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2017 Bram Stoker Award® Winners

Congratulations to the winners!

Superior Achievement in a Novel    Winner: Golden, Christopher – Ararat (St. Martin’s Press)
Superior Achievement in a Screenplay  Winner: Peele, Jordan – Get Out (Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions, QC Entertainment)
Superior Achievement in a First Novel  Winner: Cabeen, Robert Payne – Cold Cuts (Omnium Gatherum Media)
Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel  Winner: Liggett, Kim – The Last Harvest (Tor Teen)
Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel    Winner: Duffy, Damian and Butler, Octavia E. – Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation (Abrams ComicArts)
Superior Achievement in Long Fiction Winner: Jones, Stephen Graham – Mapping the Interior (Tor.com)
Superior Achievement in Short Fiction  Winner: Mannetti, Lisa – “Apocalypse Then” (Never Fear: The Apocalypse (13Thirty Books)
Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection  Winner: Hill, Joe – Strange Weather (William Morrow)
Superior Achievement in an Anthology  Winner: Murano, Doug – Behold!: Oddities, Curiosities & Undefinable Wonders (Crystal Lake Publishing)
Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction      Winner: Hendrix, Grady. Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ’70s and ’80s Horror Fiction (Quirk Books)
Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection  Winner: Sng, Christina – A Collection of Nightmares (Raw Dog Screaming Press)

 

2017 Bram Stoker Award® Winners

 

 

Funny Horror

Review of Funny Horror

Review of Funny Horror edited by Alex Shvartsman

In the interests of full disclosure, I was sent a pre-release copy of this book by the publisher for beta reading purposes. Funny Horror was a delightful success.

What is my definition of success, you may ask?

(You can skip this part if you have read any of my previous short story compilation reviews.)

To me, a short story compilation is akin to one of those giant bags of mixed candy you buy for Halloween. Some of what you get are your favorite kind, some are really good (just not your favorites), some are OK (but still candy, so pretty darn good), and some are awful because you can’t stand the flavor but you know other people love them anyway. And occasionally it includes one or two kinds of candy even the kids won’t touch.

With that in mind, I consider any short story collection to be a success if at least 3 or 4 stories fall into the first two categories of favorite or really good, and one (or better, none) fall into the even the kids won’t touch it category.

Funny Horror was a delightful success. Fifteen of the 18 stories were either favorites or really good. Seven were favorites. I think this is a record for me.

None of the stories were of the even the kids won’t touch it variety, and only two stories merited the “I can’t stand the flavor” pile.

My favorite stories were “Howl!” by Jody Lynn Nye, “Something Virtual This Way Comes” by Laura Resnick, “No Children, No Pets” by Esther Friesner, “43 Responses to ‘In Memory of Dr. Alexandra Nako’” by Barbara A. Barnett, “Happily and Righteously” by Larry Hodges, “The Story of Emily and Control” by Scott Alexander, and “Final Corrections” by M. Bennardo.

Highly recommended. If you need a laugh, go buy this book.

 

I give it 5 stars.

 

Short thoughts on each story:

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Funny Horror
Edited by Alex Shvartsman