Black Box, Robots and Time, and Australian Dark Fantasy & Horror 2006 edition,[9][10] and the co-edited the magazines Shadowed Realms, Midnight Echo (issue 2) and Black: Australian Dark Culture.[11]

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).[12][13][14]

Cummings has won two Ditmar Awards (for HorrorScope in 2005 and 2006),[15] and in 2015, he won the Australian Shadows Award - Paul Haines Award for Long Fiction - for his novella Dreams of Destruction.[16][17] He has been nominated for more than twenty other genre awards for his writing and editing, including Spain's Premio Ignotus.[18][19][20][21][22]

In 2007, Cummings was the Convenor of the Horror judging panel in the Aurealis Awards.[23] He was a judge for the Australian Shadows Awards in 2007 and 2008. Cummings continued on with the Australian Shadows Award as Director in 2009 and 2010.[24]

Shane Jiraiya Cummings served as Vice President of the Australian Horror Writers Association from 2008 to 2010 .[25]

Cummings self-published seven e-books simultaneously in January 2011.[26]



  • Dreams of Destruction, 2014.
  • The Mist Ninja, 2011.
  • 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]

  • Rage Against the Night, Brimstone Press 2012
  • HorrorScope, Brimstone Press, 2005 to 2011
  • Medical Forum (Managing Editor), Health Publications, 2006 to 2009[27]
  • 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




  • 2012 Australian Shadows Award, Best Collection: Apocrypha Sequence (all four volumes: Deviance, Divinity, Inferno, Insanity)
  • 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. ^ Shane Jiraiya Cummings Short Stories. Retrieved 02-05-2015.
  4. ^ a b Shane Jiraiya Cummings Books. Retrieved 02-05-2015.
  5. ^ < Shane Jiraiya Cummings Edited Publications>
  6. ^ Cummings, Shane Jiraiya (June 2007). "The Last of My Kind" , Smoke and Mirrors blog.
  7. ^ Cummings, Shane Jiraiya. "Biography" Retrieved 05-05-2013.
  8. ^ a b Shane Jiraiya Cummings biography Retrieved 02-05-2015.
  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. ^ Australian Horror Writers Association member page: Shane Jiraiya Cummings Retrieved 16-9-2007.
  13. ^ "Graduates 2005". Clarion South. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  14. ^ Hanson, Donna Maree (2005: 198). Australian Speculative Fiction: A Genre Overview. Murrumbateman: Australian Speculative Fiction.
  15. ^ Locus magazine index to Ditmar Awards. Retrieved 16-9-2007.
  16. ^ Australian Horror Writers Association "Australian Shadows Awards" (Accessed 2 May 2015).
  17. ^ Australian Horror Writers Association Facebook page (Accessed 2 May 2015).
  18. ^ Aurealis Awards winners archive Retrieved 16-9-2007.
  19. ^ Convergence 2 official 2007 Ditmar winners announcement (June 2007). Retrieved 16-9-2007.
  20. ^ Inkspillers Ditmar Awards archive. Retrieved 16-9-2007.
  21. ^ 2009 Ditmar Awards, Conjecture Retrieved 11-9-2009.
  22. ^ a b c Shane Jiraiya Cummings Awards. Retrieved 02-05-2015.
  23. ^ Aurealis Award 2007 Judges
  24. ^ Australian Shadows Award Judges. AHWA website.
  25. ^ Australian Horror Writers Association AGM minutes. Retrieved 21-03-2009
  26. ^ Shane Jiraiya Cummings: "Let the Grand Experiment begin!" Retrieved 06-02-2011
  27. ^ Medical Hub Retrieved 16-05-10

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