Pendulums—some claim they can answer questions and find lost items. Others think the idea is ridiculous. Who is right? Who is right? We may not find conclusive answers but I’m open to testing this. What better way to test this out than by trying to predict the future winners from the 2022 BRAM STOKER AWARDS® FINAL BALLOT. For the sake of fun and curiosity, we will know if the pendulum is right in June during the awards ceremony.

After today’s show I’ll update the ballot below with a crystal ball [🔮] to designate the pendulum’s predictions. Right now I’m planning to attend the Bram Stoker Awards banquet live in Pittsburgh on June 17th in person. Even if I can’t make it there this year, I’ll share the livestream so we can watch together.

Congratulations to all the 2022 nominees, many of whom I consider friends. Regardless of what the pendulum predicts, everyone on this list is a winner. The midweek show starts Wednesday at 2 pm CST.

NOTE: I only got to 5 of 13 categories before I ran out of time and arm strength. I’ll ask for the remaining categories on Wednesday, March 22 but the show will be pre-recorded as I will physically be a guest on another panel for A.F. Stewart. Watch for updates!

The 2022 Bram Stoker Awards® Final Ballot

Superior Achievement in a Novel
Iglesias, Gabino – The Devil Takes You Home (Mullholland Press)
🔮Katsu, Alma – The Fervor (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
Kiste, Gwendolyn – Reluctant Immortals (Saga Press)
Malerman, Josh – Daphne (Del Rey)
Ward, Catriona – Sundial (Tor Nightfire)

Superior Achievement in a First Novel
Adams, Erin – Jackal (Bantam Books)
Cañas, Isabel – The Hacienda (Berkley)
Jones, KC – Black Tide (Tor Nightfire)
Nogle, Christi – Beulah (Cemetery Gates Media)
🔮Wilkes, Ally – All the White Spaces (Emily Bestler Books/Atria/Titan Books)

Superior Achievement in a Middle Grade Novel
Dawson, Delilah S. – Camp Scare (Delacorte Press)
Kraus, Daniel – They Stole Our Hearts (Henry Holt and Co.)
🔮Malinenko, Ally – This Appearing House (Katherine Tegen Books)
Senf, Lora – The Clackity (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
Stringfellow, Lisa – A Comb of Wishes (Quill Tree Books)

Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel
Aquilone, James (editor) – Kolchak: The Night Stalker: 50th Anniversary (Moonstone Books)
Gailey, Sarah (author) and Bak, Pius (artist) – Eat the Rich (Boom! Studios)
Manzetti, Alessandro (author) and Cardoselli, Stefano (artist/author) – Kraken Inferno: The Last Hunt (Independent Legions Publishing)
Tynion IV, James (author) and Dell’Edera, Werther (artist) – Something is Killing the Children, Vol. 4 (Boom! Studios)
Young, Skottie (author) and Corona, Jorge (artist) – The Me You Love in the Dark (Image Comics)

Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel
Fraistat, Ann – What We Harvest (Delacorte Press)
Jackson, Tiffany D. – The Weight of Blood (Katherine Tegen Books)
Marshall, Kate Alice – These Fleeting Shadows (Viking)
Ottone, Robert P. – The Triangle (Raven Tale Publishing)
Schwab, V.E. – Gallant (Greenwillow Books)
Tirado, Vincent – Burn Down, Rise Up (Sourcebooks Fire)

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction
Allred, Rebecca J. and White, Gordon B. – And in Her Smile, the World (Trepidatio Publishing)
Carmen, Christa – “Through the Looking Glass and Straight into Hell” (Orphans of Bliss: Tales of Addiction Horror) (Wicked Run Press)
Hightower, Laurel – Below (Ghoulish Books)
Katsu, Alma – The Wehrwolf (Amazon Original Stories)
Knight, EV – Three Days in the Pink Tower (Creature Publishing

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction
Dries, Aaron – “Nona Doesn’t Dance” (Cut to Care: A Collection of Little Hurts) (IFWG Australia, IFWG International)
Gwilym, Douglas – “Poppy’s Poppy” (Penumbric Speculative Fiction Magazine, Vol. V, No. 6)
McCarthy, J.A.W.  – “The Only Thing Different Will Be the Body” (A Woman Built by Man) (Cemetery Gates Media)
Taborska, Anna – “A Song for Barnaby Jones” (Zagava)
Taborska, Anna – “The Star” (Great British Horror 7: Major Arcane) (Black Shuck Books)
Yardley, Mercedes M. – “Fracture” (Mother: Tales of Love and Terror) (Weird Little Worlds)

Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection
Ashe, Paula D. – We Are Here to Hurt Each Other (Nictitating Books)
Joseph, RJ – Hell Hath No Sorrow Like a Woman Haunted (The Seventh Terrace)
Khaw, Cassandra – Breakable Things (Undertow Publications)
Thomas, Richard – Spontaneous Human Combustion (Keylight Books)
Veres, Attila – The Black Maybe (Valancourt Books)

Superior Achievement in a Screenplay
Cooper, Scott – The Pale Blue Eye (Cross Creek Pictures, Grisbi Productions, Streamline Global Group)
Derrickson, Scott and Cargill, C. Robert – The Black Phone (Blumhouse Productions, Crooked Highway, Universal Pictures) Duffer Brothers, The – Stranger Things: Episode 04.01 “Chapter One: The Hellfire Club” (21 Laps Entertainment, Monkey Massacre, Netflix, Upside Down Pictures)
Garland, Alex – Men (DNA Films)
Goth, Mia and West, Ti – Pearl (A24, Bron Creative, Little Lamb, New Zealand Film Commission)

Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection
🔮Bailey, Michael and Simon, Marge – Sifting the Ashes (Crystal Lake Publishing)
Lynch, Donna – Girls from the County (Raw Dog Screaming Press)
Pelayo, Cynthia – Crime Scene (Raw Dog Screaming Press)
Saulson, Sumiko – The Rat King: A Book of Dark Poetry (Dooky Zines)
Sng, Christina – The Gravity of Existence (Interstellar Flight Press)

Superior Achievement in an Anthology
Datlow, Ellen – Screams from the Dark: 29 Tales of Monsters and the Monstrous (Tor Nightfire)
Hartmann, Sadie and Saywers, Ashley – Human Monsters: A Horror Anthology (Dark Matter Ink)
Nogle, Christi and Becker, Willow – Mother: Tales of Love and Terror (Weird Little Worlds)
Ryan, Lindy – Into the Forest: Tales of the Baba Yaga (Black Spot Books)
Tantlinger, Sara – Chromophobia: A Strangehouse Anthology by Women in Horror (Strangehouse Books)

Superior Achievement in Non–Fiction
Cisco, Michael – Weird Fiction: A Genre Study (Palgrave Macmillan)
Hieber, Leanna Renee and Janes, Andrea – A Haunted History of Invisible Women: True Stories of America’s Ghosts (Citadel Press)
Kröger, Lisa and Anderson, Melanie R. – Toil and Trouble: A Women’s History of the Occult (Quirk Books)
Waggoner, Tim – Writing in the Dark: The Workbook (Guide Dog Books)
Wytovich, Stephanie M. – Writing Poetry in the Dark (Raw Dog Screaming Press)

Superior Achievement in Short Non–Fiction
🔮Murray, Lee – “I Don’t Read Horror (& Other Weird Tales)” (Interstellar Flight Magazine) (Interstellar Flight Press)
Pelayo, Cynthia – “This is Not a Poem” (Writing Poetry in the Dark) (Raw Dog Screaming Press)
Wetmore, Jr., Kevin J. – “A Clown in the Living Room: The Sinister Clown on Television” (The Many Lives of Scary Clowns: Essays on Pennywise, Twisty, the Joker, Krusty and More) (McFarland and Company)
Wood, L. Marie – “African American Horror Authors and Their Craft: The Evolution of Horror Fiction from African Folklore” (Conjuring Worlds: An Afrofuturist Textbook for Middle and High School Students) (Conjure World)
Wood, L. Marie, “The H Word: The Horror of Hair” (Nightmare Magazine, No. 118) (Adamant Press)

More details on the 2022 BRAM STOKER AWARDS® FINAL BALLOT here.

By Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Shimanchu-American and award-winning poet, author, and publisher with 20+ years of experience as a professional writer in nonfiction. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), producer of the Exercise Your Writes YouTube podcast, two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner, and HWA Mentor of the Year for 2020, find her at

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