Aurealis magazine partners with Dark Matter

Dark Matter puts out the Welcome mat for Aurealis magazine.

I want to interview MOAR AUTHORS including local horror authors like award-winning author Jason Nahrung, but I need a reasonable working knowledge of the genre and to read some of his works in order to interview him intelligently and respectfully.  As I don’t personally like most horror – I had a nightmare caused by the Others in A Game of Thrones :-/  – I was stumped.

My problem isn’t just limited to the horror genre.

There are SO MANY talented authors out there, in science fiction, fantasy and horror, that I CANNOT interview them all, no matter how much I’d like to.

Yesterday I was tentatively approached by Dan Allan, the social media man for Aurealis, who asked if I’d be interested in featuring his interview with Jason Nahrung.

I said no.

AS IF.

I couldn’t say ‘yes’ fast enough.

Networking and partnerships like these have the potential to enrich the community.  We are together more than the sum of our parts

So I’d like to give a huge

WELCOME

to Aurealis magazine and its contributors.

Aurealis now has its own category: scroll over <category> in the menu across the top of the page and a drop-down list appears.  Click on <Aurealis> to find all Aurealis contributions.  These items will also appear in the ‘interviews’ listings and in other category and tagging listings as appropriate; for example  ‘Dan Allan’ is now a tag as well so you can find Dan’s contributions easily.  (It takes a few articles before new tags show up in the tags list, but his name is searchable now.)

First cab off the rank:  Dan Allan’s interview of Jason Nahrung.

Dan already has a few more interviews in the works so they’ll be coming soon.

About Aurealis:

Aurealis magazine is a fantasy and science fiction magazine based in Australia, with wide-ranging content including fiction, non-fiction, news and interviews with authors.  Aurealis is a subscription magazine that aspires to be recognised as a professional body by the SWFA.  Aurealis’ website says:

We want Aurealis to be officially recognised as a professional market by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). We have done our sums and worked out that if we can get 1000 subscribers by the end of 2013, we will be able to increase our payment for short stories to a minimum of 5 cents a word. This will then mean we have met all the conditions to be viewed as a professional market by the SFWA. If we can achieve this, we will be the only Australian fiction magazine with this status. (Cosmos qualifies and it’s a great publication, but it’s primarily a science magazine, not a fiction magazine.)

Why is it important to you for Aurealis to be officially recognised as a professional market? If you are a writer or would-be writer of fantasy or science fiction, then it is extremely important. Recognition means that authors published in Aurealis can use these sales towards qualification for Active Membership of the SFWA (the short fiction criterion is to have 3 short stories published in professional markets).

Dan’s plug for Aurealis:

If you’re looking for a swell way to spend $19.99 AU, why not purchase a ten-issue subscription to Aurealis – Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy http://www.aurealis.com.au/subscriptions.php