2020 Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards Winners

Winners of the 2020 Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards have been announced.

Best Novel

  • WINNER: 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

  • WINNER: Blood Countess, Lana Popović (Amulet)
  • 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)

Best Middle Grade

  • WINNER: Hide and Seeker, Daka Hermon (Scholastic)
  • The Girl and the Ghost, Hanna Alkaf (Harper)
  • 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

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

Best Collection

  • WINNER: All That’s Fair, S.H. Cooper (self-published)
  • Sed de Sangre, Violet Castro (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

  • WINNER: A Complex Accident of Life, Jessica McHugh (self-published)
  • Burials, Jessica Drake-Thomas (Clash)
  • 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

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

Best Novella

  • WINNER: The Bell Chime, Mona Kabbani (self-published)
  • Cirque Berserk, Jessica Guess (Unnerving)
  • Crossroads, Laurel Hightower (Off Limits)
  • 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

  • WINNER: “Unkindly Girls”, Hailey Piper (Worst Laid Plans)
  • “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)
  • “The Clockmaker”, Sonora Taylor (Graveyard Smash)

For more information, see the LOHF website.

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