Bram Stoker Nominees

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the nominees for the 2016 Bram Stoker Awards. The winners will be announced at Stokercon in Long Beach, CA on April 29, 2017.

Superior Achievement in a Novel

  • Hard Light: A Cass Neary Crime Novel, by Elizabeth Hand
  • Mongrels, by Stephen Graham Jones
  • The Fisherman, by John Langen
  • Stranded: A Novel, by Bracken MacLeod
  • Disappearance at Devil’s Rock, by Paul Tremblay

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

  • The Apothecary’s Curse, by Barbara Barnett
  • Hollow House, by Greg Chapman
  • Haven, by Tom Deady
  • Mayan Blue, by Michelle Garza aand Melissa Lason
  • The Eighth, by Stephanie Wyktovich

Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel

  • Snowed, by Maria Alexander
  • Last Days of Salton Academy, by Jennifer Brozek
  • Holding Smoke, by Elle Cosimano
  • Hallowed, by Cynthia Hand
  • When They Fade, by Jeyn Roberts
  • The Telling, by Alexandra Sirowy

Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel

  • Blood Feud, by Cullen Bunn
  • Kolchak the Night Stalker: The Forgotten Lore of Edgar Allan Poe, by James Chambers
  • No Mercy, Vol. 2, by Alex de Campi
  • Outcast by Kirkman&Azaceta, Vol 3 This Little Light, by Robert Kirkman
  • The Steam Man, by Mark Alan Miller & Joe R. Lansdale
  • Providence, Act 1, by Alan Moore

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction

  • The Sadist’s Bible, by Nicole Cushing
  • That Perilous Stuff, by Scott Edelman
  • The Ballad of Black Tom, by Victor LaVelle
  • The Jupiter Drop, by Josn Malerman
  • The Winter Box, by Tim Waggoner

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction

  • “Time is a Face on the Water,” by Michael Bailey
  • “A Rift in Reflection,” by Hal Bodner
  • “The Bad Hour,” by Christopher Golden
  • Arbeit Macht Frei,” by Lisa Mannetti
  • “The Crawl Space,” by Joyce Carol Oates

Superior Achievement in a Screenplay

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane, by Josh Campbell, Damien Chazelle, and Matthew Stuecken
  • Stranger Things: “The Vanishing of Will Byers,” by Matt Duffer & Ross Duffer
  • Stranger Things: “The Upside Down,” by Matt Duffer & Ross Duffer
  • The VVitch, by Robert Eggers
  • Penny Dreadful: “A Blade of Grass,” by John Logan

Superior Achievement in an Anthology

  • Chiral Mad 3, edited by Michael Bailey
  • The Beauty of Death, edited by Alessandro Manzetti
  • Borderlands 6, edited by Thomas F. Monteleone & Oliva F. Monteleone
  • Fright Mare-Women Write Horror, edited by Billie Sue Mosiman
  • Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories, edited by Doug Murano and D. Alexander Ward

Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection

  • Swift to Chase, by Laird Barron
  • A Long December, by Richard Chizmar
  • The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror, by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Lethal Birds, by Gene O’Neill
  • American Nocturne, by Hank Schwaeble

Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction

  • Haunted: On Ghosts, Witches, Vampires, Zombies and Other Monsters of the Natural and Supernatural, edited by Leo Braudy
  • Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life, by Ruth Franklin
  • Guillermo del Toro’s “The Devil’s Backbone” and “Pan’s Labyrinth”: Studies in the Horror Film, by Danel P. Olson
  • the Mountains of Madness: The Life, Death and Extraordinary Afterlife of H. P. Lovecraft, edited by W. Scott Poole
  • Something in the Blood: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker, the Man Who Wrote
    , by David J. Skal

  • The Gothic Worlds of Peter Straub, by John Tibbetts

Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection

  • Sacrificial Nights, by Bruce Boston and Alessandro Manzetti
  • Corona Obscura: Poems Dark and Elemental, by Michael R. Collings
  • Field Guide to the End of the World: Poems, by Jeannine Hall Gailey
  • Small Spirits, by Marge Simon
  • Brothel , by Stephanie M. Wytovich

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Save Ted White’s Home

Fan, author, and editor Ted White is in danger of losing his home. White has lived in the house, which his parents built in 1935, for practically his entire life. Unfortunately, living on a fixed income, the property taxes are becoming too onerous for him. he has set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise the $15,000 he needs to cover his current tax bill and other expenses. In addition to being a long-active fan, White edited Amazing Stories and Fantastic from 1968 through 1978.
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Rhysling Nominees

The Rhysling nominations have been been announced the the Science Fiction Poetry Association. The Rhyslings are presented to recognize excellence in speculative verse. This year saw a record breaking number of nominees in the two categories, Long Poem (more than 50 lines or 500 words) and Short Poem (fewer than 50 lines or 500 words). The list has 93 Short Poems and 60 long poems on it and can be found at the link below.
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Terrestrial Worlds Found

NASA has announced the discovery of seven terrestrial worlds in orbit around the star TRAPPIST-1 in the constellation Aquarius, located 39.13 light years from earth. Three of the planets are located within the habitable zone, which means they may contain water and be capable of sustaining life as we know it. The star takes its name from the Transiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope located in Atacalma, Chile, which was used to observe it.
For more information…
The solar system’s very own website!

Parsec Award May Leave Dragon*Con

The Parsec Awards were founded in 2006 to recognize excellence in podcasting and have always been presented at Dragon*Con. The Parsec Board is now considering presenting the winners via a virtual on-line ceremony rather than at a convention. The board is taking a poll to help determine the future of the awards.
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Obituary: Alan Aldridge

Artist Alan Aldridge (b.1943) died on February 17. Aldridge served as the art director for Penguin Books UK in the 1968s before creating his own graphic design firm. He did a lot of work on album covers and was also tied to the Beatles. Some of his science fiction art includes the Penguin cover for Harry Harrison’s Make Room! Make Room! as well as Steve Boyett’s The Gnole. His son is fashion photographer Miles Aldridge and his daughters are models Lily, Saffron, and Ruby Aldridge.

BSFA Nominations

The British Science Fiction Association has announced the nominees for this year’s BSFA Awards, to be presented on the evening of Saturday, April 16, at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, during Innominate, the 68th British National Science Fiction Convention (Eastercon).

Best Novel

  • Daughter of Eden, by Chris Beckett
  • A Closed and Common Orbit, by Becky Chambers
  • Europe in Winter, by Dave Hutchinson
  • Occupy Me, by Tricia Sullivan
  • Azanian Bridges, by Nick Wood

Best Short Story

  • “The End of Hope Street,” by Malcolm Devlin
  • “Liberty Bird,” by Jaine Fenn
  • “Taking Flight,” by Una McCormack
  • “Presence,” by Helen Oyeyemi
  • “The Apologists,” by Tade Thompson
  • “The Arrival of Missives,” by Aliya Whiteley

Best Non-Fiction

  • THEN: Science Fiction Fandom in the UK 1930-1980, by Rob Hansen
  • “Boucher, Backbone and Blake: The Legacy of Blakes Seven,” by Erin Horáková
  • “Breaking the Cycle of the Golden Age: Jack Glass and Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy,” by Anna McFarlane
  • “New Model Authors? Authority, Authordom, Anarchism and the Atomized Text in a Networked World,” by Paul Graham Raven
  • “100 African Writers of SFF,” by Geoff Ryman
  • “Introduction” to The Big Book of Science Fiction, by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer

Best Artwork

  • Juan Miguel Aguilera: Cover of The 1000 Year Reich, by Ian Watson
  • Tara Bush: “Transition” (Cover of Black Static #53)
  • Suzanne Dean and Kai & Sunny: Cover of The Sunlight Pilgrim’s, by Jenni Fagan
  • David A. Hardy: Cover of Disturbed Universes, by David L. Clements
  • Sarah Anne Langton: Cover for Central Station, by Lavie Tidhar
  • Chris Moore: Cover of The Iron Tactician, by Alastair Reynolds

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Gaughan Award

At Boskone 54, the weekend of February 18-20, this year’s recipient of the Gaughan award was announced. The Gaughan Award is presented to an emerging artist. This year’s winner was Kirbi Fagan.

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Skylark Award

At Boskone 54, the weekend of February 18-20, this year’s recipient of the Skylark award was announced. The Skylark Award is presented for significant contributions through work in the field of science fiction and by exemplifying the personal qualities which made the late “Doc” Smith well-loved by those who knew him. This year’s award was won by Jo Walton.
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Nebula Award Nominees

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced the nominees for this year’s Nebula Awards, Norton Award, and Bradbury Award. All of the awards will be presented at the annual Nebula Award Banquet in Pittsburgh, PA on May 20. All SFWA Active members may vote for the Nebulas from March 1 through March 31. This year’s SFWA Nebula Conference will take place at Pittsburgh’s Marriott Marquis from May 18-21.


  • All the Birds in the Sky, by Charlie Jane Anders
  • Borderline, by Mishell Baker
  • The Obelisk Gate, by N.K. Jemisin
  • Ninefox Gambit, by Yoon Ha Lee
  • Everfair, by Nisi Shawl


  • Runtime, by S.B. Divya
  • The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, by Kij Johnson
  • The Ballad of Black Tom, by Victor LaValle
  • Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire
  • “The Liar,” by John P. Murphy
  • A Taste of Honey, by Kai Ashante Wilson


  • “The Long Fall Up,” by William Ledbetter
  • “Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea,” by Sarah Pinsker
  • “Red in Tooth and Cog,” by Cat Rambo*
  • “Blood Grains Speak Through Memories,” by Jason Sanford
  • “The Orangery,” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
  • The Jewel and Her Lapidary, by Fran Wilde
  • “You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay,” by Alyssa Wong

Short Story

  • “Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies,” by Brooke Bolander
  • “Seasons of Glass and Iron,” by Amal El-Mohtar
  • “Sabbath Wine,” by Barbara Krasnoff
  • “Things With Beards,” by Sam J. Miller
  • “This Is Not a Wardrobe Door,” by A. Merc Rustad
  • “A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers,” by Alyssa Wong
  • “Welcome to the Medical Clinic at the Interplanetary Relay Station│Hours Since the Last Patient Death: 0,” Caroline M. Yoachim

Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

  • Arrival, Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Screenplay by Eric Heisserer
  • Doctor Strange, Directed by Scott Derrickson, Screenplay by Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill
  • Kubo and the Two Strings, Directed by Travis Knight, Screenplay by Mark Haimes & Chris Butler
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Directed by Gareth Edwards, Written by Chris Weitz & Tony Gilroy
  • “The Bicameral Mind,” Westworld, Directed by Jonathan Nolan, Written by Lisa Joy & Jonathan Nolan
  • Zootopia, Directed by Byron Howard, Rich Moore, & Jared Bush, Screenplay by Jared Bush & Phil Johnston

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy

  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill
  • The Star-Touched Queen, by Roshani Chokshi
  • The lie Tree, by Frances Hardinge
  • Arabella of Mars, by David D. Levine
  • Rainhead, by Philip Reeve
  • Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies, by Lindsay Ribar
  • The Evil Wizard Smallbone, by Delia Sherman

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*After the original announcement, it was determined that Cat Rambo’s story had been edited to fall below the length for Novelette. Her story has been dropped from the ballot and replaced.