Stoker’d again! (the preliminary ballot, anyway)

Before I get to the first post of my Grand Conversation (likely late tonight – assuming I finish this short story first!) … some good news rolled my way today.

The Horror Writers Association has announced its 2010 Bram Stoker Award Preliminary Ballot, and I’m pleased beyond measure to see that my novella “Requiem for the Burning God” (first published in Cthulhu’s Dark Cults, ed. David Conyers) is on the preliminary ballot in the Long Fiction category.

Not only that, a few other Aussies cropped up in other categories: David Conyers for Cthulhu’s Dark Cults and Amanda Pillar & Pete Kempshall for Scenes from the Second Storey in the Anthology category, Kirstyn McDermott for Madigan Mine in the First Novel category, and Danny Lovecraft (as publisher P’rea Press) for Richard L. Tierney’s poetry collection (Poetry category).

Congratulations to everyone who made the preliminary ballot, and to everyone who’s work was recommended by HWA members – even if your work didn’t make the ballot, at least someone (or a couple of someone’s) thought enough of it to go out of their way to recommend it!

This is not an award nomination, though, just the important first step towards it. Now, Active HWA members will vote and the four most popular works in each category will progress to become award nominees (or finalists, depending on your chosen vernacular).

Requiem for the Burning God has just been republished as an ebook (part of my Grand Experiment). It’s available on Amazon or Smashwords for $1.99.

If you’re an Active HWA member interested in reading the novella for Stoker Award voting consideration, please contact me on or through the HWA message board, and I can send you a free copy of the book in any e-format you choose. The voting window is short, so hurry!



  1. Well done! I hope this one goes ALL the way! 🙂 Congrats!

    • Shane Jiraiya Cummings says:

      Hey Benjamin,

      Thanks very much for your support – and congratulations on your own appearance on the ballot! Best of luck!