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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This Is Horror Award Winners

The winners of the 2016 This is Horror Award were announced on March 20. The winners were selected by an open vote on the organization’s website.

  • Novel of the Year: The Fisherman, by John Langan
  • Novella of the Year: The Ballad of Black Tom, by Victor LaVelle
  • Short Story Collection of the Year: Furnace, by Livia Llewellyn
  • Anthology of the Year: Autumn Cthulhu, edited by Mike Davis
  • Fiction Magazine of the Year: The Lovecraft eZine
  • Publisher of the Year: Word Horde
  • Fiction Podcast of the Year: The Other Stories
  • Nonfiction Podcast of the Year: The Lovecraft eZine Podcast

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Obituary: Bernie Wrightson

Comic book artist Bernie Wrightson (b.1948) died on March 18 after a lengthy battle with brain cancer. He began working as an illustrator for the Baltimore Sun in 1966 and the following year decided to go into comics after meeting Frank Frazetta. In 1968, he began doing freelance work for DC Comics. In 1971, Wrightson co-created Swamp Thing with Len Wein. He drew illustrations for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and more recently did the production design for the Reavers in the film Serenity.

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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HWA Endowments

The Horror Writers of America have announced the recipients of its inaugural Young Adults Write Now endowments. Each library will receive $500 to fund teen writing events.

  • Athens-Limestone Public Library, Athens AL: “The Page Turner Program”
  • Fayetteville-Lincoln County Public Library, Fayetteville TN: “Something Wicked We Write”
  • Librarian Association of Rockland County Teen Division, Spring Valley NY: “SCRAWL: Rockland Teens Write”
  • Louisiana, Missouri Public Library, Louisiana MO: “The Missouri Monster Squad: Teen Fiction Writers Program”
  • W. T. Bland Public Library, Mount Dora FL: “Dreadful Teen Writing Program”

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Stygian Press to Release Call of Cthulhu Books

Stephanie McAlea of Stygian Books has announced plans to update and publish four books by Tom Lynch which were previously published by Miskatonic River Press. The books, New Tales of the Miskatonic Valley, More Tales of the Miskatonic Valley, Our Ladies of Sorrow, and Tales of the Sleepless City will be updated for seventh edition Call of Cthulhu and printed in pdf, softcover, and hardcover beginning in 2017.
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Obituary: Dennis Cummins

Horror author Dennis Cummins (b.1951) died on October 18 from lung cancer. Cummins has published horror short stories and was a member of the Horror Writers of America. In addition Cummins played in the Beatles cover band Beatles for Sale.

Stephen King Chair

The University of Maine in Orono has announced the endowment of the Stephen E. King Chair in Literature. The position is for a five year renewable term and is tenured. They are currently taking applications for the first professor to fill the position, whose term will begin in August 2017. The chair is named for horror author Stephen King, who graduated from the university in 1970. The position is partially endowed by the Harold Alfond Foundation.

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Obituary: Ed Gorman

Author Ed Gorman (b.1941) died on October 14. Gorman, who also wrote as E.J. Gorman, Robert David Chase, and Daniel Ransom, was best known for writing in the mystery and horror fields, but he also wrote mysteries. In 1985, he co-founded Mystery Scene magazine and served as editor until 2002. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Private Eye Writers of America and the International Horror Writers.

Shirley Jackson Award Winners

The Shirley Jackson Award winners were announced at Readercon on July 10. The Shirley Jackson Awards were established to recognize outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.

  • Novel: Experimental Film, by Gemma Files
  • Novella: Wylding Hall, by Elizabeth Hand
  • Novelette: “Even Clean Hands Can Do Damage,” by Steve Duffy
  • Short Fiction:”The Dying Season,” by Lynda E. Rucker
  • Single-Author Collection: The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, by Stephen King
  • Edited Anthology: Aickman’s Heirs, edited by Simon Strantzas

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