The Best Achievement category is a toughie. While a few individuals had great years, I’m largely drawing a blank on standout achievements/events/milestones etc. The outstanding achievements I can recall include:
- Marty Young is retiring as President (and founder) of the AHWA after five glorious years. I think that deserves an individual recognition.
- Talie Helene stepped down as AHWA News Editor recently, but she had an exceptional 2009 (look through the HorrorScope posts from last year to see what I mean).
- Juliet Bathory established Sinister Reads and volunteered her heart out for it, which was a great effort.
I’d appreciate other people’s thoughts on the outstanding achievements of 2009.
As for the William Atheling Jr. Award for Criticism or Review, I only have one (very fine) recommendation in that category this year:
- “The Dead Walk! … Into a Bookstore Near You” by Chuck McKenzie (Eye of Fire #1, August 2009, Brimstone Press)
This was a brilliant long article on the zombie fiction phenomenon and filled with wit and insightfulness. Eye of Fire #1 can be downloaded for free from here. [Edit: broken link has been fixed!]
Last but not least, New Talent …
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