Samantha Kolesnik garnered two wins and Wile E. Young’s western won Best Novel at the fourth annual Splatterpunk Awards, according to a press release by founders Wrath James White and Brian Keene. Presented at KillerCon 2021 on August 21st, the Splatterpunk Awards honored superior achievement in the horror subgenres of Splatterpunk and Extreme Horror published in 2020.
Kolesnik won as an author and an editor. Kolesnik’s acclaimed debut, True Crime, won Best Novella, and the anthology of vacation horror she edited, titled Worst Laid Plans, won Best Anthology. In February, Worst Laid Plans also received a Bram Stoker Award nomination for Superior Achievement in an Anthology. Both books were published by Grindhouse Press.
Young’s The Magpie Coffin was the first in a series of Splatter Westerns published by Death’s Head Press. Four of those Splatter Westerns were nominated for Splatterpunk Awards, and The Magpie Coffin emerged victorious in the Best Novel category.
Other winners included Wesley Southard, Ronald Kelly, and John Skipp.
Southard’s “My Body” won Best Short Story. “My Body” appeared in the anthology Midnight in the Pentagram published by Silver Shamrock Publishing. Last year, Southard’s One for the Road won a Splatterpunk Award for Best Novella.
Also published by Silver Shamrock, Kelly’s The Essential Sick Stuff won Best Collection.
Skipp received the J.F. Gonzalez Lifetime Achievement Award joining previous recipients David J. Schow, David G. Barnett, and Edward Lee.
White and Keene also announced the formation of the Splatterpunk Awards Hall of Fame, a traveling memorial and showcase honoring the legends of Splatterpunk and Extreme Horror. The first class of Splatterpunk Awards Hall of Fame inductees will be Schow, Barnett, Lee, Skipp, Richard Laymon, Jack Ketchum, Charlee Jacob, John Pelan, and J.F. Gonzalez. The Hall of Fame will debut in Austin, Texas, next August, according to the press release.