Annal: 2006 International Horror Guild Award for Novel

Results of the International Horror Guild Award in the year 2006.

Book:The Unblemished

The Unblemished

Conrad Williams

From British Fantasy Award-winner Conrad Williams, whose last book from Earthling was called “a ferocious adventure” (Cemetery Dance) and “a blistering tale that reminds us of the genre’s continued transgressive power” (The Alien Online), comes The Unblemished

A blood-crazed lover of amputee victims. A mother determined to protect her only daughter no matter the cost. A serial killer who believes he is the rightful son and heir to a horrific, ancient dynasty.

And one dying man who must make a stand against a horde of vengeful monsters who knew the shadows of London before the city even had a name.

This Halloween, if they catch you, you will beg for death…

The Unblemished is an original novel by Conrad Williams and the second book in Earthling’s popular Halloween Series.

Book:Lisey's Story

Lisey's Story: A Novel

Stephen King

Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband Scott two years ago, after a twenty five year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Lisey knew there was a place Scott went—a place that both terrified and healed him, could eat him alive or give him the ideas he needed in order to live. Now it’s Lisey’s turn to face Scott’s demons, Lisey’s turn to go to Boo’ya Moon. What begins as a widow’s effort to sort through the papers of her celebrated husband becomes a nearly fatal journey into the darkness he inhabited.

Perhaps King’s most personal and powerful novel ever, Lisey’s Story is about the wellspings of creativity, the temptations of madness, and the secret language of love.

Book:The Open Curtain

The Open Curtain: A Novel

Brian Evenson

When Rudd, a troubled teenager, embarks on a school project, he runs across a series of articles from the 1902 New York Times chronicling a vicious murder committed by the grandson of Brigham Young. Delving deeply into the Mormon ritual of blood sacrifice used in the murders, Rudd, along with his newly discovered half-brother, Lael, becomes swept up in the psychological and atavistic effects of this violent, antique ritual.

As the past and the present become an increasingly tangled knot, Rudd is found at the scene of a multiple murder at a remote campsite with minor injuries and few memories. Lyndi, the daughter of the victims, tries to help Rudd recover his memory and, together, they find a strength unique to survivors of terrible tragedies. But Rudd, desperate to protect Lyndi and unable to let the past be still, tries to manipulate their Mormon wedding ceremony to trick the priests (and God) by giving himself and Lyndi…[more]

Book:The Pilo Family Circus

The Pilo Family Circus

Will Elliot

“Jamie’s tyres squealed to a halt. Standing in the glare of the headlights was an apparition dressed in a puffy shirt with a garish flower pattern. It wore oversized red shoes, striped pants and white face paint. It stared at him with ungodly boggling eyes, then turned away…”

This seemingly random incident triggers a nightmarish chain of events as Jamie finds he is stalked by a trio of gleefully sadistic clowns who deliver a terrifying ultimatum.

”You have two days to pass your audition. You better pass it, feller. You’re joining the circus. Ain’t that the best news you ever got?”

Jamie is plunged into the horrific alternative universe that is the centuries-old Pilo Family Circus, a borderline world…[more]

Book:The Stolen Child

The Stolen Child: A Novel

Keith Donohue

The double story of Henry Day begins in 1949, when he is kidnapped at age seven by a band of wild childlike beings who live in an ancient, secret community in the forest. The changelings rename their captive Aniday and he becomes, like them, unaging and stuck in time. They leave one of their own to take his place, an imposter who must try–with varying success–to hide his true identity from the Day family. As the changeling Henry grows up, he is haunted by glimpses of his lost double and by vague memories of his own childhood a century earlier. Narrated in turns by Henry and Aniday, The Stolen Child follows them as their lives converge, driven by their obsessive search for who they were before they changed places in the world.

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