In the ballot I have attached below, I linked to the books for which I have written a formal review. I have read many more than that, but I am only 1 person and never manage to write a review for every book I read. You can also click here for the official press release from the HWA.
But before we get to the list, I wanted to also remind all of my readers of the wonderful resource awards announcement lists make. I have written many times about using awards lists as a RA tool but the first time was here.
Please don’t ignore this post if you think horror is not “for you.” If you help a single reader, ever, knowing what is considered “the best” in any genre, at any time is very important. Awards lists are always a fantastic resource-- any awards list. Yes, you use this list for collection development, but you also use it for sure bet suggestions.
Take the “Best Novel” category below. I know for a fact that most of the libraries in the country have the Golden, Malerman, and King books in their collections. Go down just a bit further and there is the Ferris Graphic Novel which has been one of the best reviewed graphic novels of the year. Even further you see a collection by Hill, and ones edited by Maberry and Datlow. And of course, in nonfiction we have Paperbacks from Hell. All of these titles are linked to more info by me [except the King, you don’t need my help on that one].
The point is, you know some of these titles. You own them. Suggest them or the other titles here on the final ballot. Or make a display of any of the nominees you do have, and not just these nominated titles, anything you have by nominees. Just the Datlow edited anthologies you have alone could probably fill a display. Also the fact that King is nominated this year will draw people to your display. Use the big name authors [King. Hill, Maberry] to introduce readers to other authors they may like, if only they knew about them.
The 2017 Bram Stoker Awards® Final Ballot