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 Association Recognizes Best Regional Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Stories of 2001

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 The Memphis Science Fiction Association presented its 2002 Darrell Awards for Best MidSouth Novel and Best MidSouth Short Story in the science fiction, fantasy, or horror fields at MidSouthCon 20, held March 22-24, 2002, at the Holiday Inn Express, Airways and Democrat. Once again, through the generosity of Greg and Dana Bridges, the plaques for the winners included a 1/10th ounce gold coin (U.S. Eagle).

The Winner of the 2002 Darrell Award for Best Novel was Me and the Devil Blues by Walter Ellis (, publisher), a supernatural tale of deals struck at The Crossroads and of Delta Blues music in Memphis back before the Civil Rights era.

The Winner of the 2002 Darrell Award for Best Short Story was "The Fighting 77th" by Keith Berdak, as seen in Bubbas of the Apocalypse (edited by Selina Rosen, Yard Dog Press), a very twisted story of Bubbas facing mutants and fundamentalists and other oddball sorts in a post-Apocalypse world.  Mr. Berdak and his publisher were both present to accept the Award.

The Winner of the 2002 Darrell Award for Best Other Work was the short film, "The Morning Ritual" written and directed by J. Lazarus (produced by Craig Brewer and BR2 Productions), a very memorable horror piece.

For the first time, the Hall of Fame Darrell Award was also bestowed, honoring an author whose body of work deserved recognition. The Hall of Fame can only be given once to an author and this year was given to KATHLEEN ANN GOONAN for her novel Mississippi Blues and her short story "The Bride of Elvis." Ms. Goonan could not be present for the presentation, but sent a nice acceptance speech, which was read by Tim Gatewood, Founder of the Darrell Awards.

First Runner Up for the  Best MidSouth Novel was Conundrum by Jeff Crook (Wizards of the Coast), a previous Darrell Award Winner. Honorable Mentions in the Novel category went to Welcome to Lazarus by Jackie Griffey ( and The Lincoln Exchange - Book 1 by Mel Rabinowitz (

There were no First Runner Ups or Honorable Mentions in the Short Story or Other categories, although several additional works were considered in each.

 The Darrell Awards are named in honor of long-time Memphian Dr. Darrell C. Richardson, world-traveler, Baptist minister, internationally-known fan of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and founding member of the Memphis Science Fiction Association. The Darrell Awards are designed to promote regional literacy by recognizing the best published science fiction, fantasy, or horror that is either by a Midsouth author or uses the area in a prominent way.

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