2017 Bram Stoker Awards® Nomination

The new year has been surprising in many ways, not least because my novel, I Wish I Was Like You, is a Bram Stoker Awards® nominee for Superior Achievement in a Novel and is a finalist for a This Is Horror Award. The former is determined by active and lifetime members of the Horror Writers Association. The latter is open to the public and you can send your vote to This Is Horror via email following the instructions at the site.

Awards don’t prove excellence. They provide a spotlight for a certain kind of writing, in this case the horror genre. All of the nominees are noteworthy and interesting. So, take time to read the lists and look up the books you find intriguing.

I’m honored and humbled to have a book listed among fine novels by Josh Malerman, Andy Davidson, Victor LaValle, Ania Ahlborn, Steve Rasnic Tem, Christopher Golden, Stephen King, and Owen King. And if you think it feels perfectly natural to type that sentence, you’re cuckoo or you don’t know me. Congratulations to all of these writers–and to all of the nominees in all categories! Thanks to the Horror Writers Association and This Is Horror!

Shirley Jackson Award Winners & British Fantasy Award Nominees

Congratulations to all of this year’s Shirley Jackson Award nominees and winners, and to the British Fantasy Award nominees! Two great lists, typical of both awards. You can count on the Shirley Jackson Award jury and board of advisors and the British Fantasy Society to locate noteworthy and fascinating new work every year.

This year I was honored to be one of the SJA nominees in the novella category, for Muscadines (published by Dunhams Manor Press). This is the category won by Victor LaValle for his brilliant, celebrated novella, The Ballad of Black Tom.

“LaValle’s novella of sorcery and skullduggery in Jazz Age New York is a magnificent example of what weird fiction can and should do.”
― Laird Barron, author of The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All

The Ballad of Black Tom (Tor.com Publishing) is one of NPR’s Best Books of 2016, winner of a This is Horror Award for Novella of the Year, and a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and Bram Stoker Awards. The book is also a nominee for a BFA. Winners will be announced at FantasyCon 2017, at the Bull Hotel, Peterborough, 29th September – 1st October.