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
Fiction CollectionEd KurtzAt the Mercy of BeastsJournalStone
Fiction CollectionGemma FilesSpectral Evidence Trepidatio Publishing
Fiction CollectionGene O'NeillFrozen Shadows: And Other Chilling StoriesCrystal Lake Publishing
Fiction CollectionGlen HirshbergThe Ones Who Are Waving Cemetery Dance Publications
Fiction CollectionMort CastleKnowing When to DieIndependent Legions Publishing
Fiction CollectionPriya SharmaAll the Fabulous BeastsUndertow Publications
Long FictionDavid BusboomNightbirdUnnerving
Long FictionMark MatthewsBody of ChristWicked Run Press
Long FictionMichael Patrick HicksBroken ShellsHigh Fever Books
NovelAlma KatsuThe HungerG.P. Putnam's Sons
NovelJosh MalermanUnbury CarolDel Rey
NovelJonathan MaberryGlimpseSt. Martin's Press
NovelRobert McCammonThe ListenerCemetery Dance Publications
NovelAlessandro ManzettiNarakaIndependent Legions Publishing
NovelBrian HodgeThe Immaculate VoidChiZine Publications
NovelChris SorensenThe Nightmare RoomHarmful Monkey Press
NovelChuck PalahniukAdjustment DayW. W. Norton & Company
NovelJeff StrandSick HouseAmazon Digital Services LLC
NovelJerry GordonBreaking the WorldApex Book Company
NovelK.R. MorrisonUnHoly TrinityLinkville Press
NovelKaaron WarrenTide of StoneOmnium Gatherum
NovelMichael RutgerThe AnomalyGrand Central Publishing
NovelPaul Tremblay The Cabin at the End of the World William Morrow
NovelPeter N. DudarThe Goat ParadeGrinning Skull Press
NovelRyan C. ThomasHobbomockGrand Mal Press
NovelStephen KingThe OutsiderScribner
PoetryWrath James WhiteIf You Died Tomorrow I Would Eat Your CorpseCLASH Books
PoetryClaire C. HollandI Am Not Your Final Girl: PoemsGlassPoet Press
PoetrySara Tantlinger Love for Slaughter Strangehouse Books
ScreenplayBryan Woods, Scott Beck, & John KrasinskiA Quiet PlacePlatinum Dunes
ScreenplayAri AsterHereditaryA24
ScreenplayJannik Tai MosholtThe Rain, Season 1, Episode 6: "Keep Your Friends Close"Netflix
ScreenplayJustin BensonThe EndlessSnowfort Productions
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
Short FictionMichael WehuntThe Pine Arch CollectionThe Dark
Short FictionStephanie Malia MorrisBride Before YouNightmare
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 FictionBrian HodgeHe Sings of Salt and WormwoodThe Devil and the Deep: Horror Stories of the SeaNight Shade Books
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. R. FultzLove in the Time of DraculaThe Audient Void: A Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy #5
Short FictionKathleen JenningsThe Heart of Owl AbbasTor.com
Short FictionSeanan McGuireSister, Dearest Sister, Let Me Show to You the SeaThe Devil and the Deep: Horror Stories of the Sea
Young-Adult NovelMichael BaileyOur Children, Our TeachersWritten Backwards