The twenty-six nominations for the Meager Puddle of Limelight Award for Best Book Title received a total of 81 votes. Nine titles made it onto the short list.
Here they are, in alphabetical order:
City of Shadows (urban fantasy); Demonhead (urban fantasy); Scars on the Face of God (paranormal/horror); The Shadows One Walks (fantasy); The Sour Aftertaste of Olive Lemon (surreal theater); The Substance of Shadows (fantasy); Theatre of Curious Acts (dark fantasy); When Balloon Animals Attack (MG adventure/fantasy); The Winter the Troll Danced With Old Nick (fantasy).
Congratulations to all those who made it into the final round.
Now to select the short list for the Best Novella or Short Story Title Award
From the following list, please select up to three novella/short story titles which you think should progress to the final poll, and write the corresponding numbers in the box below eg: If you like 7:74 p.m, A Red One Cannot See, and A Song Never Tasted best, insert ’01,02,03’
01: 7:74 (science fiction)
02: A Red One Cannot See (fantasy)
03: A Song Never Tasted (fantasy)
04: An Elephant of a Different Color (science fiction)
05: Bloodsworn (fantasy)
06: Bones And Skin a.k.a. The Amusingly Gory Cannibal Story (black comedy)
07: Chasing Alice out of Wonderland (horror)
08: Child of the Ether (paranormal romance)
09: Cold Comfort (science fiction)
10: Consigned to the Sea (fantasy)
11: Dead May (fantasy)
12: Great Hairy Boats (science fiction)
13: In The Blood (dark fantasy)
14: Interplanetary Bicycles and the One Back Home (science fiction)
15: Manipulating Paper Birds (horror)
16: Mark Twain's Daughter (historical)
17: My Muse Wears Army Boots (dark fantasy)
18: One For Sorrow (horror / dark fantasy)
19: Plague Chalice (fantasy)
20: Professor Dingleberry and the Peripatetic Coxcomb Abode (fantasy)
21: Sekhmet Rising (fantasy)
22: The Devil You Don't (military science fiction)
23: The Forest of a Thousand Lost Souls (horror)
24: The Graveyard of Dead Vehicles (dark fantasy)
25: The Initiation Rites and Incantations of the Vampire Killers' Junior Auxiliary (fantasy)
26: The Halfling's Court: A Bad-Ass Faerie Tale (urban fantasy)
27: The Love Song of Oliver Toddle (fantasy)
28: Uncast Shadows (paranormal fantasy)
29: War and Peace Pipes (fantasy)
30: When My Imaginary Friend Ran Off With My Girlfriend's Paranoia (science fiction)
31: Where Dragons Fear to Tread (fantasy)
32: You’re a Moron (pulp fiction)
33: Zombie Chimps From Mars (pulp fiction)
As before, I’ve screened all the answers (but not the comments). The eight titles with the most votes will go through to the final round. In the case of a tie, those in joint eighth position will both (or all) go through to the final.
This poll will close on Sunday, September 20th at 11:59pm (US/Eastern).
Voting in the final round for all three Best Title categories starts on Monday, September 21st.
Thanks for taking part.