HWA Bram Stoker Award™ 2017 Reading List

This list of Bram Stoker Award Recommendations is compiled during the year by members of the Horror Writers Association. We make it available to the public as something of a 'reading list' for horror readers and fans. These works are all new horror published during the year that our members feel worthy of recommending for Bram Stoker Award consideration. They are not 'Bram Stoker Award nominees', nor are they part of any ballot process at this stage, but it is likely they represent some of the best new horror fiction, poetry and non-fiction published during the year.

Please note that if your work appears on this list that the Association's Bram Stoker Award etiquette specifically precludes advertising that fact: "You may not promote your work as "Bram Stoker Award Recommended", nor as appearing on the Bram Stoker Award Reading List. Receiving one, or a handful of Bram Stoker Award recommendations (which is how a work appears on the Bram Stoker Award Reading List) is a far cry from winning the Award or even from being listed on the preliminary ballot. It devalues the Bram Stoker Awards to have their name attached to works whose only defining characteristic may be that one or two HWA members liked them. Authors or publishers who promote their work in this manner run the risk of offending our voting members."

For full detail about the Bram Stoker Awards, please visit: http://www.horror.org/stokers.htm. Early in each year the Horror Writers Association announces its Preliminary Bram Stoker Awards Ballot, made up of both members' recommendations and jury selections. A month or so later, we announce the Bram Stoker Awards Final Ballot, which lists the official nominees for the awards. Full detail of the members' recommendation and jury selection processses and the ballots are included in the Bram Stoker Awards Rules.

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AnthologyDavid PriceNorthern Frights: An Anthology by the Horror Writers of MaineGrinning Skull Press
AnthologyKinitra Brooks PhD, Linda D. Addison, & Susana Morris PhDSycorax's DaughtersCedar Grove Publishing
Fiction CollectionPatrick McGrathWriting MadnessCentipede Press
Fiction CollectionBracken MacLeod13 Views of the Suicide WoodsChiZine
Fiction CollectionGwendolyn KisteAnd Her Smile Will Untether the Universe JournalStone
Fiction CollectionJeff StrandEverything Has TeethAmazon Digital Services LLC
Fiction CollectionMatt BechtelMonochromes and Other StoriesHaverhill House Publishing
Fiction CollectionPhilip FracassiBehold The VoidJournalStone
Fiction CollectionThersa MatsuuraThe Carp-Faced Boy and Other TalesIndependent Legions Publishing
First NovelAndy DavidsonIn The Valley of The SunSkyHorse Publishing
First NovelCindy O'QuinnDark Cloud on Naked CreekMaine Authors Publishing
Graphic NovelChristophe BecSiberia 56 Insight Editions
Graphic NovelOctavia Butler & Damian DuffyKindred Abrams ComicArts
Graphic NovelCullen BunnHarrow County Volume 4: Family TreeDark Horse
Graphic NovelMarjorie LiuMonstress, Vol. 1: AwakeningImage Comics
Long FictionTodd KeislingThe Final ReconciliationCrystal Lake Publishing
Long FictionCaitlin R. KiernanAgents of Dreamland Tor.com
Long FictionJoe HillAloftStrange WeatherHarper Collins
Long FictionJoe HillRainStrange WeatherHarper Collins
Long FictionJoe HillSnapshotStrange WeatherHarper Collins
Long FictionNathan CarsonStarr CreekLazy Fascist Press
Long FictionR.S. Benedict My English NameThe Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
NovelChristopher GoldenAraratSt. Martin's Press
NovelAdam NevillUnder a Watchful Eye Pan Macmillan
NovelMichael SchutzEdgingBurning Willow Press
NovelSarah PinboroughBehind Her EyesFlatiron Books
NovelHunter SheaWe Are Always WatchingSinister Grin Press
NovelJosh MalermanBlack Mad WheelEcco
NovelKit ReedMormamaTor Books
NovelChristian ReadNil-PrayGestalt Publishing
NovelDan ChaonIll WillBallantine Books
NovelDaniel I. RussellEntertaining DemonsApex Publications
NovelEdward M. ErdelacMonstrumfuhrerComet Press
NovelEric Ian SteeleThe Autumn ManSolstice Publishing
NovelHari KunzruWhite TearsKnopf
NovelJames BrogdenHekla's ChildrenTitan Books
NovelJeff VanderMeerBorneMCD
NovelMichael HodgesBlack FridaySevered Press
NovelNick CutterLittle HeavenGallery Books
NovelPaul CornellChalkTor.com
NovelRio YouersThe Forgotten GirlSt. Martin's Press
NovelSeanan McGuireDown Among the Sticks and BonesTor
NovelSteve Rasnic TemUboSolaris
NovelTheodora GossThe Strange Case of the Alchemist's DaughterSaga Press
NovelTim CurranMonstrositySevered Press
PoetryMarge Simon & Mary TurzilloSatan's SweetheartsWeasel Press
PoetryRobert Frazier & Bruce BostonVisions of the Mutant Rain ForestCrystal Lake Publishing
PoetryAlessandro ManzettiNo MercyCrystal Lake Publishing
PoetryAngela Yuriko SmithEscape ClawsCreateSpace
PoetryCindy O'QuinnReturn to Graveyard DustGoose River Press
PoetryDon GilletteFallen AngelsCreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
PoetryLaura Kester DuerrwaechterBipolarityCreateSpace
PoetryPeter Adam Salomon PseudoPsalms: Sodom Bizarro Pulp Press
PoetrySara TantlingerLove For SlaughterStrangehouse Books
PoetryThe Frozen HellsiclesWaiting To Die
ScreenplayJordan PeeleGet OutBlumhouse Films
ScreenplayBryan Fuller & Michael GreenAmerican Gods, Season 1, Episode 1: The Bone Orchard
ScreenplayDavid Lynch & Mark FrostTwin Peaks: The Return, Part 1Showtime
ScreenplayJohn Logan & Dante HarperAlien: CovenantTwentieth Century Fox
ScreenplayM. Night ShyamalanSplitBlinding Edge Pictures
ScreenplayMichael Green & Brian FullerAmerican Gods, Season 1, Episode 4: Git Gone
ScreenplayBryan Fuller & Michael GreenAmerican Gods, Season 1, Episode 3: Head Full of Snow
ScreenplayDavid Lynch & Mark FrostTwin Peaks: The Return, Part 8Showtime
ScreenplayJames RolandBlood Drive, Season 1, Episode 1: The F...ing CopMidnight Grindhouse
ScreenplayLana Wachowski & J. Michael StraczynskiSense8, Season 2, Episode 4: PolyphonyNetflix
Short FictionBracken MacLeodAll Dreams Die in the Morning13 Views of the Suicide WoodsChiZine
Short FictionAaron VlekThe Baron of Bourbon StreetOccult Detective QuarterlyElectric Pentacle Press
Short FictionAdam MillardOrlok's MirrorFeverish Fiction Magazine Issue #5Sleazy Viking Press
Short FictionBracken MacLeodThis Last Little Piece of Darkness13 Views of the Suicide WoodsChiZine
Short FictionBrett J. TalleyNemesisThe Fiddle is the Devil's Instrument and Other Forbidden KnowledgeJournalStone
Short FictionBruce BostonGoing Green in the Mutant Rain ForestVisions of the Mutant Rain ForestCrystal Lake Publishing
Short FictionCindy O'QuinnLoss of ControlBewildering Stories
Short FictionJessica McHughThe One in the MiddleGarden of FiendsWicked Run Press
Short FictionJohn LancasterSignalThe New Yorker
Short FictionKevin LauderdaleJames and the Great Pumpkin (Carving Contest)Tales from the Canyons of the Damned
Short FictionLucy TaylorSweetlingsTor.com
Short FictionRobert FrazierThe Tale WithinVisions of the Mutant Rain ForestCrystal Lake Publishing
Short FictionRoss BaxterHello Mr. MagpieTrembling with FearHorror Tree
Short FictionSandra OdellGodfallGigaNotoSaurus (Vol. 6, No. 3)
Short FictionSandra OdellMeatPseudopod.org
Short FictionSunny MoraineEyes I Dare Not Meet In DreamsTor.com
Short FictionWile E. YoungDown Bayou WayThe Sirens Call