Friday, February 9, 2018

Bram Stoker Awards 2017 Final Ballot Announced

The final ballot for the Bram Stoker Awards was released this week! The winners will be announced March 3, 2018 at StokerCon.

These are the nominees who made the final ballot:

Superior Achievement in a Novel

Ararat by Christopher Golden
Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King
Black Mad Wheel by Josh Malerman
I Wish I Was Like You by S.P. Miskowski
Ubo by Steve Rasnic Tem

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

Cold Cuts by Robert Payne Cabeen
In the Valley of the Sun by Andy Davidson
What Do Monsters Fear? by Matt Hayward
The Boulevard Monster by Jeremy Hepler
Kill Creek by Scott Thomas

Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel

The Door to January by Gillian French
Hellworld by Tom Leveen
The Last Harvest by Kim Liggett
The Ravenous by Amy Lukavics
When I Cast Your Shadow by Sarah Porter

Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel

Darkness Visible by Mike Carey and Ethan David Arvind
Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Damian Duffy and Octavia E. Butler
My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris
The Black Monday Murders by Jonathan Hickman
Monstress Volume 2: The Blood by Marjorie Liu

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction

Faking it Until Forever Comes (Liars, Fakers, and the Dead Who Eat Them) by Scott Edelman
Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones
Agents of Dreamland by Caitlin R. Kiernan
Sweetlings by Lucy Taylor
A Kiss of Thorns by Tim Waggoner

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction

“I Will Be the Reflection Until the End” by Michael Bailey (Tales from the Lake Vol. 4)
“A Song Left Behind in the Aztakea Hills” by James Chambers (Shadows Over Main Street, Volume 2)
“Apocalypse Then” by Lisa Mannetti (Never Fear: The Apocalypse)
“So Sings the Siren” by Annie Neugebauer (Apex Magazine #101)
Loving You Darkly” by Mercedes M. Yardley (F(r)iction Magazine #8)

Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection

Strange Weather by Joe Hill
And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe by Gwendolyn Kiste
Goblin by Josh Malerman
The Carp-Faced Boy and Other Tales by Thersa Matsuura
Writing Madness by Patrick McGrath

Superior Achievement in a Screenplay

The Shape of Water - Guillermo Del Toro and Vanessa Taylor
Stranger Things: MadMax, Episode 02:01: Chapter One - Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer
Twin Peaks, Part 8 - Mark Frost and David Lynch
It - Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga, and Gary Dauberman
Get Out - Jordan Peele
Split - M. Night Shyamalan

Superior Achievement in an Anthology

Sycorax’s Daughters by Kinitra Brooks, PhD., Linda D. Addison, and Susana Morris, PhD.
Black Feathers: Dark Avian Tales: An Anthology by Ellen Datlow
Nights of the Living Dead: An Anthology by Jonathan Maberry and George A. Romero
The Beauty of Death Vol. 2: Death by Water by Alessandro Manzetti and Jodi Renee Lester
Behold!: Oddities, Curiosities & Undefinable Wonders by Murano, Doug

Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction

Horror in Space: Critical Essays on a Film Subgenre by Michele Brittany
Searching for Sycorax: Black Women’s Hauntings of Contemporary Horror by Kinitra D. Brooks
Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ‘70s and ‘80s Horror Fiction by Grady Hendrix
The Art of Horror Movies: An Illustrated History by Stephen Jones
Where Nightmares Come From: The Art of Storytelling in the Horror Genre by Joe Mynhardt and Eugene Johnson

Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection

Visions of the Mutant Rain Forest by Robert Frazier and Bruce Boston
No Mercy by Alessandro Manzetti
Satan’s Sweethearts by Marge Simon and Mary Turzillo
A Collection of Nightmares by Christina Sng
Sheet Music to My Acoustic Nightmare by Stephanie M. Wytovich


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  1. Very fun! I need to read more horror. How many of these have you read?

    1. I've read 5. (8 if you count the 3 I DNF'ed.) I'm in the middle of reading Strange Weather right now, too. I may do another post over what I've read before the results.

  2. Wow, grats to the nominees and the achievements. I want to check out Black Mad Wheel.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  3. I liked Ararat and Kill Creek is on my wishlist.

    1. For some reason I never finished Ararat. :( It wasn't a bad book, it just lost out to other things I was reading, and I just never finished... I really should finish it.

  4. This is a great list! I'm sad to say I've only read a few of these, but I'll be rooting for Kill Creek for sure😁

    1. Noooo, LOL. I actually haven't read Kill Creek, but I'm hoping to make that one of the ones I read really soon. I've heard such great things. In the Valley of the Sun was my favorite book of the year last year so it would be tough to oust that one for me. :)

  5. I hope Split wins the Screenplay category. I thought it was awesome. And, James McAvoy did an amazing job! I loved how you could tell he changed personalities just by his demeanor. It was one of the best horror films/films I've seen in a long time.

    1. He was amazing in Split! That movie was so different from what I was expecting (in a great way).

  6. Is it dad I haven't read any of these? I own quite a few though so I better get busy!

  7. I need to see The shape of Water. and several of these look really good- Ararat (which I wanted to get), Cold Cuts looks interesting, and so does Agents of dreamland. Plus I saw a good review for that one a week or so ago. I need to try some of these.

    1. I still need to see The Shape of Water and Get Out!

  8. I've only read three of those. I need to get a move on!

  9. So many awesome books - I miss reading some horror so the finalists from Bram Stocker is definitely a great way to start. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Yep! It's a great way to jump back in and see what you've been missing. :)


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