ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Weston Ochse is a former intelligence officer and special operations soldier who has engaged enemy combatants, terrorists, narco smugglers, and human traffickers. His personal war stories include performing humanitarian operations over Bangladesh, being deployed to Afghanistan, and a near miss being cannibalized in Papua New Guinea. His fiction and non-fiction has been praised by USA Today, The Atlantic, The New York Post, The Financial Times of London, and Publishers Weekly. The American Library Association labeled him one of the Major Horror Authors of the 21st Century. His work has also won the Bram Stoker Award, been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and won multiple New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. A writer of more than 26 books in multiple genres, his military supernatural series SEAL Team 666 has been optioned to be a movie starring Dwayne Johnson. His military sci fi series, which starts with Grunt Life, has been praised for its PTSD-positive depiction of soldiers at peace and at war. Weston likes to be called a chaotic good paladin and challenges anyone to disagree. After all, no one can really stand a goody two-shoes lawful good character. They can be so annoying. It's so much more fun to be chaotic, even when you're striving to save the world. You can argue with him about this and other things online at Living Dangerously or on Facebook at Badasswriter. All content of this blog is copywrited by Weston Ochse.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Empire of Salt and Big Rock Candy Mountain Advance


Hi all. Good news from the Land of Living Dangerously. It looks like my novel Empire of Salt and my short story Big Rock Candy Mountain have been honored by the members of the Horror Writers Association by being selected to move on to the Preliminary Ballot. This means that there are two more rounds before a winner is declared in each category. I feel like a winner now, though and I thank my peers for thinking enough of the works to highlight them for excellence. 

Here is the complete Preliminary Ballot

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Horror Writers Association announces 2010 Stoker Preliminary Ballot

The following works have been recommended for inclusion in the preliminary ballot for this year's Stoker Awards. In the coming weeks, the votes will be cast and counted, after which, the nominees will be announced.
Superior Achievement in a NOVEL
  • VIPERS by Lawrence C. Connolly (Fantasist Enterprises)
  • SIREN by John Everson (Leisure)
  • HORNS by Joe Hill (William Morrow)
  • IT CAME FROM DEL RIO by Stephen Graham Jones (Trapdoor Books)
  • SPARROW ROCK by Nate Kenyon (Leisure Books)
  • DESPERATE SOULS by Gregory Lamberson (Medallion Press)
  • THE FRENZY WAY by Gregory Lamberson (Medallion Press)
  • ROT AND RUIN by Jonathan Maberry (Simon & Schuster)
  • APOCALYPSE OF THE DEAD by Joe McKinney (Pinnacle)
  • EMPIRE OF SALT by Weston Ochse (Abaddon)
  • DWELLER by Jeff Strand (Leisure/Dark Regions Press)
  • A DARK MATTER by Peter Straub (DoubleDay)
Superior Achievement in a FIRST NOVEL
  • MR. SHIVERS by Robert Jackson Bennett (Orbit)
  • FREEK CAMP by Steve Burt (Steve Burt Creations)
  • THE MAN OF MYSTERY HILL by Tracy L. Carbone (Echelon Quake)
  • BLACK AND ORANGE by Benjamin Kane Ethridge (Bad Moon Books)
  • CARNIVAL OF FEAR by J.G. Faherty (Graveside Tales)
  • A BOOK OF TONGUES by Gemma Files (Chizine Publications)
  • AT THE END OF CHURCH STREET by Gregory Hall (Belfire Press)
  • MADIGAN MINE by Kirstyn McDermott (Picador Australia)
  • CASTLE OF LOS ANGELES by Lisa Morton (Gray Friar Press)
  • SPELLBENT by Lucy Snyder (Del Rey)
Superior Achievement in LONG FICTION
  • REQUIEM FOR THE BURNING GOD by Shane Jiraiya Cummings (Cthulhu's Dark Cults)
  • THE PAINTED DARKNESS by Brian James Freeman (Cemetery Dance)
  • CHASING THE DRAGON by Nicholas Kaufmann (Chizine)
  • DREAMS IN BLACK AND WHITE by John R. Little (Morning Star)
  • DISSOLUTION by Lisa Mannetti (Deathwatch)
  • BLEMISH by Joe McKinney (Dark Recesses #1)
  • THE SAMHANACH by Lisa Morton (Bad Moon Books)
  • JADE by Gene O'Neill (Bad Moon Books)
  • INVISIBLE FENCES by Norman Prentiss (Cemetery Dance)
Superior Achievement in SHORT FICTION
  • THE BEHELD by Paul Bens (Dark Discoveries #160)
  • RETURN TO MARIABRONN by Gary Braunbeck (Haunted Legends)
  • SURPRISE! by G.O. Clark (Dark Valentine 2)
  • SEMINAR Z by J. Comeau (Dead Set: A Zombie Anthology)
  • THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS by Brock Cooper (The New Bedlam Project)
  • THE FOLDING MAN by Joe R. Lansdale (Haunted Legends)
  • 1925: A FALL RIVER HALLOWEEN by Lisa Mannetti (Shroud Magazine #10)
  • SURVIVORS by Joe McKinney (Dead Set: A Zombie Anthology)
  • BIG ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN by Weston Ochse (Dark Discoveries #16)
  • ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE by David Sakmyster (Horror World)
  • TROOT by Margaret B. Simon (Null Immortalis)
  • THE DAYS OF FLAMING MOTORCYCLES by Catherynne Valente (Dark Faith)
  • FINAL DRAFT by Mark W. Worthen (Horror Library IV)
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)
Superior Achievement in a COLLECTION
  • OCCULTATION by Laird Barron (Night Shade Books)
  • BLOOD AND GRISTLE by Michael Louis Calvillo (Bad Moon Books)
  • THIS WAY TO EGRESS by Lawrence C. Connolly (Ash-Tree Press)
  • WHAT WILL COME AFTER by Scott Edelman (PS Publishing)
  • FULL DARK, NO STARS by Stephen King (Simon and Schuster)
  • LITTLE THINGS by John R. Little (Bad Moon Books)
  • A HELL OF A JOB by Michael McCarty (Damnation Books)
  • A HOST OF SHADOWS by Harry Shannon (Dark Regions Press)
  • FUNGUS OF THE HEART by Jeremy Shipp (Raw Dog (Screaming Press)
  • HELLFIRE AND DAMNATION by Connie Corcoran Wilson (Sam's Dot)
Superior Achievement in NONFICTION
  • WEIRD ENCOUNTERS by Joanne M. Austin (Sterling Publishing)
  • TO EACH THEIR DARKNESS by Gary A. Braunbeck (Apex Publications)
  • SHADOWS OVER FLORIDA by David Goudsward and Scott T. Goudsward (Bear Manor Media)
  • THE CONSPIRACY AGAINST THE HUMAN RACE by Thomas Ligotti (Hippocampus Press)
  • WANTED UNDEAD OR ALIVE by Jonathan Maberry and Janice Gable Bashman (Citadel)
  • MASTERS OF IMAGINATION by Michael McCarty (Bear Manor Media)
  • LISTEN TO THE ECHOES: THE RAY BRADBURY INTERVIEWS by Sam Weller (Melville House Publications)
Superior Achievement in a POETRY Collection
  • DARK MATTERS by Bruce Boston (Bad Moon Books)
  • LOVE CRAFT by Bryan Dietrich (Finishing Line Press)
  • CHEMICKAL REACTIONS by Karen L. Newman (Naked Snake Press)
  • WOOD LIFE by Rich Ristow (Snuff Books)
  • WILD HUNT OF THE STARS by Ann K. Schwader (Sam's Dot)
  • DIARY OF A GENTLEMAN DIABOLIST by Robin Spriggs (Anomalous Books)
  • SAVAGE MENACE AND OTHER POEMS OF HORROR by Richard L. Tierney (P'rea Press)
  • VICIOUS ROMANTIC by Wrath James White (Needfire Poetry)
More information on the Horror Writers Association is at www.horror.org.

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