AN ABERYSTWYTH author has been included in the preliminary shortlist for a prestigious literary prize previously won by heavyweights including Stephen King, J K Rowling, Neil Gaiman, and George R R Martin.
Karl Drinkwater is flying the flag for Wales on the preliminary ballot for this year’s Bram Stoker Awards with his tense thriller/horror novella, Harvest Festival - set on a remote Welsh hillside farm.
The Bram Stoker Award is a recognition presented annually by the Horror Writers Association for “superior achievement” in dark fantasy and horror writing.
The awards have been presented every year since 1987.
This year’s shortlist was announced on 20 January.
Karl, who lives in Llanbadarn Fawr, said he was “over the moon” to be named on the preliminary ballot.
“To be in the august company of other excellent writers in the preliminary ballot is a great start to 2017,” he said.
“I’m also proud to fly the flag for Wales and Welsh settings in an international competition.”
The action in Harvest Festival takes place during a single night of horror when a family has to pull together and rediscover their strength, trust and unity.
Karl said: “I’ve been a fan of tense stories since I was a child, when I climbed trees with a horror book and got so immersed that I would forget to come down for dinner."
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