Isis Makes It on Stoker® Ballot, Supplies Poems for “Last Sunday” Open Mike; Give the Lady Four More Stars

Here is the big news, as of about noon today:  THE TEARS OF ISIS has been officially nominated for the Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Award® for Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection (cf. January 22).  Nominees will be voted on during the month of March with the winner to be announced at this year’s World Horror Convention, in Portland Oregon, May 8 through 12.  It’s a bit of a distance from here — and even more distance between being a nominee and actually winning the horror community’s top award — but, barring monetary disaster (e.g. tax time comes in April), I’d better plan to go.  And anyway WHC is fun.

But in the meantime life must go on and, this being the month’s final Sunday, I’ve just come home from the Bloomington Writers Guild’s Last Sunday Poetry Reading (cf. January 26), with featured poets Lisa Kwong and Shana Ritter.  Thus, in view of the above news, when “Open Mic” time came I celebrated by reading the two poems that appear in THE TEARS OF ISIS, “The Birdcatchers” (at the end of the story of the same name, though originally published as a stand-alone poem) and the book’s opening poem “La Méduse” (“a mood piece,” I said, “to prepare readers for the stories to come”).  More on the Stoker Award®, incidentally, can be seen by pressing here.

And speaking of THE TEARS OF ISIS, may I quote Marta Salek:  “[t]here’s something unique about James Dorr’s horror. Something unusual about the twists; something lovely about the writing and something very human about the monsters he brings forth in his pages.”  Sometimes these things seem to come in pairs.  Scarcely had the cave computer keyboard cooled from typing Saturday’s post, below, when Marta’s review went up on Amazon just too late to be included.  This time it’s only four stars, not five (“I won’t say every story appealed to me, but I did like most and I’m still thinking about many of them even now that I’ve finished.  To me, that’s the mark of a successful writer.”) but, nevertheless, a very positive — and honest — review.

So thank you Marta (to read the entire review press here) and thank you, also, the members of HWA who voted for ISIS for the final ballot!

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