2006 Stoker Awards Preliminary Ballot

So much great material this year! Two of my stories made this first cut. We’ll see if either survives the next…

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SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN A NOVEL

Play Dead by Michael A. Arnzen (Raw Dog Screaming Press)
Keepers by Gary Braunbeck (Leisure)
Dread in the Beast by Charlee Jacob (Necro)
Terminal by Brian Keene (Spectra)
The Demonologist by Michael Laimo (Leisure Books)
Grave Intent by Deborah LeBlanc (Leisure)
Blood Red by James A.Moore (Earthling Publications)
Creepers by David Morrell (CDS)
November Mourns by Tom Piccirilli (Bantam)
Like Death by Tim Waggoner (Leisure)

SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN A FIRST NOVEL

The Hides by Kealan Patrick Burke (Cemetery Dance Publications)
Siren Promised by Alan M. Clark and Jeremy Robert Johnson
(Bloodletting Press)
Scarecrow Gods by Weston Ochse (Delirium Books)

SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN LONG FICTION

“Veil of Skin” by Maria Alexander (Blood Surrender)
In the Midnight Museum by Gary Braunbeck (Necessary Evil Press)
“Best New Horror” by Joe Hill (Postscripts #3)
“Wormwood Nights” by Charlee Jacob (Bloodletting Press)
“The Things They Left Behind” by Stephen King (Transgressions)
Pieces of Hate by Tim Lebbon (Necessary Evil Press)
“Some Zombie Contingency Plans” by Kelly Link (Magic for Beginners)
Zero by Michael McBride (Necessary Evil Press)
“The Beautiful Ones” by Michelle Scalise (Crimewave #8)
“It’s Only Temporary” by Eric Shapiro (Permuted Press)
“Riverside Blues” by Eric Tomblin (Earthling Publications)
“The Milk of Paradise” by David Niall Wilson (City Slab Magazine #7)

SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SHORT FICTION

“This Body of Death” by Maria Alexander (Lost on the Darkside)
“Haeckel’s Tale” by Clive Barker (Dark Delicacies)
We Now Pause For Station Identification Gary Braunbeck (Endeavor Press)
“As Others See Us” by Mort Castle (World Horror Convention 2005
program book)
“Binky” by Sephera Giron (Cemetery Dance Publications)
“Out Twelve-Steppin’: Summer of AA” by Nancy Holder (Dark Delicacies)
“Under the Skin” by Nicholas Kaufmann (City Slab Magazine #7)
“The Good Part” by Carole Lanham (Trunk Stories)
“The Reading Lessons” by Carole Lanham (Son and Foe)
“Black Mill Cove” by Lisa Morton (Dark Delicacies)
“Times of Atonement” by Yvonne Navarro (Taverns of the Dead)
“Asha” by Monica O’Rourke (Red Scream)

SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN AN ANTHOLOGY

Taverns of the Dead by Kealan Patrick Burke (Cemetery Dance
Publications)
Kolchak: The Night Stalker Chronicles by Joe Gentile, Garrett
Anderson and Lori Gentile (Moonstone)
Outsiders by Nancy Holder and Nancy Kilpatrick (Roc)
Dark Delicacies: Original Tales of Terror & the Macabre by Del
Howison and Jeff Gelb (Carroll & Graf)
Weird Shadows Over Innsmouth by Stephen Jones (Fedogan and Bremer)
Corpse Blossoms by Julia and RJ Sevin (Creeping Hemlock Press)

SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN A COLLECTION

Never Seen by Waking Eyes by Stephen R. Dedman (Infrapress)
Twentieth Century Ghosts by Joe Hill (PS Publishing)
Angel Dust Apocalypse by Jeremy Robert Johnson (Eraserhead Press)
Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link (Small Beer Press)
Dark Duets by Michael McCarty (Wildside Press)
Looking for Jake by China Miéville (Del Rey)
Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk (Doubleday)
The Book Of A Thousand Sins by Wrath James White (Two-Backed Books)

SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN NONFICTION

Horror: Another 100 Best Books by Stephen Jones and Kim Newman
(Carroll & Graf)
More Giants of the Genre by Michael McCarty (Wildside Press)
Morbid Curiosity #9 by Loren Rhoades (Automatism Press)
The Bradbury Chronicle by Sam Weller (William Morrow & Co)

SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN POETRY

Freakcidents by Michael A. Arnzen (Shocklines Press)
The Shadow City by Gary W. Crawford (Naked Snake Press)
Sineater by Charlee Jacob (Cyberpulp)
Seasons: A Series of Poems Based on the Life and Death of Edgar Allan
Poe by Daniel Shields (Foothills Publishing)

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