2020 Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards Nominees

Nominees for the 2020 Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards have been announced.

Best Novel

  • Tender Is the Flesh, Agustina Bazterrica (Scribner)
  • The Hollow Places, T. Kingfisher (Saga)
  • Betty, Tiffany McDaniel (Knopf)
  • Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey)
  • Saltblood, T.C. Parker (self-published)
  • The Sun Down Motel, Simone St. James (Berkley)

Best Young Adult

  • Category Five, Ann Dávila Cardinal (Tor Teen)
  • Harrow Lake, Kat Ellis (Dial)
  • Deathless Divide, Justina Ireland (Balzer + Bray)
  • Horrid, Katrina Leno (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
  • Blood Countess, Lana Popović (Amulet)

Best Middle Grade

  • The Girl and the Ghost, Hanna Alkaf (Harper)
  • Hide and Seeker, Daka Hermon (Scholastic)
  • Crater Lake, Jennifer Killick (Firefly)
  • The Stitchers, Lorien Lawrence (Abrams)
  • Thirteens, Kate Alice Marshall (Viking Books for Young Readers)
  • Ghost Squad, Claribel A. Ortega (Scholastic)

Best Debut

  • Lakewood, Megan Giddings (Amistad)
  • The Return, Rachel Harrison (Berkley)
  • The Year of the Witching, Alexis Henderson (Ace)
  • Fairest Flesh, K.P. Kulski (Rooster Republic)
  • Beneath the Rising, Premee Mohamed (Solaris)
  • Catherine House, Elisabeth Thomas (Custom House)

Best Collection

  • Sed de Sangre, Violet Castro (self-published)
  • All That’s Fair, S.H. Cooper (self-published)
  • Lucid Screams, Red Lagoe (La Red)
  • Bluebeard’s First Wife, Ha Seong-nan (Open Letter)
  • Halloween Season, Lucy A. Snyder (Raw Dog Screaming)

Best Poetry Collection

  • Burials, Jessica Drake-Thomas (Clash)
  • A Complex Accident of Life, Jessica McHugh (self-published)
  • Into the Forest and All the Way Through, Cynthia Pelayo (Burial Day)
  • A Collection of Dreamscapes, Christina Sng (Raw Dog Screaming)
  • Cradleland of Parasites, Sara Tantlinger (Rooster Republic)

Best Graphic Novel

  • Dracula, Motherf**ker, Alex de Campi, illustrated by Erica Henderson (Image)
  • Monstress, Volume 5: Warchild, Marjorie Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image)
  • The Low Low Woods, Carmen Maria Machado, illustrated by Dani (DC)
  • Devil Within, Stephanie Phillips, illustrated by Maan House (Black Mask)

Best Novella

  • Cirque Berserk, Jessica Guess (Unnerving)
  • Crossroads, Laurel Hightower (Off Limits)
  • The Bell Chime, Mona Kabbani (self-published)
  • The Invention of Ghosts, Gwendolyn Kiste (Nightscape)
  • The Worm and His Kings, Hailey Piper (Off Limits)
  • Beneath a Bethel, April-Jane Rowan (Gurt Dog)

Best Short Fiction

  • “Holes”, R.A. Busby (Graveyard Smash)
  • “The Cucuy of Cancun”, V. Castro (Worst Laid Plans)
  • “A Key for Any Lock”, S.H. Cooper (We Are Wolves)
  • “Carreg Samson”, Catherine McCarthy (Diabolica Britannica)
  • “Heart Music”, Lee Murray (Grotesque Monster Stories)
  • “The Curse of She, Part 6”, Hailey Piper (We Are Wolves)
  • “Unkindly Girls”, Hailey Piper (Worst Laid Plans)
  • “The Clockmaker”, Sonora Taylor (Graveyard Smash)

Winners will be announced on the Ladies of Horror Fiction (LOHF) website beginning July 15, 2021. For more information about the nominees, visit the LOHF website.

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