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March 2010

Release Date: March 30, 2010ASU Logo

ASU Alumna Wins International Literary Award

Angelo State University alumna Lucy A. Snyder was named the winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Poetry at the Horror Writers Association’s 2010 Stoker Awards Banquet March 27 in Brighton, England.

A 1992 ASU biology graduate, Snyder was also the student-editor of the university’s literary magazine, Oasis. She won the Stoker Award for her 2009 poetry collection “Chimeric Machines.” It features 37 of her original poems and has also received rave reviews in various publications, including Dark Scribe Magazine, Hellnotes and Horror News.

“I'm absolutely thrilled to have won a Stoker Award,” Snyder said. “It’s a tremendous honor to have my first collection of poetry recognized by an international writers’ organization.”

Snyder’s work has also been lauded by established horror poets like Michael Arnzen and Tom Piccirilli, who said of the collection, “So many amazing lines just leap out at the reader. You’re not just looking at words in a book, you’re regarding a life that’s been opened up and splashed down on the page.”

In addition to her poetry, Snyder is also an accomplished fiction writer. Her first novel, the urban fantasy “Spellbent,” was published in December by Del Rey, an imprint of Random House. It is set in Columbus, Ohio, where Snyder currently resides, and is the first book in a new series that has also garnered critical acclaim. “Spellbent” was selected for the 2009 LOCUS Recommended Reading List, which includes titles by such authors as Stephen King, Robert Silverberg and Terry Pratchett. The sequel, “Shotgun Sorceress,” is scheduled for publication in October.

Besides her own novels and compilations, Snyder has had more than 100 of her poems, short stories and essays published in literary magazines and anthologies. She also writes a regular column for the “Horror World” Web site. Her husband, Gary Braunbeck, is also a writer and has collaborated with Snyder on several of her published works.

“Chimeric Machines” retails for $10.95 and is available at Barnes & Noble as well as through several online outlets, including Amazon, Books-A-Million, Powell’s Books, and IndieBound.

More information on Snyder and her various publications is available on her Web site, More information on the Stoker Awards is available at

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