Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Short Con Week 16 - Solid for a Solid

I recently got a shout out over at Spinetingler Magazine, so I'm going to do them a solid and point out their 2010 Spinetingler Award Nominations.

The nominees for the New Voice category are:

A Bad Day For Sorry by Sophie Littlefield (D); Balzac of the Badlands by Steve Finbow (D); Dope Thief by Dennis Tafoya (D); The Ghosts of Belfast by Stuart Neville (D); I-5 by Summer Brenner; In Their Blood by Sharon Potts (D); The Lost Sister by Russel D. McLean; Mixed Blood by Roger Smith (D); Ravens by George Dawes Green; The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf (D)

The nominees for the Rising Star category are:
50 Grand by Adrian McKinty; ; Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon; The Devil’s Staircase by Helen Fitzgerald; Finch by Jeff VanderMeer; Last Days by Brian Evenson; Safer by Sean Doolittle

The nominees for the Legend category are:
The Complaints by Ian Rankin; The Midnight Room by Ed Gorman; The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death by Charlie Huston; The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly; Shadow Season by Tom Piccirilli; Tower by Reed Farrel Coleman & Ken Bruen

The nominees for the Best Short Story on the Web category are:
M-N-S (n) murder-necrophilia-suicide by Anonymous 9 from Plots with Guns
Flesh Rule by Frank Bill from Plots with Guns
Blurred Lines by Michael Moreci from A Twist of Noir
Survival Instincts by Sandra Seamans from Pulp Pusher
At Least I felt Something by Sophie Littlefield from The Drowning Machine
My Father’s Son by Alan Griffiths from A Twist of Noir
The Present by Mark Joseph Kiewlak from A Twist Of Noir
Insatiable by Hillary Davidson from Beat to a PulpA Wild and Crazy Night by John Kenyon from Beat to a Pulp
The Tut by Paul D Brazill from Beat to a Pulp

The nominees for the Best Mystery or Crime Comic/Graphic Novel category are:
Back to Brooklyn by Garth Ennis, Jimmy Palmiotti & Mihailo Vukelic from Image; Britten and Brulightly by Hannah Berry from Metropolitan Books; Chew by John Layman & Rob Guillory from Image; Leo Pulp by Claudo Nizzi & Massimo Bonfatti from IDW; Low Moon by Jason from Fantagraphics Books; Noir by Various authors by Dark Horse; Parker: The Hunter by Darwyn Cooke from IDW; Scalped by Jason Aaron & R. M. Guéra from Vertigo; West Coast Blues by Jacques Tardi & Jean-Patrick Manchette from Fantagraphic Books; You Have Killed Me by Jamie Rich & Joelle Jones from Oni Press

The nominees for the Best Mystery/Crime Fiction Press, Publisher or Imprint category are:
Bitter Lemon Press; Busted Flush Press; New Pulp Press; Serpent’s Tail; Soho; Switchblade

The nominees for the Special Services to the Industry & Community category are:
The Big Adios; Bookgasm; Crimeculture; Friday’s Forgotten Books; My Little Corner

The nominees for the Best Reviewer category are:
Jen Forbus; Lesa Holstine; The Nerd of Nor; Peter Rozovsky; Cory Wilde

To view the Best Cover nominees, as well as vote, go here.  They've got a fantastic website.  Do yourself a favor and dig around.


  1. Any thoughts on the crime comics that we nominated?

  2. You have fantastic nominations, of those I've read.
    Chew was a demented trip!
    Back to Brooklyn was solid, bloody stuff. Exactly what I'd expect from that team.
    Noir was a great anthology, with even the weakest stories rating above average.
    The Hunter was just exceptional. It had the feel of the Parker stories and the look of Mad Men. It's hard not to vote for it.
    The only reason The Hunter doesn't win is because of Scalped. I only buy it in trades, and the months wait absolutely kills me. I devour each book within hours and then am left with a feeling of moderate despair knowing It's going to be at least two seasons before I get to read the next one.
    I've yet to read Britten and Brulightly, Leo Pulp, West Coast Blues or You Have Killed Me, but they are going on the list.

    And I must say, I love how you divided the book categories. It's tough to vote against legends in normal "Best Novel" competitions, so having Rising Stars and New Voice categories was genius!