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February 20th, 2012

A Post-Valentine's Day Poem [Feb. 20th, 2012|07:25 am]
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Vase knocked over
Water all over the table
Flowers on the floor
The cat is why we can't have nice things
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Good Luck, Everyone! [Feb. 20th, 2012|08:32 am]
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It's awards time again! The Bram Stoker Award nominees were announced last week. I won't bother listing them here, since they've already been reprinted on a thousand other blogs and sites. However, I will wish good luck to my good friends on ballot:

Greg Lamberson and Lee Thomas in the Novel category for Cosmic Forces and The German, respectively; Peter Straub in Long Fiction for The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine; Ellen Datlow in Anthology twice with Blood and Other Cravings and Supernatural Noir, and John Skipp in the same category for Demons; Nick Mamatas for Starve Better in Non-Fiction; and Linda Addison in Poetry Collection for How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend.

Also, the Nebula Awards nominees were just announced! You can see the full list here. I'd like to wish good luck to my good friends on this ballot, too:

Genevieve Valentine and N.K. Jemisin, both of whom are nominated in the Novel category, for Mechanique and The Kingdom of Gods, respectively; and Mary Robinette Kowal in Novella for “Kiss Me Twice” from Asimov’s Science Fiction, June 2011.

This blog post should not be considered endorsements of or votes for the works of these authors. I am not a member of HWA or SFWA, so I don't vote in either award. I am, however, excited for my friends, and want to publicly wish them the best of luck.
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My First Sale of 2012! [Feb. 20th, 2012|06:25 pm]
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Now that the contracts have been signed, I can announce with no small degree of happiness that my Lovecraftian jazz story, "The Rest Is Noise," will be appearing in PS Publishing's Dark Fusions anthology, edited by New York Times bestselling author Lois Gresh. There will only be 1,000 copies printed of this limited edition anthology, though there will probably also be a signed deluxe edition, and it's all currently scheduled for publication in winter of 2013.

Right now I don't have word on who else will be appearing in Dark Fusions, but I'm so incredibly excited to be part of it. Not just because I think "The Rest Is Noise" is one of my best stories ever, but also because I consider PS Publishing to be the pinnacle of speculative fiction specialty presses, from its choice of exceptional authors to its beautifully produced books, and I couldn't be happier to finally publish something with them.

Again, keep an eye out for this one next year. I'm told there might even be illustrations!
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They Call Me "Iron Hand" [Feb. 20th, 2012|09:36 pm]
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Tonight I signed the signature sheets for a special, limited edition of IDW's forthcoming prose anthology, Zombies vs. Robots: This Means War!. After 400 of them, my signature is now just a straight line!
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