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2016 Winners

This Is Horror Awards

Novel of the Year

The Fisherman John Langan

Winner: The Fisherman by John Langan
Runner-up: Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones

“I’m thrilled and humbled that the voters have selected The Fisherman as Novel of the Year. To have been nominated alongside the other novels in this category was already an honor, and the ballot as a whole is a reminder of the talent flourishing in the horror field. I’m grateful to everyone who sat down with my book and gave it a chance, and I’m thankful to everyone who cast a vote for it. The Fisherman owes its publication to Ross Lockhart, for which, many, many thanks. It owes its composition to my lovely wife, Fiona, for which all, all of my love.”

—John Langan, author of The Fisherman
THIS IS HORROR NOVEL OF THE YEAR 2016

Novella of the Year

The Ballad of Black Tom Victor LaValle

Winner: The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle
Runner-up: X’s For Eyes by Laird Barron

“Holy shit! I’m honored to get this news and to get such love from the This Is Horror community. I knew The Ballad of Black Tom was a bit of a risky proposition—throwing shots at an icon like Lovecraft could make a lot of people defensive. Instead this book has been warmly received by the horror community and as a lifelong horror head I can’t tell you how grateful I am for that.”

—Victor LaValle, author of The Ballad of Black Tom
THIS IS HORROR NOVELLA OF THE YEAR 2016

Short Story Collection of the Year

Furnace Livia Llewellyn

Winner: Furnace by Livia Llewellyn
Runner-up: Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt

In twelve years of writing, this is the first award I’ve ever won—I am absolutely thrilled! Thank you to This is Horror and to everyone who voted for me, and to Word Horde Press for publishing the collection. I promise I won’t go mad with my new award powers—or I can, if that’s what everyone wants. Either way works for me.”

—Livia Llewellyn, author of Furnace
THIS IS HORROR SHORT STORY COLLECTION OF THE YEAR 2016

Anthology of the Year

Autumn Cthulhu Edited by Mike Davis

Winner: Autumn Cthulhu, edited by Mike Davis
Runner-up: Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories, edited by Doug Murano and D. Alexander Ward

“I’m overjoyed that Autumn Cthulhu was chosen by the readers of This is Horror. Thanks so much to everyone who voted. Thanks, too, to everyone who supported the book from the very beginning. Last but not least, a big thank you to the authors and artists who contributed to this book—you truly made it great.”

—Mike Davis, editor of Autumn Cthulhu
THIS IS HORROR ANTHOLOGY OF THE YEAR 2016

Fiction Magazine of the Year

The Lovecraft eZine

Winner: The Lovecraft eZine
Runner-up: Nightmare Magazine

“First of all, thanks to my wife Danielle for always believing in me and my crazy ideas! I am truly honored to receive this award. This magazine is a collaboration between designers, the talented authors, and the awe-inspiring artists. It is a team effort. Last but not least, thank you to everyone who voted, I appreciate it very much.”

—Mike Davis, editor of The Lovecraft eZine
THIS IS HORROR FICTION MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR 2016

Publisher of the Year

Word Horde

Winner: Word Horde
Runner-up: Crystal Lake Publishing 

“Thank you for selecting Word Horde as This is Horror’s Publisher of the Year for the second year in a row. We are honored by your recognition of our hard work and commitment to publishing awesome authors. We plan to celebrate by continuing to publish books that challenge the status quo and tell irresistible, human stories.”

—Ross E. Lockhart, Word Horde Publisher & Editor-in-Chief
THIS IS HORROR PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR 2016

Fiction Podcast of the Year

PseudoPod Podcast

Winner: Pseudopod
Runner-up: The Other Stories by Hawk & Cleaver

“Thank you so much to everyone who voted for us! We’re massive fans of the shows we were competing against and we’re honoured to stand with them and to work in this amazing field, not just as creators but as fans. We still get excited hitting refresh on our podcatchers and horror fiction shows in particular are on top form right now. Thanks once again from everyone at Pseudopod and Escape Artists. Lots more stories on the way for you, all of them true.”

—Alasdair Stuart, host of Pseudopod
THIS IS HORROR FICTION PODCAST OF THE YEAR 2016

Nonfiction Podcast of the Year

Winner: The Lovecraft eZine Podcast
Runner-up: The Know Fear Podcast 

“A big thank you to everyone who voted for the eZine podcast. It’s very gratifying to know that the listeners enjoy the show so much. Thanks, too, to my panelists: Matthew Carpenter, S.P. Miskowski, Rick Lai, Joe Pulver, Pete Rawlik, Salome Jones, Kelly Young, and Philip Fracassi. All of you have served as inspiration for the uniqueness of this podcast. We will do our best to continue entertaining our listeners.”

—Mike Davis, host of The Lovecraft eZine
THIS IS HORROR NONFICTION PODCAST OF THE YEAR 2016

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