John G. Hartness, Winner of the Manly Wade Wellman Award

On July 16, 2016, the Manly Wade Wellman Award was given at Con-Gregate to John G. Hartness, an author from Charlotte, North Carolina (and member of Broad Universe). The award, now in its third year, is given by the North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation and seeks to "recognize outstanding achievement in science fiction and fantasy novels written by North Carolina authors."withfinalists-noursula

The 2016 award was given for a work of speculative fiction published by a North Carolina writer in 2015. The primary eligibility list was announced in January 2016 at Illogicon and included more than 115 titles. This year there were six finalists, since three titles were by the same author (Gail Z. Martin, also of Broad Universe):

Raising Hell by John G. Hartness (Falstaff Books)
The Mussorgsky Riddle by Darin Kennedy (Curiosity Quills)
Iron and Blood by Gail Z. Martin and Larry N. Martin (Solaris Books)
Vendetta by Gail Z. Martin (Solaris Books)
War of Shadows by Gail Z. Martin (Orbit Books)
Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon (Dial Books)

Hartness's winning title, Raising Hell, features his newest creation, Quincy Harker, the immortal magic-wielding child of Mina Murray and Jonathan Harker from Dracula. You can find more about John and his works on his amazon page: or his website:

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