This Is Horror 2017 Novel of the Year

My novel, I Wish I Was Like You, just won Novel of the Year at This Is Horror. I’m amazed, delighted, and very grateful to the readers who voted for the book. Thank you to This Is Horror, to my publisher, JournalStone, to editor Dan Mason–and to Jess Landry and Christopher Payne for believing in and promoting the novel.

Congratulations to runner-up Andy Davidson, author of In the Valley of the Sun (Skyhorse Publishing). Congrats to Philip Fracassi who won Short Story Collection of the Year for Behold the Void (JournalStone). Big love to editors Justin Steele and Sam Cowan. Their non-themed Dim Shores anthology, Looming Low (which includes my story, “Alligator Point”) was named Anthology of the Year. And congrats to all of the winners and nominees, for some ass-kicking horror in 2017!

Here’s my response at This Is Horror:

“I’m honored, and surprised. Thanks to everyone who voted. Thanks to my publisher, JournalStone. This Is Horror sets a high standard for inquiry and discussion without a hint of elitism or pretentiousness. The site’s reviews, articles, and interviews are offered in the best spirit of horror, which is (after all) a leveler, an admission of vulnerability. Horror embodies the knowledge that we may be smart and pretty and popular and well-off but at four a.m., alone with our worst fears and suspicions, we are all scared animals waiting for daybreak. I’ll try to live up to the honor of the award by staying true to that spirit. Thank you!”

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