- Harming Obsession (first place): The Harrow Halloween contest, October 30, 2000
- Quietly (honorable mention): Woodlands Writers Guild 2000 writer’s contest
- The Rendezvous (third place): Woodlands Writers Guild 2001 writer’s contest
- Special Delivery (second place): Weird Tales Contest, World Horror Convention 2003
- Stephen King’s Gotham Café, Best Adaptation – International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival, 2004
- Sufficiently Advanced (first place): Apex Digest Halloween Contest, 2006
- Therapy (winner): Wee Small Hours contest, Hellnotes, April 2006
- Charlie’s Voice (honorable mention): Apex Digest Halloween Contest, 2007
- The Fingernail Test (first place): Apex Digest Halloween Contest, 2009
- Rule Number One: Selected as a Distinguished Mystery Story in The Best American Mystery Stories 2009
- The Stephen King Illustrated Companion, winner: non-fiction category, The London Book Festival 2009
- The Stephen King Illustrated Companion, Best Dark Genre Book of Non-Fiction (Reader’s Choice), Black Quill Awards
- The Bank Job, winner of the 2010 Al Blanchard Award, November 2010
- New Scientist 2010 Flash Fiction Contest – Forgotten Futures: finalist
- The Road to the Dark Tower, nominated for a 2004 Bram Stoker Award
- The Stephen King Illustrated Companion, nominated for a 2010 Edgar Award
- The Stephen King Illustrated Companion, nominated for a 2009 Bram Stoker Award
- “Harming Obsession,” The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, 16th edition.
- “Something in Store,” The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, 17th edition.
- “A Murder of Vampires,” eVolVe, Best Horror of the Year, 2010
- “Purgatory Noir,” When the Night Comes Down, Best Horror of the Year, 2010
- “Zombies on a Plane,” Dead Set, Best Horror of the Year, 2010
Praise for The Stephen King Illustrated Companion
If you’re an avid “King” fan as I am, you’ll want to go to Barnes & Noble.com and order yourself a copy of Bev Vincent’s new Stephen King biography, The Stephen King Illustrated Companion. It was published by Barnes & Noble, and they appear to be the only ones carrying the book. I just got mine in the mail late yesterday afternoon, and I was totally blown away by the book. For some strange reason, I thought it was going to be a Trade size paperback, but it wasn’t. The book is a large size hardcover, and it covers most of the Maestro’s life up to the present. There are hundreds of pictures in the book that depicts King’s life as a little boy to the present as the reigning king of horror, no pun intended. Each chapter seems to deal with a major part of the author’s life from his beginnings as a writer and up through Lisey’s Story and the Dark Tower series. Also, each chapter has an attached envelope that has photocopies of pages from the author’s earlier stories as a teenager to some of his major manuscripts. You’ll see one of his letters to Bill Thomspon, the editor at Doubleday, who changed the course of the world by encouraging a young, unknown writer to finish a small novel called Carrie. Last, the overall quality of Bev’s book is awesome, especially when you consider that it only cost $24.98. This was money well spent, and I’m honored to add it to my once again growing library of Stephen King novels. Don’t waste anytime in getting a copy of this gorgeous book, and no, Bev isn’t paying me anything to write this. I’m doing this a fan of one of the world’s best writers to all of the other fans out there. This is definitely a book you will want to read and own. Enough said.
—Wayne C. Rogers
Bev Vincent’s The Illustrated Stephen King Companion was a first-of-its kind for King fanatics, featuring removable documents that reprinted unpublished King stories and early drafts from his novels. At once, it became one of the best books on King ever published.
Praise for “The Bank Job”
“The Bank Job” by Bev Vincent, is another of the collection’s standouts. Frankie, a ne’er-do-well who has real problems staying out of trouble, finds he must pay back an outstanding debt with staggering interest post haste. He and his kindly buddies come up with a scheme. These are good guys who’d rather sit around, drink and play pool than rob banks. Readers are seduced by their camaraderie and the hilarity that ensues. Frankie is alive on the page — rare for short mystery stories where so much plot work needs to be done in less than 5,000 words, in this case. Frankie is the master of witty observation. More of this man, please. It’s the first piece in the book and a must-read.
—Rae Francoeur, Cape Ann Beacon
In particular, the first story, winner of the Al Blanchard Crime Fiction Award, The Bank Job by Bev Vincent, is an excellent example of compelling reading.
—Christine Zibas, Reviewing the Evidence
‘The Bank Job’ by Bev Vincent is a very cleverly written plot with the story cetering on the power of loyalty and friendship among men. Vincent’s story is one of my favorites and I thoroughly enjoyed the humor he injects in his cast of characters. The story sound so ‘Jersey’ I loved it! A quite unusual story.
Praise for “Overtoun Bridge”
“My favourite is, by far, ‘Overtoun Bridge’ by Bev Vincent. In less skilled hands, the plot (dogs committing suicide by jumping from a haunted bridge) would have sounded preposterous. On the contrary, the author tells the story with such a subtlety and carves the leading character, an unhappy young woman, with such ability to create an atmospheric piece of uncommon beauty.”
—Mario Guslandi, SF Site
Praise for “Harming Obsession”
“Harming Obsession by Bev Vincent is possibly the best of the bunch…it’s a story high on atmosphere and carries a real sense of Victor’s panic and relief.”
—Antony Mann in The Fix Issue Five
“My favorite story this issue was “Harming Obsession” by Bev Vincent, the story of a man with obsessive-compulsive disorder, who was afraid to drive for fear of running down someone. When his wife sends him out for candy on a dark and rainy Halloween night in a town filled with young trick or treaters, he is terrified of hitting one of them. Vincent presents a valid picture of this emotional problem in a well-written story that kept me in suspense right up to the nerve-wrenching conclusion.”
— Mary J. Turner at Keltic Circle
Praise for Something in Store
“The collection is also balanced with contributions that have an element of fantasy. “Something in Store”, by Bev Vincent, is an enchanting tale that takes place in a magical bookstore – one that gives its owner anything he desires.”
Praise for One of Those Weeks
“Bev Vincent took a clever, stylistic approach to ‘One of Those Weeks.’ Did you ever get the impression your life was turning inside out? What if it was? What if it rewound slowly, then stopped, then started again in another direction? This is an intriguing bit of prose and all the more rare as a stylistic piece that actually works.”
— David Niall Wilson in Cemetery Dance #48
“Since the Monteleones emphasize newer talent, sometimes a story’s shivers are clumsily achieved, but tales of metamorphosis by Bev Vincent (“One of Those Weeks”) and Bill Gautier (“The Growth of Alan Ashley”) and Dominick Cancilla’s study in psychopathology (“Smooth Operator”) are shockingly polished.”
Praise for Sufficiently Advanced
“Winner of the 2006 Apex Halloween short fiction content, Sufficiently Advanced by Bev Vincent is a riotous and simple story with prose as blunt and to the point as the big guy we all know Bev has written books about. After crash landing on an unknown planet – the only one to escape his ship The Odyssey – Henry comes into contact with what appears to be a primitive race. Appears. The flip-flopping that comes next is nasty and hilarious. A short, sharp piece.”
—Matthew Tait in HorrorScope
“Bev Vincent’s short space travel tale, Sufficiently Advanced, is the best story of the bunch. It takes cultural relativism to a whole new level. The story is well-paced and well-narrated, and Vincent’s use of back-story is sparingly efficient. He tells you just enough to keep you interested and informed without switching focus away from the present. The story naturally progresses from the beginning to the climax to the end, with no jerky movements or awkward pauses. (Insert sexual joke here.)”
—Greg Schwartz in Whispers of Wickedness
Praise for Popup Killer
“Bev Vincent’s ‘Popup Killer’ starts with a scene familiar to many a Web surfer. When protagonist Nate gets an annoying popup ad that refuses to go away, he follows the link to Truist.corp, where the enigmatic Al asks him for a name of someone in his life whose removal would make Nate’s life better. Scoffing in disbelief, Nate clicks off. But Al’s words linger, and Nate eventually revisits the site and gives up a name. The next day, like dark magic, an annoying co-worker named Ted never existed, and only Nate and Al seem to remember the name at all. Al insists that Nate should give him more names, citing three to five as the average number of names that the people Al helps surrender to him. But Nate’s life is not enriched by the erasing of these bothersome forces in his life, and he soon learns the expansive affects of Al’s strange ability to eliminate lives. ‘Popup Killer’ is instantly familiar to the modern Internet user, and it ventures into a cavernous electronic world rich in raw genre material yet to be fully mined by writers of dark fiction. With ‘Popup Killer’, Vincent brings a well-written, cautionary tale to the star power of Gratia Placenti’s pages.”
—Michele Lee in Dark Scribe
“Bev Vincent’s Popup Killer is another memorable and extremely well done tale that mixes classic time paradox along with equally classic ‘dealing with the Devil’ based horror to impressive effect.”
—Norm Rubenstein at Horror World
Praise for Chain Reaction
I really enjoyed reading the shortlist, and was impressed by the way people folded huge stories, even things that felt like novels, into 350 words or less just as I was impressed by the sense of wonder that the writers generated, and the clash between the way we see the world now and the ways we’ve used to make sense of the world in the past…My congratulations to the finalists. You all have a great alternate past ahead of you.