News From The Abyss – 26/02/10

It’s a week of lists in the news this week. First up, congratulations to everyone who has made it onto the final list of nominees for the 2009 Stoker Awards :-

SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN A NOVEL

* Audrey’s Door by Sarah Langan (Harper)

* Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry (St. Martin’s Griffin)

* Quarantined by Joe McKinney (Lachesis Publishing)

* Cursed by Jeremy Shipp (Raw Dog Screaming Press)

SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN A FIRST NOVEL

* Breathers by S. G. Browne (Broadway Books)

* Solomon’s Grave by Daniel G. Keohane (Dragon Moon Press)

* Damnable by Hank Schwaeble (Jove)

* The Little Sleep by Paul Tremblay (Henry Holt)

SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN LONG FICTION

* “Dreaming Robot Monster” by Mort Castle (Mighty Unclean)

* The Hunger of Empty Vessels by Scott Edelman (Bad Moon Books)

* The Lucid Dreaming by Lisa Morton (Bad Moon Books)

* Doc Good’s Traveling Show by Gene O’Neill (Bad Moon Books)

SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SHORT FICTION

* “Keeping Watch” by Nate Kenyon (Monstrous: 20 Tales of Giant Creature Terror)

* “The Crossing of Aldo Ray” by Weston Ochse (The Dead That Walk)

* “In the Porches of My Ears” by Norman Prentiss (Postscripts #1)

* “The Night Nurse” by Harry Shannon (Horror Drive-in)

SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN FICTION COLLECTION

* Martyrs and Monsters by Robert Dunbar (DarkHart Press)

* Got to Kill Them All and Other Stories by Dennis Etchison (Cemetery Dance)

* A Taste of Tenderloin by Gene O’Neill (Apex Book Company)

* In the Closet, Under the Bed by Lee Thomas (Dark Scribe Press)

SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN ANTHOLOGY (EDITING)

* He is Legend: An Anthology Celebrating Richard Matheson edited by Christopher Conlon (Gauntlet Press)

* Lovecraft Unbound edited by Ellen Datlow (Dark Horse Books)

* Poe edited by Ellen Datlow (Solaris)

* Midnight Walk edited by Lisa Morton (Darkhouse Publishing)

SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN NONFICTION

* Writers Workshop of Horror by Michael Knost (Woodland Press)

* Cinema Knife Fight by L. L. Soares and Michael Arruda (Fearzone)

* The Stephen King Illustrated Companion by Bev Vincent (Fall River Press)

* Stephen King: The Non-fiction by Rocky Wood and Justin Brook (Cemetery Dance)

SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN POETRY COLLECTION

* Double Visions by Bruce Boston (Dark Regions)

* North Left of Earth by Bruce Boston (Sam’s Dot)

* Barfodder by Rain Graves (Cemetery Dance)

* Chimeric Machines by Lucy A. Snyder (Creative Guy Publishing)

A couple of important and exciting anthologies are about to be released.

Night Shade Books have Best New Horror Of The Year 2, edited by the always excellent Ellen Datlow, and the contents look like this:-

Summation 2009 – Ellen Datlow
Lowland Sea – Suzy McKee Charnas
The End of Everything – Steve Eller
Mrs Midnight – Reggie Oliver
each thing I show you is a piece of my death – Gemma Files and Stephen J. Barringer
The Nimble Men – Glen Hirshberg
What Happens when you wake up in the night – Michael Marshall Smith
Wendigo – Micaela Morrissette
In the Porches of My Ears – Norman Prentiss
Lonegan’s Luck – Stephen Graham Jones
The Crevasse – Dale Bailey and Nathan Ballingrud
The Lion’s Den – Steve Duffy
Lotophagi – Edward Morris
The Gaze Dogs of Nine Waterfall – Kaaron Warren
Dead Loss – Carole Johnstone
Strappado – Laird Barron
The Lammas Worm – Nina Allan
Technicolor – John Langan

And from Mortbury Press, The Sixth Black Book of Horror edited by the just as excellent Charles Black :-

SIX OF THE BEST – John Llewellyn Probert

TRAFFIC STREAM – Simon Kurt Unsworth

IMAGINARY FRIENDS – Steve Lockley

AN UNCONVENTIONAL EXORCISM – R. B. Russell

THE DOOM – Paul Finch

KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY – Gary Fry

SPANISH SUITE – Craig Herbertson

MR PIGSNY – Reggie Oliver

THE RED STONE – Alex Langley

ROOM ABOVE THE SHOP – Stephen Bacon

THEIR CRAMPED DARK WORLD – David A. Riley

GNOMES – Mick Lewis

BAGPUSS – Anna Taborska

THE SWITCH – David Williamson

KEEPING YOUR MOUTH SHUT – Mark Samuels

Both collections look amazing and are essential purchases as far as I am concerned.

Finally many thanks to the British Fantasy Society for review copies of the following, fine publications :-

F20 – One & Two

The British Fantasy Society : A Celebration ed by Paul Kane & Marie O’Regan

H.P. Lovecraft In Britain by Stephen Jones

Houses On the Borderland Ed by David A. Sutton

Shocks by Ronald Chetwynd-Hayes

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2 responses to “News From The Abyss – 26/02/10

  1. You’ll really enjoy Dave Sutton’s book – and the Lovecraft in Britain is a good piece of work. Still to get a copy of shocks though! Well done on the site – it’s looking brilliant and thanks for the kind reviews (so far!) on BFTD!

    Johnny

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