The 2010 Bram Stoker Award Finalists

The finalists for the 2010 Bram Stoker Awards were announced this morning, and I am proud to announce that my novel, Apocalypse of the Dead, made the list for Superior Achievement in a Novel.  Congratulations to all the nominees!

Superior Achievement in a NOVEL

 HORNS by Joe Hill (William Morrow)

 ROT AND RUIN by Jonathan Maberry (Simon & Schuster)

 DEAD LOVE by Linda Watanabe McFerrin (Stone Bridge Press)

 APOCALYPSE OF THE DEAD by Joe McKinney (Pinnacle)

 DWELLER by Jeff Strand (Leisure/Dark Regions Press)

 A DARK MATTER by Peter Straub (DoubleDay)

 Superior Achievement in a FIRST NOVEL           

 BLACK AND ORANGE by Benjamin Kane Ethridge (Bad Moon Books)

 A BOOK OF TONGUES by Gemma Files (Chizine Publications)

 CASTLE OF LOS ANGELES by Lisa Morton (Gray Friar Press)

 SPELLBENT by Lucy Snyder (Del Rey)

 Superior Achievement in LONG FICTION           

 THE PAINTED DARKNESS by Brian James Freeman (Cemetery Dance)

 DISSOLUTION by Lisa Mannetti (Deathwatch)

 MONSTERS AMONG US by Kirstyn McDermott (Macabre: A Journey through Australia’s Darkest Fears)

 THE SAMHANACH by Lisa Morton (Bad Moon Books)

 INVISIBLE FENCES by Norman Prentiss (Cemetery Dance)

 Superior Achievement in SHORT FICTION

 RETURN TO MARIABRONN by Gary Braunbeck (Haunted Legends)

 THE FOLDING MAN by Joe R. Lansdale (Haunted Legends)

 1925: A FALL RIVER HALLOWEEN by Lisa Mannetti (Shroud Magazine #10)

 IN THE MIDDLE OF POPLAR STREET by Nate Southard (Dead Set: A Zombie Anthology)

 FINAL DRAFT by Mark W. Worthen (Horror Library IV)

 Superior Achievement in an ANTHOLOGY

DARK FAITH edited by Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon (Apex Publications)

 HORROR LIBRARY IV edited by R.J. Cavender and, Boyd E. Harris (Cutting Block Press)

 MACABRE: A JOURNEY THROUGH AUSTRALIA’S DARKEST FEARS edited by Angela Challis and Marty Young (Brimstone Press)

 HAUNTED LEGENDS edited by Ellen Datlow and Nick Mamatas (Tor)

 THE NEW DEAD edited by Christopher Golden (St. Martin’s Griffin)

 Superior Achievement in a COLLECTION

OCCULTATION by Laird Barron (Night Shade Books)

BLOOD AND GRISTLE by Michael Louis Calvillo (Bad Moon Books)

FULL DARK, NO STARS by Stephen King (Simon and Schuster)

THE ONES THAT GOT AWAY by Stephen Graham Jones (Prime Books)

A HOST OF SHADOWS by Harry Shannon (Dark Regions Press)

Superior Achievement in NONFICTION

TO EACH THEIR DARKNESS by Gary A. Braunbeck (Apex Publications)

THE CONSPIRACY AGAINST THE HUMAN RACE by Thomas Ligotti (Hippocampus Press)

WANTED UNDEAD OR ALIVE by Jonathan Maberry and Janice Gable Bashman (Citadel)

LISTEN TO THE ECHOES: THE RAY BRADBURY INTERVIEWS by Sam Weller (Melville House Publications)

Superior Achievement in a POETRY collection

DARK MATTERS by Bruce Boston (Bad Moon Books)

WILD HUNT OF THE STARS by Ann K. Schwader (Sam’s Dot)

DIARY OF A GENTLEMAN DIABOLIST by Robin Spriggs (Anomalous Books)

VICIOUS ROMANTIC by Wrath James White (Bandersnatch Books)

Book Review: Quarantined (2009)

Scott over at Anythinghorror.com wrote what is probably the best review of my novel Quarantined I have ever read.  He really got to the heart of what I was trying to do with this book, and I was so proud of it I wanted to share it here.

Enjoy!

Book Review: Quarantined (2009).

Guest Blogger Wayne Simmons on the Future of the Zombie

Do you know this guy Wayne Simmons? If not, it’s time you got introduced. Wayne is the author of Flu and Drop Dead Gorgeous, and one of the best apocalyptic horror writers working today.

Wayne’s landmark apocalyptic horror novel Drop Dead Gorgeous is getting rereleased by Snowbooks this year. And my first novel, Dead City, just got rereleased by Kensington here in the States. That little bit of good fortune got us talking about about guest blogging at each other’s site, and I’m pleased to announce that today that conversation has turned into a reality.

The original plan was to do something quick and simple, something to help us promote our new/old titles. But after a little bit of back and forth, we both realized that it would be in keeping with the theme of the old being made new again for the two of us (read that as a couple of old dudes) to interview a handful of up and coming zombie writers (read the new blood) and see what happened.

You can read my stab at it on Wayne’s blog here.

This is Wayne’s interview with Jay Faulkner, Mark McCann, and Shawn Riddle.

So, without further ado, please extend a hearty Old Major’s Dream welcome to Wayne Simmons.

Take it away, Wayne!

Wayne Simmons and the Future of the Zombie

Who are you and what contribution are you making to the horror genre?

JF: My name is Jay Faulkner and I’m a former forces brat now residing in Northern Ireland with my wife and two kids.

Apart from planning on instilling a love of all things horror, fantasy and sci-fi in my kids later on – they are only 3 ½ years old and 20 months, currently, so thought it best to wait a little longer ;) – I’m doing my bit for those genres by devoting every spare moment (and, believe me, there aren’t that many!) to writing which, as my tastes lend themselves to it, are pretty much all about either ‘pure’ horror or other genres with a very liberal splash of horror. My published work includes zombies, aliens amongst us, arachnophobia and even the horror of a ‘simple’ storm at sea – find out more at http://www.jayfaulkner.com

MMcC: Hi, I’m Mark McCann, author of Deadfast, a hard boiled supernatural thriller set in my home town of Belfast and featuring Terry Fennell – a functional alcoholic with the weird ability to talk with animals and the dead. A former intelligence officer for a secret branch of the British Army stationed in Belfast as far back as ‘The Troubles’. Terry is a man in the know about things that go bump in the night; surviving on blackmail and odd cases while living on borrowed time.

Vampiric serial killers, murderous trolls, corpse eating ghouls and vicious shape shifters are just some of the obstacles Terry faces along with his horribly scarred partner: The Saint, a man with a death wish from survivors guilt and burdened with a terrible curse, in a case as horrifying as it is hard boiled.

SR: My name is Shawn Riddle and I am brand new to the horror genre as a writer. At present I only have one story, which will hopefully be published in an upcoming anthology by Wild Wolf Publishing. As for my contributions, besides being an avid fan of the genre, they are limited as of yet, but I hope to change that very soon.

What attracts you to writing horror stories?

JF: I’ve always been a writer that starts all stories with a simple question: “what if?” which, when you think about it, isn’t all that far away from: “what’s the worst that can happen?” – now, Dr Pepper aside, I think that all horror stories are pretty much about that question and, by exploring it further, I get to delve into things that scare me personally.

Human nature is such that we spend a lot of time thinking about the darker aspects of life – the noise in the dark isn’t just the wind, obviously, but a serial killer, a ghost or something worse; the scratching at the window isn’t a tree branch, but a horde of demon cats trying to get in; and the small sensation at the back of your neck isn’t just a twitch, or goose bumps, but someone breathing right behind you.

MMcC: I enjoy the freedom to explore the darker impulses in people, the base primitive side that we like to think we’ve evolved beyond, but rather always lurks quietly at the back of our mind ready to make us scream or cave in to those things so terrible we have no choice but to buckle and spew.

SR: I have been a huge fan of all things horror since my early teenage years. I had been sheltered from it as a child and wanted to know what it was all about. I suppose it’s the dark side of human nature that intrigues me the most. The evils and horror of human nature and the world have always interested me. I have always been fascinated with the darker nature of humanity. The horror genre reflects a lot of those things. Even amplifies them, I think it’s a much more productive way for people to entertain our darker nature.
What are your favourite horror novels and why?

JF: Well, my two favourite horror authors are James Herbert and Stephen King – I still think that Herbert’s trilogy of rat-based books was amazing as he brought a tangible and brilliantly paced ever-growing sense of fear to proceedings.

King, of course, is a genius and should go down in history as one of mankind’s greatest writers.

MMcC: I intensely enjoy Mike Carey’s Felix Castor books, because he has successfully blended the low down and dirty gumshoe with an incredible supernatural horror theme while at the same time maintaining an superbly well devised back story/sub-plot. I’d also be remiss to leave out King’s Salem’s Lot and David Moody’s Hater, because again they made the very people you’d come to know throughout the books seem alien and dangerous, creating an air of paranoiac hysteria within their very pages.

SR: Hands down my two favorite horror novels have to be “Autumn” by David Moody, and “Flu” by Wayne Simmons. Autumn is the top of the list because David Moody creates such an effective atmosphere of tension and exploits it like a master. You are always waiting for the other shoe to drop and when it does, David delivers the goods. Wayne Simmons’ “Flu” is a close second to “Autumn”. Wayne’s style is much different from David Moody, David is subtle. Wayne is in your face, slap you upside the head and makes you pay attention. Wayne’s writing style drags you into the story and makes you face the situation with his characters. They both have the philosophy in writing of exploring the actions of ordinary people in extraordinary situations, I love that philosophy and it’s the philosophy I plan to use in all my future works

What’s going on for you now?

JF: Right this moment I am still busy promoting an anthology of zombie stories, which features my very own story ‘Always and Forever’, Rigor Amortis (available on Amazon should you be interested). I had such a blast working on the story itself, and then with the editors of it, that it actually kick-started my love for horror all over again.

In terms of new work well the zombie theme isn’t going to go away, it seems, as I am currently working on something that was going to be a long story but is now longer more likely to be a novella – possibly even a novel. I don’t want to say too much about it but it is a ‘western’ in feel, set in the future called ‘Redemption’.

MMcC: I’m currently finishing off writing my second Novel: The Generous Dead, while breaking my rear trying to get Deadfast as much publicity as I can muster now that it’s finally in print. Check it out at: Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.

Deadfast Blurb: Meet Terry Fennell, Belfast’s guiltiest drunk and most unobliging detector. A former soldier for a secret branch of the army, Terry dealt with all the things that go bump in the night, now cut loose and disenfranchised after a secret handshake between the government and the nocturnal element put him out of a job and on to the dole queue. When a distraught mother seeks Terry out to help find her kids, kidnapped by her back-from-the-dead ex-husband, he can’t resist the lure of fast money. However, a simple no hope case turns into a complex web of lies and misdirection as Terry finds himself plunged into a life and death chase where violence is the fastest route to the truth and hard drinking is a hangover cure. It’s the sort of life he wishes was somebody else’s. It’s the sort of life that could get you… Deadfast

SR: I just submitted my first work for publication in an anthology and am currently working on my first novel. The one thing I have always wanted since i started reading and watching the horror genre is for someone to scare the hell out of me with their work. Although many have engulfed me into their stories and made me part of them like Wayne and David, none have yet to truly terrify me. That is what I am going to go for in my novel, I am going to attempt to scare even myself, and hopefully many many others once i get the book published.

The HWA Announces the 2010 Preliminary Stoker Ballot

The Horror Writers Association just released the preliminary ballot for the 2010 Bram Stoker Awards, and I’m delighted that I have four works in the running.

This list shows the works that earned the top of number of recommendations in each category. Over the next few weeks, the HWA membership will vote on the works listed here, winnowing the list down to five or so in each category. Those top five works will then advance to the final ballot, and the authors of those works will be able to claim the honor of calling themselves “Stoker-nominated writers.”

There’s some great writing here, and I’m excited to stand in such company.

Enjoy!

Superior Achievement in a NOVEL

VIPERS by Lawrence C. Connolly (Fantasist Enterprises)
SIREN by John Everson (Leisure)
HORNS by Joe Hill (William Morrow)
IT CAME FROM DEL RIO by Stephen Graham Jones (Trapdoor Books)
SPARROW ROCK by Nate Kenyon (Leisure Books)
DESPERATE SOULS by Gregory Lamberson (Medallion Press)
THE FRENZY WAY by Gregory Lamberson (Medallion Press)
ROT AND RUIN by Jonathan Maberry (Simon & Schuster)
APOCALYPSE OF THE DEAD by Joe McKinney (Pinnacle)
EMPIRE OF SALT by Weston Ochse (Abaddon)
DWELLER by Jeff Strand (Leisure/Dark Regions Press)
A DARK MATTER by Peter Straub (DoubleDay)

Superior Achievement in a FIRST NOVEL

MR. SHIVERS by Robert Jackson Bennett (Orbit)
FREEK CAMP by Steve Burt (Steve Burt Creations)
THE MAN OF MYSTERY HILL by Tracy L. Carbone (Echelon Quake)
BLACK AND ORANGE by Benjamin Kane Ethridge (Bad Moon Books)
CARNIVAL OF FEAR by J.G. Faherty (Graveside Tales)
A BOOK OF TONGUES by Gemma Files (Chizine Publications)
AT THE END OF CHURCH STREET by Gregory Hall (Belfire Press)
MADIGAN MINE by Kirstyn McDermott (Picador Australia)
CASTLE OF LOS ANGELES by Lisa Morton (Gray Friar Press)
SPELLBENT by Lucy Snyder (Del Rey)

Superior Achievement in LONG FICTION

THE DOCTOR, THE KID, AND THE GHOSTS IN THE LAKE by Mort Castle (F Magazine)
REQUIEM FOR THE BURNING GOD by Shane Jiraiya Cummings (Cthulhu’s Dark Cults)
THE PAINTED DARKNESS by Brian James Freeman (Cemetery Dance)
CHASING THE DRAGON by Nicholas Kaufmann (Chizine)
DREAMS IN BLACK AND WHITE by John R. Little (Morning Star)
DISSOLUTION by Lisa Mannetti (Deathwatch)
BLEMISH by Joe McKinney (Dark Recesses #12)
THE SAMHANACH by Lisa Morton (Bad Moon Books)
JADE by Gene O’Neill (Bad Moon Books)
INVISIBLE FENCES by Norman Prentiss (Cemetery Dance)

Superior Achievement in SHORT FICTION

THE BEHELD by Paul Bens (Dark Discoveries #160)
RETURN TO MARIABRONN by Gary Braunbeck (Haunted Legends)
SURPRISE! by G.O. Clark (Dark Valentine 2)
SEMINAR Z by J. Comeau (Dead Set: A Zombie Anthology)
THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS by Brock Cooper (The New Bedlam Project)
THE FOLDING MAN by Joe R. Lansdale (Haunted Legends)
1925: A FALL RIVER HALLOWEEN by Lisa Mannetti (Shroud Magazine #10)
SURVIVORS by Joe McKinney (Dead Set: A Zombie Anthology)
BIG ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN by Weston Ochse (Dark Discoveries #16)
ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE by David Sakmyster (Horror World)
TROOT by Margaret B. Simon (Null Immortalis)
THE DAYS OF FLAMING MOTORCYCLES by Catherynne Valente (Dark Faith)
FINAL DRAFT by Mark W. Worthen (Horror Library IV)

Superior Achievement in an ANTHOLOGY

DARK FAITH edited by Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon (Apex Publications)
HORROR LIBRARY IV edited by R.J. Cavender and, Boyd E. Harris (Cutting Block Press)
CTHULHU’S DARK CULTS edited by David Conyers (Chaosium)
HAUNTED LEGENDS edited by Ellen Datlow and Nick Mamatas (Tor)
THE NEW DEAD edited by Christopher Golden (St. Martin’s Griffin)
BLACK WINGS edited S.T. Joshi (PS Publishing)
EVOLVE: VAMPIRE STORIES OF THE NEW UNDEAD edited by Nancy Kilpatrick (Edge Science Fiction & Fantasy Publishing)
NULL IMMORTALIS edited by D.F. Lewis (Megazanthus Press)
DEAD SET: A ZOMBIE ANTHOLOGY edited by Michelle McCrary and Joe McKinney (23 House Publishing)
SCENES FROM THE SECOND STOREY by Amanda Pillar and Pete Kempshall (Morrigan Books)

Superior Achievement in a COLLECTION

OCCULTATION by Laird Barron (Night Shade Books)
BLOOD AND GRISTLE by Michael Louis Calvillo (Bad Moon Books)
THIS WAY TO EGRESS by Lawrence C. Connolly (Ash-Tree Press)
WHAT WILL COME AFTER by Scott Edelman (PS Publishing)
FULL DARK, NO STARS by Stephen King (Simon and Schuster)
LITTLE THINGS by John R. Little (Bad Moon Books)
A HELL OF A JOB by Michael McCarty (Damnation Books)
A HOST OF SHADOWS by Harry Shannon (Dark Regions Press)
FUNGUS OF THE HEART by Jeremy Shipp (Raw Dog (Screaming Press)
HELLFIRE AND DAMNATION by Connie Corcoran Wilson (Sam’s Dot)

Superior Achievement in NONFICTION

WEIRD ENCOUNTERS by Joanne M. Austin (Sterling Publishing)
TO EACH THEIR DARKNESS by Gary A. Braunbeck (Apex Publications)
SHADOWS OVER FLORIDA by David Goudsward and Scott T. Goudsward (Bear Manor Media)
THE CONSPIRACY AGAINST THE HUMAN RACE by Thomas Ligotti (Hippocampus Press)
WANTED UNDEAD OR ALIVE by Jonathan Maberry and Janice Gable Bashman (Citadel)
MASTERS OF IMAGINATION by Michael McCarty (Bear Manor Media)
LISTEN TO THE ECHOES: THE RAY BRADBURY INTERVIEWS by Sam Weller (Melville House Publications)

Superior Achievement in a POETRY Collection

DARK MATTERS by Bruce Boston (Bad Moon Books)
LOVE CRAFT by Bryan Dietrich (Finishing Line Press)
CHEMICKAL REACTIONS by Karen L. Newman (Naked Snake Press)
WOOD LIFE by Rich Ristow (Snuff Books)
WILD HUNT OF THE STARS by Ann K. Schwader (Sam’s Dot)
DIARY OF A GENTLEMAN DIABOLIST by Robin Spriggs (Anomalous Books)
SAVAGE MENACE AND OTHER POEMS OF HORROR by Richard L. Tierney (P’rea Press)
VICIOUS ROMANTIC by Wrath James White (Bandersnatch Books)

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