2009 Stoker Awards Preliminary Ballot

The 2009 Stoker Awards Preliminary Ballot has been released:

Superior Achievement in a Novel

  • As Fate Would Have It, Michael Louis Calvillo (Bad Moon)
  • Sacrifice, John Everson (Leisure)
  • Eternal Vigilance II: Death of Illusions, Gabrielle Faust (Immanion)
  • Twisted Ladder, Rhodi Hawk (Tor)
  • Voracious, Alice Henderson (Jove)
  • The Bone Factory, Nate Kenyon (Leisure)
  • Audrey’s Door, Sarah Langan (Harper)
  • Patient Zero, Jonathan Maberry (St. Martin’s Griffin)
  • Quarantined, Joe McKinney (Lachesis)
  • Cursed, Jeremy Shipp (Raw Dog Screaming Press)

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

  • The Black Act, Louise Bohmer (Library of Horror)
  • Breathers, S. G. Browne (Broadway Books)
  • Slaughter!, Marcus Griffin (Alexandrian Archives)
  • The Dead Path, Stephen M. Irwin (Hachette Australia)
  • Solomon’s Grave, Daniel G. Keohane (Dragon Moon Press)
  • Dismember, Daniel Pyle (Wild Child)
  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Carrie Ryan (Delacorte
  • Damnable, Hank Schwaeble (Jove)
  • The Little Sleep, Paul Tremblay (Henry Holt)
  • Slights, Kaaron Warren (Angry Robot)

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction

  • Dreaming Robot Monster, Mort Castle (Mighty Unclean)
  • The Hunger of Empty Vessels, Scott Edelman (Bad Moon)
  • Rot, Michelle Lee (Skullvines)
  • The Gray Zone, John R. Little (Bad Moon)
  • “Diana and the Goong-Si”, Lisa Morton (Midnight Walk)
  • The Lucid Dreaming, Lisa Morton (Bad Moon)
  • Black Butterflies, Kurt Newton (Sideshow)
  • Doc Good’s Traveling Show, Gene O’Neill (Bad Moon)
  • Little Graveyard on the Prairie, Steven E. Wedel (Bad Moon)
  • Mama Fish, Rio Youers (Shroud)

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction

  • “Nub Hut”, Kurt Dinan (Chizine 1/09)
  • “One More Day”, Brian Freeman (Shivers V)
  • “Where Sunlight Sleeps”, Brian Freeman (Horror Drive-In 4/16/09)
  • “Blanket of White”, Amy Grech (Blanket of White)
  • “Keeping Watch”, Nate Kenyon (Monstrous: 20 Tales of Giant Creature Terror)
  • “Plague Dogs”, Joe McKinney (Potters Field 3)
  • “The Crossing of Aldo Ray”, Weston Ochse (The Dead That Walk)
  • “The Outlaws of Hill County”, John Palisano (Harvest Hill)
  • “In the Porches of My Ears”, Norman Prentiss (Postscripts 18)
  • “The Night Nurse”, Harry Shannon (Horror Drive-In 7/15/09)

Superior Achievement in an Anthology

  • Harlan County Horrors, Mari Adkins, ed. (Apex)
  • He Is Legend: An Anthology Celebrating Richard Matheson, Christopher Conlon, ed. (Gauntlet)
  • Mighty Unclean, Bill Breedlove, ed. (Dark Arts)
  • Lovecraft Unbound, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Dark Horse)
  • Poe, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Solaris)
  • Dark Delicacies 3: Haunted, Del Howison & Jeff Gelb, eds. (Running Press)
  • Butcher Shop Quartet 2, Frank J. Hutton, ed. (Cutting Block)
  • British Invasion, Chris Golden, Tim Lebbon & James Moore, eds. (Cemetery Dance)
  • Midnight Walk, Lisa Morton, ed. (Dark House)
  • Grants Pass, Amanda Pillar & Jennifer Brozek, eds. (Morrigan)

Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection

  • Shards, Shane Jiraiya Cummings (Brimstone)
  • Martyrs and Monsters, Robert Dunbar (DarkHart)
  • Dark Entities, David Dunwoody (Dark Regions)
  • Got to Kill Them All and Other Stories, Dennis Etchison (Cemetery Dance)
  • Shades of Blood and Shadow, Angeline Hawkes (Dark Regions)
  • Unhappy Endings, Brian Keene (Delirium)
  • You Might Sleep…, Nick Mamatas (Prime)
  • A Little Help from my Fiends, Michael McCarty (Sam’s Dot)
  • A Taste of Tenderloin, Gene O’Neill (Apex)
  • In the Closet, Under the Bed, Lee Thomas (Dark Scribe)

Superior Achievement in Non-fiction

  • Writers Workshop of Horror, Michael Knost (Woodland)
  • Esoteria-Land, Michael McCarty (BearManor Media)
  • Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues, Loren Rhoads, ed. (Simon & Schuster)
  • Cinema Knife Fight, L.L. Soares & Michael Arruda (Fearzone)
  • The Stephen King Illustrated Companion, Bev Vincent (Fall River)
  • Stephen King: The Non-Fiction, Rocky Wood & Justin Brook (Cemetery Dance)

Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection

  • Double Visions, Bruce Boston (Dark Regions)
  • North Left of Earth, Bruce Boston (Sam’s Dot)
  • Mortician’s Tea, G. O. Clark (Sam’s Dot)
  • Starkweather Dreams, Christopher Conlon (Creative Guy Publishing)
  • Voices from the Dark, Gary William Crawford (Dark Regions)
  • Barfodder, Rain Graves (Cemetery Dance)
  • Grave Bits, Todd Hanks (Skullvines)
  • Toward Absolute Zero, Karen L. Newman (Sam’s Dot)
  • Chimeric Machines, Lucy A. Snyder (Creative Guy)

Horror Writers Association members will vote to choose final nominees from this list, and then vote again to determine winners. Winning titles will be announced at the World Horror Convention, March 25-28 2010, in Brighton, England.

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