Saturday, January 23, 2016

Bram Stoker #Horror Award Prelim Ballot - #zombie too!

Wanted to say congratulations to all those listed for the preliminary ballot of the 2015 Bram Stoker Awards from the Horror Writers Assn. Voting next determines the finalists and then winners in the various categories.

I won't list all the names, but of special note to this blog is a zombie title on the list, an apocalypse title and a few familiar names.

* Superior Achievement in a First Novel:

Thom Erb (foreword by Joe McKinney) -   Heaven, Hell, or Houston: A Zombie Thriller (Severed Press) - a Texas Ranger unknowingly heads towards two disasters - a monster-prison escapee who hears voices and a coming zombie virus. 

* Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel:

Jennifer Brozek, Never Let Me Sleep (The Melissa Allen Trilogy Book 1) (Permuted Press) - Melissa Allen discovers everyone is dead and with only a voice on the phone, must stop what's happening before the monsters find her.

* Superior Achievement in Short Fiction:

John Palisano (author of Dust of the Dead) for his story, "Happy Joe's Rest Stop" in 18 Wheels of Horror: A Trailer Full of Trucking Terrors (Big Time Books) - 18 chilling tales of horror featuring highways and truckers, plus storms, monsters, and some undead, too. 

* Superior Achievement in an Anthology:

Christopher Golden, Seize the Night: New Tales of Vampiric Terror (Gallery Books) - Anthology of "old-school" vampire fiction, includes Charlaine Harris, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Scott Smith, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Michael Kortya, Kelley Armstrong, Brian Keene, David Wellington, Seanan McGuire, and Tim Lebbon.

Jonathan Maberry, X-Files: Trust No One (IDW Publishing) - New investigations in to the weird, strange and mysterious. Includes stories by Heather Graham and others, plus "Claire de Lune" by authors W.D Gagliani and David Benton, who've been here on the blog.

Jeani Rector, Shrieks and Shivers from the Horror Zine (Post Mortem Press) -  New fiction from assorted authors, including "Center Stage Sideshow" from fellow Wisconsin author Christian A. Larsen (author of Saving Touch).

* Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection:

John Everson, Sacrificing Virgins  (Samhain Publishing) - Collection of 25 dark tales, from smiling pumpkins to erotic tales.

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