Well, it’s Halloween and our second annual WWEnd Month of Horrors has come to an end. I think it’s been a pretty good month for horror on the site with many great reviews and some huge updates. Since this is our last post of the month, I thought I’d sum up how things went.
Jonathan kicked things off with a nice Month of Horrors 2012 introduction where he talked about the human need to explore fear through fiction, and mentioned some of our goals for the MoH. We followed that up with our first big enhancement: inclusion of The Shirley Jackson Award which was “established for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.” This is our second horror award after The Bram Stoker Award which we added during last year’s MoH.
This year we posted a bunch of horror book reviews from many of the WWEnd regulars:
- 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill – Jonathan
- The Owl Killers by Karen Maitland – Valashain
- It by Stephen King – Jonathan
- Horror Books in Brief: Sharp Teeh, November Mourns, Lullaby and Mr. Shivers – Charles Dee
- Audrey’s Door by Sarah Langan – Allie
- The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker – Jonathan
Add to those reviews excellent posts on the origins of some seminal horror works:
- Frankenstein’s Forefathers – Rico
- Foray’s into Fantasy (and Horror): Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the Origin of the Vampire – Scottlaz
I did a post about some of the Horror Magazines that are out there for your spine tingling pleasure including a brand new one that launched on October 1st called Nightmare Magazine. Speaking of which, we contacted the publishers at Nightmare and talked them into helping us develop a new horror list for the site which resulted in the Nightmare Magazine’s Top 100 Horror Books list.
And finally, we end the month with another new award for the site. We’ve been having a great time with the Grand Master Reading Challenge all year, and when we realized there was a Grand Master award for horror we knew we had to add that as well.
The World Horror Convention Grand Master Award is a yearly distinction given to an author who has contributed greatly to the field of horror literature. Nominees must be alive at the time of voting, and cannot have previously won the award. The award is given at the annual World Horror Convention. Even though the MoH is over, we’ll still be adding new books by these authors as well as others, so you can keep finding all the thrills you crave right here on WWEnd.
Well, that’s it. I hope you’ve enjoyed the series and the improvements to the site. I’d like to thank everyone for pitching in to help us pull this off so handsomely. It was a lot of fun. The Month of Horrors will be back again next year, same bat-time, same bat-channel!