close only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades, and honorable mentions

I have not yet achieved my ambition of getting a story into a year’s best anthology, but “Nine Sketches, in Charcoal and Blood” received an Honorable Mention in the Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. It also got a nod in one of the introductions, during the discussion of On Spec. I had my fingers crossed for this one, I must admit; I love all my children equally, blah blah blah, but “Nine Sketches” is one of my favorites.

(It’s actually my second HM, though. “Shadows’ Bride” got one a couple of years ago — and I can’t remember if I mentioned this, but Pseudopod has picked up audio rights for it, so you’ll get a chance to hear it some day.)

Thanks to jimhines for letting me know I could search the HM list through Amazon, rather than having to get off my duff and go to the bookstore already. Yes, the post-novel ennui+cold continues, and I am a lazy slug.

And congrats to everyone else who got a nod! Share your good news here.

0 Responses to “close only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades, and honorable mentions”

  1. j_cheney


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  3. kythiaranos


    I got my first short story HM in this year’s anthology. I’ve had poetry mentioned before, but it’s cool to find myself in new territory.

    • Marie Brennan

      Congrats! Which story? (I haven’t actually picked up the book yet.)

      • kythiaranos

        The honorable mention was for “Stains”, which appeared in issue #100 of Space & Time. I was kind of surprised–I sold it to S&T several years earlier, and basically forgot all about it. The one review of it could be summarized as ‘meh’, so to have it get a mention in the anthology was as much a relief as a pleasure.

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