Author Les Daniels (b.1943) died from an heart attack on November 5. Daniels has written five historical novels about the vampire Don Sebastian de Villanueva. In addition to his fiction, Daniels has written about the history of comics.
Horror author and editor Mark W. Worthen (b.1962) died on September 19. Worthen began publishing in 1993 and from 1998 to 2005 edited on the on-line zine Blood Rose. He served as the webmaster for the Horror Writers of America for several years and sat on the Stoker Committee. In 2007, he received the organization’s Richard Laymon President’s Award for Service.
Author Leslie Esdaile (b.1959), who wrote as L. A. Banks died on August 2. In June 2011, Esdaile had announced she had been diagnosed with late stage adrenal cancer. Using a variety of pseudonyms, Esdaile published romance, non-fiction, crime, and horror novels.
The winners for the 2010 Shirley Jackson Award were announced at Readercon on July 17. The award is presented to recognize outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.
- Novel: Mr Shivers, by Robert Jackson Bennett
- Novella: Mysterium Tremendum, by Laird Barron
- Novelette: “Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains,” by Neil Gaiman
- Short Story: “The Things,” by Peter Watts
- Single-Author Collection: Occultation, by Laird Barron
- Edited Anthology: Stories: All New Tales, edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio
The winners of the 2011 Golden Cob Awards, presented for excellence in B movies at the annual B Movie Celebration in Franklin, Indiana, have been announced. The awards will be presented at the event, running from September 23-25.
- Best Scream Queen: Debbie Rochon for Alien Vengeance
- Best Leading Man: Jeffrey Combs for American Bandits
- Best Rising B Actress: Bianca Barnett for In a Spiral State
- Best Rising B Movie Actor: Gerald Webb for Battle of Los Angeles
- Best B Movie Director: Fred Olen Ray for American Bandits
- Best Efx In a B Movie: Greg Nicotero for Piranha 3D
- Best Cinematography in a B Movie: Greig Fraser for Let Me In
- Best Original Screenplay: Fred Olen Ray for American Bandits
- Best Editing in a B Movie: Tony Randel for Monster Cruise
- Best B Movie Adapatation: Scott Kosar andRay Wright for The Crazies
- Best B Movie Release: Piranha 3D
- Best B Movie Documentary: Daniel Griffith for The Bloodiest Show on Earth:Making Vampire Circus
- Best B Movie Soundtrack: Midnight Syndicate for The Dead Matter
- Best Sound Design in a B Movie: Patrick Giraudi for DinoCroc Vs. Supergator
- Lifetime Achievement Award: George A.Romero
- Bill Cothron Best Emerging Filmmaker Award: Joshua Hull and Beverly Lane
- SuperFan Award: Brian Shirley and Geek Tyrant
- The B Movie Hall Of Fame: The Chiodo Brothers, Vincent Price, and Albert Pyun
- The Bob Wilkins Best Horror Host Award: Sammy Terry
The winners of the Stoker Awards, presented by the Horror Writers of America, were announced on June 18. The Stoker Awards are given to recognize superior achievement in the field of horror fiction. The four HWA Award winners were previously announced.
- Superior Achievement in a Novel: A Dark Matter, by Peter Straub
- Superior Achievement in a First Novel (tie): Black and Orange, by Benjamin Kane Ethridge and
Castle of Los Angeles, by Lisa Morton
- Superior Achievement in Long Fiction: Invisible Fences, by Norman Prentiss
- Superior Achievement in Short Fiction: “The Folding Man,” by Joe R. Lansdale
- Superior Achievement in an Anthology: Haunted Legends, edited by Ellen Datlow and Nick Mamatas
- Superior Achievement in a Collection: Full Dark, No Stars, by Stephen King
- Superior Achievement in Nonfiction: To Each Their Darkness, by Gary A. Braunbeck
- Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection: Dark Matters, by Bruce Boston
- HWA Specialty Press Award : Dark Regions Press
- HWA Silver Hammer Award: Angel Leigh McCoy
- HWA Richard Laymon Award: Michael Colangelo
- HWA Lifetime Achievement Winners: Ellen Datlow and Al Feldstein
Author Alan Ryan (b.1943) died on June 3. Ryan wrote the horror novels The Kill, Dead White, and Cast a Cold Eye, as well as numerous short stories. In addition to his fiction, Ryan also edited several anthologies, including Vampires, Perpetual Light, and Night Visions 1. Ryan won a World Fantasy Award for his short story “The Bones Wizard” and was a nominee for the John W. Campbell Award in 1979. In recent years, he has suffered a stroke, a heart attack, and pancreatic cancer.
The nominees for the 2010 Shirley Jackson Awards have been announced. The awards, first presented in 2007, are given out annual at Readercon for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.
- Dark Matter, by Michelle Paver
- A Dark Matter, by Peter Straub
- Feed, by Mira Grant
- Mr. Shivers, by Robert Jackson Bennett
- The Reapers Are the Angels, by Alden Bell
- The Silent Land, by Graham Joyce
- The Broken Man, by Michael Byers
- Chasing the Dragon, by Nicholas Kaufmann
- “Mysterium Tremendum,” by Laird Barron
- One Bloody Thing After Another, by Joey Comeau
- Subtle Bodies, by Peter Dubé
- The Thief of Broken Toys, by Tim Lebbon
- “–30–,” by Laird Barron
- “The Broadsword,” by Laird Barron
- “Holderhaven,” by Richard Butner
- “The Redfield Girls,” by Laird Barron
- “Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains,” by Neil Gaiman
- “As Red as Red,” by Caitlin R. Kiernan
- “Booth’s Ghost,” by Karen Joy Fowler
- “The Foxes,” by Lily Hoang
- “six six six,” by Laird Barron
- “The Things,” by Peter Watts
- Occultation, by Laird Barron
- The Ones That Got Away, by Stephen Graham Jones
- The Third Bear, by Jeff Vandermeer
- What I Didn’t See, by Karen Joy Fowler
- What Will Come After, by Scott Edelman
- Black Wings: Tales of Lovecraftian Horror, edited by S. T. Joshi
- Haunted Legends, edited by Ellen Datlow and Nick Mamatas
- My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales, edited by Kate Bernheimer
- Stories: All New Tales, edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio
- Swords and Dark Magic: The New Sword and Sorcery, edited by Jonathan Strahan and Lou Anders
The Horror Writers of America has announced the winners of three addition, non-voted awards. The Silver Hammer Award is presented to an HWA volunteer. This year’s recipient oversees HWA’s Dark Whispers blog. The winner of the President’s Award oversees the HWA application process. The awards will be presented during the Stoker Awards Banquet at the Stoker Weekend at Long Island Marriott Hotel and Convention Center which is scheduled to run from June 16-19.
- Specialty Press Award: Dark Regions Press.
- Silver Hammer Award: Angel Leigh McCoy
- Richard Laymon President’s Award for Service: Michael Colangelo
Al Feldstein and Ellen Datlow have been named winners of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Awards by the Horror Writers of America. Feldstein is known for his lifetime work in comics, beginning with EC in 1948. Datlow has a long history as an horror editor. The awards will be presented during the Stoker Awards Banquet at the Stoker Weekend at Long Island Marriott Hotel and Convention Center which is scheduled to run from June 16-19.