Andrew J McKiernan (born 1970, Sydney, Australia) is an Australian speculative fiction writer and Illustrator. He currently lives on the Central Coast (New South Wales) with his wife and two children.Andrew J McKiernan is a member of the Australian Horror Writers Association, and is the current Art Director for Aurealis Magazine. He was listed as a featured Illustrator in the 2005 release Australian Speculative Fiction: A Genre Overview. McKiernan is also a founding editor of the HorrorScope: The Australian Dark Fiction Web Log, an online news and reviews webzine.In 2003, McKiernan founded Kephra Design, a business specialising in graphic design, illustration and web development. McKiernan's web development work has mainly been focussed in servicing the particulars of the publishing market. Through Kephra Design he has designed and developed, or been involved with the development of, websites for authors such as Russell Kirkpatrick, Karen Miller, Kylie Chan, Trudi Canavan, Marianne de Pierres and Nathan Burrage, as well as publishers and organisations such as Eneit Press, Good Reading magazine, Aurealis and the Australian Horror Writers Association.In June 2008, Andrew J McKiernan was interviewed by Mark Deniz for the 'Stars of Speculative Fiction' interview series. The interview was published online at the 'A Boy Goes On a Journey' website on 6 June 2008.In 2009, Andrew J McKiernan received Ditmar Award nominations for Best Artwork and Best Fan Artist.In 2010, Andrew J McKiernan's short story "The Message" received short listing nominations for both a 2009 Aurealis Award (Horror Short Story) and 2009 Australian Shadows Award (Short Fiction).In 2011, Andrew J McKiernan's novelette "All the Clowns in Clowntown" received nominations for the 2010 Australian Shadows Award (Short Fiction), an Aurealis Award (Fantasy Short Story) and a Ditmar Award (Novella or Novelette). His wrap-around dust jacket for the hard-cover edition of Richard L. Tierney's "SAVAGE MENACE & Other Poems of Horror" was also short-listed for a Best Artwork Ditmar Award.