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NOMINEES: 4th Annual Black Quill Awards

The nominees for the 4th Annual Black Quill Awards have been announced:


(Novel-length work of horror, suspense, or thriller from a mainstream publisher; awarded to the author)

  • A Dark Matter by Peter Straub (Doubleday)
  • Kraken by China Miéville (Del Rey) [Read the SF Signal review.]
  • Sparrow Rock by Nate Kenyon (Leisure / Bad Moon Books)
  • The Caretaker of Lorne Field by David Zeltserman (Overlook Hardcover)
  • The Passage by Justin Cronin (Ballantine)
  • Under the Dome by Stephen King (Scribner) [Read the SF Signal review.]


(Novel or novella published by small press publisher; awarded to the author)

  • A Book of Tongues by Gemma Files (ChiZine Publications)
  • Dreams in Black and White by John R. Little (Morning Star)
  • Invisible Fences by Norman Prentiss (Cemetery Dance)
  • The Castle of Los Angeles by Lisa Morton (Gray Friar Press)
  • The Wolf at the Door by Jameson Currier (Chelsea Street Editions)

(Single author collection, any publisher; awarded to the author)

  • Blood and Gristle by Michael Louis Calvillo (Bad Moon Books)
  • In the Mean Time by Paul Tremblay (ChiZine Publications)
  • Little Things by John R. Little (Bad Moon Books)
  • Occultation by Laird Barron (Night Shade Books)
  • Summer, Fireworks, and My Corpse by Otsuichi (VIZ Media LLC)

(Multi-author collection, any publisher; awarded to the editor)

  • Dark Faith Edited by Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon (Apex Publications) [Read the SF Signal review.]
  • Dead Set: A Zombie Anthology Edited by Michelle McCrary and Joe McKinney (23 House)
  • Haunted Legends Edited by Ellen Datlow and Nick Mamatas (Tor)
  • Horror Library IV Edited by RJ Cavender and Boyd E. Harris (Cutting Block Press)
  • When The Night Comes Down Edited by Bill Breedlove (Dark Arts Books)

(Any dark genre non-fiction subject, any publisher; awarded to the author[s] or editor[s])

  • Horrors: Great Stories of Fear and Their Creators by Rocky Wood (McFarland)
  • I Am Providence: The Life and Times of HP Lovecraft by S.T. Joshi (Hippocampus Press)
  • Night of the Living Dead: Behind the Scenes of the Most Terrifying Zombie Movie Ever by Joe Kane (Citadel)
  • The Conspiracy Against the Human Race by Thomas Ligotti (Hippocampus Press)
  • Thrillers: 100 Must Reads Edited by David Morrell and Hank Wagner (Oceanview Publishing)

(Single work, non-anthology short fiction appearing in a print or virtual magazine; awarded to the author)

  • “Bully” by Jack Ketchum (Postscripts 22/23)
  • “Goblin Boy” by Rick Hautula (Cemetery Dance #63)
  • “Secretario” by Catherynne M. Valente (Weird Tales, Summer 2010)
  • “The Things” by Peter Watts (Clarkesworld, January 2010)
  • “We” by Bentley Little (Cemetery Dance #64)

(Book video promoting any work of fiction or non-fiction; awarded to the video producer or publisher)

Neverland / Produced by Circle of Seven Productions (for the book by Douglas Clegg)

Radiant Shadows / Produced by Circle of Seven Productions (for the book by Melissa Marr)

Specters in Coal Dust / Produced by Michael Knost & Black Water Films (for the anthology edited by Michael Knost)

Under the Dome / Produced by Scribner Marketing (for the book by Stephen King)

Unhappy Endings / Produced by Delirium Books (for the book by Brian Keene)

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6 Comments on NOMINEES: 4th Annual Black Quill Awards

  1. Somehow China Miéville gets in every genre award.


  2. Thrillers: 100 Must Reads Edited by David Morrell and Hank Wagner  is an excellent book. I hope the authors will do another volume a la Jones and Newman’s Horror: Another 100 Best Books. 

    Under the Dome by King and The Caretaker of Lorne Field by Zeltserman are both excellent picks.

    Straub’s A Dark Matter was terrible. As was Cronin’s The Passage.

    I’m surprised John Joseph Adams’ The Living Dead 2 didn’t get a nomination. He’s the best anthologist working in genre fiction. I did enjoy Barron’s Occultation.

    Nice list of small press selections. I’m not familiar with any of those books. Will have to check them out.

  3. The Things, by Peter Watts better win. It’s frigging amazing.

  4. Steve Oerkfitz // December 4, 2010 at 11:14 am //

    Loved the Zeltersman, liked the King, Mieville and the Laird Barron. Straubs was disappointing-probably his weakest book. The Kenyon was terrible. 


  5. “Kraken” is actually singularly weak. When everything is possible in a story, you don’t feel anything while reading. I gave up on it around 60% into the story, and I only persevered so far because his previous book “The City and the City” was a gem.

  6. Have to agree about Kraken, i felt it was China’s weakest novel after Iron Council. The City & The City was one of his best. I heard somewhere that he wrote both novels at the same time….

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