2022 Splatterpunk Awards Winners

Winners for the Splatterpunk Awards, “honoring superior achievement for works published in 2021 in the sub-genres of Splatterpunk and Extreme Horror,” were will be presented at the 2022 KillerCon, held August 12-14, 2022 in Austin TX. Awards co-founder Brian Keene posted the winners to Twitter.

Best Novel

  • WINNER: The Night Stockers, Kristopher Triana & Ryan Harding (The Evil Cookie) 
  • Don’t Go To Wheelchair Camp, David Irons (Severed)
  • Trench
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2022 Splatterpunk Awards Nominees

Nominees have been announced for the Splatterpunk Awards, “honoring superior achievement for works published in 2021 in the sub-genres of Splatterpunk and Extreme Horror.”

Best Novel

  • Don’t Go To Wheelchair Camp, David Irons (Severed)
  • Trench Mouth, Christine Morgan (Madness Heart)
  • The Maddening, Carver Pike (self-published)
  • The Devoured and the Dead, Kristopher Rufty (Death’s Head)
  • The Night Stockers, Kristopher Triana & Ryan Harding (The Evil Cookie)
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2021 Splatterpunk Awards Winners

Winners have been announced for the Splatterpunk Awards, “honoring superior achievement for works published in 2020 in the sub-genres of Splatterpunk and Extreme Horror.”

Best Novel

  • WINNER: The Magpie Coffin, Wile E. Young (Death’s Head)
  • Pandemonium, Ryan Harding & Lucas Mangum (Death’s Head)
  • Tome, Ross Jeffery (The Writing Collective)
  • Dust, Chris Miller (Death’s Head)
  • Slaughter Box, Carver Pike (self-published)
  • Gone to See the River Man
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2021 Splatterpunk Awards Nominees

Nominees have been announced for the Splatterpunk Awards, “honoring superior achievement for works published in 2020 in the sub-genres of Splatterpunk and Extreme Horror.”

Best Novel

  • Pandemonium, Ryan Harding & Lucas Mangum (Death’s Head)
  • Tome, Ross Jeffery (The Writing Collective)
  • Dust, Chris Miller (Death’s Head)
  • Slaughter Box, Carver Pike (self-published)
  • Gone to See the River Man, Kristopher Triana (Cemetery Dance)
  • They All Died Screaming,
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2020 Splatterpunk Awards Winners

Winners have been announced for the Splatterpunk Awards, “honoring superior achievement for works published in 2019 in the sub-genres of Splatterpunk and Extreme Horror.”

Best Novel

  • WINNER: Lakehouse Infernal, Christine Morgan (Deadite)
  • Carnivorous Lunar Activities, Max Booth III (Cinestate/Fangoria)
  • Killer Lake, W.D. Gagliani & David Benton (Deadite)
  • Reception, Kenzie Jennings (Death’s Head)
  • Merciless, Bryan Smith (Grindhouse)
  • Toxic Love, Kristopher Triana (Blood Bound)
  • They Kill
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2020 Splatterpunk Awards Nominees

Nominees have been announced for the Splatterpunk Awards, “honoring superior achievement for works published in 2019 in the sub-genres of Splatterpunk and Extreme Horror.”

Best Novel

  • Carnivorous Lunar Activities, Max Booth III (Cinestate/Fangoria)
  • Killer Lake, W.D. Gagliani & David Benton (Deadite)
  • Reception, Kenzie Jennings (Death’s Head)
  • Lakehouse Infernal, Christine Morgan (Deadite)
  • Merciless, Bryan Smith (Grindhouse)
  • Toxic Love, Kristopher Triana (Blood Bound)
  • They Kill,
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2019 Splatterpunk Awards Winners

Winners of the 2019 Splatterpunk Awards, honoring “superior achievement in the sub-genres of Splatterpunk/Extreme Horror fiction,” were announced during Killercon 2019 at the Wingate by Wyndham Conference Center in Round Rock TX, August 16-18, 2019.

Best Novel

  • WINNER: Full Brutal, Kristopher Triana (Grindhouse)
  • Ring of Fire, David Agranoff (Deadite)
  • Camp Slasher, Dan Padavona (self-published)
  • Last Day, Bryan Smith (self-published)
  • A Gathering of Evil, Gil Valle
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2019 Splatterpunk Awards Nominees

Nominees have been announced for the Splatterpunk Awards, honoring “superior achievement in the sub-genres of Splatterpunk / Extreme Horror fiction.”

Best Novel

  • Ring of Fire, David Agranoff (Deadite)
  • Camp Slasher, Dan Padavona (self-published)
  • Last Day, Bryan Smith (self-published)
  • Full Brutal, Kristopher Triana (Grindhouse)
  • A Gathering of Evil, Gil Valle (Comet)
  • Rabid Heart, Jeremy Wagner (Riverdale Avenue)

Best Novella

  • 1000 Severed Dicks, Ryan Harding
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2018 Splatterpunk Awards Winners

Winners of the the inaugural Splatterpunk Awards, honoring “superior achievement in the sub-genres of SplatterPunk / Extreme Horror fiction,” were announced at Killercon 2018, held August 24-26, 2018 at the Wingate by Wyndham Conference Center in Round Rock TX.

Best Novel

  • WINNER: White Trash Gothic, Edward Lee (Deadite)
  • Containment: The Death of Earth, Charlee Jacob (Necro)
  • Exorcist Falls, Jonathan Janz (Sinister Grin)
  • The Hematophages, Stephen Kozeniewski
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2018 Splatterpunk Awards Nominees

Nominees have been announced for the inaugural Splatterpunk Awards, honoring “superior achievement in the sub-genres of SplatterPunk / Extreme Horror fiction.”

Best Novel

  • Containment: The Death of Earth, Charlee Jacob (Necro)
  • Exorcist Falls, Jonathan Janz (Sinister Grin)
  • The Hematophages, Stephen Kozeniewski (Sinister Grin)
  • White Trash Gothic, Edward Lee (Deadite)
  • Spermjackers From Hell, Christine Morgan (Deadite)

Best Novella

  • The Lucky Ones Died First, Jack Bantry
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Splatterpunk Awards Founded

Horror authors Brian Keene and Wrath James White have founded the Splatterpunk Awards to “honor superior achievement in the sub-genres of SplatterPunk/Extreme Horror fiction” in novel, novella, short story, collection, and anthology categories.

The 2018 jurors are Tod Clark, Gerard Houarner, Mike Lombardo, Monica J. O’Rourke, and David J. Schow. A new lifetime achievement award, the J.F. Gonzalez Award, will be selected by Keene and White.

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Gabino Iglesias Reviews Anybody Home? by Michael J. Seidlinger

Anybody Home?, Michael J. Seidlinger (CLASH Books 978-1-95590-409-4, $18.95, 234pp, tp) August 2022.

Writing a novel using second person is tricky. Writing a creepy, bizarre novel in which the use of second person pulls the reader into a dark, violent world where laws are broken and people die is much harder. Michal J. Seidlinger pulls off the latter brilliantly in Any­body Home?, and readers actually end up enjoy­ing ...Read More

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Gabino Iglesias Reviews Mary by Nat Cassidy

Mary, Nat Cassidy (Nightfire 978-1-25026-523-4, $21.99, 416pp, tp) August 2022.

Nat Cassidy’s Mary is an outstanding debut horror novel. It’s also a novel that shouldn’t work. Take, for example, just a few of the ele­ments present in this novel’s wild mix of ideas: ghosts, anxiety, serial killers, an abusive aunt, depression, reincarnation, and insects that aren’t really there. Might sound like too much but, in Cassidy’s capable hands, it ...Read More

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Gabino Iglesias Reviews The Last Storm by Tim Lebbon

The Last Storm, Tim Lebbon (Titan 978-1-80336-042-3, $15.95, 352pp, tp) July 2022.

One of the most amazing things about horror is that tropes can become fresh, unique beasts in the hands of the right writer. Years ago I was sure the zombie genre was dead, no pun intended. Literature about the undead had already done it all and there was no way a new zombie horror novel could make ...Read More

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Gabino Iglesias Reviews The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey

The Mermaid of Black Conch, Monique Roffey (Peepal Tree 978-1845234577, £9.99, 320pp, tp) April 2020. (Knopf 978-0-59353-420-5, $26.00, 240pp, hc) August 2022. Cover art by Sophie Bass.

The Mermaid of Black Conch reads like a fable mixed in with elements of contemporary fiction, a bizarre version of a love story, and a novel about oth­erness and politics. With Caribbean flavor, culture, speech idiosyncrasies, and history permeating the narrative, it’s ...Read More

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Gabino Iglesias Reviews The Nectar of Nightmares by Craig Laurance Gidney

The Nectar of Nightmares, Craig Laurance Gidney (Underland 978-1-63023-063-0, $16.99, 166pp, tp) July 2022. Cover by Firebird Creative with elements by deryart.

One of the coolest things about reading books with reviewing in mind is that you think about them critically, looking for ways to talk about them once you finally sit down to write your review. I did a quick trip to New York City recently, and Craig ...Read More

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Gabino Iglesias Reviews Black Mouth by Ronald Malfi

Black Mouth, Ronald Malfi (Titan 978-1-78909-865-5, $15.95, 448pp, tp) July 2022.

Ronald Malfi is one of the most consistent pur­veyors of great horror fiction, and Black Mouth is a superb addition to his outstanding oeuvre. A creepy novel about a man getting kids to kill other kids, Black Mouth is a gritty narrative about battling alcoholism and inner demons, leaving the past behind, and the power of friend­ship. It’s ...Read More

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Gabino Iglesias Reviews Helpmeet by Naben Ruthnum

Helpmeet, Naben Ruthnum (Undertow 978-1-98896-438-6, $11.99, 94pp, tp) May 2022. Cover by Caspar David Friedrich.

Naben Ruthnum’s Helpmeet is one of those rare books that is simultaneously grotesque, weird, and beautiful. With a dark mystery at its core, precise prose, and a healthy dose of body horror, Helpmeet offers a lot, and it does so in less than 100 pages, which makes it even more impressive.

The year is ...Read More

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Gabino Iglesias Reviews Upgrade by Blake Crouch

Upgrade, Blake Crouch (Ballantine 978-0-59315-753-4, $28.00, 352pp, hc) July 2022. Cover by Chris Brand.

Blake Crouch’s Upgrade is a wildly enter­taining narrative that reveals its shape-shifting nature as the story progresses. It begins as the sad story of a man trying to rebuild his life, quickly becomes a story of try­ing to save the world from something that could end up killing a large portion of humanity, and eventually ...Read More

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Gabino Iglesias Reviews Hidden Pictures by Jason Rekulak

Hidden Pictures, Jason Rekulak (Flatiron Books 978-1-250-81934-5, $27.99, 384pp, hc) May 2022. Cover by Donna Sinisgalli Noetzel.

Jason Rekulak’s Hidden Pictures is one of those rare horror novels that manages to rake a few tired clichés and turn them into something fresh and incredibly engaging. At once a novel about ghosts, murder, and possession and a narrative that deals with overcoming addiction and finding a way to navigate life ...Read More

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Gabino Iglesias Reviews Dark Factory by Kathe Koja

Dark Factory, Kathe Koja (Meerkat 978-1-94615-475-0, $17.95, 300pp, tp) August 2022. Cover by Tricia Reeks.

Talking about Kathe Koja’s work is never easy, and that’s a good thing. Koja brings a constant explosion or language and ideas to the page, and Dark Factory, a novel that combines her skills as a writer with her experience as a performance artist, is no different. Complex, fast-paced, bi­zarre, and walking a ...Read More

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Gabino Iglesias Reviews Witches by Brenda Lozano

Witches, Brenda Lozano (MacLehose Press 978-1-529-41227-7, $22.04, 271pp, hc) April 2022.

Renowned Mexican author and PEN Award winner Brenda Lozano’s fourth novel Witches weaves together two parallel narratives that delve deep into the lives of two very different women who live in the same country but inhabit different worlds. This vivid novel, translated from the Spanish by Heather Cleary, almost reads like two separate novellas tied together loosely by ...Read More

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Gabino Iglesias Reviews The Damage Done by Michael Landweber

The Damage Done, Michael Landweber (Crooked Lane Books 978-1643859477, $27.99, 352pp, hc) March 2022. Cover by Patrick Sullivan.

Michael Landweber’s The Damage Done is a gripping mosaic novel that explores the way violence towards each other seems to be part of our DNA and what would happen to the world if we suddenly found ourselves unable to be violent to one another. At once a narrative about many lives ...Read More

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Gabino Iglesias Reviews Echo by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Echo, Thomas Olde Heuvelt (Tor Nightfire 978-1-250-75955-9, $29.99, 416pp, hc) February 2022.

Reviewing the work of Thomas Olde Heuvelt is no easy task, and Echo, his latest, is no different. Translated from the Dutch by Moshe Gilula, this is a complex, creepy, atmospheric, labyrinthine monster that comes in at more than 400 pages.

Echo by Thomas Olde Heuvelt is a novel about many things; grief, trauma, unconditional love, ...Read More

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Gabino Iglesias Reviews Mage of Fools by Eugen Bacon

Mage of Fools, Eugen Bacon (Meerkat Press 978-1-94615-484-2, $15.95, 220pp, tp) May 2022. Cover by Tricia Reeks.

Eugen Bacon’s Mage of Fools is the kind of too-close-to-reality science fiction nar­rative that manages to simultaneously awe with its use of language and imagination and serve as a warning of what things could become.

Mafinga used to be a great place to live, a place where free speech and freedom of ...Read More

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Gabino Iglesias Reviews No Second Chances by Rio Youers

No Second Chances, Rio Youers (Morrow 978-0-06300-105-3, $27.99, 400pp, hc) May 2022.

Rio Youers’s No Second Chances is many things: a thriller, a story of redemption, a crime novel, a tale of friendship, and a narrative about identity, influence, and power that sometimes dips its toes into the realm of horror. However, the important thing is that it’s wildly entertaining, and that it might be Youers’s best book yet. ...Read More

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Gabino Iglesias Reviews El Porvenir, ¡Ya!: Citlalzazanilli Mexicatl, a Chicano Sci-fi Anthology by Scott Russell Duncan, Armando Rendón, Jenny Irizary, eds.

El Porvenir, ¡Ya!: Citlalzazanilli Mexicatl, a Chicano Sci-fi Anthology, Scott Russell Duncan, Armando Rendón, Jenny Irizary, eds. (Somos en escrito Literary Foundation Press 979-8-409-93671-6, $10.00, 220pp, pb) May 2022. Cover by Polaris Castillo.

El Porvenir, ¡Ya!: Citlalzazanilli Mexicatl offers readers a surprisingly comprehensive look at what contemporary Mexican-American science fiction has to offer. With a mix of up-and-coming writers and sea­soned veterans of the genre, this anthology celebrates diversity ...Read More

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Gabino Iglesias Reviews The Fervor by Alma Katsu

The Fervor, Alma Katsu (G.P. Putnam’s Sons 978-0-59332-833-0, $27.00, 320pp, hc) April 2022.

Fantasy, spy thrillers, horror; Alma Katsu can do it all. A quick glance at her oeuvre, which includes titles like Red Widow, a 2021 spy thriller that changed the game by focusing on women; the Taker Trilogy, which brings together the supernatural with elements of fantasy, romance, and suspense; and The Hunger, a truly ...Read More

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Gabino Iglesias Reviews The Unfamiliar Garden by Benjamin Percy

The Unfamiliar Garden, Benjamin Percy (Mari­ner Books 978-0-35833-271-8, $26.00, 224pp, hc) January 2022. Cover by Chrissy Kurpeski.

Benjamin Percy can apparently do it all. From novels to comics to television, Percy seems to be everywhere, but as a reader, I selfishly wish he would just sit at his desk (or wherever he writes) and crank out a novel every three months or so. Yes, The Unfamiliar Garden is that ...Read More

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Gabino Iglesias Reviews All the Wrong Ideas by Jeremy Robert Johnson

All the Wrong Ideas, Jeremy Robert Johnson (Coevolution Press 978-1736781524, $13.99, 272pp, tp) August 2021. Cover by Dave Cordia.

Picture this: one of your favorite bands – one you started listening to when they were doing rough demos in the drummer’s garage, kept listening to when they put out their first few records on an indie label, and ended up screaming their songs alongside thousands of fellow fans once ...Read More

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Gabino Iglesias Reviews Milk Teeth by Helene Bukowski

Milk Teeth, Helene Bukowski (The Unnamed Press 978-1-95121-335-0, $26.00, 223pp, hc) September 2021. Cover by Chrissy Kurpeski.

Helene Bukowski’s Milk Teeth, which has been beautifully translated from the German by Jen Calleja, is an enigmatic narrative about three women that succeeds as much because of what’s on the page as it does thanks to the questions left unanswered at the core of the story. Atmospheric, dark, a bit ...Read More

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Gabino Iglesias Reviews Road of Bones by Christopher Golden

Road of Bones, Christopher Golden (St. Martin’s Press 978-1-25027-430-3, $27.99, 240pp, hard­cover) January 2022.

Christopher Golden’s Road of Bones packs a mixture of horror and adventure its 240 pages that makes it feel like a 100-page novella. Full of memorable characters and taking place in a truly unique and inhospitable location, the narrative walks a fine line between an all-out horror story about impossible creatures threatening a group of ...Read More

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