I’m not a big award-winning kind of author. I have some from very early in my career (an EPPIE for Elrod McBugle on the Loose, a pair of Dream Realm Awards for the first two Andrew Mayhem novels) but that’s pretty much it. But look what I got at KillerCon this past weekend!
Yes, “The Tipping Point” from Everything Has Teeth won for Best Short Story at the inaugural Splatterpunk Awards!
Everything Has Teeth was also up for Best Collection, but I knew I didn’t have a chance, and honestly I didn’t even WANT to win against Jack Ketchum’s Gorilla in My Room. (I feel like winning an award is more satisfying if your victory isn’t met with disbelief and acts of vandalism.) For Best Short Story, I thought my odds of winning were a solid one in five–I didn’t see any obvious front-runners or any long shots in the finalists.
Edward Lee won in two categories, and if there’s any better way to establish the legitimacy of a brand-new Splatterpunk Award, it’s to give ’em to Edward Lee. David Schow won the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Thanks to Wrath James White and Brian Keene for creating this award that allowed me to end my long-ass losing streak. The complete lists of finalists, with the winners in bold, are…
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)
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)
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)
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