Tommy Hancock, Coordinator of the New Pulp Awards (formerly the Pulp Ark Awards) which recognize the best in New Pulp each year, announced Feb. 27 that the final ballot of the 2014 New Pulp Awards has been compiled and released and voting has opened. My novel, Vampire Siege at Rio Muerto, has been nominated in the Best Novel of 2013 category. 

This is the first year of not only the new name for the Awards, but also that voting is open fully to the public. In the past, only those who nominated a work or person for an award were allowed to vote. “This is a big deal,” says Hancock. “This means the New Pulp Awards may actually be the only Pulp Awards truly representative of the fanbase. Having said that, though, Sized Coverwe are highly aware that anyone nominated or anyone supporting a nominee could rally up a whole slew of friends, family, and strangers and cast votes for them or their favorite. What we are encouraging is for no one to do that, but to encourage those who have read and/or reviewed the work to vote based on their interest in the work, not because the writer is their third cousin removed. We are having to work on a sort of honor system here and hope our voters will appreciate and respect that.”

Voting will continue through 3 PM CST March 12, 2014. The Awards will be presented at MidSouthCon in Memphis, Tennessee on March 23, 2014 at 2:30 PM.

The Ballot is available at and at Voting and results and other news related to the Awards will be posted and can be followed at these pages.

Needless to say I’m pretty happy that Rio Muerto has garnered a nomination for this important award. The competition is fierce– 16 nominated novels, that include Will Murray’s Doc Savage: The Miracle Menace; Manchurian Shadows by Teel James Glenn; Bad Sunset by Alex S. Johnson; and the Adventures of Gravedigger, Volume I by Barry Reese. Win. lose or draw, I’m thrilled to be in the running.


In addition, Use Enough Gun, the third volume of the stellar Legends of the Monster Hunter anthologies from Emby Press was also nominated in the Best Anthology category. Just so happens I have a story, The Shape of a Cage in that collection as well. That short story has also been nominated for a Pushcart Award.

So it’s a big news day for me and my friends over at Emby Press. Please pick up a ballot and vote for us.

And don’t forget, tomorrow I’ll be announcing the launch of the paperback edition of Vampire Siege at Rio Muerto and how you can win a free copy.
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