Happy Early Birthday, Mr. Poe

January 19th is Edgar Allan Poe’s 200th birthday.
And today, the Mystery Writers of America, just announced the short list for the 2009 Edgar Awards.

Mystery Writers of America is proud to announce, as we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe, its Nominees for the 2009 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television and film published or produced in 2008. The Edgar® Awards will be presented to the winners at our 63rd Gala Banquet, April 30, 2009 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City.

But I squeed when I saw this:

The Prince of Bagram by Alex Carr (Random House Trade)
Money Shot by Christa Faust (Hard Case Crime)
Enemy Combatant by Ed Gaffney (Random House – Dell)
China Lake by Meg Gardiner (New American Library – Obsidian Mysteries)
The Cold Spot by Tom Piccirilli (Random House – Bantam)

Hooray, Pic! *happy dance*

Other notables on the list are John Green’s Paper Towns for Best YA novel, and In Bruges for best screenplay.