The 2011 Stoker Nominations for Superior Achievement in Nonfiction

Horror Awards

This entry is part 9 in the series The 2011 Bram Stoker Awards

Let’s look at the nominations for Superior Achievement in Nonfiction category.

The rules states that, to be considered for a Bram Stoker Award, the book must be a work of criticism, biography, autobiography, scholarly analysis, reference, commentary, opinion, or other factual material”.

Therefore, Matt Mogk’s book Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Zombies belongs here because it is a reference work — even though it references a “made-up creature” such as the zombie.

Superior Achievement in Nonfiction

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Lesley Pratt Bannatyne's horror nofiction book Halloween Nation: Behind the Scenes of America's Fright Night was nominated for the 2011 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Nonfiction

Halloween Nation: Behind the Scenes of America’s Fright Night

Author: Bannatyne, Lesley Pratt
Format: Trade Paperback
Type: Horror Nonfiction
Page Count: 248pp.
Pub. Date: April 5, 2011
Publisher: Pelican Publishing

Nominated for the 2011 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Nonfiction

Halloween is not just for children anymore.

On a mission to define the modern Halloween, expert Lesley Pratt Bannatyne delves into the world of enthusiasts, fanatics, and subcultures including Goth, metal, and zombie.

In a series of investigative interviews, people from all walks of life reveal their devotion to this fall celebration as Bannatyne crafts a portrait of a wildly popular and surprisingly meaningful twenty-first-century Halloween.

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Gary William Crawford, Jim Rockhill and Brian J. Showers' horror nofiction book Reflections in a Glass Darkly: Essays on J. Sheridan Le Fanu was nominated for the 2011 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Nonfiction

Reflections in a Glass Darkly: Essays on J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Editors: Crawford, Gary William; Jim Rockhill and Brian J. Showers
Format: Trade Paperback
Type: Horror Nonfiction
Page Count: 472pp.
Pub. Date: December 18, 2011
Publisher: Hippocampus Press

Nominated for the 2011 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Nonfiction

Irish writer Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (1814-1873) is one of the leading weird writers of the nineteenth century, the author of “Green Tea,” “Carmilla,” Uncle Silas, and other classic works.

In this volume, the first collection of essays about Le Fanu, three distinguished scholars have amassed a wealth of material on every aspect of the author’s life, work, and influence. A biographical section features memoirs of Le Fanu along with reproductions of many portraits of the author. Early reviews of his many books are reprinted, as is important early criticism by M. R. James, E. F. Benson, V. S. Pritchett, and others. Recent essays by Jack Sullivan, John Langan, Victor Sage, and many others discuss a wide array of topics relating to Le Fanu’s writing. Nine of these essays are printed here for the first time.

All in all, this book provides a definitive guide to the weird fiction of Le Fanu.

Gary William Crawford is a widely published poet, scholar, and fiction writer, and compiler of a bibliography of Le Fanu. Jim Rockhill is the editor of the complete supernatural fiction of Le Fanu. Brian J. Showers is a fiction writer and literary historian, and the co-compiler (with Gary William Crawford) of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu: A Concise Bibliography. Together, they edit the online scholarly journal Le Fanu Studies.

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Nick Mamatas's nofiction book Starve Better: Surviving the Endless Horror of the Writing Life was nominated for the 2011 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Nonfiction

Starve Better: Surviving the Endless Horror of the Writing Life

Author: Mamatas, Nick
Format: Trade Paperback
Type: Horror Nonfiction
Page Count: 186pp.
Pub. Date: May 10, 2011
Publisher: Apex Publications

Nominated for the 2011 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Nonfiction

Starve Better makes no promises of making you a bestselling author.

It won’t feed aspiring writers’ dreams of fame and fortune.

This book is about survival: how to generate ideas when you needed them yesterday, dialogue and plot on the quick, and what your manuscript is up against in the slush piles of the world. For non-fiction writers, Starve Better offers writing techniques such as how to get (relatively) high-paying assignments in second and third-tier magazines, how to react to your first commissioned assignment, and how to find gigs that pay NOW as the final notices pile up and the mice eat the last of the pasta in the cupboard.

Humor, essays and some of the most widely read blog pieces from Nick Mamatas, author and editor of fiction that has caught the attention of speculative fiction’s most prestigious awards, come together for the first time in a writers’ guide that won’t teach anyone how to get rich and famous . . . but will impart the most valuable skill in the business: how to starve better.

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Matt Mogk's horror nofiction book Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Zombies was nominated for the 2011 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Nonfiction

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Zombies

Author: Mogk, Matt
Format: Trade Paperback
Type: Horror Nonfiction
Page Count: 304pp.
Pub. Date: September 13, 2011
Publisher: Gallery Books

Nominated for the 2011 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Nonfiction

The Most Comprehensive Zombie Handbook Ever Published

In one indispensable volume, Matt Mogk, founder and head of the Zombie Research Society, busts popular myths and answers all your raging questions about the living dead.*

Q. How can I increase my chances of survival?

A. One simple step is to keep away from other people. Without people there can be no zombies.

Q. What is the connection between the Voodoo zombie and the flesh-eating zombie of popular culture?

A. Other than a shared name, absolutely nothing.

Q. Will zombies actually eat me, or will they just bite and chew?

A. Research suggests the neuromuscular activity required for swallowing may be too complex for a zombie.

Q. Will we see any warning signs before the dead rise?

A. Unfortunately, entire populations could be infected with the zombie sickness before anyone even knows there’s a problem.

Q. How come Zombie Awareness Month is in May and not October?

A. Unlike witches and vampires, zombies are not otherworldly creatures. They are made of flesh and blood. Don’t forget to wear your gray ribbon.

* Many more questions about zombies — including why not all of them are undead — are answered inside the book.

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John C. Tibbetts's horror nofiction book The Gothic Imagination: Conversations on Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction in the Media was nominated for the 2011 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Nonfiction

The Gothic Imagination: Conversations on Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction in the Media

Author: Tibbetts, John C.
Format: Hardcover
Type: Horror Nonfiction
Page Count: 438pp.
Pub. Date: October 11, 2011
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Nominated for the 2011 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Nonfiction

The Gothic tradition continues to excite the popular imagination.

John C. Tibbetts presents interviews and conversations with prominent novelists, filmmakers, artists, and film and television directors and actors as they trace the Gothic mode across three centuries, from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, through H.P. Lovecraft, to today’s science fiction, goth, and steampunk culture.

H. P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Robert (Psycho) Bloch, Chris (The Polar Express) Van Allsburg, Maurice Sendak, Gahan Wilson, Ray Harryhausen, Christopher Reeve, Greg Bear, William Shatner, and many more share their worlds of imagination and terror.

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Rocky Wood's horror nofiction book Stephen King: A Literary Companion was nominated for the 2011 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Nonfiction

Stephen King: A Literary Companion

Author: Wood, Rocky
Format: Trade Paperback
Type: Horror Nonfiction
Page Count: 220pp.
Pub. Date: April 17, 2011
Publisher: McFarland

Nominated for the 2011 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Nonfiction

This companion provides a two-part introduction to best-selling author Stephen King, whose enormous popularity over the years has gained him an audience well beyond readers of horror fiction, the genre with which is most often associated.

Part I considers the reception of King’s work, the film adaptations that they gave rise to, the fictional worlds in which some of his novels are set, and the more useful approaches to King’s varied corpus.

Part II consists of entries for each series, novel, story, screenplay and even poem, including works never published or produced, as well as characters and settings.

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