January 23, 2008

Jeremy Shipp's "Vacation" snags a surprise Stoker nomination

Jeremy Shipp

I just received word here at CCLaP HQ from author Jeremy Shipp, whose novel Vacation was reviewed here just a few weeks ago; turns out that it's been nominated for a Bram Stoker award in the "First Novel" category, a highly prestigious honor among fans of traditional horror fiction. In fact, hanging out with some of CCLaP's readers last weekend at the launch party I attended for RAGAD literary magazine, I realized that a lot of people have ended up reading the novel and spending time thinking about it, which when added to the Stoker nomination I think is pretty remarkable given its trippy, countercultural, distinctly non-Stephen-King tone. Of course, he's up against the 800-pound (and growing) gorilla which is Joe Hill's Heart-Shaped Box, not only a huge bestseller that took everyone by surprise, but with a movie version coming soon directed by Neil Freaking Jordan of The Freaking Crying Game fame; still, though, I think Jeremy would agree that the nomination is a pleasure unto itself, given what a surprise it's turned out to be. On behalf of CCLaP's readers, I congratulate him and wish him the best of luck!

The entire nominee list for the First Novel category:

I Will Rise by Michael Calvillo (Lachesis Publishing)
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill (William Morrow)
The Memory Tree by John R. Little (Nocturne Press)
Dying to Live by Kim Paffenroth (Permuted Press)
The Hollower by Mary SanGiovanni (Leisure Books)
Vacation by Jeremy Shipp (Raw Dog Screaming Press)
Roses of Blood on Barbwire Vines by D. L. Snell (Permuted Press)

Filed by Jason Pettus at 4:14 PM, January 23, 2008. Filed under: Arts news | Literature | Literature:Fiction |