Here Are Your 2012 Bram Stoker Award Winners

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The Horror Writers Association presented the 2012 Bram Stoker Awards at the Bram Stoker Awards Banquet in New Orleans on 15 June 2013. It was broadcast through Ustream.

And now, the winners are . . .

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Superior Achievement in a Novel

Book cover for The Drowning Girl: A Memoir by Caitlin R. Kiernan  

The Drowning Girl: A Memoir

Author: Kiernan, Caitlin R.
Format: Trade Paperback
Type: Horror Novel
Page Count: 352pp.
Pub. Date: March 2012
Publisher: Roc Trade

 

Winner of the 2012 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Novel

Publisher’s Summary:
India Morgan Phelps — Imp to her friends — is schizophrenic.

Struggling with her perceptions of reality, Imp must uncover the truth about her encounters with creatures out of myth — or from something far, far stranger . . .

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Superior Achievement in a First Novel

Book cover for Life Rage by L.L. Soares  

Life Rage

Author: Soares, L.L.
Format: Trade Paperback
Type: Horror Novel
Page Count: 396pp.
Pub. Date: September 2012
Publisher: Nightscape Press, LLP

 

Winner of the 2012 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel

Publisher’s Summary:
Sam Wayne is a psychologist who specializes in anger management. He’s very good at his job. Almost too good. In fact, he considers himself something of a miracle worker.

A mad man is on the loose, ripping people apart with his bare hands. The police have no clues. Those who see him and survive never seem to make out his face. All except for one . . .

Colleen has led a wasted life, bringing home a new man to her bed every night. Until that night. Witnessing her friend torn to pieces right before her eyes, she sees the murderer’s face clearly. She manages to escape, traumatized by what she’s seen, and keeps running until she falls into the arms of Jeremy Rust. An ex Hollywood playboy, Jeremy now hides out in a secluded beach house with his mysterious roommate, Viv . . .

Viv has an insatiable hunger. Like Colleen, Viv never stays long with one partner. Because those who sleep with Viv never manage to live very long, once she finds the key to their soul.

The number of murders keeps growing, until an eruption of rage begins to spread like an epidemic. Everywhere, crowds of people mindlessly rip each other apart. An event that will tie all these characters together in a final showdown of supernatural forces.

But not everyone will survive the explosive fury of Life Rage!

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Superior Achievement in Long Fiction

Book cover for The Blue Heron by Gene O'Neill  

The Blue Heron

Author: O’Neill, Gene
Format: Trade Paperback
Type: Horror Novella
Page Count: 220pp.
Pub. Date: September 2013
Publisher: Dark Regions Press LLC
Also Pub: 2012 (Hardcover — Dark Regions Press LLC)

 

Winner of the 2012 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Long Fiction

Publisher’s Summary:
In 1962 a USMC Force Recon team, after destroying a V.C. ammo dump, on the Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam border, has a surreal encounter with a Blue Heron. A bird not normally found in SE Asia.

Many years later members of that six-man team begin to die in odd circumstances, but deemed accidents.

But are they accidents?

A 2-inch piece of origami in the shape of a Blue Heron is found inconspicuously at the scene of each death scene. Why? Who placed them?

Ryan O’Toole and Joey Hotsko are motivated to find out . . . and soon — they were on that Force Recon team.

The Undead Rat’s Notes:
The trade paperback edition of The Blue Heron is bound with another novella, titled The Crucifixion Experiments by horror author Gord Rollo. The Leather-bound Deluxe Thirteen Hardcover w/slipcase editions are already sold out.

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Superior Achievement in Short Fiction

Magdala Amygdala by Weston Ochse published in Dark Faith: Invocations  

“Magdala Amygdala”

Author: Snyder, Lucy
Collected in: Dark Faith: Invocations
Editor: Broaddus, Maurice and Jerry Gordon
Format: Trade Paperback
Type: Horror Anthology
Page Count: 292pp.
Pub. Date: August 2012
Publisher: Apex Publications

 
Winner of the 2012 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction

Publisher’s Summary:
Religion, science, magic, love, family — everyone believes in something, and that faith pulls us through the darkness and the light.

The second coming of Dark Faith cries from the depths with 26 stories of sacrifice and redemption.

Sublet an apartment inside God’s head. Hunt giant Buddhas in a post-apocalyptic future. Visit a city where an artist’s fantastic creations alter reality. Discover the deep cosmic purpose behind your office vending machine. Wield godlike powers and suffer the most heartbreaking of human limitations.

Join Max Allan Collins, Mike Resnick, Jay Lake, Jennifer Pelland, Laird Barron, Tom Piccirilli, Nisi Shawl, and a host of genre’s best writers for an exploration into the things we hold dear and the truths that shatter us.

Table of Contents:

  • The Most (poem) by Katerina Stoykova-Klemer
  • Subletting God’s Head by Tom Piccirilli
  • The Cancer Catechism by Jay Lake
  • The Big Blue Peacock by Nick Mamatas
  • Kill the Buddha by Elizabeth Twist
  • Robotnik by Lavie Tidhar
  • Prometheus Possessed by Matt Cardin
  • Night Train by Alma Alexander
  • The Sandfather by Richard Wright
  • Sacrifice by Jennifer Pelland
  • Thou Art God by Tim Waggoner
  • Wishflowers by Tim Pratt
  • Coin Drop by Richard Dansky
  • Starter Kit by R.J. Sullivan
  • A Little Faith by Max Allan Collins and Matthew Clemens
  • The Revealed Truth by Mike Resnick
  • God’s Dig by Kelly Eiro
  • The Divinity Boutique by Brian J. Hatcher
  • The Birth of Pegasus by K. Tempest Bradford
  • All This Pure Light Leaking In by LaShawn M. Wanak
  • Fin De Siècle by Gemma Files
  • The Angel Seems by Jeffrey Ford
  • Magdala Amygdala by Lucy A. Snyder
  • A Strange Form of Life by Laird Barron
  • In Blood and Song by Nisi Shawl and Michael Ehart
  • Little Lies, Dear Leader by Kyle S. Johnson
  • I Inhale the City, the City Exhales Me by Douglas F. Warrick
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Superior Achievement in an Anthology

Book cover for Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury edited by Sam Weller and Mort Castle  

Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury

Editors: Castle, Mort, and Sam Weller
Format: Trade Paperback/eBook/Audio Book
Type: Horror Anthology
Page Count: 464pp.
Pub. Date: July 2012
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

 

Winner of the 2012 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in an Anthology

Publisher’s Summary:
In Shadow Show, 26 acclaimed writers have come together to pay tribute to the work of the one and only Ray Bradbury with never before published stories inspired by the master.

The incomparable literary artist who has given us such timeless classics as Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, and Dandelion Wine, is being honored by some of the most notable names in the writing world-including Neil Gaiman, Joe Hill, Audrey Niffenegger, Margaret Atwood, Alice Hoffman, Robert McCammon, and more — with new short fiction that thrills, frightens, moves, and dazzles in the great Bradbury tradition.

Edited by Sam Weller and Mort Castle, with an introduction by the man, Ray Bradbury himself, Shadow Show pays well-deserved homage to one of America’s greatest, most celebrated authors.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction by Sam Weller and Mort Castle
  • Second Homecoming by Ray Bradbury
  • The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury by Neil Gaiman
  • Headlife by Margaret Atwood
  • Heavy by Jay Bonansinga
  • The Girl In The Funeral Parlor by Sam Weller
  • The Companions by David Morrell
  • The Exchange by Thomas F. Monteleone
  • Cat on a Bad Couch by Lee Martin
  • By The Silver Water Of Lake Champlain by Joe Hill
  • Little America by Dan Chaon
  • The Phone Call by John McNally
  • Young Pilgrims by Joe Meno
  • Children Of The Bedtime Machine by Robert McCammon
  • The Page by Ramsey Campbell
  • Light by Mort Castle
  • Conjure by Alice Hoffman
  • Max by John Maclay
  • Two Of A Kind by Jacqueline Mitchard
  • Fat Man And Little Boy by Gary Braunbeck
  • The Tattoo by Bonnie Jo Campbell
  • Backwards In Seville by Audrey Niffenegger
  • Earth: (A Gift Shop) by Charles Yu
  • Hayleigh’s Dad by Julia Keller
  • Who Knocks? by Dave Eggers
  • Reservation 2020 by Bayo Ojikutu
  • Two Houses by Kelly Link
  • Weariness by Harlan Ellison
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Superior Achievement in a Collection

Book cover for New Moon on the Water by Mort Castle  

New Moon on the Water

Author: Castle, Mort
Format: Trade Paperback/eBook
Type: Horror Collection
Page Count: 300pp.
Pub. Date: August 2012
Publisher: Dark Regions Press

 

Winner of the 2012 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Collection (tie)

Publisher’s Summary:
In a smoky, after hours jazz joint where almost nobody ever dies, or the ranch house next door owned by a monster, or a high rise elevator in which raging terror awaits the next passenger, these brilliant stories discover a world you thought you knew — and a darker one you will never forget.

With 13 stories never before collected, New Moon on the Water is Mort Castle’s first new collection in a decade, presenting the best short fiction of the writer deemed a “horror doyen,” “the Charles Dickens of horror,” and “the master of contemporary horror.”

Table of Contents:

  • What We Talk about When We Talk about Mort: An Utterly Biased Yet Well-Earned Introduction by Jay Bonansinga
  • Defining Horror: Nine Musings on the Nature of Horror
  • If You Take My Hand, My Son
  • Henderson’s Place/The Girl with the Summer Eyes
  • A Circle of Magic
  • The W. W. II Pistol
  • Pop is Real Smart
  • Healers
  • Buckeye Jim in Egypt
  • As Others See Us
  • Father and Son
  • Bird’s Dead
  • The Running Horse, The High, White Sound
  • Upstairs, Downstairs, and All about Vampires
  • A Someday Movie
  • 14 Short Horror Stories
  • Party Time
  • Love, Hate, and the Beautiful junkyard Sea
  • I am Your Need
  • Moon on the Water
  • The Call
  • Hansel, Gretel, and the Witch: Notes to the Artist
  • Bonds
  • Other Advantages
  • FYI
  • In the Gypsy Camp
  • I’ll Call You
  • The Doctor, the Kid, and the Ghosts in the Lake
  • Dani’s Story
  • Altenmoor, Where the Dogs Dance
  • “I Don’t Know,” Is What I Say
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Book cover for Black Dahlia and White Rose: Stories by Joyce Carol Oates  

Black Dahlia and White Rose: Stories

Author: Oates, Joyce Carol
Format: Hardcover/Trade Paperback/eBook/Audio Book
Type: Horror Collection
Page Count: 288pp.
Pub. Date: September 2012
Publisher: Ecco

 

Winner of the 2012 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Collection (tie)

Publisher’s Summary:
Unafraid to venture into no-man’s-lands both real and surreal, Oates takes readers deep into dangerous territory in eleven stories that showcase the keen rewards of her relentless brio and invention.

Whether charting the inner lives of two beautiful and mysteriously doomed women in 1940s Los Angeles — Elizabeth Short, otherwise known as the Black Dahlia, and her roommate, Norma Jeane Baker, soon to become Marilyn Monroe — the psychological compulsion of a well-to-do businessman’s wife who is ravished by, and elopes with, a lover who is not what he seems, or the uneasily duplicitous relationships between young women and their parents, Black Dahlia and White Rose explores the menace that lurks at the edges of and intrudes upon even the seemingly safest of lives — and maps with rare emotional acuity the transformational cost of such intrusions.

Table of Contents:
I

  • Black Dahlia and White Rose

II

  • I.D.
  • Deceit
  • Run Kiss Daddy
  • Hey Dad
  • The Good Samaritan

III

  • A Brutal Murder in a Public Place
  • Roma!
  • Spotted Hyenas: A Romance

IV

  • San Quentin
  • Anniversary
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Superior Achievement in Nonfiction

Book cover for Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween by Lisa Morton  

Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween

Author: Morton, Lisa
Format: Hardcover/Trade Paperback/eBook
Type: Horror Nonfiction
Page Count: 229pp.
Pub. Date: October 2012
Publisher: Reaktion Books

 

Winner of the 2012 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Nonfiction

Publisher’s Summary:
Every year, children and adults alike take to the streets dressed as witches, demons, animals, celebrities, and more. They carve pumpkins and play pranks, and the braver ones watch scary movies and go on ghost tours. There are parades, fireworks displays, cornfield mazes, and haunted houses — and, most important, copious amounts of bite-sized candy.

The popularity of Halloween has spread around the globe to places as diverse as Russia, China, and Japan, but its association with death and the supernatural and its inevitable commercialization has made it one of our most misunderstood holidays. How did it become what it is today?

In Trick or Treat, Halloween aficionado Lisa Morton provides a thorough history of this spooky day. She begins by looking at how holidays like the Celtic Samhain, a Gaelic harvest festival, have blended with the British Guy Fawkes Day and the Catholic All Souls’ Day to produce the modern Halloween, and she explains how the holiday was reborn in America, where costumes and trick-or-treat rituals have become new customs.

Morton takes into account the influence of related but independent holidays, especially the Mexican Day of the Dead, as well as the explosion in popularity of haunted attractions and the impact of such events as 9/11 and the economic recession on the celebration today. Trick or Treat also examines the effect Halloween has had on popular culture through the literary works of Washington Irving and Ray Bradbury, films like Halloween and The Nightmare Before Christmas, and television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Simpsons.

Considering the holiday in the context of its worldwide popularity for the first time, this book will be a treat for any Halloween lover.

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Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel

Book cover for Flesh and Bone by Jonathan Maberry  

Flesh and Bone (Rot and Ruin Series #3)

Also Titled: Flesh & Bone
Author: Maberry, Jonathan
Format: Hardcover/Trade Paperback/eBook/Audio Book
Type: Horror Young Adult Novel
Page Count: 480pp.
Pub. Date: September 2012
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers

 

Winner of the 2012 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel

Publisher’s Summary:
The stakes are higher and the zombies are deadlier in this third of an action-packed series that’s “an impressive mix of meaning and mayhem” (Booklist).

Reeling from the devastation of Dust and Decay, Benny Imura and his friends plunge deep into the zombie-infested wastelands of the great Rot and Ruin.

Benny, Nix, Lilah, and Chong journey through a fierce wilderness that was once America, searching for the jet they saw in the skies months ago. If that jet exists then humanity itself must have survived . . . somewhere. Finding it is their best hope for having a future and a life worth living.

But the Ruin is far more dangerous than any of them can imagine. Fierce animals hunt them. They come face to face with a death cult. And then there’s the zombies — swarms of them coming from the east, devouring everything in their paths. And these zoms are different. Faster, smarter, and infinitely more dangerous. Has the zombie plague mutated, or is there something far more sinister behind this new invasion of the living dead?

One thing Benny and his companions can’t afford to forget: In the great Rot and Ruin, everything wants to kill you.

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Superior Achievement in Poetry

Book cover for A Verse to Horrors: An Abecedary of Monsters and the Monstrous by Michael R. Collings  

A Verse to Horrors: An Abecedary of Monsters and the Monstrous

Author: Collings, Michael
Format: Trade Paperback/eBook
Type: Horror Poetry Collection
Page Count: 102pp.
Pub. Date: May 2012
Publisher: CreateSpace

 

Winner of the 2012 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Poetry

Publisher’s Summary:
Poetry can be staid and serious. But sometimes it can simply be fun . . . the goal of this Horror Writers Association 2012 Bram Stoker Award Finalist for excellence in poetry.

Everybody loves monsters, right? And everybody loves limericks. So . . . why not LIMERICKS ABOUT MONSTERS?

This Abecedary (fancy word for A-B-C Book) contains over 150 limerick-like verses dealing with monsters and horrors from fiction, film, and television — from the famous ones like Frankenstein and Dracula to obscurities like The Neanderthal Man and the Monolith Monsters.

If you are a fan of B-Movies (there’s even a verse about Drive-Ins), or comics, or more serious treatments of creatures in novels and short stories, there’s something here for you.

The book even includes a list of References and Influences, a bibliography of films and books that have triggered imaginations for decades. Be prepared to read, to shiver (a little, here and there), and enjoy. Show More Show Less

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Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel

Book cover for Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times by Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton  

Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times

Author: Wood, Rocky, and Lisa Morton
Illustrator: Greg Chapman
Format: Trade Paperback/eBook
Type: Horror Graphic Novel
Page Count: 192pp.
Pub. Date: May 2012
Publisher: McFarland

 

Winner of the 2012 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel

Publisher’s Summary:
For three centuries, as the Black Death rampaged through Europe and the Reformation tore the Church apart, tens of thousands were arrested as witches and subjected to torture and execution, including being burned alive.

This graphic novel examines the background; the witch hunters’ methods; who profited; the brave few who protested; and how the Enlightenment gradually replaced fear and superstition with reason and science.

Famed witch hunters Heinrich Kramer, architect of the infamous Malleus Maleficarum, and Matthew Hopkins, England’s notorious “Witchfinder General,” are covered as are the Salem Witch Trials and the last executions in Europe.

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Superior Achievement in a Screenplay

DVD cover for The Cabin in the Woods by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard  

The Cabin in the Woods

Author: Whedon, Joss, and Drew Goddard
Format: Screenplay
Type: Horror Movie
Air Date: April 2012
Production: Mutant Enemy Productions, Lionsgate

 

Winner of the 2012 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Screenplay

Publisher’s Summary:
A rambunctious group of five college friends steal away for a weekend of debauchery in an isolated country cabin, only to be attacked by horrific supernatural creatures in a night of endless terror and bloodshed.

Sound familiar? Just wait.

As the teens begin to exhibit standard horror movie behavior, a group of technicians in a control room are scrutinizing, and sometimes even controlling, every move the terrified kids make!

With their efforts continually thwarted by the all powerful eye in the sky, do they have any chance of escape?

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The Richard Laymon President’s Award for Service

“The award is given by the HWA sitting President to a volunteer who has served HWA in an especially exemplary manner and has shown extraordinary dedication to the organization.”

HWA President Rocky Wood selected James Chambers to receive this year’s award. James has chaired the HWA’s Membership Committee for the last couple of years, revamping it, training people in the process, and welcoming hundreds of new members to the organization. He also created the Halloween Haunts blog program.

The Silver Hammer Award

This award is for “an HWA volunteer who has done a truly massive amount of work for our organization, often unsung and behind the scenes.”

The HWA’s Board of Trustees voted to give this year’s award to Charles Day specifically citing his work relaunching the HWA’s Mentor Committee, leading the program to its highest number of mentors and mentees ever.

Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement

“This award is “given in recognition of the recipient’s overall body of work”. Furthermore “Winners must have exhibited a profound, positive impact on the fields of horror and dark fantasy, and be at least sixty years of age or have been published for a minimum of thirty-five years.”

There are two winners this year:

  1. Clive Barker
  2. Robert R. McCammon

Specialty Press Award

This award “recognizes a publisher outside the mainstream New York City publishing community that specializes in dark-themed fiction.”

This award goes to
Centipede Press, of Lakewood, Colorado — Jerad Walters

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The 2012 Horror Writers Association Special Awards

Horror Awards

These awards fall into two categories: service to the HWA and service to the horror genre and its community.

These awards are always announced weeks in advance of the Stoker Award banquet.

The Richard Laymon President’s Award for Service

“The award is given by the HWA sitting President to a volunteer who has served HWA in an especially exemplary manner and has shown extraordinary dedication to the organization.”

HWA President Rocky Wood selected James Chambers to receive this year’s award. James has chaired the HWA’s Membership Committee for the last couple of years, revamping it, training people in the process, and welcoming hundreds of new members to the organization. He also created the Halloween Haunts blog program.

Read the details in the announcement here.

The Silver Hammer Award

This award is for “an HWA volunteer who has done a truly massive amount of work for our organization, often unsung and behind the scenes.”

The HWA’s Board of Trustees voted to give this year’s award to Charles Day specifically citing his work relaunching the HWA’s Mentor Committee, leading the program to its highest number of mentors and mentees ever.

Read the details in the announcement here.

Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement

“This award is “given in recognition of the recipient’s overall body of work”. Furthermore “Winners must have exhibited a profound, positive impact on the fields of horror and dark fantasy, and be at least sixty years of age or have been published for a minimum of thirty-five years.”

There are two winners this year:

  1. Clive Barker
  2. Robert R. McCammon

Read the details in the announcement here.

Specialty Press Award

This award “recognizes a publisher outside the mainstream New York City publishing community that specializes in dark-themed fiction.”

This award goes to
Centipede Press, of Lakewood, Colorado — Jerad Walters

Read the details in the announcement here.

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The 2012 Stoker Nominations for Superior Achievement in a Screenplay

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We’ve just about reached the end of our special series detailing the 2012 Bram Stoker Award nominations.

Tomorrow we’ll cover the special awards and the day after that we’ll look at the 2012 winners.

Superior Achievement in a Screenplay

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DVD cover for The Woman in Black by Jane Goldman  

The Woman in Black

Author: Goldman, Jane
Format: Screenplay
Type: Horror Movie
Air Date: February 2012
Production: Cross Creek Pictures

 

Nominated for the 2012 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Screenplay

Publisher’s Summary:
A widowed lawyer travels to a secluded village on an important assignment, and encounters a vengeful ghost with mysterious motives.

After losing his beloved wife in childbirth, young barrister Arthur Kipps Daniel Radcliffe was nearly consumed by grief. A haunted widower father, he raises his young son with the help of his devoted nanny. Arthur is on the verge of losing his job when an important client of the firm dies, and his boss offers him one last opportunity to prove his worth by settling the woman’s affairs.

Determined to succeed, Arthur travels to the remote village and receives a chilly welcome. Something horrible once happened here, and it seems that the locals are determined to ensure Arthur never finds out what it was. Now, the more time Arthur spends in his client’s crumbling estate, the more aware he becomes of a presence that isn’t quite human.

In this house dwells a woman’s ghost.

In life she lost something precious, and now in death she’ll do whatever it takes to get it back. Until she does, her spectral presence will serve as a harbinger of doom, always to be followed by the death of an innocent.

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DVD cover for The Walking Dead: The Complete Third Season  

“Killer Within”

Series: The Walking Dead episode #4
Author: Kim, Sang Kyu
Format: Screenplay
Type: Horror Television Episode
Air Date: November 2012
Production: AMC TV

 

Nominated for the 2012 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Screenplay

Publisher’s Summary:
Lori goes into labour when walkers attack the prison.

Michonne tries to convince Andrea to leave Woodbury.

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DVD cover for American Horror Story: Asylum  

“Dark Cousin”

Series: American Horror Story: Asylum episode #7
Author: Minear, Tim
Format: Screenplay
Type: Horror Television Episode
Air Date: November 2012
Production: Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision, Ryan Murphy Productions

 

Nominated for the 2012 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Screenplay

Publisher’s Summary:
Summary not available.

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DVD cover for The Hunger Games by Gary Ross, Suzanne Collins, and Billy Ray  

The Hunger Games

Author: Ross, Gary, Suzanne Collins, and Billy Ray
Format: Screenplay
Type: Horror Movie
Air Date: March 2012
Production: Lionsgate, Color Force

 

Nominated for the 2012 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Screenplay

Publisher’s Summary:
Based on the best-selling young-adult novel by author Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games tells the dark tale of a 16-year-old girl named Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), who volunteers to compete in a vicious televised tournament in which 24 teenagers from a post-apocalyptic society fight to the death for the entertainment of the masses.

In the future, North America is no more. In its place has risen Panem, a divided nation split into 12 districts. Every year, each district selects a teen of each gender called “Tributes” to test their worth in a competition known as the Hunger Games, which are broadcast across the nation as entertainment, and to reinforce the government’s total power.

When her younger sister is selected as District 12′s latest “Tribute,” Katniss volunteers to take her place, and trains under hard-drinking former Hunger Games champion Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson) to sharpen her killer instincts. Now in order to survive the game and emerge the victor, this young combatant must put all of her skills to the ultimate test. Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth co-star.

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DVD cover for The Cabin in the Woods by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard  

The Cabin in the Woods

Author: Whedon, Joss, and Drew Goddard
Format: Screenplay
Type: Horror Movie
Air Date: April 2012
Production: Mutant Enemy Productions, Lionsgate

 

Nominated for the 2012 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Screenplay

Publisher’s Summary:
A rambunctious group of five college friends steal away for a weekend of debauchery in an isolated country cabin, only to be attacked by horrific supernatural creatures in a night of endless terror and bloodshed.

Sound familiar? Just wait.

As the teens begin to exhibit standard horror movie behavior, a group of technicians in a control room are scrutinizing, and sometimes even controlling, every move the terrified kids make!

With their efforts continually thwarted by the all powerful eye in the sky, do they have any chance of escape?

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The 2012 Stoker Nominations for Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel

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Welcome back. Today we check out the 2012 Bram Stoker Award Nominations for Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel category.

Horror is enjoying a resurgence in comics these days. Between the rise of the small presses and the beginning of self-published comics (of which Terry Moore, see below, was an early pioneer), horror is finally coming into its own.

Comics, and graphic novels, blend prose with graphics for a unique experience that make it an art form all its own. If you haven’t picked up a graphic novel in a while, you should try a few of these and see some of the exciting things that’s happening.

Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel

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The 2012 Stoker Nominations for Superior Achievement in Poetry

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Today we’ll take a look at the nominations for Superior Achievement in the Poetry category.

Superior Achievement in Poetry

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The 2012 Stoker Nominations for Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel

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Let’s look at the nominations for Superior Achievement in the Young Adult Novel category.

Horror has been popular among young adults for decades, but recently I’ve seen an upsurge in the quality and care that goes into young adult horror novels.

Below are six young adult books nominated for the 2012 Stoker Award. I’ve already read and thoroughly enjoyed one (A Bad Day for Voodoo) and plan to read a few more.

Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel

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