A Wyoming author and former dean at the University Of Wyoming College Of Agriculture has been awarded for his novel. The Pumpkin Eater, a novel by Wyoming author Steven W. Horn, has won the 2014 Benjamin Franklin Gold Award in the mystery/suspense category.

The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) announced Horn’s mystery novel as a gold winner during their 26th annual awards ceremony in New York City on May 28. The Benjamin Franklin Award Program received nearly 1,300 entries for the 2014 awards. The IBPA selected 154 titles as honorees, and then chose from them to select the best books. The awards include 55 categories, and only one title is selected as the gold winner in each. Two titles are awarded silver out of each category.

According to their website, the IBPA is the world’s largest not-for-profit trade organization for independent publishers, and their Benjamin Franklin Award is one of the highest national honors that can be bestowed upon a small or independent publisher.

The Pumpkin Eater tells the story of mass murders involving genetic manipulation and the dark history of attempts to genetically improve the human race. It is the first in Horn’s Sam Dawson Mystery Series.

The Pumpkin Eater was also recognized earlier in May as a 2014 Eric Hoffer Award finalist.