Dennis Etchison and Thomas F. Monteleone are the Horror Writers Association’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award winners.
Etchison, a former President of HWA, said “It’s a great honor to be recognized by my peers.” Monteleone responded, “I am humbled and honored to receive such recognition.”
Etchison is the author of 12 novels and 7 collections, and has edited 9 anthologies. He won the World Fantasy Award three times, for his short story “The Dark Country” (1982) and for the anthologies MetaHorror (1993) and The Museum of Horrors (2002). He has been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award four times. He has won the British Fantasy Award three times for his short fiction “The Dark Country,” “The Olympic Runner” (1987) and “The Dog Park” (1994).
Thomas F. Monteleone has written over 24 novels, more than 100 short stories, and has edited the Borderlands anthologies with his wife Elizabeth Monteleone. Their Borderlands Press won the HWA Specialty Press Award in 2016.
His non-fiction column “The Mothers and Fathers Italian Association (MAFIA),” featured over the decades in Knights, Horrorstruck, The Horror Show, Mystery Scene, Cemetery Dance, Gaunlet, and Dancing with the Dark, and the award citation says it “has earned him a reputation of honesty and bluntness unsurpassed.”
He is the winner of four Bram Stoker Awards for the novelette “Looking for Mr. Flip” (1996), his collected columns The Mothers and Fathers Italian Association (2004), the anthology Borderlands 5 (2004), and his fiction collection Fearful Symmetries (2005). He is also the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing a Novel.
Both authors will be present to receive their awards at StokerCon (April 27-30) in Long Beach, CA.
Update: I have undone an earlier correction to the award title so I can follow the organization’s own usage. In an answer to my email they explained: “HWA presents a number of awards each year that are not considered part of the Bram Stoker Award categories. The Lifetime Achievement Award is not a Stoker Award, but rather a Horror Writers Association award, similar to the Specialty Press Award and Mentor of the Year Award.”
Although their press release doesn’t say so, I believe that the official title of this award is the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement.
On a related note, given that the World Horror Convention does not appear to be happening this year, I am wondering whether their annual Grand Master Award has gone by the wayside, too.
Good catch. I changed my post, and emailed the person who wrote the HWA post suggesting they do so as well.
Well, now I have the official word:
So I will reverse my correction!
And yet their own website page calls it The Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement.
I think that the HWA has a “left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing” thing going on.
Or an unspeakable left tentacle that doesn’t know what its right claw-like appendage is doing
Camestros Felapton: You wouldn’t expect people dealing in the unspeakable to communicate well, would you?