HWA Bram Stoker Award® Member Recommendations

for Works Published in 2020
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ANTHOLOGY

Arterial Bloom Mercedes M. YardleyCrystal Lake Publishing
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Miscreations: Gods, Monstrosities, & Other Horrors Doug Murano and Michael BaileyWritten Backwards
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Not All Monsters Sara TantlingerStrangehouse Books
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Shadows & Tall Trees, Volume 8 Michael KellyUndertow Publications
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The Fiends in the Furrows II: More Tales of Folk Horror David T. Neal and Christine M. ScottNosetouch Press
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Uncertainties, Volume IV Timothy J. JarvisSwan River Press
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FICTION COLLECTION

A Carnival of Chimeras Stephen WoodworthHippocampus Press
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As Summer's Mask Slips and Other Disruptions Gordon B. WhiteTrepidatio Publishing
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Children of the Fang John LanganWord Horde
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If It Bleeds Stephen KingScribner
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Lucid Screams Red LagoeLa Red Books
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Nine Bar Blues Sheree Renée ThomasThird Man Books
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Submitted for the Approval of the Midnight Pals Bitter Karella
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Terrible Things David SurfaceBlack Shuck Books
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The Best of Jeffrey Ford Jeffrey FordPS Publishing
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The Immeasurable Corpse of Nature Christopher SlatskyGrimscribe Press
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These Evil Things We Do: The Mick Garris Collection Mick GarrisFangoria
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Thin Places Kay ChronisterUndertow Publications
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Velocities Kathe KojaMeerkat Press
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Vistas Chris KelsoDemain Publishing
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We All Hear Stories in the Dark Robert ShearmanPS Publishing
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FIRST NOVEL

Fairest Flesh K. P. KulskiRooster Republic Press
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Hexis Charlene ElsbyClash Books
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Hunger on the Chisholm Trail M. EnnenbachDeath's Head Press
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The Bright Lands John FramHanover Square Press
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The Fourth Whore EV KnightRaw Dog Screaming Press
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The Return Rachel HarrisonBerkley
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GRAPHIC NOVEL

Black Stars Above Volume 1 Lonnie Nadler (author) and Jenna Cha (artist)Vault Comics
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LONG FICTION

Armageddon House Michael GriffinUndertow Publications
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Attack of the 50 Foot Indian Stephen Graham JonesGallery/Saga Press
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Benny Rose, the Cannibal King Hailey PiperUnnerving
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Beyond the Reef Gabino Iglesias Lullabies for SufferingWicked Run Press
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Cirque Berserk Jessica GuessUnnerving
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Coleridge Tom DeadySilver Shamrock Publishing
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Crazytimes Scott ColeGrindhouse Press
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Crossroads Laurel HightowerOff Limits Press
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Hell's Bells Lisa QuigleyUnnerving
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Mr. Harrigan's Phone Stephen KingIf It BleedsScribner
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Sabbath of the Fox-Devils Sam RichardWeirdpunk Books
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Scanlines Todd KeislingDim Shores
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Sicko Stephen VolkBlack Static #73 (January-February 2020)
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The Air in My House Tastes Like Sugar ZZ ClaybourneGiganotosaurus.org
-- https://www.dropbox.com/s/iytk7e7q4lcc4b3/The%20Air%20in%20My%20House%20Tastes%20Like%20Sugar%20_%20ZZ%20Claybourne%20_%202020.pdf?dl=0
The Balance Kev HarrisonLycan Valley Press
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The Devil's List Terry M. WestPleasant Storm Entertainment
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The Fearing: Blood & Brimstone John F.D. TaffSaturday Morning Scenarios
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The Flesh Molder's Love Song Roland BlackburnEraserhead Press
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The Hidden Track Stephen WoodworthA Carnival of ChimerasHippocampus Press
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The Immeasurable Corpse of Nature Christopher SlatskyThe Immeasurable Corpse of NatureGrimscribe Press
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The Invention of Ghosts Gwendolyn KisteNightscape Press
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The Life of Chuck Stephen KingIf It Bleeds Scribner
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The Melting Point of Meat John F.D. TaffLullabies for SufferingWicked Run Press
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The Night Sun Zin E RocklynTor
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True Crime Samantha KolesnikGrindhouse Press
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We Need To Do Something Max Booth IIIPerpetual Motion Machine Publishing
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NONFICTION

America's First Female Serial Killer: Jane Toppan and the Making of a Monster Mary Kay McBrayerMango
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Behind the Horror: True Stories That Inspired Horror Movies Dr. Lee MellorDK - Penguin Random House
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Horror Fiction in the 20th Century: Exploring Literature's Most Chilling Genre Jess NevinsPraeger
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NOVELS

Apartment 6 Stuart JamesBloodhound Books
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Bad People Craig WallworkUnderbelly Books
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Bone Harvest James BrogdenTitan Book
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Bottled Stephanie EllisSilver Shamrock Publishing
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Boy in the Box Marc E. FitchFlame Tree Press
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Devil's Creek Todd KeislingSilver Shamrock Publishing
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Eden Tim LebbonTitan Books
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Gone to See The River Man Kristopher TrianaCemetery Dance
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Malorie Josh MalermanDel Rey
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Mexican Gothic Silvia Moreno-GarciaDel Rey
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Red Hood Elana K. ArnoldHarperCollins Publishers
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Spungunion John BodenFungasm
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Survivor Song Paul TremblayWilliam Morrow
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The Bank Bentley LittleCemetery Dance
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The Boatman's Daughter Andy DavidsonMCD x FSG Originals
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The Deep Alma KatsuG.P. Putnam's Sons
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The Diary Of A Serial Killer's Daughter L A DetwilerSelf Published
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The House on Rectory Lane Stuart JamesBloodhound Books
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The Hunger Alma KatsuG.P. Putnam's Sons
-- INELIGIBLE, published in 2018.
The Loop Jeremy Robert JohnsonGallery/Saga Press
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The Midwives Duncan RalstonShadow Work Publishing
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The Only Good Indians Stephen Graham JonesGallery/Saga Press
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The Raven Jonathan JanzFlame Tree Press
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The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires Grady HendrixQuirk Books
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Touch the Night Max Booth IIICemetery Dance
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White Pines Gemma AmorSelf Published
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Worse Angels (An Isaiah Coleridge Novel Book 3) Laird BarronG.P. Putnam's Sons
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POETRY COLLECTION

Collection of Dreamscapes Christina SngRaw Dog Screaming Press
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Cradleland of Parasites Sara TantlingerRooster Republic
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Cries to Kill the Corpse Flower Ronald J. MurrayBizarro Pulp Press
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John The Revelator John UrbancikAmazon.com Services LLC
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La Belle Ajar Adrian Ernesto CepedaClash Books
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Sacred Summer Cassandra Rose ClarkeAqueduct Press
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Tea with Death Abigail WildesAlban Lake Publishing
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SCREENPLAY

Dracula, Season One, Episode One: "The Rules of the Beast" Mark Gatiss & Steven MoffatNetflix
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Dracula, Season One, Episode Two: "Blood Vessel" Mark Gatiss & Steven MoffatNetflix
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Gretel & Hansel Rob HayesOrion Pictures
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Into the Dark, Season Two, Episode Five: "My Valentine" Maggie LevinHulu
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Relic Natalie Erika James, Christian WhiteAGBO, Carver Films, Nine Stories Productions
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Shirley Sarah Gubbins, Susan Scarf Merrell Killer Films
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The Beach House Jeffrey A. BrownLow Spark Films
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The Color Out of Space Richard Stanley & Scarlett AmarisSpectreVision
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The Gloaming, Season One, Episode Eight: "The Night of the Mothers" Vicki Madden2 Jons
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The Gloaming, Season One, Episode One: "The Dying of the Light" Vicki Madden2 Jons
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The Invisible Man ‎Leigh WhannellUniversal Pictures
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The Turning Chad Hayes, Carey W. HayesDreamWorks
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Vivarium Lorcan Finnegan, Garret ShanleyLovely Productions
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SHORT FICTION

Cleaver, Meat, and Block Maria HaskinsBlack Static, #73 (January-February 2020)
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Come Away, Come Away Cynthia PelayoLockdown: Stories of Crime, Terror and Hope During a PandemicPolis Books
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Corpse Walks Into a Bar Lesley BannatyneTheGhostStory.comTheGhostStory.com
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Dead Horse Club Jude WetherellReckoning 4
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Getaway Nicole Kornher-StaceUncanny Magazine
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Joy of Life Alessandro ManzettiSpace and Time Magazine Issue 137
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Ode to Joad the Toad Laird BarronMiscreations: Gods, Monstrosities & Other HorrorsWritten Backwards
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One Last Transformation Josh MalermanMiscreationsWritten Backwards
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See You on a Dark Night Ben PeekNightmare Magazine, April 2020 (Issue 91)
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Sleepers Gerard HouarnerPsychedelic Horror Press
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Smilers Chip HouserBourbon Penn Issue 20
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Snake Hips V. CastroSed de SangreIndependently Published
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The Glassy, Burning Floor of Hell Brian EvensonShadows & Tall Trees, Volume 8Undertow Publications
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The Lament of the Vejigante Cynthia PelayoBoth Sides: Stories from the BorderPolis Books
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The New You Ainslie HogarthBlack Static, #74 (March-April 2020)TTA Press
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The Owl Count Elizabeth HandConjunctions: 74, Grendel's Kin: The Monsters Issue
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The Secret of St. Cyr Maxwell I. GoldThe Dark Corner Horror Zine #4
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The Teeth of America Michael Wehuntmichaelwehunt.com
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The Thing I Found Along A Dirt Patch Road Cindy O'QuinnShotgun Honey Presents Volume 4: RecoilDown and Out Books
-- https://rb.gy/z1kmq3
Those Who Made Us J.A.W. McCarthyLamplight Volume 8, Issue 3&4Apokrupha
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Too Lonely, Too Wild Kay ChronisterShadows & Tall Trees, Volume 8Undertow Publications
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Trick of the Light Andrew HumphreyNightjar Press
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Unschooled Christi NogleEighteen: Stories of Mischief & MayhemUnderland Press
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We Aren’t Violent People E.C. BarrettBourbon Penn Issue 20
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Workday Kurt FawverShadows & Tall Trees, Volume 8Undertow Publications
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SHORT NONFICTION

Don't Forget the H Tim Waggonersfwa.org
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Sicko Doctors: Suffering and Sadism in 19th-Century America Chelsea DavisThe Public Domain Review
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The Eternal Return of “The Turn of the Screw” Chelsea DavisElectric Lit
-- https://electricliterature.com/the-eternal-return-of-the-turn-of-the-screw/
The H Word: Mental Health, Ableism, and the Horror Genre Evan J. PetersonNightmare Magazine, April 2020 (Issue 91)
-- http://www.nightmare-magazine.com/nonfiction/the-h-word-mental-health-ableism-and-the-horror-genre/
The H Word: Picture a House Caitlin StarlingNightmare Magazine, January 2020 (Issue 88)
-- http://www.nightmare-magazine.com/nonfiction/the-h-word-picture-a-house/
The H Word: The Horror of Solitude Gwendolyn KisteNightmare MagazineNightmare Magazine
-- http://www.nightmare-magazine.com/nonfiction/the-h-word-the-horror-of-solitude/
The Silence of the Lamb Chop Chelsea DavisShrieks and Howls newsletter
-- http://tinyletter.com/chelseamdavis/letters/the-silence-of-the-lamb-chop
Why Horror? Gavin Gardinerhttps://gavingardinerhorror.com/non-fiction/essays/why-horror/Gavin Gardiner
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YOUNG-ADULT NOVEL

Cemetery Boys Aiden ThomasSwoon Reads
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Clown in a Cornfield Adam CesareHarperTeen
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The Ghost Tree Christina HenryBerkley Books
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