Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Stoker Preliminary Ballot

The Stoker Award preliminary ballot list has been announced (not the nominations), and in tribute to all of the authors and artists involved, both Horrors Beyond 2 and High Seas Cthulhu made the list of 10 titles.

For those unfamiliar with the process, you might wonder what does it mean to be on the preliminary ballot? It is something like being in the presidential primaries. At this moment, ballots are being mailed to Active members of the Horrors Writers Association. Members vote in each of the categories (HB2 and HSC are in the Superior Achievement in an Anthology category). Once the ballots are returned, the list of 10 titles will be culled to the final list -- those are the Stoker nominations. And from there it goes onto selecting a winner. Nonetheless, it is great to be in the race at all, and for both titles to be included.

Naturally, I invite any Active HWA members to contact me for review copies of either or both books. And of course, they are in the local bookstores for those simply interested in reading the books -- which I hope you do!

9 comments:

John Goodrich said...

Congrats, man.

William Jones said...

Hey John,

Always good to see you around, and thanks very much.

Jeff Edwards said...

Congratulations, and good luck with reaching the nomination phase. Having two anthologies in the top 10 -- in the same year -- is quite an achievement!

-Jeff

Cairo said...

Wow, congrats! I've read both and I am not surprised they're nominated though I like Horrors Beyond 2 the best.

William Jones said...

Jeff -- Thanks! And having 2 anthologies on the list is both thrilling and problematic. Which do I vote for? :)

Cairo -- Thank you. I'm delighted you enjoyed Horrors Beyond 2. I'm fond of both anthologies. But the hope was to put out a bit of variety.

Charles Gramlich said...

I have a copy of "high seas" but haven't quite finished reading it. Some very good stuff in there, though.

Amanda said...

Congratulations on getting 2 books on the list. I've read both, but if I voted I'd pick horrors beyond 2. Maybe they can tie for 1st place.

Starbuck O'Shea said...

I bet you did, but I'll ask anyway: did you send them both to Locus? :>

ASZ

William Jones said...

Starbuck,

Yes, both titles went to Locus. I'm not sure if they have posted them yet -- I haven't checked lately. So that's a good question.