It was always going to be an uphill battle, some of the biggest names in the horror and dark fantasy industry gathered on the Queen Mary in Long Beach for the 30th Annual Bram Stoker Awards, while for Australian fans, all eyes was tuned in for two categories in particular.
The first, Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection in which American Nocturne by Hank Schwaeble and published by Australian publisher Cohesion Press was nominated, the second being Superior Achievement in a First Novel in which Australasian Horror Writers Association Vice President Greg Chapman was nominated for his book Hollow House (published by Omnium Gatherum).
Past winners of the award have included the likes of Clive Barker, Stephen Jones, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling and the late Rocky Wood among various others.
Awards in Superior Achievement are highly sought after and the Horror Writers Association do a magnificent job year in- year out to present the awards and this years nominees represented a who’s who of the Horror and Dark Fiction community.
Stephanie M. Wytovich (Raw Dog Screaming) won the Bram Stoker Award for achievement in Poetry, while Ruth Franklins’ non-fiction piece on Horror icon Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life took home the award – this year in the shapes of Haunted Houses – for Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction.
Life time Achievement recipient Thomas Monteleone alongside daughter Olivia got the nod for Borderlands 6, while The Witch walked away with the award for Superior Achievement in a Screenplay.
Cohesion Press was the first Australian outlet up for grabs during the presentation of the awards and were on the edge of their seats while the announcement was made, but it wasn’t to be for one of Australia’s leading publishers of Horror and Dark Fiction with Joyce Carol Oates won the Stoker Award with her collection titled The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror.
All Australian eyes then turned to the award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel where Greg Chapman was nominated for the gong for his efforts with Hollow House – published by Omnium Gatherum – and after a what felt like an eternity the announcement was made… the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel goes to… Haven by Tom Deady (Cemetery Dance).
“Although I didn’t ultimately claim the prize, I’m still exceedingly honoured to have made the list of finalists in this year’s Bram Stoker Awards” Chapman said in a post on his Facebook page before going on to congratulate category winner Tom Deady.
You can get your copy of Greg Chapmans’ Bram Stoker Award Nominated Hollow House on Amazon.