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Monday, March 29, 2010

Bram Stoker Award Winners Announced!

I'd like to take some time out from the regularly scheduled programming here to recognize the winners of the illustrious Bram Stoker Awards, the premiere accolade in horror fiction the world over. True to the international spirit, the awards were presented yesterday outside North America for the very first time--at the World Horror Convention in Brighton, England, to be exact.

So, without further ado, here are the 2010 honorees:
  • Novel: Audrey’s Door by Sarah Langan
  • First Novel: Damnable by Hank Schwaeble
  • Long Fiction: The Lucid Dreaming by Lisa Morton
  • Short Fiction: “In the Porches of My Ears” by Norman Prentiss (Post-Scripts #18)
  • Collection: A Taste of Tenderloin by Gene O’Neill
  • Anthology: He is Legend edited by Christopher Conlon
  • Non-Fiction: Writers Workshop of Horror edited by Michael Knost
  • Poetry: Chimeric Machines by Lucy Snyder
Great to see Sarah Langan, a relative newcomer, snag another Stoker for her fourth novel. This is her second Stoker, as she previously won in 2007 for The Missing. She also contributed to last year's winner for Best Anthology, Unspeakable Horror--a volume put together by LoTT-D members Chad Helder and Vince Liaguno.

Speaking of anthologies, Christopher Conlon's winner is a tribute to the great Richard Matheson, containing original stories by some great writers like Joe Hill and others. And that Writer's Workshop of Horror is a fine little volume for those looking to break into horror fiction, worth checking out for sure.

The Bram Stoker Awards are presented every year since 1987 by the Horror Writers Association of America. And no, my first short story was not nominated... Oh well, gives me something to strive for with the next one!

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In other random developments, please be sure to check out my guest review of Dead Snow over at Day of the Woman! And I would be remiss if I did not give another plug for the Rondo Hatton Awards--voting ends Saturday night, so get those ballots in!

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