Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Vampire Novel of the Century Award

from the website


The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the international association of writers, publishing professionals, and supporters of horror literature, announced the nominees for the Bram Stoker Vampire Novel of the Century Award in January, and the award was presented at the Bram Stoker Awards Banquet at World Horror Convention on March 31, 2012. The Award marks the centenary of the death in 1912 of Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula.

A jury composed of writers and scholars selected six vampire novels that they believe have had the greatest impact on the horror genre since publication of Dracula in 1897. Eligible works must have been first published between 1912 and 2011.

The nominees were:
The Soft Whisper of the Dead by Charles L. Grant (1983). Unfortunately, we do not have this one.

Salem's Lot by Stephen King. First published in 1975, this was only his second work. Set in the town of Jerusalem's Lot, it tells of a man's return to his hometown, where he finds a plague of vampirism. The book has twice been made into television mini-series and recorded by the BBC. King's work has won countless Bram Stoker Awards from HWA, and King (1947- ), was recognized with HWA's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002.            FIC KING 

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson. First published in 1954, the novel is set in the mid-1970's, when a plague has swept the world, bringing with it zombie-like creatures identified as vampires. Richard Neville, the book's protagonist, may be the last living human. The work has been filmed three times under various titles, most recently in 2007, under its original title, starring Will Smith. Matheson received HWA's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1990.    FIC MATHESON and AD FIC MATHESON (audio book) We also have the movie, DVD I

Anno Dracula by Kim Newman first appeared in 1992. The novel imagines an alternate history in which Van Helsing and his cohorts failed in their attempt to rid England of Dracula. In this timeline, Dracula went on to marry Queen Victoria, ushering in an era of vampire aristocracy in England and elsewhere. The book is followed by two other novels and a number of shorter works set in the Anno Dracula universe.   SF NEWMAN

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice first appeared in 1976. The book introduces the vampires Louis and Lestat, who, along with a dozen other unique individual vampires, appear in a long series by Rice known as the Vampire Chronicles. The novel was filmed in 1994 starring Tom Cruise as Lestat and Brad Pitt as Louis; another work in the series, Queen of the Damned, was filmed in 2002. Rice (1941- ) has won many awards, including HWA's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.   FIC RICE and we have the movie DVD INTERVIE

Hotel Transylvania by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, published in 1978, is the first of a 25-book (so far) series featuring le Comte de Saint Germain, a 2000+-year-old vampire, whose adventures in many historical periods are recounted. This novel overlaps in many details with the historical facts of le Comte de Saint-Germain, a mysterious figure. An American writer, Yarbro (1942- ) was awarded HWA's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.    FIC YARBRO


I Am Legend  (Congratulations!!!)

Since this award is only given once a century, it is a pretty big deal. If you have a chance, check out either the book or the movie and give them a try!!! Do you think this title deserved to win? Did you think there was another book that deserved that honor???

No comments: