Three RDSP titles have been included on the preliminary Bram Stoker Award ballotCovers of three books

The Horror Writers Association annual Stoker Award preliminary ballot has been announced, and RDSP titles made it into three different categories:

  • Mr. Wicker by Maria Alexander (Superior Achievement in a First Novel
  • Soft Apocalypses by Lucy A. Snyder (Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection)
  • Mourning Jewelry by Stephanie Wytovich (Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection)

We extend our congratulations to all of the authors who have work currently under consideration for the Stoker Award. 2014 was clearly a good year for horror publishing!

More about the authors

maria-alexanderMaria Alexander writes pretty much every damned thing and gets paid to do it. She’s a produced screenwriter and playwright, published games writer, virtual world designer, award-winning copywriter, interactive theatre designer, prolific fiction writer, snarkiologist and poet. Her stories have appeared in publications such as Chiaroscuro Magazine, and Paradox, as well as numerous acclaimed anthologies alongside living legends such as David Morrell and Heather Graham.

Her second poetry collection—At Louche Ends: Poetry for the Decadent, the Damned and the Absinthe-Minded—was nominated for the 2011 Bram Stoker Award. And she was a winner of the 2004 AOL Time-Warner “Time to Rhyme” poetry contest. When not wielding a katana at her local shinkendo dojo, she’s being outrageously spooky and writing Doctor Who filk. She lives in Los Angeles with two ungrateful cats and a purse called Trog. Explore her website: You won’t regret it.


Author photo by Michelle PendergrassLucy A. Snyder is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of the novels Spellbent,Shotgun Sorceress, Switchblade Goddess, and the collections Sparks and Shadows,Chimeric Machines, and Installing Linux on a Dead Badger. Her writing has appeared in Strange Horizons, Weird Tales, Hellbound Hearts, Doctor Who Short Trips: Destination Prague, Chiaroscuro, GUD, and Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet.

Lucy was born in South Carolina but grew up in San Angelo, Texas. She currently lives in Worthington, Ohio with her husband and occasional co-author Gary A. Braunbeck. Lucy has a BS in biology and an MA in journalism and is a graduate of the 1995 Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers’ Workshop; her classmates included authors Kelly Link and Nalo Hopkinson.

She has worked as a computer systems specialist, science writer, biology tutor, researcher, software reviewer, radio news editor, and bassoon instructor. In her past life as an editor, she published Dark Planet and selected poetry and software reviews for HMS Beagle. She currently produces a column for Horror World on science and technology for writers and coordinates the writing workshops at the annual Context conference. If genres were wall-building nations, Lucy’s stories would be forging passports, jumping fences, swimming rivers and dodging bullets. You can learn more about her at


Author photoStephanie M. Wytovich is the Poetry Editor for Raw Dog Screaming Press, a book reviewer for Nameless Magazine, and a well-known coffee addict. She is a member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association and a graduate from Seton Hill University’s MFA program for Writing Popular Fiction.

Her debut poetry collection, HYSTERIA, was a finalist for the Stoker Award. Follow Wytovich at and on twitter @JustAfterSunset.