So, staying with my recent creepy theme of vampires and whatnot, here is the list of the Bram Stoker award winners for 2008 which I just found over at Locus Magazine’s Web site:
Novel: Duma Key, Stephen King (Scribner)
First Novel: The Gentling Box, Lisa Mannetti (Dark Hart)
Long Fiction: Miranda, John R. Little (Bad Moon)
Short Fiction: The Lost, Sarah Langan (Cemetery Dance)
Fiction Collection: Just After Sunset, Stephen King (Scribner)
Anthology: Unspeakable Horror, Vince A. Liaguno & Chad Helder, eds. (Dark Scribe)
Non-Fiction: A Hallowe’en Anthology, Lisa Morton, ed. (McFarland)
Poetry: The Nightmare Collection, Bruce Boston (Dark Regions)
Other awards presented at the ceremony include the annual Lifetime Achievement Awards for F. Paul Wilson and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro; The Specialty Press Award for Larry Roberts of Bloodletting Press; The Silver Hammer Award, for outstanding service to HWA, for Sephera Giron; and the President’s Richard Laymon Service Award for John R. Little.
For more: www.stokers2009.
If you’ve ever wondered what some of these authors look like, check out the Web site. There’s a photo of Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, among many others. I haven’t actually read any of them, but I am intrigued now, especially by the title of the Anthology winner, Unspeakable Horror. It was what I’d call the defining statement in Anne Rice’s short story, The Master of Rampling Gate. Which frankly turned out not to be so horrible in the end. Maybe I don’t scare easily anymore. I sure used to, I could have nightmares for years after watching a Vincent Price movie. I miss Vincent Price, he was a gentleman and a scholar.
I also just ordered a book of ghost stories by Edith Wharton. She was reportedly so afraid of ghosts for awhile she even refused to sleep in a room that had a book of ghost stories in it. I can hardly wait to dig into her book!