Stoker/Norm Partridge


May 11, 2014 by Laird

Thank you to the HWA voters for giving The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All a Stoker Award in the collection category. You could’ve knocked me over with a feather.

For my money, Nathan Ballingrud’s collection was the best thing on the ballot. I humbly suggest you make haste to secure North American Lake Monsters asap.

I am chagrined to realize that I neglected Norm Partridge in my acceptance speech, so let me rectify that immediately. Norm provided a terrific intro to my collection. Thank you, Norm. He’s one of the great North American horror writers. Go check him out: 10/31: Bloody Mary


15 thoughts on “Stoker/Norm Partridge

  1. tom fattorusso says:

    Many thanks for giving us this collection. Also with your rec. I add Langan and his last collection- The three of you need to participate in the new Night Visions!! Editors are you listening!!/?

  2. T.E. Grau says:

    I support everything in this post. Congrats, Laird!

  3. chimerapoet says:

    a well deserved award! Congratulations!

  4. nickthehat says:

    Bravo, big congrats to you, my man, for the win and to all the nominees for this category. I’ll bet it was a tough choice. Ballingrud’s collection is fantastic and so is yours, Laird.

    • No worries, Laird–proud to be part of the book, and it was an honor to write the intro. Plus: it was a win-win night all around. Food and good company and free wine at the GOH table, and I got to sit next to my ol’ pal Nancy Holder. Bonus!

      Also: Your name brought on a rousing cheer that surely shook the walls of Valhalla.

      All around ’twas was damn near legendary, methinks.


    • Laird says:

      Thanks, Nick. I think a lot of Nathan’s work.

  5. I too loved BEAUTIFUL THING. The award was well-deserved, IMHO. I’ll admit Nathan’s also impressed me. Now, about that nice hardcover packaging you want…. 😉

  6. lilthundercloud says:

    Congratulations Laird. Your collection is amazing, and this award is very well deserved!!

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