Annal: 2002 Bram Stoker Award for Fiction Collection

Results of the Bram Stoker Award in the year 2002.

Book:One More for the Road

One More for the Road: A New Story Collection

Ray Bradbury

America has no finer teller of tales than Ray Bradbury. For more than fifty years he has regaled us with wonders, enchanted us with memories, and startled us with simple truths, enabling us to view from fresh perspectives the world we inhabit, and see others we never dreamed existed.

Now the master treats us to another round—eighteen brand-new stories and seven previously published but never before collected-proof positive that his magic is as potent as ever. Here is a rich elixir distilled from the pungent fruit of experience and imagination, expertly prepared by a superior mixologist whose hand is sure and whose eyes and ears have long taken in the shouting, weeping, carping, reveling life all around him.

Sip the sweet innocence of youth, and the wisdom and folly—of age. Taste the warm mysteries of summer and the bitterness…[more]

Book:The Collection

The Collection

Bentley Little

He’s been hailed by Dean Koontz for his “rock-’em, jolt-’em, shock-’em contemporary terror fiction.” Now Little presents a 32-story collection that could only have come from an author with “a deft touch for the terrifying”

Book:Everything's Eventual

Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales

Stephen King

The first collection of stories Stephen King has published since Nightmares & Dreamscapes nine years ago, Everything’s Eventual includes one O. Henry Prize winner, two other award winners, four stories published by The New Yorker, and “Riding the Bullet,” King’s original e-book, which attracted over half a million online readers and became the most famous short story of the decade.

Notable stories include “Lunch at the Gotham Café, 1408”, and “That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is In French”.

Whether writing about encounters with the dead, the near dead, or about the mundane dreads of life, from quitting smoking to yard sales, Stephen King is at the top of his form in the fourteen dark tales assembled in Everything’s Eventual. Intense, eerie, and instantly com-pelling, they announce the stunningly fertile imagination of perhaps the greatest storyteller of our time.

Book:Knuckles and Tales

Knuckles and Tales

Nancy A. Collins

Knuckles and Tales is a collection of atmospheric, disturbing, spooky, and downright weird stories by award-winning author Nancy A. Collins. Best known for her edgy novels featuring the hip punk vampire/vampire slayer, Sonja Blue, Nancy has also written numerous short stories over the past ten years. This is her second short story collection, and the first to focus exclusively on her widely-acclaimed Southern Gothic stories. The stories on display in Knuckles and Tales range from suspense and psychological horror to dark fantasy and black comedy, with the occasional weird love story thrown in for good measure. Along with original J.K. Potter cover artwork, Knuckles and Tales features two never-before-published novelettes in the Seven Devils Cycle: “Junior Teeter and the Bad Shine” and “The Pumpkin Child.”

Book:Nations of the Living, Nations of the Dead

Nations of the Living, Nations of the Dead

Mort Castle

The Gypsy fables called Darane swature seek to explain the everyday mysteries of the world. In Mort Castle’s Nations of the Living, Nations of the Dead, Romany stories guide us along the dark misty trails of the realms of history and fantasy, of ancient magic and contemporary culture, as we meet: Wyatt Earp, who has a distressing personal hygiene problem. Dr. Valentine of Paris, Keeper of the Secret of Immortality. Nordo, Monstrous Night Creature of the Philco Radio. And Cowboy Bob Steele, Sir Richard Burton, Groucho Marx and Charlie Chaplin, Steve McQueen and Heather Locklear, Alley Oop, H.P. Lovecraft and Robert Bloch, —and “the saddest woman in the world, Marilyn Monroe.”in the Bram Stoker nominated short story, “I Am Your Need.” Nations of the Living, Nations of the Dead is “Mort Mythology” by the writer who’s been called “a master of the short story,” “a writer with a remarkable gift for storytelling and a profound sense of what makes humans tick” and “El Maestro del Terror.”

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