Results of the Bram Stoker Award in the year 1993.
A tormented writer, unable to exorcise the demons of his past…an all-American town, plagued by horrific secrets…a beautiful woman, brutally murdered by a twisted killer thought long dead—or by an even more terrifying copycat?
In 1885, Count Dracula, after four hundred years’ brooding in his Transylvanian Castle, came to London, intent on spreading the pestilence of vampirism to the heart of Victoria’s Britain. The monster was defeated and destroyed by Professor Van Helsing and his stout-hearted companions, and the world was saved from further horrors. But what if Van Helsing failed, and Dracula’s plan of conquest was successful…
This panoramic novel of altered history and literary speculation combines horror, mystery, romance, politics, and wit as Kim Newman brilliantly reinvent the familiar world of late Victorian melodrama, intermingling famous historical and fictional characters while penetrating the fog to discover the shocking truths.
Jimmy Blackburn grows up in the Midwest believing the things that adults tell him. He questions his teachers and they lie to him. He questions his parents and his father beats him. He questions the world and it hurts him.
And so Jimmy Blackburn becomes a killer.
In this novel we meet many of Blackburn’s twenty-one victims. They include law enforcers, writers, adulterers, auto mechanics, and other liars.
This is an exceptional novel, at once riotously funny and searingly potent: a vision of America through the eyes of the central bogeyman of our culture.
Robert McGee is a man living under a dark cloud. Acclaimed cartoonist of the underground comic book Birdland, he has moved his family from Texas to New Orleans and finally to Missing Mile, North Carolina. But Robert is unable to escape the drinking and the violence that have become as natural to him as breathing. Soon after he and his family settle into a decrepit farmhouse, Robert kills his wife, his younger son, and then himself. Only his five-year-old son, Trevor, is left alive.
Twenty years later Trevor McGee, also a cartoonist, returns to Missing Mile to the house in which his family once lived. He has been running from the truth for years, and finally realizes he must face his demons. He fears that what happened to his father will happen to him. But if it does, Trevor thinks, at least I won’t have anyone to kill. Then he befriends Zachary Bosch, a computer hacker from New Orleans running from the law. In the house, which Trevor calls Birdland, they must confront much more than bad memories. For the house itself carries its own dark force, which threatens to envelop Trevor in the past and destroy him.
A dusty Arizona town suddenly finds its population shrinking as a vampire starts feeding at night.