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I’m honoured to be a judge for the long fiction section of the Australasian Horror Writers Association’s Shadow Awards 2020

I’m talking on Midnight in the Desert with Dave Schrader, December 5, 10pm-midnight Pacific Time, on Alice Bailey and The Unlikely Occultist.

Shortlisted for the Ada Cambridge Prose Prize 2019 for my biographical short story ‘Nothing to Declare’. This story forms the first chapter of an upcoming novel.

Twerk will be an audiobook! Audition successful. Edition coming soon…

The Cabin Sessions will be featured on HorrorAddicts  – Season 14, Episode: #166. Airdate: 5/18/19

Listen to me talk on Twerk on these three podcasts:

Off The Chain with Yvonne Mason 

Arm Cast Podcast with Armand Rosamilia

On the Panic Room with James Longmore

Three novels signed to Creativia Publishing! – October 2018

Short story, ‘Lacquer’ to appear in A Time For Violence anthology, due for release by Near to the Knuckle, December, 2018

TWERK signed to HellBound Books – due out 7th December 2018

The Cabin Sessions to be released as an audio book with HellBound Books! July 13, 2018

I’m giving a Deep Dive talk at Continuum: Melbourne’s Speculative Fiction Convention, 4pm, June 10, 2018.

An author interview with author Rachel Nightingale. “Brilliant darkness”

An author interview with Campbell Street Press on genre hopping and The Legacy of Old Gran Parks – May 2018

In conversation with crime novelist, L.J.M. Owen.

I’m on Ann Creber’s The Good Life, 3 MDR, chatting about Gran Parks – April 2018 – here’s her review

An author interview discussing the making of The Legacy of Old Gran Parks on Jera’s Jamboree

I’m a featured author in Uncaged Book Reviews magazine, issue April 2018

Guest post on Roadies Notes – The story behind The Legacy of Old Gran Parks

I’ll be interviewed on Sisters of Soul with Sue Hines, 3MGB Mallacoota Wilderness Radio, Saturday 7th April from 10 am, chatting about The Legacy of Old Gran Parks.

Book launch of The Legacy of Old Gran Parks!

An author interview with Becky Narron of Roadies Notes

I’ve just signed the contract with HellBound Books for The Legacy of Old Gran Parks. To be released February 2018.

Official launch of The Cabin Sessions!

Review of The Cabin Sessions in Unnerving Magazine. Nov 9, 2017

I’m on The New Panic Room Radio Show – Friday 3rd November @1.30pm

First review on The Cabin Sessions –

I’ve been shortlisted for a writing fellowship with the National Library of Australia! – August 2017

10 July 2017: I’ve just been awarded a mentorship to co-edit an issue of Midnight Echo, the Australian Horror Writers Association magazine.

8 July 2017: I’ve just signed the contract with HellBound Books for my debut horror novel, The Cabin Sessions.

2 July 2017 – An author interview with Katrina Marie

Me reading my flash fiction – Margo’s Slippers reading. First heard on Andy Bungay’s The Chimnea, Wandsworth Radio, Friday 21st April 2017.

Listen to my interview with Ann Creber on The Good Life, talking about domestic violence and responding to Bettina Arndt. The interview begins 3/4 into the show.

Asylum receives a warm and thoughtful review from Readers Favorite.

A Perfect Square earns a book badge from Authors Talk About It .

A Spanish edition of The Drago Tree will be released in August 2017 by Odyssey Books!

I just found this lovely review of The Drago Tree!

Lovely, thoughtful review of The Drago Tree in Nadaness In Motion 1 January 2017

Super 5 star review of All Because of You  appearing in Readers’ Favorite

Here’s a charming review of A Perfect Square composed by Suzanne Diprose.

Here’s my piece on creative flow: ‘Your Inner Editor is Waiting in the Wings’ in 16 Nov 16.

Lovely thoughtful review of The Drago Tree, by Elizabeth Jane Corbett.

This thoughtful review of The Drago Tree, by Jasmina Brankovich has made my day! 13 Sept 16

I was invited to write a piece on esotericism for the Visionary Fiction Alliance. I called it Going with the Flow 12 Sept 16

Delighted to appear on Simona’s Corner of Dreams’ special musical feature. 11 Sept 16

Another lovely review of A Perfect Square on author Kathryn Gossow’s Fiction Fix, 7 Sept 16

Stunning review of A Perfect Square by Patricia Leslie, author of A Single Light 5 Sept 2016

Feature piece on my writing process for A Perfect Square on From First to Last book blog 4 Sept 16

Author interview on Killing Time, author Amanda Howard’s book blog.

The first stop on my blog tour: ‘A Perfect Square becomes a perfect circle’ Guest post on Being Anne  book blog 1 September 16.

A Perfect Square publication day interview with Linda of Linda’s Book Bag 29 August 2016

Author interview in Rachel’s Random Reads, 27 August 2016.

Author feature in Writing Round the Block, 19 August 2016

My Reading Corner hosted my guest post Writing is no Escape 7 August 2016

Paranoid Magazine have published Mastering the Art of Occultism 1 August 2016.

Backhand Stories have published Twerk, a piece of flash fiction. 14 July 2016.

My review of Inez Baranay’s Ghosts Like Us, in Newtown Review of Books June 2016

Heartwarming review of The Drago Tree on Goodreads by author Michelle Saftich (The Port of No Return)

I’m happy to announce the re-publication of my short story collection All Because of You. Odyssey Books will release in May, and the new version will include another three stories!

A privilege to be featured on this fine blog.

“[Isobel Blackthorn’s] ability to paint a picture with her words is astounding. If you enjoy reading introspective pieces written in beautiful prose, then The Drago Tree is certainly the book for you.” – Ooha Susmita Biddala –

“Isobel Blackthorn had me standing next to the characters, as one of them. She had me stepping forward with each page, never missing a beat in flow or plot. The Drago Tree is a book that will inspire all writers to continue to create in the hope of achieving the level of that of Isobel Blackthorn.”Jennifer Douglas, literary publicist.  

“[The Drago Tree] would make an exceptional movie, and provide some marvellous roles for the lead characters.” Review by Mike Cliffe-Jones in

5 star review of The Drago Tree “Lanzarote became real to me though I’ve never been there!”   by Mash on 16 Oct 15.

5 star review of The Drago Tree “A mouth watering description of the landscape and history of Lanzarote.” – by James on Goodreads, Oct 15.

Fab review of Asylum “Blackthorn made me want something, as a reader, that a book has never made me want before” Ness Merceica in The Tertangala, Oct 2015 and re-published on my blog.

5 star review of Asylum “Asylum by Isobel Blackthorn was a book I really enjoyed and look forward to reading more by this author.” by Loraine on Goodreads 7 August 2015.

A bunch of lovely reviews of Asylum! “Raw, insightful, engaging…”

More  praise for Asylum on “Yvette is such a loveable, but emotional human”

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