2020 Bram Stoker Preliminary Ballot

It’s always a wonderful thing to see writers publish their stories, and this is especially true for writers I’ve worked with personally at The Storied Imaginarium. This morning I woke up to discover the 2020 Bram Stoker Preliminary Ballot announced, and the category for Superior Achievement held some special surprises.

Several years ago, I wrote a Snow White retelling titled “Rotten.” It was rejected more times than I can remember. However, just when I had about given up on it, this particular pieces was accepted for an anthology at Crystal Lake Publishing. That anthology went by the wayside, but Mercedes Murdock Yardley reimagined the original line-up and moved forward with a new anthology titled Arterial Bloom. “Rotten” is the final title in Arterial Bloom. Once the publication came out, I was thrilled to discover that one of the past participants at The Storied Imaginarium also had a title included. Jonathan Cosgrove‘s story didn’t start in one of my workshops, but it was still wonderful to share the same TOC. And then, this morning, I discovered that Arterial Bloom was on the preliminary ballot for a Stoker award!

Once that thrill sank in, I realized that several of the other anthologies on the ballot actually contained stories that had their starts in a workshop at The Storied Imaginarium. This got me all wound up AGAIN! Congratulations, to Leslie Wibberley for having her story “Unfettered” included Not All Monster: A Strangehouse Anthology by Women of Horror, edited by Sara Tantlinger and to Mercedes Murdock Yardley for “The Making of Asylum Ophelia” included in Miscreations: Gods, Monstrosities & Other Horrors, edited by Michael Bailey and Doug Murano.

“Unfettered” was inspired by a fairy tale workshop module on “The Firebird” and Bioluminescence. You can read more about Leslie’s work on the story at the post Publication News: Unfettered by Leslie Wibberley. “The Making of Asylum Ophelia” got its start from the The Female Descent into Hysteria and Madness module from the Monstrous Women workshop. So exciting!

Superior Achievement in an Anthology

Bailey, Michael and Murano, Doug – Miscreations: Gods, Monstrosities & Other Horrors (Written Backwards)

Cagle, Ryan and Jenkins, James D. – The Valancourt Book of World Horror Stories, Volume 1 (Valancourt Books)

Flynn, Geneve and Murray, Lee – Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women (Omnium Gatherum Media)

Givens Kurtz, Nicole – Slay: Stories of the Vampire (Mocha Memoirs Press)

Kelly, Michael – Shadows & Tall Trees 8 (Undertow Publications)

Kolesnik, Samantha – Worst Laid Plans: An Anthology of Vacation Horror (Grindhouse Press)

Neal, David T. and Scott, Christine M. – The Fiends in the Furrows II: More Tales of Folk Horror (Nosetouch Press)

Rector, Jeani and Wild, Dean H. – The Horror Zine’s Book of Ghost Stories (HellBound Books Publishing, LLC)

Tantlinger, Sara – Not All Monsters: A Strangehouse Anthology by Women of Horror (Rooster Republic Press)

Yardley, Mercedes M. – Arterial Bloom (Crystal Lake Publishing)

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