Day 4 of the 4th Annual Occult Detective Awards
Best Novel / Best Occult Detective Novel
LOVE IS THE LAW by Nick Mamatas — Not only the best occult novel, but best novel period. Why? Read my review HERE.
Best Horror Novel
THE WOLVES OF MIDWINTER by Anne Rice — I didn’t love The Wolf Gift, but this second installment of The Wolf Gift Chronicles shows that the author is still a force to be reckoned with. This is Anne doing what she does best… weaving an epic tapestry filled with rich family histories populated by supernatural beasties.
Best Fantasy Novel
THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE by Neil Gaiman — I found this modern fairy tale to be very moving and frightening all at the same time, like all good fairy tales should be.
Best Crime Novel
JOYLAND by Stephen King — This was a fun and quick read populated with the kinds of characters one comes to expect from King. While not purely a “crime novel”, despite being part of the Hard Case Crime lineup, it’s not purely a “ghost story” either. As such, I thought it fit here better than elsewhere and really deserved recognition as I really dug it.
Best Pulp Novel
KHAN OF MARS by Stephen Blackmoore — More books like this please. With an obvious nod to ERB, Khan is one of those books not easily put down. It’s about an erudite gorilla and his cowboy companion for Odin’s sake! What’s not to love about that? Toss in a malevolent Weather Witch. On Mars. This one’s a winner, hands down.
THE PRINCESS AND THE QUEEN by George R.R. Martin (Dangerous Women) — Yeah, like this one wasn’t going to get the nod. A much needed foray into Westeros, delving into its rich and storied history. Few have done it better. Now, George, get back to work on the opus. We’re hungry for more.
Best Short Story
”In the Dark and Quiet” by Josh Reynolds (Use Enough Gun: Legends of the Monster Hunter III) — This is Josh doing what Josh does — writing about compelling monsters and those who hunt them. If The Royal Occultist is involved, I’m there.
HOLES FOR FACES by Ramsey Campbell — Read my review HERE.
WEIRD DETECTIVES: Recent Investigations, edited by Paula Guran — Elizabeth Bear, Ilsa J. Blick, Richard Bowes, Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, Dana Cameron, Lillian Stewart Carl, Simon Clark, Bradley Denton, P.N. Elrod, Neil Gaiman, Simon R. Green, Justin Gustainis, Charlaine Harris, Tanya Huff, Faith Hunter, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Joe R. Lansdale, Jonathan Maberry, William Meikle, Richard Parks, Sarah Monette, Carrie Vaughn. That should cover it, no?
Best Poetry Collection
DEATH POEMS by Thomas Ligotti — Read my review HERE.
The ftaghu-kadishtu Award
H.P. LOVECRAFT IN THE MERRIMACK VALLEY by David Goudsward — Students and fans of Lovecraft will find this absolutely riveting as Goudsward tracks the author via documents and letters through his many visits to the region, highlighting how they influenced his stories. This is an absolutely brilliant work and critical toward a further understand of Lovecraft and his legacy.