2020 Stoker Awards Preliminary Ballot

Bram Stoker AwardsThe Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the preliminary ballot for the 2020 Bram Stoker Awards:

Superior Achievement in a Novel

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction

Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection

Superior Achievement in an Anthology

Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction

Superior Achievement in Short Non-Fiction

  • “Why the World Is a Better Place with Stephen King in It: An Evolutionary Perspective”, Mathias Clasen (Evolutionary Perspectives on Imaginative Culture)
  • “Pandemic Practice: Horror Fans and Morbidly Curious Individuals Are More Psychologically Resilient during the Covid-19 Pandemic”, Mathias Clasen, John Johnson, Jens Kjeldgaard-Christiansen & Coltan Scrivner (Personality and Individual Differences)
  • “The Beloved Haunting of Hill House: An Examination of Monstrous Motherhood”, Rhonda Jackson Joseph (The Streaming of Hill House: Essays on the Haunting Netflix Adaptation)
  • “I Need to Believe”, Cynthia Pelayo (Southwest Review 105.3)
  • “Degeneration through Violence: Stephen King’s Rage”, Karen J. Renner (Children and Childhood in the Works of Stephen King)
  • “Hell is Other Mushroom People: Societal Decay in Matango”, Kelly Robinson (Scary Monsters #117)
  • “Lost, Found, and Finally Unbound: The Strange History of the 1910 Edison Frankenstein”, Kelly Robinson (Rue Morgue 6/20)
  • “Final Girl: A Life in Horror”, Christina Sng (Interstellar Flight 10/20)
  • “Speaking of Horror”, Tim Waggoner (The Writer 11/20)
  • “What is IT? Ambient Dead and Modern Paranoia in It (2017), It Follows (2014), and It Comes at Night (2017)”, Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock (Horror Studies 10/20)

Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection

Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel

Superior Achievement in a Screenplay

  • Color Out of Space
  • The Haunting of Bly Manor, “The Altar of the Dead”
  • His House
  • The Invisible Man
  • Lovecraft Country, “Jig-a-Bobo”
  • Lovecraft Country, “Sundown”
  • The Platform
  • Relic
  • Underwater
  • Vivarium

Voting is open to active and lifetime HWA members until February 15, 2021.

Bram Stoker Award nominees for 2020 (the short list) will be announced on February 23, 2021. Winners will be honored at a gala during StokerCon 2021, to be held May 20-23, 2021 at the Curtis Hotel in Denver CO. For more information, see the Stoker Awards website.

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