Wednesday, April 2, 2008

2007 Bram Stoker Awards

Horror has always been my favorite genre. Not sure why. I'm actually kind of chicken in real life. But since I was little, I have always loved books and movies that scare me. When I was in 7th grade, I picked up the book 'Salems Lot, and it started me down that dark and winding road. I'm always the first one in line for the latest Horror movie too. In fact, I started my brother on it as well. I used to take him to see scary movies when he was little (Luke is 12 years younger than I am). I figured he'd turn out really cool like me, or a serial killer. So far, so good!

On March 30th, they announced the winners of the 2007 Bram Stoker Awards:

The Missing by Sarah Langan

First Novel:
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

Long Fiction:
Afterward, There Will Be A Hallway by Gary Braunbeck

Short Fiction:
"The Gentle Brush of Wings " by David Niall Wilson

Fiction Collection:
(Tie)Proverbs for Monsters by Michael A. Arnzen5 Stories by Peter Straub

Five Strokes to Midnight edited by Gary Braunbeck and Hank Schwaeble

THE CRYPTOPEDIA: A Dictionary of the Weird, Strange & Downright Bizarre by Jonathan Maberry & David F. Kramer

Poetry Collection:
(Tie)Being Full of Light, Insubstantial by Linda AddisonVECTORS: A Week in the Death of a Planet by Charlee Jacob & Marge Simon

Lifetime Achievement Award:
John Carpenter, Robert Weinberg

Richard Laymon President's Award:
Mark Worthen, Stephen Dorato, Christopher Fulbright

I haven't actually read any of these. (Said brother still has my copy of Heart-Shaped Box!) But I guess I have a whole new group of books to add to my TBR list!!

How about you? Read any of these??


Nymeth said...

I'm so thrilled that Heart-Shaped Box won! It's such a good book. You really must get it back from your brother!

I haven't read the others... I'll have to investigate the best novel winner. The non-fiction winner sounds so cool too!

Iliana said...

I don't read much horror now but I remember going through a phase of Koontz and King books only! I've not read any from this list but I do want to read Heart-Shaped Box one of these days.

Nicola said...

I haven't read any either and would also love to read Heart-Shaped Box one of these days. I used to be a major horror junkie, books and movies, as well as true crime.

But something happened to me when I had kids now I'm the biggest wimp when it comes to scary movies but I do still like a scary book, as long as it's fiction.

Debi said...

I haven't read a single thing from that list :(
I've got both Heart-Shaped Box and The Missing (and Langan's first book The Keeper) on my wish list. Someday.

Ladytink_534 said...

I've read Heart-Shaped Box and really loved it!

kookiejar said...

Oh, thank you for posting the list, know I love horror and I adored "Heart Shaped Box" (Yay, Joe!!). I'm going to add the rest to my wish list as well. *rubs hands together gleefully*

Dewey said...

I haven't read any. I don't like horror books or movies in general, although some authors are so good I'll read them in spite of the scariness! :)

Suspense is ok, though. Someone told me Heart-Shaped Box is more suspenseful than horror. I'd ask if you thought that was true, but it doesn't look like you know yet!

Chris said...

Oh great...more to add to the wishlist :p I love horror too! Always a favorite genre. I've read Heart Shaped Box and it was...OK. I liked it, but it didn't scare me. I almost think that I'm desensitized to horror at this point, lol. So I'm always disappointed these days. In order for me to fall in love with a horror novel, it has to scare the crap out of me....same with horror movies. That's why I wish they'd go back to the old slasher films of the 80's instead of these stupid new horror movies that they make now.

Andi said...

I really liked Heart-Shaped Box. It had its weaknesses, but it certainly was a good first book (not counting his previously released in Britain, 20th Century Ghosts). Can't wait to read that one, too!

Carl V. said...

I didn't realize that you were so fond of horror. I consider myself a fan of the genre in films and literature, but not of all of it. I don't think I'd ever read King's older stuff that I read as a teenager again and I don't ever feel drawn to Koontz or Clive Barker or any of those guys. Joe Hill's book has me intrigued. I much prefer the atmospheric, gothic, classic horror, like that of the author for which this award is named. It isn't that those others aren't good or that I wouldn't enjoy them, its more about the time I have allotted for books and films and the pile of both that I still want to get to.

Dana said...

i just tagged you for a meme, come and play if you can.

Booklogged said...

I'm glad you posted this, Stephanie. I haven't read any of them, but I do have Heart-Shaped Box on my list.

It's funny - I love Dean Koontz but don't care for Stephen King. Weird, I know.

Park Avenue Princess said...

I have read and LOVED Heart-Shaped Box! I'm a HUGE horror fan and that is one of the very best that I've read this year. I can't say enough about it. You're gonna' love it.

Thank you so much for coming by and signing up sor my contest Stephanie.

Good luck
Park-Avenue Princess

Susan said...

Yaay! someone else who loves horror too! Actually, I just came across the Bram Stoker Awards list too, and thought, hmmm, why haven't I read Heart-Shaped Box yet? I still have to get Duma Key (my birthday is next months! Top of my list!) I've always loved horror....but it has to be good horror, scary, not just slasher, which i consider thriller and cheap thrills. I love some of King (but read everything he ever wrote!), some Koontz, Dan Simmons, Charles grant, and Shirley Jackson...hmm, you've given me an idea for a post.....thanks!!! and Happy reading to both of us and everyone else here who likes horror too!
I'm linking this post to my blog so people can come find what you said :-)

Park Avenue Princess said...

oh...and I JUST reviewed Heart-Shaped Box on MY blog as well : )