WHAT?!?

Today, the extremely happy news that Children of the Fang and Other Genealogies has won a This Is Horror award has been released to the public. Since Michael David Wilson emailed me about this the other week, I’ve been bursting at the seams to tell everyone about it; finally, I can do so. Here’s the text of the acceptance speech I wrote:

Children of the Fang and Other Genealogies by [John Langan, Stephen Graham Jones]
The lizard people are overjoyed! (Really, they are.)

The news that the voters have chosen Children of the Fang and Other Genealogies for the 2020 This Is Horror award in the collection category comes as a surprise and a delight. Of course you don’t write for awards, but there’s no denying the shot in the arm they can give you. As with so many people, I’ve found the past year at times a struggle, and I’m grateful for the joy this award brings with it. Thanks to all who cast their vote for my book. The other finalists in the category: Kay Chronister, Kathe Koja, Adam Nevill, and Christopher Slatsky, represent an impressive range of talent and accomplishment. I’m honored to have had my book associated with theirs. If you haven’t read any of them, I urge you to remedy that oversight with all due haste. Together, their books make a compelling case for the continued health and vitality of the horror field–as indeed does this ballot as a whole.

There are a number of people I have to thank:

–Ross Lockhart and Word Horde press, for publishing the collection and Matthew Jaffe for gifting it with such a striking cover;

–the editors who originally solicited its stories: Ellen Datlow, Aaron French, Nick Gevers, Orrin Grey and Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Eric Guignard, S.T. Joshi, Chris Kelso, Ross Lockhart, Joe Pulver, Darrell Schweitzer, Justin Steele, Simon Strantzas, and Erin Underwood;

–my agent, the indefatigable Ginger Clark, and her associate, the fearless Nicole Eisenbraum;

–those fellow writers who are always there when I pick up the phone, Laird Barron and Paul Tremblay;

–and my family, especially my younger son, David, with whom I’ve discussed storytelling and music as we’ve walked the dogs at night, and my wife, Fiona, who continues to accompany me through this strange, loving life we’ve made together.

I included the words “and Other Genealogies” in my title to highlight my sense of these stories as mapping branches of my (literary) family tree. Though only a partial accounting, the book’s contents nonetheless gesture in the direction of the gnarled and twisted tree from which my stories have sprung. I’m grateful for those who came before me, for those of my own generation, and for those newer writers who are doing such wonderful things.

Thanks very much.

I’m especially happy to share the podium, as it were, with friends Stephen Graham Jones, Laurel Hightower, and Todd Keisling. I’ve already received a number of congratulations, for which, thank you!

Holy Priceless Collection of Etruscan Snoods, Batman!

To my great surprise and joy, my collection, Children of the Fang and Other Genealogies, has been nominated for the This Is Horror awards in the collection category! Thanks very much to everyone who voted to put it there, amidst some imposing company. Frankly, I am gobsmacked. If you’d like to have a look at the complete nominations, you can do so here.

Children of the Fang and Other Genealogies by [John Langan, Stephen Graham Jones]

This Is Horror Awards

I am stunned and delighted to report that The Fisherman has won This Is Horror‘s Novel of the Year award!  Here’s what I had to say:

“I’m thrilled and humbled that the voters have selected The Fisherman as Novel of the Year. To have been nominated alongside the other novels in this category was already an honor, and the ballot as a whole is a reminder of the talent flourishing in the horror field. I’m grateful to everyone who sat down with my book and gave it a chance, and I’m thankful to everyone who cast a vote for it. The Fisherman owes its publication to Ross Lockhart, for which, many, many thanks. It owes its composition to my lovely wife, Fiona, for which all, all of my love.”

It’s a terrific slate of winners; congratulations to Victor LaValle, Livia Llewellyn, Mike Davis, Ross Lockhart, and everyone else!