The 1994 International Horror Guild Award Winners

Horror Awards

Today we’re going to begin a special series taking a retrospective look at the International Horror Guild Awards. The awards were handed out yearly between 1995 and 2008.

Sadly the IHG is no longer in existence but their website is still available at www.horroraward.org.

During their run, they provided a nice counterpoint to the HWA’s Bram Stoker Awards and seemed to actively look beyond the US borders for horror fiction worthy of nomination.

If you’re looking for quality horror fiction to read, consulting awards lists like the IHG, Stoker, Shirley Jackson and Black Quill Awards are good places to start.

The International Horror Guild presented their first awards at the World Horror Convention held March 2-5, 1995.

There are no nominations lists or short lists of nomination available for the first four years of the awards.

During the first three years of the award’s existence, the works were selected and judged differently than they would be after 1997. Not much information is available about the early judging process of the award.

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Outstanding Achievement in a Novel

Book cover for Anno Dracula by Kim Newman -- the winner of the 1994 IHG Award Recognizing Outstanding Achievement in a Novel  

Anno Dracula

Author: Newman, Kim<
Format: Trade Paperback
Type: Horror Novel
Page Count: 560pp.
Pub. Date: May 24, 2011
Publisher: Titan Books
Original Pub: October 1992 (Hardcover -- Simon and Schuster UK)

 
Winner of the 1994 IHG Award Recognizing Outstanding Achievement in a Novel

Publisher’s Summary:
It is 1888 and Queen Victoria has remarried, taking as her new consort Vlad Tepes, the Wallachian Prince infamously known as Count Dracula.

Peppered with familiar characters from Victorian history and fiction, the novel follows vampire Genevieve Dieudonne and Charles Beauregard of the Diogenes Club as they strive to solve the mystery of the Ripper murders.

Anno Dracula is a rich and panoramic tale, combining horror, politics, mystery and romance to create a unique and compelling alternate history. Acclaimed novelist Kim Newman explores the darkest depths of a reinvented Victorian London.

This brand-new edition of the bestselling novel contains unique bonus material, including a new afterword from Kim Newman, annotations, articles and alternate endings to the original novel.

A brilliant, ambitious new novel speculates on Dracula’s survival. Set in Victorian England, this chilling tale wonders, “What if Count Dracula didn’t die via the stake, but managed to become an adviser to the Queen? And what if Jack the Ripper was in reality none other than Bram Stoker’s hero, Jack Seward, killing off vampiric whores?”

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Outstanding Achievement in a First Novel

Book cover for Grave Markings by Michael Arnzen -- the winner of the 1994 IHG Award Recognizing Outstanding Achievement in a First Novel  

Grave Markings

Author: Arnzen, Michael
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Type: Horror Novel
Page Count: 383pp.
Pub. Date: October 1994
Publisher: Dell/Abyss Books

 
Winner of the 1994 IHG Award Recognizing Outstanding Achievement in a First Novel

Publisher’s Summary:
Mark Michael Kilpatrick draws some killer tattoo art.

Literally.

Skulls and nudes are nothing for this madman. An artist driven to purge traumatic visions of hell from his tainted mind, Kilpatrick expresses himself by permanently working his ink into the skins of unwilling victims.

His tattooed visions are so terrifying they drive the bearer to suicide. His tattooed visions that eventually require only flesh as a canvas.

Fresh, murdered, flesh . . .

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Outstanding Achievement in Long Fiction

Book cover for The Safety of Unknown Cities by Lucy Taylor -- the winner of the 1994 IHG Award Recognizing Outstanding Achievement in Long Fiction  

The Safety of Unknown Cities

Author: Taylor, Lucy
Available in: Unnatural Acts and Other Stories
Cover Art: Judy Simonian
Format: Trade Paperback
Type: Horror Short Story Collection
Page Count: 190pp.
Pub. Date: April 1994
Publisher: Masquerade Books

 
Winner of the 1994 IHG Award Recognizing Outstanding Achievement in Long Fiction

Publisher’s Summary:
Lucy Taylor has a rare gift of writing horror stories about sex that are extremely provocative, and yet touched as well as with longing, even wistfulness.

In these nine tales about demons and angels, wrestlers and boxers, and other denizens of a netherworld of erotic terror, she achieves just the right balance of a bleak, unflinching worldview, and characters whose need for fulfillment reveals their underlying humanity.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • The Best in the Business
  • Baubo’s Kiss
  • Flamethrower
  • Idol
  • Knockouts
  • Making the Woman
  • Rush
  • The Safety of Unknown Cities
  • Unnatural Acts
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Outstanding Achievement in Short Fiction

Book cover for Black Sun by Douglas E. Winter the winner of the 1994 IHG Award Recognizing Outstanding Achievement in Short Fiction  

Black Sun

Author: Winter, Douglas E.
Format: Trade Paperback
Type: Horror Short Story
Page Count: ???pp.
Pub. Date: January 1994
Publisher: One Eyed Dog

 
Winner of the 1994 IHG Award Recognizing Outstanding Achievement in Short Fiction

Publisher’s Summary:
No summary available.

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Outstanding Achievement in a Collection

Book cover for Angels and Visitations: A Miscellany by Neil Gaiman -- the winner of the 1994 IHG Award Recognizing Outstanding Achievement in a Collection  

Angels and Visitations: A Miscellany

Author: Gaiman, Neil
Cover Art: Dave McKean
Format: Hardcover
Type: Horror Short Story Collection
Page Count: 166pp.
Pub. Date: November 1994
Publisher: Dreamhaven Books and Art

 
Winner of the 1994 IHG Award Recognizing Outstanding Achievement in a Collection

Publisher’s Summary:
A collection of Neil Gaiman’s short fiction; an odd assortment of enigmatic and wonderful tales — including Troll Bridge, Chivalry and Cold Colours — to amuse and delight, illustrated by Charles Vess, P. Craig Russell, Jill Carla Schwarz, Michael Zulli, and Rrandy Broecker.

Table of Contents:

  • The Song of the Audience
  • Introduction
  • Chivalry
  • Nicholas Was . . .
  • Babycakes
  • Troll Bridge
  • Vampire Sestina
  • Webs
  • Six to Six
  • Prologue: An Introduction to Mary Gentle’s Scholars and Soldiers
  • Foreign Parts
  • Cold Colours
  • Luther’s Villanelle
  • Mouse
  • Gumshoe: Punch Book Review of Josiah Thompson’s Gumshoe
  • The Case of the Four and Twenty Blackbirds
  • Virus
  • Looking for the GirlLooking for the Girl
  • Post-Mortem on Our Love
  • Being an Experiment Upon Strictly Scientific Lines
  • We Can Get Them For You Wholesale
  • The Mystery of Father Brown
  • Murder Mysteries
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Outstanding Achievement in an Anthology

Book cover for Love in Vein: Tales of Vampire Erotica edited by Poppy Z. Brite -- the winner of the 1994 IHG Award Recognizing Outstanding Achievement in an Anthology  

Love in Vein: Tales of Vampire Erotica

Editor: Brite, Poppy Z. with Martin H. Greenberg
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Type: Horror Anthology
Page Count: 416pp.
Pub. Date: March 1, 2005
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Original Pub: November 1994 (HarperCollins — Trade Paperback)

 
Winner of the 1994 IHG Award Recognizing Outstanding Achievement in an Anthology

Publisher’s Summary:
A sexy new repackaging of the extremely popular anthology of vampire erotica, edited by acclaimed author Poppy Z. Brite.

The classic horror tale is about fear. But in the last few years a new literature of the macabre has arisen, one that goes deeper than horror, beyond fear, to explore our darkest, most intimate hungers. The ones even lovers are forbidden to share.

Acclaimed dark fantasy author Poppy Z. Brite has brought together this genre’s most powerful and seductive authors in an original collection of vampiric erotica, a shameless celebration of unspeakable intimacies. It is not for everyone.

But neither is the night.

One of the most acclaimed young authors of dark fantasy gathers together an original collection of 20 erotic vampire stories penned by her favorite writers. Not since Anne Rice wrote as Anne Rampling has fantasy been celebrated with such powerful and seductive tales of unspeakable, forbidden, and macabre intimacies.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction by Poppy Z. Brite
  • Do Not Hasten to Bid Me Adieu by Norman Partridge
  • Geraldine by Ian McDowell
  • In the Greenhouse by Kathe Koja and Barry N. Malzberg
  • Cafe Endless: Spring Rain by Nancy Holder
  • Empty Vessels by David B. Silva
  • The Final Fete of Abba Adi by Jessica Amanda Salmonson
  • Cherry by Christa Faust
  • White Chapel by Douglas Clegg
  • Delicious Antique Whore by Wilum H. Pugmire
  • Triptych di Amore by Thomas F. Monteleone
  • Queen of the Night by Gene Wolfe
  • The Marriage by Steve Rasnic and Melanie Tem
  • In This Soul of a Woman by Charles de Lint
  • The Alchemy of the Throat by Brian Hodge
  • Love Me Forever by Mike Baker
  • – And the Horses Hiss at Midnight by A. R. Morlan
  • Elixir by Elizabeth Engstrom
  • The Gift of Neptune by Danielle Willis
  • From Hunger by Wayne Allen Sallee
  • A Slow Red Whisper of Sand by Robert Devereaux
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Outstanding Achievement in a Graphic Story/Illustrated Narrative

Book cover for Jonah Hex: Two Gun Mojo by Joe Lansdale and Tim Truman -- the winner of the 1994 IHG Award Recognizing Outstanding Achievement in a Graphic Story/Illustrated Narrative  

Jonah Hex: Two Gun Mojo

Author: Lansdale, Joe R.
Art: Tim Truman
Format: Trade Paperback
Type: Horror Graphic Novel (Collection)
Page Count: 160pp.
Pub. Date: October 1994
Publisher: DC Comics
Original Pub: 1994 (Comic Book — DC Comics)

 
Winner of the 1994 IHG Award Recognizing Outstanding Achievement in a Graphic Story/Illustrated Narrative

Publisher’s Summary:
Jonah Hex tracks down Doc “Cross” Williams to avenge the death of his friend and fellow bounty hunter Slow Go Smith only to find that Williams has resurrected Wild Bill Hickok as a zombie under his control and after Bill kills Jonah, Doc will resurrect him as a zombie as well.

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Outstanding Achievement in a Film

DVD cover for Interview with the Vampire directed by Neil Jordan -- the winner of the 1994 IHG Award Recognizing Outstanding Achievement in a Film  

Interview with the Vampire

Director: Jordan, Neil
Format: DVD
Type: Horror Film
Run Time: 123 minutes
DVD Release Date: June 6, 2000
Studio: Warner Home Video

 
Winner of the 1994 IHG Award Recognizing Outstanding Achievement in a Film

Publisher’s Summary:
This creepy adaptation of Anne Rice’s popular novel stars Brad Pitt as Louis, an 18th-century plantation owner who is recruited by the stylish, centuries-old vampire Lestat (Tom Cruise) to join his nocturnal family in an endless search for blood.

Kirsten Dunst, Stephen Rea, Antonio Banderas, and Christian Slater also star; Neil Jordan directs Rice’s script.

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Outstanding Achievement as an Artist

The winner this year is:

Alan M. Clark

Outstanding Achievement for a Publication

The winner this year is:

Answer Me! (This appears to be no longer available)

The Living Legend Award

Was presented this year to:

HARLAN ELLISON

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  • Howard Sherman May 23, 2012

    What a brilliant idea! Going retro with The 1994 International Horror Guild Award Winners is inspired!

    I remember hearing something about International Horror Guild a few years back but it fell off my radar screen and was quickly forgotten.

    Like so many well known authors whose books are buried under the works of the authors who’ve come after them, there were so many good websites that were excellent and just slid into obscurity for no good reason.

    I salute you for putting the International Horror Guild back into the spotlight. Brilliant!