Oh, my friends. I can’t tell you how wonderful this is. You know that awards are subjective and you’re proud of what you and your team have accomplished regardless, but there is this SWOOSH of excitement that comes when you realize your peers are validating your hard work. It feels like a cross between giddiness and awed disbelief.
I can’t tell you how proud I am of everybody’s hard work for this anthology. The authors wrote powerful, engaging tales. The cover is exquisite. We pulled together and created something beautiful, and I am so honored and happy to be part of it!
2020 was globally a tough year, but it was wonderful for horror. Look at these anthologies. Check out the other Nominees. (You can do that here.) Look at the Bram Stoker Awards reading list for stories you might have missed. Look around. I am so proud of all of us. <3
Crystal Lake Publishing proudly presents Arterial Bloom, an artful juxtaposition of the magnificence and macabre that exist within mankind. Each tale in this collection is resplendent with beauty, teeth, and heart.
Edited by the Bram Stoker Award-winning writer Mercedes M. Yardley, Arterial Bloom is a literary experience featuring 16 stories from some of the most compelling dark authors writing today.
With a foreword by HWA Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Linda D. Addison, you are invited to step inside and let the grim flowers wind themselves comfortably around your bones.
The line-up includes:
The Stone Door by Jimmy Bernard
Dog (Does Not) Eat Dog by Grant Longstaff
Kudzu Stories by Linda J. Marshall
Dead Letters by Christopher Barzak
The Darker Side of Grief by Naching T. Kassa
Welcome to My Autumn by Daniel Crow
Still Life by Kelli Owen
Three Masks by Armand Rosamilia
Doodlebug by John Boden
Happy Pills by Todd Keisling
What Remained of Her by Jennifer Loring
Blue Was Her Favorite Color by Dino Parenti
In the Loop by Ken Liu
The Making of Mary by Steven Pirie
Mouths Filled with Sea Water by Jonathan Cosgrove
Rotten by Carina Bissett