Very excited and grateful to be an official member of the Horror Writers Association. My application was accepted and membership confirmed earlier today and I’m proud to be a part of such an illustrious organization. I can’t be certain I’m the only dual HWA/National Press Photographers Association member, but I should think there can’t be many of us.

Incidentally, the HWA recently published the 2018 Stoker Awards Preliminary Ballot. 

It’s an obvious cliche, but I certainly do not envy this year’s judges. Though I have not read as many of the nominated works as I’d like, the ones I have were excellent.

Paul Tremblay continues to amaze with “The Cabin at the End of the World” (that guy’s on a hell of a role, right?). I confess to not thinking much of his earlier short fiction, but “Head Full of Ghosts” is one of my favorite novels (of any genre) ever, and “Disappearance at Devil’s Rock” was nearly just as good.

“Frankenstein in Baghdad” is on my to-read pile right this second (think it just moved up the list), and, of course, you can’t go wrong with the King, though I have not actually yet read “The Outsider” yet.

I haven’t read any of the nominees in the “first novel” category, but several were promptly added to my list upon a cursory investigation.

In the “long fiction” category I can safely propose Usman T. Malik’s “Dead Lovers on Each Blade, Hung” as a solid bet for those in need of something to read. I enjoyed that one very much.

Happily (or maybe sadly if you are any other thing in my life needing attention right now) all of the nominated anthologies sound great, too.

Looks like I’ve got some reading to do … Oh, well. It’s a good problem to have.

Thanks, as always, for check in, everyone. Promise more regular, meaningful blog posts in the near future.

Take care.