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List of Finalists for the 2020 Bram Stoker Awards Released

The Horror Writers Association—dedicated to promoting horror and dark fantasy writers—announced the finalists for the annual Bram Stoker Award yesterday, which honors the best work in horror and dark fiction published in the last year.

The Award is named in honor of the Irish writer Bram Stoker, author of ‘Dracula’, and it comes with an eight-inch replica of a haunted house, with a door that opens to reveal a brass plaque engraved with the name of the winning work and its author.

The 62 finalists were selected across 12 categories—Novel, First Novel, Short Fiction, Long Fiction, Young Adult, Fiction Collection, Poetry Collection, Anthology, Screenplay, Graphic Novel, Nonfiction, and Short Nonfiction. The winner of each category will be announced live at this year’s virtual StockerCon 2021, which will be held between May 20th and May 23rd this year.

Hearty congrats to all the finalists! (Pun intended).

2020 Bram Stoker Award Finalists


Stephen Graham Jones, The Only Good Indians

Alma Katsu, The Deep

Todd Keisling, Devil’s Creek

Josh Malerman, Malorie

Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Mexican Gothic


Polly Hall, The Taxidermist’s Lover

Rachel Harrison, The Return

Ross Jeffery, Tome

EV Knight, The Fourth Whore

Kate Reed Petty, True Story


Steven Archer, The Masque of the Red Death

Jennifer Brody (author) and Jules Rivera (artist), Spectre Deep 6

Rich Douek (author) and Alex Cormack (artist), Road of Bones

Nancy Holder (author), Chiara Di Francia, (artist), and Amelia Woo (artist), Mary Shelley Presents

Alessandro Manzetti (author) and Stefano Cardoselli (artist/author), Her Life Matters: (Or Brooklyn Frankenstein)

Steve Niles (author), Salvatore Simeone (author), and Szymon Kudranski (artist), Lonesome Days, Savage Nights


Adam Cesare, Clown in a Cornfield

Daniel Kraus, Bent Heavens

Monique Snyman, The Bone Carver

Aiden Thomas, Cemetery Boys

Erica Waters, Ghost Wood Song


Gabino Iglesias, Beyond the Reef

Stephen Graham Jones, Night of the Mannequins

Gwendolyn Kiste, The Invention of Ghosts

Jess Landry, I Will Find You, Even in the Dark

Sarah Pinsker, Two Truths and a Lie


Meghan Arcuri, “Am I Missing the Sunlight?”

Kurt Fawver, “Introduction to the Horror Story, Day 1”

Josh Malerman, “One Last Transformation”

Cindy O’Quinn, “The Thing I Found Along a Dirt Patch Road”

Kyla Lee Ward, “Should Fire Remember the Fuel?”


Kathe Koja, Velocities: Stories

John Langan, Children of the Fang and Other Genealogies

Patricia Lillie, The Cuckoo Girls

Lee Murray, Grotesque: Monster Stories

Anna Taborska, Bloody Britain


Scarlett Amaris and Richard Stanley, Color Out of Space

Misha Green, Lovecraft Country, Season 1, Episode 1: “Sundown”

Misha Green and Ihuoma Ofordire, Lovecraft Country, Season 1, Episode 8: “Jig-a-Bobo”

Angela LaManna, The Haunting of Bly Manor, Season 1, Episode 5: “The Altar of the Dead”

Leigh Whannell, The Invisible Man


Alessandro Manzetti, Whitechapel Rhapsody: Dark Poems

Jessica McHugh, A Complex Accident of Life

Cynthia Pelayo, Into the Forest and All the Way Through

Christina Sng, A Collection of Dreamscapes

Sara Tantlinger, Cradleland of Parasites


Michael Bailey and Doug Murano, Miscreations: Gods, Monstrosities & Other Horrors

Lee Murray and Geneve Flynn, Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women

Samantha Kolesnik, Worst Laid Plans: An Anthology of Vacation Horror

Sara Tantlinger, Not All Monsters: A Strangehouse Anthology by Women of Horror

Mercedes M. Yardley, Arterial Bloom


Kelly Florence and Meg Hafdahl, The Science of Women in Horror: The Special Effects, Stunts, and True Stories Behind Your Favorite Fright Films

Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, 1000 Women in Horror

Brian Keene, End of the Road

Alison Peirse, Women Make Horror: Filmmaking, Feminism, Genre

Tim Waggoner, Writing in the Dark

Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr., The Streaming of Hill House: Essays on the Haunting Netflix Adaption


Rhonda Jackson Joseph, “The Beloved Haunting of Hill House: An Examination of Monstrous Motherhood”

Cynthia Pelayo, “I Need to Believe”

Kelly Robinson, “Lost, Found, and Finally Unbound: The Strange History of the 1910 Edison Frankenstein”

Christina Sng, “Final Girl: A Life in Horror”

Tim Waggoner, “Speaking of Horror”

(Article extracted from The Literary Hub with minor revisions to the headline and text by Sakshi Selvanathan)

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