Annal: 2011 Bram Stoker Award for Fiction Collection

Results of the Bram Stoker Award in the year 2011.

Book:The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares

The Corn Maiden: and Other Nightmares

Joyce Carol Oates

An incomparable master storyteller in all forms, in The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares Joyce Carol Oates spins six imaginative tales of suspense. “

“The Corn Maiden” is the gut-wrenching story of Marissa, a beautiful and sweet eleven-year-old girl with hair the color of corn silk. Taken by an older girl from her school who has told two friends in her thrall of the Indian legend of the Corn Maiden, in which a girl is sacrificed to ensure a good crop, Marissa is kept in a secluded basement and convinced that the world has ended. Marissa’s seemingly inevitable fate becomes ever more terrifying as the older girl relishes her power, giving the tale unbearable tension with a shocking conclusion. In ““Helping Hands,” published here for the first time, a lonely woman meets a man in the unlikely clutter of a dingy charity shop and extends friendship. She has no idea what kinds of doors she may be opening.…[more]

Book:Monsters of L.A.

Monsters of L.A.

Lisa Morton

In these pages you’ll find the dark stars you grew up watching: Frankenstein, Dracula, Mr. Hyde, the Phantom, the Hunchback…all the silent ones and the first to find their voices are here, and they’re even presented in roughly the order in which they first appeared on a silver screen. The Haunted House of the ‘30s gives way to the Werewolf of the ’40s, the Monsters of L.A. Creature of the ’50s, and so on, all the way up to our favorite modern boogeyman, the Zombie.

In some of these stories, you’ll find an earthly incarnation of a famous namesake: Frankenstein is a patched-together, homeless vet, the Invisible Woman is so ordinary you’d never see her; but some of these familiar friends—Dracula, the Devil, or those seriously creepy Clowns—will be instantly recognizable.

Book:Multiplex Fandango

Multiplex Fandango: A Weston Ochse Reader

Weston Ochse

Multiplex Fandango is subtitled “A Weston Ochse Reader” for good reason. This collection contains a comprehensive representation of short fiction and novellas by the Bram Stoker award winner and Pushcart Prize nominee, including his recent powerful Stoker finalist short story, “The Crossing Of Aldo Rey” and his brilliant Stoker finalist novella, Redemption Roadshow, as well as acclaimed favorites, “Catfish Gods” and “Big Rock Candy Mountain.” Also included in this omnibus volume of sixteen short stories and novellas are six original new works of short fiction written especially for this collection including such future classics as “Tarzan Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” “Low Men Weeping,” and the stunning, “City Of Joy.”

Book:Red Gloves: Devilry

Red Gloves: Devilry

Christopher Fowler

To celebrate his 25th year of writing award-winning horror stories, Christopher Fowler has created a unique double volume featuring 25 new tales of unease.

Volume 1 contains London stories, where deceptively ordinary events like an evening in a pub or a night on the town have terrifying consequences. Here you’ll find hauntings, revenges, murders, monstrosities, redemptions, and the dark hands of the urban night reaching out to seize the unwary.

Volume 2 contains world stories, where innocent travellers are beset with accidents, tragedies, murders, nightmares and epiphanies as they wander far from home. And to top it all off, there are two short stories featuring disreputable detectives Bryant & May.

Book:Two Worlds and in Between

Two Worlds and in Between: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan

Caitlín R. Kiernan

Caitlín R. Kiernan’s short fiction was first published in 1995. Over the intervening decade and a half, she has proven not only one of dark fantasy and science fiction’s most prolific and versatile authors, but, to quote Ramsey Campbell, “One of the most accomplished writers in the field, and very possibly the most lyrical.” S. T. Joshi has written, “Kiernan’s witchery of words creates a mesmerizing effect that we haven’t seen since the days of Lovecraft and Bradbury.”

Two Worlds and In Between: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan (Volume One) presents a stunning retrospective of the first ten years of her work, a compilation of more than two hundred thousand words of short fiction, including many of her most acclaimed stories, as well as some of the author’s personal favorites, several previously uncollected, hard-to-find pieces, and her sf novella, The Dry Salvages, and a rare collaboration with Poppy Z. Brite. Destined to become the definitive look at the early…[more]

Book:Voices: Tales of Horror

Voices: Tales of Horror

Lawrence C. Connolly, Jason Zerrillo

Voices includes the definitive versions of eleven classic and two all new stories of psychologically affecting horror, along with commentary by the author. Combining the genre-bending stories of Lawrence C. Connolly with the surreal art of World-Fantasy-Award-nominee Jason Zerrillo, Voices is an exploration of the art of storytelling, where whispers become screams…and images echo in the mind. This is more than a story collection: it’s a sounding of the depths of horror.

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