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And the Winner of the Christmas Contest is…


Me! That’s right, I wrote the best story this contest!

Okay, I’m pulling your leg. There were a number of superior stories to my own, and truth be told, it was difficult picking a winner. There were – quite literally – at least 10 submissions that could have earned the prize. Ultimately I had to narrow it down to two that really, really got me.

Matthew Weber’s, Bobby’s Holiday Wish List was absolutely brilliant. Sharp, edgy as all hell and quite bleak, I loved the story. A lot. But one other offering completely floored me. I’m talking reached inside of my core and tugged at my inner fibers. In fact, I won’t lie to you for a second: The story brought a tear to my eye. That story was submitted by Richard Farren Barber, and it’s titled, Last Christmas.

This is a deeply moving piece, anchored by a melancholy message and a tone so dark it’s impossible to deny the impact it carries. It’s not a piece that screams outright vile terror, it’s a piece that screams real life fear. Fear of the unknown and fear of utter hopelessness. It’s a terrifying and gut wrenching creation, and it certainly deserves the win.

Congratulations Richard. Your writing is amazing, and I’m honored to not only hook you up with some money and some goodies, I’m honored to have you appear in this book alongside some fantastic authors like Joe R. Lansdale, Terry M. West, Thomas Cavazos, Robin Dover, Jonathan D. Nichols, Glenn Rolfe and more.

Please send me a reminder email to with your paypal address and your shipping address. I’ll get your payment put through by Friday!

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17 Comments on And the Winner of the Christmas Contest is…

  1. Massive Congratulations to Richard Farren Barber! I can’t wait to read it! Keep ’em coming! Cheers! 🙂


  2. Richard, congratulations on the win! I am really looking forward to reading “Last Christmas” and all the other entries in the collection.

    This leads me to my question for Matt… When will this badass book be available on Amazon?


  3. I. Clayton Reynolds // December 17, 2013 at 7:27 pm // Reply

    Congratulations, Richard. Sounds like it deserved the prize. I can’t wait to read it. And congrats to all those that made it a tough decision.


  4. This bad ass book should be available in the next 48 hours. We’re working on the final stages of the graphics and we’re GOOD TO GO!


  5. Dave Watkins // December 17, 2013 at 7:55 pm // Reply

    Wel) done, not only to Richard but also to Matt for organising and judging this thing in such a short space of time. Can’t wait to read these stories and get in a proper festive mood!


  6. Stanley B. Webb // December 17, 2013 at 8:06 pm // Reply

    Kudos for Mr. Barber.


  7. Congrats! Can’t wait to read em


  8. Vitina Molgaard // December 17, 2013 at 8:34 pm // Reply

    Congratulations to Mr. Barber and to each and everyone one of you who put these other tales together…What a fantastic collection of authors and their tales we have here. Kudos to each of you…Enjoy your names in print …and keep on doing what you all do SO well. Just me…Vitina


  9. Awesome job, Richard! Matt, now I have to read this! Cheers!


  10. Congratulations, Richard. And I’m glad you like my story, Matt. I’m very much looking forward to reading this collection!


  11. A HUGE congratulations to Richard and close second Matt! I cant wait to read your stories and everyone elses too!


  12. Way to go, Richard! Congratulations! I’m really eager to read Last Christmas, given Matt’s excitement about it. In fact, I’m looking forward to enjoying the work of all the other authors who are appearing in this collection!


  13. Wayne C. Rogers // December 18, 2013 at 4:05 am // Reply

    Richard, you’re now giving Joe Lansdale a run for his money. Congratulations on your win.


  14. markallangunnells // December 18, 2013 at 1:19 pm // Reply

    Big congrats!


  15. Sorry for hiding away for so long…. Thank you so much to everyone for the good wishes. I’m absolutely floored by Matt’s comments. Enough to keep a lad warm on the coldest of December days.


  16. Cant wait to read it 🙂


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