This past weekend at World Horror Con
in Brighton, UK, the Horror Writers Association revealed the winners of the 2009 Stoker
Awards. The recipients list, for superior achievement in all aspects of horror writing, reads like a who's who, or at least a list of names you should know and will be seeing again.
Also presented was the Lifetime Achievement Award to Brian Lumley
and William F. Nolan
. The Specialty Press Award went to Ray Russel
and Rosalie Parker of Tartarus Press. In addition, the Silver Hammer Award, for outstanding service to the organization, was presented to Kathryn Ptacek while the President's Richard Laymon
Service Award went to Vince A. Liaguno.
The awards, named for Dracula
scribe Bram Stoker
, were special this year in that it was the first time they've been presented outside the North American continent, showing that the Hwa truly strives to be a worldwide entity for horror.