Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Write-In Nominations for BEST Horror Novel
Edit: Write in nominations are now closed. You can find the poll here.
I'm now taking nominations for the best horror novel. I think in MOST cases this will be a stand alone book, but if some of you feel like a series is definitely worthy, feel free to nominate the series as a whole.
You may use whatever criteria you desire for determining what is "horror" and what is "the best." As long as things don't get outrageous, I will take your nomination. (Jane Eyre is not horror, for example.) Obviously "scariest" could be a measurement, but most disturbing, best written, or most canonical would work as well. (Though I will probably do a "best classic" series of polls.)
The RULES--You may nominate TWO (2) books at the most. Obviously the fifteen books you love can't all be the best you've ever read. Really I should be accepting only one "best ever," but I find that makes prolific readers have aneurisms in their brains.
You may "second" as many of the existing nominations as you wish. So check back to see what's being nominated. The number of seconds will largely determine what will go on the poll.
Only the best three (3) books from a single author will go onto the poll. (I don't want this to be a "Which Stephen King Book is the Best" poll.) Most people don't read a lot of horror, and I find their experience to be limited to just a couple of authors. I want to get at least a few different authors on this poll.
My own two nominations are for Pet Cemetery by Stephen King and The House With the Clock in its Walls by John Bellairs (which I know is Y.A. but it scared the crap out of a little version of me). Those are only single nominations, so they may not make the poll if others get lots of seconds.
The books that will make it onto the poll will be the ones with the most nominations. In the case of ties (of which there are still many given that our readership is still pretty low). I will break them in the following way:
Nominations made here rather than as replies to this post on other social media. I will take replies from anywhere, but if it comes down to a tie, I will favor the ones made here.
If one author has another title on the poll I will break the tie with the new author.
I will take the more "genre appropriate" book. If it's down to Harry Potter and the OotP vs. Hell House, I'm going to go with Hell House. Even though you may use any criteria you want to determine what is horror, know that it might be rejected if it comes down to a tie.
First come, first serve! I'll leave the nomination up for a while and if we get way more than one poll's worth of nominations, we'll do run offs like we have before, but eventually I will cut things off, so getting a nomination in early is important.
The poll should be up in a week or two--depending on how fast the nominations come in and how soon the input dies down to a tiny trickle.
Also, just FYI, I'm going to start taking nominations for future polls while the old one is still running so that we pretty much always have a poll going. So be ready for that change.
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