Paul Haines (8 June 1970 – 5 March 2012)

Sadly we have to report the death of Paul Haines (8 June 1970 – 5 March 2012). Paul was an award-winning New Zealand-born horror and speculative fiction writer. He lived in Melbourne, Australia with his wife and daughter.

Paul won the Australian Ditmar Award three times (Best New Talent in 2005, and Best novella/novelette for “The Last Days of Kali Yuga” (2005) and “The Devil in Mr Pussy (Or How I Found God Inside My Wife)” (2007)). He won the 2004 Aurealis Award (horror short story) for “The Last Days of Kali Yuga” and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2003 and 2004. Paul also won two Sir Julius Vogel awards (Best Collection in 2008 for “Doorways For The Dispossessed” and Best Novella in 2010 for “Wives”).

Several of his short stories have received Honourable Mentions in the annual Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror anthologies, ed. Ellen Datlow, Gavin Grant, and Kelly Link (St. Martins).

His death from cancer was announced on his Live Journal page by his wife Jules. Please visit if you wish to leave condolences. Funeral and memorial service arrangements will be posted on


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