Ladies of Horror Fiction announce 2020 award winners

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 …

Continue reading Ladies of Horror Fiction announce 2020 award winners

One-Sentence Reviews: My 2nd Quarter 2021 Reads

One of my favorite columns! I’m always amazed at how many reviews Mrs. Bettis packs in her One-Sentence Reviews feature.

Priscilla Bettis, Author

These are the books I read in April, May, and June along with a one-sentence review of each. (And what’s with today’s feature image?) Alpha by author or editor:

The Encampment by the Gorge & Blood Memory by Zachary Ashford is a Short Sharp Shocks book with two stories set in Australia that include folk horror, politics, crocodiles, and high stakes. KU.

Even if you don’t like apocalypse stories, Nightfall’s artsy cover by Daniele Serra is worth drooling over.

Nightfall by Daniel Barnett. Barnett manages to make lyrical prose sound masculine to suit the tough SOB protagonist in this apocalyptic novel, the first in a series. KU.

The Corn Witch by Christopher Beck. This novelette in the Short Sharp Shocks series (love this series) features a witch as scary as Bradbury’s dust witch even if the prose isn’t as polished as the master’s. KU.

The Sound of Brilliance ed by…

View original post 1,394 more words

SHORT SHOTS | ‘Still Life’

“Still Life” by Kelli Owen is one of sixteen stories in the Bram Stoker Award-nominated anthology titled Arterial Bloom. Released in 2020 by Crystal Lake Publishing, Arterial Bloom was edited by Mercedes M. Yardley and includes a foreword by Linda D. Addison, a 2017 Horror Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. “Still Life” opens with …

Continue reading SHORT SHOTS | ‘Still Life’

Jones, Murray, and Waggoner lead 2020 Bram Stoker Awards

Stephen Graham Jones, Lee Murray, and Tim Waggoner each won two 2020 Bram Stoker Awards during the Horror Writers Association StokerCon 2021 Virtual Event held May 20-23. Jones won the top award, Superior Achievement in a Novel, for The Only Good Indians and won the Long Fiction category for Night of the Mannequins. Jones also …

Continue reading Jones, Murray, and Waggoner lead 2020 Bram Stoker Awards

Voting for This Is Horror Awards 2020 open through May 22

This Is Horror Awards 2020 is stacked with names like Chuck Palahniuk, Stephen Graham Jones, Grady Hendrix, and Adam Nevill, but there's also representation from talented up-and-comers like Samantha Kolesnik, the only nominee selected in both author and editor categories. Voting for This Is Horror Awards 2020 is open through May 22. Email your top …

Continue reading Voting for This Is Horror Awards 2020 open through May 22

THE INVISIBLE MAN earns top honors at 2021 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards

The Invisible Man earned five wins at the 2021 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, which aired April 18th on Shudder. The horror thriller won Best Wide Release Movie and Best Kill. Elisabeth Moss won Best Lead Performance. Leigh Whannell won Best Director and Best Screenplay. Released in February 2020, the film reported more than $143 million in ticket …

Continue reading THE INVISIBLE MAN earns top honors at 2021 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards

One Sentence Reviews: My 1st Quarter 2021 Reads

(Editor’s note: Here’s a roundup that I always look forward to every quarter.)

Priscilla Bettis, Author

Image of an e-reader and a pair of reading glasses

I’m excited to share one-sentence reviews for my top 25 reads of first quarter 2021!

(In alphabetical order by author or editor.)

Wings & Fire: A horror anthology compiled by Dan Alatorre. There is such a wide variety of stories here, from dystopian to vampires, from not-so-interesting to excellent stories, the latter category making the anthology worth the read. (KU)

Hard for Hope to Flourish by Bell et al. In this anthology of three horror stories, all three tales (dark fable, African cosmic, and disappearance mystery) are sophisticated literary stories, heavy on character and theme, that make for satisfying reads. (KU)

Perfect prose.

“The Erstwhile Groom” by Laura Benedict is a domestic suspense short story with prose so perfect that it disappears and you end up existing inside the plot. (KU)

“The Ice Dream of the Crow” by Willow Croft is in an anthology called The Phantom Games edited…

View original post 941 more words

SHORT SHOTS | ‘Cabin Twelve’ & ‘The Face’

(Editor’s note: SHORT SHOTS is a column where I review short stories from horror anthologies.) "Cabin Twelve" by Daphne Strasert won the Next Great Horror Writer Campfire Horror Story Challenge, and "The Face" by Naching T. Kassa finished runner-up. The tales are featured in the flash fiction anthology, Horror Bites: Campfire Tales, edited by Emerian …

Continue reading SHORT SHOTS | ‘Cabin Twelve’ & ‘The Face’

2020 Bram Stoker Awards Final Ballot features 8 multiple nominees

Stephen Graham Jones and Josh Malerman were among eight authors with multiple titles on the Final Ballot of the 2020 Bram Stoker Awards, according to a February 20th release by the Horror Writers Association. The five books vying for Superior Achievement in a Novel are The Only Good Indians by Jones; The Deep by Alma Katsu; Devil’s …

Continue reading 2020 Bram Stoker Awards Final Ballot features 8 multiple nominees