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Writers honoured at 18th annual Bram Stoker Awards

06/07/2005. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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This Saturday night the Horror Writers Association honored excellence in horror by presenting this year's Bram Stoker Awards at its annual banquet and ceremony in Los Angeles.

Best-selling authors David Morrell, Clive Barker and Chuck Palahniuk were on hand for the festivities. Morrell served as Toastmaster. Palahniuk's story, "Guts," was a nominee. Barker's book, "Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War," won in the Work for Young Readers category.

"HWA's members considered hundreds of new works of horror before winnowing them down to the fifteen honored tonight. The talent in this genre is stunning," said Joe Nassise, President of HWA. "So much material is considered, it's an honor to appear on the final ballot, let alone to take home the award. It's especially meaningful for writers because it's the only award in horror given by their peers. They've created truly outstanding works, even by the high literary standards of their fellow writers."

Others honored at the banquet included Peter Straub, for his novel "In the Night Room;" John Everson and Lee Thomas for their first novels "Covenant" and "Stained" respectively; Kealan-Patrick Burke for his long fiction work, "The Turtle Boy"; Nancy Etchemendy for her story "Nimitseahpah" the short fiction category; Thomas F. Monteleone for his fiction collection "Fearful Symmetries;" Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, and Gavin Grant for their editing of the anthology "The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, 17th Annual;" Judi Rohrig for "Hellnotes" newsletter in the nonfiction category; Jai Nitz for his illustrated narrative script "Heaven's Devils;" film writers Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondrey and Pierre Bismuth received the screenplay award for "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," and screenwriters Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright Studio tied in the same category for the script for "Shaun of the Dead;" tying with Clive Barker in the Work for Young Readers category, Steve Burt won for his book "Oddest Yet;" Corrine De Winter received the award in poetry for her chapbook "The Women at the Funeral;" and Tom Piccirilli's poetry anthology, "The Devil's Wine," won in the Alternative Forms category.

This year, the Horror Writers Association presented its highest honor, the Bram Stoker Lifetime Achievement Award to best-selling author Michael Moorcock. A prolific British writer and editor, Moorcock became editor of Tarzan Adventures at the young age of 16.

Writing and editing in a variety of genres during the last fifty years, Moorcock has won many of speculative fiction's top awards, including the World Fantasy Award, the August Derleth Award, the Nebula Award, the British Fantasy Award, and the John W. Campbell Award. His 1969 novel The Black Corridor is considered one of horror's best. Due to health concerns, Mr. Moorcock was unable to attend the ceremony. His long-time friend Harlan Ellison accepted on his behalf.

THE HORROR WRITERS ASSOCIATION (HWA) is a worldwide organization of writers and publishing professionals dedicated to promoting dark literature and the interests of those who write it. HWA was formed in the late 1980's with the help of many of the field's greats, including Dean Koontz, Robert McCammon, and Joe R. Lansdale. Today, it is the oldest and most respected professional organization devoted to the genre.

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