Shirley Jackson Nominees

The Shirley Jackson Awards were established to recognize outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic. This year’s judges include Laird Barron, Matthew Cheney, Maura McHugh, Kaaron Warren, and Gary K. Wolfe. The winners will be announced on July 15th at Readercon 23 in Burlington, Massachusetts.

Novel:

  • The Devil All the Time, by Donald Ray Pollock
  • The Dracula Papers, by Reggie Oliver
  • The Great Lover, by Michael Cisco
  • Knock Knock, by S.P. Miskowski
  • The Last Werewolf, by Glen Duncan
  • Witches on the Road Tonight, by Sheri Holman

Novella:

  • “And the Dead Shall Outnumber the Living,” by Deborah Biancotti
  • “A Child’s Problem,” by Reggie Oliver
  • “Displacement,” by Michael Marano
  • The Men Upstairs, by Tim Waggoner
  • “Near Zennor,” by Elizabeth Hand
  • “Rose Street Attractors,” by Lucius Shepard

Novelette:

  • “The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine,” by Peter Straub
  • “Ditch Witch,” by Lucius Shepard
  • “The Last Triangle,” by Jeffrey Ford
  • “Omphalos,” by Livia Llewellyn
  • “The Summer People,” by Kelly Link

Short Fiction:

  • “Absolute Zero,” by Nadia Bulkin
  • “The Corpse Painter’s Masterpiece,” by M. Rickert
  • “Hair,” by Joan Aiken
  • “Max,” by Jason Ockert
  • “Sunbleached,” by Nathan Ballingrud
  • “Things to Know About Being Dead,” by Genevieve Valentine

Single-Author Collection:

  • After the Apocalypse: Stories, by Maureen F. McHugh
  • The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares, by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Engines of Desire: Tales of Love & Other Horrors, by Livia Llewellyn
  • The Janus Tree, by Glen Hirshberg
  • Red Gloves, by Christopher Fowler
  • What Wolves Know, by Kit Reed

Edited Anthology:

  • Blood and Other Cravings, edited by Ellen Datlow
  • A Book of Horrors, edited by Stephen Jones
  • Ghosts by Gaslight, edited by Jack Dann and Nick Gevers
  • Supernatural Noir, edited by Ellen Datlow
  • Teeth, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
  • The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities, edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer

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Stoker Award Winners

The Horror Writers of America announced the winners of the Bram Stoker Awards at the Stoker Weekend in Salt Lake City, Utah, on April 1, 2012. In addition to the traditional categories, an award was presented for Vampire novel of the century.

  • Superior Achievement in a Novel: Flesh Eaters, by Joe McKinney
  • Superior Achievement in a First Novel: Isis Unbound, by Allyson Bird
  • Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel (tie): The Screaming Season, by Nancy Holder and Dust & Decay, by Jonathan Maberry
  • Superior Achievement Long Fiction: “The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine,” by Peter Straub
  • Superior Achievement in Short Fiction: “Herman Wouk Is Still Alive,” by Stephen King
  • Superior Achievement in an Anthology: Demons: Encounters with the Devil and his Minions, Fallen Angels and the Possessed, edited by John Skipp
  • Superior Achievement in a Collection: The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares, by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction: Stephen King: A Literary Companion, by Rocky Wood
  • Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection: How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend, by Linda Addison
  • Vampire Novel of the Century Award: I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson
  • Horror Writer’s Association Life Achievement Awards: Rick Hautala and Joe R. Lansdale
  • Specialty Press Award: Derrick Hussey of Hippocampus Press and Roy Robbins of Bad Moon Books
  • Silver Hammer Award: Guy Anthony DeMarco
  • Richard Laymon Service Award: Karen Lansdale

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Clive Barker Health Scare

Horror author Clive Barker found himself in the hospital and a coma in late January after visiting the dentist. The dental visit released bacteria into Barker’s system leading to toxic shock and several days in intensive care.

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Obituary: Howard Hopkins

Author Howard Hopkins (b.1961) died on January 12 while shoveling snow. Hopkins edited the anthology Dark Harbors and wrote the novels Night Demons, Grimm, and The Dark Riders. He wrote the The Nightmare Club series for children and has also written for comics.

Obituary: Les Daniels

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.

Obituary: Mark W. Worthen

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.

Obituary: L. A. Banks

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.

Shirley Jackson Award Winners

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

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Golden Cob Winners

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

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Stoker Award Winners

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

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