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HWA Specialty Press Award Goes To PS Publishing

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PS Publishing, of East Yorkshire, England, will receive the Horror Writers Association’s Specialty Press Award for 2006. The award will be presented during the Bram Stoker Award Banquet at the World Horror Convention, held this year in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 29-April 1.

The annual Specialty Press Award recognizes a publisher outside the mainstream New York City publishing community that specializes in dark-themed fiction. Winners are typically “small presses” specializing in limited editions, small print runs, or the work of new and relatively unknown authors. The winner of the award is determined by a majority vote of the HWA Board of Trustees.

Deborah LeBlanc, HWA president, said, “PS Publishing has been producing excellent work in the genre for several years now. Its consistent output of high-quality work and reputation of treating authors with respect makes PS Publishing an excellent choice for this award.”

Founded in the spring of 1999, PS Publishing built its reputation by publishing novellalength works. The company has expanded and now releases full-length novels, collections and non-fiction books. PS Publishing began collecting awards for its output in 2001 and has regularly picked up multiple genre awards each year since. Last year, PS Publishing, or its authors or books, received two of HWA’s Bram Stoker awards, four British Fantasy Awards and the William L. Crawford Award.

PS Publishing authors include genre grandmasters like Ray Bradbury and Ramsey Campbell along with recognized pros such as Tim Lebbon and T.M. Wright. Newer authors include multiple-award-winner Joe Hill and Steven Utley.

In addition to publishing books, PS Publishing also releases Postscripts, a quarterly print magazine covering horror, fantasy, science fiction and crime fiction.

Lisa Morton, HWA’s World Horror Convention liaison and Bram Stoker Award chairperson, said having PS Publishing winning the Specialty Press Award this year adds to the uniqueness of the convention.

“This is the first time the World Horror Convention has been held outside the United States,” Morton said. “Having the convention in Canada, and recognizing an excellent publisher from England truly shows that horror is a global genre.”

Recent past winners of the Specialty Press Award include Necessary Evil Press, Delirium Books and Earthling Publications. Cemetery Dance won the first Specialty Press Award in 1997.

For more information about PS Publishing, visit the company Web site at www.pspublishing.co.uk.

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Note: Both the conference and the banquet are open to the public. Members of the press wishing to attend the awards ceremony should contact Steve Wedel, HWA publicity chairman, at steve@stevenewedel.com.

More information on the Horror Writers Association is at www.horror.org. More information on the World Horror Convention is available at www.whc2007.org.

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