Annal: 1987 World Fantasy Award for Novel

Results of the World Fantasy Award in the year 1987.

Book:Perfume

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Patrick Süskind, John E. Woods

An acclaimed bestseller and international sensation, Patrick Suskind’s classic novel provokes a terrifying examination of what happens when one man’s indulgence in his greatest passion-his sense of smell-leads to murder.

In the slums of eighteenth-century France, the infant Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born with one sublime gift-an absolute sense of smell. As a boy, he lives to decipher the odors of Paris, and apprentices himself to a prominent perfumer who teaches him the ancient art of mixing precious oils and herbs. But Grenouille’s genius is such that he is not satisfied to stop there, and he becomes obsessed with capturing the smells of objects such as brass doorknobs and frest-cut wood. Then one day he catches a hint of a scent that will drive him on an ever-more-terrifying quest to create the “ultimate perfume”—the scent of a beautiful young virgin.

Told with dazzling narrative brillance, Perfume is a hauntingly powerful tale of murder and sensual depravity.

Book:It

It

Stephen King

They were just kids when they stumbled upon the hidden horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

Book:The Pet

The Pet

Charles L. Grant

Teenagers are being slaughtered by the Howler, a serial killer who stops in small towns just long enough to kill, just long enough to tear apart a family and a community. When he strikes in Ashford, the town reacts-setting limits on teens’ activities, monitoring who goes where-and parents become paranoid.

Seventeen-year-old Don Boyd doesn’t need the grief. He’s already under siege-he’s got family trouble, girl trouble, trouble with his high school classes and trouble with the jocks who rule the school. Surely the Howler will kill someone else, somewhere else, and then Don can go back to trying to escape notice.

But the Howler likes Ashford. And one frosty autumn night, the Howler chooses Don as his next victim. The attack is swift-but it doesn’t go as planned. Suddenly the killer and the boy are surrounded by an unnatural mist, by green fire, by the sound of iron striking iron.

And then the real horror begins.

Book:Soldier of the Mist

Soldier of the Mist

Gene Wolfe

“A marvelously fluent, evocative historical…glowing, fascinating intricate work, full of gods and ghosts and magical metamorphoses, set forth in a modern prose that agreeably captures the rhythm and spirit of the period.” —Kirkus Reviews.

Book:Strangers (Dean Koontz)

Strangers

Dean Koontz

They were strangers…

A handful of people. From different backgrounds, living in different towns and cities across America, they had nothing in common—except fear.

They were victims…

Cold and stark, an unknown terror gripped their dreams and turned their days into living nightmares.

They were chosen…

And they could not escape. Deep in the heart of a sprawling desert, a dark memory called out to them drawing them to the Tranquility Motel—where the terrifying truth was waiting…

Book:Talking Man

Talking Man

Terry Bisson

Book:The Tricksters

The Tricksters

Margaret Mahy

It’s been five years since Jonny’s sister died. Wracked with guilt, he goes in search of answers and instead, ends up learning a lesson about reminiscing and loss from a woman with Alzheimer’s disease. An award-winning young adult novel sheds light on real-life issues.

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