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:
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!