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Aurealis Award for best horror novel

The Aurealis Awards are presented annually by the Australia-based Chimaera Publications and WASFF to published works in order to "recognise the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy, horror writers".[2] To qualify, a work must have been first published by an Australian citizen or permanent resident between 1 November of the prior year and 31 October of the corresponding year;[3] the presentation ceremony is held the following year. It has grown from a small function of around 20 people to a two-day event attended by over 200 people.[4]

Aurealis Award for best horror novel
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The Aurealis Award design is often placed on the winning book's cover as a promotional tool.[1]
Awarded forExcellence in horror fiction novels
CountryAustralia
Presented byChimaera Publications,
Continuum Foundation
First awarded1995
Currently held byKaaron Warren
WebsiteOfficial site

Since their creation in 1995, awards have been given in various categories of speculative fiction. Categories currently include science fiction, fantasy, horror, speculative young adult fiction—with separate awards for novels and short fiction—collections, anthologies, illustrative works or graphic novels, children's books, and an award for excellence in speculative fiction.[2] The awards have attracted the attention of publishers by setting down a benchmark in science fiction and fantasy. The continued sponsorship by publishers such as HarperCollins and Orbit has identified the award as an honour to be taken seriously.[5]

The results are decided by a panel of judges from a list of submitted nominees; the long-list of nominees is reduced to a short-list of finalists.[2] Ties can occur if the panel decides both entries show equal merit, however they are encouraged to choose a single winner.[6] The judges may declare a "no award" if there is unanimous agreement that none of the nominees are worthy.[6] The judges are selected from a public application process by the Award's management team.[7]

This article lists all the short-list nominees and winners in the best horror novel category, as well as novels that have received honourable mentions or have been highly commended. Since 2005, honourable mentions and high commendations have been awarded intermittently. Kim Wilkins has won the award three times, while two people have won the award twice - Kirstyn McDermott and Kaaron Warren. Wilkins holds the record for most nominations, with five. Greig Beck, Stephen Dedman, and Jason Nahrung share the record for most nominations without winning, each having been nominated twice.

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Winners and nomineesEdit

In the following table, the years correspond to the year of the book's eligibility; the ceremonies are always held the following year. Each year links to the corresponding "year in literature" article. Entries with a blue background have won the award; those with a white background are the nominees on the short-list.

  *   Winners and joint winners
  *   Nominees on the shortlist

Year Author Novel Publisher Ref
1995 Terry Dowling* An Intimate Knowledge of the Night Aphelion Publications [8]
1995 Venero Armanno My Beautiful Friend Arrow Books [8]
1995 Carmel Bird The White Garden UQP [8]
1995 David Brooks The House of Balthus Allen & Unwin [8]
1995 Justine Ettler The River Ophelia Picador [8]
1996 No award given [9]
1997 Kim Wilkins* The Infernal Random House [10]
1997 Stephen Dedman The Art of Arrow Cutting Tor Books [10]
1997 Richard Harland The Dark Edge Pan Macmillan [10]
1997 Emma Tom Dead Set Random House [10]
1998 No award given [11]
1999 Christine Harris* Foreign Devil Random House [12]
1999 Victor Kelleher Into the Dark Viking Press [12]
1999 Victor Kelleher The Ivory Trail Viking Press [12]
1999 P. Scot-Bernard Deadly Sister Love HarperCollins [12]
2000 Kim Wilkins* The Resurrectionists Voyager Books [13]
2000 Terry Dowling Blackwater Days Eidolon Publications [13]
2001 Kim Wilkins* Angel of Ruin Voyager Books [14]
2001 Cameron Rogers The Music of Razors Penguin Books [14]
2002 A. L. McCann* The White Body of Evening Flamingo [15]
2002 Alison Croggon The Gift Penguin Books [15]
2002 Louise Cusack Daughter of the Dark Simon & Schuster [15]
2002 Stephen Dedman Shadows Bite Tor Books [15]
2003 Victor Kelleher* Born of the Sea Viking Press [16]
2003 Anthony O'Neill The Lamplighter HarperCollins [16]
2003 Kim Wilkins The Autumn Castle Voyager Books [16]
2004 Richard Harland* The Black Crusade Chimaera Publications [17]
2004 Josephine Pennicott Fire in the Shell Simon & Schuster [17]
2004 Kim Wilkins Giants of the Frost Voyager Books [17]
2005 No award given [18]
2006 Will Elliott* The Pilo Family Circus ABC Books [19]
2006 Edwina Grey* Prismatic Lothian Books [19]
2006 Martin Livings Carnies Lothian Books [19]
2006 Brett McBean The Mother Lothian Books [19]
2007 Susan Parisi* Blood of Dreams Viking Press [20]
2008 John Harwood* The Seance Jonathan Cape [21]
2008 Jack Dann The Economy of Light PS Publishing [21]
2008 Nick Gadd Ghostlines Scribe Publications [21]
2009 Honey Brown* Red Queen Penguin Books [22]
2009 Peter Ball Horn Twelfth Planet Press [22]
2009 Stephen M. Irwin The Dead Path Hachette [22]
2009 Tracey O'Hara Night's Cold Kiss HarperCollins [22]
2009 Kaaron Warren Slights Angry Robot Books [22]
2010 Kirstyn McDermott* Madigan Mine Pan MacMillan [23]
2010 Jason Fischer After the World: Gravesend Black House Comics [24]
2010 Trent Jamieson Death Most Definite Orbit Books [24]
2011 No award given [25]
2012 Kirstyn McDermott* Perfections Xoum [26]
2012 Jason Franks Bloody Waters Possible Press [27]
2012 Jason Nahrung Blood and Dust Xoum [27]
2012 Jason Nahrung Salvage Twelfth Planet Press [27]
2013 Allyse Near* Fairytales for Wilde Girls Random House Australia [28][29]
2013 Lee Battersby The Marching Dead Angry Robot Books [28]
2013 Greig Beck The First Bird Momentum [28]
2013 Dirk Flinthart Path Of Night FableCroft Publishing [28]
2014 Justine Larbalestier* Razorhurst Allen & Unwin [30]
2014 Alan Baxter Obsidian HarperVoyager [31]
2014 Greig Beck Book of the Dead Momentum [31]
2015 Trent Jamieson* Day Boy Text Publishing [32]
2016 Kaaron Warren* The Grief Hole IFWG Publishing Australia [33][34]
2016 Kenneth Cook Fear is the Rider Text Publishing [33]
2016 Justine Larbalestier My Sister Rosa Allen & Unwin [33]
2017 Lois Murphy* Soon Transit Lounge [35][36]
2017 J. S. Breukelaar Aletheia Crystal Lake Publishing [35]
2017 Maria Lewis Who's Afraid Too? Hachette Australia [35]
2018 Kaaron Warren* Tide of Stone Omnium Gatherum [37][38]
2018 Shirley Barrett The Bus on Thursday Allen & Unwin [37]
2018 Criag Cormick Years of the Wolf IFWG Publishing Australia [37]

^ I Publisher names in parentheses indicate the imprint under which the book was published.

Honourable mentions and high commendationsEdit

In the following table, the years correspond to the year of the book's eligibility; the ceremonies are always held the following year. Each year links to the corresponding "year in literature" article. Entries with a grey background have been noted as highly commended; those with a white background have received honourable mentions.

  *   Highly commended
  *   Honourable mentions

Year Author(s) Novel Publisher Ref
2005 J. C. Burke* Nine Letters Long Random House [18]
2007 Keri Arthur Dangerous Games Piatkus [18]
2007 David Conyers & John Sunseri The Spiraling Worm Chaosium [18]
2007 Jason Nahrung The Darkness Within Hachette Livre [18]
2011 Stephen M. Irwin The Broken Ones Hachette [25]
2011 Trent Jamieson The Business of Death Hachette [25]

See alsoEdit

  • Ditmar Award, an Australian science fiction award established in 1969

ReferencesEdit

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