Yet more good news this way comes. Shadow Show has been nominated for the prestigious Shirley Jackson Award. This is a super-cool honor for me and my co-editor Mort Castle (Affectionately known as “Mort-o,” and “The Castle of Death”).
Summed up, the Jackson Awards recognize outstanding achievements in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic. The award is named, of course, for the great Shirley Jackson. Interesting aside: Ray Bradbury included a Shirley Jackson story, “The Lottery,” in the first anthology he edited, Timeless Stories for Today and Tomorrow, back in 1952.
Here is a complete list of the 2012 nominees.
Mort Castle and I are thrilled by the news that Shadow Show has been nominated for an Audie Award for “Distinguished Achievement in Audio Production.” Many congrats to our incredible producer, Karen Dziekonski and the team of folks who read the stories! If you haven’t checked out the audio book yet, do so! The cast of readers is outstanding! Mort and I had a great time reading the intro!
I’m honored to report that SHADOW SHOW: ALL-NEW STORIES IN CELEBRATION OF RAY BRADBURY has been nominated for the prestigious 2013 Bram Stoker Award for “Superior Achievement in an Anthology.” This is my third Stoker nomination and I’m hopeful this time just may be the charm. Mort Castle, my co-editor on the book, has been been nominated nine times. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride! The awards ceremony will be held this coming June in New Orleans. Thanks to the members of the Horror Writers Association for this recognition.
I recently published a short story about a trio of young friends who try to contact a deceased loved one by using a Quija Board. The story ran in the Chicago Reader’s prestigious annual “Pure Fiction” issue.
I wrote four stories that I considered using in Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury. At this point, all four stories have now been published. “Night Summons” appeared in Rosebud #52; “The Shadows Behind the Trees” was made available on my other website (www.listentotheechoes.com) as a free PDF download (and it was also published on Byliner.com); and “The Girl in the Funeral Parlor” ran in Shadow Show.
Now, the fourth and final tale is out there. I hope you enjoy it.
2012 was a wonderful year. I can’t thank you enough for your support of Shadow Show and for all your lovely notes and comments about my own story in the book. I was also thrilled by your response to my Shadow Show outtake story, “The Shadows Behind the Trees,” that ran on www.listentotheechoes.com. You can expect much more fiction from me in 2013, along with an ebook of The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury that will include a new chapter along with several new photos.
I am at work now on a novel that I hope to have wrapped this time next year.
I send you all much love and well wishes for a beautiful new year.