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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: 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.

Go to other year's reading lists: 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016

AnthologyDavid PriceNorthern Frights: An Anthology by the Horror Writers of MaineGrinning Skull Press
AnthologyP.D. Cacek & Laura J. HickmanNow I Lay Me Down to SleepNecon eBooks
AnthologyDavid BoopStraight Outta TombstoneBaen
AnthologyKinitra Brooks PhD, Linda D. Addison, & Susana Morris PhDSycorax's DaughtersCedar Grove Publishing
AnthologyMark MatthewsGarden of Fiends: Tales of Addiction HorrorWicked Run Press
AnthologyMichael A. Ventrella & Jonathan MaberryBaker Street IrregularsDiversion Publishing
Fiction CollectionKenneth W. CainEmbersCrystal Lake Publishing
Fiction CollectionPatrick McGrathWriting MadnessCentipede Press
Fiction CollectionBracken MacLeod13 Views of the Suicide WoodsChiZine
Fiction CollectionJeff StrandEverything Has TeethAmazon Digital Services LLC
Fiction CollectionMatt BechtelMonochromes and Other StoriesHaverhill House Publishing
Fiction CollectionDavid DemchukThe Bone MotherChiZine Publications
Fiction CollectionGwendolyn KisteAnd Her Smile Will Untether the Universe JournalStone
Fiction CollectionNadia BulkinShe Said DestroyWord Horde
Fiction CollectionPhilip FracassiBehold The VoidJournalStone
Fiction CollectionRob E. BoleyBetter Dead Than AliveHowling Unicorn Press
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
First NovelJeremy HeplerThe Boulevard MonsterBloodshot Books
First NovelRobert Payne CabeenCold CutsOmnium Gatherum
Graphic NovelOctavia Butler & Damian DuffyKindred Abrams ComicArts
Graphic NovelChristophe BecSiberia 56 Insight Editions
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
Long FictionR.S. Benedict My English NameThe Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
Long FictionStephen King & Richard ChizmarGwendy's Button BoxCemetery Dance Publications
Long FictionAlan BaxterThe Book ClubPS Publishing
Long FictionCarole JohnstoneBetter You BelieveHorror Library Volume 6Cutting Block Books
Long FictionDave JefferyFrostbite Severed Press
Long FictionJoe HillAloftStrange WeatherHarper Collins
Long FictionJoe HillRainStrange WeatherHarper Collins
Long FictionJoe HillSnapshotStrange WeatherHarper Collins
Long FictionKealan Patrick BurkeA Wicked ThirstGarden of Fiends: Tales of Addiction HorrorWicked Run Press
Long FictionMatthew WarnerMeatcow MakerWhite Noise PressWhite Noise Press
Long FictionPeter StraubThe Process (Is a Process All on its Own)Subterranean Press
Long FictionRichard Farren BarberPerfect Darkness, Perfect SilenceHersham Horror Books
Long FictionNathan CarsonStarr CreekLazy Fascist Press
NonfictionJames Arthur AndersonThe Linguistics of Stephen King: Layered Language and Meaning in the FictionMcFarland
NonfictionChris KullstroemDrawn to the Dark: Explorations in Scare Tourism Around the WorldPelican Publishing Company
NonfictionClaire FitzpatrickThe Body Horror BookOscillate Wildly Press
NonfictionMichael Westmore with Jake PageMakeup Man: From Rocky to Star Trek The Amazing Creations of Hollywood's Michael WestmoreLyons Press
NovelChristopher GoldenAraratSt. Martin's Press
NovelAdam NevillUnder a Watchful Eye Pan Macmillan
NovelKit ReedMormamaTor Books
NovelMichael SchutzEdgingBurning Willow Press
NovelSarah PinboroughBehind Her EyesFlatiron Books
Novel Edgar CanteroMeddling KidsDoubleday
NovelHunter SheaWe Are Always WatchingSinister Grin Press
NovelJD BarkerThe Fourth MonkeyHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
NovelJosh MalermanBlack Mad WheelEcco
NovelKevin BreauxThe Lifeblood of Ill-fated WomenCreatespace
NovelRio YouersThe Forgotten GirlSt. Martin's Press
NovelAngela SlatterCorpselightJo Fletcher Books
NovelBenjamin PercyThe Dark NetHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
NovelChristian ReadNil-PrayGestalt Publishing
NovelDan ChaonIll WillBallantine Books
NovelDana Fredsti The Spawn of LilithTitan Books
NovelDaniel I. RussellEntertaining DemonsApex Publications
NovelDarren SpeegleThe Third TwinCrystal Lake Publishing
NovelEdward M. ErdelacMonstrumfuhrerComet Press
NovelEric Ian SteeleThe Autumn ManSolstice Publishing
NovelHari KunzruWhite TearsKnopf
NovelJ. F. DubeauA God in the ShedInkshares
NovelJ.R. RiceBane County 2: Returning MoonSilver Canyon Press
NovelJames BrogdenHekla's ChildrenTitan Books
NovelJeff VanderMeerBorneMCD
NovelMichael HodgesBlack FridaySevered Press
NovelMichaelBrent CollingsThe DarklightsCreatespace
NovelNick CutterLittle HeavenGallery Books
NovelPaul La FargeThe Night OceanPenguin Press
NovelRonald MalfiBone WhiteKensington
NovelSarah PerryThe Essex SerpentCustom House
NovelSeanan McGuireDown Among the Sticks and BonesTor
NovelStephen KozeniewskiThe HematophagesSinister Grin Press
NovelSteve Rasnic TemUboSolaris
NovelTheodora GossThe Strange Case of the Alchemist's DaughterSaga Press
NovelTim CurranMonstrositySevered Press
NovelTom DeadyEternal DarknessBloodshot Books
NovelVictor LaValleThe Changeling Spiegel & Grau
PoetryRobert Frazier & Bruce BostonVisions of the Mutant Rain ForestCrystal Lake Publishing
PoetryAshley DiosesDiary of a SorceressHippocampus Press
PoetryMarge Simon & Mary TurzilloSatan's SweetheartsWeasel Press
PoetryAlessandro ManzettiNo MercyCrystal Lake Publishing
PoetryAdam BolivarThe Lay of Old HexHippocampus Press
PoetryAngela Yuriko SmithEscape ClawsCreateSpace
PoetryChristina SngA Collection of NightmaresRaw Dog Screaming Press
PoetryCindy O'QuinnReturn to Graveyard DustGoose River Press
PoetryDon GilletteFallen AngelsCreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
PoetryJohn ReinhartBroken Bottle of TimeAlban Lake Publishing
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
ScreenplayDavid Lynch & Mark FrostTwin Peaks: The Return, Part 1Showtime
ScreenplayDavid Lynch & Mark FrostTwin Peaks: The Return, Part 8Showtime
ScreenplayM. Night ShyamalanSplitBlinding Edge Pictures
ScreenplayBryan Fuller & Michael GreenAmerican Gods, Season 1, Episode 1: The Bone Orchard
ScreenplayJohn Logan & Dante HarperAlien: CovenantTwentieth Century Fox
ScreenplayLana Wachowski & J. Michael StraczynskiSense8, Season 2, Episode 4: PolyphonyNetflix
ScreenplayMichael Green & Brian FullerAmerican Gods, Season 1, Episode 4: Git Gone
ScreenplayRyan Murphy & Brad FalchukAmerican Horror Story: Cult, Episode 1: Election NightFX
ScreenplaySteven Kostanski & Jeremy GillespieThe Void
ScreenplayBryan Fuller & Michael GreenAmerican Gods, Season 1, Episode 3: Head Full of Snow
ScreenplayJames RolandBlood Drive, Season 1, Episode 1: The CopMidnight Grindhouse
ScreenplayJustin BensonThe EndlessSnowfort Pictures
ScreenplayOsgood PerkinsThe Blackcoat's DaughterParis Film
ScreenplayStephen KingIT
Short FictionBracken MacLeodAll Dreams Die in the Morning13 Views of the Suicide WoodsChiZine
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 FictionHal BodnerThe Baker of MillepoixBehold!: Oddities, Curiosities and Undefinable WondersCrystal Lake Publishing
Short FictionJessica McHughThe One in the MiddleGarden of FiendsWicked Run Press
Short FictionJohn LancasterSignalThe New Yorker
Short FictionKaaron WarrenFurtherestDark Screams: Volume SevenHydra
Short FictionKevin LauderdaleJames and the Great Pumpkin (Carving Contest)Tales from the Canyons of the Damned
Short FictionLucy
Short FictionM.F. WahlAbsolutionFeverish Fiction Magazine Issue #6Sleazy Viking Press
Short FictionRobert FrazierThe Tale WithinVisions of the Mutant Rain ForestCrystal Lake Publishing
Short FictionRoss BaxterHello Mr. MagpieTrembling with FearHorror Tree
Short FictionSandra
Short FictionSunny MoraineEyes I Dare Not Meet In
Short FictionWile E. YoungDown Bayou WayThe Sirens Call
Short FictionAaron VlekThe Baron of Bourbon StreetOccult Detective QuarterlyElectric Pentacle Press
Short FictionSandra OdellGodfallGigaNotoSaurus (Vol. 6, No. 3)
Short FictionShebat LegionThe AppleGroup Hex Vol. 1Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Young-Adult NovelDave JefferyBeatrice Beecham's Cryptic Crypt: A Supernatural AdventureCrystal Lake Publishing