Bram Stoker Awards: Preliminary Ballot Announced

NOVEL

Bodner, Hal – The Trouble with Hairy (Phantom Hollow Publishing)
Clines, Peter – 14 (Permuted Press)
Ethridge, Benjamin Kane – Bottled Abyss (Redrum Horror)
Everson, John – NightWhere (Samhain Publishing)
Faherty, JG – Cemetery Club (JournalStone)
Jordan, Lee F. – Coronation (Black Rose Writing)
Kiernan, Caitlin R. – The Drowning Girl (Roc)
Little, Bentley – The Haunted (Signet)
McKinney, Joe – Inheritance (Evil Jester Press)

FIRST NOVEL

Boccacino, Michael – Charlotte Markham and the House of Darklings (William Morrow)
Coates, Deborah – Wide Open (Tor Books)
Day, Charles – The Legend of the Pumpkin Thief (Noble YA Publishers LLC)
Dudar, Peter – A Requiem for Dead Flies (Nightscape Press)
Gropp, Richard – Bad Glass (Ballantine/Del Rey)
Hatchell, Dane – Resurrection X: Zombie Evolution (Post Mortem Press)
Holm, Chris – Dead Harvest (Angry Robot)
Jones, K. Trap – The Sinner (Blood Bound Books)
Soares, L.L. – Life Rage (Nightscape Press)
Sterbakov, Hugh – City Under the Moon (Ben & Derek Ink Inc.)

YA NOVEL

Bickle, Laura – The Hallowed Ones (Graphia)
Bray, Libba – The Diviners (Little Brown)
Burt, Steve – FreeK Show (Burt Creations)
Collings, Michaelbrent – Hooked: A True Faerie Tale (Createspace/Amazon Digital Services, Inc.)
Lyga, Barry – I Hunt Killers (Little Brown)
Maberry, Jonathan – Flesh & Bone (Simon & Schuster)
McCarty, Michael – I Kissed A Ghoul (Noble Romance Publishing)
Stiefvater, Maggie – The Raven Boys (Scholastic Press)
Strand, Jeff – A Bad Day for Voodoo (Sourcebooks)
Waters, Daniel – Break My Heart 1,000 Times (Hyperion Book CH)
Wilson, Connie Corcoran – The Color of Evil (Quad Cities Press)

LONG FICTION

Burke, Kealan Patrick – Thirty Miles South of Dry County (Delirium Books)
Faherty, JG – The Cold Spot (Delirium Books)
Giglio, Peter – Sunfall Manor (Nightscape Press)
Ketchum, Jack, and Lucky McGee – I’m Not Sam (Sinister Grin Press)
Malfi, Ronald – The Mourning House (Delirium Books)
McKinney, Joe, and Michael McCarty – Lost Girl of the Lake (Bad Moon Books)
Miskowski, S.P. – Delphine Dodd (Omnium Gatherum Media)
O’Neill, Gene – The Blue Heron (Dark Regions Press)
Prentiss, Norman – The Fleshless Man (Delirium Books)
Thompson, Lee – When We Join Jesus in Hell (Darkfuse)

SHORT FICTION

Bailey, Michael – “Bootstrap” (Zippered Flesh: Tales of Body Enhancements Gone Bad, Smart Rhino Publications)
Boston, Bruce – “Surrounded by the Mutant Rain Forest” (Daily Science Fiction)
Breaux, Kevin James – “The Journal of USS Indianapolis Survivor: Stefanos ‘Stevie’ Georgiou” (Zombie Jesus & Other True Stories, Dark Moon Books)
Cushing, Nicole – “A Catechism for Aspiring Amnesiacs” (Lovecraft eZine, March 2012)
Lake, Jay – “The Cancer Catechism” (Dark Faith: Invocations, Apex Book Company)
McKinney, Joe – “Bury My Heart at Marvin Gardens” (Best of Dark Moon Digest, Dark Moon Books)
Ochse, Weston – “Righteous” (Psychos, Black Dog and Leventhall Publication)
Palisano, John – “Available Light” (Lovecraft eZine, March 2012)
Snyder, Lucy – “Magdala Amygdala” (Dark Faith: Invocations, Apex Book Company)

SCREENPLAY

Hill, Susan, and Goldman, Jane – The Woman in Black (Cross Creek Pictures)
Kim, San Kyu – The Walking Dead, “Killer Within” (AMC TV)
Minear, Tim – American Horror Story: Asylum, “Dark Cousin” (Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision, Ryan Murphy Productions)
Olynyk, Signe – Below Zero (Twilight Pictures)
Ross, Gary, Suzanne Collins, and Billy Ray – The Hunger Games (Lionsgate, Color Force)
Sanchez, Eduardo, and Jaime Nash – Lovely Molly (Amber Entertainment, Haxan Films)
Whedon, Joss, and Drew Goddard – The Cabin in the Woods (Mutant Enemy Productions, Lionsgate)

ANTHOLOGY

Beebe, Eric – Fear the Abyss (Post Mortem Press)
Castle, Mort, and Sam Weller – Shadow Show (HarperCollins)
Gallows Press – Tales from the Yellow Rose Diner and Fill Station (Gallows Press)
Guignard, Eric J. – Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations (Dark Moon Books)
Miller, Eric – Hell Comes to Hollywood (Big Time Books)
Salter, Richard – World’s Collider (Nightscape Press)
Scalisi, Patrick – The Ghost IS the Machine (Port Mortem Press)
Scioneaux, Mark C., R.J. Cavender, and Robert S. Wilson – Horror for Good: A Charitable Anthology (Cutting Block Press)
Swanson, Stan – Slices of Flesh (Dark Moon Books)

FICTION COLLECTION

Cain, Kenneth W. – These Old Tales: The Complete Collection (CreateSpace Distressed Press)
Carroll, Jonathan – Woman Who Married a Cloud: Collected Stories (Subterranean Press)
Castle, Mort – New Moon on the Water (Dark Regions)
De Winter, Corrine – Valentines for the Dead (Shadowfall Publications)
Hand, Elizabeth – Errantry: Strange Stories (Small Beer Press)
Hirshberg, Glen – The Janus Tree (Subterranean Press)
Lane, Joel – Where Furnaces Burn (PS Publishing)
LaSart, C.W. – Ad Nauseam (Dark Moon Books)
Oates, Joyce Carol – Black Dahlia and White Rose: Stories (Ecco)
Onspaugh, Mark – Christmas Ghost Stories (Createspace)
Yardley, Mercedes M. – Beautiful Sorrows (Shock Totem)

NON-FICTION

Aisenberg, Joe – Carrie: Studies in the Horror Film (Centipede Press)
Amazing Kreskin, The, and Michael McCarty – Conversations with Kreskin (Team Kreskin Productions LLC)
Collings, Michael – Writing Darkness (CreateSpace)
Klinger, Les – The Annotated Sandman, Volume 1 (Vertigo)
Matthews, Araminta Star, Rachel Lee, and Stan Swanson – Write of the Living Dead (Dark Moon Books)
Morton, Lisa – Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween (Reaktion Books)
Paffenroth, Kim, and John W. Morehead – The Undead and Theology (Pickwick Publications)
Perry, Dennis R., and Carl H. Sederholm – Adapting Poe: Re-Imaginings in Popular Culture (Palgrave MacMillan)
Phillips, Kendall R. – Dark Directions: Romero, Craven, Carpenter, and the Modern Horror Film (Southern Illinois University Press)

POETRY

Addison, Linda, and Stephen M. Wilson – Dark Duet (NECON eBooks)
Boston, Bruce, and Gary William Crawford – Notes from the Shadow City (Dark Regions Press)
Collings, Michael – A Verse to Horrors (Amazon Digital Services)
Dietrich, Bryan D. – The Monstrance (Needfire Poetry)
Ong Muslim, Kristina – Grim Series (Popcorn Press)
Simon, Marge, and Sandy DeLuca – Vampires, Zombies & Wanton Souls (Elektrik Milk Bath Press)
Turzillo, Mary A. – Lovers & Killers (Dark Regions)

The following will not appear on the Preliminary Ballot. As there are only
five works, they will proceed directly to the Final Ballot.

GRAPHIC NOVEL

Bunn, Cullen – The Sixth Gun Volume 3: Bound (Oni Press)
Moore, Terry – Rachel Rising Vol. 1: The Shadow of Death (Abstract Studio)
Thornton, Ravi – The Tale of Brin and Bent and Minno Marylebone (Jonathan Cape)
Wacks, Peter J., and Guy Anthony De Marco – Behind These Eyes (Villainous Press)
Wood, Rocky, and Lisa Morton – Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times (McFarland)

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THE SEVEN: Alexandra Sokoloff

Continuing my interview series called THE SEVEN, in which I invite some of my favorite authors to answer seven questions about their most recent projects, today’s guest is the lovely Alexandra Sokoloff, prominent screenwriter and author of the bone-chilling supernatural novels THE HARROWING, THE PRICE (which I would argue gives SESSION 9 a run for its money for the title of creepiest hospital in horror), THE UNSEEN, BOOK OF SHADOWS, the paranormal thriller THE SHIFTERS, the YA supernatural thriller THE SPACE BETWEEN, and the suspense thriller HUNTRESS MOON.

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What is your most recent release?

HUNTRESS MOON is just out, my first direct-to-e thriller, the first in a series about a driven FBI agent on the hunt for that most rare of killers: a female serial.

What inspired the project?

I’ve written a few serial killer stories as a screenwriter and novelist, and have done years of research into the psychology of sexual homicide. I think most serial killer novels are absolutely ridiculous in the way they portray those killers as poetic or artistic, all those lovely thematic tableaux of death, and the killer leaving little notes for the detective quoting from Shakespeare and Milton and Shelley. Please! And specifically I wanted to write a story that dealt thematically with the question of why we don’t see female serial killers. Yes, I know you’re about to bring up Aileen Wuornos. Or maybe you aren’t, but five hundred other people out there are! But Aileen Wuornos killed in a pattern that’s actually characteristic of a spree killer: she had a violent trigger incident and then killed a number of men in a very short time. And there was definitely an aspect of vigilantism to that spree. I wanted to explore the psychology of a woman who turns to violence, and a man in pursuit of her who finds himself ambivalent about her motives and actions.

What is the primary theme you’ve chosen to explore with this project?

I read your mind and already started to answer this question above – I am always thinking of theme first! Another running theme of the book – and of the whole series as I see it – is hunters and hunted, and the eroticism of that hunt between the two main characters, the way they mirror each other. And themes of violence, moral response to violence, and justice.

Of everything you’ve written to date, which project has been the most difficult for you?

I would have to say my second novel, THE PRICE. It is just SO DARK: someone who may or may not be the devil is walking the wards of a children’s hospital making deals with the patients and their families. I had to live in a very bleak place to write it, to capture what it would really mean to sell your soul. I wasn’t much fun while I was writing it.

Which title would you suggest as a good place to start for newcomers to your work?

That’s a good question and I never know how to answer it! So far I’ve written standalones so it really depends on the world that the reader wants to inhabit or the subject matter they’re craving; that’s how I choose my reading, anyway! If you’re looking for a nail-biting, roller coaster ghost story, that would be THE HARROWING. I’m partial to BOOK OF SHADOWS, a police procedural that pairs a Boston homicide detective with a practicing witch from Salem in a race to catch a satanic killer. That one walks the finest line between supernatural and crime thriller, a state of ambiguity I particularly like in horror, myself. And if you want dark without supernatural, that would be HUNTRESS MOON.

What are your thoughts on the burgeoning digital market?

I LOVE IT. It’s the best thing that ever happened to writers (as I know you know!). I feel as if some benevolent deity raised a hand and said, “Yes, children, you DO deserve to make a great living writing exactly what your heart tells you to write. Live long and prosper.” Okay, maybe I’m mixing my deities but… I feel like I’ve died and woken up in some kind of heaven. We now have direct, instant access to hundreds of thousands of readers. And as a reader, I am enraptured that the entire world of books now fits in the palm of my hand: any book I want, anywhere I am, instantly.

What’s next for you?

I’m writing the sequel to HUNTRESS MOON, hopefully to have out in October, maybe November. It’s my first series, and now I understand why people do it. You’re not starting from scratch! Amazing! And I want to to continue my very dark YA thriller, THE SPACE BETWEEN, as a trilogy… it’s about parallel universes and there are just so many possibilities.

In every way.

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