Sunday, 24 February 2013

Dark Tales and Slices of Flesh Make Stoker Finals

Not an Oscar.
What a pleasure to get home last night to the news that not one but two anthologies I was in last year have made the finalist list for the 2013 Bram Stoker awards - those being Eric Guignard's Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations and Stan Swanson's flash collection Slices of Flesh.  I raise my imaginary hat (a trilby, only with a nice, jauntily angled Robin Hood-style feather in it) to them both, but Eric gets a little extra hat-tipping since Dark Tales was his editorial debut.  How many editors can lay credit to a Stoker nomination straight off the bat?

I probably can't take a great deal of credit for their success; then again, as Eric was nice enough to point out on Facebook, at least I clearly pick good projects.  So, editors take note: it's perfectly possible that inviting me into your anthology will statistically increase your likelihood of being nominated for a major industry award.  Well, it can't hurt to try, right?

Anyhow, in the interests of balance, here's the full list of finalists.  May the best book win!*

  • Mort Castle and Sam Weller - Shadow Show (HarperCollins) 
  • Eric J. Guignard - Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations (Dark Moon Books) 
  • Eric Miller - Hell Comes to Hollywood (Big Time Books) 
  • Mark C. Scioneaux, R. J. Cavender and Robert S. Wilson - Horror for Good: A Charitable Anthology (Cutting Block Press) 
  • Stan Swanson - Slices of Flesh (Dark Moon Books) 
* So long as it's one of the two I was in, obviously.

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