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Posted July 4, 2006
On June 16th, Escanaba, Michigan small-press publisher Don Koish won the Horror Writers' Association 2005 Bram Stoker Specialty Press Award honoring his achievements with Necessary Evil Press.
Established in 1986, The Horror Writers' Association is an international group of writers, editors, and publishers whose ranks include such household names as Stephen King, Peter Straub, and Richard Matheson. The Bram Stoker Award – the highest award given in the horror field – is considered by many to be the equivalent of winning an Oscar.
“This is a little unusual for me,” said Koish in his acceptance speech, “because I prefer to take a backseat to the authors we publish. It's not about the publisher, it's about the writer. Without the writers who have taken a chance with us, this wouldn't be possible. But I'm stunned and honored, nonetheless.”
Koish has published several works by award-winning authors such as Tim Lebbon, Brian Keene, Kealan Patrick Burke, Simon Clark, and Gary A. Braunbeck. Burke took home his own Bram Stoker award last year for a work originally published by Koish and Necessary Evil Press.
Tim Lebbon, author of the current hit novel Dusk , had this to say: “Don is an incredible guy. In the space of a couple of years he's created one of the most respected indie presses in the genre today. He's done it by working tirelessly to ensure that his books look good, read good, and are presented as model examples of what the indie press should be producing.”
"From the moment I first began corresponding with Don Koish,” says Kealan Patrick Burke, “his enthusiasm for all things horror bowled me over, and despite the multitude of headaches and dispiriting things that he must face on a daily basis with his publishing company, that enthusiasm hasn't waned one little bit. He knows how to treat his books, his authors, and his customers. I'll eat my hat, and the rack it's hung upon, if he doesn't go on to major success over the next few years. He deserves it. The genre needs more good guys like him.”
Virtually every title that has been published by Necessary Evil Press since it launched in 2003 has sold out, and earned Koish and his press a solid reputation as one of the best and most consistently excellent small press publishers in the field today.
In the past, the Horror Writers' Association has bestowed this honor on such now-heavyweight publishers as Cemetery Dance Publications, Subterranean Press, and Gauntlet Press.
“It is indeed an honor to win such a special award,” said Koish. “And I have to thank all the readers and collectors who've supported Necessary Evil Press.”
The NEP website can be found at: http://www.necessaryevilpress.com
A complete list of the Bram Stoker winners can be found here:
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