World Fantasy Award
A few years ago I won the best artist award and thought it could never happen again. After all, the only dual winners in the art category were Michael Whelan, Edward Gorey, Lee Brown Coye and J. K. Potter. So when I saw my name listed with the other 2003 artist nominees (John Jude Palencar, Donato Giancola, Brom and John Picacio), I had no hope. This faulty reckoning was most keenly felt when I discovered that the five WFA judges proclaimed that there would be a tie—and that Donato Giancola and I would get the World Fantasy Award.
How does someone get nominated for this award? There are specific guidelines that appear on the WFA website. But, by and large, the judges assess materials that are submitted--usually magazines and books. How did I get nominated? I made sure that the judges received materials containing my artwork--RED WORLD OF POLARIS by Clark Ashton Smith (Night Shade Books); BOATS OF THE GLEN CARRIG by William Hope Hodgson (Night Shade Books); DIVINATIONS OF THE DEEP by Matt Cardin (Ash-Tree Press); THE THOMAS LIGOTTI READER edited by Darrell Schweitzer (Wildside Press). I am particularly obliged to Thomas Ligotti, who was gracious enough to provide a begging letter on my behalf.
Future projects: Golden Gryphon Press commissioned me to create illustrations for Greg Frost’s collection ATTACK OF THE JAZZ GIANTS. More than once I felt myself disappearing into a mesh of Greg’s words and visions. But he is an author whose work I respect, and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with him and with Golden Gryphon Press (Gary Turner and Marty Halpern).
An illustration for Darrell Schweitzer’s “Most Beautiful Dead Woman in the World” will appear in Weird Tales #337.
Ash-Tree Press graciously allowed me to prepare the dustjacket artwork for their anthology ACQUAINTED WITH THE NIGHT, and their collection of stories by Gerald Kersh THE WORLD, THE FLESH, AND THE DEVIL.
Here is a link to my publication credits in Adobe Acrobat format.