Awards

This Is Horror Awards

Novel of the Year

The Rust Maidens by Gwendolyn Kiste

Winner: The Rust Maidens by Gwendolyn Kiste
Runner-up: The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay

“This news is such a surprise and such an honor. Thank you so much to everyone who’s read and supported The Rust Maidens. It means the world to me. Thank you to my fellow nominees for being the kind of writers that inspire all of us, day after day. And incredible thanks to This Is Horror. Michael, Bob and their fantastic team of writers do so much for the genre, and I can’t express my gratitude enough for all they’ve done over the years. Congrats to all the nominees and winners this year, and I can’t wait to see all the great new horror that 2019 has in store for us!”

—Gwendolyn Kiste, author of The Rust Maidens
THIS IS HORROR NOVEL OF THE YEAR

Novella of the Year

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Winner: The Writhing Skies by Betty Rocksteady
Runner-up: At The End of the Day I Burst Into Flames by Nicholas Day

“I’m absolutely thrilled so many readers were traumatized in just the right way by my cosmic sex horror novella..”

—Betty Rocksteady, author of The Writhing Skies
THIS IS HORROR NOVELLA OF THE YEAR

Short Story Collection of the Year

Winner: Spectral Evidence by Gemma Files
Runner-up: Little Black Spots by John F.D. Taff

“I’m amazed, flattered and incredibly grateful to have been given this honour, especially considering my competition. This is truly a dark and sparkling age of horror and the Weird, and being a part of it makes me happier than any of you will ever know. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

—Gemma Files, author of Spectral Evidence
THIS IS HORROR SHORT STORY COLLECTION OF THE YEAR

Anthology of the Year

Winner: Ashes and Entropy, edited by Robert S. Wilson
Runner-up: Lost Highways, edited by D. Alexander Ward

“I’m honored that folks felt strongly enough about A&E to vote it best anthology of 2018. This award really belongs to each and every fantastic author and Kickstarter backer who helped make this book a reality. Thank you all so much!”

—Robert S. Wilson, editor of Ashes and Entropy
THIS IS HORROR ANTHOLOGY OF THE YEAR

Fiction Magazine of the Year

Vastarien

Winner: Vastarien: A Literary Journal
Runner-up: Unnerving Magazine

Vastarien: A Literary Journal was conceived five years ago by a handful of people who wanted to see more writing about and in response to the work of writer/thinker Thomas Ligotti. Since then, our publication has been bombarded with stellar, but unusual, work by authors and artists—many of whom are underrepresented and/or newer voices. Without them and the incredible support Vastarien continues to receive from its devoted readers, this singular journal never would have come to fruition. Thanks so much to all of you and the staff of This Is Horror for this wonderful award!”

—Jon Padgett, Editor-in-Chief of Vastarien: A Literary Journal
THIS IS HORROR FICTION MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR

Publisher of the Year

Winner: Crystal Lake Publishing 
Runner-up: Flame Tree Press

“Wow! Once again our fans have voted us to the top. Thank you so much. With support like this, we’ll always be able to deliver only the best tales from the darkest depths, while giving our authors the support and guidance they need. Thank you!”

—Joe Mynhardt, CEO of Crystal Lake Publishing
THIS IS HORROR PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR

Fiction Podcast of the Year

Winner: The NoSleep Podcast
Runner-up: Nightlight: Horror Podcast

“On behalf of the entire team at The NoSleep Podcast I am honoured to accept this award. We work very hard to bring these wonderful horror stories to life so to be acknowledged in this manner is a very satisfying feeling. Thank you to This Is Horror and all the people who voted for us. We’ll continue to bring you the best in audio horror so, as always…brace yourself.”

—David Cummings, The NoSleep Podcast showrunner
THIS IS HORROR FICTION PODCAST OF THE YEAR

Nonfiction Podcast of the Year

Ladies of the Fright Podcast

Winner: Ladies of the Fright
Runner-up: Horror Pod Class

“I am completely blown away by this incredible honor. This podcast is a reflection of our passion and our hearts, and we could not be more grateful to our listeners—they’re the ones who give us the motivation to keep going on the darker days. Thank you to my husband for believing in me and putting up with my sometimes wonky recording schedule (especially on weekends!). Thank you also to Michael and Bob for being early supporters & cheerleaders of the show, and also to the other horror podcasts we’ve collaborated with in the past year: Books in the Freezer and Castle Rock Radio. Also, HUGE THANKS to everyone who took the time to vote; it means the world to us. And of course, to Mackenzie, for being the best co-host ever and for reeling me in when my ideas get too crazy.”

—Lisa Quigley, co-host and creative director of Ladies of the Fright
THIS IS HORROR NONFICTION PODCAST OF THE YEAR

“Thank you, first and foremost to our listeners. When Lisa and I started this, we truly believed we would have maybe five (inconsistent) listeners at best. So, when I say we appreciate every single one of you, it’s true. I am beside myself with surprise, gratitude, and honestly just straight tickled. Thanks very much to Bob and Michael, who supported us from the very beginning. We are truly blessed to have you and TIH in our lives. The incredible, awe-inspiring noise you have made in the horror community is straight up deafening. And Lisa, my sister from another mister, thank you for being on this crazy journey with me. I learned a long time ago that your passion and drive were akin to a runaway train and the best thing I could do was hold on tight. (And don’t worry, I got the brakes.) Together, nothing can stop us.”

—Mackenzie Kiera, co-host and editor-in-chief of Ladies of the Fright
THIS IS HORROR NONFICTION PODCAST OF THE YEAR


Please send This Is Horror Awards 2019 suggestions to [email protected] with the subject line ‘Suggestions for Awards 2019’. Publishers, please send mobis for consideration to [email protected] with the subject line ‘Submissions for Awards 2019’.


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