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The Horror Hall of Fame: The Stoker Winners

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Presents thirteen works of short fiction that have won the Bram Stoker Award for superior achievement in horror writing.
Hardcover, First Trade Edition, 336 pages
Published 2012 by Cemetery Dance Publications
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Dec 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, short-stories
This is a collection of Bram Stoker Award winning stories which was originally commissioned years ago, but publisher deals kept falling through until Cemetery Dance finally went ahead with it in 2012. As a result, the most recent entry is from 1996.

"The Scent of Vinegar" by Robert Bloch: A film historian searches for treasure in an old, abandoned 1940s brothel, but finds something horrifying instead.

"The Calling" by David B. Silva: A man cares for his mother who is dying of cancer. Absolutely c
Randolph Carter
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Problem with Awards This collection knocked around since the '90s with several publishers, starting with Arkham House, giving up on it.  Cemetery Dance brought it out ultimately.  It had been so long in the tennis court that Lansdale couldn't find his original introduction and had to write a new one!
The collection is above average but points out the problem with awards.  There are just enough 5-star stories to balance the 3-star, hence the 4-star rating.  This should be a 5-star collection
Craig Childs
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Horror Hall of Fame is a collection of short stories and novellas that won the Bram Stoker Award in the first 10 years of its existence, between 1987 and 1996. I am not widely read in the field and had only encountered one of these stories previously. This book highlights the tremendous variety possible within the genre. I can only hope future volumes covering the last 20 years are also in the works.

"The Pear-Shaped Man" by George R.R. Martin (1987, Long Fiction): Years before Game of Thrones, M
Kevin Lucia
Jul 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Bram Stoker Awards.

Every year, the Horror Writers Association bestows this award upon winners in several different categories. Regardless of how one feels about the debated validity of the Stokers, there's one category in which winners truly stand out, those laboring in perhaps the most challenging form of prose: that of short fiction.

Cemetery Dance's Horror Hall of Fame: The Stoker Winners, edited by Stoker Winner and celebrated author Joe R. Lansdale, brings together a stunning collection
Steve Isaak
Feb 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Overall review:

Good collection of thirteen classic horror-style stories, worth owning for its standout works. I disliked a few of the stories in this book, but that's due to personal writing preferences on my part, not crappy writing on the part of the authors. Check it out.

Standout stories:

1.) "The Secret of Vinegar" - Robert Bloch: Intriguing, exotic and mostly excellent tale about an infamous old-time Los Angeles cathouse. I write "mostly excellent" because a Plot Convenient Stupid Moment [PC
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Scent of Vinegar by Robert Bloch 4/5 stars
The Calling by David B. Silva 4/5 stars
Chatting With Anubis by Harlan Ellison 3/5 stars
The Pear-Shaped Man by George R. R. Martin 5/5 stars
The Night They Missed the Horror Show by Joe R. Lansdale 5/5 stars
Lady Madonna by Nancy Holder 3/5 stars
The Box by Jack Ketchum 4/5 stars
Stephen by Elizabeth Massie 5/5 stars
The Red Tower by Thomas Ligotti 3/5 stars
The Boy Who Came Back from the Dead by Alan Rodgers 4/5 stars
The Night We Buried Road Dog by Jack Ca
John J Questore
May 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
Wow... If these were the winners, I have absolutely NO desire to read any of the losers. Fourteen stories - and I had to choke down most of them. One story - Metalica - was nothing but porn; with the only thing being horrific was the writing.

The few decent (notice I didn't say good) stories were not worth the time wading through the crap to get to them.

I can only imagine Bram Stoker rolling in his grave knowing that these were the winners of an award bearing his name.
Aug 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
Bram Stoker was not a great writer but he certainly wasn't as terrible as this sample of his name-bearing-award-winning stories suggests. The Horror Writers Association have possibly confused 'horror' with 'horrible'. The best of these stories (probably the crazy painter one) was mediocre, the worst were so much racist, sexist trash.
Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Some of theses stories were fair and some were good. One was great: "The Night We Buried the Road Dog" was definitely a story (novella, 60p.?) that I will remember for a long time. The prose was lyrical, poignant, sometimes humorous, sometimes musical and poetic. I read it twice and may read it again because of the power of that prose.
Mar 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
a great collection by many authors (some I knew of, many I did not).
May 23, 2014 rated it liked it
A few stories I've read before ("The Pear Shaped Man" and "The Box") but the others, such as Harlan Ellison's "Chatting with Anubis" I thought was really good. Good, but not *great*.
Nov 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Mine is an advance uncorrected proof
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Champion Mojo Storyteller Joe R. Lansdale is the author of over forty novels and numerous short stories. His work has appeared in national anthologies, magazines, and collections, as well as numerous foreign publications. He has written for comics, television, film, newspapers, and Internet sites. His work has been collected in more than two dozen short-story collections, and he has edited or co-e ...more
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