Local author wins horror writers’ award
August 29, 2013 3:12PM
Mort Castle (left), of Crete, and Sam Weller, of Chicago, won a 2012 Bram Stoker Award for superior achievement in an anthology for "Shadow Show: All New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury" (William Morrow). | Supplied photo
Updated: October 2, 2013 6:02AM
Sam Weller, of Chicago, and his co-editor, Mort Castle of Crete, received the “Superior Achievement in an Anthology” award for “Shadow Show: All New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury,” from The Horror Writers Association, a professional organization for horror writers, editors and other industry professionals.
The book, published by William Morrow, has contributions from Dave Eggers, Margaret Atwood, Harlan Ellison, Alice Hoffman, Joe Hill and 20 others. It features an introduction by Ray Bradbury, who did not live to see the book published, but did read all the stories.
Weller, Bradbury’s authorized biographer, and Castle, a veteran writer with more than 600 publishing credits, teach at Columbia College Chicago.
Castle also won in another category, “Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection,” with his “New Moon on the Water,” from Dark Regions Press, tying with Joyce Carol Oates’s “Black Dahlia and White Rose.” Castle had previously been nominated seven times for the Stoker award.