The 2020 Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards were announced on July 27th, and Tender Is the Flesh by Argentine author Agustina Bazterrica won Best Novel.
The highly acclaimed book had 1,412 ratings on Amazon as of July 27th averaging 4.4 stars (out of 5) and has received worldwide praise. Vogue called Tender Is the Flesh “horrific … but fascinatingly provocative (and Orwellian) in the way it exposes the lengths society will go to deform language and avoid moral truths.”
In the second year of the LOHF Awards, the volunteer organization chose winners in nine categories from nominated works published in 2020.
All That’s Fair by S.H. Cooper won Best Collection. Her book features 22 stories “themed around women who are made up of anything but sugar, spice, and everything nice.”
The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson won Best Debut. Like Tender Is the Flesh, Henderson’s novel is highly acclaimed with 1,872 ratings on Amazon averaging 4.4 stars.
The Low, Low Woods by Carmen Maria Machado won Best Graphic Novel. Machado’s graphic novel featured artist Dani.
Hide and Seeker by Daka Hermon won the Best Middle Grade category. A Kirkus Starred Review said the “dark nail-biter, set in a small Tennessee town and featuring a largely African American cast … weaves a creepy spin on a childhood game that quickly slips into a Stephen King-esque tale of horror.” Hermon was born in Tennessee.
The Bell Chime by Lebanese immigrant and New York City author Mona Kabbani won Best Novella. Horror author Glenn Rolfe called the The Bell Chime “a head-on collision of beauty and deep sorrow clawing at the walls of sanity and dragging the reader along for the ride. A stunning debut!”
A Complex Accident of Life by Jessica McHugh won the Best Poetry category. Also nominated for a Bram Stoker Award, McHugh’s debut poetry collection features 52 pieces of Gothic blackout poetry inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
“Unkindly Girls” by Hailey Piper won Best Short Fiction. Piper’s story is one of 14 appearing in the Bram Stoker Award-nominated Worst Laid Plans: An Anthology of Vacation Horror edited by Samantha Kolesnik.
Blood Countess by Serbia-born author Lana Popović won the Best Young Adult category. Based on the infamous real-life inspiration for Countess Dracula, Blood Countess is a “a lush and bloody historical thriller,” according to Kirkus Reviews.
Congratulations to all the winners. All their works are available on Amazon.
NOTE: The Ladies of Horror Fiction team is now accepting submissions for the third annual Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards. Click HERE for eligibility requirements and submission guidelines.