I awoke Sunday and was thrilled to find out the New England Horror Writers‘ first anthology, Epitaphs, made the Preliminary Ballot for the Bram Stoker Award. In addition, because of the number of recommendations in that category, our anthology is moving straight to the final ballot. We cannot call ourselves “Stoker Nominated” just yet, but soon, the end of February. Till then, I’m just happy to be on the Preliminary Ballot. We’re up against some stiff competition but I have hope. It’s a riveting collection of 26 short stories and poems. Winners in various categories will be announced at the World Horror Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah on March 31st, where the Horror Writers Association will celebrate its 25th anniversary.
In the last week I have also worked to begin the huge task of editing all of my old unpublished stories and putting them up on Kindle. So far I have two up, The Folks and One Minute for $.99 each. The process is a lot easier than I expected, and in the next few months I hope to have a large collection of stories available, as well as a couple of novels. More to come on that.
So I was riding pretty high on that wave, and then tonight I got word that my story, “The Girl Who Drowned” will be featured in Evil Jester Digest #1, to premiere at the World Horror Conference.
And the icing on the cake? I will be visiting a middle school in NH on February 3rd to promote The Soul Collector to five classes of 7th Graders, and to teach them about brainstorming. Once I get the hang of it, I’m hoping to visit a lot more local schools in the coming months.
It’s been a very busy and productive month so far and I look forward to the rest of 2012.
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