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Stephen King’s Short Story Finalists

The six finalists for Stephen King’s short story competition were announced on January 21, 2016:

  • “The Spots”, Paul Bassett Davies
  • “The Unpicking”, Michael Button
  • “Wild Swimming”, Elodie Harper
  • “The Bear Trap”, Neil Hudson
  • “La Mort De L’Amant”, Stuart Johnstone
  • “Eau de Eric”, Manuela Saragosa

With more than 800 entries into the competition, the six finalists were eventually selected from a longlist of 20 by judges Claire Armitstead (Books Editor at the Guardian), Philippa Pride (Stephen King’s British editor), and Kate Lyall-Grant (publisher at Severn House). The winner, to be selected by Stephen King, will be announced “on or after” January 30, 2016.

For more information, see the official announcement.

Smith Wins Prometheus Lifetime Achievement Award

The Libertarian Futurist Society (LFS) has announced that L. Neil Smith will receive a Special Prometheus Award for Lifetime Achievement. Smith created the Prometheus Award in 1979. The time and place of the awards ceremony have yet to be announced.

This will be the fourth Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the LFS. Poul Anderson won in 2001, Vernor Vinge in 2014, and F. Paul Wilson in 2015. For more, visit the LFS site.

2015 Stoker Preliminary Ballot

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) announced the preliminary ballot for the 2015 Bram Stoker Awards on January 21, 2016.

Superior Achievement in a Novel

  • The Scarlet Gospels, Clive Barker (St. Martin’s)
  • The Catacombs, Jeremy Bates (Ghillinnein)
  • The Fold, Peter Clines (Crown)
  • The Deep, Michaelbrent Collings (self-published)
  • The Cure, JG Faherty (Samhain)
  • Monster, Keith Ferrario (Samhain)
  • Black Tide, Patrick Freivald (JournalStone)
  • Skullcrack City, Jeremy Robert Johnson (Lazy Fascist)
  • Werewolf Cop, Andrew Klavan (Pegasus)
  • The Private Sector, Leigh M. Lane (Eldritch)
  • He Who Walks in Shadow, Brett J. Talley (JournalStone)
  • A Head Full of Ghosts, Paul Tremblay (Morrow)

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

  • Shutter, Courtney Alameda (Feiwel & Friends)
  • Mr. Suicide, Nicole Cushing (Word Horde)
  • Heaven, Hell, or Houston: A Zombie Thriller, Thom Erb (Severed)
  • The Amazing Mr. Howard, Kenneth W. Harmon  (JournalStone)
  • The Library at Mount Char, Scott Hawkins (Crown)
  • Consumption, Heather Herrman (Hydra)
  • We Are Monsters, Brian Kirk (Samhain)
  • Hannahwhere, John McIlveen (Crossroad)
  • The Keeper of the Crows, Kyle Alexander Romines (Sunbury)
  • Riding the Centipede, Jean Claude Smith (Omnium Gatherum)

 Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel

  • Never Let Me Sleep, Jennifer Brozek (Permuted)
  • The Suffering, Rin Chupeco (Sourcebooks Fire)
  • The Ridealong, Michaelbrent Collings (self-published)
  • Devil’s Pocket, John Dixon (Simon & Schuster)
  • Department 19: Darkest Night, Will Hill (HarperCollins Children’s)
  • Hallowed, Tonya Hurley (Simon & Schuster)
  • The Shadow Cabinet, Maureen Johnson (Penguin)
  • The Silent End, Samuel Sattin (Ragnarok)
  • Bleed, Dax Varley (Garden Gate)
  • End Times at Ridgemont High, Ian Welke (Omnium Gatherum)

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction

  • “Paper Cuts”, Gary A. Braunbeck (Seize the Night)
  • Cracked Sky, Ben Eads (Omnium Gatherum)
  • “Becoming Invisible, Becoming Seen”, Scott Edelman (Dark Discoveries 1/15)
  • The Torment of Rachel Ames, Jeff Gunhus (Seven Guns)
  • The Box Jumper, Lisa Mannetti  (Smart Rhino)
  • “Resistance”, Seanan McGuire (The End Has Come)
  • At the Lazy K, Gene O’Neill (Written Backwards)
  • “Dia de los Muertos”, Jason Parent  (Bad Apples 2)
  • “Special Collections”, Norman Partridge (The Library of the Dead)
  • “Little Dead Red”, Mercedes M. Yardley (Grimm Mistresses)

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction

  • “Snow”, Dale Bailey (Nightmare 6/15)
  • “A Trader on the Border of the Mutant Rain Forest”, Bruce Boston (Daily Science Fiction 8/21/15)
  • “An American Ghost in Zurich”, Daniel Braum (Savage Beasts)
  • “Choking Hazard”, Michael Paul Gonzalez (Winter Horror Days)
  • “All the Day You’ll Have Good Luck”, Kate Jonez (Black Static 7-8/15)
  • “The Massacre of the Mermaids”, Alessandro Manzetti (The Massacre of the Mermaids)
  • The Algernon Effect, Gene O’Neill (White Noise)
  • “Happy Joe’s Rest Stop”, John Palisano (18 Wheels of Horror)
  • “The Cork Won’t Stay”, Nate Southard (Nightmare 7/15)
  • “Sing Me Your Scars”, Damien Angelica Walters (Sing Me Your Scars)
  • “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers”, Alyssa Wong  (Nightmare 10/15)


Superior Achievement in an Anthology

  • The Library of the Dead, Michael Bailey, ed. (Written Backwards)
  • The Doll Collection: Seventeen Brand-New Tales of Dolls, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Tor)
  • Beware the Little White Rabbit, Shannon Delany & Judith Graves, eds. (Leap)
  • Seize the Night,  Christopher Golden, ed. (Gallery )
  • Horrorology, Stephen Jones, ed. (Quercus)
  • nEvermore!, Nancy Kilpatrick & Caro Soles, ed. (Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy)
  • X-Files: Trust No One, Jonathan Maberry, ed. (IDW)
  • 18 Wheels of Horror, Eric Miller, ed. (Big Time)
  • Shadows Over Main Street, Doug Murano & D. Alexander Ward, eds. (Hazardous)
  • Midian Unmade, Joseph Nassise & Del Howison, eds. (Tor)
  • Shrieks and Shivers from the Horror Zine, Jeani Rector, ed. (Post Mortem)
  • Exigencies, Richard Thomas, ed. (Dark House)

Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection

  • Halfway Down the Stairs, Gary Braunbeck (JournalStone)
  • Apocalypse Girl Dreaming, Jennifer Brozek (Evil Girlfriend Media)
  • The Abandonment of Grace and Everything After, Shane Jiraiya Cummings (Brimstone)
  • The Mirrors, Nicole Cushing (Cycatrix)
  • Sacrificing Virgins, John Everson (Samhain)
  • The Dark at the End of the Tunnel, Taylor Grant (Crystal Lake)
  • New Avalon: Love and Loss in the City of Steam, Neal F. Litherland (James Ward Kirk)
  • The Hitchhiking Effect, Gene O’Neill (Dark Renaissance)
  • While the Black Stars Burn, Lucy A. Snyder (Raw Dog Screaming)
  • Dominoes in Time, Matthew Warner (Cemetery Dance)

Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction

  • The Unique Legacy of Weird Tales: The Evolution of Modern Fantasy and Horror, Justin Everett & Jeffrey H. Shanks, eds. (Rowman & Littlefield)
  • Monsters and Monstrosity from the Fin de Siècle to the Millennium, Sharla Hutchinson & Rebecca A. Brown, eds. (McFarland)
  • The Art of Horror, Stephen Jones (Applause Theatre & Cinema)
  • Author’s Guide to Marketing with Teeth, Michael Knost (Seventh Star)
  • Horror 201: The Silver Scream, Joe Mynhardt & Emma Audsley, eds. (Crystal Lake)
  • Studies in the Horror Film: Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, Danel Olson (Centipede)
  • Haunted by the Abyss: The Otherworldly Experiences of Paranormal, Sarah Soderlund  (Llewellyn)
  • Haunted Plantations of the South, Richard Southall (Llewellyn)

Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection

  • Resonance Dark and Light, Bruce Boston (Eldritch)
  • The Madness in our Marrow, Amanda Crum (Amanda Crum)
  • The Robot Scientist’s Daughter, Jeannine Hall Gailey (Mayapple)
  • Dark Parchments, Michael H. Hanson (MoonDream)
  • Eden Underground, Alessandro Manzetti (Crystal Lake )
  • The Crimson Tome, K.A. Opperman (Hippocampus
  • Poetic Allegories, Michael Randolph (Eldritch)
  • Dark Energies, Ann Schwader (P’rea Press)
  • Naughty Ladies, Marge Simon (Eldritch)
  • An Exorcism of Angels, Stephanie M. Wytovich (Raw Dog Screaming)

Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel

  • Harrow County, Vol. 1: Countless Haints, Cullen Bunn (Dark Horse)
  • Hellbound, Victor Gischler (Dark Horse)
  • Behemoth, Chris Kipiniak (Monkeybrain)
  • Outcast, Vol. 1: A Darkness Surrounds Him, Robert Kirkman (Image)
  • The Children’s Vampire Hunting Brigade, Vol. 2: Age of the Wicked, David Lucarelli (Creator’s Edge)
  • Wytches, Vol. 1, Scott Snyder (Image)
  • Colder, Vol. 2: The Bad Seed, Paul Tobin (Dark Horse)
  • Shadow Show: Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury, Sam Weller & Mort Castle, eds. (IDW)

Superior Achievement in a Screenplay

  • Spring
  • Crimson Peak
  • Goodnight, Mommy
  • Hannibal: “The Wrath of the Lamb”
  • The Walking Dead: “Here’s Not Here”
  • Penny Dreadful: “And Hell Itself My Only Foe”
  • Penny Dreadful: “Nightcomers”
  • It Follows
  • What We Do in the Shadows
  • Bone Tomahawk

Voting is open to active and lifetime HWA members until February 15, 2016.

Bram Stoker Award nominees for 2015 (the short list) will be announced on February 23, 2016. Winners will be honored May 14, 2016 at the gala held in the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada during the first annual StokerCon. For more information, see the HWA website.

David G. Hartwell (1941-2016)


Editor David G. Hartwell, 74, died January 20, 2016. He suffered head trauma in a fall, was hospitalized, and did not David G. Hartwell [FM] 2013smallrecover from a massive brain bleed. Hartwell was one of the genre’s most accomplished editors, and was equally known for his encyclopedic knowledge of the field and his memorable personal style.

David Geddes Hartwell was born July 10, 1941 in Salem MA. He attended Williams College, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1963, then went on to earn a master’s from Colgate University in 1965 and a doctorate in Comparative Medieval Literature from Columbia University in 1973. Hartwell married Patricia Lee Wolcott in 1969, and they had two children before divorcing in 1992. He married Kathryn Cramer in 1997, and they had two children.

Hartwell’s publishing career began in 1971 as a consulting SF editor for Signet. He joined Berkley in 1973, later rising to editor-in-chief of science fiction there. After moving to Pocket books in 1978, he launched the influential Timescape imprint, which ran until 1983. In 1985 he joined Arbor House (later merged into Avon/Morrow). He began working as a consulting editor for Tor Books in 1983, and became a full-time senior editor at Tor/Forge in 1995.

Hartwell edited thousands of SF books starting in the 1970s, and edited or co-edited over 40 anthologies, among them The Dark Descent (1987) and Foundations of Fear (1992), surveys of horror; Masterpieces of Fantasy & Enchantment (1988); The World Treasury of Science Fiction (1988); and The Science Fiction Century (1997). He co-edited numerous books with Kathryn Cramer, including The Ascent of Wonder (1994), The Hard SF Renaissance (2002), The Space Opera Renaissance (2006), and many volumes in the Year’s Best SF and Year’s Best Fantasy series. His non-fiction book Age of Wonders (1984) examined the history and culture of SF.

Hartwell published and edited literary journal The Little Magazine (1965-88) and was co-founder and reviews editor of of The New York Review of Science Fiction (1988), published by his own Dragon Press. He was also a bookseller.

He was nominated for Hugo Awards 41 times, with nominations for professional editing (long and short forms) and for the The New York Review of Science Fiction. He won for Professional Editor in 2006, and for Best Editor, Long Form in 2008 and 2009. He won the World Fantasy Award twice (both in 1988), the Milford Award for Life Achievement (1990), and the Skylark Award for his contributions to SF (2006). He taught at Harvard University, NYU, Clarion West, and Clarion South. He chaired the board of the directors of the World Fantasy Convention, and administered the Philip K. Dick Award with Gordon Van Gelder.

Hartwell lived in Pleasantville NY, and is survived by his wife and children.

See the February issue of Locus for a complete obituary. For more, see his entry in the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.


David Hartwell in Critical Condition

Kathryn Cramer has announced on social media that Tor editor David Hartwell has suffered “a massive brain bleed and is not expected to recover.” We will update as more information is available.

2016 LFS Hall of Fame Finalists

The Libertarian Futurist Society (LFS) has announced the finalists for their 2016 Hall of Fame award, “given in recognition of a classic work of science fiction or fantasy with libertarian themes.”

  • Manna, Lee Correy (1984)
  • Courtship Rite, Donald M. Kingsbury (1982)
  • “As Easy as A.B.C.”, Rudyard Kipling (1912)
  • The Island Worlds, Eric Kotani & John Maddox Roberts (1987)
  • A Mirror for Observers, Edgar Pangborn (1954)

Works of SF or fantasy first published or broadcast more than five years ago are eligible. Finalists were selected from 14 works nominated by members of the LFS, and a committee of judges selected finalists.

The Hall of Fame award will be voted on together with the Prometheus Award for Best Novel, both of which will be presented together. For more information, see the official announcement.

2016 Edgar Awards Nominations

There are a few works and authors of genre interest among the 2016 Edgar Awards nominations, presented annually by the Mystery Writers of America:

Best Novel

Canary, Duane Swierczynski (Mulholland)

Best Short Story

Best Young Adult

Walter Mosley has been named the 2016 Grand Master.

The Edgar Awards will be presented April 28, 2016 at the Grand Hyatt hotel in New York. For more information, including the full list of nominees, see their official website.

ALA 2016 Reading List Winners

The American Library Association announced their 2016 Reading List winners and honor titles, given to the best in genre fiction for adult readers. They were announced January 9, 2016 during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston. Categories including work of SF/F interest follow.


  • Uprooted, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)
  • The Aeronaut’s Windlass, Jim Butcher (Roc)
  • Sorcerer to the Crown, Zen Cho (Ace)
  • The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
  • A Darker Shade of Magic, V.E. Schwab (Tor)

Historical Fiction

  • Crooked Heart, Lissa Evans (Harper)
  • Jam on the Vine, LaShonda Katrice Barnett (Grove)
  • The Truth According to Us, Annie Barrows (The Dial Press)
  • The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah (St. Martin’s)
  • Paradise Sky, Joe R. Lansdale (Mulholland )
  • Girl Waits with Gun, Amy Stewart (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)


  • The Fifth House of the Heart, Ben Tripp (Gallery)
  • When We Were Animals, Joshua Gaylord (Mulholland)
  • The Silence, Tim Lebbon (Titan)
  • Little Girls, Ronald Malfi (Kensington)
  • A Head Full of Ghosts, Paul Tremblay (Morrow)

Science Fiction

  • Golden Son, Pierce Brown (Del Rey)
  • The Water Knife, Paolo Bacigalupi (Knopf)
  • Slow Bullets, Alastair Reynolds (Tachyon)
  • Seveneves, Neal Stephenson (Morrow)
  • Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits, David Wong (Thomas Dunne)

Winners were selected by the Reading List Council, “whose members include twelve expert readers’ advisory and collection development librarians.”

For more information, including the full list of categories, see the ALA’s official announcement.



Ruby and Levithan Win ALA Awards

Laura Ruby’s Bone Gap (Balzer + Bray) won the 2016 Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature, announced January 11, 2016 at the American Library Association midwinter conference in Boston.

David Levithan received the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults.

Also of genre interest: Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits, David Wong (Thomas Dunne) and Half the World, Joe Abercrombie (Del Rey) won Alex Awards, given to adult books that appeal to teen audiences .

Publishers Weekly has the full list of ALA award winners and honor books.

2016 Philip K. Dick Award Nominees

The 2016 Philip K. Dick Award nominees have been announced:

The award is presented annually to a distinguished work of science fiction originally published in paperback form in the United States.

The winner and any special citations will be announced on Friday, March 25, 2016 at Norwescon 39 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport, SeaTac, Washington.

For more, see

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