UPDATE: 'Burnt Tongues' Makes Final Ballot for Bram Stoker Awards!

Final Bram Stoker Ballot Includes 'Burnt Tongues'!

Big news for the LitReactor community, Burnt Tongues has made the final ballot for the Bram Stoker awards!

The awards will be presented on May 9th, 2015 at the World Horror Convention in Atlanta, GA. Get tickets for the ceremony, or you can watch a live stream of the event.

In that same vein (see what I did there? Bram Stoker? Dracula? Vein?), Burnt Tongues also won the This Is Horror Award for Anthology of the Year. 

Co-Editor Richard Thomas on the win:

I know I can speak for Chuck Palahniuk and Dennis Widmyer when I say that we’re honored to win this award. It’s been a long journey from the original workshops and nominations, to the final selections, to putting this out into the world. Chuck says, 'We return to troubling films and books because they don’t pander to us—their style and subject matter challenge, but to embrace them is to win something worth having for the rest of our lives,' and I couldn’t agree more. Medallion Press has been extremely supportive, as have the authors, some going on tour and reading with Chuck, the overall reaction from readers somewhere between thrilled and scarred for life. It’s really been a group effort, working with Dennis and Chuck, as well as all of the talented authors to bring this eclectic collection of transgressive stories out into the light. 

Burnt Tongues, an anthology edited by Chuck Palahniuk and LitReactor celebrities Richard Thomas and Dennis Widmyer, made the final ballot under the Superior Achievement in an Anthology category. Lots of LitReactor regulars show up in this collection, and it's a great read. Get it now and say you knew them way back when, that you were stoked before they got their Stoker.

Burnt Tongues remains in good company on the final ballot. Chuck Palahniuk's Beautiful You also made the Superior Achievement in a Novel category. David Cronenberg, Stephen Graham Jones, and the stalwart Joe R. Lansdale made appearances as well. The ballot makes for a great reading list, and it even includes a poetry category.

The Bram Stoker awards are a little different from other awards in a few key ways. For one, they are awarded for "superior achievement" as opposed to trying to select an objective best book from the past year. This difference allows for some interesting choices, and it even means there can be more than one winner in a category. Oh, and the award itself is a pretty rad haunted house statue, AND the little door on the front opens to reveal the exact award the author won.

You can see the past winners here.

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Price: $11.55
Publisher: Medallion Press (2014)
Binding: Paperback, 400 pages

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies January 21, 2015 - 1:10pm

Thanks! Stoked for sure, really honored to be on the ballot for so many different projects (four in total for m—BT of course, as EIC/publisher for the SGJ collection, as well as Qualia Nous, where I have a story, and Horror 101, where I have an essay) in such good company. Good luck all!

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Redd Tramp from Los Angeles, CA is reading Mongrels by SGJ; Sacred and Immoral: On the Writings of Chuck Palahniuk; The History of Sexuality by Michel Foucault January 21, 2015 - 1:35pm

NICE. Congrats everyone on Burnt Tongues, it was a great book, one I'm really glad I own.

Is SGJ in there for People Lights? That was a hell of a collection too. I guess I could just go read the ballot. Anyways, congrats to everyone! 

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Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies January 22, 2015 - 5:00am

yes, SGJ made it for short story collections, too!

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Redd Tramp from Los Angeles, CA is reading Mongrels by SGJ; Sacred and Immoral: On the Writings of Chuck Palahniuk; The History of Sexuality by Michel Foucault January 22, 2015 - 9:59am

Rightfully so. Those stories did funny things to my brain.