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The Bram Stoker Awards for Achievement in Horror are given by the Horror Writers Association. The awards for material appearing during 2009 were presented at the organization’s annual banquet held Saturday evening, March 27, 2010 in Brighton, England.

2009 Winners for Superior Achievement:

Novel: Audrey’s Door by Sarah Langan; First Novel: Damnable by Hank Schwaeble; Long Fiction: “The Lucid Dreaming” by Lisa Morton; Short Fiction: “In the Porches of My Ears” by Norman Prentiss; Fiction Collection: A Taste of Tenderloin by Gene O’Neill; Anthology: He Is Legend edited by Christopher Conlon; Nonfiction: Writers Workshop of Horror by Michael Knost; Poetry Collection: Chimeric Machines by Lucy A. Snyder; Lifetime Achievement Award: Brian Lumley, William F. Nolan.

Richard Laymon, President’s Award: Vince A. Liaguno; Silver Hammer Award: Kathryn Ptacek; Specialty Press: Tartarus Press.

The Shirley Jackson Award, recognizing the legacy of Jackson’s writing, and with permission of her estate, was established for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic. The awards were announced at Readercon 21, Sunday, July 11 2010, in Burlington, Massachusetts.

The winners for the best work in 2009:

Novel: Big Machine by Victor LaValle (Spiegel & Grau); Novella: Midnight Picnic by Nick Antosca (Word Riot Press); Novelette: “Morality” by Stephen King (Esquire); Short Story: “The Pelican Bar” by Karen Joy Fowler, Eclipse 3 (Night Shade Books); Single Author Collection: Tunneling to the Center of the Earth by Kevin Wilson (Harper Perennial) and Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical by Robert Shearman (Big Finish Productions); Anthology: Poe: 19 New Tales Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe edited by Ellen Datlow (Solaris).

The World Fantasy Awards were announced November 1, 2000 at the World Fantasy Convention in Calgary, Alberta. Lifetime Achievement recipients were previously announced.

Winners for the best work in 2009:

Life Achievement: Brian Lumley, Terry Pratchett, and Peter Straub; Novel: The City and the City by China Miéville (Macmillan UK/ Del Rey); Novella: “Sea-Hearts” by Margo Lanagan, X 6 (Coeur de Lion Publishing); Short Story: “The Pelican Bar,” by Karen Joy Fowler, Eclipse 3, (Night Shade Books); Anthology: American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny: From Poe to the Pulps/From the 1940s to Now edited by Peter Straub (Library of America); Collection: There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby: Scary Fairy Tales, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya (Penguin) and The Very Best of Gene Wolfe/The Best of Gene Wolfe, Gene Wolfe (PS Publishing/Tor Books); Artist: Charles Vess; Special Award Professional: Jonathan Strahan for editing anthologies; Special Award Non-Professional: Susan Marie Groppi for Strange Horizons.


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