Annal: 2009 Bram Stoker Award for Fiction Collection

Results of the Bram Stoker Award in the year 2009.

Book:Taste of Tenderloin

Taste of Tenderloin

Gene O'Neill

Eight stories of dark science fiction and fantasy weave a path through the underbelly of San Francisco’s most notorious district in Taste of Tenderloin by Gene O’Neill. Best known for his strong sense of place and uniquely vibrant characters, O’Neill brings the gritty underside of the city to life with eight interwoven stories of broken lives, missed dreams, and all that can go wrong with both reality and fantasy among the down and out. The city itself opens wide to swallow all comers with the temptation of its secrets and sins, while O’Neill brings dignity and humanity to a set of characters often overlooked in both society and fiction.

Book:Got to Kill Them All

Got to Kill Them All: and Other Stories

Dennis Etchison

A collection of the darkest and nastiest Etchison stories both brand new and reprint that have not been included in any of his recent collections. If you love horrific short stories, you will need this collection in your personal library!

Book:In the Closet, Under the Bed

In the Closet, Under the Bed

Lee Thomas

A breathtaking collection of literary dark fiction that will force you to face the terror lurking in the closet, under the bed…

In this collection of fifteen tales, award-winning author Lee Thomas casts light on the shadows in our closets and explores the fear of boogeymen and beasts we sense lying in wait under our beds. Featuring eight original tales and seven acclaimed short stories gathered together in one volume for the first time anywhere, In the Closet, Under the Bed reminds us that sometimes the most terrifying aspects of the human condition come from within.

Book:Martyrs & Monsters

Martyrs & Monsters

Robert Dunbar

Robert Dunbar has been called one of the “saviors of contemporary dark fiction” and an “avatar of literary horror.” Martyrs & Monsters runs the gamut of this extraordinary author’s narrative range, embracing vampires and sea serpents, werewolves and swamp creatures…as well as a host of nightmares for which no names exist. Whether set on an orbiting space station or within a haunted tenement, these terrifying tales are steeped in a passionate intensity that renders them all but unique within the genre, and all boast a sophistication that qualifies them as that rarest of rare commodities: horror for intelligent adults.

“Gritty and savage…profound and quietly devastating…as much intellectual as visceral. Despite all the mayhem, a consistent humanity manifests itself, a glimmer of hope in all the madness. Quite simply, this collection represents dark fiction as it should be-chilling, entertaining, intelligent.” ~ From the introduction by Greg F. Gifune

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