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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Bram Stoker Awards Final Ballot and Semi Regular Reminder on Using Awards Lists As A RA Tool

On Monday, the Horror Writers Association announced the final ballot for the Bram Stoker Awards. As a member of one of the juries and an Active voter, I am very proud of this list. I already voted in the preliminary round and most of he books I voted for made it through. Most importantly, in the category for which I was on the jury, all of the books I wanted to make it through, did. I have a favorite, but I would honestly be proud if any of the five nominated titles won.

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.

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The 2017 Bram Stoker Awards® Final Ballot
+MailThe Horror Writers Association announces the 2017 Bram Stoker Awards® Final Ballot. HWA is the premier organization for writers of horror and dark fantasy. “This year’s slate of nominees truly demonstrates the breadth and quality of the horror genre,” said Lisa Morton, HWA President and multiple Bram Stoker Award winner. “Once again, our members and awards juries have chosen outstanding works of literature, cinema, non-fiction, and poetry.”
The presentation of the Bram Stoker Awards® will occur during the third annual StokerCon™, to be held March 1st-4th at the historic Biltmore Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island. The gala presentation will happen on Saturday night, March 3rd. Tickets to the banquet and the convention are on sale to the public at http://www.stokercon2018.org . The awards presentation will also be live-streamed online via the website.
Named in honor of the author of the seminal horror novel Dracula, the Bram Stoker Awards® are presented annually for superior writing in eleven categories including traditional fiction of various lengths, poetry, screenplays and non-fiction. Previous winners include Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, George R. R. Martin, Joyce Carol Oates and Neil Gaiman. HWA is a nonprofit organization of writers and publishing professionals around the world, dedicated to promoting dark literature and the interests of those who write it. The HWA formed in 1985 with the help of many of the field’s greats, including Dean Koontz, Robert McCammon, and Joe R. Lansdale. The HWA is home to the prestigious Bram Stoker Award® and the annual StokerCon™ horror convention.
We proudly provide the list of talented nominees who reached the final ballot below for each category.
Superior Achievement in a Novel
Superior Achievement in a First Novel
Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel
    French, Gillian – The Door to January (Islandport Press)
    Leveen, Tom – Hellworld (Simon Pulse)
    Liggett, Kim – The Last Harvest (Tor Teen)
    Lukavics, Amy – The Ravenous (Harlequin Teen)
    Porter, Sarah – When I Cast Your Shadow (Tor Teen)
Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel
    Carey, Mike and Arvind, Ethan David – Darkness Visible (IDW)
    Duffy, Damian and Butler, Octavia E. – Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation (Abrams ComicArts)
    Hickman, Jonathan – The Black Monday Murders (Image Comics)
    Liu, Marjorie – Monstress Volume 2: The Blood (Image Comics)
Superior Achievement in Long Fiction
    Edelman, Scott – Faking it Until Forever Comes (Liars, Fakers, and the Dead Who Eat Them) (Written Backwards)
    Kiernan, Caitlín R. – Agents of Dreamland (Tor.com)
    Taylor, Lucy – Sweetlings (Tor.com)
    Waggoner, Tim – A Kiss of Thorns (DarkFuse)
Superior Achievement in Short Fiction
    Bailey, Michael – “I Will Be the Reflection Until the End” (Tales from the Lake Vol. 4) (Crystal Lake Publishing)
    Chambers, James – “A Song Left Behind in the Aztakea Hills” (Shadows Over Main Street, Volume 2) (Cutting Block Books)
    Mannetti, Lisa – “Apocalypse Then” (Never Fear: The Apocalypse) (13Thirty Books)
    Neugebauer, Annie – “So Sings the Siren” (Apex Magazine #101) (Apex Publications)
    Yardley, Mercedes M. – “Loving You Darkly” (F(r)iction Magazine #8) (Tethered by Letters)
Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection
    Hill, Joe – Strange Weather (William Morrow)
    Kiste, Gwendolyn – And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe (JournalStone)
    Malerman, Josh – Goblin (Earthling Publications)
    Matsuura, Thersa – The Carp-Faced Boy and Other Tales (Independent Legions Publishing)
    McGrath, Patrick – Writing Madness (Centipede Press)
Superior Achievement in a Screenplay
    Del Toro, Guillermo and Taylor, Vanessa – The Shape of Water (TSG Entertainment, Double Dare You Productions)
    Duffer, Matt and Duffer, Ross – Stranger Things: MadMax, Episode 02:01: Chapter One (21 Laps Entertainment, Monkey Massacre)
    Frost, Mark and Lynch, David – Twin Peaks, Part 8 (Rancho Rosa Partnership, Inc.)
    Palmer, Chase, Fukunaga, Cary, and Dauberman, Gary – It (New Line Cinema)
    Peele, Jordan – Get Out (Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions, QC Entertainment)
    Shyamalan, M. Night – Split (Blinding Edge Pictures, Blumhouse Productions)
Superior Achievement in an Anthology
Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction
    Brittany, Michele – Horror in Space: Critical Essays on a Film Subgenre (McFarland)
    Brooks, Kinitra D. – Searching for Sycorax: Black Women’s Hauntings of Contemporary Horror (Rutgers University Press)
    Jones, Stephen – The Art of Horror Movies: An Illustrated History (Applause Theatre & Cinema Books)
    Mynhardt, Joe and Johnson, Eugene – Where Nightmares Come From: The Art of Storytelling in the Horror Genre – (Crystal Lake Publishing)
Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection
    Frazier, Robert and Boston, Bruce – Visions of the Mutant Rain Forest (Crystal Lake Publishing)
    Manzetti, Alessandro – No Mercy (Crystal Lake Publishing)
    Simon, Marge and Turzillo, Mary – Satan’s Sweethearts (Weasel Press)
    Sng, Christina – A Collection of Nightmares (Raw Dog Screaming Press)
    Wytovich, Stephanie M. – Sheet Music to My Acoustic Nightmare (Raw Dog Screaming Press)
Active and Lifetime members of the organization are eligible to vote for the winners in all categories. For more on the Horror Writers Associations, please visit http://www.horror.org .

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