Carina Bissett is pleased to announce that she accepted the Silver Hammer Award at the Bram Stoker Awards on Saturday night, May 22. “The Horror Writers Association (HWA) periodically gives the Silver Hammer Award to an HWA volunteer who has done a truly massive amount of work for the organization, often unsung and behind the scenes. It was instituted in 1996, and is decided by a vote of HWA’s Board of Trustees.” In addition to the speech given during the awards ceremony, Bissett wrote an acceptance included in the StokerCon 2021 Souvenir Anthology: The Phantom Denver Edition.
Every single minute I’ve spent volunteering for the HWA has been a minute well spent. It is rewarding work, and I find great joy in contributing to an organization dedicated to providing a safe and supportive space for members. I’m grateful to be a part of this creative and compassionate community.Carina Bissett, StokerCon 2021 Souvenir Anthology: The Phantom Denver Edition
Bissett also contributed the column “A Conversation with Lisa Morton” to the souvenir anthology.
Lisa Morton is a screenwriter, author of non-fiction books, and prose writer with six Bram Stoker Awards, four novels, and over 150 short stories to her credit. She was also the president of HWA for five years. Bissett moderated the author reading by this StokerCon guest of honor as well as the reading by another honorable guest, award-winning author Seanan McGuire. In addition, Bissett shared her knowledge and insight on three StokerCon panels: From Poetry to Fiction and Vice Versa, Reinventing the Classics, and HWA Chapters: What They Do and How to Start One.
As one of the StokerCon authors, Bissett read her story “Twice in the Telling” at the event. This retelling is a mashup of the murder ballad “The Twa Sisters” and the fairy tale “The Water Nixie.” “Twice in the Telling” can be found in the recently released anthology Upon a Twice Time, which is now available from Air and Nothingness Press.
In other news, Bissett is busy at work reading solicited stories for the upcoming anthology Shadow Atlas: Dark Landscapes of the Americas, which is scheduled to be released by Hex Publishers in October 2021. As one of the editors of this project, she is excited to share a dynamite line-up of authors in a table of contents that defies genre stereotypes. In an effort to broaden the scope of diversity in this ground-breaking anthology, Hex Publishers will be holding an open submission window from June 21 to June 27, 2021. Bissett is seeking short fiction set exclusively in South America and poetry situated in the landscapes of the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and South America.