Wednesday, July 27, 2011


UPDATE:  Go Down Hard made the final three!

July 27:  I was notified a few days ago that my novel, Go Down Hard, which is making the rounds in New York as I write this, has been selected as a finalist for the Killer Nashville Claymore Award!

There were ten finalists chosen from 223 entries through a blind judging process. Each MS was read by two author/readers to move out of the first round. Then by a third and, in case of a tie, a fourth to move into the final ten.

Now the finalalists will be read by Killer Nashville's 2012 publishing partner, Five Star Press/Tekno Books. The publisher then chooses the winner and two runners up and, presumably, offers one or more publishing contracts.

Onward and upward.


  1. Congratulations! I'm a finalist too. I had no idea how many entries they had or the process. Thanks for sharing. It's an honor to be in the top ten with you.

  2. Craig, just wanted to say congratulations again. The KN banquet had the BEST food and the band was super! Wish you'd been there.

  3. Thanks, Jess. Would you happen to know if I was the first or second runner-up? Clay never notified me.

  4. Congratulations, Craig! My story made it to the top ten but I heard YOUR story made it to the top three. Way to go!

  5. Thanks, Debora. And congrats back! Top ten out of 223 is terrific!

  6. Wish you all the best for your present and fufutre projects, my new FB friend! Keep the good work going! And never forget to not shave your beard and moustache, you must be very proud wearing them, that's the appearance of the mountaineers - the only people who could become and train wizards in antiquity...:).
    I hope you'll like a suggestion of mine i usually post to any site, blog, etc I like: use sites like, cafepress. com, fiverr? They could be a good way to promote your works and to help "remove" stupidity in the streets like headlines on t-shirts, fridge-magnets, cups, etc: My Boyfriend kisses Better Than Yours, FBI - female body inspector, etc. Not everything we see and think of should be about sex, right? It would be much better if there were more nice pictures (even of mythical creatures), good thoughts, poems (from any genre are welcome I guess), etc? I'm allanbard there, I use some of my illustrations, thoughts, poems from my books (like: One can fight money only with money, Even in the hottest fire there's a bit of water, Money are among the last things that make people rich, or
    Love and happiness will be around,
    as all the chains will disappear,
    and Mountaineers will climb their mount
    and there won't be any tear!
    etc). Best wishes! Let the wonderful noise of the sea always sounds in your ears! (a greeting of the water dragons' hunters - my Tale Of The Rock Pieces).


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