Tuesday, December 15, 2009

That Was The Year, That Was.

So, 2009 was a very good year for me.

There was another appearance in The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror. My work received four nominations in seperate catagories of the British Fantasy Awards (and won none, btw). I saw the release of my first mass market novel, HUNGRY HEARTS. I made two major anthology sales (more details on these next year) and finalised things on PIECES OF MIDNIGHT, my forthcoming collection for Ash Tree Press. This month the acclaimed Black Static magazine has me as their featured author. And I took a huge step forward with an exciting publishing deal I can't talk about just yet...again, more details next year, when the contracts are signed.

I'm not crowing here, just taking a step back to see what I accomplished. After all, I'm only in competition with myself.

Not a bad year, then. But hopefully 2010 will be even better.

In other news, the Abaddon Books blog currently features my short-short HUNGRY CHRISTMAS.

And finally, I've just come across this wonderfult review of HUNGRY HEARTS, which demonstrates that the reviewer really understood what I was trying to do with the book:

BFS Review

I'll probably treasure this quote forever: "Dashiel Hammett writing Mills and Boon for the Graveyard set".


Ross Warren said...

Richly deserved Sir! On a seperate note, what happened to your 'Bleeding Words' articles for Hub, not seen one in any recent issues?

Gary Mc said...

Thanks, Ross. Much appreciated!

Oddly enough, i was just asked for another Bleeding Words column this week...I've been a bit busy, so have let them slip. Sorry about that; I'm glad you enjoy them!

Mark West said...

A cracking year, Gary and thoroughly deserved. Very keen to hear the big publishing news!

Richard Gavin said...

You were the man this year, Zed, no question. I look forward to seeing the next phase of your world domination in 2010!


Steve Bacon said...

What a great year it's been for you, Gary. Well deserved. The thing is, I suspect you'll have an even more successful 2010.