Splatterpunk like it's Romance equivalent,Erotica, is gaining in popularity once again. If your library adds the best erotica [which most do by now], you have no excuse not to circulatethe best of extreme horror.
How do we identify where to begin in this violent and sexually explicit subgenre? Well, with the award winners of course!
Just like we cannot collect every erotica title that is popular these days [we’d run out of money], we cannot get every extreme horror title. But the best, those we should have.
Below, you can find the short list of nominees and the winners courtesy of Locus Magazine. Two of the nominees for best novel also have links to reviews I published in IndiePicks magazine. And the short story winner, Jeff Strand, is another author you probably have in your library collections [his middle grade novels are perfect for reluctant readers]. I would highly suggest adding the novel nominees, although a few libraries may have pushback on Christin Morgan’s title [the book is great though]. Remember, awards lists are a great RA tool as well as a collection development tool. Here is my original post from 2011 where I outlined how to use awards lists as a resource.