The enduring British site This is Horror is to the horror genre as LOCUS Magazine is to science fiction. Though the organization is older, the web site itself was founded in 2011, and has since become a signifant pillar in the horror viction community, They not only publish dark fiction themselves, they have their own podcast, host another, and feature all sorts of content of interest to readers and writers of horror fiction alike, including some of the industry’s very best.

The This is Horror Awards, therefore, carry substantial significance. They have been held every year since 2011.

How to Vote

Anyone may vote for nominees for the awards. To voite, please send your votes to with the subject line ‘Awards 2021. To cast a vote, simply write the category and your vote for each award. You may vote for your top two in each category. For example:

1. First choice
2. Second choice

This is in place in the event that there is a tiebreaker for first place after the votes have been counted.

Voting closes at 12:01am BST on Saturday 7 January 2023.

Here are the awards and nominations.

Novel of the Year

  1. My Heart Is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones
  2. Queen of Teeth by Hailey Piper
  3. Red X by David Demchuk
  4. Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo
  5. This Thing Between Us by Gus Moreno

Novella of the Year

  1. Comfort Me with Apples by Catherynne M. Valente
  2. Goddess of Filth by V. Castro
  3. Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw
  4. Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke by Eric LaRocca
  5. Waif by Samantha Kolesnik

Short Story Collection of the Year

  1. Beneath a Pale Sky by Philip Fracassi
  2. Folk Songs for Trauma Surgeons by Keith Rosson
  3. In That Endlessness, Our End by Gemma Files
  4. The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enriquez (translated by Megan McDowell)
  5. The Ghost Sequences by A.C. Wise

Anthology of the Year

  1. Lost Contact, edited by Max Booth III and Lori Michelle
  2. Professor Charlatan Bardot’s Travel Anthology to the Most (Fictional) Haunted Buildings in the Weird, Wild World, edited by Eric J. Guignard
  3. The Bad Book, edited by John F.D. Taff
  4. There is No Death, There are No Dead, edited by Aaron J. French and Jess Landry
  5. When Things Get Dark, edited by Ellen Datlow

Fiction Magazine of the Year

  1. Apex Magazine
  2. Fantasy Magazine
  3. Lamplight Magazine
  4. Nightmare Magazine
  5. The Dark

Publisher of the Year

  1. Clash Books
  2. Grimscribe Press
  3. Meerkat Press
  4. Titan Books
  5. Tor Nightfire

Fiction Podcast of the Year

  1. Bridgewater by Grim & Mild
  2. Old Gods of Appalachia
  3. The Silt Verses
  4. The Wicked Library

Nonfiction Podcast of the Year

  1. Against Everyone with Conner Habib
  2. Cursed Morsels
  3. Dead Headspace
  4. Talking Scared
  5. The Kingcast


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