Bram Stoker Awards, WHC Atlanta, and other news...
You can find the full list of nominees here. Best of luck to all the finalists, and congratulations on your nominations!
There are a lot of people I feel are a direct result of any successes I achieve in my writing or otherwise, so really, most of my posts end up consisting of a long list of names anyway.
But this story has proven to be pivotal for me in a lot of ways...it was an accomplishment for me just to write to begin with, and Simon Rumley's words of praise about it in the Foreword of Bugs: Tales that Slither, Creep and Crawl quite literally meant the world to me.
Then to have it go on to win the award for Best Horror Short Story and now this is just mind blowing, really.
I'm absolutely thrilled to be nominated in the same category as writers I so greatly admire, and the ballot is full of works I enjoyed and hold in extremely high regard. Three years ago, Stephen King won in this category, and in the years since, Lucy Snyder and David Gerrold. Past and current nominees include Gene O'Neill, George Saunders, Kaaron Warren, Bruce Boston, Michael Bailey, Rena Mason, John Palisano, Joe Lansdale, Norman Prentiss, Damien Angelica Walters, Usman Tanveer Malik, and more stellar writers than I can even wrap my head around. This is just truly, truly amazing to me.
You can read "Baby's Breath" here. I'll also be bringing a limited number of chapbooks to the World Horror Convention in Atlanta and possibly AnthoCon to sign, so if you'd like a copy, let me know. I'm working with an outrageously talented artist who I'm keeping under wraps for now. But I'm really excited.
My eternal gratitude goes to the HWA and each and every member who felt my work was worthy of this prestigious nomination. It's something I will treasure for the rest of my life.
I'm also very grateful to Marge Simon, who asked me to guest her Blood & Spades Column for the April issue of the HWA Newsletter. I've written an essay called "The Slow Bite of Horror's Tiny Teeth" and incorporated a few of my poems into the column, which was a lot of fun. Last month Michael Bailey guested the column and talked a lot about Inkblots and Blood Spots, the collection Villipede released of his last November. He also included "Open Auras" and "All But the Things That Cannot Be Torn," two of my favorite poems from the collection.
Aside from doing the panel, I'll be hanging around with my good friend Daniel Knauf, who I don't know what I would do without, Gard Goldsmith, one of the most fabulous writers--and people--I know, and Jeremy Wagner, who will be on tour in Europe with his kick ass band Broken Hope next month! There are so many great people I'm looking forward to seeing this year...John Boden (and hopefully Ken Wood) of Shock Totem Publications, Villipede author Kurt Fawver, John Dixon (!), Alex and B.E. Scully of Firbolg Publishing, Taylor Grant, Rena Mason, John Palisano, Michael Bailey, Usman Malik, Anthony Rivera of Grey Matter Press, J.G. Faherty, Randy D. Rubin, Stephanie Wytovich, Jason and Sunni Brock, Jim and Janice Leach of The Daily Nightmare, Maddie Holliday Von Stark, and on and on...
In other words, if you're going, I'm looking forward to seeing you...and if you're not registered yet, you should be.
My imaginary roommate Ted is even making an appearance! Ted is driving all the way from Kentucky to be there...I can hardly believe it myself.
There are three people who won't be going that I'll miss dearly, though: Rose Blackthorn, Geno Mortensen, and Carl R. Moore. Those three were my WHC crew last year in Portland, and it won't be the same without them. But check out Rose's new release from Eldritch Press--I'm really proud of her--her first poetry collection, Thorns, Hearts and Thistles is almost as beautiful as she is. And Carl has a novella called Torn From the Devil's Chest forthcoming from Charoin Coin Press, and his website has free stories, poems, and updates on the progress. Carl posts great reviews and also has another fantastic collection called Slash of Crimson and Other Stories coming out in the near future, as well.
Lastly, my interview with Jack Ketchum will appear in the Souvenir Book this year, which is really exciting. I absolutely loved reading his answers to my questions, and can't wait for you to see them, too. I was thrilled when Eric Guignard reached out to me to interview Jack for his Lifetime Achievement Award. Here's a picture of last year's Souvenir Book.
No, not booze. Horror.