I have really tried so hard not to mention this, but I’ve decided that I’m going to.
Ellen Datlow, editor of (among others) The Best Horror of the Year 3, has announced her list of Honourable Mentions for the short fiction that was published in 2010 – and I’m listed with 4 of my stories!
My tales Room Above the Shop, Last Summer, The Toymaker of Bremen and The Other Side of Silence all received a HM, which is pretty much the only 4 original stories I had published last year. In particular, the former two will be included in the list of the back of the book when it’s published. It’s been an ambition of mine for some time to receive a HM so to say I’m pleased is an understatement.
I believe it’s thought of as bad form to mention things like this, but these are my first honourable mentions, and to me it’s a big deal. Should I ever be in the position of receiving another one in the future, I make a pledge not to bring it up. Anyway, I’ll return you to your usual program.