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Shane Jiraiya Cummings has been acknowledged as "one of Australia's leading voices in dark fantasy". He is the author of bestselling titles such as The Smoke Dragon and the Apocrypha Sequence (Deviance, Divinity, Inferno, and Insanity) and editor of the acclaimed anthology Rage Against the Night. Shane has had more than one hundred short stories published in Australia, North America, Europe, and Asia, and his work has been translated into Japanese, French, Spanish, and Polish.
He has won two Ditmar Awards, and he has been nominated for more than twenty other major awards including Spain's Premios Ignotus.
Shane is an Active Member of the Horror Writers Association and former Vice President of the Australian Horror Writers Association. When he is not writing, Shane is an editor and journalist by day and a sword fighting instructor by night.
In his youth, Shane was trained in the deadly arts of the ninja, and the name Jiraiya (lit. "Young Thunder", after the legendary ninja Jiraiya) was bestowed upon him by his sensei.
Shane currently lives in New Zealand, and his home on the web is www.jiraiya.com.au
M L Sawyer
on May 03, 2011 :
“Australia has been invaded by legendary monstrosities! With the Kraken's rise off the shores of Western Australia, an age of monsters is ushered in. When wits and heroics fail, a secret cabal of guardians will take drastic, devastating measures to protect everything they know and love. In the aftermath, when everything has turned to ash, hope will find a way.”
The Apocrypha Sequence is a series of dark fantasy collections with interwoven themes and interconnected stories from Shane Jiraiya Cummings. I saw this on smashwords and thought I’d give it a go due to the Australian theme even though it’s not my usual type of read.
Jiraiya (which means Young Thunder according to his authors bio), writes some interesting and unique stories here. So if you’re looking for something short, interesting and different with a post-apocalyptic theme; this is recommended for you.
Of the short stories that were part of this amalgamation, I liked those relating to the phoenix the most. With this part of the compellation, you are initially confronted with a determined character chasing the phoenix across the charred ruins of Western Australia and from there, Jiraiya cleverly concocts an intriguing story that returns to the past to slowly enlighten the reader about the murder and magic filled passed before concluding the story in an unexpected way.
Dark fantasy specialist. Recommended Australian short story read. Also reviewed on http://mlsawyer.weebly.com/blog.html
(reviewed long after purchase)