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Another Day, Another Chance To Vote For The Void

Just a reminder that the Goodreads Choice Awards are ongoing and The Void is a nominee in the horror category. Get out there and vote!

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The Void, A Goodreads Choice Award Semifinalist in Horror

Hello everyone. Thanks to all your votes and support, The Void has made it to the semifinals of the Goodreads Choice Awards! This is the second year in a row I’ve had a book attain the honor, and I am hoping that we can take The Void where That Which Should Not Be couldn’t quite go–the Finals. So click this link, and go vote for your favorite books. Lots of worthy entries this year. Thanks and happy reading.

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List of Stoker Nominees with Links!

Benjamine Kane Ethridge, author of the 2010 Stoker Award for First Novel, has created a list of this years Stoker nominees with links to each work.  Pretty awesome piece of work.  Find it here.

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HWA Press Release on the Bram Stoker Award™ Nominations

A huge good luck to the other books nominated for the Bram Stoker Award™ for Superior Achievement in a First Novel, Isis Unbound by Allyson Bird (Dark Regions Press), Southern Gods by John Hornor Jacobs (Night Shade Books), The Lamplighters by Frazer Lee (Samhain Horror), and The Panama Laugh by Thomas Roche (Night Shade Books).  And good luck to my fellow JournalStone author J.G. Faherty whose book, Ghosts of Coronado Bay, has been nominated for a Stoker award in the Young Adult category.

Finally, a big shout out to Graeme Reynolds whose book, High Moor, was a semifinalist for a Stoker award.  I read it and loved it.  My review is here.

Horror Writers Association announces
2011 Bram Stoker Award™ Nominees

Each year, the Horror Writers Association presents the Bram Stoker
Awards™ for Superior Achievement in the field of horror writing, named in
honor of Bram Stoker, author of the seminal horror work Dracula. Since
1987, the approximately 700 members of the HWA have recommended, nominated
and voted on the greatest works of horror and dark fantasy of the previous
calendar year, making the Bram Stoker Awards the most prestigious award in
the field of horror literature. For the first time in 2011, half the
nominees were chosen by juries.

The awards are presented in eleven categories: Novel, First Novel, Young
Adult Novel, Graphic Novel, Long Fiction, Short Fiction, Screenplay,
Fiction Collection, Anthology, Non-fiction, and Poetry Collection. The
organization’s Active and Lifetime members will select the winners from
this list of nominees; and the Awards will be presented at a gala banquet
on Saturday evening, March 31, at the World Horror Convention in Salt Lake
City, Utah.

This year’s nominees in each category are:


A Matrix Of Angels by Christopher Conlon (Creative Guy Publishing)
Cosmic Forces by Greg Lamberson (Medallion Press)
Floating Staircase by Ronald Malfi (Medallion Press / Thunderstorm Books)
Flesh Eaters by Joe McKinney (Pinnacle Books)
Not Fade Away by Gene O’Neill (Bad Moon Books)
The German by Lee Thomas (Lethe Press)


Isis Unbound by Allyson Bird (Dark Regions Press)
Southern Gods by John Hornor Jacobs (Night Shade Books)
The Lamplighters by Frazer Lee (Samhain Horror)
The Panama Laugh by Thomas Roche (Night Shade Books)
That Which Should Not Be by Brett J. Talley (JournalStone)


Ghosts of Coronado Bay, A Maya Blair Mystery by J. G. Faherty
The Screaming Season by Nancy Holder (Razorbill)
Rotters by Daniel Kraus (Delacorte Books for Young Readers)
Dust and Decay by Jonathan Maberry (Simon & Schuster Books for Young
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Candlewick / Walker)
This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor
Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel (Simon & Schuster / David Fickling Books)


Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol (First Second)
Locke & Key Volume 4 by Joe Hill (IDW Publishing)
Green River Killer by Jeff Jensen (Dark Horse)
Marvel Universe vs. Wolverine by Jonathan Maberry (Marvel)
Baltimore Volume I: The Plague Ships by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden
(Dark Horse)
Neonomicon by Alan Moore (Avatar Press)


7 Brains by Michael Louis Calvillo (Burning Effigy Press)
“Roots and All” by Brian Hodge (A Book of Horrors)
“The Colliers’ Venus (1893)” by Caitlin R. Kiernan (Naked City: New
Tales of Urban Fantasy)
Ursa Major by John R. Little (Bad Moon Books)
Rusting Chickens by Gene O’Neill (Dark Regions Press)
“The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine” by Peter Straub (Conjunctions: 56)


“Her Husband’s Hands” by Adam-Troy Castro (Lightspeed Magazine,
October 2011)
“Herman Wouk Is Still Alive” by Stephen King (The Atlantic Magazine,
“Graffiti Sonata” by Gene O’Neill (Dark Discoveries #18)
“X is for Xyx” by John Palisano (M is for Monster)
“Home” by George Saunders (The New Yorker Magazine, June 13, 2011)
“All You Can Do Is Breathe” by Kaaron Warren (Blood and Other Cravings)


True Blood, episode #44: “Spellbound” by Alan Ball (HBO)
The Walking Dead, episode #13: “Pretty Much Dead Already” by Scott M.
Gimple (AMC)
The Walking Dead, episode #9: “Save the Last One” by Scott M. Gimple
Priest by Cory Goodman (Screen Gems)
The Adjustment Bureau by George Nolfi (Universal Pictures)
American Horror Story, episode #12: “Afterbirth” by Jessica Sharzer
(20th Century Fox Television)


Voices: Tales of Horror by Lawrence C. Connolly (Fantasist Enterprises)
Red Gloves by Christopher Fowler (PS Publishing)
Two Worlds and In Between: The Best of Caitlin R. Kiernan (Volume One) by
Caitlin R. Kiernan (Subterranean)
Monsters of L.A. by Lisa Morton (Bad Moon Books)
The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares by Joyce Carol Oates (Mysterious
Multiplex Fandango by Weston Ochse (Dark Regions Press)


NEHW Presents: Epitaphs edited by Tracy L. Carbone (NEHW)
Ghosts By Gaslight edited by Jack Dann and Nick Gevers (Harper Voyager)
Blood And Other Cravings edited by Ellen Datlow (Tor Books)
Supernatural Noir edited by Ellen Datlow (Dark Horse)
Tattered Souls 2 edited by Frank J. Hutton (Cutting Block Press)
Demons: Encounters with the Devil and his Minions, Fallen
Angels and the Possessed edited by John Skipp (Black Dog and Leventhal)


Halloween Nation: Behind the Scenes of America’s
Fright Night by Lesley Pratt Bannatyne (Pelican Publishing)
Reflections in a Glass Darkly: Essays on J. Sheridan Le Fanu edited by Gary
William Crawford, Jim Rockhill and Brian J. Showers (Hippocampus Press)
Starve Better by Nick Mamatas (Apex Publications)
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Zombies by Matt Mogk (Gallery
The Gothic Imagination by John C. Tibbetts (Palgrave Macmillan)
Stephen King: A Literary Companion by Rocky Wood (McFarland & Company,
Inc., Publishers)


How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend by Linda Addison (Necon
At Louche Ends: Poetry for the Decadent, the Damned & the
Absinthe-Minded by Maria Alexander (Burning Effigy Press)
Surrealities by Bruce Boston (Dark Regions Press)
Shroud of Night by G. O. Clark (Dark Regions Press)
The Mad Hattery by Marge Simon (Elektrik Milk Bath Press)
Unearthly Delights by Marge Simon (Sam’s Dot)


More information on the Horror Writers Association is at
More information on the 25th Anniversary presentation of the Bram Stoker
Awards is at

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That Which Should Not Be, Bram Stoker Award Nominee

Hi everyone.  I wanted to share some news and thank some people who need thanking.  Today, the Horror Writers Association released the nominees for the Bram Stoker Awards, the most prestigious award in the horror industry.  I am honored that my book, That Which Should Not Be, was nominated in the First Novel Category with four other terrific works.  (This next bit is going to read like an Oscar acceptance speech).

I have a ton of people to thank.  First of all my parents, Mike and Sue Talley, who instilled in me at an early age a love of reading and encouraged me as a writer.  I think most parents response to “I’m gonna write a book” is “Why don’t you get a real job?”  They were ceaseless in their support, and I love them all the more for it.  A big thanks to Erin Sullivan, who convinced me to start writing in the first place even when I thought there was no way I could even finish a book, much less finish a good one.  Maybe That Which Should Not Be would have been written some day, but it wouldn’t have been written now.  I owe her immensely.  I’m also deeply indebted to Tasha Parrish and Marguerite De Voll.  That they read the book and loved it went a long way to convincing me I might have something good on my hands.  And finally thank you to Annie Donaldson.  She read the book a half dozen times, edited every page, made suggestions throughout, and had a huge hand in makingThat Which Should Not Be the novel it became.  (Yes, all the people who read my book in the pre-publication stage were women.  Not sure what that means . . .).

Thank you to all the agents who rejected the book.  If you hadn’t done so, I never would have fallen into the hands of Christopher Payne and JournalStone.  They have worked tirelessly to market my book, and I would recommend them to anybody.  Thanks to Elizabeth Reuter for finding my numerous errors.  And what can I say about Denise Daniel and Philip Renne and their cover?  A picture is worth a thousand words.  Finally to Amy Eye, Cambria Hebert, Cassie McCown and all the bloggers who gave an unknown writer a place to talk about his unknown book, I am forever grateful.

I love you all, and who knows?  Maybe we can win this thing.

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Don’t Forget to Vote for That Which Should Not Be!

Tomorrow is the last day to vote on the Horror Writers Association’s Bram Stoker Award preliminary ballot.  That Which Should Not Be is on the preliminary ballot for best First Novel.  If you are an active member and haven’t voted yet, what are you waiting on?

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Made the Second Round of the 2012 International Thriller Awards

Hey guys.  Wanted to share some good news.  That Which Should Not Be has made the second round of the International Thriller Awards for Best First Novel.  Now, I have no idea how many rounds there are (hopefully not 16 or something), but I wanted to share the good news anyway.  I will keep you informed.  Also,voting has started on the Preliminary Ballot for the Bram Stoker Awards.  Cross your fingers.  If I win one of these things, I’m gonna make JournalStone write me a Wikipedia article.  Always wanted one of those . . .

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Active Member of the HWA? Get A Free Copy of That Which Should Not Be!

There are lots of advantages to joining the Horror Writers Association.  One of the best if you’re an active member is that people just start throwing free books at you this time of year.  I am now officially joining those in the book throwing business.  That Which Should Not Be has made the preliminary ballot for the Bram Stoker Award, and given the strong competition it faces, I need all the help I can get to make the finals.  So if you are an active member of the HWA and would like to receive a free copy for your review, email me at  The rest of you bums will just have to buy a copy here. 😉

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2011 Bram Stoker Award™ Preliminary Ballot Announced

The Horror Writers Association released the preliminary ballot for the 2011 Bram Stoker Award today, one of the premier awards in the industry.  I’m very honored to be included on this list with some fantastic writers.  Here’s the full list.



  • Bird, Allyson — Isis Unbound
  • Lee, Frazer — The Lamplighters
  • Reynolds, Graeme — High Moor
  • Talley, Brett J. — That Which Should Not Be
  • Wagner, Jeremy — The Armageddon Chord


  • Jacobs, John, Horner — Southern Gods
  • Roche, Thomas — The Panama Laugh

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That Which Should Not Be a Semifinalist in the Goodreads Choice Awards

My novel has made it to the semifinal round of the Goodreads Choice Award in the Best Horror category. Go vote for it!  You’ve got till November 20.  Tell your friends.


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