The International Horror Guild (originally the International Horror Critics Guild) was created in 1995 as a way to recognize the achievements of those who create in the field of Horror and Dark Fantasy. The awards were discontinued October 2008 after the announcement of the 2007 winners.
The IHG Awards were determined by a jury of notable, knowledgeable Horror/Dark Fantasy critics and reviewers. Although a juried award, the IHG judges asked that the public make recommendations through e-mail to help them in their search for the most meritorious works. These recommendations were taken into consideration when determining the nominees for the awards. The judges then determined the winners from each category from the final ballot of nominees.
- First Novel category had two winners in 1998 and was dropped after 2004.
- Collection category had two winners in 2006.
- 2007 was the final award year