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The Horror Writer's Association presents the Bram Stoker Awards for Superior Achievement, named in honor of Bram Stoker, author of the seminal horror work, Dracula Audiobook . The Stoker Awards were instituted immediately after the organization's incorporation in 1987. While many members, including HWA's first President, Dean Koontz, had reservations about awards -- since the point of HWA was for writers to cooperate for their mutual benefit, not to compete against one another -- the majority of members heavily favored presenting awards, both to recognize outstanding work in the horror field and to publicize HWA's activities.

To ameliorate the competitive nature of awards, the Stokers are given "for superior achievement," not for "best of the year," and the rules are deliberately designed to make ties fairly common. The first awards were presented in 1988 (for works published in 1987), and they have been presented every year since. The award itself is an eight-inch replica of a fanciful haunted house, designed specifically for HWA by sculptor Steven Kirk. The door of the house opens to reveal a brass plaque engraved with the name of the winning work and its author. (That is too cool).

The Bram Stoker Awards, like the Oscars, are non-juried awards. Any work of Horror first published in the English language may be considered for a Stoker during the year of its publication. The HWA membership at large recommends worthy works for consideration. A preliminary ballot is compiled using a formula based on recommendations. Two rounds of voting by our Active members determine first the finalists, and then the winners. Beginning with works published in 2000, the awards are presented in twelve categories: Novel, First Novel, Short Fiction, Long Fiction, Fiction Collection, Poetry Collection, Anthology, Nonfiction, Illustrated Narrative, Screenplay, Work for Young Readers, and Other Media. In addition, Lifetime Achievement Stokers are occasionally presented to individuals whose entire body of work has substantially influenced Horror.  Information found HWA website.

Bram Stoker Award Winners 2001 presented June, 2002

Novel: American Gods by Neil Gaiman | Hardcover | Paperback | Audio Cassette | e-Book Microsoft Reader

First Novel: Deadliest of the Species by Michael Oliveri | Hardcover

Fiction Collection: The Man with the Barbed-Wire Fists by Norman Partridge | Hardcover

Young Readers: The Willow Files 2 by Yvonne Navarro | Paperback | e-book Adobe | e-Book Microsoft Reader

Alternative Forms: Dark Dreamers: Facing the Masters of Fear by Beth Gwinn & Stanley Wiater | Hardcover

Lifetime Achievement: John Farris

Poetry Collection: Consumed, Reduced to Beautiful Grey Ashes by Linda Addison | Out of Print

Screenplay: Memento by Christopher & Jonathan Nolan

Non-fiction: Jobs in Hell edited by Brian Keene | Out of Print

Long Fiction: In These Final Days of Sales by Steve Rasnic Tem | Out of Print

Short Fiction: "Reconstructing Amy" by Tim Lebbon

Anthology: Extremes 2: Fantasy and Horror from the Ends of the Earth edited by Brian A. Hopkins | Out of Print

Awards Winners 2000 Presented May 2001

Novel The Traveling Vampire Show by Richard Laymon, who sadly passed away on Valentine's Day, 2001 Hardcover | Paperback

First Novel The Licking Valley Coon Hunters Club by Brian A. Hopkins Paperback

Screenplay Shadow of the Vampire, by Steven Katz | DVD | VHS

Anthology The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror, 13th Annual Collection edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling Hardcover | Paperback

Fiction Collection Magic Terror by Peter Straub Hardcover | Paperback | Audio Cassette

Poetry Collection A Student of Hell by Tom Piccirilli Paperback

Nonfiction On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King Hardcover | Paperback | Audio CD Audio Cassette | Large Print

Work for Young Readers The Power of Un by Nancy Etchemendy  (Reading Level 9-12) Hardcover

Long Fiction The Man on the Ceiling by Melanie and Steve Rasnic Tem

Short Fiction "Gone" by Jack Ketchum

Illustrated Narrative The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (miniseries) by Alan Moore

Other Media Chiaroscuro (web site), by Patricia Lee Macomber, Steve Eller and Sandra Kasturi

Lifetime Achievement Award Nigel Kneale

Specialty Press Award Subterranean Press, William K. Schafer

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