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Harris Wins 'Pulp Ark Award' for 2015 Book

Longtime PCC Instructor Takes Top Honors in 'Best Novel' Category

Micah HarrisWINTERVILLE—Micah Harris, a composition and film instructor at Pitt Community College, was recently announced as a 2016 Pulp Ark Award recipient for his book, "Ravenwood, the Stepson of Mystery: Return of the Dugpa."

Harris topped nine other nominees to claim “Best Novel” honors for his fictional work detailing occult detective Ravenwood’s discovery of a link between a cursed Wagner libretto and the 1922 shooting death of real-life actor/director William Desmond Taylor. It was published by Airship 27 Productions and released last June.

Harris, an Eden native now living in Winterville, will receive his award June 11, as part of the River City Comic Expo in Little Rock, Ark.

“The Pulp Ark Awards acknowledge the efforts of writers who labor in the niche market of New Pulp just as hard and with as much dedication as the authors of more lauded and recognized mainstream fiction,” Harris said.

“New Pulp,” Harris said, covers stories written by contemporary authors that recreate the style of adventures that appeared in cheap, mass market magazines popular with the American public in the first half of the 20th century. At the same time, he said, today’s writers may place more emphasis on characterization than was found in the stories of the original pulp era that inspired them.

Created in 2011, the Pulp Ark Awards were originally part of a convention established to bring the best and brightest New Pulp creators to the public’s attention. They are now a major part of Little Rock’s annual River City Comic Expo.

Voting for the awards took place in February and was open to the public. The winners in all eight categories were announced April 16.

"The process," said Tommy Hancock, publisher of Pro Se Productions and coordinator of Pulp Ark and the awards, "took a tad longer this year. We saw a massive increase in participation over last year, which is fantastic but also meant more vetting of the ballots had to be done and more care had to be taken to ensure all ballots were valid and results accurate.”

Now in his 24th year at PCC, Harris has written or co-written eight New Pulp books. For his latest novel, “Murder in the Miracle Room,” he has switched to the contemporary mystery genre. In it, a home health caregiver has to turn sleuth to clear her name when one of her clients, a comatose stigmatic, is suffocated. Her path leads into her small town’s peripheral occult world.

Set in a fictional version of Washington, N.C., “Murder in the Miracle Room” was released April 14 and is available at Amazon.com in Kindle and print formats.