Usman T Malik becomes first Pakistani to win Bram Stoker Award for short fiction

Published: May 12, 2015


Pakistani English writer 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, according to the official blog of Desi Writers’ Lounge (DWL), an online community for South Asian writers.

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.

Previous winners of the award include writers Stephen King, JK Rowling and Joyce Carol Oates.


According to DWL, Usman had also been nominated for the prestigious Nebula Award this year and he previously won the DRAWA Inspiration Award for Best New Writer in 2013. He has also been featured in the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, and Nightmare magazine.

His novella, The Pauper Prince and The Eucalyptus Jinn, was published by in April. Usman is also one of the co-founders of DWL, and organizes various workshops where he instructs aspiring science fiction writers.

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  • Brain-eating amoeba
    May 12, 2015 - 2:45PM

    Congratulations. Keep doing hard workRecommend

  • Punjab
    May 12, 2015 - 3:36PM

    Congrats and keep up the good work.Recommend

  • New Yorker
    May 12, 2015 - 6:33PM

    We need more like you !! Recommend

  • Hassan Ali Khan
    May 12, 2015 - 6:40PM

    Congrats! Heartening to see this great news!Recommend

  • Atif
    May 12, 2015 - 6:43PM

    I am sure one can find plenty of amusing horror tails in Southern Punjab and rural SindhRecommend

  • Mohammad Ali Rai
    May 13, 2015 - 3:56AM

    This is absolutely splendid Usman! Loads n loads of congrats! Very well-deserved and I hope other AKU Alumni follow in your stellar footsteps! Recommend

  • Hamza
    May 13, 2015 - 5:24AM

    Well done, Usman. The few times we can be glad an author’s writing is horrific. Many congratulations! Recommend

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