Those lovely people at the Horror Writers Association have sent me a very attractive certificate naming me as a finalist for the 2011 Bram Stoker Awards ‘for superior achievement in the Fiction Collection category’. It’s signed by the very coolly named Rocky Wood. While I’m thrilled and honoured, is this the equivalent of the Crackerjack Pencil?*
*This jest courtesy of the Old Jokes Homes, referring as it does to the habit of all losers winning a consolation prize on the British children’s variety show ‘Crackerjack!’, hosted by Leslie Crowther and Peter Glaze, now only remembered by a handful of elderly people and me. It was dreadful.