February 28, 2011

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.


  1. Cool cool. Yeah, I stumbled on the list posted in the HWA forums this morning. I said congrats to a couple people who hadn't even heard they were on the final ballot.

  2. Always nice to see the nominations; thanks for posting this. I, too, shall have some reading to catch up on!



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