Thursday, June 08, 2006


This should be up on the IHG site soon, but in the meantime here's the official press release about the finalists.



The INTERNATIONAL HORROR GUILD has announced nominees for its 2005 awards and honored CHELSEA QUINN YARBRO as recipient of its annual LIVING LEGEND award. Ms. Yarbro becomes the first woman to be named a Living Legend. "Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's contributions to the field of horror and dark fantasy are inestimable. Although she has done so much more, her creation of the heroic romantic vampire Saint-Germain alone is reason enough for her recognition," said Paula Guran, award administrator. (The nineteenth Saint-Germain novel, ROMAN DUSK, is slated for publication this fall.) The twelfth annual awards will be presented during the World Fantasy Convention November 2-5 in Austin, Texas.

Nominations in recognition of achievement in the field of horror/dark fantasy during 2005 are:


* Brett Easton Ellis. Lunar Park (US: Knopf, UK: Macmillan/Picador)
* Elizabeth Kostova. The Historian (US, UK: Little, Brown)
* Hilary Mantel. Beyond Black (UK: Fourth Estate, US: Henry Holt)
* Peter Raftos. The Stone Ship (Australia: Padanus Books, US: University of Hawaii Press)
*Carl-Johan Vallgren (Translated by Paul Britten-Austin). The Horrific Sufferings of the Mind-Reading Monster Hercules Barefoot, His Wonderful Love and His Terrible Hatred [UK: Random House/Harvill Press (US 2006: HarperCollins)

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* Rick Bowes. "There's a Hole in the City" (SciFiction 06.15.05)
* Brian Evenson. "The Third Factor" (Quarterly West #60)
* China Mieville. "Go Between" (Looking for Jake)
* Steve Rasnic Tem. "Invisible" (SciFiction 03.02.05)

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* Laird Barron. "Proboscis" (Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Feb 05)
* Jeffrey Ford. "Boatman's Holiday" (Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Oct 05)
* Joe Hill. "My Father's Mask" (20th Century Ghosts)
* Caitlin Kiernan. "La Peau Verte" (To Charles Fort, with Love)

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* Laird Barron. The Imago Sequence (Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, May 05)
* Gary Braunbeck. Kiss of the Mudman (Home Before Dark)
* Joe Hill. Voluntary Committal (20th Century Ghosts)
* Kim Newman. The Serial Murders (SciFiction 10.05.05)

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COLLECTION (Single Author)

* Michael Cunningham. Specimen Days (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
* Joe Hill. 20th Century Ghosts (PS Publishing)
* Caitlin Kiernan. To Charles Fort, with Love (Subterranean Press)
* Kelly Link. Magic for Beginners (Small Beer Press

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No Award

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* The Book of Dark Wisdom (William Jones, Editor/Publisher: Elder Signs Press)
* The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (Gordon Van Gelder, Publisher/Editor: Spilogale, Inc.)
* Postscripts (Peter Crowther, Editor/Publisher, PS Publishing)
* SciFiction (Ellen Datlow, Editor:
* Subterranean (Bill Schafer, Editor/Publisher: Subterranean Press)
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The Black Forest 2 by Todd Livingston, Robert Tinnell, Neil Vokes (Image Comics)
The Dark Horse Book of The Dead edited by Scott Allie (Dark Horse Books)
Memories by Enki Bilal (Humanoid/DC)
The Plot: The Secret Story of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion by Will Eisner (Norton)
Plucker by Brom (Harry N. Abrams)

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* Christopher Frayling. Mad, Bad and Dangerous? The Scientists and The Cinema (UK: Reaktion Books, distributed in US by University of Chicago)
* Stephen Jones and Kim Newman, editors. Horror: Another 100 Best Books (Carroll & Graf)
* S.T. Joshi and Stefan Dziemianowicz, editors. Supernatural Literature of the World: An Encyclopedia (Three Volumes) (Greenwood Press)
* Denis Meikle. The Ring Companion (Titan Books)
* Norman Partridge. Mr. Fox and Other Feral Tales (Subterranean Press)

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* Clive Barker for Exhibition: Visions of Heaven and Hell (and Then Some), Bert Green Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
* Tim Bradstreet for 2005 "Hellblazer" covers (Vertigo/DC)
* Caniglia for Exhibition: World Horror Convention 2005, New York City, NY
* Alex McDowell for Production Design of "Tim Burton's Corpse Bride"
* Elizabeth McGrath for Exhibition: Altarwise by Owl-Light, Billy Shire Fine Arts, Culver City, CA)

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Chelsea Quinn Yarbro was is one of the first women to have made a successful and long career writing modern supernatural fiction and now becomes the first woman to be named as an IHG Living Legend. Yarbro is best known as the creator of the heroic vampire, the Count Saint-Germain. With her creation of Saint-Germain, she delved into history and vampiric literature and subverted the standard myth to invent the first vampire who was more honorable, humane, and heroic than most of the humans around him. The world and its mortal inhabitants, not the vampires, are forces of darkness in Yarbro's long-running "historical horror" series. She fully meshed the vampire with romance and accurately detailed historical fiction then filtered it through a feminist perspective that both the giving of sustenance and its taking were of equal erotic potency. Yarbro's novels are notable for laying the groundwork for the 1990s upsurge of "paranormal romance" and trans-genre fiction.

Yarbro is one of only two women ever to be named as Grand Master of the World Horror Convention (2003) and the first to serve as president of the Horror Writers Association (1988-1990). In 2005 the city of Padua, Italy honored her with a day of celebration. She is the recipient of the Fine Foundation Award for Literary Achievement (1993) and (along with Fred Saberhagen) was awarded the Knightly Order of the Brasov Citadel by the Transylvanian Society of Dracula in 1997. In 1995 Yarbro was the only novelist guest of the Romanian government for the First World Dracula Congress, sponsored by the Transylvanian Society of Dracula, the Romanian Bureau of Tourism and the Romanian Ministry of Culture. She has been nominated for the Edgar, World Fantasy, and Bram Stoker Awards. Her manuscripts are being archived at Bowling Green University. Her Web site is

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