Bram Stoker Awards
2015 (Novel)
A Head Full of Ghosts
Book Jacket   Paul Tremblay
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. When a teenager exhibits early signs of schizophrenia, her parents turn not to traditional psychiatry but to a Catholic priest determined to drive out demons and a sleazy reality TV show eager to get the whole fiasco on tape. Fifteen years ago, the Barretts were just a typical Massachusetts family: father John, mother Sarah, and two daughters, Marjorie, 14, and Merry, 8, who got along well and often wrote stories together. Though John had lost his job, the family managed to stay afloat. Then Marjorie's behavior changed from normal teenage angst to something more disturbing. Tremblay (No Sleep till Wonderland, 2010, etc.) intercuts the past with present-day scenes of Merry being interviewed by an author writing a book about the Barretts' decision to allow their life to be televised on The Possession. It was John, with his renewed faith in God, who pushed for a Catholic interventionan exorcism, la Linda Blairand Sarah finally agreed. Their priest, Father Wanderly, had connections to the television series, and going on the show offered a way for the Barretts to avoid defaulting on their mortgage. The TV crew moved into the family home, and yet, instead of capturing the "truth," an even more elaborate fiction began to play out, with deadly consequences. As the adult Merry's memories clash with the televised version of events leading up to the climactic final episode of The Possessionit's not spoiling too much to say that everything that could go wrong doesreaders will begin to question if anyone in the house is truly sane. Tremblay expertly ratchets up the suspense until the tension is almost at its breaking point. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
2015 (First Novel)
Mr. Suicide
Book Jacket   Nicole Cushing
2015 (Young Adult)
Devils Pocket
 John Dixon
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2015 (Graphic Novel)
Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury
 Sam Weller
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2015 (Anthology)
The Library of the Dead
Book Jacket   Michael Bailey
2015 (Anthology)
While the Black Stars Burn
Book Jacket   Lucy A. Snyder
2015 (Non-Fiction)
The Art of Horror
 Stephen Jones
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2015 (Poetry)
Eden Underground: Poetry of Darkness
 Alessandro Manzetti
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2014 (Novel)
Blood kin
Book Jacket   Steve Rasnic Tem
2014 (First Novel)
Mr. Wicker
Book Jacket   Maria Alexander
2014 (Young Adult)
Phoenix Island
 John Dixon
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. This action-packed novel (with YA crossover appeal) combines adventure with extreme violence and concerns a young boxer sent to a very special youth boot camp. Carl Freeman has never been able to stand by and watch while someone is bullied, and that's become a problem for him. An up-and-coming boxer who won a national championship, Carl can't force himself to walk away whenever a kid's being bullied. As a result, the orphaned son of a police officer and a cancer victim has found himself in and out of the juvenile justice system. Now, at age 16, Carl has been sent to a place off the coast of Mexico called Phoenix Island, where he meets the beautiful Octavia and Ross, a kid who can't seem to stop himself from telling jokes, even if that leads to severe punishment. And there's plenty of punishment to go around at Phoenix Island, purportedly a boot camp for troubled kids. Only thing is, every kid on the island turns out to be an orphan, and all of those orphans seem to be expendable, or at least that's what Carl suspects when he finds a journal kept by a previous inhabitant of Phoenix. Forced marches, food deprivation and nonstop training don't bother Carl, but he has an issue with the viciousness that one particular drill sergeant evinces. When things come to a head, Carl finds that all of his suspicions about the island prove even worse than he thought in this crisply written and imaginative effort. Dixon's page-turner will keep readers of all ages enthralled. A fast-paced, exciting novel with the promise of future installments.]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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2014 (Graphic Novel)
Bad blood
 Jonathan Maberry
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2014 (Anthology)
Fearful symmetries : an anthology of horror
Book Jacket   Ellen Datlow, editor
2014 (Fiction)
Soft Apocalypses
Book Jacket   Lucy A. Snyder
2014 (Non-Fiction)
Shooting Yourself in the Head for Fun and Profit
 Lucy A. Snyder
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2014 (Non-Fiction)
Forgiving Judas
 Tom Piccirilli
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2013 (Novel)
Doctor Sleep
Book Jacket   Stephen King
Kirkus Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission. He-e-e-e-r-e's Danny! Before an alcoholic can begin recovery, by some lights, he or she has to hit bottom. Dan Torrance, the alcoholic son of the very dangerously alcoholic father who came to no good in King's famed 1977 novel The Shining, finds his rock bottom very near, if not exactly at, the scarifying image of an infant reaching for a baggie of blow. The drugs, the booze, the one-night stands, the excruciating chain of failures: all trace back to the bad doings at the Overlook Hotel (don't go into Room 217) and all those voices in poor Dan's head, which speak to (and because of) a very special talent he has. That "shining" is a matter of more than passing interest for a gang of RV-driving, torture-loving, soul-sucking folks who aren't quite folks at all--the True Knot, about whom one particularly deadly recruiter comments, "They're not my friends, they're my family...And what's tied can never be untied." When the knotty crew sets its sights on a young girl whose own powers include the ability to sense impending bad vibes, Dan, long adrift, begins to find new meaning in the world. Granted, he has good reason to have wanted to hide from it--he still has visions of that old Redrum scrawl, good reason to need the mental eraser of liquor--but there's nothing like an apocalyptic struggle to bring out the best (or worst) in people. King clearly revels in his tale, and though it's quite a bit more understated than his earlier, booze-soaked work, it shows all his old gifts, including the ability to produce sentences that read as if they're tossed off but that could come only from someone who's worked hard on them ("Danny, have you ever seen dead people? Regular dead people, I mean"). His cast of characters is as memorable as any King has produced, too, from a fully rounded Danny to the tiny but efficiently lethal Abra Stone and the vengeful Andi, who's right to be angry but takes things just a touch too far. And that's not to mention Rose the Hatless and Crow Daddy. Satisfying at every level. King even leaves room for a follow-up, should he choose to write one--and with luck, sooner than three decades hence.]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
2013 (First Novel)
The Evolutionist
Book Jacket   Rena Mason
2013 (Young Adult)
Dog Days
 Joe McKinney
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2013 (Graphic Novel)
 Caitlin R. Kiernan
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2013 (Anthology)
After Death
Book Jacket   Eric J. Guignard
2013 (Fiction)
The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All: Stories
Book Jacket   Laird Barron
2013 (Non-Fiction)
Nolan on Bradbury: Sixty Years of Writing about the Master of Science Fiction
 William F. Nolan
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