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WINNERS: 2010 Bram Stoker Awards

The Horror Writers Association has announced the winners of the 2010 Bram Stoker Awards:

  • Superior Achievement in a NOVEL: A Dark Matter by Peter Straub (Doubleday/Orion)
  • Superior Achievement in a FIRST NOVEL (Tie):
    • Black and Orange by Benjamin Kane Ethridge (Bad Moon Books)
    • The Castle of Los Angeles by Lisa Morton (Gray Friar Press)
  • Superior Achievement in LONG FICTION: Invisible Fences by Norman Prentiss (Cemetery Dance)
  • Superior Achievement in SHORT FICTION : “The Folding Man” by Joe R. Lansdale (from Haunted Legends)
  • Superior Achievement in an ANTHOLOGY: Haunted Legends edited by Ellen Datlow and Nick Mamatas (Tor)
  • Superior Achievement in a FICTION COLLECTION: Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King (Simon and Schuster)
  • Superior Achievement in NON-FICTION: To Each Their Darkness by Gary A. Braunbeck (Apex Publications)
  • Superior Achievement in a POETRY COLLECTION: Dark Matters by Bruce Boston (Bad Moon Books)

HWA also presented its annual Lifetime Achievement Awards and its Specialty Press Award. Ellen Datlow was on hand to accept her Lifetime Achievement Award, which she shared this year with Al Feldstein. The Specialty Press Award went to Joe Morey of Dark Regions Press.

The Silver Hammer Award, for outstanding service to HWA, was voted by the organization?s board of trustees to Angel Leigh McCoy. The President’s Richard Laymon Service Award was given to Michael Colangelo.

Congratulations to all the winners!

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9 Comments on WINNERS: 2010 Bram Stoker Awards

  1. David K. // June 19, 2011 at 11:31 am //

    Really? “A Dark Matter”? Did any of those people who voted for it actually read the book? It was terrible. A waste of time. One of the worst books I’ve ever read, and I’ve read 1,000s of novels. What a stain on the award. Disgusting.

  2. David K. // June 19, 2011 at 11:34 am //

    “A Dark Matter” gets 2 and 1/2 stars on Amazon and also on Good Reads. It was poorly reviewed. And it wins the best horror novel of the year? Just because it has Straub’s name on it?

  3. Roddy Reta // June 19, 2011 at 6:12 pm //

    Honestly, the Stokers are even more a popularity contest than the Hugos, with Staub and King winning almost every year they’re on the ballot.  

  4. Nick Mamatas // June 19, 2011 at 8:48 pm //

    I read and loved A DARK MATTER. Here’s my review, from back in February 2010:


    Given that many of the one-star reviews from amazon are from people who all but admit they don’t like books that might be a little harder than the usual mass market paperback with a skull on the cover, I wouldn’t take the 2.5 star average at all seriously. Nor would I take anyone who appealed to amazon and goodreads reviews as a whole seriously.



  5. Horns by Stephen King, Jr. was the best horror novel I read last year.  Well, it was the only one.


  6. Harsh criticism towards Straub. Now I’m even more interested to read it. Better hurry up and save it from collecting dust on my bookshelf.

    I will say though, with my cynicism towards awards of every stripe, I would have been surprised as heck had Straub–and King for that matter–not won.

  7. David K. // June 20, 2011 at 10:00 am //

    I think Alexandra Sokoloff’s “Book of Shadows” should have won. She’s the best horror novelist right now.

  8. David K. // June 20, 2011 at 10:03 am //

    Oh, and by the way, I don’t take Nick Mamatas seriously. He’s not much of a writer.

  9. Nick Mamatas // June 20, 2011 at 10:22 am //

    Aw, I’m so hurt.


    Anyway, here’s a fun fact: who has lost more Stoker awards than anyone? Stephen King.

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