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2016 Manly Wade Wellman Award Nominees

Via File 770, the Manly Wade Wellman Award Nominees.

Were any of you aware of the Manly Wade Wellman Award? I was not. It honors writers from North Carolina, I see. That seems rather, uh, circumscribed. Also, what about people born in North Carolina who moved? Do they count?

Never mind, never mind. This just caught my eye because it’s been ages since I read anything by Wellman, but I have fond memories of the Silver John stories.

Anyway, the nominees, in case you’re interested:

Raising Hell by John G. Hartness (Falstaff Books)
The Mussorgsky Riddle by Darin Kennedy (Curiosity Quills)
Iron and Blood by Gail Z. Martin and Larry N. Martin (Solaris Books)
Vendetta by Gail Z. Martin (Solaris Books)
War of Shadows by Gail Z. Martin (Orbit Books)
Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon (Dial Books)

There’s Ursula Vernon again! For an author I only heard of for the first time this year, she sure seems to be everywhere. No doubt I’ve been looking past her name for a decade or more without ever noticing her. New-to-me authors always seem to have been around for ages before I encounter their work.

But back to this idea of a honoring North Caroline authors! Who can think of a book with a rural Carolina kind of setting (even if not set in Carolina exactly?). I can think of one!

Doranna Durgin’s SEER’S BLOOD is set in the Appalachians. Quite a good book. Durgin always does a good job with dogs and horses, I think.

I’m forgetting a rather good set of mysteries set, I think, in the Appalachians. I’ll have to see if I can remember, because I know I did want to go on with that series…

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8 Comments 2016 Manly Wade Wellman Award Nominees

  1. Elaine T

    Tom Dietz had a series set in the Appalachians, but I think it was set in the Georgia area. I liked the first one well enough for the time I read it. Remember it as a mashup of faeries (Celtic variety) and Indian myth. don’t think I continued the series.

    McKillip’s sequel to Winter Rose read ‘Appalachian’ to me, but I don’t think the writing ever pinned down the location. What was that title…? Solstice Wood . Unusually for McKillip, I’ve only read it once.

    Another Appalachian feeling novel was Bledsoe’s The Hum and the Shiver which I wanted to like more than I did.

  2. Allan Shampine

    OMG! I love Manley Wade Wellman. A few years back when Nightshade came out with the big collections of his works I was giving them out as Christmas presents.

    After he died, Currey (the NY book dealer) got his estate, and I tried to buy Wellman’s annotated copy of the Malleus Malificarum, but someone beat me to it…

  3. Allan Shampine

    I remember Tom Dietz’s series also Good fun. I wonder what ever happened to him? I don’t recall seeing anything from him for years.

  4. Maureen E

    Ursula Vernon is pretty popular with elementary kids as the author of the DRAGONBREATH series. They’re fun, although I really prefer CASTLE HANGNAIL. I have the vague impression she’s written adult stuff, but I haven’t actually read any of it.

  5. Rachel

    Hey, I didn’t know Nightshade had collected Wellman’s stories! Now I need to look for that!

    Elaine, sorry to say, Solstice Wood did not work for me AT ALL and I may even have given away my copy.

  6. Rachel

    Maureen, I really liked her Beauty retelling, Bryony and Roses, which I think was technically for adults though it could certainly be read as YA. She writes her adult books under the T. Kingfisher name. I picked up a couple more after reading the Beauty retelling and “Wooden Feathers.”

  7. Allan Shampine

    The Nightshade books are a beautiful five volume set. 1) Sin’s Doorway and Other Ominous Entrances; 2) The Devil Is Not Mocked (and Other Warnings); 3) Fearful Rock (and Other Precarious Locales); 4) The Third Cry to Legba (and Other Invocations); and 5) Owls Hoot in the Daytime (and Other Omens). Covers not only most of his Silver John works, but his John Pursuivant stories and other less well known protagonists. Unfortunately the collection came out around 2003 and is long out of print. If you’re interested, you’ll have to hit up used booksellers.

    Holy smokes! Just checked Amazon. Owls Hoot in the Daytime is available from a lot of sellers, but it starts at $84 and goes up rapidly from there to $250. To my surprise, however, there look to be audio versions of all of the volumes. I didn’t realize they made audio versions of them.

  8. Rachel

    Allan, ouch, I’m pretty sure $84 is outside my price range. But I’ve heard audio is becoming a more mainstream kind of presentation — I’ll look into those. I don’t really want to rejoin Audible just yet because I have lots of books I haven’t yet listened to, but those would be great to have in mind when I eventually run short.

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