Annal: 2011 Bram Stoker Award for Novel

Results of the Bram Stoker Award in the year 2011.

Book:Flesh Eaters

Flesh Eaters

Joe McKinney

They Rise…Out of the flooded streets of Houston, they emerge from plague-ridden waters. Dead. Rotting. Hungry. And as human survivors scramble to their rooftops for safety, the zombie hordes circle like sharks. The ultimate killing machines.

They Feed…Houston is quarantined to halt the spread of the zombie plague. Anyone trying to escape is shot on sight—living and dead. Emergency Ops sergeant Eleanor Norton has her work cut out for her. Salvaging boats and gathering explosives, Eleanor and her team struggle to maintain order. But when civilization finally breaks down, the feeding frenzy begins.

They Multiply…Biting, gnawing, feasting—but always craving more—the flesheaters increase their ranks every hour. With doomsday looming, Eleanor must focus on the people she loves—her husband and daughter—and a band of other survivors adrift in zombie-infested waters. If she can’t bring them into the quarantine zone, they’re all dead meat.

Book:Cosmic Forces: Book 3 of The Jake Helman Files

Cosmic Forces: Book 3 of The Jake Helman Files

Gregory Lamberson

Private investigator Jake Helman has battled a demon, his minions, the walking dead, and beings from the dimensions of the Sphere of Light and the Dark Realm, but now he faces the greatest evil the world has ever known in the third installment of this loosely knit trilogy.

Jake is hired by the wife of New York City mayor Myron Madigan to prove his infidelity. Meanwhile, the ex-girlfriend of his old partner Edgar needs Jake’s help when her son joins a cult that worships space aliens. And Jake’s late wife, Sheryl, now an ““agent of Light,” asks him to locate a monster called the Destroyer of Souls——who may be responsible for the disappearance of the Biblical entity known as Abel. The investigation of Madigan leads to Karlin Reichard, a wealthy industrialist and political kingmaker——head of a cabal that has secretly manipulated world affairs for generations. In order to bring these…[more]

Book:Floating Staircase

Floating Staircase

Ronald Malfi

Following the success of his latest novel, Travis Glasgow and his wife Jodie buy their first house in the seemingly idyllic western Maryland town of Westlake. At first, everything is picture perfect—from the beautiful lake behind the house to the rebirth of the friendship between Travis and his brother, Adam, who lives nearby. Travis also begins to overcome the darkness of his childhood and the guilt he’s harbored since his younger brother’s death—a tragic drowning veiled in mystery that has plagued Travis since he was 13.

Soon, though, the new house begins to lose its allure. Strange noises wake Travis at night, and his dreams are plagued by ghosts. Barely glimpsed shapes flit through the darkened hallways, but strangest of all is the bizarre set of wooden stairs that rises cryptically out of the lake behind the house. Travis becomes drawn to the structure, but the more he investigates, the more he uncovers the house’s violent and tragic past, and the more he learns that some secrets cannot be buried forever.

Book:The German (Lee Thomas)

The German

Lee Thomas

At the height of World War II, a killer preys on the young men of a quiet Texas town. The murders are calculated, vicious, and they are just beginning. Sheriff Tom Rabbit and his men are baffled and the community he serves is terrified of the monster lurking their streets. The only clues the killer leaves behind are painted snuffboxes containing notes written in German. As the panic builds all eyes turn toward a quiet man with secrets of his own.

Ernst Lang fled Germany in 1934. Once a brute, a soldier, a leader of the Nazi party, he has renounced aggression and embraces a peaceful obscurity. But Lang is haunted by an impossible past. He remembers his own execution and the extremes of sex and violence that led to it. He remembers the men he led into battle, the men he seduced, and the men who betrayed him. But are these the memories of a man given a second life, or the delusions of a lunatic?

Book:A Matrix of Angels

A Matrix of Angels

Christopher Conlon

Frances Pastan is a mess. Though a celebrated author of children’s books, she’s arrived at middle age depressed and alcoholic, alienated from her daughter and lost in regret for events of long ago. To conquer her demons, Frances must undertake a journey both physical and emotional–a journey into her deepest past, to the small town of her childhood where she discovered her first real friend, Lucy Sparrow. To remember their happy, crazy times together. And to find Lucy’s killer.

A Matrix of Angels is a harrowing, deeply moving novel of love, loss, and the fierce power of memory.

Book:Not Fade Away

Not Fade Away

Gene O'Neill

“Gene O’Neill has done it yet again. He’s taken the sad, nearly hopeless life of an average joe named Nathan McKee and given him an incredible gift—the ability to render himself invisible—and the free will to decide what to do with it.

Readers of Not Fade Away will devour O’Neill’s unique spin on the Invisible Man theme, but unlike H.G. Wells’ classic tale of a well educated scientist whose experiments on himself have gone horribly wrong, O’Neill gives us a vastly more complex struggle of a poor man down on his luck who only discovers his ability to become invisible after a severe beating at the hands of some ruthless street thugs. McKee will have some tough choices to make; whether to use his remarkable ability for personal profit, for revenge, or for the betterment of his fellow man and the decisions he makes will either set him on the path toward redemption or the road to ruin. McKee reflects what is best and worst in all of us and Not Fade Away is a powerful novel that will…[more]

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