2012 Spinetingler Awards – WINNERS

May 1, 2012

Winners are bolded.

Best Novel: New Voice (1-3 Novels)

Beautiful, Naked and Dead by Josh Stallings
Mule by Tony D’Souza
The Dead Women of Juarez by Sam Hawken
The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock
Dove Season by Johnny Shaw
The Drop by Howard Linskey
Dust Devils by Roger Smith
Good Neighbors by Ryan David Jahn
Raise a Holler by Jason Stuart
Wire to Wire by Scott Sparling

Best Novel: Rising Star (4-8 Novels)

All the Young Warriors by Anthony Neil Smith
Already Gone by John Rector
Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran
Cold Shot to the Heart by Wallace Stroby
El Gavilan by Craig McDonald
The End of Everything by Megan Abbott

Best Novel: Legend (9+ Novels)

A Drop of the Hard Stuff by Lawrence Block
The Bitch by Les Edgerton
Falling Glass by Adrian McKinty
Hard Cold Whisper by Michael Hemmingson
Seven Spanish Angels by Stephen Graham Jones
The Wrong Thing by Barry Graham

Best Short Story Collection

Crime by Ferdinand von Schirach
Crimes from Indiana by Frank Bill
From the Darkness Right Under Our Feet by Patrick Michael Finn
Gone Bad by Julie Morrigan
Nowhere to Go by Iain Rowan
The Outlaw Album by Daniel Woodrell
Volt by Alan Heathcock

Best Anthology

Beat to a Pulp: Hardboiled edited by David Cranmer & Scott D. Parker
L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories
Off the Record edited by Luca Veste
Pulp Ink edited by Chris Rhatigan & Nigel Bird
Warmed & Bound edited by Pela Via
West Coast Crime Wave edited by Brian Thornton

Best Mystery/Crime Comic or Graphic Novel

99 Days by Matteo Casali & Kristian Donaldson
Blue Estate by Viktor Kalvachev, Andrew Osborne and Various
Cowboys by Gary Phillips and Brian Hurt
Liar’s Kiss by Eric Skillman and Jhomar Soriano
Like a Sniper Lining Up His Shot by Jean-Patrick Manchette and Jacques Tardi
Loose Ends by Jason Latour, Rico Renzi and Chris Brunner
Noche Roja by Simon Oliver
Rat Catcher by Andy Diggle
Criminal: Last of the Innocent by Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips
Scalped by Jason Aaron

Best Crime Fiction Publisher

Blasted Heath
Mulholland Books
New Pulp Press
Serpent’s Tail

David Thompson Community Leader Award

My Friends Call Me Kate (Sabrina Ogden)
My Little Corner (Sandra Seamans)
Musings of an All Purpose Monkey (Elizabeth White)
pattinase (Patti Abbott)
Psycho-Noir (Heath Lowrance)
The Psychopathology of Everyday Life (Adrian McKinty)
Dead End Follies (Benoit Lelievre)

Best Zine

Beat to a Pulp
Crime factory
Noir Nation
Pulp Modern
Shotgun Honey

Best Short Story on the Web nominees

Abriani’s Six” by Atul Sabharwal from Tehelka
The Cloud Factory” by Court Merrigan from PANK Magazine
Disney Noir” by Peter Farris from Shotgun Honey
Either Way it Ends with a Shovel” by David James Keaton from Crimefactory (link is to a pdf of the full issue)
Hoodwinked” by Nigel Bird from All Due Respect
The Other Man” by Hilary Davidson from Beat to a Pulp
Road Kill” by William Dylan Powell from Flash Fiction Offensive
Silas’ Good Run” by Matthew C Funk from Beat to a Pulp
Silent Game” by Stephen Graham Jones from Plots with Guns
Vorovsky Mir” by M James Blood from Plots With Guns

Best Cover

The Point
Choke Hold
Fate is My Pimp
Noir at the Bar
Dirty Old Town
Cold Shot to the Heart
Beat to a Pulp Hardboiled
Black Orchid Blues

The Fireball Award for Best Opening Line

“The Rhodesian smuggler pawed at the blade sticking out of his back.” – Pitch Dark by Steven Sidor
“Julie Lippman woke up early the day her boyfriend died.” – Hell & Gone by Duane Swierczynski
“I’d just flicked a spider off the desk, sighed and prepared to rise when the shadow of someone’s head and shoulders appeared on the floor like the edge of a jigsaw piece.” – Novahead by Steve Aylett
“It always goes down hard when a dead guy takes his first swing at me.” – Black Light by Melton, Dunstan & Romano
“Do the things you’ve done in the past add up to the person you are now?” – Choke Hold by Christa Faust
“This is Detroit, so welcome to the jungle.” – In Nine Kinds of Pain by Leonard Fritz
“When I drove over to the night club, Leonard was sitting on the curb holding a bloody rag to his head.” – Hyenas by Joe R. Lansdale
“My apocalypse began without the fanfare you might expect.” – The Bastard Hand by Heath Lowrance
“They come in the abandoned hour of the night, moving through quiet arterial streets, empty intersections, past gated storefronts and darkened windows, homeless men curled into bus stop shelters, prostitutes walking the desolate concrete stretches.” – Untouchable by Scott O’Connor
“And I wake, gasping and flailing at the hooded shapes that recede swiftly with my sleep, the report of the gunshot ricocheting off my skull and out into the great hall of the Reading Room.” – The Dewey Decimal System by Nathan Larson

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Brian Lindenmuth

Brian is the non-fiction editor of Spinetingler magazine and one of the fiction editors of Snubnose Press. In addition to Spinetingler his work has appeared in Crimespree magazine and at BSC Review, Galleycat and the Mulholland Books website. He also heads the Spinetingler Award committee.

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8 Responses to 2012 Spinetingler Awards – WINNERS

  1. Naomi Johnson on May 1, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Congrats to all nominees/winners. Outstanding work on everyone’s part!

  2. Nicola Rain Jordan on May 2, 2012 at 12:49 am

    What an incredible list, with some of the most haunting and accomplished fiction I’ve ever read.

    Congratulations to all the nominees and winners, and thankyou for doing what you do.

  3. nigel on May 2, 2012 at 2:21 am

    Thanks for running such a brilliant award $T

  4. Gerard Brennan on May 2, 2012 at 5:00 am

    Glad I’m not a betting man. Only two of my votes matched with the category winners…

    Congratulations to all, though. So much talent has been rightfully recognised. If you weren’t worthy of the win, you wouldn’t have been nominated. Great award, and I’ll second Nigel’s gratitude, Spinetingler.



  5. lynn kostoff on May 2, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Congratulations to all. The winners and nominees were a great cross-section of some of the best work out there today.

  6. Gareth Price on May 2, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Well done to all winners & nominees. Very, very tough competition this year that has highlighted the quality available to us lucky readers. Alan Heathcocks Volt is one that will now definitely be joining my TBR list. Cheers

  7. Benjamin Sobieck on May 2, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Congratulations to all the winners and nominees. Well-deserved all around.

  8. Elaine Ash on May 17, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Bravo to all participants and bravo to Spinetingler for hosting the awards. It’s always a blast watching the race.