HWA Bram Stoker Award™ 2018 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://horror.org/bram-stoker-awards/. 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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AnthologyBrian KeeneClickers Forever: A Tribute to J. F. GonzalezDeadite Press
AnthologyEllen DatlowThe Devil and the Deep: Horror Stories of the SeaNight Shade Books
AnthologyEric J. GuignardA World of HorrorDark Moon Books
AnthologyD. Alexander WardLost Highways: Dark Fictions From the RoadCrystal Lake Publishing
AnthologyKenneth W. CainTales From The Lake Vol. 5Crystal Lake Publishing
AnthologyMatt Hayward & Doug MuranoWelcome to the ShowCrystal Lake Publishing
AnthologyStephen King & Bev VincentFlight or FrightCemetery Dance Publications
AnthologySumiko SaulsonBlack Magic WomenMocha Memoirs Press
Fiction CollectionJohn F.D. TaffLittle Black SpotsGrey Matter Press
Fiction CollectionGene O'NeillFrozen Shadows: And Other Chilling StoriesCrystal Lake Publishing
Fiction CollectionChrista CarmenSomething Borrowed, Something Blood-SoakedUnnerving
Fiction CollectionEric J. GuignardThat Which Grows WildHarper Day Books
Fiction CollectionJohn Claude SmithOccasional BeastsOmnium Gatherum
Fiction CollectionMort CastleKnowing When to DieIndependent Legions Publishing
Fiction CollectionPriya SharmaAll the Fabulous BeastsUndertow Publications
Fiction CollectionAmanda DownumStill So StrangeChiZine Publications
Fiction Collectiondoungjai gamglass slipper dreams, shatteredApokrupha
Fiction CollectionEd KurtzAt the Mercy of BeastsJournalStone
Fiction CollectionGemma FilesSpectral Evidence Trepidatio Publishing
Fiction CollectionGlen HirshbergThe Ones Who Are Waving Cemetery Dance Publications
Fiction CollectionGlenn RolfeLand of BonesAlien Agenda Publishing
Fiction CollectionJulie C. DayUncommon MiraclesPS Publishing
Fiction CollectionKenneth W. CainDarker DaysCrystal Lake Publishing
Fiction CollectionMame Bougouma DieneDark Moon Rising On A Starless NightClash Books
Fiction CollectionMichael GoreSkeletons in the AtticDark Ink
Fiction CollectionNicholas RoyleThe Dummy & Other Uncanny StoriesSwan River Press
Fiction CollectionSarah HansDead Girls Don't LoveDragon's Roost Press
Fiction CollectionStuart R. WestTwisted Tales from Tornado AlleyGrinning Skull Press
Fiction CollectionTerry M. WestGruesome: A Gathering of NightmaresPleasant Storm Entertainment
First NovelTony TremblayThe Moore HouseTwisted Publishing
First NovelZoje StageBaby TeethSt. Martin’s Press
First NovelC.J. TudorThe Chalk ManCrown
First NovelErik HofstatterToroaSinister Grin Press
First NovelJames A. McLaughlin BearskinHarper Collins
First NovelRodney V. SmithSo I Might Be a VampireLost Bajan Publishing
First NovelSam GaffordHouse of NodensDark Regions Press
First NovelT. E. GrauI Am the River Lethe Press
Graphic NovelVictor LaValleDestroyerBoom! Studios
Graphic NovelAl Feldstein & Johnny CraigThe EC Archives: The Vault of Horror Volume 1Dark Horse Books
Graphic NovelDobbs H.G. Wells: The Island of Dr. MoreauInsight Editions
Graphic NovelDobbsH.G. Wells: The Invisible ManInsight Editions
Graphic NovelEvan DorkinBeasts of Burden: Animal RitesDark Horse Books
Graphic NovelFrank TieriJughead: The Hunger Vol. 1Archie Comics
Graphic NovelMark PowersJim Butcher's The Dresden Files: Dog MenDynamite
Graphic NovelMike Mignola & Chris RobersonRasputin: The Voice of the DragonDark Horse Books
Graphic NovelPaul TobinMade Men: Getting the Gang Back TogetherOni Press
Graphic NovelPeter DavidThe Gunslinger Born (Stephen King's The Dark Tower: Beginnings Book 1)Gallery 13
Graphic NovelRoberto RecchioniThe Crow: Memento MoriIDW Publishing
Graphic NovelWilliam GainesTales from the Crypt #1: The Stalking DeadSuper Genius
Long FictionMark MatthewsBody of ChristWicked Run Press
Long FictionMichael BaileyOur Children, Our TeachersWritten Backwards
Long FictionMichael Patrick HicksBroken ShellsHigh Fever Books
Long Fiction Larissa GlasserF4Eraserhead Press
Long FictionDavid BusboomNightbirdUnnerving
Long FictionBrent Michael KelleyCruce RoostersOmnium Gatherum
Long FictionBrian ScuttKorean Road
Long FictionC.V. HuntCockblockGrindhouse Press
Long FictionDave JefferyBad VisionHersham Horror Books
Long FictionJeremy C. ShippThe AtrocitiesTor.com
Long FictionJohn F.D.TaffPurple Soda HandLittle Black SpotsGrey Matter Press
Long FictionKenneth W. CainA Season in HellCrystal Lake Publishing
Long FictionMat JoinerOther VoicesNight Light: Midnight Street Anthology 3
Long FictionRenee MillerStrandedUnnerving
Long FictionRobert FordBordertown
Long FictionT.S. WoolardHeaven's Healer from HellAzoth Khem Publishing
Long FictionTim MeyerThe Switch HouseEvil Epoch Press
Long FictionTodd SullivanGoyangi SojuOdd Tales of Wonder Issue #10Odd Tales Productions
Long FictionTodd SullivanShape Shifting Priestess of the 1,000 Year WarSchlock! Horror!HellBound Books
NonfictionCaroline Young Hitchcock’s Heroines Insight Editions
NonfictionDavid Lynch & Kristine McKennaRoom To DreamRandom House
NonfictionHoward David InghamWe Don't Go Back: A Watcher's Guide to Folk HorrorRoom 207 Press
NonfictionSteve O'Brien & Simon GuerrierThe Vampire Slayer: Slayer Stats: The Complete Infographic Guide to All Things BuffyInsight Editions
NovelAlma KatsuThe HungerG.P. Putnam's Sons
NovelJosh MalermanUnbury CarolDel Rey
NovelMichaelbrent CollingsPredatorsWritten Insomnia Press
NovelPaul Tremblay The Cabin at the End of the World William Morrow
NovelStephen KingThe OutsiderScribner
NovelRobert McCammonThe ListenerCemetery Dance Publications
NovelAlessandro ManzettiNarakaIndependent Legions Publishing
NovelCraig DiLouieOne of UsOrbit
NovelJ. Lincoln FennThe NightmarchersGallery Books
NovelJerry GordonBreaking the WorldApex Book Company
NovelJonathan MaberryGlimpseSt. Martin's Press
NovelAdam Howe & James NewmanScapegoatHoney Badger Press
NovelBrian HodgeThe Immaculate VoidChiZine Publications
NovelHunter SheaCreatureFlame Tree Press
NovelJeff StrandSick HouseAmazon Digital Services LLC
NovelJonathan JanzThe Siren and the SpecterFlame Tree Press
NovelKaaron WarrenTide of StoneOmnium Gatherum
NovelPatrick Lacey Bone Saw Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing
NovelPeter N. DudarThe Goat ParadeGrinning Skull Press
NovelRio YouersHalcyonSt. Martin's Press
NovelCaroline KepnesProvidence Lenny
NovelChris SorensenThe Nightmare RoomHarmful Monkey Press
NovelChuck PalahniukAdjustment DayW. W. Norton & Company
NovelDacre Stoker & J.D. BarkerDraculG.P. Putnam's Sons
NovelDaniel LoubierDead Summit: Containment
NovelDarren SpeegleArtifactsWritten Backwards
NovelJ.D. HornThe King of Bones and Ashes47North
NovelJae MazerCroneFeathered Tentacle Press
NovelJaye WellsHigh Lonesome SoundCreatespace
NovelK.R. MorrisonUnHoly TrinityLinkville Press
NovelLilith SaintcrowAfterwarOrbit
NovelMichael RutgerThe AnomalyGrand Central Publishing
NovelRussell JamesThe Curse of the Viper KingSevered Press
NovelRyan C. ThomasHobbomockGrand Mal Press
PoetryMarge Simon & Alessandro ManzettiWarCrystal Lake Publishing
PoetryBruce BostonArtifactsIndependent Legions Publishing
PoetryG. O. ClarkThe Comfort of ScreamsAlban Lake Publishing
PoetryDavid E. CowenBleeding SaffronWeasel Press
PoetryFrank CoffmanThis Ae Nighte, Every Nighte And AlleMind's Eye Publications
PoetryWrath James WhiteIf You Died Tomorrow I Would Eat Your CorpseCLASH Books
PoetryCalef BrownThe Ghostly Carousel: Delightfully Frightful PoemsCarolrhoda Books
PoetryClaire C. HollandI Am Not Your Final Girl: PoemsGlassPoet Press
PoetrySamuel CanerdaySweet ShadowsAmazon Digital Services LLC
PoetrySara Tantlinger Love for Slaughter Strangehouse Books
ScreenplaySam ShawCastle Rock, Season 1, Episode 7: "The Queen"Warner Bros.
ScreenplayBryan Woods, Scott Beck, & John KrasinskiA Quiet PlacePlatinum Dunes
ScreenplayJustin BensonThe EndlessSnowfort Productions
ScreenplayAri AsterHereditaryA24
ScreenplayAlex GarlandAnnihilationParamount Pictures
ScreenplayCory FinleyThoroughbredsJune Pictures
ScreenplayFritz Böhm & Florian EderWildlingMaven Pictures
ScreenplayJannik Tai MosholtThe Rain, Season 1, Episode 6: "Keep Your Friends Close"Netflix
ScreenplayKaren NielsenThe X-Files, Season 11, Episode 9: "Nothing Lasts Forever"20th Century Fox Television
ScreenplayMette HeenoThe Rain, Season 1, Episode 5: "Have Faith"Netflix
ScreenplayPanos Cosmatos & Aaron Stewart-AhnMandySpectreVision
ScreenplaySam Shaw & Dustin ThomasonCastle Rock, Season 1, Episode 1: "Severance"Warner Bros.
ScreenplayStephen SuscoUnfriended: Dark WebBlumhouse Productions
Short FictionNaching T. KassaAuditionCrescendo of DarknessHorrorAddicts.net
Short FictionStephanie Malia MorrisBride Before YouNightmare
Short FictionTori EldridgeLife After BreathRunning Wild Anthology of Stories Volume 2Running Wild Press
Short FictionBrian HodgeHe Sings of Salt and WormwoodThe Devil and the Deep: Horror Stories of the SeaNight Shade Books
Short FictionMichael WehuntThe Pine Arch CollectionThe Dark
Short FictionThomas Olde HeuveltYou Know How the Story GoesTor.com
Short FictionA.C. WiseA Moment Before BreakingThe Devil and the Deep: Horror Stories of the Sea
Short FictionAdam-Troy Castro Red RainNightmare 69
Short FictionBracken MacLeodBack SeatLost Highways: Dark Fictions from the RoadCrystal Lake Publishing
Short FictionChristina SngRedSpace and Time #131
Short FictionCoy HallSire of the HatchetThe Fiends in the FurrowsNosetouch Press
Short FictionDan GraceWavesTales from the Shadow Booth, Vol. 2
Short FictionErin RobertsSnake SeasonThe Dark
Short FictionEugenia M. TriantafyllouCherry Wood CoffinApex Magazine
Short FictionJenny BarberDown Along the BackroadsThe Alchemy Press Book of Horrors The Alchemy Press
Short FictionJill HandSugar and SpiceDeath’s GardenLycan Valley Press Publications
Short FictionJoe HillDark CarouselHarper Audio / Wax Records
Short FictionJoe R. LansdaleThe Second Floor of the Christmas Hotel Hark! The Herald Angels ScreamKnopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Short FictionJohn F.D. TaffA Winter’s TaleLittle Black SpotsGrey Matter Press
Short FictionJohn F.D. TaffThe Bunny SuitLittle Black SpotsGrey Matter Press
Short FictionJohn. R. FultzLove in the Time of DraculaThe Audient Void: A Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy #5
Short FictionJosh MalermanTenetsHark! The Herald Angels ScreamPisces Books
Short FictionKathleen JenningsThe Heart of Owl AbbasTor.com
Short FictionLindsay King-MillerThe FruitThe Fiends in the FurrowsNosetouch Press
Short FictionMarion PitmanThe Apple TreeThe Alchemy Press Book of Horror The Alchemy Press
Short FictionMichael DarlingFeasty-FeastThe HungerTwisted Tree Press
Short FictionMichael GoreThe LossSkeletons in the AtticDark Ink
Short FictionMichael H. HansonC.H.A.D.C.H.U.D. LIVES!Crystal Lake Publishing
Short FictionNicholas RoyleThe BlinkThe Dummy & Other Uncanny StoriesSwan River Press
Short FictionOrrin GreyThe Hurrah (aka Corpse Scene)The Dark issue 37
Short FictionPeter SuttonMasksThe Alchemy Press Book of Horrors The Alchemy Press
Short FictionRalph Robert MooreMonkeys on the BeachTales from the Shadow Booth, Vol.2
Short FictionRebecca CampbellAn Incomplete Catalogue of Miraculous Births, or Secrets of the Uterus Abscondita Shimmer 41
Short FictionRebecca HouseVisiting FriendsRunning Wild Anthology of Stories, Volume 2Running Wild Press
Short FictionSam HicksBack Along the Old TrackThe Fiends in the FurrowsNosetouch Press
Short FictionSeanan McGuireSister, Dearest Sister, Let Me Show to You the SeaThe Devil and the Deep: Horror Stories of the Sea
Short FictionSteve ToaseThe Jaws of OuroborosThe Fiends in the FurrowsNosetouch Press
Short FictionTobias BuckellA Different Kind of PlaceApex Magazine
Young-Adult NovelDani KaneWormholesBarking Deer Press
Young-Adult NovelErin BowmanContagionHarperTeen
Young-Adult NovelJessica BaylissTen After ClosingSky Pony Press
Young-Adult NovelKerri ManiscalcoEscaping From Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper) jimmy patterson
Young-Adult NovelKiersten WhiteThe Dark Descent of Elizabeth FrankensteinDelacorte Press
Young-Adult NovelMelissa AlbertThe Hazel WoodFlatiron Books
Young-Adult NovelShea ErnshawThe Wicked DeepSimon Pulse
Young-Adult NovelTomi AdeyemiChildren of Blood and BoneHenry Holt and Co.