Best Scary Books…continuing the Halloween Theme

So, continuing the Halloween theme….Today’s awards are for scary, creepy crawly books. 🙂

First up: The Bram Stoker award for superior achievement. This award has multiple, and shifting categories. Another feature that is unusual is that the rules are designed to allow for multiple winners and ties, acknowledging the difficulty of choosing ONE BEST anything.

“From 2011 the eleven Bram Stoker Award categories are: Novel, First Novel, Short Fiction, Long Fiction, Young Adult, Fiction Collection, Poetry Collection, Anthology, Screenplay, Graphic Novel and Non-Fiction.

There are two paths to a work becoming a Nominee for the Bram Stoker Award. In one, the HWA membership at large recommends worthy works for consideration. A preliminary ballot for each category is compiled using a formula based on these recommendations. In the second, a Jury for each category also compiles a preliminary ballot. Two rounds of voting by our Active members then determine first the Final Ballot (all those appearing on the Final Ballot are “Bram Stoker Nominees”), and then the Bram Stoker Award Winners. The Winners are announced and the Bram Stoker Awards presented at a gala banquet, normally during the period between March and June.

In addition, Lifetime Achievement Awards are occasionally presented to individuals whose entire body of work has substantially influenced Horror.” From THIS website.


This is awarded by the Horror Writers Association. This group, originally named HOWL (Horror/Occult Writers League- awesome name, should’ve kept it!) defines itself as:

The goals of HOWL were stated simply and directly in the preamble to the constitution and bylaws: “Be it known that the Horror and Occult Writers League is a non-profit organization of professional writers of fiction and non-fiction pertaining to or inspired by the traditions, legends, development, and history of horror and occult. Its members are together for their mutual benefit in an earnest effort to further a more widespread publicity, promotion, distribution, readership and appreciation of the literature of horror and occult.”

Professional Horror authors, including comic book, screenplay, and dramatists are eligible to be active members; amateurs, publishers, and fans all have other membership categories open to them. Very cool. I especially like that ALL media are represented, not just book/print. Click here for more membership info.

This group also took the time to define the difference between promoting yourself and soliciting for an award you  might not deserve. The description is excellent, and can be found HERE. In short, to be nominated, the committee & membership have to know about your work, but don’t be dishonest or smarmy about it. 🙂 fabulous. 

For a list of winners & nominees:

This year’s recommendations:


More fun things on their website: Writing Tips HERE



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