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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Friday, April 01, 2005 - 09:07 am:   

Andy Duncan's "Zora and the Zombie" has made the final ballot, as has The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventeenth Annual Collection. This is the last year that YBFH is eligible, as the Stoker rules have been amended to eliminate reprint anthologies from eligibility.

I'll post the whole ballot when it's publicly released, as the HWA newsletter had an error that needs to be fixed. (just a category change)
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Friday, April 01, 2005 - 12:56 pm:   

Here's the entire ballot:

Horror Writers Association announces
2004 Bram Stoker Award Nominees


Each year, the Horror Writers Association presents the Bram Stoker Awards for Superior Achievement in the field of horror writing, named in honor of Bram Stoker, author of the seminal horror work, Dracula. The awards are presented at the HWA Annual Conference and Bram Stoker Awards banquet. This year’s event will be held in Los Angeles at the Hilton Burbank Hotel and Convention Center on the evening of June 25th.

Since 1987, the 900+ members of the HWA have recommended, nominated and voted on the greatest works of horror and dark fantasy of the previous calendar year, making the Stokers the most prestigious award in the field of horror literature. Currently the awards are presented in twelve categories: Novel, First Novel, Short Fiction, Long Fiction, Fiction Collection, Poetry Collection, Anthology, Nonfiction, Illustrated Narrative, Screenplay, Work for Young Readers, and Alternative Forms.

This year’s nominees in each category are:

NOVEL
The Wind Caller by P. D Cacek (Leisure)
The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower by Stephen King (Donald Grant/ Scribner)
Deep in the Darkness by Michael Laimo (Leisure/Flesh & Blood Press)
In the Night Room by Peter Straub (Random House)

FIRST NOVEL
Covenant by John Everson (Delirium Books)
Black Fire by James Kidman (Leisure)
Move Under Ground by Nick Mamatas (Night Shade Books)
Stained by Lee Thomas (Wildside Press)

LONG FICTION
“The Turtle Boy” by Kealan-Patrick Burke (Necessary Evil Press)
“Zora and the Zombie” by Andy Duncan (SciFiction)
“Lisey and the Madman” by Stephen King (McSweeney's Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories)
“Dead Man’s Hand” by Tim Lebbon (Necessary Evil Press)
“Northwest Passage” by Barbara Roden (Acquainted with the Night)

SHORT FICTION
“Just Out of Reach” by Gary Braunbeck (Cemetery Dance #50)
“A Madness of Starlings” by Douglas Clegg (Cemetery Dance #50)
“Nimitseahpah” by Nancy Etchemendy (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction)
“Hunting Meth Zombies in the Great Nebraskan Wasteland” by John Farris (Elvisland)
"Singing My Sister Down" by Margo Lanagan (Black Juice)
“Guts” by Chuck Palahniuk (Playboy)

FICTION COLLECTION
100 Jolts: Shockingly Short Stories by Michael Arnzen (Raw Dog Screaming Press)
The Machinery of Night by Douglas Clegg (Cemetery Dance Publications)
Demonized by Christopher Fowler (Serpent’s Tail)
Fears Unnamed by Tim Lebbon (Leisure Books/Borderlands Press)
Fearful Symmetries by Thomas F. Monteleone (Cemetery Dance Publications)

ANTHOLOGY
Quietly Now edited by Kealan-Patrick Burke (Borderlands)
The Many Faces of Van Helsing edited by Jeanne Cavelos (Ace Books)
Shivers III edited by Richard Chizmar (Cemetery Dance Publications)
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, 17th Annual edited by Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link and Gavin Grant (St. Martin's/Griffin)
Acquainted With the Night edited by Barbara and Christopher Roden (Ash Tree Press)

NONFICTION
The Road to the Dark Tower by Bev Vincent (New American Library)
Ralan.com edited by Ralan Conley (RalanConley.com)
Hanging Out With the Dream King by Joseph McCabe (Fantagraphic Books)
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing a Novel by Thomas F. Monteleone (Alpha Books)
Hellnotes edited by Judi Rohrig (Wolf Moon Publications)

WORK FOR YOUNG READERS
Abarat: Days of Magic—Nights of War by Clive Barker (HarperCollins)
Oddest Yet by Steve Burt (Burt Creations)
Robot Santa: The Further Adventures of Santa's Twin by Dean Koontz (HarperCollins)
Fall (Witch Season series) by Jeff Mariotte (Simon Pulse)

ILLUSTRATED NARRATIVE
Lost Loves by James Lowder (Moonstone Monsters: Demons)
Aleister Arcane by Steve Niles (IDW Publishing)
Heaven's Devils by Jai Nitz (Image Comics)
Graphic Classics: Robert Louis Stevenson by Tom Pomplun (Eureka Productions)

SCREENPLAY
Hellboy by Guillermo Del Toro (Revolution)
Dawn of the Dead by James Gunn (Strike Entertainment)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind by Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondrey and Pierre Bismuth (Blue Ruin)
Shaun of the Dead by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright Studio (Canal/Universal)

POETRY COLLECTION
The Women at the Funeral by Corinne De Winter (Space & Time)
The Desert by Charlee Jacob (Dark Regions Press)
Men Are From Hell, Women Are From The Galaxy Of Death by Mark McLaughlin (Kelp Queen Press)
Waiting my Turn to go Under the Knife by Tom Piccirilli (Fairwood Press)

ALTERNATIVE FORMS
The Goreletter by Michael Arnzen (gorelets.com)
Flesh & Blood magazine edited by Jack Fisher (Flesh & Blood Press)
The Devil's Wine edited by Tom Piccirilli (Cemetery Dance Publications)
ChiZine edited by Brett Savory (Brett Savory)


In addition, Michael Moorcock is receiving the Life Achievement Award and Delirium Press is getting the Specialty Press award
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Patrick M.
Posted on Friday, April 01, 2005 - 01:10 pm:   

Am I reading that right?

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing a Novel is a Non-fiction Horror story?

I mean, I know this writing stuff is hard but...
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Friday, April 01, 2005 - 01:31 pm:   

No, you're not reading it right. Reread the category!
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Patrick M.
Posted on Friday, April 01, 2005 - 01:50 pm:   

I know, I'm not that bright...

The category is NONFICTION - It's a horror award right? NONFICTION Horror?

My humor is rarely appreciated. :-(
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Melissa Mead
Posted on Friday, April 01, 2005 - 04:09 pm:   

Ralan's is a work of horror? It's a great website, yes...
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Nick Mamatas
Posted on Friday, April 01, 2005 - 04:12 pm:   

Ralan provides important non-fiction info about horror, specially about horror markets.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Friday, April 01, 2005 - 07:43 pm:   

Sorry Patrick, you should have added an emoticon initially :-)
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Eric Solomon
Posted on Saturday, April 02, 2005 - 09:26 am:   

"In addition, Michael Moorcock is receiving the Life Achievement Award . . ."

Huh?!? Is that true or just a typo?
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Patrick M.
Posted on Saturday, April 02, 2005 - 12:45 pm:   

Yeah, I should have. I was thinking the humor was apparent. I guess not. I'm assuming that the Idiot's guide must at least have a section/chapter on writing horror. Right?

Incidentally, it's too bad YBFH won't be able to qualify next year. I'm reading YBFH-17 right now. What prompted the change?

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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Saturday, April 02, 2005 - 06:43 pm:   

I haven't seen the Idiot's Guide but I'm sure it must.

I suspect the Stoker committee felt it was more fair to consider all (or mostly) original anthologies rather than an all reprint anthology.
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Nick Mamatas
Posted on Saturday, April 02, 2005 - 10:59 pm:   

I suspect the Stoker committee felt it was more fair to consider all (or mostly) original anthologies rather than an all reprint anthology.

It wasn't a committee, it was put up for a popular vote of the members.

As YBs have access to pretty much every story published in a year, while other anthos are built through solicitations or open market slush readings and the attendent editorial work (asking for rewrites, soliciting specific writers, dealing with themes, etc.) the editorial process would seem a little different. Since the award is for editing and not for the quality of individual stories (though one of course leads to the other) the different (not harder) sort of work that goes into a mostly-original antho is what members wanted to celebrate.
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Sunday, April 03, 2005 - 06:53 am:   

While I appreciate all the year's best volumes, I agree that it doesn't seem fair that they should be able to compete in a best anthology award category, for the reasons Nick describes above. However, it seems the Stokers is the only award to acknowledge this. Every other award that gives an award for best anthology allows the year's best volumes to compete with the original anthologies.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Sunday, April 03, 2005 - 09:22 am:   

Oops. Nick's right. I forgot that we all voted. There were so many issues put up for a vote this year that I forgot. In fact, I believe I voted against including all- or mostly reprint anthologies.
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Patrick Samphire
Posted on Monday, April 04, 2005 - 03:57 am:   

"it doesn't seem fair that they should be able to compete in a best anthology award"

To be honest, I'm not sure why fairness comes into it. Something is either the best anthology or it isn't, regardless of how the editor comes by the stories.

Now, if the award was for "best original anthology" then I could see the argument for excluding reprint anthologies.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, April 04, 2005 - 07:48 am:   

I have mixed feelings about this.

A best of the year would seem to have an advantage over an original anthology. But that may be more perception than anything else. After all, many will say --or think-- that because I'm reading only published stories they must be the cream of the crop, right? If only.

Having edited original anthologies over the years and be Best of the Year of eighteen years, I can say that edited the Best of the year is much more work.
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JJA
Posted on Monday, April 04, 2005 - 10:00 am:   

I'm sure they are much more work, Ellen. And because of that, I certainly think they're award-worthy, or should be eligible for awards. Perhaps I shouldn't have used the word "fair" above. It might be more appropriate to say that it seems a bit like comparing two very different things. It's not to say it's like comparing apples and oranges, but perhaps it's like comparing granny smith apples to macintosh apples.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, April 04, 2005 - 10:10 am:   

John,
I don't disagree :-)
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Patrick M.
Posted on Monday, April 04, 2005 - 10:41 am:   

I think Patrick Samphire was right on by calling the award 'best original' it takes the question out of it.

Are there many other horror reprint anthologies out there each year to justify a reprint antho award?
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Monday, April 04, 2005 - 12:43 pm:   

Patrick M.
Not at all. There's mine, Stephen Jones's, and the occasional historical overview.
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Patrick M.
Posted on Tuesday, April 05, 2005 - 06:23 am:   

Well, that's unfortunate. I suppose the main thing in judging an anthology is story selection, right? I can see where there is a perceived advantage in reprints, although a weak argument could be made against that. Oh well, at least you have this year.
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Patrick M.
Posted on Wednesday, April 06, 2005 - 12:58 pm:   

Sorry, just reread Nick's explanation. That makes sense.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Friday, April 07, 2006 - 09:24 pm:   

Here's the Stoker Ballot for works published in 2005. I'm very pleased that SCIFICTION has a nomination in the short story category. This was a complete surprise since the story didn't even get a recommendation. The oversight committee must have added it. Hip Hip Hooray for Steve Rasnic Tem and good luck to him and everyone else who made the ballot!

NOVEL
REEPERS by David Morrell (CDS)
DREAD IN THE BEAST by Charlee Jacob (Necro Publications)
KEEPERS by Gary Braunbeck (Leisure)
NOVEMBER MOURNS by Tom Piccirilli (Bantam)

FIRST NOVEL
THE HIDES by Kealan Patrick Burke (Cemetery Dance Publications)
SCARECROW GODS by Weston Ochse (Delirium Books)
SIREN PROMISED by Alan M. Clark and Jeremy Robert Johnson (Bloodletting Press)

LONG FICTION
BEST NEW HORROR by Joe Hill (Postscripts #3)
IN THE MIDNIGHT MUSEUM by Gary Braunbeck (Necessary Evil Press)
SOME ZOMBIE CONTINGENCY PLANS by Kelly Link (Magic for Beginners)
THE THINGS THEY LEFT BEHIND by Stephen King (Transgressions)

SHORT STORY
AS OTHERS SEE US by Mort Castle (World Horror Convention 2005 Program Book)
HAECKEL'S TALE by Clive Barker (Dark Delicacies)
TIMES OF ATONEMENT by Yvonne Navarro (Taverns of the Dead)
WE NOW PAUSE FOR STATION IDENTIFICATION by Gary Braunbeck (Endeavor Press)
INVISIBLE by Steve Rasnic Tem (Sci Fiction, Mar '05)

ANTHOLOGY
CORPSE BLOSSOMS by Julia and RJ Sevin (Creeping Hemlock Press)
DARK DELICACIES: ORIGINAL TALES OF TERROR AND THE MACABRE by Del Howison and Jeff Gelb (Carroll & Graf)
OUTSIDERS by Nancy Holder and Nancy Kilpatrick (Roc)
WEIRD SHADOWS OVER INNSMOUTH by Stephen Jones (Fedogan and Bremer)

FICTION COLLECTION
HAUNTED by Chuck Palahniuk (Doubleday)
LOOKING FOR JAKE by China Mie©ville (Del Rey)
MAGIC FOR BEGINNERS by Kelly Link (Small Beer Press)
TWENTIETH CENTURY GHOSTS by Joe Hill (PS Publishing)

NONFICTION
THE BRADBURY CHRONICLE by Sam Weller (William Morrow & Co.)
HORROR: ANOTHER 100 BEST BOOKS by Stephen Jones and Kim Newman (Carroll & Graf)
MORBID CURIOSITY #9 by Loren Rhoades (Automatism Press)
MORE GIANTS OF THE GENRE by Michael McCarty (Wildside Press)
WHY BUFFY MATTERS: THE ART OF 'BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER' by Rhonda Wilcox (I.B. Tauris)

POETRY
FREAKCIDENTS by Michael A. Arnzen (Shocklines Press)
SEASONS: A SERIES OF POEMS BASED ON THE LIFE AND DEATH OF EDGAR ALLAN POE by Daniel Shields (Foothills Publishing)
THE SHADOW CITY by Gary W. Crawford (Naked Snake Press)
SINEATER by Charlee Jacob (Cyberpulp)
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kellys
Posted on Saturday, April 08, 2006 - 10:56 am:   

I'm happy for SCIFICTION and Tem, but the exclusion of Laird Barron reveals the bankruptcy of these awards. The Palahniuk should also be replaced with Kiernan's To Charles Fort, With Love.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Saturday, April 08, 2006 - 05:04 pm:   

I think the collection is the strongest category. I thought all four nominees are terrific.

But yes, you're correct about Laird Barron. He should have been nominated for his novella "The Imago Sequence" and for "Proboscis."
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Chris Dodson
Posted on Sunday, April 09, 2006 - 11:48 am:   

I actually think this is one of the strongest ballots in years, despite the absence of "Imago" and Joyce Carol Oates' "The Corn Maiden" in the Long Fiction category. All the nominees in that category except the King are excellent (the King was okay, but I didn't really think it was horror.) If I was voting, I'd be hard-pressed to pick between the other three.

I haven't read two of the Short Fiction nominees, but the other three (Braunbeck, Tem, and Barker) are all award-worthy.

Like Kelly, I think the Palahniuk should be replaced by TO CHARLES FORT, WITH LOVE (or maybe Ligotti's THE SHADOW AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD), but the other nominees are all excellent. (I enjoyed most of the individual tales in HAUNTED, but that wraparound story was just amateurish.)
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William Lexner
Posted on Saturday, April 22, 2006 - 09:42 pm:   

I think the collections category is ridiculously hard to pick. I don't have a problem with Haunted being on the ballot, either.

Impossible to pick it over the other three, however. Three way tie?
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Sunday, April 23, 2006 - 07:10 am:   

The Ligotti contains stories taken from all his earlier collections, some of which have already won awards so I wouldn't nominate that one at all.

I doubt there will be a tie, but you never know.

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