It brought me back to January of this year (lo, those 10 months ago) when Neil was doing his Calendar of Tales Blackberry stories, there was so much creativity and wit, he had some difficulty choosing the "best" when they were all splendid entries.
I put "best" in quotes, because these are apples and oranges, ladies & gentlemen.
With that in mind, I tried to go with what most conveyed the actual intended All Hallow's Read holiday tradition of giving scary books as candy. (or in an ideal world, along with)
i had initially put up three prizes for offer in the Neverwear contest rules blog. now, in no particular order) I wish to add four runner ups.
because-of-the-slippers, Nora Thompson:
the studious bride, Christina Clemins:
the ghost holding the "How to Spook" book by Tina Modugno:
Matthew Sheppard's raven on book:
runners up! You will each get a signed-by-Neil Anansi Boys bookmark and some other Neverwear goodies.
Please email me for details here: firstname.lastname@example.org
now the envelopes please:
third prize goes to the haunted skeleton babies of Ayesha Rubio:
second prize goes to the bewitching art of Kate Laird:
This should come as no real surprise. We announce Sean Von Gorman as the first prize winner. Not only did Sean nail the essence of what All Hallow's Read is about, he did it with humor and gorgeous lines. Look at that cartoon Neil Gaiman!
Plus everyone was sending me messages about it.
A Halloween home run, buddy!
i love this so much, i want to marry it.
Sincere thanks to everyone who entered. I stand humbled by your talents, all.
The entries are up on my tumblr page, if you wish to see them all, here's a link to the archives.
next contest (should I announce it now?? nah, maybe next week) will have more lead time and I will get a second judge.
Maybe even Neil himself will be kicking around.
I also wanted to leave with this piece, it doesn't really convey All Hallow's Read (to me, anyway) as it's really hard to read while hanging upside down (especially with no book) but i can't stop thinking about it. It reminds me of my Alfred Hitchcock book from when I was a kid...
special mention goes to Nathan Szerdy: