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Gillian, Meet Edgar

Here's some HAPPY news about the awards.

No, the the Hugos.

The Edgars.

The winners were announced today: http://www.theedgars.com/nominees.html

I was very pleased to see Stephen King take home the Best Novel award for MR. MERCEDES. You want to talk about writers who have been shamefully overlooked by the Hugos? (And by the Nebulas and the World Fantasy Award too). Start with King. He's right up there with Gene Wolfe on my own list. The world thinks of him as a master of horror, and he is... but horror is also sometimes known as "dark fantasy," and King has written plenty of SF and even some high fantasy (EYES OF THE DRAGON, anyone? THE DARK TOWER) too. He's won the National Book Award, but he's never taken home a rocket or a rock. So it goes, I guess. But at least now he has the head of Edgar Allan Poe. Bravo!

But that wasn't all. Down in the Short Story category, I was thrilled to see that Gillian Flynn will be taking home Edgar for her story from ROGUES, "What Do You Do?" Well deserved! It was an amazing story, and Gardner Dozois and I are delighted that we had the honor of publishing it. I believe this is Gillian's first Edgar, but it won't be her last. She's a terrific writer, and a delight to work with.

Congratulations to all of this year's Edgar winners. I trust that winners and losers both enjoyed a night of celebration, free of rancor and politics and puppies.

(Maybe I should become a mystery writer).



Apr. 30th, 2015 07:02 am (UTC)
Congratulations! 😁
Apr. 30th, 2015 07:17 am (UTC)
I still need to pick up a copy of Rogues.

It's also nice to see someone staying up late too!
Apr. 30th, 2015 01:50 pm (UTC)
Late? 😁
Jordan Ray
Apr. 30th, 2015 12:12 pm (UTC)
I loved Rogues! There were a bunch of stories in there that I thought deserved Hugo recognition.

Do you have plans for another anthology along the same lines as Rogues and Dangerous Women?
Apr. 30th, 2015 04:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Rogues
Eventually. Not right now.
Adam Shelton
Apr. 30th, 2015 12:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Maybe I should become a mystery writer
You have certainly laid the groundwork for it in ASOIF. You actually have an antagonist in the Others who bring the classic "dark and stormy night" with them wherever they go.
Apr. 30th, 2015 01:35 pm (UTC)
Thank You
I bought Rogues to read a little "fake history," and I did enjoy that. However, when I was done with Rogues what I had become was a HUGE Gillian Flynn fan. I mean no disrespect to any of the work in there, but to me her story was by far the most brilliantly witty and entertaining element of the collection.... by a rather long way. I had been, at best, vaguely aware of her prior reading "What do you do?" but after reading it, I HAD to read all three of her novels, immediately.

Thank you.

Had you and Gardner Dozois not introduced me to her, I would have missed out on discovering such an incredibly witty and fun author.

I think her award was very, very well deserved, and I am grateful to you for helping me discover her.
Apr. 30th, 2015 04:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Thank You
That's the whole idea of these crossgenre anthologies -- to get readers to sample great writers they might otherwise never encounter.

Oh, and to sell a sh*tload of copies too.

ROGUES appears to have done both. ;)
Piet Nel
May. 1st, 2015 07:32 am (UTC)
Re: Thank You
For which I take full credit, having bought two! :)
Apr. 30th, 2015 02:00 pm (UTC)
Edgar Allan Poe award going to Stephen King was amazing!
Stephen King never winning a Hugo is proof in itself that being popular and well known has no bearing on if you win. Heck, it proves you can be a millionaire, considered a master of your craft and legend to even non-readers. Yet still not win.

If that doesn't prove to the puppies that the Hugo system can and has overlooked a wide range of people regardless of affiliation.
I have no idea what will.

I bet more people know who Stephen King is even when compared to you Mr Martin. If Tolkien was alive now days, even he could be overlooked.
Apr. 30th, 2015 03:59 pm (UTC)
That's awesome. That story was crazy good, one of my favorite in a strong anthology.
Apr. 30th, 2015 04:11 pm (UTC)
There are a bajillion mysteries in ASoIaF, so you kind of already are a mystery writer. Your books just don't end up on that shelf.

Also, not making the Edgar trophy a raven seems like a missed opportunity.
Apr. 30th, 2015 04:26 pm (UTC)
Stephen King
Looking back through King's list of novels, I suspect the one that would have been most likely to be considered for a Hugo, (other than Eyes of the Dragon, which was clearly a fantasy novel), would have been 1997's Wizard and Glass. That would have put in him competition with the 1998 Hugo nominees, so I went back and looked through that list. There are certainly a couple on that list that Wizard and Glass probably could have bumped if people were inclined to do so. I suspect that everyone is so used to lumping authors into categories that Stephen King just doesn't enter their minds when they think of nominating someone for a Hugo award. That is too bad, because there's a good portion of his canon that could easily be considered sci-fi/horror crossover and another good portion that has enough fantastical elements that it could be considered fantasy/horror crossover... as well as what you've mentioned that could largely just be classified as fantasy.
Apr. 30th, 2015 05:16 pm (UTC)
Stephen King did win a Hugo award, actually, for Best Nonfiction Work in 1982: DANSE MACABRE. But that's it.
Apr. 30th, 2015 05:31 pm (UTC)
Stephen King
Do you think we might one day see King featured in one of your cross-genre anthologies?
Apr. 30th, 2015 07:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Stephen King
I would love that, but the hard part is getting King to sign on. He used to do a lot of stuff for original anthologies, but I think he got overwhelmed by the sheer number of invitations. A Stephen King story in any anthology produces a sharp spike in sales.
Piet Nel
May. 1st, 2015 07:37 am (UTC)
Re: Stephen King
This is one of the reasons why I've stuck with Stephen King, even though I don't like all his books. He is one of the few mega-sellers who still write short fiction, and because I love anthologies and collections, that keeps him on my bookshelf.
Apr. 30th, 2015 08:56 pm (UTC)
The Eyes of The Dragon
The Eyes of The Dragon was the first fantasy book I remember reading. My father read The Hobbit to me, but this is the first one that was all mine. I stayed up way past bedtime reading it, hoping my parents wouldn't notice the light creeping out from under my door. It's a simple story in a lot of ways, but it does play around with some fantasy tropes, most notably the "everyone lives happily ever after" idea. Plus, it features an iteration of Flagg, one of King's best characters. There are a number of EotD references throughout the Dark Tower series. Aside from the Flagg connection, Dennis and Thomas are mentioned, as well as Delain and Garlan.
Apr. 30th, 2015 09:47 pm (UTC)
World Fantasy Award
Note that King did receive the 2004 World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, so he hasn't been completely overlooked there.

His 11/22/63 did receive a number of nominations for the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Novel, but didn't come anywhere close making it to the final ballot.

But, sure, horror, like paranormal romance, generally falls into that "Well, technically, it's SF but I really don't think of it that way" category for a lot of people.
Apr. 30th, 2015 10:21 pm (UTC)
As coincidence would have it, I just finished reading the Flynn story yesterday. A very entertaining read. Glad to see she won the award.
Brooklyn Ann
May. 1st, 2015 02:23 am (UTC)
Hail to the King!!! and King's Hugo...
^ As a previous commenter pointed out, King did win a Hugo and a Locus in the Non-Fiction Category for DANSE MACABRE (Which I thought was fantastic) as well as a Locus for ON WRITING. (Which is my bible).

...although it still blows my mind that his incredible FICTION never won either of the above. Especially the titles you mentioned! Not even The Talisman ?!!
And I can't believe he never won an Edgar before! (Dolores Claiborne, Rose Madder, or Gerald's Game, anyone?) I find it odd that he is often so underrated for his popularity when so many others are overrated for theirs.

Stephen King is one of my biggest heroes and inspirations and I was happy to hear his good news first on your blog!


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