James Stoddard's debut novel, "The High House" won the Compton Crook Award for best Fantasy novel by a new author, placed in the Locus Top Ten for best SF/Fantasy book of the year, and was named one of five finalists for the Mythopoeic Award, an award given to works reflecting the spirit of the writing of C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and J.R.R. Tolkien. His short stories have appeared in prominent science fiction and fantasy magazines. "The Battle of York" was selected for inclusion in Eos Books' "Year's Best Science Fiction 10;" "The First Editions" appeared in the "Year's Best Fantasy 9" anthology, published by Tor Books.