Moment of Pride: Usman T. Malik Wins the Bram Stoker Award for Short Fiction

Pakistani English writer and DWL co-founder Usman T. Malik has won the 2014 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction for his story The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family.

The Bram Stoker Awards, which honour the previous year’s best writing in 11 categories, were announced on Saturday at the World Horror Convention in Atlanta, Georgia (US). The awards are presented annually by the Horror Writers Association, an organisation of horror and dark fantasy writers and publishers.

Malik’s story won alongside Rena Mason’s Ruminations in the short fiction category.


Read: The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family on Medium.com


Malik is a graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop. He has been featured in the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, Tor.com and Nightmare magazine. His novella, The Pauper Prince and The Eucalyptus Jinn, was published by Tor.com in April.

Malik has also been nominated for the prestigious Nebula Award this year and he previously won the DRAWA Inspiration Award for Best New Writer in 2013.

In December 2014, Malik also conducted a speculative fiction writing workshop in Lahore, Pakistan. The workshop was organised by DWL with support from Liberty Books. Read more about the workshop proceedings here [link].

The complete list of winners of Bram Stoker Awards 2014 is available here [link]. Previous winners of the award include writers Stephen King, JK Rowling and Joyce Carol Oates, according to the association’s website.

Usman T, Malik speaks during The Rising Dust workshop session in December 2014. Photo: DWL

Usman T. Malik speaks during The Rising Dust workshop session in December 2014. Photo: DWL

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