Author Lawrence Santoro died on July 25 following a bout with cancer. Santoro was the producers of the podcast Tales to Terrify and the author of numerous short stories, many of which were collected into Drink for the Thirst to Come in 2011. Santoro was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award twice.
The Shirley Jackson Award winners were announced at Readercon on July 13. The Shirley Jackson Awards were established to recognize outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.
- Novel: American Elsewhere, by Robert Jackson Bennett
- Novella: Burning Girls, by Veronica Schanoes
- Novelette: “Cry Murder! In a Small Voice,” by Greer Gilman
- Short Fiction:”57 Reasons for the Slate Quarry Suicides,” by Sam J. Miller
- Single-Author Collection: (tie) Before and Afterlives, by Christopher Barzak; North American Lake Monsters, by Nathan Ballingrud
- Edited Anthology: Grimscribe’s Puppets, edited by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.
Author C. J. Henderson (b.1951) died on July 4 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Henderson was the author of Brooklyn Knight and Central Park Knight as well as comics for Marvel, Eternity, Tekno Comix, and Valiant.
Author Jory Sherman (b.1932) died on June 28. Although best known for writing Westerns, Sherman also wrote seven novels in the Chill series of horror novels, beginning in 1978 with Satan’s Seed and continuing through Shadows, published in 1980. During that time, he also published the horror novel The Reincarnation of Jenny James.
The Horror Writers Association (HWA) announced the winners of the 2013 Bram Stoker Award at the World Horror Convention in Portland, OR on May 10, 2014.
- Superior Achievement in a Novel: Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King
- Superior Achievement in a First Novel: The Evolutionist, by Rena Mason
- Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel: Dog Days, by Joe McKinney
- Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel: Alabaster: Wolves, by Caitlin R. Kiernan
- Superior Achievement in Long Fiction: “The Great Pity,” by Gary Braunbeck
- Superior Achievement in Short Fiction: “Night Train to Paris,” by David Gerrold
- Superior Achievement in a Screenplay: The Walking Dead: “Welcome to the Tombs,” by Glen Mazzara
- Superior Achievement in an Anthology: After Death…, edited by Eric J. Guignard
- Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection: The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All and Other Stories, by Laird Barron
- Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction: Nolan on Bradbury: Sixty Years of Writing about the Master of Science Fiction, by William F. Nolan
- Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection: Four Elements, by Marge Simon, Rain Graves, Charlee Jacob, and Linda Addison
- Lifetime Achievement Awards: R. L Stine and Stephen Jones
- Specialty Press Award: Gray Friar Press
- Richard Laymon President’s Award: J.G. Faherty
- The Silver Hammer Award: Norman Rubenstein
The Shirley Jackson Awards were established to recognize outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic. The winners will be announced on July 13 at Readercon 25 in Burlington, Massachusetts.
- The Accursed, by Joyce Carol Oates
- American Elsewhere, by Robert Jackson Bennett
- The Demonologist, by Andrew Pyper
- The Ghost Bride, by Yangsze Choo
- Night Film, by Marisha Pessl
- Wild Fell, by Michael Rowe
- Burning Girls, by Veronica Schanoes
- Children of No One, by Nicole Cushing
- Helen’s Story, by Rosanne Rabinowitz
- It Sustains, by Mark Morris
- “The Gateway,” by Nina Allan
- The Last Revelation of Gla’aki, by Ramsey Campbell
- Whom the Gods Would Destroy, by Brian Hodge
- “Cry Murder! In a Small Voice,” by Greer Gilman
- “A Little of the Night,” by Tanith Lee
- “My Heart is Either Broken,” by Megan Abbott
- “Phosphorus,” by Veronica Schanoes
- “Raptors,” by Conrad Williams
- “57 Reasons for the Slate Quarry Suicides,” by Sam J. Miller
- “Furnace,” by Livia Llewellyn
- “The Memory Book,” by Maureen McHugh
- “The Statue in the Garden,” by Paul Park
- “That Tiny Flutter of the Heart,” by Robert Shearman
- “The Traditional,” by Maria Dahvana Headley
- Before and Afterlives, by Christopher Barzak
- Everything You Need, by Michael Marshall Smith
- In Search Of and Others, by Will Lundwigsen
- North American Lake Monsters, by Nathan Ballingrud
- The Story Until Now, by Kit Reed
- The Book of the Dead, edited by Jared Shurin
- End of the Road, edited by Jonathan Oliver
- Grimscribe’s Puppets, edited by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.
- Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy, edited by Ellen Datlow
- Where thy Dark Eye Glances: Queering Edgar Allan Poe, edited by Steve Berman
Pan Macmillan has announced the creation of the James Herbert Award for Horror Writing. The award, named for author James Herbert, will include a £2,000 prize and a commemorative statuette. Any horror novels written in English and published in the UK in 2014 are eligible and should be submitted for consideration by October 1, 2014. Herbert’s daughter, Kerry, will head a panel of five judges and expect to announce the shortlist in January of 2015.
Author Alan Rodgers (b.1959) died on March 8. Rodgers began publishing with his story “The Boy who Came Back from the Dead.” His first novel, Blood of the Children, appeared in 1989. Rodgers served as Associate Editor for Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone magazine from 1984-1987 as well as editor of Night Cry from 1985-1987.
David Neilsen, an actor/storyteller, will debut his one-man show based on H. P. Lovecraft’s “Call of Cthulhu” at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery on March 15. The show will start at 7:00pm and run for approximately one hour at the Washington Irving Memorial Chapel. Tickets cost $12, with the proceeds to go to the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Historic Fund.
The Horror Writers Association has announced that R. L. Stine and Stephen Jones will be recognized with Lifetime Achievement Awards at this year’s Bram Stoker Awards Banquet, held on May 10th at the World Horror Convention in Portland, OR. Jones is the editor of numerous horror anthologies and Stine is the author of the Goosebumps and Fear Street series of kid’s books.