Boyer a Stoker Nominee?
Have you been nominated for a Stoker Award lately? It's the supreme award for Dark Fiction issued yearly by the HWA. You probably think it's a lot of work to get nominated for a Stoker. First you have to be recommended (lots are recommended), then you have to make the cut to be nominated.
But wait, there's an easier way- The Boyer Way! All you have to do, according to David Boyer, the Vincennes, Indiana plagiarist, is write in the bio of one of your books that you were nominated. Just put it there, and that means you really were nominated for a Stoker award by the HWA. You don't really have to be nominated. Since you've claimed your imaginary nomination in black in white, it must be true. Name it and claim it.
People claiming they received awards or nominations for awards they either weren't nominated for or didn't get are the bane of our industry. And David Boyer, the Vincennes, IN plagiarist, is the most notorious of these. He claims he was nominated for a Stoker (for the story he stole from me), but he wasn't (it was only recommended). He just slaps the imaginary nomination in his bio and figures readers are too lazy to check it out. After all, someone would have stopped him if he was lying, wouldn't they?
Not really. Readers are loathe to think writers are that dishonest. But they're wrong. Writers like Boyer are that dishonest.
It's the oldest trick in a con man's book- claim you were nominated for something. No one checks unless you claim you won. There are lots of writers out there without scruples who claim in their bio that they were nominated. They figure we're too dumb to catch them at it.
Why would a writer risk their integrity when things like this are so easy to check? In Boyer's case, he has no integrity. He's a plagiarist.
What have we come to as writers when the award claims are more important than the quality of our stories?