Annal: 2002 Bram Stoker Award for First Novel

Results of the Bram Stoker Award in the year 2002.

Book:The Lovely Bones

The Lovely Bones: A Novel

Alice Sebold

When we first meet 14-year-old Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven. This was before milk carton photos and public service announcements, she tells us; back in 1973, when Susie mysteriously disappeared, people still believed these things didn’t happen.

In the sweet, untroubled voice of a precocious teenage girl, Susie relates the awful events of her death, and her own adjustment to the strange new place she finds herself. (It looks a lot like her school playground, with the good kind of swingset.)

With love, longing, and a growing understanding, Susie watches her family as they cope with their grief—her father embarks on a search for the killer, her sister undertakes a feat of amazing daring, her little brother builds a fort in her honor—and begin the difficult process of healing.

In the hands of a brilliant new novelist, and through the eyes of her winning young heroine, this story of seemingly unbearable tragedy is transformed into a suspenseful, touching, even funny novel about family, memory, love, heaven, and living.

Book:Atmosphere

Atmosphere

Michael Laimo

Frank Ballaro, police detective, is retiring shortly. Or is he? A trail of blood on the curb outside his apartment leads to an alley where two young men have been severely mutilated. But they’re not dead. Something keeps them alive. In the hands of one is a strange object, something he holds onto for dear life. Something he calls…atmosphere.

Laimo’s very first novel is sure to be a collector’s item as this edition is signed by Laimo and numbered, limited to only 300 copies. Includes a full color dust jacket with cover artwork by Jason Just. Michael’s popularity is rising as he has just signed a mass market contract with Leisure Books and just finished his second novel. Order early on this one before they’re all sold out!

Book:The Blues Ain't Nothin'

The Blues Ain't Nothin': Tales of the Lonesome Blues Pub

Tina L. Jens

Ramble on up to the Chicago North Side, where you’ll feel the twelve-bar blues beat vibrating right through you. Welcome to the Lonesome Blues Pub, where the sign on the door says it all: “This club is haunted. If you’re afraid of ghosts, go away.”

Grab a stool by the bar, toss back a cool one and join Miss Mustang, the Lonesome Blues proprietor, and a colorfully quirky cast of neighborhood regulars and the ghosts of blues legends both real and imagined. Chicago author Tina L. Jens’ new episodic novel will make you shiver with fright, will surely make you chuckle, and may even make you shed a thoughtful tear or two during your delightfully surreal stay in this haunted blues club.

Book:The Red Church

The Red Church

Scott Nicholson

The church was constructed in the 1860s under the guidance of Reverend Wendell McFall. His sermons declared the existence of God’s Second Son- whose mission is to undo all of Jesus’ work on Earth. McFall had the church painted red to summon the First Son to defeat the Second. But when he sacrificed a child to support his rantings, his congregation hung him from the rafters of his own sanctuary…

For twenty years, the red church has stood empty. Crumbling to ruin, it has become a site for Halloween pranks and the setting for ghost stories- including one about the thing that lives in the bell tower, a creature being blamed for a brutal murder that occurred in the church’s gravveyard…

Now, Archer McFall has purchased the church to house his Temple of the Two Sons, whose zealous worshippers will stop at nothing to see the Second Son return to his rightful glory…

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