Hats Off! to Gail Z. Martin, whose novel Scourge was named the winner of the 2018 Manly Wade Wellman Award from the North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation. The novel is Martin’s seventh nomination but her first win. She's had at least one novel named as a finalist in each of the award’s first five years.The award is named for Wellman, author of eighty books that mixed history, biography, folklore, fantasy, mystery, and true murders. He was a 1996 inductee of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame.