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My Collection Ennui & Other States of Madness Makes Preliminary Ballot

ennui_large1After a long career of writing, during which I have so far written and published well over 150 short stories, some notice is being taken.  Last year I won the Bram Stoker award for short fiction for my story THE GENTLE BRUSH OF WINGS - which was published in my limited and very expensive collection, DEFINING MOMENTS (You can read the story for free at the link above. After winning the award, I thought it should just be available, rather than held back for reprints).  That collection was also nominated for the award, for which I am very grateful  It lost, eventually, two other collections tied - one written by Peter Straub.  Hard to be upset by that, and humbled to have joined the ranks of those winning for the short story.

This year the “Definitive” David Niall Wilson collection is going to make the preliminary ballot for that same award.  Ennui & Other States of Madness is a massive 340 page collection of fiction spanning two decades of my career.  It has a brand new 35,000 word novella included, as well as stories stretching back to the beginning of my professional career.  I will be joined on the ballot by some good friends, inlcuding Stephen Mark Rainey, who has the collection OTHER GODS out from the same press that published my collection, Dark Regions.

Here’s what’s different this year.

Defining Moments was a very limited edition HC that cost $50.  Ennui & Other States of Madness is out in trade paperback, and can be had for less than $20.  I always feel odd when suggesting people would like my limited books, because I know the cost is prohibitive for anyone but a collector.  This one is different - $20 for 125,000 words of fiction is not a bad deal.  It has a wonderful wrap-around cover by Don Paresi - and I hope you’ll take the time to give it a read.

You can order the book by clicking on the cover art above.  If you want more information on the collection, I created a site for it with back-story on all the tales included, as well as excerpts and a more in-depth look at the book in all its glory. That site is ENNUI & OTHER STATES OF MADNESS.