Bram Stoker Award for Best Non-Fiction

The Bram Stoker Award for Best Non-Fiction is an award presented by the Horror Writers Association (HWA) for "superior achievement" in horror writing for non-fiction.

Winners and nominees

Nominees are listed below the winner(s) for each year.[1]

  • 1987: Mary Shelley by Muriel Spark
    • Joe Bob Goes To the Drive-In by Joe Bob Briggs
    • The Zombies That Ate Pittsburgh by Paul A. Gagne
  • 1988: (no award)
  • 1989: (tie)
  • 1990: Dark Dreamers by Stanley Wiater
  • 1991: Clive Barker's Shadows in Eden by Stephen Jones
    • Vampires Among Us Rosemary by Ellen Guillen
    • Prism of the Night: A Biography of Anne Rice by Katherine Ramsland
    • The Shape Under The Sheet: The Complete Stephen King Encyclopedia by Stephen J. Spignesi
  • 1992: Cut! Horror Writers of Horror Film by Christopher Golden
  • 1993: Once Around the Bloch by Robert Bloch
    • The Diary of Jack the Ripper by Shirley Harrison & Michael Barrett
    • The Monster Show by David J. Skal
  • 1994: (no award)
  • 1995: The Supernatural Index by Michael Ashley & William Contento
    • Psycho: Behind the Scenes of the Classic Thriller by Janet Leigh & Christopher Nickens
    • An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural by James Randi
    • Immoral Tales: European Sex & Horror Movies 1956-1984 by Cathal Tohill & Pete Tombs
  • 1996: H. P. Lovecraft: A Life by S. T. Joshi
    • Bram Stoker: A Biography of the Author of Dracula by Barbara Belford
    • The Great Pulp Heroes by Don Hutchison
    • The Illustrated Werewolf Movie Guide by Stephen Jones
    • V is for Vampire by David Skal
  • 1997: Dark Thoughts: On Writing by Stanley Wiater
  • 1998: DarkEcho Newsletter Vol. 5, #1-50, edited by Paula Guran
    • Gothic Horror: A Reader's Guide from Poe to King and Beyond, edited by Clive Bloom
    • The Science of the X-Files by Jeanne Cavelos
    • A Writer's Tale by Richard Laymon
  • 1999: DarkEcho Newsletter, edited by Paula Guran
    • The Essential Monster Movie Guide by Stephen Jones
    • Vincent Price: A Daughter's Biography by Victoria Price
    • Hellnotes, edited by David B. Silva & Paul F. Olson
  • 2000: On Writing by Stephen King
    • Hellnotes, edited by David B. Silva & Paul F. Olson
    • At the Foot of the Story Tree by Bill Sheehan
    • Horror of the 20th Century by Robert Weinberg
  • 2001: Jobs in Hell, edited by Brian Keene
    • If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor by Bruce Campbell
    • Personal Demons, edited by Brian A. Hopkins & Garrett Peck
    • Hellnotes, edtied by David B. Silva & Paul F. Olson
  • 2002: Ramsey Campbell, Probably by Ramsey Campbell
    • Supernatural Fiction Writers: Fantasy and Horror, Second Edition by Richard Bleiler
    •, Ralan Conley, ed.
    • Jobs in Hell, Brian Keene & Kelly Laymon, eds.
    • Hellnotes, David B. Silva, Paul F. Olson & Garrett Peck, eds.
  • 2003: The Mothers and Fathers Italian Association by Thomas F. Monteleone
    • Fear in a Handful of Dust by Gary A. Braunbeck
    • edited by Ralan Conley
    • Alan Moore: Portrait of an Extraordinary Gentleman, edited by Gary Spencer Millidge and Smoky Man
    • Hellnotes edited by Judi Rohrig
  • 2004: Hellnotes edited by Judi Rohrig
  • 2005: Horror: Another 100 Best Books by Stephen Jones and Kim Newman
  • 2006: (tie)
    • Final Exits: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of How We Die by Michael Largo
    • Gospel of the Living Dead: George Romero's Vision of Hell on Earth by Kim Paffenroth
  • 2007: The Cryptopedia: A Dictionary of the Weird, Strange & Downright Bizarre by Jonathan Maberry & David F. Kramer
  • 2008: A Hallowe'en Anthology by Lisa Morton
  • 2009: Writers Workshop of Horror by Michael Knost
  • 2010: To Each Their Darkness by Gary A. Braunbeck
    • The Conspiracy Against the Human Race: A Contrivance of Horror by Thomas Ligotti
    • Wanted Undead or Alive: Vampire Hunters and Other Kick-Ass Enemies of Evil by Jonathan Maberry and Janice Gable Bashman
    • Listen to the Echoes: The Ray Bradbury Interviews by Sam Weller
  • 2011: Stephen King: A Literary Companion by Rocky Wood
    • Halloween Nation: Behind the Scenes of America's Fright Night by Lesley Pratt Bannatyne
    • Reflections in a Glass Darkly: Essays on J. Sheridan Le Fanu edited by Gary William Crawford, Jim Rockhill and Brian J. Showers
    • Starve Better by Nick Mamatas
    • Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Zombies by Matt Mogk
    • The Gothic Imagination by John C. Tibbetts
  • 2012: Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween by Lisa Morton
    • Writing Darkness by Michael Collings
    • The Annotated Sandman, Volume 1 by Leslie S. Klinger
    • The Undead and Theology by Kim Paffenroth and John W. Morehead
    • Dark Directions: Romero, Craven, Carpenter, and the Modern Horror Film by Kendall R. Phillips
  • 2013:[2] Nolan on Bradbury: Sixty Years of Writing about the Master of Science Fiction by William F. Nolan
    • Images of the Modern Vampire: The Hip and the Atavistic edited by Barbara Brodman and James E. Doan
    • Ramsey Campbell: Critical Essays on the Modern Master of Horror edited by Gary William Crawford
    • The Intermedial Experience of Horror: Suspended Failures by Jarkko Toikkanen
    • Lovecraft and Influence: His Predecessors and Successors edited by Robert H. Waugh
  • 2014:[3] Shooting Yourself in the Head For Fun and Profit: A Writer’s Survival Guide by Lucy Snyder
    • Disorders of Magnitude by Jason V Brock
    • Lovecraft and a World in Transition by S. T. Joshi
    • The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft by Leslie S. Klinger
    • Horror 101: The Way Forward by Joe Mynhardt & Emma Audsley
  • 2015:[4] The Art of Horror by Stephen Jones
    • The Unique Legacy of Weird Tales: The Evolution of Modern Fantasy and Horror by eds. Justin Everett & Jeffrey H. Shanks
    • Author’s Guide to Marketing with Teeth by Michael Knost
    • Horror 201: The Silver Scream by eds. Joe Mynhardt & Emma Audsley
    • Studies in the Horror Film: Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (film) by Danel Olson
  • 2016:[5] Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin
  • 2017:[6] Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ‘70s and ‘80s Horror Fiction by Grady Hendrix
    • Horror in Space: Critical Essays on a Film Subgenre by Michele Brittany
    • Searching for Sycorax: Black Women’s Hauntings of Contemporary Horror by Kinitra D. Brooks
    • The Art of Horror Movies: An Illustrated History by Stephen Jones
    • Where Nightmares Come From: The Art of Storytelling in the Horror Genre by Joe Mynhardt and Eugene Johnson


  1. ^ "Past Bram Stoker Nominees & Winners". HWA Website. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  2. ^
  3. ^ "2014 Bram Stoker Award Winners". Locus Online. Locus Magazine. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  4. ^ "2015 Bram Stoker Award Winners". Locus Online. Locus Magazine. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  5. ^ "2016 Bram Stoker Award Winners". Locus Online. Locus Magazine. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Announcing the 2017 Bram Stoker Awards Winners". 2018-03-05. Retrieved 2018-10-04.

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