The 2009 Stoker Winners:

NOVEL: DUMA KEY by Stephen King

FIRST NOVEL: THE GENTLING BOX by Lisa Mannetti

LONG FICTON: MIRANDA by John R. Little

SHORT FICTION: "The Lost" by Sarah Langan

FICTION COLLECTION: JUST AFTER SUNSET by Stephen King

ANTHOLOGY: UNSPEAKABLE HORROR edited by Vince A. Liaguno and Chad Helder

NONFICTION: A HALLOWE'EN ANTHOLOGY by Lisa Morton

POETRY COLLECTION: THE NIGHTMARE COLLECTION by Bruce Boston

The 2009 Stoker Nominees:

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Superior Achievement in a Novel
Coffin County by Gary Braunbeck (Leisure Books). Gary A. Braunbeck is the author of 19 books and over 200 short stories. He is a five-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award (twice for Short Fiction, once for Long Fiction, once for Collection and once for Anthology) and he is a recipient of the International Horror Guild award (for his novella "Kiss of the Mudman"); most recently he was nominated (with co-editor Hank Schwaeble) for the World Fantasy Award in the Anthology category. He is in an adjunct professor at Seton Hill University, and served as President of the Horror Writers Association. He lives in Columbus, Ohio, with renowned science fiction writer and essayist Lucy Snyder. Find him online at www.garybraunbeck.com.
The Reach by Nate Kenyon (Leisure Books). Nate Kenyon grew up in a small town in Maine. He attended Trinity College in Connecticut, majoring in English and winning awards for playwriting and fiction. After graduation some of his short fiction found publication in literary and genre magazines such as Nude Beach, The Belletrist Review, Nocturnal Ecstasy and Terminal Frights. Kenyon sold his first novel, Bloodstone, to Five Star Publishing in 2005. Bloodstone was published a year later to critical acclaim, named a Bram Stoker Award finalist in hardcover, winning the P&E Horror Novel of the Year poll, and becoming one of Five Star’s all time bestselling speculative fiction titles. In 2007, Leisure Books signed him to a two-book contract for Bloodstone and his next novel, The Reach. Bloodstone was released from Leisure in May 2008, and The Reach hit shelves in December 2008, receiving a starred review from Publishers Weekly and raves from Booklist, Pop Syndicate, Rue Morgue, Dark Scribe and many more. His third novel, The Bone Factory, will be released in July 2009. Kenyon has a trade paperback science fiction novella, Prime, coming in July 2009 from Apex Books. He has recently had stories published in Shroud Magazine, The Harrow, Permuted Press’s Giant Creatures anthology, Shroud's Northern Haunts, and Legends of the Mountain State 2, and has several others forthcoming.
Duma Key by Stephen King (Scribner). Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In the fall of 1973, he began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels. In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Co., accepted the novel Carrie for publication, providing him the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He has since published over 40 books and has become one of the world's most successful writers. Stephen lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. They are regular contributors to a number of charities including many libraries and have been honored locally for their philanthropic activities.
Johnny Gruesome by Gregory Lamberson (Bad Moon Books/Medallion Press). Both of Gregory Lamberson’s current Stoker nominated works, Johnny Gruesome and CHEAP SCARES! Low Budget Horror Filmmakers Share Their Secrets, grew out of his love for “B” horror films. He wrote and directed the micro-budget midnight movies Slime City, Undying Love and Naked Fear, which will be released as a special 2-disc DVD, The Slime City Grindhouse Collection, on July 28th. Medallion Press will reprint his first novel, Personal Demons, this October, and he is currently in pre-production on a new film, Slime City Massacre. He is also the editor of FearZone.com, which he was hired to create and launch. His website is SlimeGuy.com.
Superior Achievement in a First Novel
Midnight on Mourn Street by Christopher Conlon (Earthling Publications). Christopher Conlon is the author of the novel Midnight on Mourn Street as well as two collections of stories and three volumes of poetry. His work has appeared in Poets & Writers, America Magazine, Dark Discoveries, The Long Story, Filmfax, and many other magazines and literary journals. As an editor his credits include He Is Legend: An Anthology Celebrating Richard Matheson and Poe's Lighthouse. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. Visit him online at ChristopherConlon.com.
The Gentling Box by Lisa Mannetti (Dark Hart Press). Lisa Mannetti is a former magazine editor and adjunct college English instructor who discovered she preferred writing full time to real work when she volunteered to be the family member who cared for her ailing mother. Her debut novel, The Gentling Box, (DarkHart Press October, 2008) was named as one of four Editors’ Picks on Fearzone’s Best Novels of 2008; and, along with works by such luminaries as F. Paul Wilson, was chosen as one of the Top Ten novels of 2008 on Creature Feature. As a result of her research about gypsies for The Gentling Box, she is also an expert Tarot Reader. She recently served as guest editor for the Terrible Beauty, Fearful Symmetry anthology and two of her most recently published stories appear in Traps! (DarkHart Press, November 2008) and Lovestrology (Ravenous Romance, December 2008); a third, “Everybody Wins,” was translated into a short indie film by director Paul Leyden. (November, 2008). 51 Fiendish Ways to Leave Your Lover, a macabre gag book illustrated by Glenn Chadbourne, is currently being shopped around by her agent. She is currently working on a novel tentatively titled The Everest Hauntings. Lisa lives with her mischievous twin black kittens, Harry and Theodora Houdini, in the home she grew up in. Her mother haunts the house to remind Lisa that the water bill — used by the HoudiniCats while rehearsing their magic act - is now confetti, the kitchen cupboards are not the same as an “escape trunk” and the car keys have not vanished: They are in the litter box. Visit Lisa on the web at: www.lisamannetti.com, www.myspace.com/lisamannetti, and thechanceryhouse.com.
Monster Behind the Wheel by Michael McCarty and Mark McLaughlin (Delirium Books). Michael McCarty is the author of three books of interviews - Giants of the Genre and More Giants of the Genre from Wildside Press, and Modern Mythmakers from McFarland & Company. His short stories and interviews have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies. He is the author of three fiction collections: Dark Duets from Wildside Press; All Things Dark and Hideous, co-written with Bram Stoker Award-winner Mark McLaughlin, from Rainfall Books in England; and Little Creatures from Sam's Dot Publishing. Also, he has written Ghostly Tales of Route 66, a book of true ghost stories with Connie Corcoran Wilson, published by Quixote Press. McCarty's first novel, Monster Behind the Wheel, co-written with Mark McLaughlin, was released by Delirium Books/Corrosion Press in September 2008. In that same month, Skullvines Press released the paperback poetry collection, Attack of the Two-Headed Poetry Monster, also co-written with Mark McLaughlin. His second novel, Out of Time, co-written with Connie Corcoran Wilson, was released in late 2008 by Lachesis Books. McCarty's first solo novel, a vampire satire called Liquid Diet, is slated for an early 2009 release by Black Death/Demonic Clown Books. McCarty is an Active member of the Horror Writers' Association and a staff writer for Science Fiction Weekly, the website of the Sci-Fi Channel. For online updates on McCarty's projects, visit www.myspace.com/monsterbook and www.geocities.com/mccartyzone.

Mark McLaughlin's fiction, nonfiction and poetry have appeared in almost 1,000 magazines, newspapers, websites, and anthologies, including Flesh & Blood, Black Gate, Galaxy, Writer's Digest, Talebones, Midnight Premiere, Dark Arts, and two volumes each of The Best Of The Rest, The Best Of HorrorFind, and The Year's Best Horror Stories (DAW Books). Collections of McLaughlin's fiction include Motivational Shrieker, Slime After Slime, and Pickman's Motel from Delirium Books, and At The Foothills Of Frenzy (with co-authors Shane Ryan Staley and Brian Knight) from Solitude Publications, as well as Twisted Tales for Sick Puppies (Skullvines Press). HorrorGarage.com features his online column, "Four-Letter Word Beginning with 'F'" (the word in question is Fear). Also, he is the co-author, with Rain Graves and David Niall Wilson, of The Gossamer Eye, which won a Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Poetry. His poetry collection, Phantasmapedia, was on the final ballot for the 2007 Stoker Award for Poetry. With regular collaborator Michael McCarty, he has written Monster Behind The Wheel (Delirium Books/Corrosion Press), Attack Of The Two-Headed Poetry Monster (Skullvines Press), and All Things Dark And Hideous (Rainfall Books, England). McLaughlin is also a successful public relations executive who regularly writes articles for business journals, newspapers, trade publications and websites. McLaughlin is an Active member of the Horror Writers' Association. To find out more about his work, visit www.myspace.com/monsterbook and www.myspace.com/twistedtalesbook.

The Suicide Collectors by David Oppegaard (St. Martin's Press). David Oppegaard was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and grew up in the small town of Lake Crystal, Minnesota. David holds a B.A. in English Literature from St. Olaf College and an M.F.A. in Writing from Hamline University. A finalist for the Indiana Review Fiction Award and the Iowa Fiction Award, David has worked as an optician, a standardized test scorer, a farm hand, an editorial assistant, a trash picker for St. Paul public housing, a library circulation assistant, and as a child minder on a British cruise ship. He is also the creator and co-producer of The Hardworking Man From Nebraska, a comedic short film featuring an alien named Tellon who has come to earth to learn about the hardship and travails of human existence. The Suicide Collectors is his publishing debut. His second novel, Wormwood, Nevada will be released in December of 2009, also from St. Martin's Press.
Frozen Blood by Joel A. Sutherland (Lachesis Publishing). Joel A. Sutherland makes his living as a librarian, surrounded by books both at work and at home. His short fiction has appeared in various magazines and anthologies, and his first novel, Frozen Blood, was released by Lachesis Publishing in late 2008. He is currently working on his next project, a creative writing book for middle grade and YA readers, to be released by Scholastic Publishing in 2010. He's happiest when he's hanging out with his wife, Colleen, and their goldendoodle, Murphy. Please visit Sutherland online at www.joelasutherland.com.
Superior Achievement in Long Fiction
The Shallow End of the Pool by Adam-Troy Castro (Creeping Hemlock Press). Adam-Troy Castro made his first professional sale to Spy magazine in 1987. Since then, he's published fifteen books and almost ninety short stories, nominated for a total of two Stokers, two Hugos, and five Nebulas. Among those stories are "Baby Girl Diamond" (nominated for a previous Bram Stoker Award), "The Funeral March of the Marionettes" (nominated for the Hugo and Nebula Awards), and his personal choice for the best story of his career, "Of A Sweet Slow Dance in the Wake of Temporary Dogs," nominated for the 2003 Nebula. Another Hugo and Nebula nominee, "The Astronaut from Wyoming," a collaboration with Jerry Oltion, was the recipient of the Seiun. Adam-Troy's most recent books are the science fiction murder mysteries Emissaries From the Dead and The Third Claw of God (Eos), both starring his prickly investigator Andrea Cort. He also contributed to the strange mainstream novel, Fake Alibris, coming out this fall from BenBella Books. He lives in Miami with his wife Judi and an assortment of bipolar felines that include Meow Farrow and Uma Furman.
Miranda by John R. Little (Bad Moon Books). John R. Little's debut novel The Memory Tree earned him a Bram Stoker Award nomination for First Novel, and his two subsequent novellas Placeholders and Miranda were universally acclaimed. Forthcoming work includes a short story in the anthology Dark Delicacies 3, the novella Dreams in Black and White, and a collection published by Bad Moon Books.
Redemption Roadshow by Weston Ochse (Burning Effigy Press). Weston lives in Southern Arizona with his wife, Yvonne Navarro, and Great Danes, Pester Ghost Palm Eater and Goblin Monster Dog. For entertainment he races tarantula wasps, wrestles rattlesnakes, and bakes in the noonday sun. His work has won the Bram Stoker Award for First Novel and been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for short fiction. His work has also appeared in anthologies, magazines and professional writing guides. He thinks it´s damn cool that he´s had stories in comic books. September 2009 will find his apocalyptic novel Blaze of Glory published by Bloodletting Press and January 2010 will find his mass market zombie novel Empire of Salt available from Abbadon Books. Elvis is still in the building.
The Confessions of St. Zach by Gene O'Neill (Bad Moon Books). Gene has published 100 plus stories in magazines, anthologies, and on the web, a number garnering Stoker recs. His novel, Lost Tribe, recently was published in a limited edition hardback. Upcoming in the near future are Shadow of the Dark Angel in a limited edition hardback, and Doc Good's Traveling Show, a Cal Wild novella in trade paperback - both from Bad Moon Books.
Superior Achievement in Short Fiction
"Petrified" by Scott Edelman (Desolate Souls). Scott Edelman (the editor) currently works for the SCI FI Channel as Features Editor of SCI FI Wire. He was the founding editor of Science Fiction Age, which he edited during its entire eight-year run. He also edited SCI FI magazine, previously known as Sci-Fi Entertainment, for over a decade, as well as two other SF media magazines, Sci-Fi Universe and Sci-Fi Flix. He has been a four-time Hugo Award finalist for Best Editor. Scott Edelman (the writer) has published more than 75 short stories in magazines such as The Twilight Zone, Postscripts, and Absolute Magnitude, and in anthologies such as Crossroads: Tales of the Southern Literary Fantastic, The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction: Volume Three, and MetaHorror, as well as in Forbidden Planets, Moon Shots and Mars Probes. This is his fourth time as a Stoker Awards finalist.
"The Lost" by Sarah Langan (Cemetery Dance Publications). Sarah Langan's first novel The Keeper was a New York Times Editor's Pick. Her second novel The Missing won the Bram Stoker Award for outstanding novel, was a Publisher's Weekly favorite book of the year, and an IHG outstanding novel nominee. She has published a dozen short stories, several essays, and her third novel, Audrey's Door, about a woman who moves into a haunted apartment building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, is due out from HarperCollins in October, 2009.
"The Dude Who Collected Lovecraft" by Nick Mamatas and Tim Pratt (Chizine). Nick Mamatas is the author of two novels, Under My Roof and the Stoker-nominated Move Under Ground. He has published over fifty short stories, many of which were recently collected in You Might Sleep.... A native New Yorker, Nick now lives in the California Bay Area.

Tim Pratt lives in Oakland CA with his wife Heather Shaw and their son River. His stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, and other nice places, and have won a Hugo Award (and lost a Nebula). His most recent collection, Hart & Boot & Other Stories, was a World Fantasy Award finalist. For more, visit www.timpratt.org.

"Evidence of Love in a Case of Abandonment" by M. Rickert (Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction). Mary Rickert is the author of the short story collection Map of Dreams which won the World Fantasy and Crawford Awards. She is a frequent contributor to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. She currently lives in a quaint Wisconsin town, which proves to be the perfect inspiration for horror.
"Turtle" by Lee Thomas (Doorways). Lee Thomas is the Lambda Literary Award and Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Stained, Parish Damned (Telos), Damage (Sarob), and The Dust of Wonderland (Alyson). In addition to numerous magazines, his short fiction has appeared in the anthologies A Walk on the Darkside (Roc), Unspeakable Horror (Dark Scribe), Wilde Stories 2008: The Best of the Year’s Gay Speculative Fiction (Lethe Press), and Inferno (Tor), among others. You can find him on the web at: www.leethomasauthor.com
Superior Achievement in an Anthology
Like a Chinese Tattoo edited by Bill Breedlove (Dark Arts Books). Bill Breedlove is the editor of the anthologies Candy in the Dumpster, Waiting for October, Like a Chinese Tattoo, and Mighty Unclean (June 2009), published by Dark Arts Books. His work has appeared in publications such as Chicago Tribune, InSider, The Fortune News, Restaurants & Institutions, Bluefood.cc, Encyclopedia of Actuarial Science and Playboy Online. His stories can also be found in the books Tales of Forbidden Passion, Strange Creatures, Tails from the Pet Shop, Book of Dead Things, Cthulhu and the Coeds and Blood and Donuts. He lives in Chicago. His website is curiousstories.com.
Horror Library Volume 3 edited by R. J. Cavender (Cutting Block Press). R.J. Cavender is the founder of the Terrible Twelve authors group and Editor-in-Chief of the Horror Library series of anthologies. His work has appeared in NFG Magazine, Dark Recesses Press, Haunted Attractions, and the Our Shadows Speak anthology. He resides in Tucson, Arizona and is currently working on compiling his next yearly anthology for Cutting Block Press.
Beneath the Surface edited by Tim Deal (Shroud Publishing). Timothy Deal is the editor and publisher of Shroud Publishing LLC, a Milton, NH small press publisher of dark speculative fiction. In 2007, Tim launched Shroud Magazine, the Journal of Dark Fiction and Art (a Black Quill nominee), which in 2008 was selected for North American retail distribution through Barnes & Noble. He has edited three anthologies, two of which were simultaneously recommended for Bram Stoker Awards from the Horror Writers¹ Association with Beneath the Surface ultimately garnering the nomination. Tim has authored more than 100 published stories, news pieces, features, and analysis in topics such as technology and business, entertainment, the arts, and film. He currently sits as the Publications head for the New England Horror Writers¹ executive committee. Prior to his career in writing and publishing, Tim was a police officer, paratrooper, and Army counterintelligence agent.
Unspeakable Horror edited by Vince Liaguno and Chad Helder (Dark Scribe Press). Chad Helder is the creator and writer of Bartholomew of the Scissors, a 2008 comic book miniseries from Bluewater Productions. Helder also writes and edits for Vincent Price Presents, a monthly series of one-shots from Bluewater. Helder's first book of poetry, The Pop-Up Book of Death, is forthcoming from Rebel Satori Press. Along with horror author Vince Liaguno, Helder co-edited Unpseakable Horror: From the Shadows of the Closet, an anthology of Queer Horror fiction from Dark Scribe Press. Helder's website and blog can be found at UnspeakableHorror.com.

Vince Liaguno is a writer and publisher of dark genre fiction. His debut novel, 2006’s The Literary Six, was a tribute to the slasher films of the 80’s and won an Independent Publisher Award (IPPY) for Horror and was named a finalist in ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Awards in the Gay/Lesbian Fiction category. He founded Dark Scribe Press in 2007 and is the Editor-in-Chief of the virtual Dark Scribe Magazine. In addition, he is a contributing editor with Autograph, a national specialty-niche magazine for enthusiasts of the titular hobby. His work has appeared in the anthologies Malpractice: An Anthology of Bedside Terror (Stygian Publications), My Diva: 65 Gay Men and the Women Who Inspire Them (University of Wisconsin Press) and the themed poetry anthology Death in Common: Poems From Unlikely Victims (Daverana Enterprises). He is currently editing Butcher Knives & Body Counts, an anthology of non-fiction essays on slasher films, and continues to work on his second novel. Vince is a member of the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) and currently serves as Secretary of the Horror Writers Association (HWA). He lives on the eastern end of Long Island, New York, with his partner of 21 years, their two Cocker Spaniels, and a cat named after British chanteuse Alison Moyet.

Superior Achievement in a Collection
The Number 121 to Pennsylvania by Kealan Patrick Burke (Cemetery Dance Publications). Kealan Patrick Burke is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Turtle Boy, The Hides, Vessels Currency of Souls, Master of the Moors, and Kin, and editor of the anthologies Taverns of the Dead, Night Visions 12, Quietly Now, Tales from the Gorezone, and Brimstone Turnpike. In addition to his writing, editing, and photography, Kealan works full-time as a fraud investigator. This summer he is slated to play one of the lead roles in fellow Stoker nominee Greg Lamberson's movie Slime City Massacre, the sequel to his 80's cult hit Slime City.
Mama's Boy and Other Dark Tales by Fran Friel (Apex Publications). Fran Friel lives in coastal New England with her husband and a mad Lab (dog, that is). She spends quality time with said hubby and beast pretending they live in Maui. Residing in Connecticut, this pretending requires a vivid imagination, which brings us to the writing. Since joining the Horror Library in 2004, Fran's short fiction has won a few contests, including the recent Reader's Choice Black Quill Award for Dark Fiction Collection. Her work was also nominated for a Bram Stoker Award in 2006 in the Long Fiction category. Her current Stoker nominated collection, Mama's Boy and Other Dark Tales, was released by Apex Publications in June of 2008. A novel is now in the works, and the Maui dreaming continues.
Just After Sunset by Stephen King (Scribner). See his nomination under Novel for Duma Key.
Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters by John Langan (Prime Books). John Langan lives in upstate New York with his wife, son, and a cat who needs to lose some weight. His fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and the anthologies Poe and The Living Dead. His first collection, Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters, was published by Prime Books; his first novel, House of Windows, is forthcoming from Night Shade Books. He has a story upcoming in John Joseph Adams's By Blood We Live.
Gleefully Macabre Tales by Jeff Strand (Delirium Books). Sinister men with knives, hostages, and a wad of cash ³convinced² Jeff Strand to take a fall in this year¹s Stoker race. He took their money and then finaled for Gleefully Macabre Tales anyway. He¹s now a target for their brutal vengeance, so if you don¹t want to get caught in the crossfire, we recommend avoiding him this weekend. But by all means visit his website at www.JeffStrand.com.
Superior Achievement in Nonfiction
Cheap Scares by Gregory Lamberson (McFarland). See his nomination under Novel for Johnny Gruesome.
Zombie CSU by Jonathan Maberry (Citadel Press). Jonathan is a multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author of over two dozen books. His novels includes Ghost Road Blues (winner of the Stoker Award for Best First Novel in 2006), Dead Man's Song (2007), Bad Moon Rising (2008), and Patient Zero (2009). Upcoming novels include The Dragon Factory and The King of Plagues (St Martins Press) and The Wolfman (Universal Pictures). His nonfiction works include Vampire Universe (Citadel Press, 2006), and The Cryptopedia (Citadel, 2007 –winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction); They Bite! (2009) and Vampire Hunters and Other Enemies of Evil (2010). His first two comics for Marvel – Punisher: Naked Kill and Wolverine: Ghosts will be released early this year. Jonathan is the co-creator (with Laura Schrock) of On the Slab, an entertainment news show for ABC Disney / Stage 9, to be released on the Internet in 2010. Visit his website at www.jonathanmaberry.com or on Facebook and MySpace. Jonathan is president of the Pennsylvania-New Jersey Chapter of the HWA.
A Hallowe'en Anthology by Lisa Morton (McFarland). Lisa Morton is a screenwriter and the author of some three dozen works of short fiction, including the Bram Stoker-Award winning story for 2006. Her previous nonfiction book, The Halloween Encyclopedia, was published to rave reviews, and A Hallowe'en Anthology was nominated for the Black Quill Award. Lisa can be found online at lisamorton.com.
The Book of Lists: Horror by Amy Wallace, Del Howison and Scott Bradley (HarperCollins). Scott Bradley was born in Missouri in 1972, and escaped to California in 1998. His work as a film critic and journalist has appeared in Film Quarterly, The Kansas City Star, Creative Screenwriting, and numerous other print and online venues. The Book of Lists: Horror is his first book, and he is currently at work on a novel and (with Jason Aaron) on the literary biography of author Gustav Hasford. Scott lives in Los Angeles, across the street from his girlfriend, Amy Wallace.

This is Del Howison's third nomination in three books as editor. He won for 2005's Dark Delicacies. He is also a short story writer, a journalist and co-owner of America's Horror Store, Dark Delicacies.

Amy Wallace created The Book of Lists in 1977 with her father Irving Wallace and brother David Wallechinsky. She also collaborated with her family on Significa, The Intimate Sex Lives of Famous People, The Book of Predictions, and several Book of Lists sequels. Amy's most recent entries in the series are The Official Punk Rock Book of Lists and The Book of Lists: Horror. She is also the author of the biographies The Two (with Irving Wallace) and The Prodigy; the controversial Los Angeles Times bestselling memoir Sorcerer's Apprentice: My Life with Carlos Castaneda; and the acclaimed erotic novel Desire. Amy lives in Los Angeles, California, with her two cats, Hank and Bella, across the street from her boyfriend, Scott Bradley.

Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection
The Nightmare Collection by Bruce Boston (Dark Regions Press). Bruce Boston is the author of more than forty books and chapbooks, including the novels Stained Glass Rain and The Guardener's Tale. His fiction and poetry have appeared in hundreds of publications, most visibly in Asimov's SF Magazine, Amazing Stories, Weird Tales, Strange Horizons, Realms of Fantasy, Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, and The Nebula Awards Showcase, and received a number of awards, most notably, the Bram Stoker Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Asimov's Readers Award, the Rhysling Award, and the Grand Master Award of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. He lives in Ocala, Florida, with his wife, writer-artist Marge Simon. For more information, you can visit his website at bruceboston.com.
The Phantom World by Gary William Crawford (Sam's Dot Publishing). Gary William Crawford is the founder and editor of Gothic Press that published the scholarly journal Gothic and now publishes The Gothic Chapbook Series. He is the author of the poetry collections Poems of the Divided Self, In Shadow Lands, and The Shadow City. He is the author of the short story collections Gothic Fevers and Mysteries of Von Domarus/. He is the author of many scholarly works such as Robert Aickman: An Introduction, Ramsey Campbell, and J. Sheridan Le Fanu: A Bio-Bibliography. He edits the free online journal Le Fanu Studies. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Virgin of the Apocalypse by Corrine De Winter (Sam's Dot Publishing). Corrine De Winter is the author of several poetry collections, including the Stoker Award winning The Women At The Funeral and the latest Virgin of the Apocalypse which is in contention for the 2008 Stoker Award. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize four times, and has been widely published in numerous journals: Doorways, New York Quarterly, Sacred Journey, FATE and others. Her readings and a movie are featured on YouTube. She has recently recorded a spoken word expose of her work which will appear on her website soon: corrinedewinter.com
Attack of the Two-Headed Poetry Monster by Mark McLaughlin and Michael McCarty (Skullvines Press). See their nomination under First Novel for Monster Behind the Wheel.

The Specialty Press Award
The Horror Writers Association is pleased to announce that the 2009 Specialty Press Award has been awarded to Bloodletting Press. Bloodletting Press is based in Modesto, California and is run by Larry Roberts and his wife, Debra Roberts. They have been publishing fine limited edition books since 2002. Their titles are all highly prized by both collectors and readers alike. Recently, Bloodletting has formed a new imprint, Morning Star Books as well as a joint venture with Delirium Books for very high-end collectible books, Infernal House Books. Bloodletting and Delirium have also collaborated to create the Horror Mall, one of the world’s largest bookstores specializing in horror, as well as The Haunt, a social networking site for horror fans. In its several dozen books, Bloodletting has published many of the modern masters of the horror field including Brian Keene, Douglas Clegg, Edward Lee, Jack Ketchum, Ray Garton, and James A. Moore. All of their books have used outstanding design and production techniques.

The Silver Hammer Award
The Board of Trustees of the Horror Writers Association is pleased to announce that this year’s Silver Hammer Award is being awarded to Sephera Giron. The Hammer Award is given periodically to an HWA volunteer who has done a truly massive amount of work for our organization, often unsung and behind the scenes. It was instituted in 1996, and is decided by a vote of HWA's Board of Trustees. The award is so named because it represents the careful, steady, continuous work of building HWA's "house" -- the many institutional systems that keep the organization functioning on a day-to-day basis. The award itself is a chrome-plated hammer with an engraved plaque on the handle. The chrome hammer is also a satisfying allusion to The Beatles' song, "Maxwell's Silver Hammer," a miniature horror story in itself. Sephera Giron has been HWA’s Canadian face for the last decade, working tirelessly to promote the organization at festivals, conventions and monthly meetings. A gifted writer who has published novels with Leisure Books, short fiction with Cemetery Dance and the Hot Blood series, and non-fiction books and articles on witchcraft and astrology, Sephera somehow found time to also work as Mistress of Ceremonies for the 2007 Stoker Awards presentation and she writes a monthly column for the organization’s newsletter. Past winners of the Silver Hammer Award include Lawrence Watt-Evans, Robert Weinberg and Douglas Winter.

The President's Richard Laymon Award
The Richard Laymon President's Award was created to recognize a volunteer within the HWA who's gone above and beyond the call of duty to help the organization. We have many dedicated people within HWA so choosing one is always a difficult task. That said, it gives me great pleasure to announce that this year's recipient of the RLPA is John R. Little. Ever since John joined HWA he's extended a helping hand, no matter the size of the task. In fact, john was one of the first to step up, offering to do whatever it took to make this year's Stoker Event one of the best ever...and as you can see, he's a man of his word. His professionalism, dedication and commitment to excellence make John the quintessential candidate for this award. Thank you, John! – Deborah LeBlanc

For more about the Stoker Awards, please visit HWA's page on the Stokers.