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    Here are the finalists for the 2020 Bram Stoker Award.

    Rasheeda Saka

    February 22, 2021, 1:04pm

    Today, the Horror Writers Association—dedicated to promoting horror and dark fantasy writers—announced the finalists for the annual Bram Stoker Award, which honors the best work in horror and dark fiction published in the last year.

    The Award is named in honor of Irish writer Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, and comes with an eight-inch replica of a haunted house, with a door that opens to reveal a brass plaque engraved with the name of the winning work and its author.

    The 62 finalists were selected across 12 categories—Novel, First Novel, Short Fiction, Long Fiction, Young Adult, Fiction Collection, Poetry Collection, Anthology, Screenplay, Graphic Novel, Nonfiction, and Short Nonfiction—and the winner of each category will be announced live at this year’s virtual StockerCon 2021, which will be held between May 20 and May 23, 2021. A hearty congrats to all!


    2020 Bram Stoker Award Finalists


    Stephen Graham Jones, The Only Good Indians 
    Alma Katsu, The Deep
    Todd Keisling, Devil’s Creek 
    Josh Malerman, Malorie
    Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Mexican Gothic


    Polly Hall, The Taxidermist’s Lover
    Rachel Harrison, The Return
    Ross Jeffery, Tome
    EV Knight, The Fourth Whore
    Kate Reed Petty, True Story


    Steven Archer, The Masque of the Red Death
    Jennifer Brody (author) and Jules Rivera (artist), Spectre Deep 6 
    Rich Douek (author) and Alex Cormack (artist), Road of Bones 
    Nancy Holder (author), Chiara Di Francia, (artist), and Amelia Woo (artist), Mary Shelley Presents
    Alessandro Manzetti (author) and Stefano Cardoselli (artist/author), Her Life Matters: (Or Brooklyn Frankenstein)
    Steve Niles (author), Salvatore Simeone (author), and Szymon Kudranski (artist), Lonesome Days, Savage Nights


    Adam Cesare, Clown in a Cornfield
    Daniel Kraus, Bent Heavens 
    Monique Snyman, The Bone Carver
    Aiden Thomas, Cemetery Boys
    Erica Waters, Ghost Wood Song 


    Gabino Iglesias, Beyond the Reef
    Stephen Graham Jones, Night of the Mannequins
    Gwendolyn Kiste, The Invention of Ghosts
    Jess Landry, I Will Find You, Even in the Dark
    Sarah Pinsker, Two Truths and a Lie


    Meghan Arcuri, “Am I Missing the Sunlight?”
    Kurt Fawver, “Introduction to the Horror Story, Day 1”
    Josh Malerman, “One Last Transformation”
    Cindy O’Quinn, “The Thing I Found Along a Dirt Patch Road”
    Kyla Lee Ward, “Should Fire Remember the Fuel?”


    Kathe Koja, Velocities: Stories 
    John Langan, Children of the Fang and Other Genealogies 
    Patricia Lillie, The Cuckoo Girls
    Lee Murray, Grotesque: Monster Stories 
    Anna Taborska, Bloody Britain


    Scarlett Amaris and Richard Stanley, Color Out of Space
    Misha Green, Lovecraft Country, Season 1, Episode 1: “Sundown”
    Misha Green and Ihuoma Ofordire, Lovecraft Country, Season 1, Episode 8: “Jig-a-Bobo”
    Angela LaManna, The Haunting of Bly Manor, Season 1, Episode 5: “The Altar of the Dead”
    Leigh Whannell, The Invisible Man


    Alessandro Manzetti, Whitechapel Rhapsody: Dark Poems 
    Jessica McHugh, A Complex Accident of Life 
    Cynthia Pelayo, Into the Forest and All the Way Through 
    Christina Sng, A Collection of Dreamscapes 
    Sara Tantlinger, Cradleland of Parasites 


    Michael Bailey and Doug Murano, Miscreations: Gods, Monstrosities & Other Horrors 
    Lee Murray and Geneve Flynn, Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women 
    Samantha Kolesnik, Worst Laid Plans: An Anthology of Vacation Horror 
    Sara Tantlinger, Not All Monsters: A Strangehouse Anthology by Women of Horror 
    Mercedes M. Yardley, Arterial Bloom 


    Kelly Florence and Meg Hafdahl, The Science of Women in Horror: The Special Effects, Stunts, and True Stories Behind Your Favorite Fright Films
    Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, 1000 Women in Horror
    Brian Keene, End of the Road
    Alison Peirse, Women Make Horror: Filmmaking, Feminism, Genre
    Tim Waggoner, Writing in the Dark
    Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr., The Streaming of Hill House: Essays on the Haunting Netflix Adaption


    Rhonda Jackson Joseph, “The Beloved Haunting of Hill House: An Examination of Monstrous Motherhood”
    Cynthia Pelayo, “I Need to Believe”
    Kelly Robinson, “Lost, Found, and Finally Unbound: The Strange History of the 1910 Edison Frankenstein”
    Christina Sng, “Final Girl: A Life in Horror”
    Tim Waggoner, “Speaking of Horror”

    [h/t Tor]

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