Let’s all take a deep breath. We’re six days into the new year and 2016 is well and good behind us. There were some decidedly dark days this past solar return. We said goodbye to more than a few noteworthy celebrities, many of whom were instrumental in shaping yours truly. We also weathered an election unlike any I have seen in my half century on this planet.
But weathered it and all the rest we did. The thing is, there was a number of good things that came out of 2016 and I’d like to showcase some of them today as I proudly announce those tapped for excellence in (drum roll,please)…
The English Magic Tarot
by Rex Van Ryn, Steve Dooley, & Andy Letcher
Bloody Mary’s Guide to Hauntings, Horrors,
and Dancing with the Dead
by Bloody Mary
edited by J. Douglas Kenyon
.:.OCCULT DETECTIVE NOVEL.:.
The Secret History of Twin Peaks
by Mark Frost
by Alan Moore
by Stephen Mark Rainey
Skelos: The Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy
edited by Mark Finn, Chris Gruber, and Jeffrey Shanks
A Long December
by Richard Chizmar
The Weiser Book of the Fantastic and Forgotten
edited by Judika Illes
The Horror Show with Brian Keene
Brian Keene & Dave Thomas
Conan by Monolith
The Tome of Beasts 5E by Kobold Press
Alan Moore & Jacen Burrows
Harrow County, Vol 2: Twice Told
Cullen Bunn & Tyler Crook
.:. OCCULT DETECTIVE SERIES.:.
Stand-Out Episode: “Weaponizer”
Stand-Out Episode: “Chapter Six: The Monster”
The Curse of Oak Island
Stand-Out Episode: “Sword Play”
The Occult Detective Quarterly Team
(editors Sam Gafford and John Linwood Grant, publishing chief
Travis Neisler, and consulting editor Dave Brzeski)
And there you have it folks, another year celebrated and creators elevated. If nothing else, it was a good year for genre. Next year’s awards will be a bit different. For the past seven, eligibility requirements fell on those considered having been released within the calendar year in question. Next year, to be eligible, a work merely has to be new to me within that time frame. That should broaden the scope a bit, and give things released in later months a better chance at recognition.
And as always, I am open to review copies. You can contact me via email at caliburn (at) comteck (dot) com.
That’s all for this year’s awards… Don’t forget to tune in Monday for a very special Last Writes as we give Gamerstable, the best darn RPG podcast on the internet, a proper send off. Till then, Skál, and may the gods smile upon you.