Awards

This Is Horror Awards 2014: Winners

Novel of the Year

Bird Box

Winner: Bird Box by Josh Malerman
Runner-up: Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

You write because you love reading, and you write horror because you believe in the monsters, you believe in the imagination, you believe in the dark. I BELIEVE IN THE DARK. Maybe you start with poems, unrelated chunks, paragraphs. This may lead to short, freaky stories. Then you’re finally writing books and (holy cow) now you’re publishing books. And then you receive a notice that your book, your scary book, has won the best novel prize from a great website, a purity in the field. Nobody does it better than “This is Horror” and so not only is this a glorious chain of events for me, it’s also a magnificent HONOR. Thank you, This is Horror, and may I always maintain my end of the bargain, that when a reader reads a book of mine they will think, ‘THIS is horror.’

JOSH MALERMAN, AUTHOR OF BIRD BOX
THIS IS HORROR NOVEL OF THE YEAR 2014

Film of the Year

Snowpiercer

Winner: Snowpiercer
Runner-up: The Babadook

TV Series of the Year

True DetectiveWinner: True Detective
Runner-up: Hannibal (Season Two)

Short Story Collection of the Year

After The People Lights Have Gone Off Stephen Graham Jones

 

Winner: After the People Lights Have Gone Off by Stephen Graham Jones
Runner-up: The End in All Beginnings by John F.D. Taff

 

I feel like the Hamburglar: I tiptoed in theatrically behind all those other excellent collections and stole this one away. Thanks to Richard Thomas and Dark House Press for making After the People Lights Have Gone Off such a pretty book, and getting it out in the world, and thanks to all the editors and magazines and anthologies I wrote most of these stories for, and thanks to everybody who read and voted on it. And thanks to horror, for always being there each time I turn the lights off.

STEPHEN GRAHAM JONES, AUTHOR OF AFTER THE PEOPLE LIGHTS HAVE GONE OFF
THIS IS HORROR SHORT STORY COLLECTION OF THE YEAR 2014

Anthology of the Year

Burnt Tongues Chuck Palahniuk

 

Winner: Burnt Tongues: An Anthology of Transgressive Short Stories (Edited by Chuck Palahniuk, Richard Thomas and Dennis Widmyer)
Runner-up: The New Black (Edited by Richard Thomas)

I know I can speak for Chuck Palahniuk and Dennis Widmyer when I say that we’re honored to win this award. It’s been a long journey from the original workshops and nominations, to the final selections, to putting this out into the world. Chuck says, “We return to troubling films and books because they don’t pander to us—their style and subject matter challenge, but to embrace them is to win something worth having for the rest of our lives,” and I couldn’t agree more. Medallion Press has been extremely supportive, as have the authors, some going on tour and reading with Chuck, the overall reaction from readers somewhere between thrilled and scarred for life. It’s really been a group effort, working with Dennis and Chuck, as well as all of the talented authors to bring this eclectic collection of transgressive stories out into the light. Medallion had this to say, as well: “It’s been a privilege to join Chuck Palahniuk, Richard Thomas, and Dennis Widmyer on their mission to bring the remarkable work of twenty authors to a wider audience, and we’re grateful to This Is Horror for honoring each of them with this award.”

RICHARD THOMAS, CO-EDITOR OF BURNT TONGUES
THIS IS HORROR ANTHOLOGY OF THE YEAR 2014

Publisher of the Year

Severed Press

 

Winner: Severed Press
Runner-up: ChiZine Publications

 

On behalf of all the editors, cover artists and of course authors, I would like to say a huge thank you for voting Severed Press Publisher of the Year 2014. To have all their hard work recognised this way means a great deal to us.

GARY LUCAS, SEVERED PRESS
THIS IS HORROR PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR 2014

Magazine of the Year

Nightmare Magazine edited by John Joseph Adams February 2015

Winner: Nightmare Magazine
Runner-up: Fangoria

Wow, thank you so much! It’s quite an honor to be selected as ‘Magazine of the Year,’ especially amongst such stiff competition! Thanks so much too to all of the writers and editors who work on Nightmare with me–without them, of course, it wouldn’t exist.

JOHN JOSEPH ADAMS, EDITOR/PUBLISHER OF NIGHTMARE
THIS IS HORROR MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR 2014

UK Event of the Year

dead by dawn logo

This is amazing news! A huge thanks to everyone who continues to support Dead By Dawn as we head into our 22nd year.  Any recognition is always welcome, especially so when it comes from fellow horror fans. As
lifelong horror fans ourselves we spend all year working hard to make
sure we bring you the very best independent horror. Thank you one and all!

ADELE HARTLEY, DEAD BY DAWN FESTIVAL OWNER
THIS IS HORROR UK EVENT OF THE YEAR 2014

Winner: Dead by Dawn
Runner-up: FrightFest

Book Cover of the Year

Last Projector

 

Winner: The Last Projector by David James Keaton (Cover Art by Joel Vollmer)
Runner-up: The Cormorant by Chuck Wendig (Cover Art by Joey Hi-Fi)

It’s an absolute thrill to win Best Book Cover of the Year. Thanks to the voters, This Is Horror, and to David James Keaton and the folks at Broken River Books for bringing me on board. You have all made this an incredible journey.

 

JOEL VOLLMER, COVER ARTIST FOR THE LAST PROJECTOR
THIS IS HORROR BOOK COVER OF THE YEAR 2014

Tattoo Artist of the Year

Ollie Tye This Is Horror Tattoo Artist of the Year

Winner: Ollie Tye, Cosmic Monsters
Runner-up: Alexander TheMeat Bowron, Dragstrip Tattoos

A huge thank you to all who voted and support me in doing what I love. Lots more sexy monsters coming your way soon.

OLLIE TYE, COSMIC MONSTERS
THIS IS HORROR TATTOO ARTIST OF THE YEAR 2014

Podcast of the Year

Booked podcast

Winner: Booked. Podcast
Runner-up: The Last Knock

I’m ridiculously excited to be selected for this award again. Thanks to This Is Horror and to the listeners who voted for making this possible. Clearly, you have excellent taste and solid decision making skills. See ya next year!

LIVIUS NEDIN, CO-HOST OF BOOKED. PODCAST
THIS IS HORROR PODCAST OF THE YEAR 2014

I’m truly honored to be named the podcast of the year. Thanks to This is Horror and to everyone that voted. This award is the fire that I’ll hold to our feet when we get lazy. Here’s to another year of horror excellence!

ROBB OLSON, CO-HOST OF BOOKED. PODCAST
THIS IS HORROR PODCAST OF THE YEAR 2014

Previous This Is Horror Awards

2013 This Is Horror Award Winners
2012 This Is Horror Award Winners
2011 This Is Horror Award Winners

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