I am surprised and delighted that the voters for the This Is Horror Awards have selected Sefira and Other Betrayals in the single-author collection category. My sincerest gratitude to them for bestowing this honor on my work. My fellow nominees in this category represent some of the best short fiction currently being written and it has elevated my book for it to appear on the ballot alongside them. While I’m sure everyone’s to-be-read pile is already mountainous, if you’ve yet to read these books by Nathan Ballingrud, Brian Evenson, Laura Mauro, and Sarah Read, I urge you to rectify this oversight posthaste.
I would like to thank Derrick Hussey and Hippocampus press for publishing my collection and doing such a good job at it. I’d also like to acknowledge the editors in whose anthologies much of its contents first appeared: John Joseph Adams, Ellen Datlow, Nick Gevers and Jack Dann, S.T. Joshi, and Simon Strantzas. The fabulous Santiago Caruso provided me with a brilliant cover painting, and while you probably still shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, maybe it’s okay just this once. My agent, Ginger Clark, continues to be in my corner even though that corner is full of weird monsters.
All of these stories benefited, to greater and lesser degrees, from the friendship and counsel of Laird Barron and Paul Tremblay. Seriously—I don’t know where I’d be without these guys. The love and support of my sons, Nick and David, makes my life fuller. And my wife, Fiona, is the reason for…everything. Thanks, love: this is for you.
This guy is very happy at the award. Really.
An extra congratulations to Sarah Read, whose mighty collection, Out of Water, was runner-up in the category.
For a complete list of the winners and runners-up, as well as to listen to interviews with all of us, head over to the This Is Horror site.