If it’s up for a Bram Stoker Award you know it’s going to be an awesome scare

Bram Stoker Awards statuette

Bram Stoker Awards statuetteOn February 23, 2014 the Horror Writers Association (HWA) announced the Final Ballot for the 2013 Bram Stoker Awards®.

The HWA is the premiere organization for writers of horror and dark fiction. Each year since 1988 the HWA has presented the awards for superior achievement. The award itself is an eight-inch replica of a haunted house, designed by sculptor Steven Kirk.

Rocky Wood, the HWA’s President, said “We are proud to present a particularly notable slate of nominees this year, showing the horror genre is strong and popular,”

The 27th annual Bram Stoker Awards® banquet will be on May 10, 2014 during the World Horror Convention 2014 in Portland, Oregon.


Superior Achievement in a Novel

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

  • Kate Jonez – Candy House (Evil Jester Press)
  • John Mantooth – The Year of the Storm (Berkley Trade)
  • Rena Mason – The Evolutionist (Nightscape Press)
  • Jonathan Moore – Redheads (Samhain Publishing)
  • Royce Prouty – Stoker’s Manuscript (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel

  • Patrick Freivald – Special Dead (JournalStone)
  • Kami Garcia – Unbreakable (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
  • Geoffrey Girard – Project Cain (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • Joe McKinney – Dog Days (JournalStone)
  • Cat Winters – In the Shadow of Blackbirds (Harry N. Abrams)

Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction

  • Dale Bailey – “The Bluehole” (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, May/June 2013)
  • Gary Braunbeck – “The Great Pity” (Chiral Mad 2, Written Backwards)
  • Benjamin K. Ethridge – “The Slaughter Man” (Limbus, Inc., JournalStone)
  • Gregory Frost – “No Others Are Genuine” (Asimov’s Science Fiction, Oct./Nov. 2013)
  • Greg F. Gifune – House of Rain (DarkFuse)
  • Rena Mason – East End Girls (JournalStone)

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction

  • Michael Bailey – “Primal Tongue” (Zippered Flesh 2, Smart Rhino Publications)
  • Patrick Freivald – “Snapshot” (Blood & Roses, Scarlett River Press)
  • David Gerrold – “Night Train to Paris” (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jan./Feb. 2013)
  • Lisa Mannetti – “The Hunger Artist” (Zippered Flesh 2, Smart Rhino Publications)
  • John Palisano – “The Geminis” (Chiral Mad 2, Written Backwards)
  • Michael Reaves – “Code 666” (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, March/April 2013)

Superior Achievement in a Screenplay

  • Fabien Adda and Fabrice Gobert – The Returned: “The Horde” (Ramaco Media I, Castelao Pictures)
  • Brad Falchuk – American Horror Story: Asylum: “Spilt Milk” (Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision, Ryan Murphy Productions)
  • Bryan Fuller – Hannibal: “Apéritif” (Dino De Laurentiis Company, Living Dead Guy Productions, AXN: Original X Production, Gaumont International Television)
  • Daniel Knauf – Dracula: “A Whiff of Sulfur” (Flame Ventures, Playground, Universal Television, Carnival Films)
  • Glen Mazzara – The Walking Dead: “Welcome to the Tombs” (AMC TV)

Superior Achievement in an Anthology

  • R.J. Cavender and Boyd E. Harris (ed.) – Horror Library: Volume 5 (Cutting Block Press)
  • Eric J. Guignard (ed.) – After Death… (Dark Moon Books)
  • Michael Knost and Nancy Eden Siegel (ed.) – Barbers & Beauties(Hummingbird House Press)
  • Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. (ed.) – The Grimscribe’s Puppets (Miskatonic River Press)
  • Anthony Rivera and Sharon Lawson (ed.) – Dark Visions: A Collection of Modern Horror, Volume One (Grey Matter Press)

Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection

  • Nathan Ballingrud – North American Lake Monsters: Stories (Small Beer Press)
  • Laird Barron – The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All and Other Stories(Night Shade Books)
  • James Dorr – The Tears of Isis (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing)
  • Caitlin R. Kiernan – The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories (Subterranean)
  • Gene O’Neill – Dance of the Blue Lady (Bad Moon Books)
  • S. P. Somtow – Bible Stories for Secular Humanists (Diplodocus Press)

Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction

  • Barbara Brodman and James E. Doan (ed.) – Images of the Modern Vampire: The Hip and the Atavistic (Fairleigh Dickinson)
  • Gary William Crawford (ed.) – Ramsey Campbell: Critical Essays on the Modern Master of Horror (Scarecrow Press)
  • William F. Nolan – Nolan on Bradbury: Sixty Years of Writing about the Master of Science Fiction (Hippocampus Press)
  • Jarkko Toikkanen – The Intermedial Experience of Horror: Suspended Failures (Palgrave Macmillan)
  • Robert H. Waugh (ed.) – Lovecraft and Influence: His Predecessors and Successors (Scarecrow Press)

Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection

  • Bruce Boston – Dark Roads: Selected Long Poems 1971-2012 (Dark Renaissance Books)
  • Helen Marshall – The Sex Lives of Monsters (Kelp Queen Press)
  • Marge Simon and Sandy DeLuca – Dangerous Dreams (Elektrik Milk Bath Press)
  • Marge Simon, Rain Graves, Charlee Jacob, and Linda Addison – Four Elements (Bad Moon Books/Evil Jester Press)
  • Stephanie M. Wytovich – Hysteria: A Collection of Madness (Raw Dog Screaming Press)

Latest updates from the Bristol Books Examiner

spencer quinn dog on it

I’ve been writing for the Examiner about books and book related subjects and events in New Hampshire for a little over a year. The Examiner website has gone through some major changes not only to its look, but how it pays its writers.

You see, the Examiner doesn’t pay per article, they pay per click on articles, slideshows and lists that the writers create. So, not only do I have to write all my own original content, create slideshows etc., but then I have to promote the hell out of each one just to make a few bucks. It used to be easier, my articles hit the front page of the New Hampshire site every time. Now, they don’t give each state its own home page which makes it really hard for my articles to claw their way to the front page.

I write The Bristol Books Examiner page and mixed in with my book reviews, I like to help promote library events, local book store events and book related things happening in New Hampshire.

So, please click on the links below and help a freelancing bookworm out. 🙂

These are a few of my latest articles on The Bristol Books. Click and subscribe to receive updates in your email.

New eco art show opens at Nash Gallery 

Waste Made Hills eco art show“Internal Landscapes: Eco Art and Exploring Place” opened on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at the Nash Gallery in New Hampton, NH. The new work by Cynthia Cutting Robinson is the second art show to exhibit in the newly refurbished Nash Gallery located on the lower level of the Gordon-Nash Library.

The artist, Ms. Robinson, has been a painter for more than 20 years, and now uses a wide variety of materials and processes to make artworks centered on environmental issues and ideas. Click Here to continue reading…

Hitchcock’s “The Birds” still terrifies 50 years later

Poster for "The Birds" by Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock  was the master of suspense and 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of one of his most chilling masterpieces, “The Birds” released in 1963. This classic thriller of alienation and horror was adapted for the screen from a short story written by Daphne du Maurier. The story was first published in 1952 in a collection of short stories titled “The Apple Tree” and republished under the name “The Birds and Other Stories” in 1963 to coincide with the film’s release. Click Here to continue…

Encourage the love of reading with a 2013 Ladybug Picture Book Award nominee

Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

In March 2013, the Ladybug Picture Book Award committee chose the nominees for the 2013 Ladybug Picture Book Award. This is a great selection of stories to encourage reading at an early age.

The Ladybug Picture Book Award is designed to promote early literacy and honor the best in recently published children’s picture books. A committee of children’s librarians from around the state selected 10 picture book titles for young readers to read and vote on. Click Here to continue reading…

‘Dog On It’ by Spencer Quinn is a must read for dog lovers

spencer quinn dog on it

If you are a dog-lover, and a cozy mystery lover, you should immediately add the Chet and Bernie Mysteries by Spencer Quinn to your reading list. Even if you are a dog owner who hasn’t picked up a book for pleasure in years, once you read Quinn’s first book Dog On It you will find it necessary to continue reading the series.

With Chet the Jet narrating the stories from his doggie point of view, you will laugh out loud and think “Hey, my dog does that” or “Wow, that explains a lot”. Click Here to continue reading…

The 2013-2014 Great Stone Face

Book Award nominees encourage young readers 

The Power of Poppy Pendle

Librarians, teachers and parents are always looking for ways to encourage reading. Sometimes a bookworm is born, but for some children, it takes just the right book to ignite the spark to turn them into a life long reader. Click Here to continue reading…