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Preditors & Editors Poll results

Preditors & Editors Poll results

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Standings for category: novelh

1. While The Savage Sleeps, Andrew E Kaufman, Straightline Press, [link] [comments]
2. Umbral VIsions, Garrett Calcaterra, Gypsy Shadow Publishing, [link] [comments]
3. The Zombie Wilson Diaries, Timothy W. Long, Library of the Living Dead, [link] [comments]
4. Khepera Redeemed, Nerine Dorman, Lyrical Press, Inc., [link] [comments]
5. Ex-Heroes, Peter Clines, Permuted Press, [link] [comments]
6. Dead Practices, Shells Walter, Sonar4 Publications, [link] [comments]
6. Bullets & Brimstone, Patrick Thomas & John L. French, Dark Quest, [link]
6. Black Hearts & Red Blood Dreams, Sara Saint John, Dark Myth Publications, [link] [comments]
7. BOLEYN: Tudor Vampire, Cinsearae S., CreateSpace, [link]
8. Serpent's Tooth, Toni V. Sweeney, Class Act Books, [link] [comments]
8. Dark Reckoning, J.E. Taylor, FIDO Publishing, [link] [comments]
8. Lazarus, Lori Titus, The Living Dead Press, [link]
9. Comes the Dark, Patrick D'Orazio, Library of the Living Dead, [link] [comments]

10. Desiree, Ken Goldman, Damnation Books, [link]
11. Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator, Karina Fabian, Damnation Books, [link] [comments]
12. Carnival of Fear, JG Faherty, Graveside Books, [link]
13. Bigfoot War , Eric S Brown , Coscom Entertainment , [link]
13. Loathsome, Dark and Deep, Aaron Polson, Belfire Press, [link]
13. Short Screams Vol.1, Neil Kloster, Createspace, [link] [comments]
13. Sex in the Time of Zombies, William Todd Rose, , [link] [comments]
14. Ashes in Her Eyes, Alan Spencer, Panic Press Publishing, [link]
14. The Raising, Shawn-a-lee McCutcheon-Bell, Black Bed Sheet Books, [link] [comments]
15. Roman Hell, Mark Mellon, Amber Quill Press, [link]
15. Samhane, Daniel I. Russell, Stygian Publications, [link]
15. Dead: The Ugly Beginning, TW Brown, May December Publications, [link]
16. Bad Wind Blowing, Peter Brandvold, Western Trail Blazer, [link] [comments]
16. Valley of the Dead, Kim Paffenroth, Permuted Press, [link]
16. House of Fallen Trees, Gina Ranalli, Grindhouse Press, [link]
16. Blood Pond, D.J. Manly, Silver Publishing, [link]
16. Pray, John Prescott, Dark Continents, [link]
17. Zomblog, TW Brown, May December Publications, [link]
17. Sineater, Elizbeth Massie, Crossroad Press, [link]
17. Season of Death, Eric S Brown, Pill Hill Press, [link]
18. Devil Next Door, Tim Curran, Severed Press, [link]
18. Deadfall, Shaun Jeffrey, Leucrota Press, [link]
18. Highway To Hell, Armand Rosamilia, Rymfire eBooks, [link]
18. Horns, Joe Hill, HarperCollins, [link] [comments]
18. Manchester House, Donald Allen Kirch, Blood Moon Publishing, [link]
18. Wolfstrap, Maryann Paige, Club Lighthouse Publishing, [link]
19. Black & Orange, Benjamin Kane Ethridge, Bad Moon Books, [link]
19. Xombies: Apocalypticon, Walter Greatshell, Berkley, [link]
19. Northwoods Deep, Joel Arnold, Studio City, [link]
19. The Places Between, Terry Grimwood, Pendragon Press, [link]
19. Old Order, Jonathan Janz, Untreed Reads, [link]
19. Titanic 2012-Cureof RMS Titanic, Robert W. Waker, Instinct Ink/Kindle bks., [link]
19. Witch's Pawn, Toni LoTempio, Echelon Press, [link]
19. Burying Brian, Steven Pirie, Immanion Press, [link]
19. The Crawlin' Chaos Blues, Edward M. Erdelac, Damnation Books, [link]
19. Toothless, J.P. Moore, Dragon Moon Press, [link]
19. Deathwatch, Lisa Mannetti, Shadowfall Publications, [link]

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