March Appearances

March is gonna be crazy! If you live in Rhode Island, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, or South Carolina, come out and say hi!

March 1-4, 2018. STOKERCON. Providence, Rhode Island. This will be my tenth (!) and final time emceeing the Bram Stoker Awards banquet. Be there!

March 15-18, 2018. CORAL SPRINGS FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS. Coral Springs, Florida. On the 17th, I’ll be doing an hour-long workshop on “Stick With It! Sustaining Your Writing Passion in a Brutal Business.”

March 18, 2018. BARNES & NOBLE PLANTATIONPlantation, Florida. 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. It’s the first stop of the How You Ruined My Life / The Secrets We Bury book tour with Stacie Ramey!

March 19, 2018. FOXTALE BOOK SHOPPE. Woodstock, Georgia. 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. My book tour with fellow YA author Stacie Ramey continues!

March 20, 2018. McKAY’S BOOKS. Nashville, Tennessee. 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. By now I suspect that Stacie Ramey and I will be pretty much sick of each other, but there’s still…

March 21, 2018. PARK ROAD BOOKS. Charlotte, North Carolina. 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. With Stacie Ramey, and also special guest John Hartness!  

March 22, 2018: FICTION ADDICTION. Greenville, South Carolina. 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The final chance (for this particular book tour) to see Stacie Ramey and I together.

March 23-24, 2018: MEACHAM WRITERS’ WORKSHOPChattanooga, Tennessee. (This actually starts on Thursday the 22nd.) A free and open to the public extravaganza at the University of Tennessee!

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1st Annual Splatterpunk Awards

The finalists for the 1st Annual Splatterpunk Awards have been announced, and I’m honored to say that Everything Has Teeth is up for Best Collection and “The Tipping Point” is up for Best Short Story. In the Best Anthology category, I have a story in DOA III and I wrote one of the two forewords for VS: X.

I will be forever haunted by what it took to bribe the judges of a splatterpunk award (they don’t take cash OR sexual favors) but I can’t argue with the results.

Obviously, when I shared my fond remembrance of Jack Ketchum, I didn’t know that I’d be competing against him in the 1st annual Splatterpunk Awards. I won’t retract what I said; however, true story, I was with him once at Necon, and there was a cat outside, and he went “Awwww…” I ask the Splatterpunk Award judges: Does a man who would go “Awwww…” over a cute kitty truly exemplify the spirit of these awards? I trust you’ll make the right decision.

Here’s the official press release:

For Immediate Release — 2/5/2018

Splatterpunk Award founders Wrath James White and Brian Keene are pleased to announce the nominees for the 2018 Splatterpunk Awards, recognizing works of superior achievement in Splatterpunk and Extreme Horror that were published in 2017. The nominees are:

BEST NOVEL

CONTAINMENT by Charlee Jacob (Necro Publications)
EXORCIST FALLS by Jonathan Janz (Sinister Grin Press)
THE HEMATOPHAGES by Stephen Kozeniewski (Sinister Grin Press)
SPERMJACKERS FROM HELL by Christine Morgan (Deadite Press)
WHITE TRASH GOTHIC by Edward Lee (Deadite Press)

BEST NOVELLA

THE BIG BAD by K. Trap Jones (Necro Publications)
DAMN DIRTY APES by Adam Howe (Thunderstorm Books)
HEADER 3 by Edward Lee and Ryan Harding (Necro Publications)
KILLER CHRONICLES by Somer Canon (Thunderstorm Books)
THE LUCKY ONES DIED FIRST by Jack Bantry (Deadite Press)

BEST SHORT STORY

“Dirty Desk” by Jeffrey Thomas, from Chopping Block Party (Necro Publications)
“Extinction Therapy” by Bracken MacLeod, from Splatterpunk Fighting Back (Splatterpunk Zine)
“Melvin” by Matt Shaw, from Splatterpunk Fighting Back (Splatterpunk Zine)
“Molly” by Glenn Rolfe, from Splatterpunk Fighting Back (Splatterpunk Zine)
“The Tipping Point” by Jeff Strand, from Everything Has Teeth (Thunderstorm Books)

BEST COLLECTION

2017: A YEAR OF HORROR AND PAIN, PART ONE by Matt Shaw (Amazon Digital Services)
EVERYTHING HAS TEETH by Jeff Strand (Thunderstorm Books)
THE GARDEN OF DELIGHT by Alessandro Manzetti (Comet Press)
GORILLA IN MY ROOM by Jack Ketchum (Cemetery Dance Publications)

BEST ANTHOLOGY

CHOPPING BLOCK PARTY, edited by Brendan Deneen and David G. Barnett (Necro Publications)
DOA III, edited by Marc Ciccarone and Andrea Dawn (Blood Bound Books)
SPLATTERPUNK FIGHTING BACK, edited by Jack Bantry and Kit Power (Splatterpunk Zine)
VS:X: U.S. VS U.K. EXTREME HORROR, edited by Dawn Cano (Shadow Work Publishing)
YEAR’S BEST HARDCORE HORROR VOLUME 2, edited by Randy Chandler and Cheryl Mullenax (Comet Press)

J.F. GONZALEZ LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

David J. Schow

Congratulations to all! Works on the ballot were selected by fans and readers. Winners in each category will be voted on by the 2018 Splatterpunk Awards jury.

The winners will be announced the the inaugural Splatterpunk Awards ceremony, taking place August 24th through the 26th at KillerCon in Austin, Texas. For more information on the convention and the awards, click here.

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