Monday, February 29, 2016

February 29 | Currently Reading

Happy Leap Year!

If you missed it last week, the final nominees were announced for the Bram Stoker awards. You can check out my post here.

Books Read Last Week

The Widow by Fiona Barton

I will have a full review up toward the end of the week for Fiona Barton's The Widow, but I really enjoyed it. I think there will be a lot of talk about this one.

The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two (Fairyland #3) by Catherynne M. Valente

I really love these Fairyland books. The excellent writing and the beautiful imagery are still present in this third installment, but I don't think the story can stand on its own.

6/10: Good Read

Books Currently Reading

I just started reading Jordanna Max Brodsky's The Immortals. All of the reviews I've seen so far have been positive.

What about you? What are you reading this week? Be sure to let me know in the comments or leave me a link!

This post is being shared as part of Book Date's It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Bram Stoker Awards 2015 Final Ballot Announced

The Bram Stoker Awards are awarded by the Horror Writer's Association each year for "superior achievement" in horror. The Bram Stoker Award categories include Novel, First Novel, Short Fiction, Long Fiction, Young Adult, Fiction Collection, Poetry Collection, Anthology, Screenplay, Graphic Novel and Non-Fiction.

The final ballot for the 2015 Bram Stoker Awards was announced today by the Bram Stoker Awards Committee. The Bram Stoker Award winners will be announced on May 14th at (the first annual!) StokerCon in Las Vegas.

These are the nominees for the 2015 Bram Stoker Awards:

Superior Achievement in a Novel

The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker
The Deep by Michaelbrent Collings
The Cure by JG Faherty
Black Tide by Patrick Freivald
A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

Shutter by Courtney Alameda
Mr. Suicide by Nicole Cushing
We Are Monsters by Brian Kirk
Hannahwhere by John McIlveen
Riding the Centipede by Jean Claude Smith

Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel

Never Let Me Sleep by Jennifer Brozek
The Ridealong by Michaelbrent Collings
Devil’s Pocket by John Dixon
Hallowed by Tonya Hurley
The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson
End Times at Ridgemont High by Ian Welke

Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel

Harrow County, Vol. 1: Countless Haints by Cullen Bunn
Hellbound by Victor Gischler
Outcast, Vol. 1: A Darkness Surrounds Him by Robert Kirkman
Wytches, Vol. 1 by Scott Snyder
Shadow Show: Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury edited by Sam Weller and Mort Castle

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction

I'm opting not to highlight covers for this category since some of the selections were published as part of a larger collection.

Paper Cuts by Gary A. Braunbeck (Seize the Night)
Becoming Invisible, Becoming Seen by Scott Edelman (Dark Discoveries #30)
The Box Jumper by Lisa Mannetti
Special Collections by Norman Partridge (The Library of the Dead)
Little Dead Red by Mercedes M. Yardley (Grimm Mistresses)

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction

I'm opting not to highlight covers for this category since most of the selections were either published as part of a larger collection or were originally published online.

Jonez, Kate – All the Day You’ll Have Good Luck (Black Static #47)
O’Neill, Gene – The Algernon Effect
Palisano, John – Happy Joe’s Rest Stop (18 Wheels of Horror)
Walters, Damien Angelica – Sing Me Your Scars (Sing Me Your Scars)
Wong, Alyssa – Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers (Nightmare Magazine #37)

Superior Achievement in a Screenplay

Crimson Peak by Guillermo del Toro and Matthew Robbins
Penny Dreadful: And Hell Itself My Only Foe by John Logon
Penny Dreadful: Nightcomers by John Logan
It Follows by David Robert Mitchell
What We Do in the Shadows by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement

Superior Achievement in an Anthology

The Library of the Dead edited by Michael Bailey (Written Backwards)
The Doll Collection: Seventeen Brand-New Tales of Dolls edited by Ellen Datlow (Tor Books)
Seize the Night edited by Christopher Golden
nEvermore! edited by Nancy Kilpatrick and Caro Soles
X-Files: Trust No One edited by Jonathan Maberry
Midian Unmade edited by Joseph Nassise and Del Howison

Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection

Halfway Down the Stairs by Gary Braunbeck
The Mirrors by Nicole Cushing
The Dark at the End of the Tunnel by Taylor Grant
The Hitchhiking Effect by Gene O'Neill
While the Black Stars Burn by Lucy A. Snyder

Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction

The Unique Legacy of Weird Tales: The Evolution of Modern Fantasy and Horror edited by Justin Everett and Jeffrey H. Shanks
The Art of Horror edited by Stephen Jones
Author’s Guide to Marketing with Teeth edited by Michael Knost
Horror 201: The Silver Scream edited by Joe Mynhardt and Emma Audsley
Studies in the Horror Film: Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining by Danel Olson

Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection

Resonance Dark and Light by Bruce Boston
Eden Underground by Alessandro Manzetti
Dark Energies by Ann Schwader
Naughty Ladies by Marge Simon
An Exorcism of Angels by Stephanie M. Wytovich


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