2010 Bram Stoker Award Winners

2010 Bram Stoker Award Winners

straub-a-dark-matter2Yes, these awards were actually given out last week, so technically this isn’t news. But I’m just getting around to it now, and you probably forgot who won already, so I’m sure this is still useful. Glad we could be of service.

The winners of the 2010 Bram Stoker Awards for Superior Achievement in the horror field are:

Novel: A Dark Matter, Peter Straub (DoubleDay)
First Novel (tie): Black and Orange, Benjamin Kane Ethridge (Bad Moon Books) & Castle of Los Angeles, Lisa Morton (Gray Friar)
Long Fiction: “Invisible Fences,” Norman Prentiss (Cemetery Dance)
Short Fiction: “The Folding Man,” Joe R. Lansdale (Haunted Legends)
Anthology: Haunted Legends, Ellen Datlow & Nick Mamatas, eds. (Tor)
Collection: Full Dark, No Stars, Stephen King (Simon & Schuster)
Non-Fiction: To Each Their Darkness, Gary A. Braunbeck (Apex)
Poetry Collection: Dark Matters, Bruce Boston (Bad Moon Books)

The Bram Stoker Awards have been presented annually by the Horror Writers Association since 1987. Winners are selected by ballot among active members of the HWA. In 2011 three new Categories will be added: Superior Achievement in a Screenplay; Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel; and Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel.

What about Superior Achievement in a video game? Any year that doesn’t include an award for Dead Rising is missing the boat, in my opinion.

The complete list of nominess for 2010 is here.

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Have they ever had a category for best series?

Have the Stoker Awards ever tried to nominate the “best horror series”? I ask since while the crime/mystery field relies on series, and to a degree sf/fantasy does too, in prose, horror fiction tends not to rely on series. Even though Count Dracula and Frankenstein (or one of Victor Frankenstein’s monsters) have anchored various film series, their original authors did not bother to write sequels.

Some authors who did:

H. Ridder Haggard and Ayesha: four novels
Fantomas: numerous
Dexter-although, as with Repairman Jack, we have the case of focusing more on the monster hunter than the monster
Gary Brandner wrote two sequels to the Howling
Sadako Yamamura/Ringu
Professor Challenger (more a monster hunter)
Yasunori Kato
Randall Flagg (more fantasy, I guess)
Hannibal Lecter: returned in a few books by Thomas Harris

Pinhead: Clive Barker will destroy him in a crossover with Harry Damour.

Norman Bates: died in Bloch’s Psycho II

Fu Manchu: numerous sequels by Sax Rohmer

Doctor Mabuse: at least prose sequel novel, and the short story “Doctor Mabuse and the Press Ball”

Tom Ripley: four prose sequels by Highsmith

Parker: numerous sequels by Richard Stark

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