Undertaker Books is thrilled to announce the signing of Deborah Sheldon’s crime thriller, Bodily Harm. The October 2024 release will be the first time Deborah has published a novel-length work with an American press.

Bodily Harm is a work that is hard to pin down to a single genre,” Project Editor D.L. Winchester said. “As I read the draft, I was struck by the thought that it would appeal to a broad range of audiences, particularly those of my generation who grew up on The Crocodile Hunter and The Wiggles (and now watch Bluey with their kids) who want something more grown up from the land down under. Given the way Deborah has woven elements of horror into a brilliant crime and thriller narrative, I’m confident they will not be disappointed.”

Deborah Sheldon is a multi-award-winning author and anthology editor from Melbourne, Australia. She writes short stories, novellas and novels across the darker spectrum of horror, crime, and noir. Her latest title is the novella Redhead Town. Award-nominated titles include the novels Cretaceous Canyon, Body Farm Z, Contrition, and Devil Dragon; the novella Thylacines; and collections Figments and Fragments: Dark Stories and Liminal Spaces: Dark Stories. Forthcoming is her crime-thriller and psychological-horror novel, Bodily Harm.

Deb’s collection Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories won the Australian Shadows “Best Collected Work” Award, was shortlisted for an Aurealis Award, and long-listed for a Bram Stoker Award. Her short fiction has been widely published, shortlisted for numerous Australian Shadows and Aurealis Awards, translated, and included in various “best of” anthologies.

Deb has won the Australian Shadows “Best Edited Work” Award twice: for Midnight Echo 14 and for Spawn: Weird Horror Tales About Pregnancy, Birth and Babies. As a senior editor at IFWG Publishing, she specializes in horror anthologies. Other credits include feature articles for magazines, non-fiction books (Reed Books, Random House), TV scripts such as NEIGHBOURS, stage plays, award-nominated poetry, and award-winning medical writing. Visit Deb at and follow her social media accounts for updates.

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