Category Archives: Bram Stoker Awards

Are You More Likely to Read a Stoker Award Winning Book?

Last weekend marked the 2010 Bram Stoker Awards ceremony. I only started paying attention to literary awards a few years ago. Since then, I’ve had pretty good luck using the lists of nominees as recommended reading. Heck, it was how I discovered Lisa Mannetti’s The Gentling Box, the 2008 winner for Superior Acheivement in a First Novel, which I consider an amazing piece of writing.

So what about you? Do these kinds of awards encourage you to seek out winning books, or do you dismiss the whole notion as arbitrary, rigged, or plain uninteresting? Me, I look at them as good reference material when searching out new authors and prospective book purchases.

Let’s have a gander at this year’s winners:

Superior Achievement in a Novel
Rot and Run by Jonathan Maberry
Dead Love by Linda Watanabe McFerrin
Apocalypse of the Dead by Joe McKinney
Dweller by Jeff Strand
A Dark Matter by Peter Straub (WINNER)

Straub’s novel is sitting on my shelf waiting to be read. Thoroughly entertained by Ghost Story and Shadowland, I figured it was about time I took a crack at one of his recent works. Funny though, as I’ve read some contentious blogger comments about how the novel is over-rated and Straub only won because of name recognition. Perhaps, or perhaps it was the best of the bunch. Maybe this year I should read all five and judge for myself.

Superior Achievement in a First Novel
Black and Orange by Benjamin Kane Ethridge (WINNER)

A Books of Tongues by Gemma Files
Castle of Los Angeles by Lisa Morton (WINNER)
Spellbent by Lucy Snyder

A tie, wouldn’t you know? And here’s the funniest bit for me: Of the four nominated books, those are the two I don’t own. Go figure. Well, I have Ethridge’s Black and Orange on my wish list, so I guess I’ll just have to add Lisa Morton’s novel as well.

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction
Invisible Fences by Norman Prentiss
(WINNER)
The Painted Darkness by Brian James Freeman
Dissolution by Lisa Mannetti
Monsters Among Us by Kirstyn McDermott
The Samhanach
by Lisa Morton

Of the novellas listed here, I’ve only read The Painted Darkness and Dissolution. I was rooting for Mannetti’s Dissolution, but it was not to be. Oh well. I get the feeling the other three novellas, winner included, are stories to watch out for.

Some of the other winners of the night include: Haunted Legends by Ellen Datlow and Nick Mamatas for Superior Achievement in an Anthology; Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King for Superior Achievement in a Collection; and “The Falling Man” by Joe R. Lansdale for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction.

Random Thoughts:

I’m actually reading Ellen Datlow’s anthology, Supernatural Noir, right now and wouldn’t be surprised to see that wind up on next year’s short list.

I periodically hear people bemon the state of the horror genre, but I gotta say that 2010 turned out to be a pretty great year for finding some entertaining and rivoting stuff, and 2011 is shaping up to be just as good.

What I find interesting is how the self-publishing craze is offering quite a few gems as well. And you simply will not see any self-published work getting a nomination.

While I keep an eye on the short lists for several awards, I am very much behind in reading those books–especially outside the horror genre.

Anyway, congratulations to all of the Stoker Award winners, and kudos to all the authors fortunate enough to be shortlisted. Keep up the good works.

Advertisements

8 Comments

Filed under Bram Stoker Awards, Ellen Datlow, Lisa Mannetti, Peter Straub, reading list, stephen king, winners

On My Radar: The 2010 Bram Stoker Award Final Ballot

In case you didn’t already know, the HWA announced the final ballot for this year’s Bram Stoker Awards. Whether you’re a fan of awards or not, these lists at least provide a great list of reading recommendations. I’ve discovered some fantastic authors thanks to the Stoker Awards. Oddly enough, this information is yet to be posted on http://www.stokerweekend2011.org/, but I’m sure that’ll be remedied soon. At least the authors nominated were contacted and got the word out.


Here are the categories and the nominees:



Superior Achievement in a NOVEL:
  • HORNS by Joe Hill (William Morrow)
  • ROT AND RUIN by Jonathan Maberry (Simon & Schuster)
  • DEAD LOVE by Linda Watanabe McFerrin (Stone Bridge Press)
  • APOCALYPSE OF THE DEAD by Joe McKinney (Pinnacle)
  • DWELLER by Jeff Strand (Leisure/Dark Regions Press)
  • A DARK MATTER by Peter Straub (DoubleDay)


Superior Achievement in a FIRST NOVEL :          
  • BLACK AND ORANGE by Benjamin Kane Ethridge (Bad Moon Books)
  • A BOOK OF TONGUES by Gemma Files (Chizine Publications)
  • CASTLE OF LOS ANGELES by Lisa Morton (Gray Friar Press)
  • SPELLBENT by Lucy Snyder (Del Rey)


Superior Achievement in LONG FICTION:
  • THE PAINTED DARKNESS by Brian James Freeman (Cemetery Dance)
  • DISSOLUTION by Lisa Mannetti (Deathwatch)
  • MONSTERS AMONG US by Kirstyn McDermott (Macabre: A Journey through Australia’s Darkest Fears)
  • THE SAMHANACH by Lisa Morton (Bad Moon Books)
  • INVISIBLE FENCES by Norman Prentiss (Cemetery Dance)


Superior Achievement in SHORT FICTION:
  • RETURN TO MARIABRONN by Gary Braunbeck (Haunted Legends)
  • THE FOLDING MAN by Joe R. Lansdale (Haunted Legends)
  • 1925: A FALL RIVER HALLOWEEN by Lisa Mannetti (Shroud Magazine #10)
  • IN THE MIDDLE OF POPLAR STREET by Nate Southard (Dead Set: A Zombie Anthology)
  • FINAL DRAFT by Mark W. Worthen (Horror Library IV)


Superior Achievement in an ANTHOLOGY:
  • DARK FAITH edited by Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon (Apex Publications)
  • HORROR LIBRARY IV edited by R.J. Cavender and, Boyd E. Harris (Cutting Block Press)
  • MACABRE: A JOURNEY THROUGH AUSTRALIA’S DARKEST FEARS edited by Angela Challis and Marty Young (Brimstone Press)
  • HAUNTED LEGENDS edited by Ellen Datlow and Nick Mamatas (Tor)
  • THE NEW DEAD edited by Christopher Golden (St. Martin’s Griffin)


Superior Achievement in a COLLECTION:
  • OCCULTATION by Laird Barron (Night Shade Books)
  • BLOOD AND GRISTLE by Michael Louis Calvillo (Bad Moon Books)
  • FULL DARK, NO STARS by Stephen King (Simon and Schuster)
  • THE ONES THAT GOT AWAY by Stephen Graham Jones (Prime Books)
  • A HOST OF SHADOWS by Harry Shannon (Dark Regions Press)


Superior Achievement in NONFICTION:
  • TO EACH THEIR DARKNESS by Gary A. Braunbeck (Apex Publications)
  • THE CONSPIRACY AGAINST THE HUMAN RACE by Thomas Ligotti (Hippocampus Press)
  • WANTED UNDEAD OR ALIVE by Jonathan Maberry and Janice Gable Bashman (Citadel)
  • LISTEN TO THE ECHOES: THE RAY BRADBURY INTERVIEWS by Sam Weller (Melville House Publications)


Superior Achievement in a POETRY collection:
  • DARK MATTERS by Bruce Boston (Bad Moon Books)
  • WILD HUNT OF THE STARS by Ann K. Schwader (Sam’s Dot)
  • DIARY OF A GENTLEMAN DIABOLIST by Robin Spriggs (Anomalous Books)
  • VICIOUS ROMANTIC by Wrath James White (Bandersnatch Books)


Congratulations to all of the nominees. I’ve only had the chance to read a few of the titles listed above, but it’s pretty safe to say that I’ll be making an effort to read even more of them in the near future.

2 Comments

Filed under Bram Stoker Awards, On My Radar

Who Will Win a Black Quill? Who Will Win a Stoker?

The winners of the Dark Scribe Magazine Black Quill Awards will be announced on February 9th. I’m quite curious to see who is going to win in each category, as there are some strong contenders. You can click HERE to see the listed nominees.

The Dark Genre Novel of the Year category appears to be stacked: Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places, Brian Keene’s Castaways, Sarah Langan’s Audrey’s Door, Dan Simmons’ Drood, Alexandra Sokoloff’s The Unseen, and Sarah Waters’ The Little Stranger.

If I had to guess, I’d hazard that Dan Simmons may win that one. But don’t hold me to that.

At any rate, congratulations are in order for all of the nominees, and best wishes to all whether they receive an award or not.

Then there are the Horror Writers Association’s Bram Stoker Awards, which will be held later in the year. The preliminary ballots in each category were announced only a day or two ago. Think of it as a long list, before the official nominees list is announced. You can find the preliminary list HERE at Dark Wolf’s Fantasy Reviews. The HWA will have their work cut out for them picking four or five from each to short list. I don’t envy that task from such a wellspring of talented writers.

Again, a hearty congratulations to everyone who has made it this far in the nomination process.

1 Comment

Filed under Black Quill Awards, Bram Stoker Awards, Dark Scribe Magazine, HWA, writing awards