I’m still stunned, so I’ll keep this relatively short…
The HWA’s Bram Stoker Awards were announced last night in Salt Lake City at the 2008 World Horror Convention. My book, PROVERBS FOR MONSTERS, tied for the win (along with Peter Straub for his wonderful book, 5 Stories) in the “Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection” category.
This is my fourth Stoker award for my horror writing and since this particular award is going to a book that collects stories from across my career, I’m obviously overjoyed.
I’ve posted a copy of my acceptance speech (read by Weston Ochse at the banquet) on gorelets.com, but here I just want to share the good news and to shout out a huge THANKS to the HWA and to anyone who has picked up my book and enjoyed it.
Here’s the full list of winners…and all of these books are just GREAT, so if you like horror fiction, this is the stuff you should be reading, folks!:
Bram Stoker Award Winners 2008
Superior Achievement in a Novel
THE MISSING by Sarah Langan (Harper)
Superior Achievement in a First Novel
HEART-SHAPED BOX by Joe Hill (William Morrow)
Superior Achievement in Long Fiction
AFTERWARD, THERE WILL BE A HALLWAY by Gary Braunbeck (Five Strokes to Midnight)
Superior Achievement in Short Fiction
THE GENTLE BRUSH OF WINGS by David Niall Wilson (Defining Moments)
Superior Achievement in an Anthology
FIVE STROKES TO MIDNIGHT edited by Gary Braunbeck and Hank Schwaeble (Haunted Pelican Press)
Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection (tie)
PROVERBS FOR MONSTERS by Michael A. Arnzen (Dark Regions Press)
5 STORIES by Peter Straub (Borderlands)
Superior Achievement in Nonfiction
THE CRYPTOPEDIA by Jonathan Maberry & David F. Kramer (Citadel Press / Kensington)
Superior Achievement in Poetry (tie)
BEING FULL OF LIGHT, INSUBSTANTIAL by Linda Addison (Space and Time)
VECTORS: A WEEK IN THE DEATH OF A PLANET by Charlee Jacob & Marge Simon (Dark Regions Press)
HWA Lifetime Achievement Award: John Carpenter & Robert Weinberg
For more information about the Bram Stoker award, visit the Horror Writers Association.
Back to celebrating… Cheers! — Mike Arnzen