Stoker Winners

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) announced the wiiners of the 2016 Bram Stoker Awards at Stokercon on board the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA on April 29.

  • Superior Achievement in a Novel: The Fisherman, by John Langen
  • Superior Achievement in a First Novel: Haven, by Tom Deady
  • Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel:
  • Snowed, by Maria Alexander
  • Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel: Kolchak the Night Stalker: The Forgotten Lore of Edgar Allan Poe, by James Chambers
  • Superior Achievement in Long Fiction: The Winter Box, by Tim Waggoner
  • Superior Achievement in Short Fiction: “The Crawl Space,” by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Superior Achievement in a Screenplay: The VVitch, by Robert Eggers
  • Superior Achievement in an Anthology: Borderlands 6, edited by Thomas F. Monteleone & Oliva F. Monteleone
  • Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection: The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror, by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction: Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life, by Ruth Franklin
  • Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection: Brothel , by Stephanie M. Wytovich
  • Mentor of the Year Award: Linda Addison
  • Silver Hammer Award: James Chambers
  • Specialty Press Award: Kate Jonez for Omnium Gatherum
  • Lifetime Achievement Awards: Dennis Etchison & Thomas F. Monteleone

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Robert E. Howard Foundation Award Nominees

The Robert E. Howard Foundation has announced the nominees for the REH Foundation Awards. These awards recognize Howard scholarship and the promotion of Howard’s life and works. Members of the REH Foundation are entitled to vote on the nominees. The winners will be announced at a special ceremony at Robert E. Howard Days in Cross Plains on June 9.

The Atlantean — Outstanding Achievement, Book (non-anthology/collection)

  • On the Precipice of Fascism: The Mythic and the Political in the Works of Robert E. Howard and Ernst Junger, by Patrick Burger

The Valusian — Outstanding Achievement, Book (anthology/collection)

  • [No eligible candidates]

The Hyrkanian—Outstanding Achievement, Essay (Print)

  • “The Wild Wild West of Robert E. Howard,” by Morgan Holmes
  • “The Outsider Scholar: Robert E. Howard, H. P. Lovecraft, and Scholarly Identity,” by Karen Joan Kahoutek
  • “The Sinister Skelos: Robert E. Howard’s Demonic Wizard,” by Rick Lai
  • “Nameless Tribes and Races of Men: Anthropological World-Building in ‘Men of the Shadows’,” by Jeffrey Shanks

The Cimmerian—Outstanding Achievement, Essay (Online)

  • “Robert E. Howard and the Amateur Press (5 Parts),” by Bobby Derie
  • “Gumshoes, Gats and Gals: Robert E. Howard’s Detective and Crime Stories,” by Dierk Guenther
  • “’The Wright Hook’ (or, the origin of ‘Spear and Fang’),” by Patrice Louinet

The Venarium — Emerging Scholar

  • Dierk Guenther: Contributed to TGR blog; presented papers at PCA, ICFA, American Literature Society of Japan National Conference, and Glenn Lord Symposium
  • Daniel Look: Contributed to TGR blog; presented papers at PCA, ICFA, and Glenn Lord Symposium
  • Todd Vick: Contributed essays to On an Underwood No. 5; Editor of On an Underwood No. 5 blog; presented paper at PCA and Glenn Lord Symposium

The Stygian—Outstanding Achievement, Website

  • Howard Works, edited by Bill Thom
  • On an Underwood No. 5, edited by Todd Vick
  • REH: Two-Gun Raconteur Blog, edited by Damon Sasser

The Aquilonian — Outstanding Achievement, Periodical

  • The Dark Man, edited by Mark Hall
  • REH Foundation Newsletter, edited by Damon Sasser

The Black Lotus – Outstanding Achievement, Multimedia

  • The Cromcast, Josh Adkins, Luke Dodd, and Jon Larson
  • Howard Days Panels, Ben Friberg
  • Chasing Conan (video interviews from the Riddle of Steel documentary), by Randall Lobb,, Mark Hussey, and Isaac Elliot-Fisher

The Black River—Special Achievement

  • Frank Coffman, Dierk Guenther, Daniel Look, Jonas Prida, and Jeffrey Shanks: For participating in an REH paper session and panel at ICFA 2016.
  • Dierk Guenther: For giving a presentation on REH at the Annual National Conference 2016 of the American Literature Society of Japan in Okayama.
  • Patrice Louinet: For serving as adviser on the Conan board game from Monolith.

The Rankin — Artistic achievement in the depiction of REH’s life and/or work

  • Richard Bernal for cover art for The Adventures of Breckinridge Elkins, Volume 1
  • Jim and Ruth Keegan for artwork for “The Adventures of Two-Gun Bob”
  • Adrian Smith for artwork for Conan boardgame by Monolith (depicting various REH characters)

Black Circle Award – Lifetime Achievement

(Individuals who have made significant and long-lasting contributions to REH scholarship, publishing, or the promotion of Howard’s life and works. Eligible candidates must have been publicly involved in Howard-related activities for a minimum of two decades.)

  • Fred Blosser
  • Billie Ruth Loving (posthumous)
  • Donald W. Wollheim (posthumous)

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Odyssey Scholarship Announced

George R.R. Martin has announced that he will be offering a full scholarship to the Odyssey Writers Workshop. The Miskatonic Scholarship will be awarded to a new author of Lovecraftian style cosmic horror. It will be a full scholarship covering tuition, fees, and lodging for a student and given annually. The winner of the scholarship will be selected by a panel of three judges based on writing samples from students who have demonstrated need.
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Obituary: Grania Davis

Author Grania Davis (b.1943) died on April 28. Davis was married to Avram Davidson for 3 years and served as his primary editor after his death. She co-authored several works with Davidson as well as writing works on her own.

Obituary: Rich Tucholka

Gamer Rich Tucholka (b.1954) died on April 27. Tucholka was a game designer who created Fringeworthy and Bureau 13: Stalking the Night Fantastic. He also worked on The Morrow Project and Escape from Westerville State. In addition to being a game designer, Tucholka sold in dealers rooms at cons and often served as the night watchman for the rooms. He was a member of the Dorsai Irregulars.

Hogarth Resigns as SFWA VP

M.C.A. Hogarth has announced her decision to step down as SFWA Vice President after serving for three years. During her time on the board, Hogarth has helped create and build the partnership program between SFWA and organizations like Amazon, Patreon, Kickstarter, Audible, and other companies. She has worked on the Self-Publishing Committee, the SFWA Star Project Initiative, and SFWA Ed. Cat Rambo and the SFWA Board of Directors have expressed their sadness in seeing Hogarth depart. Rambo has appointed SFWA Director Erin Hartshorn to serve out the remainder of Hogarth’s term, which is scheduled to end in June 2018.
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Spectrum Award Winners

The gold and silver medal winners for this year’s Spectrum Awards were announced at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live, held in Kansas City, MO on the weekend of April 21-23.


  • Silver Award: Greg Ruth, “Daredevil”
  • Gold Award: Bayard Wu, “Hunting”


  • Silver Award: Edward Kinsella III, Danneee
  • Gold Award: Brom, Lamia


  • Silver Award: Dave McKean< Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash
  • Gold Award: Jeremy Wilson, Chimera Brigade #5

Concept Art

  • Silver Award: Iain McCaig, Minion 5
  • Gold Award: Sean Murray, Court of the Dead: Voxxingard


  • Silver Award: Akihito, “Nephila”
  • Gold Award: Jesse Thompson, “Dress-Up Frog Legs”


  • Silver Award: Galen Dara, “Seven Salt Tears”
  • Gold Award: Tim O’Brien, Beyonce “Lemonade”


  • Silver Award: Ed Binkley, “William Finds Some Flowers and a Giant”
  • Gold Award: Bill Carman, “Ms. Hatter and a Smile”


  • Silver Award: Jeffrey Alan Love, “Orange Skies”
  • Gold Award: Karla Ortiz, “The Death I Bring”

Grandmaster: Bill Sienkiewicz
Spectrum Rising Star: Alexandra Pisano
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Waters Wins NAFF

Fe Waters has been announced as the winner of the 2017 National Australian Fan Fund, which helps cover the cost of airfare and accommodation for an Australian fan to attend the Australian National Convention. This year’s NatCon, Continuum 13, will be held in Melbourne the weekend of June 9-12.
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Gemmell Awards Shortlist

The nominees for the Gemmell Awards for fantasy have been announced. The Gemmell Awards are popularly voted awards. Anyone can vote by visiting the Gemmell Award website. The winners will be announced July 15, 2017 in a ceremony at Edge-Lit 6 in Derby, UK.

The Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel

  • Wrath, by John Gwynne
  • Nevernight, by Jay Kristoff
  • The Wheel of Osheim, by Mark Lawrence
  • The Bands of Mourning, by Brandon Sanderson
  • Warbeast, by Gav Thorpe

The Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer

  • Infernal, by Mark de Jager
  • Duskfall, by Christopher Husberg
  • Steal the Sky, by Megan E. O’Keefe
  • Snakewood, by Adrian Selby
  • Hope and Red, by Jon Skovron

The Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art

  • Alessandro Baldaserroni for the cover of Black Rift, by by Josh Reynolds
  • Jason Chan for the cover of The Wheel of Osheim, by by Mark Lawrence
  • Sam Green for the cover of The Bands of Mourning, by by Brandon Sanderson
  • Kerby Rosannes for the cover of Nevernight, by by Jay Kristoff
  • Paul Young for the cover of Wrath, by by John Gwynne

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Rondo Hatton Winners

The fifteenth annual Rondo Hatton Awards were announced by the Classic Horror Film Board. More than 3200 voters took part in on-line voting to select the winners. The Rondo Hatton Award is named for the actor who appeared in numerous horror films over the course of his career. The awards recognize the best in classic horror research, creativity, and film preservation.

  • Best Film of 2014: The Witch
  • Best TV Presentation: Stranger Things
  • Best Classic DVD of 2016: The Thing Collector’s Edition
  • Best Collection: Frankenstein Complete Legacy Collection
  • Best Restoration: Phantasm Remastered
  • Best Commentary: William Peter Blatty for The Exorcist III
  • Best DVD Extra: The Thing: Interviews with John Carpenter, Keith David, Wilfred Brimley, others
  • Best Independent Film: Hush, directed by Mike Flanagan
  • Best Short Film: H.P. Lovecraft’s The Beast in the Cave, directed by Cameron McCasland
  • Best Documentary Feature: For the Love of Spock, directed by Adam Spock
  • Book of the Year: Something in the Blood: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker, the Man Who Wrote Dracula, by David J. Skal
  • Best Magazine: Rue Morgue
  • Best Magazine (classic): Famous Monsters of Filmland
  • Best Article(s) (tie): “Dracula and the It Girl,” by Andi Brooks, Scary Monsters #100; “I Am the King of My Kind,” by Constantine Nasr, Little Shoppe of Horrors, #36
  • Best Interview (Award goes to interviewer): Jason Hignite interview with Cassandra Peterson, Horrorhound #61
  • Best Column: “The Doctor Is In-Sane,” by Dr. Gangrene
  • Best Cover: Famous Monsters #284 by Rick Baker
  • Best Website: Bloody Disgusting
  • Best Multi-Media Site: Trailers from Hell
  • Best Convention of 2016: Monster Bash
  • Best Fan Event: Tribute to Bernie Weightson
  • Favorite Horror Host: Svengoolie
  • Best Horror Comic Book: Afterlife with Archie, by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Francesco Francavilla
  • Best CD: Stranger Things Soundtrack, Volumes 1 & 2
  • Writer of the Year: April Snellings
  • Artist of the Year: Mark Maddox
  • Linda Miller Award for Fan Artist of the Year: Malcolm Gittins
  • Special Achievement Award: Forrest J. Ackerman Square
  • Special Achievement Award: Pierre Fournier, Return to “Frankenstein Lake”
  • Monster Kids of the Year: Don and Vicki Smeraldi
  • The Monster Kid Hall of Fame: Bob Furmanek, John Stanley, Richard Harland Smith, Vince Rotolo, Mark Miller

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