My Final Stoker Ballot

So it’s that time of year again when the final Stoker ballot has been announced. There are several great works on the list, and I wanted to share my favorites with you so that you can check them out. First of all, here’s the full list. All of these stories are worth picking up. And now, my votes!

Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel

Special Dead by Patrick Freivald — the terrific follow up to Twice Shy, this novel is as a good or better than the original.

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction

The Slaughter Man” by Benjamin K. Ethridge — I admit, I’m a little biased about this one, but Slaughter Man is one of the most creative pieces of fiction you are ever going to read. A cornerstone of the growing Limbus, Inc. universe, Anne Petty would be proud.

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction

“Snapshot” by Patrick Freivald –Freivald continues his march of domination in the horror world. Delicious little story.

Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection

The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All by Laird Barron

Laird Barron is the master of short-form dark fiction, and this is his best yet.


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