SPECIAL: DARK DISCUSSIONS Nominated for Rondo Award – Vote through April 10th!


I’d have posted this sooner, but I just found out. On February 17, the official ballot for the FOURTEENTH ANNUAL RONDO HATTON CLASSIC HORROR AWARDS was posted, and the Dark Discussions podcast—which hasn’t only been my favorite since 2011, I’ve guested several times and am now part-time co-host—has been nominated in Category #17, Best Multi-Media Horror Site (which feature podcasts).

While this is awesome, the Rondos are just something that should be on every horror fan’s radar, and every horror fan should go and vote. This year there are 21 choice categories and 6 write-in categories.


The Rondo Awards website states it is“Since 2002, the Rondos have been fandom’s only classic horror awards—decided by fans, for fans. Every nominee below is being recognized for significant work or achievement in the year 2015.”[1] They’re not kidding. It leads the pack in terms of unique, intelligent categories: Best Commentary, Best DVD Extra, Best Article (usually of the more scholarly variety)—to name a few. It also leads the pack in terms of paying attention to everything that’s out there instead of just what’s trending or popular (or who’s baking whom the most cookies). I’m thrilled that this year I get to vote for Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau as Best Documentary, Blobfest’s Blob Panic Re-enactment (AKA The Run-Out) for Best Fan Event, and the Criterion release of 1973’s Don’t Look Now as Best Classic DVD/Blu-Ray.

If you’d like to read a specific history of the Rondos, click here.

I encourage everyone who’s interested in all things horror to go vote in any or all of the categories with which you’re familiar (you don’t have to vote in every category, just an FYI). All it takes is the sending of an email. I know that many of you who subscribe to my blog do listen to DD, so if you’re so inclined, yes, we’d love your vote. We know, however, the competition is pretty stiff. There’s a LOT of quality stuff on this ballot. It’s an honor to even be nominated.



[1] The Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards. http://rondoaward.com/rondoaward.com/blog/ (accessed April 4, 2016).


About kristipetersenschoonover

A ghost story writer who still sleeps with the lights on, Kristi Petersen Schoonover’s fiction has appeared in countless magazines and anthologies. She has received three Norman Mailer Writers Colony Residencies, served as a co-editor for Read Short Fiction, has judged both writing and grant competitions and co-hosts the Dark Discussions Podcast. Her work Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole is a collection of ghost stories set in Disney Parks; her novel, Bad Apple, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She’s also a member of the New England Horror Writers Association. More info: www.kristipetersenschoonover.com

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