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“AND THE WINNER OF THE COVETED ‘GOOD TASTE’ AWARD IS…!” (ANOTHER THING I LOVE ABOUT BEING AN EDITOR)
johnskipp

Dear gang –

Yesterday, the Horror Writers Association (HWA) announced their nominees for the Bram Stoker Award.  And amongst those selected for Superior Achievement in an Anthology (Editing), you’ll find Demons: Encounters With the Devil and His Minions, Fallen Angels, and the Possessed. Edited by yours truly.

Does this make me happy? Why, yes, it does!

The biggest happy-making ingredient, for me, is that it’s testimony to how great these stories are. How lucky I was to get them and then weave them – like the spun gold they are – into a gamut-spanning showcase for everything astounding about the field.

These are 37 great fucking stories, flat-out. (Well, maybe except for mine. But we were eight pages short, and out of money. We had no other choice!)

Which means that, basically, my job was to a) find already-existing greatness, and b) instigate brand-new greatness. In other words, the “Good Taste” Award for Excellence in Recognizing Excellence.

So here are the true nominees, from Demons:

CHERUB – Adam-Troy Castro
THE DEVIL – Guy de Maupassant
THE BOOK – Margaret Irwin
THE MONKEY’S PAW – W.W. Jacobs
THE HOUND – H.P. Lovecraft
THE BLACK CAT – Edgar Allen Poe
THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER – Stephen Vincent Benet
NELLTHU – Anthony Boucher
THE HOWLING MAN – Charles Beaumont
THE EXORCIST (excerpt) – William Peter Blatty
HELL – Richard Christian Matheson
EMPATHY – John Skipp
VISITATION – David J. Schow
BEST FRIENDS – Robert R. McCammon
INTO WHOSE HANDS – Karl Edward Wagner
PILGRIMS TO THE CATHEDRAL – Mark Arnold
THE BESPELLED – Kim Harrison
NON QUIS, SED QUID – Maggie Stiefvater
DEMON GIRL – Athena Villaverde
HE WAITS – K.H. Koehler
HAPPY HOUR – Laura Lee Bahr
STAYING THE NIGHT – Amelia Beamer
DAISIES AND DEMONS – Mercedes M. Yardley
AND LOVE SHALL HAVE NO DOMINION – Livia Llewellyn
MOM – Bentley Little
20th LEVEL CHAOTIC EVIL ROGUE SEEKS WHOLE WIDE WORLD TO CONQUER – Weston Ochse
CONSUELA HATES A VACUUM – Cody Goodfellow
OUR BLOOD IN ITS BLIND CIRCUIT – J. David Osborne
EMPTY CHURCH – James Steele
ANGELOLOGY (excerpt) –Danielle Trussoni
THE CODA OF SOLOMON – Nick Mamatas
THE LAW OF RESONANCE – Zak Jarvis
STUPID FUCKING REASON TO SELL YOUR SOUL – Carlton Mellick III
HALT AND CATCH FIRE – Violet LeVoit
SCARS IN PROGRESS – Brian Hodge
THE UNICORN HUNTER – Alethea Kontis
OTHER PEOPLE – Neil Gaiman

The coolest thing, for me, is the chance to provoke so much fresh ass-kicking original fiction (well over half the book is new), then juxtapose it with time-honored classics: some well remembered, some tragically forgotten.

And show, very clearly, that some of the best short fiction ever written is being written right now. By masters in the making. By the legends to come.

Insofar as I’m concerned, these authors have already won the best award I can possibly give them: the “I Love Your Story!” Award. It’s the award that every reader gives to every story they excitedly hand to a friend, going, “Omigod, you have to read this!”

The most coveted award on Earth.

THANKS, HWA! For honoring these writers: some new, some old, some so old they’re 100 years dead. I think it’s a sweet and wonderful thing, and totally hope we win.

CONGRATS TO ALL NOMINEES, IN ALL CATEGORIES! It’s nice to be noticed, ain’t it?

And to all you dreamers who remain unnoticed – or at least un-nominated -- just remember:

Every time someone authentically loves your story, you already won the one that counts.

Yer pal in the trenches,
Skipp


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I find it hilarious that 622 page just wasn't long enough! Haha.

Congrats, John. And everyone involved. It's a great collection. =)

Edited at 2012-02-19 11:16 pm (UTC)

Dear Ken--

I know! It IS hilarious! But to have that panoramic a canvas to fill with incredible stories is pretty much a dream come true. So I ain't complainin'!

Thanks, my friend.

Yer pal,
Skipp

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