For the First Time a Pakistani Writer, ‘Usman Tanveer Malik’ Wins a Bram Stoker Award!

Usman_tanveer_malik_award, A Little About Usman Tanveer Malik

Usman Tanveer Malik seriously started writing horror after he completed the Clarion West Writers Workshop (the first Pakistani to do so) in 2013, which gives intensive training to writers, preparing them for professional careers in Science Fiction Fantasy. As a result he won the DRAWA Inspiration Award for Best New Writer in the same year.

In 2014 he was nominated for the Nebula Award (which is a prestigious award organized and given by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) since 1966) and Bram Stoker Award for his short story. In December 2014 he conducted a first ever workshop based on Speculative Fiction entitled ‘The Rising Dust’ in Lahore.

In April 2015 his Novella ‘The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn’ was published by Tor.com.

His work appears in leading magazines such as The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy Horror, The Apex Book of World SF, Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Nightmare magazine, The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, The Year’s Best Young Adult Speculative Fiction, Strange Horizons and Black Static.

Usman Tanveer Malik Awarded The Bram Stoker Award

The Bram Stoker Award is given by the ‘Horror Writers Association (HWA)’, which is a prominent body of writers and publishers associated with the genre of horror and dark fantasy. It was initiated in 1987, named after renowned Irish writer ‘Bram Stoker’ who wrote the legendry novel ‘Dracula’. Awards are given in 11 categories. The winners are announced at the World Horror Convention which has been taking place every year since 1991.

This year, the category ‘Superior Achievement in Short Fiction’, was won by Usman Tanveer Malik for his short story ‘ The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family’.

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