Annal: 2010 Bram Stoker Award for Poetry Collection

Results of the Bram Stoker Award in the year 2010.

Book:Dark Matters: Poems

Dark Matters: Poems

Bruce Boston, Daniele Serra

A collection of dark poetry by one of the industry’s finest craftsman. Beautifully illustrated by Daniele Serra.

Whether he’s writing about an errant siren, a grimoire, a vulture, or the apocalyptic implosion of our way of life, Boston does it with stunning and unexpected complexity. There is a sense of completeness to his poems, a sense that he has turned the thing around and looked at it from every angle. He offers insights that are startling in their clarity, and—after he’s shown them to us—completely logical. This is a laudable achievement in and of itself, but the fact that he can balance his eye for detail and his intuition about character with a poet’s ear for the lyrical joy of language is awe-inspiring.

—Joe McKinney, author of Dead City and Quarantined

Book:Diary of a Gentleman Diabolist

Diary of a Gentleman Diabolist

Robin Spriggs

This collection of interconnected prose poems by acclaimed fabulist Robin Spriggs defies easy classification. Equal parts grimoire, dream journal, adversaria, metafictional scripture, oracular revelation, and astral travelogue, Diary of a Gentleman Diabolist is a darkly seductive journey through the demon-haunted nether regions of magic, myth, and the poetic imagination.

Book:Vicious Romantic

Vicious Romantic

Wrath James White

Vicious Romantic is a collection of poems from one of the hardest of the hardcore horror authors. Using traditional Japanese and Korean formal poetic structures, this collection takes the very best elements of Wrath James White’s prose and condenses it into a medium that is both disturbing and thought-provoking.

A wife murders her husband and buries him in the desert then visits everyday to lay roses on his grave. A love-sick man falls victim to a predator. A mother mourns the infant she abandoned in the garbage. Wendigos, zombies, serial killers, vampires, and even a serial killer murdering a vampire, Wrath James White takes traditional horror themes and gives them his own diabolical twist.

Book:Wild Hunt of the Stars

Wild Hunt of the Stars

Ann K. Schwader, Marge Simon

Wild Hunt of the Stars is a book filled with “familiar terrors tearing at our sleep” as well as “quantum tantrums” you could have never imagined. Through it all, each poem is a testament to craft, each verse a testament to the incredible depth of Ann’s imagination. —Deborah Kolodji

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