The Babadook a Stoker® Took (A Preview of Sorts of World Horror Con 2015)

Back from World Horror Convention on a flight leaving Atlanta from Gate 13C and seated in the plane’s 13th row (or actually closer to row 13.5) but, despite the omen, on a smooth flight that got in early.  In fact the only bit of real bad luck was, when I checked the mail the catsitter had collected while I was gone, my authors’ copies of AIRSHIPS & AUTOMATONS and MONK PUNK AND SHADOW OF THE UNKNOWN OMNIBUS still had not yet arrived.

On the other hand, the cave cat Wednesday was happy and healthy when I returned home, greeting me when I opened the door and, especially cute (or disgusting depending on one’s perspective), had caught a mouse while I was gone and left its little corpse in the hall entryway where I would find it.  Also on the plus side, I had gotten a chance to at least touch a copy of MONK PUNK. . . . (it actually exists!) in the convention Dealer’s Room as well as receiving in my own hands my authors’ copies of REEL DARK with my story “Marcie and Her Sisters” (cf. May 4, et al.) in the number three spot in the contents.  Also the Indiana University Cinema’s prescience was confirmed by screenwriter/director Jennifer Kent’s winning the Superior Achievement in a Screenplay Stoker® for THE BABADOOK (for my review, see January 23).  More of WHC shall appear in the coming days, which is to say after I’ve rested a bit, but here for now is a complete list, courtesy of Tom Calen via the Horror Writers Association Facebook page, of 2015 Stoker Award® winners:


Full list of Bram Stoker Award 2015 Winners:

Superior Achievement in a NOVEL
Blood Kin by Steve Rasnic Tem (Solaris Books)

Superior Achievement in a FIRST NOVEL
Mr. Wicker by Maria Alexander (Raw Dog Screaming Press)

Superior Achievement in a YOUNG ADULT NOVEL
Phoenix Island by John Dixon (Simon & Schuster/Gallery Books)

Superior Achievement in a GRAPHIC NOVEL
Bad Blood by Jonathan Maberry (Dark Horse Books)

Superior Achievement in LONG FICTION
“Fishing for Dinosaurs” by Joe R. Lansdale (Limbus, Inc., Book II, JournalStone)

Superior Achievement in SHORT FICTION (tie)
“The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family” by Usman T. Malik (Qualia Nous, Written Backwards)
“Ruminations” by Rena Mason (Qualia Nous, Written Backwards)

Superior Achievement in a SCREENPLAY
The Babadook by Jennifer Kent (Causeway Films)

Superior Achievement in an ANTHOLOGY
Fearful Symmetries edited by Ellen Datlow (ChiZine Publications)

Superior Achievement in a FICTION COLLECTION
Soft Apocalypses by Lucy A. Snyder (Raw Dog Screaming Press)

Superior Achievement in NON-FICTION
Shooting Yourself in the Head For Fun and Profit: A Writer’s Survival Guide by Lucy A. Snyder (Post Mortem Press)

Superior Achievement in a POETRY COLLECTION
Forgiving Judas by Tom Piccirilli (Crossroad Press)


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