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I finalisti dei Bram Stoker Awards 2017

La Horror Writers Association ha annunciato i finalisti dell’edizione 2017 dei Bram Stoker Awards, per le migliori opere di letteratura horror e dark fantasy.

La premiazione avverrà il 3 marzo, durante l’annuale StokerCon che si terrà dall’ 1al 4 marzo allo storico Baltimore Hotel di Providence, Rhode Island.

Tra le opere finaliste segnaliamo i romanzi I Wish I Was Like You di S.P. Miskowski e Ubo di Steve Rasnic Tem, il romanzo breve Agents of Dreamland di Caitlín R. Kiernan e l’antologia The Beauty of Death Vol. 2: Death by Water, pubblicata dalla casa editrice italiana Independent Legions e curata da Jodi Renee Lester e Alessandro Manzetti, quest’ultimo finalista anche con la raccolta di poesie No Mercy.

Qui si seguito l’elenco completo dei finalisti.

Superior Achievement in a Novel

Golden, Christopher – Ararat (St. Martin’s Press)
King, Stephen and King, Owen – Sleeping Beauties (Scribner)

Malerman, Josh – Black Mad Wheel (Ecco)

Miskowski, S.P. – I Wish I Was Like You (JournalStone)

Tem, Steve Rasnic – Ubo (Solaris)

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

Cabeen, Robert Payne – Cold Cuts (Omnium Gatherum Media)
Davidson, Andy – In the Valley of the Sun (Skyhorse Publishing)

Hayward, Matt – What Do Monsters Fear? (Post Mortem Press)

Hepler, Jeremy – The Boulevard Monster (Bloodshot Books)

Thomas, Scott – Kill Creek (Ink Shares)

Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel

French, Gillian – The Door to January (Islandport Press)
Leveen, Tom – Hellworld (Simon Pulse)

Liggett, Kim – The Last Harvest (Tor Teen)

Lukavics, Amy – The Ravenous (Harlequin Teen)

Porter, Sarah – When I Cast Your Shadow (Tor Teen)

Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel

Carey, Mike and Arvind, Ethan David – Darkness Visible (IDW)
Duffy, Damian and Butler, Octavia E. – Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation (Abrams ComicArts)

Ferris, Emil – My Favorite Thing is Monsters (Fantagraphics)

Hickman, Jonathan – The Black Monday Murders (Image Comics)

Liu, Marjorie – Monstress Volume 2: The Blood (Image Comics)

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction

Edelman, Scott – Faking it Until Forever Comes (Liars, Fakers, and the Dead Who Eat Them) (Written Backwards)
Jones, Stephen Graham – Mapping the Interior (

Kiernan, Caitlín R. – Agents of Dreamland (

Taylor, Lucy – Sweetlings (

Waggoner, Tim – A Kiss of Thorns (DarkFuse)

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction

Bailey, Michael – “I Will Be the Reflection Until the End” (Tales from the Lake Vol. 4) (Crystal Lake Publishing)
Chambers, James – “A Song Left Behind in the Aztakea Hills” (Shadows Over Main Street, Volume 2) (Cutting Block Books)

Mannetti, Lisa – “Apocalypse Then” (Never Fear: The Apocalypse) (13Thirty Books)

Neugebauer, Annie – “So Sings the Siren” (Apex Magazine #101) (Apex Publications)

Yardley, Mercedes M. – “Loving You Darkly” (F(r)iction Magazine #8) (Tethered by Letters)

Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection

Hill, Joe – Strange Weather (William Morrow)
Kiste, Gwendolyn – And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe (JournalStone)

Malerman, Josh – Goblin (Earthling Publications)

Matsuura, Thersa – The Carp-Faced Boy and Other Tales (Independent Legions Publishing)

McGrath, Patrick – Writing Madness (Centipede Press)

Superior Achievement in a Screenplay

Del Toro, Guillermo and Taylor, Vanessa – The Shape of Water (TSG Entertainment, Double Dare You Productions)
Duffer, Matt and Duffer, Ross – Stranger Things: MadMax, Episode 02:01: Chapter One (21 Laps Entertainment, Monkey Massacre)

Frost, Mark and Lynch, David – Twin Peaks, Part 8 (Rancho Rosa Partnership, Inc.)

Palmer, Chase, Fukunaga, Cary, and Dauberman, Gary – It (New Line Cinema)

Peele, Jordan – Get Out (Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions, QC Entertainment)

Shyamalan, M. Night – Split (Blinding Edge Pictures, Blumhouse Productions)

Superior Achievement in an Anthology

Brooks, Kinitra, PhD., Addison, Linda D., and Morris, Susana, PhD. – Sycorax’s Daughters (Cedar Grove Publishing)
Datlow, Ellen – Black Feathers: Dark Avian Tales: An Anthology (Pegasus Books)

Maberry, Jonathan and Romero, George A. – Nights of the Living Dead: An Anthology (St. Martin’s Griffin)

Manzetti, Alessandro and Lester, Jodi Renee – The Beauty of Death Vol. 2: Death by Water (Independent Legions Publishing)

Murano, Doug – Behold!: Oddities, Curiosities & Undefinable Wonders (Crystal Lake Publishing)

Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction

Brittany, Michele – Horror in Space: Critical Essays on a Film Subgenre (McFarland)
Brooks, Kinitra D. – Searching for Sycorax: Black Women’s Hauntings of Contemporary Horror (Rutgers University Press)

Hendrix, Grady. Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ‘70s and ‘80s Horror Fiction (Quirk Books)

Jones, Stephen – The Art of Horror Movies: An Illustrated History (Applause Theatre & Cinema Books)

Mynhardt, Joe and Johnson, Eugene – Where Nightmares Come From: The Art of Storytelling in the Horror Genre – (Crystal Lake Publishing)

Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection

Frazier, Robert and Boston, Bruce – Visions of the Mutant Rain Forest (Crystal Lake Publishing)
Manzetti, Alessandro – No Mercy (Crystal Lake Publishing)

Simon, Marge and Turzillo, Mary – Satan’s Sweethearts (Weasel Press)

Sng, Christina – A Collection of Nightmares (Raw Dog Screaming Press)

Wytovich, Stephanie M. – Sheet Music to My Acoustic Nightmare (Raw Dog Screaming Press)


The Horror Writers Association announced the 2017 Bram Stoker Awards Final Ballot. HWA is the premier organization for writers of horror and dark fantasy.

The presentation of the Bram Stoker Awards will occur during the annual StokerCon at the historical Baltimore Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island, during the gala dinner on March 3rd.

We would like to point out the novels I Wish I Was Like You by S.P. Miskowski and Ubo by Steve Rasnic Tem, the short novel Agents of Dreamland by Caitlín R. Kiernan and the anthology The Beauty of Death Vol. 2: Death by Water, published by  Independent Legions and edited by Jodi Renee Lester and Alessandro Manzetti, who is also a finalist with the poetry collection No Mercy.

See above the complete list of the nominees.

È morta Ursula Le Guin

0588EAB0-969D-49EF-8B9D-96504C90BABBUrsula Kroeber Le Guin, celebre autrice di letteratura fantasy e fantascientifica, è deceduta lo scorso lunedì 22 gennaio a Portland, Oregon, all’età di 88 anni.

Vincitrice di cinque premi Hugo e sei Nebula, nei suoi lavori ha toccato temi importanti relativi alla condizione umana, come femminismo e pacifismo, oltre a mostrare una notevole abilità nella creazione di mondi fantastici credibili e appassionanti.

Prolifica scrittrice, scrisse il suo primo racconto all’età di nove anni e il suo celebre “Ciclo di Earthsea” fu portato anche al cinema e alla televisione (I racconti di Terramare, 2006, e la miniserie TV Earthsea, 2004), benchè l’Autrice non abbia alla fine apprezzato nessuno dei due adattamenti.

La Biblioteca del Congresso l’ha dichiarata “leggenda vivente” nel 2000, per il suo importante contributo alla cultura americana.

Tantissimi i messaggi di cordoglio e di tributo da parte dei colleghi scrittori e amici come Stephen King, Neil Gaiman e moltissimi altri.

It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
— The Left Hand of Darkness, 1969.

Ursula Kroeber Le Guin, famous American author of fantasy and science fiction literature, died at 88 last Monday in Portland, Oregon.

She won five Hugo Awards and six Nebula Awards and was a prolific writer,  starting her career with the first shirt story at the early age of nine.

In her works, describing fantastic yet realistic worlds, she deeply explored the human condition and her famous Earthsea series was adapted for film (Tales from Earthsea, 2006) and television (Legends of Earthsea, 2004), but Le Guin found the results disappointing.

The US Library of Congress designated Le Guin a Living Legend in 2000, for her significant contribution to America’s cultural heritage.

Many of her fellow writers and friends, as Stephen King, Neil Gaiman and more, shared online their affection in the last days.

Il libro degli orrori

53BC7AC8-EFC1-467B-A83B-2611C779E98EIndependent Legions ha annunciato l’uscita, per Settembre 2018, de Il Libro degli Orrori, traduzione italiana dell’antologia finalista ai World Fantasy Awards e ai British Fantasy Awards “A book of Horrors” (Jo Fletcher Books 2011).

Il volume, di cui è stata rivelata la cover art sul sito dell’Editore e che è già disponibile per il preorder, raccoglierà racconti di tantissimi importanti autori della letteratura horror come Stephen King, Ramsey Campbell, Caitlin Kiernan, Dennis Etchison, John A. Lindqvist, Richard Christian Matheson e molti altri.

L’illustrazione di copertina è di Wendy Saber Core.


Independent Legions announced the launch of Il Libro degli Orrori, due for September 2018, Italian translation of the horror anthology “A book of horrors” (Jo Fletcher Books, 2011), finalist of the World Fantasy Awards and the British Fantasy Award. 

The volume, already available for preorder in the Publisher’s website, will include the stories of many great horror writers, as Stephen King, Ramsey Campbell, Caitlin Kiernan, Dennis Etchison, John A. Lindqvist, Richard Christian Matheson and much more.

The cover art is by Wendy Saber Core.

Shirley Jackson Award: i vincitori

Sono  stati pubblicati i nomi dei vincitori dei Shirley Jackson Award 2015, il premio annuale per la letteratura horror, dark e di suspense psicologico, istituito in onore al contributo letterario della scrittrice americana scomparsa nel 1965.

Qui di seguito i nomi dei vincitori.


The winners of the Shirley Jackson Award 2015 were presented on Sunday, July 10th at Readercon 27, Conference on Imaginative Literature, in Quincy, Massachusetts. The award was established for outstanding achievement in the literature of j suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic, in recognition of the legacy of Shirley Jackson’s writing.

Here the complete list.


Experimental Film, Gemma Files (ChiZine Publications)


Wylding Hall, Elizabeth Hand (PS Publishing-UK/Open Road Media-US)


“Even Clean Hands Can Do Damage,” Steve Duffy (Supernatural Tales #30, Autumn)


“The Dying Season,” Lynda E. Rucker (Aickman’s Heirs)


The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Stephen King (Scribner)


Aickman’s Heirs, edited by Simon Strantzas (Undertow Publications)




The Ceremonies

ceremoniesLa Casa Editrice inglese PS Publishing ha annunciato la ristampa di The Ceremonies di T.E.D. Klein, in edizione limitata a 200 copie e firmata dall’Autore, con box illustrato.

The Ceremonies, originariamente pubblicata nel 1984, è stata accolta da Stephen King come il “miglior romanzo horror dopo Ghost Story di Peter Straub”.

T.E.D. Klein ha pubblicato poche opere ma tutte hanno ricevuto un’ottima accoglienza per l’abilità con cui l’Autore sa insinuare l’orrore nei mondi che contribuisce a creare. Potete leggere un esempio della sua abilità narrativa con il racconto “I Fatti di Poroth Farm”, contenuto nel primo numero della rivista “Hypnos”.



PS Publishing announced the new edition of the novel by T.E.D. Klein, The Ceremonies, in limited edition of 200 copies, signed by the Author and with  illustrated slipcase.

The Ceremonies was published in 1984 and Stephen King declared that it was the “best horror novel after Peter Straub’s Ghost Story”.

T.E.D. Klein published few works but they all have been appreciated for the inner ability of the writer to use the horror element. You can read an example of his writing skills with the story “I Fatti di Poroth Farm”, in the first number of “Hypnos Magazine”.

Le opere di Serra in Cell

imageI disegni dell’Artista italiano Daniele Serra sono stati selezionati per apparire nel film “Cell” (2016) di Tod Williams, tratto dall’omonimo romanzo di Stephen King e attualmente in programmazione negli USA.

Ben venti illustrazioni sono state inserite nella scenografia della stanza del protagonista, John Cusack.

Il film sarà in programmazione in Italia a partire da metà luglio.



imageTwenty illustrations by Daniele Serra, the well known italian Artist, will be present in the set dressing of the film adaptation of Stephen King ‘s “Cell” directed by Tod William and starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson.

The movie will be available in Italy in July: you will find Serra’s artwork all over the walls in John Cusack’s room.




Shirley Jackson Awards 2015

Sono stati pubblicati i candidati allo Shirley Jackson Award 2015, il premio annuale per la letteratura horror, dark e di suspense psicologico, istituito in onore al contributo letterario della scrittrice americana scomparsa nel 1965.

I vincitori saranno proclamati domenica 10 luglio 2016, durante la Readercon 27, Conference on Imaginative Literature, Quincy, Massachusetts.

La lista completa dei candidati è riportata qui sotto.


Here the nominees for the Shirley Jackson Award 2015, established for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic, in recognition of the legacy of Shirley Jackson’s writing.

The Awards will be presented on Sunday, July 10, 2016, at Readercon 27, Conference on Imaginative Literature, in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Shirley Jackson Award 2015 Nominees


Eileen, Ottessa Moshfegh (Penguin Press)

Experimental Film, Gemma Files (ChiZine Publications)

The Glittering World, Robert Levy (Gallery)

Lord Byron’s Prophecy, Sean Eads (Lethe Press)

When We Were Animals, Joshua Gaylord (Mulholland Books)


The Box Jumper, Lisa Mannetti (Smart Rhino)

In the Lovecraft Museum, Steve Tem (PS Publishing)

Unusual Concentrations, S.J. Spurrier (Simon Spurrier)

The Visible Filth, Nathan Ballingrud (This Is Horror)

Wylding Hall, Elizabeth Hand (PS Publishing-UK/Open Road Media-US)


“The Briskwater Mare,” Deborah Kalin (Cherry Crow Children, Twelfth Planet Press)

“The Deepwater Bride,” Tamsyn Muir (Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, July-August 2015)

“Even Clean Hands Can Do Damage,” Steve Duffy (Supernatural Tales #30, Autumn)

“Fabulous Beasts,” Priya Sharma (, July 2015)

“The Thyme Fiend,” Jeffrey Ford (, March 2015)


“A Beautiful Memory,” Shannon Peavey (Apex Magazine)

“Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers,” Alyssa Wong (Nightmare)

“Seven Minutes in Heaven,” Nadia Bulkin (Aickman’s Heirs)

“The Dying Season,” Lynda E. Rucker (Aickman’s Heirs)

“Wilderness,” Letitia Trent (Exigencies)


The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Stephen King (Scribner)

The End of the End of Everything, Dale Bailey (Arche Press)

Get in Trouble, Kelly Link (Random House)

Gutshot, Amelia Gray (FSG Originals)

The Nameless Dark – A Collection, T.E. Grau (Lethe Press)

You Have Never Been Here, Mary Rickert (Small Beer Press)


Aickman’s Heirs, edited by Simon Strantzas (Undertow Publications)

Black Wings IV, edited by S.T. Joshi (PS Publishing)

The Doll Collection, edited by Ellen Datlow (Tor)

Exigencies, edited by Richard Thomas (Dark House Press)

Seize the Night, edited by Christopher Golden (Gallery

Il Mondo secondo Strantzas

Il podcast numero 30 di Project iRadio, di Scott Nicolay, vede come ospite lo scrittore canadese Simon Strantzas che si lancia in una lunga e appassionante disamina di svariati argomenti legati al mondo del Weird letterario e non solo. Dalla pubblicazione della sua ultima antologia, Burnt Black Suns (e la sua prossima pubblicazione in italiano per Edizioni Hypnos!) al lavoro di curatore per Year’s Best Weird Fiction vol.3, alla ricerca sul campo, passando per Thinking Horror, Aickman, Ligotti, Stephen King, la tassonomia applicata agli insetti e alla letteratura, il Weird e l’Horror, e molto altro.

Un episodio di Outer Dark davvero intenso, per vedere il mondo con gli occhi di Simon Strantzas.

This new episode of Project iRadio features Canadian writer Simon Strantzas, returning at the Outer Dark podcast to discuss of his works and the world, seen through his dark lens: from Burnt Black Suns, his latest anthology, soon to be published in italian by Edizioni Hypnos, to his editing work with Michael Kelly for Year’s Best Weird Fiction vol. 3, field working, taxonomy applied to insects and literaturek Weird and Horror, Aickman, Ligotti, Stephen King and much more. 







Weird Vault: introduzione al Weird

imageCon l’arrivo dell’Anno Nuovo, i ricordi degli Anni passati tendono a svanire, per fare spazio a nuove stimolanti possibilità… Ma Weirdiana vuole aiutarvi a non perdere il contatto con il flusso del Tempo, riscoprendo questi ricordi e mantenendoli legati ad un filo che unisce passato, presente e futuro del weird: ecco lo scopo di Weird Vault.

Cominciamo quindi con le basi: cos’e il Weird?

A questa domanda hanno tentato di dare risposta anche Ann e Jeff VanderMeer con una poderosa opera, The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories, uscita nel 2011 per la Casa Editrice Corvus.

Il testo raccoglie le opere di alcuni dei più grandi Maestri del Fantastico, da Lovecraft a Borges a Gaiman, con un secolo intero di racconti esotici, esoterici, sovrannaturali, sperimentali, e tutti che aggiungono un aspetto particolare alla definizione del termine “weird”.

In questo articolo di Weird Fiction Review, del maggio 2012, viene riportata l’introduzione completa al volume, a cura di Ann e Jeff VanderMeer.

Oltre a quelli già citati, potrete trovare in questo testo anche molti altri fantastici scrittori, classici e moderni, come Ben Okri, George R.R. Martin, Angela Carter, Kelly Link, Franz Kafka, China Mieville, Clive Barker, Haruki Murakami, Mervyn Peake, Michael Chabon, Stephen King, M.R. James e Daphne Du Maurier.


With the New Year, the memories of the past years tend to fade away… But Weirdiana is your guide to the past, the present and the future of Weird Culture: here your Weird Vault.

Let’s start with the fundamentals: what is the Weird?

Ann and Jeff VanderMeer tried to answer with The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories, published 2011 by Corvus.

The volume contains the works of the Masters of Weird Literarure, from Lovecraft to Borges and Gaiman, more than a century of exotic anc exoteric stories, supernatural athmospheres, experimental works, to define, all together, the concept of “weird”. 

In this article from Weird Fiction Review, may 2012, you can find the whole introduction to the volume by di Ann and Jeff VanderMeer.

The volume features an all star cast of authors, from classics to international bestsellers to Booker prize winners. Here are, with Lovecraft, Borges and Gaiman, also Ben Okri and George R.R. Martin, Angela Carter and Kelly Link, Franz Kafka and China Miéville, Clive Barker and Haruki Murakami, M.R. James and Neil Gaiman, Mervyn Peake and Michael Chabon, Stephen King and Daphne Du Maurier.

Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015

Best american SfJohn Joseph Adams, curatore della serie, è stato affiancato da Joe Hill (pluri-premiato scrittore e figlio di Stephen King) come curatore ospite dell’edizione 2015 di Best American Science Fiction&Fantasy. All’interno del volume troverete  materiale di  Kelly Link, Neil Gaiman, Karen Russell, T. C. Boyle, Sofia Samatar, Jo Walton, Cat Rambo, Daniel H. Wilson, Seanan McGuire, Jess Row e altri. Il volume contiene il miglior materiale pubblicato negli USA nel 2014.

John Joseph Adams, editor of the serie, and guest editor Joe Hill (winner of many literary prizes and son of Stephen King) worked together on the 2015’s edition of Best American Science Fiction&Fantasy. Inside you will find the works of Kelly Link, Neil Gaiman, Karen Russell, T. C. Boyle, Sofia Samatar, Jo Walton, Cat Rambo, Daniel H. Wilson, Seanan McGuire, Jess Row and many others. The volume contains the best science fiction and fantasy material published in the U.S.A. during 2014.