Bitter Suites Receives Stoker Nomination

Yesterday was quite a big day!

I opened my email to find out that my book, Bitter Suites, has been nominated for a Bram Stoker in the Superior Achievement in Long Fiction category. I wish I could say I took the news like a pro, but that would be a lie.

The truth is I opened the email, read the news, read the news again and then wondered if I was going to die right there of a heart attack. I cried a little and my hands shook.

I walked away to absorb the news but it didn’t help. I tried to go back to finish what I was working on but I gave up by early afternoon. So many wonderful messages of congratulations can be distracting. Yes, I spent far too long reading and re-reading the nomination list just in case I was dreaming.

So, thank you everyone. This is a team effort. I have a wonderful army of editors, proof readers, beta readers, cover designer, social media gurus, friends and an amazing, supportive family. They actually encourage me to do what I love.

There’s too many names to list—and a number of you are weirdos that don’t like to be mentioned by name— but I thank each and everyone of you. I honestly couldn’t be here now without your help.

2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Final Ballot here

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit or
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One Response to Bitter Suites Receives Stoker Nomination

  1. Wow!!! So excited for you!!!♥️

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