The Bram Stoker Award was the first American award to recognize outstanding achievement in horror/dark fantasy writing.
The Stoker Awards, presented annually by the Horror Writers Association, previously known as the Horror Writers of America), are chosen by active members of the HWA in a number of categories, including:
- Best novel — The first winners (1988) were Stephen King (Misery) and Robert McCammon (Swan Song).
- Bram Stoker Award for Best Screenplay for "superior achievement" in horror writing. First given in 1998, this category existed between 1998 and 2004. It was reintroduced for the 2011 awards.
- Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement given for outstanding achievement in horror and dark fantasy. The first recipients were Fritz Leiber, Frank Belknap Long, and Clifford D. Simak.
The awards are named for the Irish author Bram Stoker (1847–1912), author of the gothic novel Dracula in 1897.
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