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Manly Wade Wellman Award Longlist

The North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation has announced the longlist for the 2020 Manly Wade Wellman Award. The 2020 award covers novels published in 2019.

Among the eighteen titles is To the Bones by longtime friend of the Network Valerie Nieman, a “genre-bending satire of the coal industry and its effects on Appalachia” from West Virginia University Press.

NCWN member T. Frohock’s Where Oblivion Lives (Harper Voyager) made the list: a Los Nefilim novel, Where Oblivion Lives is a “dark, lyrical historical thriller, set in 1930s Spain and Germany, that brings to life the world of angels and demons from the novellas collected in Los Nefilim: Spanish Nephilim battling daimons in a supernatural war to save humankind.”

Also included is Carl Perkins’ Cadillac by John G. Hartness (Falstaff Books). John’s no stranger to Network events, having served on faculty and as an exhibitor. Carl Perkins’ Cadillac is Book 5 of the Quincy Harker Demon Hunter series. John won the 2016 Manly Wade Wellman Award.

Gail Z. Martin’s Inheritence (SOL Publishing) also made the list. Gail taught at the NCWN 2018 Fall Conference. Inheritence is the fourth book in the Deadly Curiosities series. Gail won the 2018 Manly Wade Wellman Award.

For the full longlist, click here.

The North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation (NCSFF) was founded in December 2013 to promote the writing and reading of speculative fiction in North Carolina and to recognize outstanding achievements in North Carolina science fiction and fantasy.

Manly Wade Wellman was a 1996 inductee to the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame. He wrote thirty-five adventure novels for boys, nearly half of them set in North Carolina in the southeastern part of the state, and in the mountains. These include both contemporary mystery/adventure stories and historical novels.

Although his work has been called “science fiction,” he successfully blended his varied interests to create a genre now referred to as speculative fiction. His fascination with Appalachian history and folklore form the basis for his fantastic Silver John series, which features a virtuous folk-ballad-singing young hero who battles supernatural forces of evil in the North Carolina mountains, defending the innocent and timid. Wellman’s numerous works of speculative fiction also include a Martian murder mystery, tales of loathsome alien invaders, and Twice in Time, the story of a man who falls into the fifteenth century and becomes Leonardo da Vinci.

A shortlist of finalists will be announced on Wednesday, July 1, and the winner(s) will be announced at ConGregate on Friday, July 17, 2020. However, as ConGregate will not be held in person this year, location and manner of the announcement is subject to change at this time.