Horror Writers Association Scorecard

2015 Bram Stoker Award winners: Jack Ketchum, John Dixon, Jonathan Maberry, Lucy A. Snyder, Linda D Addison, Rena Mason, Joe Lansdale, Jason V Brock, William F. Nolan, Michael Knost, Dacre Stoker, Usman Tanveer Malik, Lisa Morton, Maria Alexander. Photo by John Palisano.

2015 Bram Stoker Award winners: Mandy Slater (accepting on behalf of Tanith Lee), Jack Ketchum, John Dixon, Jonathan Maberry, Lucy A. Snyder, Linda D Addison, Rena Mason, Jason V Brock, William F. Nolan, Michael Knost, Usman Tanveer Malik, Ellen Datlow, Lisa Morton, Maria Alexander. Photo by John Palisano.

“There’s something I’ve just got to mention about this year’s Bram Stoker Awards winners,” Lisa Morton, President of the Horror Writers Association, told Facebook readers. “For the first time (at least the first time with a substantial number of categories), we’ve got a perfect 50/50 gender split on the winners. I just can’t help but think that’s pretty great.”

The Examiner also quoted Morton and delivered some fresh HWA news in a report about the 2015 Bram Stoker weekend:

“The past year had its challenges,” said HWA President Lisa Morton, who succeeded Rocky Wood after his death in 2014. “But on a night like this, we are reminded of the amazing talent in horror. The men and women honored tonight helped make 2014 an extraordinary year for the horror genre.”

At the start of Saturday’s ceremony, Morton announced the launch of StokerCon, an annual horror convention presented by the Horror Writers Association. The first StokerCon will be held at The Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV on May 12-15, 2016. The HWA has already confirmed acclaimed author R.L. Stine as one of StokerCon 2016’s Guests of Honor.

10 thoughts on “Horror Writers Association Scorecard

  1. Another plea for either a more accurate caption, or a l-r pointer or…something. The first name is Jack Ketchum, but there’s no Jack on either end. If we’re startin from the mike and working to the left/right that would be useful to know, too.

    Thanks.

  2. I have compared the people named with photos available online and have updated the caption. I believe all the actual names are okay. I just haven’t identified the woman on the left.

  3. Why would anybody give a good roasted rat’s patootie about the gender split? Who cares? Don’t we all just want to read great fiction? Why is that “pretty great”, according to the president?

    Really wondering…

  4. Why would anybody give a good roasted rat’s patootie about the gender split? Who cares? Don’t we all just want to read great fiction? Why is that “pretty great”, according to the president?

    Really wondering…

    In the past there were less works by women in the genre. Now there are more, submitting great work, several of whom also won awards. When your demographic of people submitting work increases and those people are adding to the body of work considered to be good writers, it’s worth celebrating. If you don’t see the positive in that, can’t help you.

  5. Demographics are unimportant — to mention them implies the gender, genetic makeup (there is only one race: the human race), etc. are more important than the stories an author writes. Awards should be about what the author/artist/etc. produces and nothing else.

    Authors/artists/etc. are individuals with differing talents; to lump people into a group implies a form of prejudice. This is the twenty-first century, and we should be past that.

  6. The woman next to Jack is me … Mandy Slater (accepting on behalf of Tanith Lee).

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