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Joe McKinney triumphs at Bram Stoker Awards

3rd April 2012

Joe McKinney's Death Eaters has won the coveted best novel prize at the 2011 Bram Stoker Awards, the Horror Writers Association's (HWA's) annual ceremony recognising the finest works published in the genre in the last 12 months.

McKinney beat off stiff competition from authors including horror stalwarts Lee Thomas and Ronald Malfi to scoop the prize, which was judged by a panel of HWA members.

Other winners at the ceremony included Allyson Bird, who picked up the debut novel prize for Isis Unbound, and Alan Moore, who scooped the hotly-contested graphic novel award.

Genre veterans Peter Straub and Stephen King were honoured for their short stories The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine and Herman Wouk Is Still Alive, respectively, while Joyce Carol Oates received the fiction collection award for The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares.

A special award was also presented on the night to Richard Matheson, whose 1954 thriller I Am Legend was voted the Vampire Novel of the Century by a panel chaired by Dracula expert Leslie S. Klinger.

Genre greats ranging from King to film director George A. Romero have cited Matheson's novel as an inspiration, though Matheson himself credited Stoker's seminal vampire novel with influencing his own work.

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