TORONTO, Ontario (February 1, 2011) – For her weird-west horror novel A Book of Tongues with ChiZine Publications, Gemma Files has won the Best Small Press Chill Award for Dark Scribe Magazine’s Fourth Annual Black Quill Awards.
“It’s always so great to wake up to good news,” remarks CZP co-publisher Sandra Kasturi upon finding out about the award. “It was a thrill to be nominated and humbling to win. Gemma’s book was up against tough competition, and we’re glad both the editors and fans recognized it for the same reasons we published it. Seeing our books so fiercely supported by everyone who voted is worth just as much as the honour of the award. We’d be nothing without the readers.”
Nominations for the Black Quills are editorial-based, with both the editors and active contributing writers submitting nominations in each of the seven categories. Winners were chosen via an open online ballot on Dark Scribe’s website. Two winners were announced in each category – Reader’s Choice and Editor’s Choice. Files’ novel took both the Reader’s and Editor’s honour in her category, which is an uncommon honour with the Black Quills.
In previous years, David Nickle’s Monstrous Affections (CZP) won Reader’s Choice for Best Dark Genre Fiction Collection, and Paul Tremblay’s “The Blog at the End of the World” (ChiZine #38/Virtual) was nominated for Best Dark Scribble. The aforementioned story appears in Tremblay’s short story collection In the Mean Time, which was also nominated for a 2010 Black Quill Award.
But that was not the end of today’s award news for CZP—the preliminary ballot for the Horror Writers Association’s Bram Stoker Awards was also posted today. Not surprisingly, Files’ A Book of Tongues has been longlisted for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. In addition to this, CZP author Nicholas Kaufmann’s novella Chasing the Dragon has been longlisted in the Superior Achievement in Long Fiction category. The same novella is also currently being considered for the 2010 Thriller Award for Best Short Story.
Brett Alexander Savory, Publisher
About ChiZine Publications
ChiZine Publications (CZP) is an independent publisher of weird, subtle, surreal and disturbing dark fiction. It is the book-length, print version outgrowth of ChiZine, an online professional market in operation since 1997 focused on the same type of story material. All of CZP’s publications are hand-picked by co-Publishers and Bram Stoker Award-winners Brett Alexander Savory and Sandra Kasturi.