March 28, 2006

Derringer Nomination # 2

My short story, “Twilight of the Fireflies,” has been nominated for the Derringer award for best short-short mystery story of 2005 and I’m thrilled!

This recognition is particularly sweet because the story features one of my recurring characters, ex-professional wrestler Buster Bash. This is the fourth Double B tale to be published. The other three can be found in THE UNDERTOW OF SMALL TOWN DREAMS and a fifth one will appear in an upcoming issue of CRIMESPREE magazine.

The Short Mystery Fiction Society created the annual Derringer Award for excellence in the field of short stories in 1997. The name "Derringer," after the palm-sized handgun, was chosen as a metaphor for a crime short story -- small, but dangerous. The Derringer was created to fill a void in the arena of American mystery awards, which tend to concentrate on novels. Any story published (in print or online) in a given calendar year is eligible for a Derringer.

This is my second Derringer nomination. I was nominated previously in 2003 for my short story “Shark Infested Pudding.”

“Twilight of the Fireflies” appeared in Volume 5, Issue 2 of the Southeast Missouri State University Press publication BIG MUDDY: A JOURNAL OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER VALLEY, edited by Dr. Susan Swartwout.

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