Weird Little Worlds is excited to announce an epic nod of approval for Mother: Tales of Love and Terror. Our mothers thought we wouldn’t amount to much, but despite their loving advice to get a real job and quit making up stories, Mother: Tales of Love and Terror has been included on the preliminary ballot of the Bram Stoker Awards® 2022 for Superior Achievement in an Anthology.

Mother: Tales of Love and Terror

It is an honor to be highlighted among such incredible talent this year, in addition to being listed with a few of of our horror heroes. The full list of eligible entries in this category include:

Superior Achievement in an Anthology

  • We Are Providence: Tales of Horror from the Ocean State, Christa Carmen and L.E. Daniels, eds. (Weird House)
  • The Valancourt Book of World Horror Stories, Volume 2, James D. Jenkins and Ryan Cagle, eds. (Valancourt)
  • Screams from the Dark: 29 Tales of Monsters and the Monstrous, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Nightfire)
  • Human Monsters: A Horror Anthology, Sadie Hartmann and Ashley Saywers, eds. (Dark Matter Ink)
  • Nightmare Sky: Stories of Astronomical Horror, Red Lago, ed. (Death Knell)
  • The Hideous Book of Hidden Horrors, Doug Murano, ed. (Bad Hand)
  • Mother: Tales of Love and Terror, Christi Nogle and Willow Becker, eds. (Weird Little Worlds)
  • Into the Forest: Tales of the Baba Yaga, Lindy Ryan, ed. (Black Spot)
  • Dark Stars, John F.D. Taff, ed. (Nightfire)
  • Chromophobia: A Strangehouse Anthology by Women in Horror, Sara Tantlinger, ed. (Strangehouse)

With captivating new tales from authors like SP Miskowski, John Langan, Brian Evenson, and Gemma Files, there are 33 stories and poems guaranteed to make you see motherhood in a new light.

In addition, Mercedes M. Yardley’s story “Fracture,” was also included on the Bram Stoker Awards® preliminary ballot for Best Short Fiction. You can read the entire story here. The full list of entries in this category include:

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction

  • “They Could Have Been Yours,” Joy Baglio (The Missouri Review, No. 45.1)
  • “Blame,” Warren Benedetto (The Dread Machine)
  • “Nona Doesn’t Dance,” Aaron Dries (Cut to Care: A Collection of Little Hurts)
  • “Poppy’s Poppy,” Douglas Gwilym (Penumbric Speculative Fiction Magazine Vol. V, No. 6)
  • “That’s What Friends Are For,” Larry Hinkle (Dark Recesses Press, Vol. 6, No. 16)
  • “The Only Thing Different Will Be the Body,” J.A.W McCarthy (A Woman Built by Man)
  • “The Bear Across the Way,” Emily Rigole (PsuedoPod )
  • “A Song for Barnaby Jones,” Anna Taborska (Zagava)
  • “The Star,” Anna Taborska (Great British Horror 7: Major Arcane)
  • “Fracture,” Mercedes M. Yardley (Mother: Tales of Love and Terror)

We are thrilled, honored, and filled with a strange, tingly sort of terror as we wait for the final ballot announcements at the end of February 2023. If you are a voting member of the Horror Writer’s Association, please contact us to get a free copy of Mother: Tales of Love and Terror. We would love your vote, as it would be incredible to highlight this excellent anthology and our amazing writers.

If you’re not a member of the HWA, Weird Little Worlds invites you to pick up a copy of Mother: Tales of Love and Terror. Tuck it under your pillow with a flashlight. Then, hide in your covers and stay up past your bedtime reading. We mean it. Once you start, you won’t want to come out from under those covers and sleep is totally out of the question. A little Love and Terror goes a long way.



Now, sleep tight. Don’t let the bedbugs bite and always remember. . . Mother loves you!