More Ghostly Tales from the State of West Virginia
Edited by Michael Knost with Foreword by Homer Hickam
A dream-team of nationally known writers and West Virginia storytellers have been assembled for this spine-chilling anthology that focuses solely on state ghost tales and folklore. This third installment of the Legends series is already being called the most spellbinding of the ghostly trilogy. "They know how to tell a good tale and they don't mind scaring us, more than a little. So sit back and enjoy, or cringe, or whatever you do when you read or hear a scary story," is what beloved author Homer Hickam had to say about this new title.
April 17, 2010
Logan County horror writer's success is scary
By Bill Lynch
Staff writer, Charleston Gazette
The nomination for a Bram Stoker Award was a surprise.
"It wasn't anything I really thought about," Collins said.
But the book was well received inside the genre, among horror writers, editors and people within the publishing industry. When the Horror Writers Association sought out recommendations for the Bram Stoker Awards, "Writer's Workshop Of Horror" made the short list of 10, then became one of the four officially nominated for the nonfiction award.
"I was on cloud nine when it became nominated," Davis said. "For my wife, it was better than heaven."
Collins says he would have been happy just to make the top 10 or even the final four. Peers inside the genre made the recommendations, nominations and final voting. In that way, winning a Bram Stoker Award is a lot like winning an Academy Award.
It also doesn't hurt that his book beat out a collection of Stephen King's nonfiction writings. Of course, King has won nine Bram Stoker Awards over the course of his career, but Collins is proud to be mentioned in the same sort of company.
Winning was incredible, but getting to England to accept the award in person was something else. Collins makes a modest income with his writing, but it's not enough for him to quit his day job at Auxi Health, a durable medical equipment company, and barricade himself in a cabin up in the hills with a typewriter. He needed help to cover the costs.
"I'm very fortunate to have a few sponsors who made the trip to England possible," Knost said. "Aracoma Drug, Hatfield-McCoy Convention & Visitors Bureau, Giovanni's of West Logan, Chapmanville Lions Club, and the town of Chapmanville."
Logan County really rallied around Collins, Davis says, and not without reason.
"To my knowledge, Michael is the first West Virginian to ever receive a Bram Stoker Award," Davis said. "He's certainly the first to ever win anything like this from Logan."
With an award under his belt, Collins says he's going back to work. He has two more horror anthologies he's working on, as well as a novel about the Mothman.
For more information about Michael Collins, visit his Web site, www.michaelknost.com. For more information about Woodland Press, visit www.woodlandpress.com.