Two Illinois Authors Claim Three Top Literary Prizes

NASHVILLE: The Love-Haight Case Files, an urban fantasy novel by Jean Rabe and Donald J. Bingle, garnered three Silver Falchion Awards at the recent Killer Nashville mystery writers' convention.

Rabe, of Tolono, IL, is the author of three dozen fantasy and science fiction novels and the editor of a wide variety of anthologies and magazines. Bingle, of St. Charles, IL, is an author in numerous formats and genres, with an emphasis on action-adventure books.

Rabe and Bingle were recognized at the Killer Nashville Guest of Honor Dinner. Silver Falchion Awards are based upon special merit in a particular subgenre, topic, or category. The Love-Haight Case Files was peer-voted as Best Fantasy and awarded the judges' choice as both Best Urban Fantasy and Best Multi-Genre Work. Rabe was previously a finalist for best thriller novel by the International Thriller Writers for another work, Pockets of Darkness. Bingle was previously a semi-finalist in 2015's Soon-To-Be-Famous-Illinois-Author contest for another work, Frame Shop.

The Love-Haight Case Files is published by WordFire Press of Colorado and is available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Visit the authors' websites at: and for more information about them and their work.

Killer Nashville Writers' Conference was founded in 2006 by writer and filmmaker Clay Stafford as a trademarked charitable production of American Blackguard, Inc. Since then, it has developed a reputation as a leading advocate for writers and readers of all genres. Media analysis conducted by a third party in the fall of 2012 found that Killer Nashville was the most written about writers' conference on the web. Guests of Honor in 2016 included Janet Evanovich, Kevin O'Brien, Anne Perry, and Robert J. Randisi.

Love-Haight Case Files synopsis: Thomas Brock and Evelyn Love are attorneys who crusade for the rights of OTs-Other-Than-Humans. Their clients include ghosts, gargoyles, vampires, and things that have not yet been given names. The city's OT element is sometimes malevolent, sometimes misunderstood, and often discriminated against. Brock and Love represent them, whatever the case, whatever the species. Magic hangs heavy in San Francisco, and danger and intrigue is as thick as the fog around the Golden Gate Bridge.

The Love-Haight Case Files Wins Big in Nashville