Annal: 2001 International Horror Guild Award for Novel

Results of the International Horror Guild Award in the year 2001.

Book:Threshold

Threshold

Caitlín R. Kiernan

A troubled young woman delves into the past to discover the secret of a strange fossil that—according to all laws of nature—couldn’t exist. But it did. And still does.

Book:American Gods

American Gods

Neil Gaiman

A master of inventive fiction, Neil Gaiman delves into the murky depths where reality and imagination meet. Now in American Gods, he works his literary magic to extraordinary results.

Shadow dreamed of nothing but leaving prison and starting a new life. But the day before his release, his wife and best friend are killed in an accident. On the plane home to the funeral, he meets Mr. Wednesday—a beguiling stranger who seems to know everything about him. A trickster and rogue, Mr. Wednesday offers Shadow a job as his bodyguard. With nowhere left to go, Shadow accepts, and soon learns that his role in Mr. Wednesday’s schemes will be far more dangerous and dark than he could have ever imagined. For beneath the placid surface of everyday life a war is being fought—and the prize is the very soul of America.

Book:Black House

Black House

Stephen King, Peter Straub

Twenty years ago, a boy named Jack Sawyer travelled to a parallel universe called The Territories to save his mother and her Territories “twinner” from a premature and agonizing death that would have brought cataclysm to the other world. Now Jack is a retired Los Angeles homicide detective living in the nearly nonexistent hamlet of Tamarack, WI. He has no recollection of his adventures in the Territories and was compelled to leave the police force when an odd, happenstance event threatened to awaken those memories.

When a series of gruesome murders occur in western Wisconsin that are reminiscent of those committed several decades earlier by a real-life madman named Albert Fish, the killer is dubbed “The Fisherman” and Jack’s buddy, the local chief of police, begs Jack to help his inexperienced force find him. But is this merely the work of a disturbed individual, or has a mysterious…[more]

Book:Coldheart Canyon

Coldheart Canyon

Clive Barker

Hollywood has made a star of Todd Pickett. But time is catching up with him. He doesn’t have the perfect looks he had last year. After plastic surgery goes awry, Todd needs somewhere to hide away for a few months while his scars heal.

As Todd settles into a mansion in Coldheart Canyon—a corner of the city so secret it doesn’t even appear on any map—Tammy Lauper, the president of his fan club, comes to the City of Angels determined to solve the mystery of Todd’s disappearance. Her journey will not be an easy one. The closer she gets to Todd the more of Coldheart Canyon’s secrets she uncovers: the ghosts of the A-list stars who came to the Canyon for wild parties; Katya Lupi, the cold-hearted, nowforgotten star for whom the Canyon was named, who is alive and exquisite after a hundred years; and, finally, the door in the bowels of Katya’s dream palace that reputedly open up to another world, the Devil’s Country. No one who has ever ventured to this dark, barbaric corner of hell…[more]

Book:The Living Blood

The Living Blood

Tananarive Due

Jessica Jacobs-Wolde worked hard to rebuild her life in Miami after the disappearance of her husband, David, and the death of her daughter Kira at his hand. Four years later, she is still coming to terms with a shocking truth: David, who is part of an ancient group of immortals—a hidden African clan that has survived for more than a thousand years—gave Jessica and their second daughter, Fana, the gift of his healing blood.

Now Jessica is running an isolated clinic in Botswana—one that has swiftly earned a reputation for its astounding success rate in curing desperately ill children—and she hopes to find the tribe of souls with whom Fana truly belongs. Just three and a half years old, the girl is displaying signs of tremendous power—conjuring storms, editing her mother’s memories, and striking people down with a thought. Her growing abilities need to be tamed—and soon. Already Fana’s dreams are haunted by a shadowy…[more]

Book:Sex and Violence in Hollywood

Sex and Violence in Hollywood

Ray Garton

Adam Julian, son of a Hollywood screenwriter, has a life many would kill for… and some would kill to keep. He’s tangled in a web of forced sex, coerced into robbery, where killing becomes the only free choice he can make.

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