The Horror Writers Association (HWA) have released the Preliminary Ballot for the 2019 Bram Stoker Awards®. The HWA (http://www.horror.org/) is the premier writers organization in the horror and dark fiction genre, with over 1,600 members and have presented the Bram Stoker Awards® in various categories since 1987 (see http://www.thebramstokerawards.com/).
Note:Works on this ballot are not referred to as “nominees” or “finalists”. Only works appearing on the Final Ballot may be referred to as “nominated works” and their authors as “finalists”.
We are excited to announce the first round of acceptances for inclusion in Burning Love and Bleeding Hearts. This is our charity anthology to raise funds for the Australian bushfire victims… All sale proceeds will be donated to the Australian Red Cross and matched dollar-for-dollar by Microsoft (up to $50k) as part of their Giving campaign.
Finally, here’s the big announcement: my first collection of horror short stories, If Only Tonight We Could Sleep, will be available through Things in the Well from January 31!
Check out the Facebook page for it here, and you can find the Amazon pre-order here. And here – put together by yours truly, photography (as with all interior art) courtesy of Red Wallflower Photography – in all its glory, is the wraparound cover:
Cover by MRD – photography by Red Wallflower Photography – model: Aislynn Mary
I’ve been getting some glowing blurbs back on this from fellow writers, award-winning ones at that, which has been quite the boost. I can’t wait to share this thing with you – it’s been so long in the making, and we’ve been through a lot to bring you this book the way it is and should be.
Australian horror writer Matthew R. Davis has written 13 wonderfully dark stories, each of which has been suitably illustrated by dark, evocative photographs by Red Wallflower Photography. The collection has already garnered significant reviews by Lee Murray, Jason Fischer, and Chris Mason (see below for their comments). Things in the Well editor Steve Dillon has this to say of Matthew’s writing: “Matthew has a distinctive way of writing that reminds me of a mixture between Ramsey Campbell and Terry Gilliam. Some might find him too intense, while others will doubtless be enthralled from start to finish, carried by the ebb and flow of his dark, insightful fiction… he’s going from strength to strength…
“so good it almost makes me want to stop trying to be a writer.” – Steve Dillon, editor.
“If Only Tonight We Could Sleep is a deeply felt collection, gritty and pulsing with the grim cadence of our urban quotidian. Davis secures his place as a writer of note with this insightful examination of the human condition.” — LEE MURRAY, award-winning author of Into the Mist
“Evocative and powerful… in the heart of each story is a raw vulnerability that is compelling. Davis lures the reader into a dark place, then turns out the light and leaves them there.” — CHRIS MASON, Aurealis Award-winning author
“As a writer of short horror, Davis speaks to the sensibilities of the middle class, but he deftly blends the familiar with a sense of creeping dread. With one foot in Adelaide and the other perched on the outer rings of Saturn, Davis treats the reader to supernatural turns that are as unique as they are constant. Whether it’s the murderous LA of the 1980s in his “Flights of Fractured Angels”, the bizarre and beautiful return to childhood strangeness in “Tea Beneath the Twilight Tree” or the magnificent and heartbreaking “This Impossible Gift”, there is a lot to enjoy in this collection.” — JASON FISCHER, award-winning author of Quiver
The public nominations stage runs until 8 January 2020. Feel free to nominate your favourite Things In The Well book, story, etc. Or one from any other publishing house, of course but obviously we’d love you to nominate us 😉 And, hey, there’s even a category for Publisher of the Year if you love what we do that much!
The public nominations are now open for the ninth annual This Is Horror Awards. Here are the categories some of the Things in the Well publications are eligible for:
Novella of the Year (e.g. Losing Face by Lee Murray, and Into the Dark by Chris Mason, and Giants by Paul Kane)
Short Story Collection of the Year (e.g. White Shadows by Paul Kane, Deeper Darker Things by Steve Dillon, and This Sublime Darkness by Greg Chapman)
Anthology of the Year (e.g. Beside the Seaside, Guilty Pleasures and Other Dark Delights, and Tales of the Lost Volume 1)
Fiction Magazine of the Year (e.g. Trickster’s Treats 3 Seven Deadly Sins edition)
Publisher of the Year (e.g. Things in the Well, natch!)
Cover Art of the Year
“Readers can e-mail in their nominations for each category. Taking into consideration the nominations for each category This Is Horrorwill then draw up a shortlist. We invite you to include one sentence as to why each nomination is award-worthy.”
We’re delighted to welcome Luke Spooner to the team putting together our latest anthology, “Burning Love and Bleeding Hearts”. Edited by Louise Zedda-Sampson and Chris Mason, we opened the submissions call yesterday so there’s plenty of time to get your flash fiction in for this Valentine’s Day charity publication to support victims of the Australian bushfires.
And we hope you love the cover art as mch as we do… And many thanks to Luke Spooner for creating such a creepy and thematic cover!
Callout for “Burning Love and Bleeding Hearts”! __________________________ In response to the real-world horrors happening as a result of the Australian bushfires, we have just announced a flash-fiction Valentine’s Day callout to authors from across the globe. #HWA members, please help by writing and submitting your stories (up to 1,000 words) – thanks! https://thingsinthewell.wordpress.com/open-submissions