One of my all-time favorite horror authors, Bryan Smith, led the nominations for the second annual Splatterpunk Awards with three works on the list, according to a February 4th press release by Wrath James White and Brian Keene, founders of the Splatterpunk Awards.
Smith’s novel Last Day and his two novellas, Dead Stripper Storage and Kill for Satan, received nominations. I read all three, and they certainly deserved the recognition, especially Last Day.
The second annual Splatterpunk Awards recognize superior achievement in the sub-genres of splatterpunk and extreme horror in 2018.
Publisher and author David G. Barnett will receive the J.F. Gonzalez Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the field during the awards ceremony.
The awards will be presented in August during the 2019 KillerCon Convention in Austin, Texas
Here is the complete list of nominees:
A Gathering of Evil by Gil Valle (Comet Press)
Camp Slasher by Dan Padavona (Independently Published)
Full Brutal by Kristopher Triana (Grindhouse Press)
Last Day by Bryan Smith (Independently Published)
Rabid Heart by Jeremy Wagner (Riverdale Avenue Books)
Ring of Fire by David Agranoff (Deadite Press)
1000 Severed Dicks by Ryan Harding and Matt Shaw (Independently Published)
Cockblock by CV Hunt (Grindhouse Press)
Dead Stripper Storage by Bryan Smith (Grindhouse Press)
Kill For Satan by Bryan Smith (Grindhouse Press)
The Mongrel by Sean O’Connor (Matador)
The Writhing Skies by Betty Rocksteady (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing)
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“Diabolicus Interruptus” by Christine Morgan (Forbidden Futures #1)
“Fistulas” by Mame Bougouma Diene (Dark Moons Rising on a Starless Night)
“Rebound” by Brendan Vidito (Nightmares In Ecstasy)
“The Seacreator” by Ryan Harding (Splatterpunk Forever)
“Seersucker Motherfucker” by Jay Wilburn (Beautiful Darkness)
“Virtue of Stagnant Waters” by Monica J. O’Rourke (Splatterpunk Forever)
Dark Moons Rising on a Starless Night by Mame Bougouma Diene (Clash Books)
DJStories by David J. Schow (Subterranean Press)
Nightmares In Ecstasy by Brendan Vidito (Clash Books)
The Very Ineffective Haunted House by Jeff Burk (Clash Books)
Walking Alone: Short Stories by Bentley Little (Cemetery Dance Publications)
The Black Room Manuscripts Volume 4 by J. R. Park and Tracy Fahey (Sinister Horror Company)
Monsters of Any Kind by Alessandro Manzetti and Daniele Bonfanti (Independent Legions Publishing)
Splatterpunk Forever by Jack Bantry and Kit Power (Splatterpunk zine)
Welcome to the Show by Doug Murano and Matt Hayward (Crystal Lake Publishing)
Year’s Best Hardcore Horror Volume 3 by Randy Chandler and Cheryl Mullenax (Red Room Press)
This year’s nominees were selected by readers, fans, professionals, and the jurors. The final ballot will be voted on by this year’s jury: Regina Garza-Mitchell, Gabino Iglesias, Tod Clark, Gerard Houarner, Jason Cavallaro, and Garrett Cook.
For more information, check out the press release here on Brian Keene’s website.
Congratulations to all the nominees.
(Press release photo courtesy of briankeene.com)