Here are the winners of the 2023 Bram Stoker Awards

The best of last year’s horror fiction

Here are the winners of the 2023 Bram Stoker Awards
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The Horror Writers Association held its annual conference over the weekend in San Diego, and as part of its programming, it announced the winners for this year's Bram Stoker Awards!

The recipients are selected by members of the Horror Writers Association, and recognize "Superior Achievement" in their respective categories.

Here are the winners:

Superior Achievement in a Novel

  • The Reformatory by Tananarive Due
  • How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix
  • Don’t Fear the Reaper by Stephen Graham Jones
  • Lone Women by Victor LaValle
  • Camp Damascus by Chuck Tingle
  • Black River Orchard by Chuck Wendig

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

  • The Daughters of Block Island by Christa Carmen
  • The Spite House by Johnny Compton
  • Everything the Darkness Eats by Eric LaRocca
  • Maeve Fly by CJ Leede
  • Edenville by Sam Rebelein

Superior Achievement in a Middle Grade Novel

  • Monster Camp by Sarah Henning
  • Los Monstruos: Felice and the Wailing Woman by Diana López
  • The Nighthouse Keeper by Lora Senf
  • Frances and the Werewolves of the Black Forest by Refe Tuma
  • What Stays Buried by Suzanne Young

Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel

  • She Is a Haunting by Trang Thanh Tran
  • You’re Not Supposed to Die Tonight by Kalynn Bayron
  • Funeral Songs for Dying Girls by Cherie Dimaline
  • Find Him Where You Left Him Dead by Kristen Simmons
  • Harvest House by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction

  • “Rumpus Room” by Tananarive Due
  • Linghun by Ai Jiang
  • The Salt Grows Heavy by Cassandra Khaw
  • Sleep Alone by J.A.W. McCarthy
  • Despatches by Lee Murray

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction

  • “Silk” by L.E. Daniels (Hush, Don’t Wake the Monster: Stories Inspired by Stephen King)
  • “The Sound of Children Screaming” by Rachael K. Jones (Nightmare 10/23)
  • “If Someone You Love Has Become a Vurdalak” by Sam J. Miller (The Dark 7/23)
  • “Quondam”, Cindy O’Quinn (The Nightmare Never Ends)
  • “An Inherited Taste” by Nadine Aurora Tabing (No Trouble at All)

Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection

  • Blood from the Air by Gemma Files
  • Cold, Black, & Infinite by Todd Keisling
  • Spin a Black Yarn by Josh Malerman
  • The Best of Our Past, the Worst of Our Future by Christi Nogle
  • Root Rot & Other Grim Tales by Sarah Read

Superior Achievement in an Anthology

  • Shakespeare Unleashed edited by James Aquilone
  • The Drive-In: Multiplex edited by Christopher Golden & Brian Keene
  • Never Whistle at Night: An Indigenous Dark Fiction Anthology edited by Shane Hawk & Theodore C. Van Alst, Jr.
  • Out There Screaming edited by Jordan Peele & John Joseph Adams
  • American Cannibal edited by Rebecca Rowland

Superior Achievement in Long Non-Fiction

  • The Black Guy Dies First: Black Horror Cinema from Fodder to Oscar by Robin R. Means Coleman & Mark H. Harris
  • 101 Horror Books to Read Before You’re Murdered by Sadie Hartmann
  • A Vindication of Monsters: Essays on Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley edited by Claire Fitzpatrick
  • The Art of the Zombie Movie by Lisa Morton
  • Unquiet Spirits: Essays by Asian Women in Horror edited by Lee Murray & Angela Yuriko Smith

Superior Achievement in Short Non-Fiction

  • “Words Wielded by Women” by Carina Bissett (Apex 5/23)
  • “Becoming Ungovernable: Latah, Amok, and Disorder in Indonesia” by Nadia Bulkin (Unquiet Spirits: Essays by Asian Women in Horror)
  • “100 Livers” by K.P. Kulski (Unquiet Spirits: Essays by Asian Women in Horror)
  • “Displaced Spirits” by Lee Murray (Unquiet Spirits: Essays by Asian Women in Horror)
  • “A Theatre of Ghosts, a Haunted Cinema: The Japanese Gothic as Theatrical Tradition in Gurozuka” by Kevin Wetmore, Jr.(Wenshan Review of Literature and Culture: Special Issue on Asian Gothic 6/23)

Superior Achievement in Poetry

  • Bleeding Rainbows and Other Broken Spectrums by Maxwell Ian Gold
  • The Quiet Ways I Destroy You by Jessica McHugh
  • Rivers in Your Skin, Sirens in Your Hair by Marisca Pichette
  • Numinous Stones by Holly Lyn Walrath
  • On the Subject of Blackberries by Stephanie M. Wytovich

Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel

  • Ghostlore, Vol. 1 by Cullen Bunn, art by Leomacs
  • Dead Mall by Adam Cesare, art by David Stoll
  • Carmilla: The First Vampire by Amy Chu, art by Soo Lee
  • Tombs by Junji Ito
  • H.P. Lovecraft’s The Shadow Over Innsmouth by Gou Tanabe

Superior Achievement in a Screenplay

  • Black Mirror: “Beyond the Sea”
  • Godzilla Minus One
  • Huesera: The Bone Woman
  • No One Will Save You
  • When Evil Lurks