THE RUST MAIDENS is on the Preliminary Bram Stoker Awards Ballot!

So in case you haven’t already heard my screams of joy on social media, I’m beyond thrilled that my debut novel, The Rust Maidens, made it on the 2018 Bram Stoker Awards Preliminary Ballot.

*insert many, many more screams of joy here*

Now it’s important to note that this is not a nomination, as this is only the preliminary ballot; voting on the official nominees starts this week, with the final ballot being announced in late February. But to make it this far is so truly wonderful, humbling, and exciting.

The Rust MaidensThe Rust Maidens has been out for just over two months now, and it’s been such an incredibly wild ride so far. Last week, I announced the Spanish translation of the novel, which will be released in 2020, and I’ve been fortunate to get some really positive feedback from reviewers. And now is a good time to turn it over to the quotes, since otherwise I’ll just keep babbling with mindless joy (and nobody wants to read that).

“The first full length novel from Kiste comes out of the gate swinging” — Signal Horizon

“Kiste makes her novel debut with this dramatic and absorbing story… This is a tale of friendship, monsters, and growing up, a lyrical and character centered story filled with danger and horrible consequences” — Booklist

“This is radioactive storytelling that hides at margins. It’s plutonic. It’s not a weapon until you realize that it is… Gwendolyn Kiste’s debut novel The Rust Maidens is a phantasmagorical slice of Americana in a long decline.” — Hell Notes

“… a startlingly original first novel from an author with a steady and powerful voice. The risks it takes in developing its themes are fresh and original and pay off handsomely.” — Ancient Logic

“A fantastic debut novel.” — The Horror Fiction Review

The iMailer newsletter from HWA went out earlier this month, which included a special link to download The Rust Maidens, but if you missed that email, then it bears repeating: if you’re an Active or Lifetime member and would like to read my debut novel, please email me at, and I would be thrilled to send you a copy of The Rust Maidens!

Congratulations to everyone on the preliminary ballot! It’s a truly amazing group of authors, and I’m so thrilled to be among so many fantastic horror creators! Eeeeee!

Happy reading!