Tuesday, February 01, 2011

The Stoker Awards

The preliminary ballot for the 2010 Bram Stoker Awards has been released by the US Horror Writers Association, and I'm very proud to say that Scenes From the Second Storey (edited by Amanda Pillar and myself) has made it onto the list for Superior Achievement in an Anthology.

The book's up against some tough competition, including Cthulhu's Dark Cults, an anthology edited by David Conyers (who also happens to have a story in Scenes). There are ten books in total, and the next round of voting by Active Members of the HWA (that's to say those members who've attained professional-level membership) will whittle it down still further before a final ballot later this year.

It's a huge honour to make it even this far, an honour that's shared by a number of other Australians besides Amanda, David and myself. Two excellent writers in Kirstyn McDermott and Shane Jiraiya Cummings have also been listed, for Superior Achievement in a First Novel (Madigan Mine), and Superior Achievement in Long Fiction (Requiem For the Burning God) respectively. I'm not sure how this ballot stacks up against previous years for Australian entries, but it seems like a pretty strong showing to me.

Congrats to everyone who made the list and a big, big thanks to all the writers who contributed to Scenes - as fine a bunch as anyone could hope to work with!


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