Horror Writers Zombify This Year’s Stoker Award Winner for Best Novel

Richard Matheson's I Am Legend (book cover), winner of the Stoker Award's Vampire Novel of the CenturyRichard Matheson Wins Vampire Novel of the Century Award for I Am Legend

Okay, it’s late here in Southeast Asia so this will be short and sweet and cribbed from the 2011 Stoker Award winners list from the inestimable Locus.

To wit:

Superior Achievement in a Novel

Flesh Eaters, Joe McKinney (Pinnacle)

The rest of the shortlist:

A Matrix of Angels, Christopher Conlon (Creative Guy)
Cosmic Forces, Greg Lamberson (Medallion)
Floating Staircase, Ronald Malfi (Medallion/Thunderstorm)
Not Fade Away, Gene O’Neill (Bad Moon)
The German, Thomas Lee (Lethe)

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

Isis Unbound, Allyson Bird (Dark Regions)

The rest of the shortlist:

Southern Gods, John Horner Jacobs (Night Shade)
The Lamplighters, Frazer Lee (Samhain Horror)
The Panama Laugh, Thomas Roche (Night Shade)
The Which Should Not Be, Brett J. Talley (JournalStone)

Superior Achievement Long Fiction

“The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine,” Peter Straub (Conjunctions 56)

The rest of the shortlist:

“7 Brains”, Michael Louis Calvillo (Burning Effigy Press)
“Roots and All”, Brian Hodge (A Book of Horrors)
“The Colliers’ Venus (1893)”, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Naked City: New Tales of Urban Fantasy)
“Ursa Major”, John R. Little (Bad Moon)
“Rusting Chickens”, Gene O’Neill (Dark Regions)

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction

“Herman Wouk Is Still Alive” Stephen King (The Atlantic 5/11)

The rest of the shortlist:

“Her Husband’s Hands”, Adam-Troy Castro (Lightspeed 10/11)
“Graffiti Sonata”, Gene O’Neill (Dark Discoveries #18)
“X if for Xyx”, John Palisano (M Is for Monster)
“Home”, George Saunders (The New Yorker 6/13/11)
“All You Can Do Is Breathe”, Kaaron Warren (Blood and Other Cravings)

Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction

Stephen King: A Literary Companion, Rocky Wood (McFarland & Company)

Halloween Nation: Behind the Scenes of America’s Fright Night, Lesley Pratt Bannatyne (Pelican)
Reflections in a Glass Darkly: Essays on J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Gary William Crawford, Jim Rockhill, & Brian J. Showers, eds. (Hippocampus)
Starve Better, Nick Mamatas (Apex)
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Zombies, Matt Mogk (Gallery)
The Gothic Imagination, John C. Tibbetts (Palgrave)

There were more, but as I say, I’m keeping it short and sweet. I’ll just mention, per the subhead above, that the Horror Writers Association (HSA), which presents the Stoker Awards, celebrated its 25th anniversary. As part of that celebration, it awarded, in conjunction with the Bram Stoker Family Estate and the Rosenbach Museum & Library, a special, one-time only Vampire Novel of the Century Award to Richard Matheson for I Am Legend. 

See the shortlist here at the 2012 Stoker Awards for the Vampire Novel of the Century. 

One editorial comment I will make: a zombie novel captured the best novel award? Really? I haven’t read McKinney’s Flesh Eaters, so I’m in no position to judge, but … zombies … yawn. How can you write anything original and engaging about zombies? I’ve read the blurbs and it sounds like cliché -riddled, run-of-the-mill stuff. End of civilization, they eat brains, etc.

But, as I say, I haven’t read it. And I don’t wanna pull a Christopher Priest. If you have and liked it, please, do tell.

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