Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement
The Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement annually recognizes one to three living artists for "superior achievement in an entire career" which has "substantially influenced the horror genre". It is conferred by the Horror Writers Association, and most winners have been horror fiction writers, but other creative occupations are eligible.
The Bram Stoker Awards, including the lifetime honor in particular, were established along with the Association itself in 1987. They are presented in the year following the award year, which is the publication year for most of the awards program.
The winners are selected by the annual Lifetime Achievement Award Committee, which comprises five HWA members appointed by the President. Unlike the literary awards, which are determined by vote of all members, there are no official runners-up.
The annual committee may bestow up to three awards, by unanimous agreement, and it need not bestow any. In fact there has been a winner every year and there were three winners only for 1987. There were 40 Lifetime Achievement Awards in the first 25 years, through the 2011/2012 cycle.
- 1987: Fritz Leiber – Frank Belknap Long – Clifford D. Simak
- 1988: Ray Bradbury – Ronald Chetwynd-Hayes
- 1989: Robert Bloch
- 1990: Hugh B. Cave – Richard Matheson
- 1991: Gahan Wilson
- 1992: Ray Russell
- 1993: Joyce Carol Oates
- 1994: Christopher Lee
- 1995: Harlan Ellison
- 1996: Ira Levin – Forrey Ackerman
- 1997: William Peter Blatty – Jack Williamson
- 1998: Ramsey Campbell – Roger Corman
- 1999: Edward Gorey – Charles L. Grant
- 2000: Nigel Kneale
- 2001: John Farris
- 2002: Stephen King – J. N. Williamson
- 2003: Martin H. Greenberg – Anne Rice
- 2004: Michael Moorcock
- 2005: Peter Straub
- 2006: Thomas Harris
- 2007: John Carpenter – Robert Weinberg
- 2008: F. Paul Wilson – Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
- 2009: Brian Lumley – William F. Nolan
- 2010: Ellen Datlow – Al Feldstein
- 2011: Rick Hautala – Joe R. Lansdale
- 2012: Clive Barker – Robert McCammon
- 2013: R. L. Stine – Stephen Jones
- 2014: Jack Ketchum – Tanith Lee
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- "BARKER & MCCAMMON win Lifetime Horror Award". HWA. February 7, 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-05.
- "Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master". Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). Retrieved 2013-04-05.