The Bram Stoker Award is sort of the Oscars of the horror industry. I was honored in 2014 when my novella collection, The End in All Beginnings, was a finalist in the Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection category.
The award process has four components. First is the Recommended Reading List, which is the opening mechanism for generating potential nominees in each category. From this, a slate of perhaps 10 or so works in each category are culled into the Preliminary Ballot, which is where we are now.
This year, my story “A Ware That Will Not Keep,” which was featured in Behold! Oddities, Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders, made the preliminary ballot in the short fiction category!
This doesn’t mean I’m a winner or even a nominee yet; that’s the next step. In the upcoming week, HWA members will vote on this Preliminary Ballot, which will result in a smaller slate of nominees in each category in a Final Ballot. Then, of course, the winners, which will be announced at the Bram Stoker Awards Banquet at StokerCon, this year in Providence, RI. I will be attending, and I hope to be on that final ballot. And…who knows?
At any rate, Behold! also made the preliminary ballot under the Fiction Anthology category. And Hal Bodner’s superb story, “The Baker of Millepoix,” made it to the preliminary ballot along with mine. Congrats! I’m proud to be part of this fantastic book Doug put together.
My friend Mark Matthew’s also got to the prelims with Garden of Fiends, an anthology I also am proud to have a story in! Congrats, Mark!
And Josh Malerman got on twice, both with Black Mad Wheel (under novels), and the awesome Goblin (under fiction collection). You go, Josh!
Send some positive thoughts into the ether for me, friends! I’d love to see one of those Stoker houses on my desk this year!