DWELLER = Stoker Finalist = Woo-Hoo!

The Horror Writers Association has announced the finalists for the 2010 Bram Stoker Awards, and, in a jaw-dropping shocker for those who said “Ha ha, Dweller will never be nominated for Superior Achievement in a Novel,” Dweller was nominated for Superior Achievement in a Novel.

Can an actual Bram Stoker award be in my future? If you look at the list of finalists below, you’ll clearly see the answer (“Nope”) but I strongly encourage you to purchase a copy of Dweller immediately, to take advantage of these few glorious weeks before “Finalist” becomes “Loser.”

Here’s the complete list. In case you think I’m just making it up to get attention, the official link is HERE.

Superior Achievement in a Novel

  • HORNS by Joe Hill (William Morrow)
  • ROT AND RUIN by Jonathan Maberry (Simon & Schuster)
  • DEAD LOVE by Linda Watanabe McFerrin (Stone Bridge Press)
  • APOCALYPSE OF THE DEAD by Joe McKinney (Pinnacle)
  • DWELLER by Jeff Strand (Leisure/Dark Regions Press)
  • A DARK MATTER by Peter Straub (DoubleDay)

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

  • BLACK AND ORANGE by Benjamin Kane Ethridge (Bad Moon Books)
  • A BOOK OF TONGUES by Gemma Files (Chizine Publications)
  • CASTLE OF LOS ANGELES by Lisa Morton (Gray Friar Press)
  • SPELLBENT by Lucy Snyder (Del Rey)

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction

  • THE PAINTED DARKNESS by Brian James Freeman (Cemetery Dance)
  • DISSOLUTION by Lisa Mannetti (Deathwatch)
  • MONSTERS AMONG US by Kirstyn McDermott (Macabre: A Journey through Australia’s Darkest Fears)
  • THE SAMHANACH by Lisa Morton (Bad Moon Books)
  • INVISIBLE FENCES by Norman Prentiss (Cemetery Dance)

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction

  • RETURN TO MARIABRONN by Gary Braunbeck (Haunted Legends)
  • THE FOLDING MAN by Joe R. Lansdale (Haunted Legends)
  • 1925: A FALL RIVER HALLOWEEN by Lisa Mannetti (Shroud Magazine #10)
  • IN THE MIDDLE OF POPLAR STREET by Nate Southard (Dead Set: A Zombie Anthology)
  • FINAL DRAFT by Mark W. Worthen (Horror Library IV)

Superior Achievement in an Anthology

  • DARK FAITH edited by Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon (Apex Publications)
  • HORROR LIBRARY IV edited by R.J. Cavender and, Boyd E. Harris (Cutting Block Press)
  • MACABRE: A JOURNEY THROUGH AUSTRALIA’S DARKEST FEARS edited by Angela Challis and Marty Young (Brimstone Press)
  • HAUNTED LEGENDS edited by Ellen Datlow and Nick Mamatas (Tor)
  • THE NEW DEAD edited by Christopher Golden (St. Martin’s Griffin)

Superior Achievement in a Collection

  • OCCULTATION by Laird Barron (Night Shade Books)
  • BLOOD AND GRISTLE by Michael Louis Calvillo (Bad Moon Books)
  • FULL DARK, NO STARS by Stephen King (Simon and Schuster)
  • THE ONES THAT GOT AWAY by Stephen Graham Jones (Prime Books)
  • A HOST OF SHADOWS by Harry Shannon (Dark Regions Press)

Superior Achievement in Nonfiction

  • TO EACH THEIR DARKNESS by Gary A. Braunbeck (Apex Publications)
  • THE CONSPIRACY AGAINST THE HUMAN RACE by Thomas Ligotti (Hippocampus Press)
  • WANTED UNDEAD OR ALIVE by Jonathan Maberry and Janice Gable Bashman (Citadel)
  • LISTEN TO THE ECHOES: THE RAY BRADBURY INTERVIEWS by Sam Weller (Melville House Publications)

Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection

  • DARK MATTERS by Bruce Boston (Bad Moon Books)
  • WILD HUNT OF THE STARS by Ann K. Schwader (Sam’s Dot)
  • DIARY OF A GENTLEMAN DIABOLIST by Robin Spriggs (Anomalous Books)
  • VICIOUS ROMANTIC by Wrath James White (Needfire Poetry)


19 Responses to “DWELLER = Stoker Finalist = Woo-Hoo!”

  1. Elizabeth Says:

    Congratulations! It is a well deserved honor.


  2. Jim Says:

    Wow, congratulations on making the cut! All the more impressive given the company you’re mixing with. It probably sounds trite, but getting this far in this group is quite an achievement by itself.

    Now I’m going to have to track down a copy of Dweller before the word gets out and the prices soar!


  3. Eric Says:

    Believe it or not, I just finished reading Dweller tonight (about 10 minutes ago to be precise). Honestly, it was fantastic, and I will be rooting for it to win! It might make me a wussy to admit this, but it actually made me cry at points – a feat no other book as ever done! So congratulations, Mr. Strand. I will be buying all of your other books as soon as I can scrounge together the money!


    • jeffstrand Says:

      Thanks, Eric! It’s fine to admit that you cried while reading DWELLER. Though if you say that you cried during BENJAMIN’S PARASITE, everybody will know you’re a total wuss-bag.


  4. Yvonne Says:

    I read Dweller (and some of your other books) and I thought it was great!
    Hope you get the award! Best of luck!


  5. Kyle L. Says:

    Hell yea buddy, told ya you’d make it! Now here’s to a grand finish in first!


  6. Mary Jude Says:

    Congrats! It is great to know I am not financially supporting a total loser with my book purchases 🙂

    And the company you keep….very impressive.


  7. Eleven Says:

    No contest. Dweller surpasses all.


  8. Jim Says:

    Are the winners announced in advance of the presentation?


    • jeffstrand Says:

      Nope. I’m the emcee, and even I won’t know any of the winners until the presenter reads the names at the banquet!


      • Jim Says:

        Ah, so. I was wondering because I saw where the 2012 Stokers were being handed out at WHC 2012 in Salt Lake City.

        I guess that could be because:

        1) Stoker Centenary in April 2012 in the UK
        2) They needed to offer more to draw people to Salt Lake City
        3) So you didn’t have far to go to get the Stoker for Fangboy

        I’ll go with #3


      • jeffstrand Says:

        None of the above! A couple of years ago HWA announced that the Stokers will be a stand-alone event every other year, and join with the World Horror Convention on the alternate years.


      • Jim Says:

        I see. Thanks for the info. I’m catching up, albeit slowly.

        Oh, and I guess I must have made a mistake on #3. Should that have read LOST HOMICIDAL MANIAC (ANSWERS TO “SHIRLEY”)?


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