Stephen Graham Jones joined an exclusive group of authors when he won Superior Achievement in a Novel for the second consecutive year at the 2021 Bram Stoker Awards on May 14 in Denver, Colorado.
Since the inception of the Bram Stoker Awards in 1987, Jones is only the sixth writer to win the Novel category multiple times and just the third author to win in back-to-back years.
The last time an author won best novel twice in a row was 17 years ago, making Jones’ accomplishment even more impressive. Jones won the 2020 award for The Only Good Indians and followed up in 2021 with My Heart Is a Chainsaw.
The only other two authors to win in consecutive years are Robert R. McCammon and Peter Straub. McCammon won with Mine (1990) and Boy’s Life (1991). Straub won with lost boy lost girl (2003) and In the Night Room (2004).
The modern master of the horror genre, Stephen King, has won the Stoker for best novel more than anyone – six times – but never won two years in a row. However, his novels have earned the award in four consecutive decades since winning the first-ever Stoker for best novel in 1987 with Misery (which actually finished in a tie that year with McCammon’s Swan Song).
Overall, Straub is runner-up behind King with five Stoker wins for his novels, and McCammon is third on the list with three.
The other three authors winning multiple times are Sarah Langan (2007, 2009), Paul Tremblay (2015, 2018), and, of course, Jones. Langan’s The Missing won in 2007 and Audrey’s Door in 2009. Tremblay’s A Head Full of Ghosts won in 2015 and The Cabin at the End of the World in 2018.