Awards, Honors, & Kind Words

What People are Saying About Mary’s Books:



A feast of both visceral and existential horror—the gut tightens and the mind reels. Mary SanGiovanni joins that select cadre of women writers who are ignoring the safe old tropes and pushing the genre in new directions.” – F. Paul Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of The Keep

Packed with suspense, and deep seeded fears… really hard to put down…a solid horror story with a good dose of terror!” – Dead, Buried, and Back

A fast-paced novel…stands out for its very original central idea.” – Skulls in The Stars


Moves along quickly…a good book in the classic horror mode…a lot of fun.” – Nick Mamatas, author of I Am Providence

Successfully captures the impending doom facing our world with a sense of dread which matches that invoked by Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes…a fast paced, highly enjoyable read.” – Ginger Nuts of Horror

The concept here is fantastic…the atmosphere was perfect, the monsters were suitably grotesque, and the supernatural threat was legitimately fearsome… a refreshingly original entry in the horror genre.” – Beauty in Ruins

A superbly crafted gem of a novel…delivering in spades.” – The Behrg

A near perfect horror read. Lots of atmosphere, tons of tension, a body count of nearly ridiculous levels all play their part.” – Sci Fi and Scary

Any book by SanGiovanni is one to look out for and Chills is no exception. This is novel to enjoy as the nights grow darker.” – This Is Horror

SanGiovanni, with a dozen horror and thriller novels under her belt, treats the occult, and all that surrounds it, as a treasure-trove of inspiration.” – The Big Thrill


Filled to the brim with mounting terror.” – Gary A. Braunbeck, author of Mr. Hands

A multi-sensory home run with evocative language. Nightmarish and vivid. Worthy of repeat readings.” – FearZone

A fast-building, high-tension ride. One hell of a novel.” James A Moore, author of Under the Overtree


SanGiovanni shows off some serious skills.” – Dread Central

Once SanGiovanni drops you into her iron grip, she never relinquishes her iron grip on your attention.” – Dead Reckoning

Fast paced, well-written, and damn scary.” – The Falcata Times

“She’s starting her career as a pro. All authors take heed!”


A great B-movie of a novel, fun and frightening.” – Shock Totem Magazine


Will leave its mark on you long after you put it down. Mary has this uncanny ability to draw you into her stories with life like characters and haunting prose…one of the best in the business.” – Famous Monsters of Filmland

Chilling, heartbreaking, and quietly terrifying.” – Shroud Magazine

This story is brilliant and terrifying… SanGiovanni’s masterpiece.” – Dreadful Tales

Subtly rendered, but gut-wrenching…a quietly devastating final twist.” – Chamber of the Bizarre


Elegantly written…an important addition to your library of discriminating fiction.” – Hellnotes

Powerful…gripping, recommended reading.” – The Books of Blood

Pure terror…doesn’t mince words and doesn’t slow down.” – Wagging the Fox


“SanGiovanni evokes a Lovecraftian sensibility in this action-filled story…. Scary, suspenseful, smart, and gory…beautifully set and described.” – Library Journal Review


One of horror’s brightest stars.” – Horror Web

A master of cosmic horror.” – Library Journal Review

Awards and Nominations:

Bram Stoker Award Nominaton, THE HOLLOWER, 2007 (HWA)

Lavinia Kohl Award for Excellence in Literature, “The Devil and Jack,” 1997 (The National Society of Arts and Letters)


Legend, NECon, 2015

Guest of Honor, Mo*Con, 2012

Toastmistress, NECon, 2009