Sunday, June 16, 2013

Maberry, Oates, and a certain cabin movie take Stokers

One of my favorite things about writing this blog has been spreading the word about the annual Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Awards.

For the complete list of winners, check out the HWA site.

There are couple winners I want to bring to your attention.

First, Jonathan Maberry took the award for superior achievement in a young adult novel for his book Flesh & Bone. This is the third installment in his Benny Imura series. Maberry is one of the best horror writers working these days. Don't let the fact that he won for a young adult novel fool you. When he writes for the big kids, it sizzles. The great thing is that his YA work is a much better gateway to horror than some of the alternatives. And really, anything we can do to keep kids away from "paranormal romance" books, the better.

Another great win went to literary icon Joyce Carol Oates for Black Dahlia and White Rose. She tied with the inimitable Mort Castle (New Moon on the Water) for superior achievement in a fiction collection.  I love seeing the old hands take these awards. Oates is one of those writers who effortlessly crosses over from genre to mainstream and most of the time it's hard to tell the difference with her.

But my favorite award winner went to Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard. They won the screenplay category with Cabin in the Woods. Even though I know the twists and know how it ends, I could still watch that movie over and over. I'm pretty sure I summed up my thoughts about it when I saw it.

So another round of horror awards have been handed out. It's probably too late for me to get anything of mine considered for next year's awards, but you never know. (Which means I should end this post and get to work on my book. So close to the finish!)

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