November 1st, 2008


International Horror Guild Awards

The results of the International Horror Guild Awards were announced somewhat stealthily yesterday. Here are the winners (in bold) and finalists from works published in 2007:

The Terror, Dan Simmons (Little, Brown)
Generation Loss, Elizabeth Hand (Small Beer Press)
Grin of the Dark, Ramsey Campbell (PS Publishing)
The Missing, Sarah Langan (HarperCollins)
Season of the Witch, Natasha Mostert (Dutton)

Softspoken, Lucius Shepard (Night Shade Books)
The Man in the Picture: A Ghost Story, Susan Hill (Profile)
"Procession of the Black Sloth", Laird Barron (The Imago Sequence)
The Scalding Rooms, Conrad Williams (PS Publishing)

"Closet Dreams", Lisa Tuttle (Postscripts #10)
"The Bone Man", Fredric S. Durbin (F&SF Dec 2007)
"The Janus Tree", Glen Hirshberg (Inferno)
"Lie Still, Sleep Becalmed", Steven Duffy (At Ease with the Dead)

"Honey in the Wound", Nancy Etchemendy (The Restless Dead)
"Digging Deep", Ramsey Campbell (Phobic)
"The Great White Bed", Don Webb (F&SF May 2007)
"Splitfoot", Paul Walther (New Genre Spr 2007)
"The Tank", Paul Finch (At Ease with the Dead)

The Nightmare Factory, Thomas Ligotti (Fox Atomic/Harper Paperbacks)
The Arrival, Shaun Tan (Arthur A. Levine)
The Blot, Tom Neely (I Will Destroy You)
Scalped: Indian Country, Jason Aaron & R. M. Guéra (Vertigo/DC Comics)
Wormwood Gentleman Corpse: Birds, Bees, Blood, & Beer, Ben Templesmith (IDW Publishers)

Dagger Key and Other Stories, Lucius Shepard (PS Publishing)
The Imago Sequence and Other Stories, Laird Barron (Night Shade Books)
Masques of Satan, Reggie Oliver (Ash-Tree Press)
Plots and Misadventures, Stephen Gallagher (Subterranean Press)
Shadows of Kith and Kin, Joe R. Lansdale (Subterranean Press)

Inferno, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Tor)
American Supernatural Tales, S. T. Joshi, ed. (Penguin)
At Ease with the Dead, Barbara & Christopher Roden, eds (Ash-Tree Press)
Strange Tales, Volume II, Rosalie Parker, ed. (Tartarus Press)
Summer Chills, Stephen Jones, ed. (Carroll & Graf)

Mario Bava: All the Colors of Dark, Tim Lucas (Video Watchdog)
Frankenstein: A Cultural History, Susan Tyler Hitchcock (Norton)
The Science of Stephen King, Bob Weinberg & Lois M. Gresh (John Wiley)
Sides, Peter Straub (Borderlands Press)
Warnings to the Curious: A Sheaf of Criticism on M.R. James, Rosemary Pardoe & S. T. Joshi (Hippocampus Press)

Black Static
Dead Reckonings
Weird Tales

Elizabeth McGrath (for "The Incurable Disorder", Billy Shire Fine Arts, December 2007)
Dedier Cottier (for Exhibit at Utopiales, Nantes, France, November 2007)
David Ho (for his body of work)
Chris Mars (for "New Salem", Jonathan Levine Gallery, October 2007)
Mike Mignola (for cover & illustrations: Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire (Bantam Spectra))

Peter Straub was named LIVING LEGEND.

Nominations for the International Horror Guild Awards are derived from recommendations made by the public and the judges' knowledge of the field. The IHG Living Legend Award is determined solely by the judges. Judges for this year's awards were Edward Bryant, Stefan R. Dziemianowicz, Ann Kennedy Vandermeer, and Hank Wagner.

Big congrats to p_straub55, ellen_datlow and all the winners and finalists!

This is Halloween! This is Halloween!

It will come as no surprise to anyone that I love Halloween. It's my favorite day of the year, even higher on the list than my birthday. I love walking down the street and seeing all the kids' costumes in the early evening, and then, much later, the adults in costume as they go to and from their Halloween parties. The past three Halloweens I worked at the video store, which was fun in its own right, handing out candy to the neighborhood kids, but this year I was once again a free agent.

Some friends and I got together for dinner, in costume, at the Burrito Bar on Flatbush, which is a fun, relatively inexpensive restaurant. Then we went to a friend's house in Crown Heights for a rockin' Halloween party (with a keg!). The hostess was dressed as Rosemary from Rosemary's Baby: she had a short blonde wig, a nightgown with a pillow stuffed underneath it, and two tiny flashlights shining through the gown from inside the pillow to emulate little Andrew's eyes ("He has his father's eyes!"). It was easily the most original costume I've seen in ages. The host was dressed as Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver. He really committed to the role, too, actually shaving his head into a mohawk (and this only a few days before he flies to L.A. to pitch some movie ideas!) and spattering himself with the blood of his shooting-rampage victims.

The funniest costume of the night belonged to one guy who understood that Halloween is sometimes referred to as "dress like a slut" night, what with all the sexy-this and sexy-that costumes out there (I'm not complaining, merely reporting). So his costume was "Slutty Ghost" -- he wore a white sheet over his whole body with a bikini top attached to it. It was hilarious!

Other great costumes of the night included Patsy Cline, a band member from Devo, Medusa (a woman who'd added rubber snakes to in hair), Alice in Chains (a woman wearing an Alice in Wonderland costume draped with chains), Def Leppard (a man dressed as a deaf person in a leopard-fur coat), and Going Green (a woman dressed all in green, with a green wig, green nail polish, green lipstick, green eyeshadow, and a green reusable shopping bag for a prop). I love it when people get into the spirit of Halloween and come up with creative, original ideas for their costumes!

Pictures of my own costume are coming Monday.