Obituary: Jerry G. Bishop

Actor and writer Jerry G. Bishop (b. Jerry Ghan, 1936) died on September 15. Bishop started out in radio and in 1965 and 1966 traveled with the Beatles as they toured the US. In 1969, he became the voice of Screaming Yellow Theater on WFLD in Chicago, announcing horror films and later created the on-screen persona of Svengoolie, which he performed until he moved to California. The role was then carried on by Rich Koz, first as Son of Svengoolie, and later using the original name.

Shirley Jackson Award Winners

The Shirley Jackson Award winners were announced at Readercon on July 14. The Shirley Jackson Awards were established to recognize outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.

  • Novel: Edge, by Koji Suzuki
  • Novella: “Sky,” by Kaaron Warren
  • Novelette: “Reeling for the Empire,” by Karen Russell
  • Short Fiction:”A Natural History of Autumn,” by Jeffrey Ford
  • Single-Author Collection: Crackpot Palace, by Jeffrey Ford
  • Edited Anthology: Exotic Gothic 4: Postscripts #28/29, edited by Danel Olson

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Obituary: Bob Carter

Actor Bob Carter (b.1929) died on June 30. Carter was better known by his screen name, Sammy Terry, under which he hosted Nightmare Theater in Indiana in the 1960s and 1970s. Terry would air two horror films back to back, providing camp entertainment during the commercial breaks and talking to a rubber spider named George.

Bram Stoker Winners

The Horror Writers of America announced the winners of the Bram Stoker Awards at the Stoker Weekend in New Orleans, Louisiana, on June 15.

  • Superior Achievement in a Novel: The Drowning Girl, by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • Superior Achievement in a First Novel: Life Rage, by L.L. Soares
  • Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel: Flesh & Bone, by Jonathan Maberry
  • Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel: Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times, by Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton
  • Superior Achievement in Long Fiction: The Blue Heron, by Gene O’Neill
  • Superior Achievement in Short Fiction: “Magdala Amygdala,” by Lucy Snyder
  • Superior Achievement in a Screenplay: The Cabin in the Woods, by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard
  • Superior Achievement in an Anthology: Shadow Show, edited by Mort Castle and Sam Weller
  • Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection: New Moon on the Water, by Mort Castle; Black Dahlia and White Rose: Stories, by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction: Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween, by Lisa Morton
  • Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection: Vampires, Zombies & Wanton Souls, by Marge Simon
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Robert R McCammon and Clive Barker
  • The Specialty Press Award: Jerad Walters of Centipede Press.
  • The Silver Hammer Award, for outstanding service to HWA: Charles Day
  • The President’s Richard Laymon Service Award: James Chambers.

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Shirley Jackson Award 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 14 at Readercon 24 in Burlington, Massachusetts.

Novel:

  • The Drowning Girl, by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • The Devil in Silver, by Victor LaValle
  • Edge, by Koji Suzuki
  • Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
  • Immobility, by Brian Evenson

Novella:

  • 28 Teeth of Rage, by Ennis Drake
  • Delphine Dodd, by S.P. Miskowski
  • I’m Not Sam, by Jack Ketchum and Lucky McKee
  • The Indifference Engine, by Project Itoh
  • “Sky,” by Kaaron Warren

Novelette:

  • “The Crying Child,” by Bruce McAllister (originally published as “The Bleeding Child”
  • “The House on Ashley Avenue,” by Ian Rogers
  • “Reeling for the Empire,” by Karen Russell
  • “Wild Acre,” by Nathan Ballingrud
  • “The Wish Head,” by Jeffrey Ford

Short Fiction:

  • “Bajazzle,” by Margo Lanagan
  • “How We Escaped Our Certain Fate,” by Dan Chaon
  • “Little America,” by Dan Chaon
  • “The Magician’s Apprentice,” by Tamsyn Muir
  • “A Natural History of Autumn,” by Jeffrey Ford
  • “Two Houses,” by Kelly Link

Single-Author Collection:

  • Crackpot Palace, by Jeffrey Ford
  • Errantry, by Elizabeth Hand
  • The Pottawatomie Giant and Other Stories, by Andy Duncan
  • Remember Why You Fear Me, by Robert Shearman
  • The Woman Who Married a Cloud, by Jonathan Carroll
  • Windeye, by Brian Evenson

Edited Anthology:

  • 21st Century Dead, edited by Christopher Golden
  • Black Wings II, edited by S. T. Joshi
  • Exotic Gothic 4: Postscripts #28/29, edited by Danel Olson
  • Night Shadows, edited by Greg Herren and J. M. Redmann
  • Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury, edited by Sam Weller and Mort Castle

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Obituary: Basil Copper

British author Basil Copper (b.1924) died on April 3. Copper’s first story, “The Spider,” appeared in 1964 in the Fifth Pan Book of Horror Stories. Beginning in the 1970s, many of his works were published by August Derleth and Arkham House. Following Derleth’s death, Copper edited Derleth’s Solar Pons stories into a two volume omnibus. In 1975, his collection, From Evil’s Pillow, was nominated for a World Fantasy Award. He also wrote non-fiction works on vampires and werewolves.

Obituary: Jesús Franco

Spanish director Jesús Franco (b.1930) died on April 2, a week after suffering a stroke. Franco began composing music as a six year old and in the 1950s turned his attention to film. Franco was a prolific director of horror films, including Succubus, Le lac des morts vivants, and Drácula contra Frankenstein. In many of the more than 180 films he directed he also worked as composer, writer, cinematographer, and editor. Early in his career, Franco wrote some fiction under the name David Khume.

Obituary: David B. Silva

Horror author David B. Silva (b.1950) died on March 13. Silva edited the magazine The Horror Show from 1983 through 1990 and began publishing short fiction in 1983 with the story “Beth” in Eldritch Tales. His short story “The Calling” won the Bram Stoker Award and his collection Through Shattered Glass won the International Horror Guild Award. Silva’s novels included The Disappeared and Child of Darkness. With Paul F. Olson, he edited two horror anthologies.

Obituary: James Herbert

British author James Herbert (b.1943) died on March 20 at his home in Sussex. Herbert wrote his first horror novel, The Rats in 10 weeks when he was 28. It was later made into a film, as were three of his other novels. His novels include ’46, The Survivors, and The Secret of Crickley Hall. In 2010, he was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth and a Grand Master by the World Horror Society.

Stoker Award Nominees

The Horror Writers of America have announced the nominees for this year’s Bram Stoker Awards, to be presented on June 15 at the World Horror Convention in New Orleans, LA.

Superior Achievement in a Novel

  • Bottled Abyss, by Benjamin Kane Ethridge
  • NightWhere, by John Everson
  • The Drowning Girl, by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • The Haunted, by Bentley Little
  • Inheritance, by Joe McKinney

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

  • Charlotte Markham and the House of Darklings, by Michael Boccacino
  • Wide Open, by Deborah Coates
  • The Legend of the Pumpkin Thief, by Charles Day
  • A Requiem for Dead Flies, by Peter Dudar
  • Bad Glass, by Richard Gropp
  • Life Rage, by L.L. Soares

Superior Achievement in a YA Novel

  • The Diviners, by Libba Bray
  • I Hunt Killers, by Barry Lyga
  • Flesh & Bone, by Jonathan Maberry
  • I Kissed A Ghoul, by Michael McCarty
  • The Raven Boys, by Maggie Stiefvater
  • A Bad Day for Voodoo, by Jeff Strand

Superior Achievement Long Fiction

  • Thirty Miles South of Dry County, by Kealan Patrick Burke
  • I’m Not Sam, by Jack Ketchum and Lucky McKee
  • Lost Girl of the Lake, by Joe McKinney & Michael McCarty
  • The Blue Heron, by Gene O’Neill
  • The Fleshless Man, by Norman Prentiss

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction

  • “Surrounded by the Mutant Rain Forest,” by Bruce Boston
  • “Bury My Heart at Marvin Gardens,” by Joe McKinney
  • “Righteous,” by Weston Ochse
  • “Available Light,” by John Palisano
  • “Magdala Amygdala,” by Lucy Snyder

Superior Achievement in an Anthology

  • Shadow Show, edited by Mort Castle & Sam Weller
  • Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations, edited by Eric J. Guignard
  • Hell Comes to Hollywood, edited by Eric Miller
  • Horror for Good: A Charitable Anthology, edited by Mark C. Scioneaux, R.J. Cavender, & Robert S. Wilson
  • Slices of Flesh, edited by Stan Swanson

Superior Achievement in a Collection

  • The Woman Who Married a Cloud: Collected Stories, by Jonathan Carroll
  • New Moon on the Water, by Mort Castle
  • Errantry: Strange Stories, by Elizabeth Hand
  • The Janus Tree, by Glen Hirshberg
  • Black Dahlia and White Rose: Stories, by Joyce Carol Oates

Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction

  • Writing Darkness, by Michael Collings
  • The Annotated Sandman, Volume 1, by Les Klinger
  • Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween, by Lisa Morton
  • The Undead and Theology, by Kim Paffenroth & John W. Morehead
  • Dark Directions: Romero, Craven, Carpenter, and the Modern Horror Film, by Kendall R. Phillips

Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection

  • Dark Duet, by Linda Addison & Stephen M. Wilson
  • Notes from the Shadow City, by Bruce Boston and Gary William Crawford
  • A Verse to Horrors, by Michael Collings
  • Vampires, Zombies & Wanton Souls, by Marge Simon
  • Lovers & Killers, by Mary A. Turzillo

Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel

  • The Sixth Gun Volume 3: Bound, by Cullen Bunn
  • Rachel Rising Vol. 1: The Shadow of Death, by Terry Moore
  • The Tale of Brin and Bent and Minno Marylebone, by Ravi Thornton
  • Behind These Eyes, by Peter J. Wacks & Guy Anthony De Marco
  • Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times, by Rocky Wood & Lisa Morton

Superior Achievement in a Screenplay

  • The Woman in Black, by Jane Goldman
  • The Walking Dead, “Killer Within,” by Sang Kyu Kim
  • American Horror Story: Asylum, “Dark Cousin,” by Tim Minear
  • The Hunger Games, by Gary Ross, Suzanne Collins, and Billy Ray
  • The Cabin in the Woods, by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard

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