Annal: 1994 Bram Stoker Award for Novel

Results of the Bram Stoker Award in the year 1994.

Book:Dead in the Water

Dead in the Water

Nancy Holder

At a sun-washed dock in Long Beach, California, the freighter Morris takes on a new contingent of passengers. Among the vacationers are a disgruntled wealthy couple, a father and his cancer-stricken child, a woman searching for her long-lost husband, and a female cop with bitter memories of the boy who drowned before her eyes.

But unbeknown to the passengers, the Morris is heading into a supernatural storm of swirling fog and howling winds, and they are destined to be shipwrecked on a sea of their own terrors.

In waves of love and blood they will drown, one at a time, in bubbling agony. And for company they will have those who have drowned before them—those sunken dead who also received a message in a bottle from a legendary sailor of the seas of fate…

Book:The Alienist

The Alienist

Caleb Carr

The year is 1896, the place, New York City. On a cold March night New York Times reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned to the East River by his friend and former Harvard classmate Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a psychologist, or “alienist.” On the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge, they view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy, a prostitute from one of Manhattan’s infamous brothels.

The newly appointed police commissioner, Theodore Roosevelt, in a highly unorthodox move, enlists the two men in the murder investigation, counting on the reserved Kreizler’s intellect and Moore’s knowledge of New York’s vast criminal underworld. They are joined by Sara Howard, a brave and determined woman who works as a secretary in the police department. Laboring in secret (for alienists, and the emerging discipline of psychology, are viewed by the public with skepticism at best), the unlikely team…[more]

Book:The Butcher Boy

The Butcher Boy

Patrick McCabe

“When I was a young lad twenty or thirty or forty years ago I lived in a small town where they were all after me on account of what I done on Mrs. Nugent.”

Thus begins Patrick McCabe’s shattering novel The Butcher Boy, a powerful and unrelenting journey into the heart of darkness. The bleak, eerie voice belongs to Francie Brady, the “pig boy,” the only child of and alcoholic father and a mother driven mad by despair. Growing up in a soul-stifling Irish town, Francie is bright, love-starved, and unhinged, his speech filled with street talk, his heart filled with pain…his actions perfectly monstrous.

Held up for scorn by Mrs. Nugent, a paragon of middle-class values, and dropped by his best friend, Joe, in favor of her mamby-pamby son, Francie finally has a target for his rage—and a focus for his twisted, horrific plan. …[more]

Book:From the Teeth of Angels

From the Teeth of Angels

Jonathan Carroll

Jonathan Carroll is no longer just a cult author. His previous novel, After Silence, placed this gifted and award-winning writer squarely in the mainstream. The San Francisco Chronicle raved, “After Silence is filled with people who feel as real as one’s closest friends, observed with a penetrating, and sometimes brutally chilling, clarity…a taut, original work whose excellence fulfills the promises made by this remarkable author over the last dozen years.” In From the Teeth of Angels, Jonathan Carroll returns to that unique literary landscape that he paves with magic and wonder.

While vacationing in Sardinia, Ian McGann meets Death in a dream. Death promises to answer any of McGann’s questions, but if he fails to understand the answers, he will have to pay with his life. In Los Angeles, successful film actress Arlen Ford is no longer happy living in the Hollywood fast lane. She gives up everything—her career, her house, her glamorous lifestyle—and…[more]

Book:Insomnia (Stephen King)

Insomnia

Stephen King

Ralph Roberts has a problem: he isn’t sleeping so well these days. In fact, he’s hardly sleeping at all. Each morning, the news conveyed by the bedside clock is a little worse: 3:15…3:02…2:45…2:15. The books call it “premature waking”; Ralph, who is still learning to be a widower, calls it a season in hell. He’s begun to notice a strangeness in his familiar surroundings, to experience visual phenomena that he can’t quite believe are hallucinations. Soon, Ralph thinks, he won’t be sleeping at all, and what then?

A problem, yes—though perhaps not so uncommon, you might say. But Ralph has lived his entire life in Derry, Maine, and Derry isn’t like other places, as millions of Stephen King readers will gladly testify. They remember It, also set in Derry, and know there’s a mean streak running through this small New England city; underneath its ordinary surface awesome and terrifying forces are at work. The dying, natural and otherwise, has been going on in Derry for a long, long time. Now Ralph is part of it. So are his friends. And so are the strangers they encounter.

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