January 16th, 2008


Stoker Award Musings

Yesterday was the deadline for the Bram Stoker Award recommendations period, which means that, as of today, HWA members can no longer recommend works published in 2007.

The Stoker Compiler said he got flooded with over 300 last-minute recommendations. This is pretty much what happens every year. A lot of members wait until the last minute to make their recommendations, which is why I never listen when the annual panicked announcements come that not enough members are participating and the Stokers will surely die unless everyone starts recommending works now.

I don't know why people wait until the last minute, though. Me, I recommend stuff throughout the year, often immediately after reading something I consider Stoker-worthy so I don't forget.

Anyway, tangents aside, the recommendation period is now ended, and I'm pleased to see so many of the works I liked (The Missing, The Dust of Wonderland, Inferno, The Imago Sequence and Other Stories, and others) getting so much attention and doing so well in their categories. It's true that once the Preliminary Ballot is created from the top 10 works in each category, it all resets back to 0 and becomes anyone's game again, but I believe the works I'm rooting for are strong enough to make it to the Final Ballot.

I think 2007 was a very strong year for original horror fiction. Should be an exciting race!

KGB Meets The Best Writing Group Ever

I just got back from a wonderful evening at the KGB Bar's Fantastic Fiction Reading Series, not to mention the usual Chinese dinner afterward at Grand Sichuan on St. Mark's Place. My friend dbraum was one of the readers, and he did an amazing job, especially considering he hasn't done much live reading before.

Dan is also in my writing group, Who Wants Cake, and is the second Caker to read at the Fantastic Fiction series at KGB, the first being Sarah Langan. This is why we are the best. Writing group. Ever.

johnjosephadams was there, and he showed me a copy of his new anthology from Night Shade Books, Wastelands. It looks awesome. I can't wait for his next anthology, featuring zombies, zombies, and more zombies! (Seriously, he's got excellent taste, and if anyone can put together a zombie anthology that won't be repetitive, it's him.)

shunn and Paula Guran both made surprise appearances at the reading and came out to dinner afterward. Speaking of which, dinner was as enjoyable as ever. I finally got to sit at the grown-ups' table (thanks for saving me a seat, ellen_datlow!) with Gordon Linzner, Rick Bowes, ktempest, John Klima, Ellen, Paula and a few others. It was a fun, rollicking time.

Biggest revelation of the night: Grand Sichuan's cumin beef is delicious. It smells like B.O., but it tastes like GOLD!