Last updated on September 17, 2021
The Ravishing Corpse one of thirteen long-listed entries
There were over two hundred entries and my entry The Ravishing Corpse made the cut along with twelve other novels.
The complete long list is:
- Añoranza by Esperanza Vargas Macias
- Frat Ghosts by Christopher Hoffman
- How We Got to the End by Avi Kotzer
- Isobel’s Mountain by Jan Redford
- Light Yrself on Butterflies by Elijah Sparkman
- Rest in Pieces by Autumn Cejer
- Safety Behaviors by H.T. Smith
- She Wouldn’t Leave by Rachel Sentes
- The Crossover at Clifton Hill by Mark Southern
- The Ravishing Corpse by Todd Besant
- Unrest by Emma Côté
- Waking up Erica Hammersworth by Sandra Forsyth
- Welcome to Miller’s Grove by Briana Jae Alzola
Congratulations to all those long-listed!
The short-list, winner, and runner(s)-up should be announced in about a month. There are three prizes:
- 1st Prize: Offer of a publication contract by Anvil Press.
- 2nd Prize: $500
- 3rd Prize: $100
Whatever the outcome I’ve registered for this year’s contest. (And I have a plan…)
In the meantime, I’ve posted a version of the prologue of The Ravishing Corpse. I’ve rewritten it, and several other sections, and added new material because even by the standards of writing a novel in three days, I thought the manuscript was in shambles.
I never expected to be among the finalists, so I’m grateful. But it does feel a little weird.
The Ravishing Corpse
Nikki only wants what’s best for Jason. She’s helping him finish a “true crime novel” based on a local unsolved murder. She’s sacrificed so much. So he killed her. He’s certain he did. But now they’re living in a fieldstone house on the acreage where his grandfather murdered a man. In addition to adding new grotesque tricks to their already vigorous sex life, Nikki starts sending Jason on late-night “missions” to warn women who are soon to be killed by their partners, women who are very similar to lovers from Jason’s past.
As Jason comes to grips with his romantic and sexual past, warns women in danger and works to outwit the Vampires investigating Nikki’s murder, he discovers ex-dead Nikki has been enacting her own agenda for revenge.
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Todd Besant is an author, editor, publisher, reader, introvert, secret blogger, stargazer, freethinker, powerlifter, kitchen dancer, and car singer. He is a novice iPhoneographer and is keen to enhance his skills and to dip his fingers into lomography.
He is overly fond of fine pencils, cool notebooks, pocket knives, waxed canvas shoulder bags, Moscot eyeglasses, coffee, bourbon, flat caps, clothing for shorter men, and men’s grooming products–especially hair pomades, beard oils and balms, and anti-aging creams. Todd is taller online, comprehensively skeptical, and as analogue as possible under the circumstances.
He is a settler on Turtle Island. Todd lives on Treaty 1 Land that is the territories of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples and the Traditional Homeland of the Métis Nation, in Winnipeg, MB, a city carpet tacked to the still damp clay bed of a proglacial lake created during the Holocene Glacial Retreat.