Stoker Award Nominations

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the nominees for the 2017 Bram Stoker Awards. The winners will be announced at Stokercon in Providence, RI on March 3, 2018.

Superior Achievement in a Novel

  • Ararat, by Christopher Golden
  • Sleeping Beauties, by Steven King and Owen King
  • Black Mad Wheel, by Josh Malerman
  • I Wish I Was Like You, by S.P. Miskowski
  • Ubo, by Steve Rasnic Tem

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

  • Cold Cuts, by Robert Payne Cabeen
  • In the Valley of the Sun, by Andy Davidson
  • What Do Monsters Fear?, by Matt Hayward, Matt
  • The Boulevard Monster, by Jeremy Hepler
  • Kill Creek, by Scott Thomas

Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel

  • The Door to January, by Gillian French
  • Hellworld, by Tom Leveen
  • The Last Harvest, by Kim Liggett
  • The Ravenous, by Amy Lukavics
  • When I Cast Your Shadow, by Sarah Porter

Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel

  • Darkness Visible, by Mike Carey and Ethan David Arvind
  • Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation, by Damian Duffy and Octavia E. Butler
  • My Favorite Thing is Monsters, by Emil Ferris
  • The Black Monday Murders, by Jonathan Hickman
  • Monstress Volume 2: The Blood , by Marjorie Liu

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction

  • Faking it Until Forever Comes (Liars, Fakers, and the Dead Who Eat Them), by Scott Edelman
  • Mapping the Interior, by Stephen Graham Jones
  • Agents of Dreamland, by Caitlin R. Kiernan
  • Sweetlings, by Lucy Taylor
  • A Kiss of Thorns, by Tim Waggoner

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction

  • “I Will Be the Reflection Until the End,” by Michael Bailey
  • “A Song Left Behind in the Aztakea Hills,” by James Chambers
  • “Apocalypse Then,” by Lisa Mannetti
  • “So Sings the Siren,” by Annie Neugebauer
  • “Loving You Darkly”, by Mercedes M. Yardley

Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection

  • Strange Weather, by Joe Hill
  • And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe, by Gwendolyn Kiste
  • Goblin, by Josh Malerman
  • The Carp-Faced Boy and Other Tales, by Thersa Matsuura
  • Writing Madness, by Patrick McGrath

Superior Achievement in a Screenplay

  • The Shape of Water, by Guillermo Del Toro and Vanessa Taylor
  • Stranger Things: MadMax, Episode 02:01: Chapter One, by Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer
  • Twin Peaks, Part 8, by Mark Frost and David Lynch
  • It , by Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga, and Gary Dauberman
  • Get Out, by Jordan Peele
  • Split, by M. Night Shyamalan

Superior Achievement in an Anthology

  • Sycorax’s Daughters, by Kinitra Brooks, Kinitra, PhD., Linda D. Addison, and Susana Morris, PhD.
  • Black Feathers: Dark Avian Tales: An Anthology, by Ellen Datlow
  • Nights of the Living Dead: An Anthology, by JOnathan Maberry and George A. Romero
  • The Beauty of Death Vol. 2: Death by Water, by Alessandro Manzetti and Jodi Renee Lester
  • Behold!: Oddities, Curiosities & Undefinable Wonders, by Doug Murano

Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction

  • Horror in Space: Critical Essays on a Film Subgenre, by Michele Brittany
  • Searching for Sycorax: Black Women’s Hauntings of Contemporary Horror, by Kinitra D. Brooks
  • Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ‘70s and ‘80s Horror Fiction, by Grady Hendrix
  • The Art of Horror Movies: An Illustrated History, by Stephen Jones
  • Where Nightmares Come From: The Art of Storytelling in the Horror Genre, by Joe Mynhardt and Eugene Johnson

Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection

  • Visions of the Mutant Rain Forest, by Robert Frazier and Bruce Boston
  • No Mercy, by Alessandro Manzetti
  • Satan’s Sweethearts, by Marge Simon and Mary Turzillo
  • A Collection of Nightmares, by Christina Sng
  • Sheet Music to My Acoustic Nightmare, by Stephanie M. Wytovich

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Obituary: David F. Case

Author David F. Case (b.1937) died on February 3. Case published a handful of short stories and novels in the late 60s and 70s before disappearing from the horror field, only to reappear in the 1980s. His novel Fengriffen was made into the film And Now the Screaming Starts!.

Obituary: Jack Ketchum

Author Jack Ketchum (b.Dallas Mayr, 1946) died on January 24 from cancer. His novels include Joyride, The Lost, and The Girl Next Door. Ketchum received three Bram Stoker Awards and was named a Grand Master by World Horror Con.

Obituary: Tobe Hooper

Director Tobe Hooper (b.1943) died on August 26. Hooper directed The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Poltergeist, Salem’s Lot, and other horror films and episodes of horror television shows. He was nominated for a Saturn Award for Poltergeist and was inducted into the Phoenix International Horror & Sci Fi Film Festival Hall of Fame.

Obituary: George A. Romero

Producer George A. Romero (b.1940) died on July 16. Romero wrote and directed Night of the Living Dead in 1968 and made several sequels, including Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, and others, defining the concept of zombies for a generation and making an indelible mark on horror films.

Shirley Jackson Winners

The Shirley Jackson Award winners were announced at Readercon on July 16. The Shirley Jackson Awards were established to recognize outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.

  • Novel: The Girls, by Emma Cline
  • Novella: The Ballad of Black Tom, by Victor LaValle
  • Novelette: “Waxy,” by Camilla Grudova
  • Short Story: “Postcards from Natalie,” by Carrie Laben
  • Collection: A Natural History of Hell, by Jeffrey Ford
  • Anthology: The Starlit Wood, edited by Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe
  • Board of Directors Award: Ruth Frankling for her contribution to the legacy of Shirley Jackson in recognition of her biography, Shirley Jackson: A Rather haunted Life

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Shirley Jackson Nominees

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 16 at Readercon 28 in Quincy, Massachusetts.


  • The Girls, by Emma Cline
  • The Wonder, by Emma Donoghue
  • Lily, by Michael Thomas Ford
  • Mongrels, by Stephen Graham Jones
  • I’m Thinking of Ending Things, by Iain Reid
  • Foxlowe, by Eleanor Wasserberg


  • “Maggots,” by Nina Allan
  • The Sadist’s Bible, by Nicole Cushing
  • The Warren, by Brian Evenson
  • The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, by Kij Johnson
  • The Ballad of Black Tom, by Victor LaValle
  • Muscadines, by S.P. Miskowski


  • “Andy Kaufman Creeping Through the Trees,” by Laird Barron
  • “Breaking Water,” by Indrapramit Das
  • “Waxy,” by Camilla Grudova
  • “The Night Cyclist,” by Stephen Graham Jones
  • “Angel, Monster, Man,” by Sam J. Miller
  • “Presence,” by Helen Oyeyemi

Short Fiction

  • “The Apartments,” by Karen Heuler
  • “Red,” by Katie Knoll
  • “Postcards from Natalie,” by Carrie Laben
  • “Things With Beards,” by Sam J. Miller
  • “Animal Parts,” by Irenosen Okojie

Single-Author Collection

  • We Show What We Have Learned, by Clare Beams
  • A Natural History of Hell, by Jeffrey Ford
  • Furnace, by Livia Llewellyn
  • Almost Insentient, by Almost Divine, D.P. Watt
  • Greener Pastures, by Michael Wehunt

Edited Anthology

  • An Unreliable Guide to London, edited by Kit Caless & Gary Budden
  • Autumn Cthulhu, edited by Mike Davis
  • The Madness of Dr. Caligari, edited by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.
  • Those Who Make Us: Canadian Creature, Myth, and Monster Stories, edited by Kelsi Morris & Kaitlin Tremblay
  • The Starlit Wood, edited by Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe

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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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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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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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