Witch Hunts Won!

I think I’m calm enough to write this now.

About five – no six – hours ago now the graphic novel I illustrated, Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times received the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel.


I watched it all happen via the Internet as the Awards banquet was streamed live from the World Horror Convention in New Orleans. The book’s authors, Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton were there while I was back here in Australia sitting in my untidy little office staring at a computer screen.

The graphic novel category arrived and there was Glenn Chadbourne and Jonathan Maberry as presenters – two of the biggest names in horror comics. Then they read out all the finalists in the category. At this point I was on the edge of my seat.

Then the feed froze.

When it came back 3-5 seconds later there were Rocky and Lisa taking the stage. We’d won!

Naturally I freaked.

It’s fantastic to have played a part in this win, but for me just to have played that part in the book’s creation – to have worked with Rocky and Lisa – is the true reward. Witch Hunts is an important piece of graphic literature; a chronicle of history’s darkest hour. I loved illustrating it, but sometimes what I had to illustrate truly shocked me.

If winning the Bram Stoker Award helps ensure Witch Hunts continues to be read then I’m all for it.

The only other left to say is congratulations to Rocky and Lisa for the win and thank you for letting me playing the part. I would also like to thank the publisher, McFarland & Company.

Thank you too to all my horrific friends for their support of the book! 🙂

The full list of Stoker winners can be found HERE

UPDATE: Here’s the video of the full Awards event:

About darkscrybe

Two-time international Bram Stoker Award-nominee®*, Greg Chapman is a horror author and artist based in Queensland, Australia. Greg is the author of several novels, novellas and short stories, including his award-nominated debut novel, Hollow House (Omnium Gatherum) and collections, Vaudeville and Other Nightmares (Specul8 Publishing) and This Sublime Darkness and Other Dark Stories (Things in the Well Publications). He is also a horror artist and his first graphic novel Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times, (McFarland & Company) written by authors Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton, won the Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel category at the Bram Stoker Awards® in 2013. He is also the current President of the Australasian Horror Writers Association. Greg lives in Rockhampton with his wife and their two daughters. * Superior Achievement in a First Novel for Hollow House (2016) and Superior Achievement in Short Fiction, for “The Book of Last Words” (2019)
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4 Responses to Witch Hunts Won!

  1. gezza11 says:

    You deserve praise, mate.

  2. Juanita Wood says:

    You’re running on high octane now. Hurrah.

  3. Scott Tyson says:

    Well done, mate. Truly well deserved.

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