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 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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Gabino Iglesias Reviews Spontaneous Human Combustion by Richard Thomas

Spontaneous Human Combustion, Richard Thomas (Keylight Books 978-1-68442-755-0, $29.99, 250pp, hc) February 2022.

Richard Thomas is a seasoned professional and one of the best short story writers out there. Spon­taneous Human Combustion might be his best yet. As dark as a pool of black ink at midnight on a moonless night, the fourteen stories that make up this collection bring together noir and horror in ways that explore humanity ...Read More

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Gabino Iglesias Reviews Mickey7 by Edward Ashton

Mickey7, Edward Ashton (St. Martin’s 978-1-25027-503-5, $27.99, 304pp, hc) February 2022.

One of the most impressive things about genre fiction is its ability to surprise and entertain regardless of how long we’ve been reading it. Edward Ashton’s Mickey7, his third novel, is a multilayered, wildly entertaining story that takes readers into a human colony fighting to survive on a truly inhospitable planet of rock and extreme cold that ...Read More

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Gabino Iglesias Reviews Flowers for the Sea by Zin E. Rocklyn

Flowers for the Sea, Zin E. Rocklyn (Tordot­com 978-1-25080-403-7, $13.99, 108pp, tp) October 2021.

Zin E. Rocklyn’s Flowers for the Sea is one of those rare narratives that somehow manages to be fantastical, smart, and hor­rific, all in just over 100 pages. An impressive debut, the latest from a strong, unique new voice in science fiction, this is the kind of novella that’s read in a single sitting not ...Read More

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Issue 734 Table of Contents, March 2022

The March 2022 issue of Locus has interviews with Kelly Barnhill and Maurice Broaddus, a spotlight on artist Terry Lee, and a Year in Review magazine summary tracking the progress of the industry. The issue lists US and UK forthcoming books titles through December 2022. News covers the 2022 Dell Awards, the Chesley Awards, a new home for Uncle Hugo’s, the World Fantasy Awards judges announcement, Usman T. Malik’s Crawford ...Read More

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Gabino Iglesias Reviews How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu

How High We Go in the Dark, Sequoia Naga­matsu (Morrow 978-0063072640, $27.99, 304pp, hc) January 2022.

Reading Sequoia Nagamatsu’s How High We Go in the Dark is not always a pleasurable experience. Emotionally gritty, uncomfortably plausible, and incredibly timely, this novel is packed with pain, grief, loss, and the kind of possibilities that make you want to forget how much you don’t know about the future. However, it’s also ...Read More

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Gabino Iglesias Reviews Dead Silence by S.A. Barnes

Dead Silence, S.A. Barnes (Tor Night­fire 978-1250819994, $27.99, 352pp, hc) Febru­ary 2022.

S.A. Barnes’s Dead Silence is a creepy and incredibly at­mospheric horror novel that bridges the gap between Gothic horror and extreme horror while simultaneously exploring the role that past trauma and PTSD can play when someone who suffers from them is exposed to fresh trauma.

Claire Kovalik is about to be forcefully retired and has no idea ...Read More

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The Year in Review 2021 by Gabino Iglesias

Well, the world didn’t stop burning and COVID refused to go away, but 2021 was slightly better than 2020, and it was a superb year for speculative fiction. It was also a year in which I found great balance while reading outstanding work from Big Four publishers, independent presses, and self-published authors. This matters because it speaks volumes about the quality of work out there and the fantastic way in ...Read More

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Gabino Iglesias Reviews The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling

The Death of Jane Lawrence, Caitlin Starling (St. Martin’s Press 978-1250272584, $27.99, 368pp, hc) October 2021. Cover by Colin Verdi.

Caitlin Starling’s The Death of Jane Lawrence is a horror Gothic with romance elements that relies on much more than atmosphere and a crumbling manor to hook readers and keep them glued to the pages. Between dark magic and gore, this is a novel with a historical angle that ...Read More

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Gabino Iglesias Reviews The All-Consuming World by Cassandra Khaw

The All-Consuming World, Cassandra Khaw (Erewhon 978-1645660200, $25.95, 288pp, hc) September 2021. Cover by Ashe Samuels.

Once in a while a debut novel comes along that deserves to be on every radar, and Cassandra Khaw’s The All-Consuming World is that kind of book. An explosive, lyrical, foul-mouthed science fiction novel in which tech­nological advances fail to silence the most basic human emotions, The All-Consuming World is an interstellar trip ...Read More

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Gabino Iglesias Reviews The Seven Visitations of Sydney Burgess by Andy Marino

The Seven Visitations of Sydney Burgess, Andy Marino (Redhook Books 978-0316-62948-5, $16.99, 352pp, tp) September 2021.

Andy Marino’s The Seven Visitations of Sydney Burgess is a creepy, tense narra­tive that exists somewhere between vio­lent psychological thriller and supernatural horror novel. However, while most of the elements of those two subgenres are present here, the novel also delves deep into serious topics like guilt, substance abuse, and mental health. The ...Read More

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Gabino Iglesias Reviews Midnight, Water City by Chris McKinney

Midnight, Water City, Chris McKinney (Soho Crime 978-1-64129-240-5, $27.95, 312pp, hc) July 2021. Cover by Vlado Krizan and Janine Agro.

What would happen if the world was turned upside-down and submerged in the ocean? That’s the first guiding question in Chris McKinney’s Midnight, Water City, an SF novel with one foot in whodunits and the other one in classic noir. There are more questions, of course, but that ...Read More

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Gabino Iglesias Reviews Radiant Apples by Joe R. Lansdale

Radiant Apples, Joe R. Lansdale (Subterranean 978-1645240419, $40.00, 160pp. hc) November 2021. Cover by Ken Laager.

Two of the elements that make Joe Lansdale one of the best storytellers of our time are his ability to make a story flow with the ease of a large river after heavy rains and the way in which he mixes action, violence, and humor to deliver wildly entertaining narratives. Both of those ...Read More

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Gabino Iglesias Reviews Body Shocks by Ellen Datlow

Body Shocks, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Tachyon Pub­lications 978-1-61696-360-6, $17.95, 384pp, tp) October 2021. Cover by John Coulthart.

Once in a while, an anthology comes along that demands we alter the standard review format. Body Shocks, edited by Ellen Datlow, is one of those rare books. Yes, there are stories that will get individual attention later, but this book accomplishes two things that deserve to be mentioned first. The ...Read More

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Gabino Iglesias Reviews Near the Bone by Christina Henry

Near the Bone, Christina Henry (Berkley 978-0-59319-976-6, $17.00, 336pp, tp) April 2021. Cover by Spencer Fuller.

Christina Henry’s Near the Bone is a horror novel that brings together real life horrors and monsters that walk a fine line between the supernatural and the what-if world of cryptozoology. At once a narrative about abuse and survival and a tale of creatures stalking people up on a snow-covered mountain, Near the ...Read More

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Gabino Iglesias Reviews The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig

The Book of Accidents, Chuck Wendig (Del Rey 978-0-399-18213-6, $28.99, 544pp, hc) July 2021. Cover by Fritz Metsch.

More than about being great, writing is about consistently getting better, and Chuck Wendig’s latest, The Book of Accidents, shows that he’s not only great; he’s also really good at improving. A touching narrative about trauma, magic, and traveling to and from a series of collapsing alternate dimensions, The Book ...Read More

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Gabino Iglesias Reviews Goblin by Josh Malerman

Goblin, Josh Malerman (Earthling 978-0-9962118-5-7, $50.00, 376pp, hc) October 2017. (Del Rey 978-0-593-23780-3, $28.00, 416pp, hc) May 2021. Cover by Deena Warner.

With Goblin, Josh Malerman joins the select group of authors who have given readers a memo­rable fictional town that will forever mark a spot in the literary map of our minds. Like Gabriel García Márquez’s Macondo or Stephen King’s Castle Rock, Malerman’s Goblin feels like a ...Read More

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Gabino Iglesias Reviews Broken Fevers by Tenea D. Johnson

Broken Fevers, Tenea D. Johnson (Rosarium 978-1732638853, $14.95, 272pp, tp) March 2021.

Tenea D. Johnson’s Broken Fevers is a wildly imaginative short story collection that tackles some important topics with style and delivers a healthy heaping of meaning in each narrative, regardless of length. A solid mix of genres, this collection pulls readers into short stories that do a lot more than just entertain.

Johnson sets the atmosphere in ...Read More

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