Broaddus vs. Mamatas – LET THE BATTLE BEGIN!

I just found out earlier this evening that Dark Faith made the preliminary ballot for the Bram Stoker Awards in the category of Superior Achievement in an ANTHOLOGY.  Congrats to all of our fellow nominees:

Superior Achievement in an ANTHOLOGY

  • DARK FAITH edited by Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon (Apex Publications)
  • HORROR LIBRARY IV edited by R.J. Cavender and, Boyd E. Harris (Cutting Block Press)
  • CTHULHU’S DARK CULTS edited by David Conyers (Chaosium)
  • HAUNTED LEGENDS edited by Ellen Datlow and Nick Mamatas (Tor)
  • THE NEW DEAD edited by Christopher Golden (St. Martin’s Griffin)
  • BLACK WINGS edited S.T. Joshi (PS Publishing)
  • EVOLVE: VAMPIRE STORIES OF THE NEW UNDEAD edited by Nancy Kilpatrick (Edge Science Fiction & Fantasy Publishing)
  • NULL IMMORTALIS edited by D.F. Lewis (Megazanthus Press)
  • DEAD SET: A ZOMBIE ANTHOLOGY edited by Michelle McCrary and Joe McKinney (23 House Publishing)
  • SCENES FROM THE SECOND STOREY by Amanda Pillar and Pete Kempshall (Morrigan Books)

In addition to that, Catherynne Valente’s story from Dark Faith, “The Days of Flaming Motorcycles”, has also made the preliminary list for Superior Achievement in SHORT FICTION.  Jason Sizemore, big kahuna of Apex Books, is making Dark Faith readily available for Active members of the HWA to consider for the final ballot.  So please contact him at for the hook up.

(Apex Books had a pretty good showing on the preliminary ballot, as Gary Braunbeck’s book, To Each Their Darkness, also made it as a nominee for Superior Achievement in NONFICTION.)

I notice from Mr. Keene’s blog that Nick Mamatas has a book coming out from Apex Books:

Starve Better is a no-nonsense survival guide by a professional writer who knows how to use small press publications and writing for everyone from corporate clients to friends and neighbors to keep himself out of the soup kitchen line.

Yes, this is the same Nick Mamatas who is my competition for the anthology Stoker.  The same Nick Mamatas who my children, MY OWN FLESH AND BLOOD, still refer to as “Uncle Nick” as his turn as a guest at a Mo*Con.  Luckily, I’m assuming that it was my son’s Halloween costume from 2009 which inspired his book cover.

Click here to pre-order it if you must … BUT YOU BETTER VOTE FOR ME IN THE STOKERS!

Golden Tentacles and Golden Reviews

The UK-based genre review site, Pornokitsch has an annual novel awards post. It’s a very light-hearted site, and their reviews are often very witty (though insightful). This year, for the first time, they’re having a Best Debut Novel award (called the Golden Tentacle Award) and have awarded it to me for King MakerIn part they say that:

Mr. Broaddus, an Indianapolis native, uses his hometown as the setting for his unique retelling of the King Arthur myth cycle. The Arthurian stories have been told over and over again, but by setting them in downtown Indianapolis, Mr. Broaddus layers both feverish intensity and brutal modernity on top of the original tales. Beyond that, Mr. Broaddus brings the tension, the danger and the mystery of Indianapolis’ backstreets to life in a compulsively captivating way – even before the supernatural elements start cropping up. Indianapolis is a strangely mundane location for genre fiction, but Mr. Broaddus makes King Maker feel bigger than a simple local story.

I haven’t felt this proud to be a black geek since Joss Whedon managed to not kill off a cool black character in Buffy.  It’s been a raucous weekend of celebrating in the Broaddus household (well, after explaining to my wife that an award from a site called Pornokitsch in no way involved strippers or the like).  And I’ve quit beginning most of my conversations with “as your award winning husband…” (though that stopped after her “say that one more time and that award is going to make you walk funny” retort).

And while I’m usually pretty flippant, but this really does mean a lot.  I’ve seen some of the names I beat out and that makes my head spin all the more.  Last year, they gave their Kitschie to China Miéville’s The City & The City which, as far as I’m concerned, means my name and China’s get to be used in the same sentence.

As writers/artists, we can say what we want about not reading reviews and how art, once released, belongs to the audience, but it’s nice to get some validation.  To know that your work has connected with folks.  And for that, I thank Pornokitsch and can’t wait to post pics of me and my award.

Speaking of not reading reviews, I definitely didn’t read the following one (nor Nick Cato’s).  Which meant I didn’t breathe a sigh of relief (because I also wasn’t fretting how book two of the series might be received by my readers).  Which meant that this review also didn’t  help make this weekend special (which doesn’t read in part):

So how good is the book? well, if I say 18 pages – that’s how much time it took me to be hooked, and that’s just reading the prologue before chapter one even started. I can count on one hand how many authors have the power to do that (one being my favorite PKD). Within those 18 pages Maurice Broaddus managed to evoke an attachment to those kid’s which made what happens on pages 17 to 18 really tug at the old heart strings. More importantly you get to understand why Rellik became the person he is, and even relate to the choices he makes. It’s almost like Maurice Broaddus is reliving real memories rather than creating a fictional story, the suspension of disbelief is both immediate and faultless.

King’s Justice is up for pre-order now and will be out in a month!

Awards Context

I won’t lie, I like getting awards.  Sometimes it’s simply nice to get recognition from your peers or your fans.  Sometimes you just need that little boost to feed the self-confidence machine.  Sometimes they’re just fun.  For example, when I was in college and still deciding if I wanted to give writing a shot, I entered a short story contest through my school and received an honorable mention (it also came with a shirt, but I may or may not have slept in it every night until it was nothing but threads.  Then gave the threads a viking funeral).

A few years later, at the very first horror convention I attended, the World Horror Convention, I came in fourth place in their short story contest (the true award being receiving my certificate from Neil Gaiman).

The following year, I took first place in that contest.  In a side note, apparently we were going for a POC sweep of that year’s awards:  I took first place in the short story contest; Chesya Burke took first place in the flash fiction contest; however, Wrath James White let the team down by taking second place in the Gross Out Contest (losing to one, Mr. Cullen Bunn).  Also, WHC 2011 is holding a short story contest again, which has just opened for submissions.

I have gone a few years without any recognition.  Well, that changed this past weekend at Context when I received Shroud Publishing’s Hiram award for “The Smasher of Sterotypes.”  To wit:  “He’s charming, a minister of the Christian word, African-American, and snappily dressed – an impossible convergence in a horror writer.”

The Smasher of Stereotypes

And it came with a trophy.

Because sometimes awards are just fun.