Saturday, February 18, 2012


The nominees for this year's Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Awards are out and it's an interesting list.

Look at the list and you'll see no big names in the best novel category. That's not to say there aren't good books there. Lee Thomas and Joe McKinney are bad asses. What's crazy is that the "household" names are in other categories. Nancy Holder and Jonathan Maberry in the Young Adult category (although both will be beaten by Daniel Kraus's "Rotters"). Maberry, himself a total bad ass, gets a second nod in the Graphin Novel category. He's up against Joe Hill, Alan Moore, and the combined force of Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden.

Last year's best novel winner Peter Straub has a nomination in the Long Fiction group. Fellow nominee Caitlin R. Keirnan is also up  for best collection. Against Joyce Carol Oates.

TV rules the screenplay nominations, with nods to "True Blood," "The Walking Dead," and "American Horror Story."

Stephen King's "Herman Wouk is Still Alive" is the master's only nomination this year but Rocky Wood was nominated in the nonfiction category for "Stephen King: A Literary Companion."

The man of the night could be Gene O'Neill. He's nominated for his novel "Not Fade Away," "Rusting Chickens" in the long fiction group and his short story "Graffiti Sonata."

The Bram Stoker Awards will be presented on March 31 in Salt Lake City, Utah, during the World Horror Convention.

Read on for the entire list of nominees.

Conlon, Christopher — A Matrix Of Angels
Lamberson, Greg — Cosmic Forces
Malfi, Ronald — Floating Staircase
McKinney, Joe — Flesh Eaters
O’Neill, Gene — Not Fade Away
Thomas, Lee — The German
Bird, Allyson — Isis Unbound
Jacobs, John, Horner — Southern Gods
Lee, Frazer — The Lamplighters
Roche, Thomas — The Panama Laugh
Talley, Brett J. — That Which Should Not Be
Faherty, J. G. — Ghosts of Coronado Bay, A Maya Blair Mystery
Holder, Nancy — The Screaming Season
Kraus, Daniel — Rotters
Maberry, Jonathan — Dust & Decay
Ness, Patrick — A Monster Calls
Oppel, Kenneth — This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein
Brosgol, Vera — Anya’s Ghost
Hill, Joe — Locke & Key, Volume 4
Jensen, Jeff — Green River Killer
Maberry, Jonathan — Marvel Universe vs. Wolverine
Mignola, Mike and Golden, Christopher — The Plague Ships
Moore, Alan — Neonomicon
Calvillo, Michael Louis — 7Brains
Hodge, Brian — Roots and All
Kiernan, Caitlin — The Colliers’ Venus (1893)
Little, John R. — Ursa Major
O’Neill, Gene — Rusting Chickens
Straub, Peter — The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine
Castro, Adam Troy — “Her Husband’s Hands” (Lightspeed Magazine)
King, Stephen — “Herman Wouk Is Still Alive” (The Atlantic Magazine, May 2011)
O’Neill, Gene — “Graffiti Sonata” (Dark Discoveries)
Palisano, John — “X is for Xyx” (M is for Monster)
Saunders, George — “Home” (The New Yorker Magazine, June 13, 2011)
Warren, Kaaron — “All You Can Do Is Breathe” (Blood and Other Cravings)
Ball, Alan — True Blood: Spellbound (Episode #44)
Gimple, Scott M. — The Walking Dead, episode 13: “Pretty Much Dead Already”
Gimple, Scott M. — The Walking Dead, episode 9: “Save the Last One”
Goodman, Cory — Priest
Nolfi, George — The Adjustment Bureau
Sharzer, Jessica — American Horror Story, episode 12: “Afterbirth”
Carbone, Tracy L. — NEHW Presents: Epitaphs
Dann, Jack and Nick Gevers — Ghosts By Gaslight
Datlow, Ellen — Blood And Other Cravings
Datlow, Ellen — Supernatural Noir
Hutton, Frank J. — Tattered Souls 2
Skipp, John — Demons: Encounters with the Devil and his Minions, Fallen Angels and the Possessed
Connolly, Lawrence C. — Voices: Tales of Horror
Fowler, Christopher — Red Gloves: The London Horrors
Kiernan, Caitlin R. — Two Worlds and In-Between
Morton, Lisa — Monsters of L.A.
Oates, Joyce Carol — The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares
Ochse, Weston — Multiplex Fandango
Bannatyne, Lesley Pratt — Halloween Nation: Behind the Scenes of America’s Fright Night
Crawford, Gary William/Jim Rockhill/Brian J. Showers, Eds. — Reflections in a Glass Darkly: Essays on J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Mamatas, Nick — Starve Better
Mogk, Matt — Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Zombies
Tibbetts, John C. — The Gothic Imagination
Wood, Rocky — Stephen King: A Literary Companion
Addison, Linda — How to Recognize a Demon Has Become Your Friend
Alexander, Maria — At Louche Ends: Poetry for the Decadent, the Damned & the Absinthe-Minded
Boston, Bruce — Surrealities
Clark, G.O — Shroud of Night
Simon, Marge — The Mad Hattery
Simon, Marge — Unearthly Delights

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