Poet, writer, and editor Christopher Conlon (Botswana 1988–90) has been named one of six finalists for the prestigious Bram Stoker Award in the category of Superior Achievement in a Novel for his book matrix-angelsA Matrix of Angels (Creative Guy Publishing, 2011). The Stokers have been given annually in a variety of categories since 1987 by the Horror Writers Association, and they are considered the premier award in the field. This year’s winners will be announced at a gala banquet March 31 at the World Horror Convention in Salt Lake City.

Photo by Dave Mullen

Photo by Dave Mullen

“It’s very exciting,” says the author. “I won a Stoker a couple of years ago, but that was an award for my work as an editor. I’m thrilled that this time around the HWA has seen fit to recognize my writing.” Past winners of the Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Novel have included Stephen King, Peter Straub, and Sarah Langan.

The story of A Matrix of Angels focuses on two little girls growing up in the 1970s and their encounters with a serial killer. The book was reviewed by Leita Kaldi Davis for Peace Corps Writers last year.