The nominations for the 2021 Splatterpunk Awards were announced today. The awards recognize the best work in the subgenre of extreme horror fiction. This is taken from BRIAN (motherfucking) KEENE’s Facebook post and blog:

—For Immediate Release

February 17, 2021

Best-selling authors and Splatterpunk Award founders Wrath James White and Brian Keene are proud to announce the nominees for the 2021 Splatterpunk Awards, honoring superior achievement for works published in 2020 in the sub-genres of Splatterpunk and Extreme Horror.

The nominees are recommended by readers, fans and peers. The nominees are as follows.


1.  Pandemonium by Ryan Harding and Lucas Mangum (Death’s Head Press)

2. Tome by Ross Jeffery (The Writing Collective)

3. Dust by Chris Miller (Death’s Head Press)

4. Slaughter Box by Carver Pike (Self-Published)

5. Gone To See The River Man by Kristopher Triana (Cemetery Dance Publications)

6. They All Died Screaming by Kristopher Triana (Blood Bound Books)

7. The Magpie Coffin by Wile E. Young (Death’s Head Press)


1. The Slob by Aron Beauregard (Self-Published) *

2. Bella’s Boys by Thomas R. Clark (Stitched Smile Publications)

3. Juniper by Ross Jeffery (The Writing Collective)

4. Red Station by Kenzie Jennings (Death’s Head Press)

5. True Crime by Samantha Kolesnik (Grindhouse Press)

6. The Night Silver River Run Red by Christine Morgan (Death’s Head Press)

7. How Much 2 by Matt Shaw (Self-Published)


1.  “The Incident at Barrow Farm” by M. Ennenbach (from Cerberus Rising, Self-Published)

2. “Full Moon Shindig” by Patrick C. Harrison III (from Visceral: Collected Flesh, Death’s Head Press)

3. “Phylum” by Tom Over (from The Comfort Zone and Other Safe Spaces, NihilismRevised)

4. “Footsteps” by Janine Pipe (from Diabolica Britannica, Keith Anthony Baird)

5. “Next In Line” by Susan Snyder (from Devour the Earth, Madness Heart Press)

6. “My Body” by Wesley Southard (from Midnight In the Pentagram, Silver Shamrock Publishing)

7. “The God In The Hills” by Jon Steffens (from The God In the Hills, Filthy Loot Press)


1. War of Dictates by John Baltisberger (Death’s Head Press)

2. Cerberus Rising by M. Ennenbach, Chris Miller and Patrick C. Harrison III (Self-Published) **

3. The Essential Sick Stuff by Ronald Kelly (Silver Shamrock Publishing)

4. Rhapsody In Red by Peter Molnar (Stitched Smile Publications)

5. Visceral: Collected Flesh by Christine Morgan and Patrick C. Harrison III (Death’s Head Press) ***

6. The Comfort Zone and Other Safe Spaces by Tom Over (NihilismRevised)

7. Blood Relations by Kristopher Triana (Grindhouse Press)


1. Chew On This edited by Robert Essig (Blood Bound Books)

2. Brewtality edited by K. Trap Jones (The Evil Cookie Publishing)

3. Welcome To the Splatter Club edited by K. Trap Jones (Blood Bound Books)

4. Worst Laid Plans edited by Samantha Kolesnik (Grindhouse Press)

5. Crash Code edited by Quinn Parker (Blood Bound Books)

6. If I Die Before I Wake Vol. 3: Tales of Deadly Women and Retribution edited by R.E. Sargent and Steven Pajak (Sinister Smile Press)

7. Psi-Wars: Classified Cases of Psychic Phenomena edited by Joshua Viola (Hex Publishers)

* Qualifies due to being significantly revised from its original edition.

** Qualifies as a collection, rather than an anthology.

*** Qualifies as a collection, rather than an anthology.

A panel of judges composed of professionals, critics and scholars in the field will now begin the process of reading each nominated work, and selecting a winner for each category. Winners will be announced at KillerCon, taking place in Austin, Texas this August. If national health concerns prevent a physical convention, then the winners will be announced in an online ceremony instead.

In addition to the winners, author and editor John Skipp will receive the annual J. F. Gonzalez Lifetime Achievement Award honoring his significant contributions to the sub-genres of Splatterpunk and Extreme Horror. Previous recipients are David J. Schow, David G. Barnett and Edward Lee.

Three notes of interest regarding this year’s awards:

While each category normally has five nominees (six if there is a tie), press will note that each category for this year contains seven. That is due to the overwhelming response in recommendations from the public this year. More new readers were engaged with Splatterpunk and Extreme Horror in 2020, leading to an increase in public response. As such, Wrath and Brian decided to extend the nominees to seven for each category, to better serve the community.

Building on a trend we pointed out in 2019, this year saw a continued significant increase in the number of women and authors who identify as female writing Splatterpunk and Extreme Horror. The recommendation process evidenced readers and fans mentioning a number of new female voices.

Splatter Westerns (which combine elements of Splatterpunk or Extreme Horror with the traditional Western genre) were clearly a favorite among readers in 2020, as evidenced both in the nominees and in the recommendations.

Press inquiries can be sent to Wrath James White or Brian Keene


Ummmm.  Did I see my name on that list?  I sure fucking did. We’ll get to that later. This isn’t just about me. I’m just another cog on the wheel here. Take a look at this list! The talent here is remarkable!

Look at the Splatterwesterns, splattered all over the nominations!  Our buddies at Death’s Head Press really knocked it out of the park with the subgenre line. Wile E., Kenzie, III, Miller, Ennenbach, Morgan… just fucking wow. 

And how about my buddy and peer from Stitched Smile Publications, Pete Molnar getting recognized, for his vampire novella collection, Rhapsody in Red? 

Lucas Mangum is there. And Kristopher Triana?  I almost made a graphic calling these the TRIANA AWARDS.  Why? Cos each of his nominations is viscerally deserved.  Shit, I could say the same about Death’s Head Press, for that matter. Jarod’s little press that can has certainly made an impact on the genre.

And then there is Bella’s Boys: A Tale of Cosmic Horror getting a nod.

My mind is blown.

I am humbled that the horror community has blessed Bella’s Boys, one of my two releases this year, with a nomination for Best Novella. Getting nominated, in and of itself, is a win for me. It’s a testimony to all, that hard word and perseverance pays off and it will be recognized by your peers. If I’ve learned anything from my mentors, it’s work ethic. If you keep a good one, you will succeed. 

Now I gotta wait and see what this year’s convention circuit brings us, and prepare for a very real flight to Austin, TX and KIllerCon 2021!

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