Annal: 2012 Bram Stoker Award for Fiction Collection

Results of the Bram Stoker Award in the year 2012. Two works tied for first place.

Book:Black Dahlia & White Rose: Stories

Black Dahlia & White Rose: Stories

Joyce Carol Oates

“A mesmerizing storyteller who seems almost unnaturally able to enter the tormented inner lives of her characters.” —Denver Post

Black Dahlia & White Rose is a brilliant collection of short fiction from National Book Award winner and New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates, one of the most acclaimed writers of our time.  These stores, at once lyrical and unsettling, shine with the author’s trademark fascination with finding the unpredictable amidst the prosaic—from her imaginative recreation of  friendship between two tragically doomed young women (Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Short), to the tale of an infidelity as deeply human as it is otherworldly. Black Dahlia & White Rose is a major offering from one of the most important artists in contemporary American literature; a superb collection that showcases Joyce Carol Oates’s ferocious energy and darkly imaginative storytelling power.

Book:New Moon on the Water

New Moon on the Water

Mort Castle

In a smoky, after hours jazz joint where almost nobody ever dies, or the ranch house next door owned by a monster, or a high rise elevator in which raging terror awaits the next passenger, these brilliant stories discover a world you thought you knew—and a darker one you will never forget.

With 13 stories never before collected, New Moon on the Water is Mort Castle’s first new collection in a decade, presenting the best short fiction of the writer deemed a "horror doyen, ‘the Charles Dickens of horror,’ and ‘the master of contemporary horror.’

Book:Errantry: Strange Stories

Errantry: Strange Stories

Elizabeth Hand

No one is innocent, no one unexamined in Shirley Jackson award-winning author Elizabeth Hand’s new collection of stories, her first since 2006.

From the mysterious people next door to the odd guy in the next office over, Hand teases apart the dark strangenesses of everyday life to show us the impossibilities, broken dreams, and improbable dreams that surely can never come true.

Book:The Janus Tree and Other Stories

The Janus Tree: and Other Stories

Glen Hirshberg

  • A young girl, lying in the way-back of a station wagon during an all-night family road trip, becomes convinced that the people up front are no longer her parents.
  • A dutiful Jewish nephew slowly comes to understand—and fear—his aging aunts’ obsession with the exotic animals wandering loose on a nearby farm in suburban Baltimore.
  • A Japanese immigrant, isolated in a California mountain town while caring for her dying husband, begins seeing Tall Things in the corners of her house. Whisperers. They tell her they are coming to live in her mouth.
  • And in the Shirley Jackson Award-winning title novelette, a decaying mining town in Montana provides the backdrop for a desperate battle between a troubled, pugnacious pre-teen, the bully who has terrorized him, and the much more sinister force neither…[more]
Book:The Woman Who Married a Cloud

The Woman Who Married a Cloud: The Collected Short Stories

Jonathan Carroll

Described by Michael Dirda in The Washington Post as ‘sexy, eery and addictive’, the fiction of Jonathan Carroll occurs at the point where the ordinary becomes extraordinary, the commonplace becomes unsettling, and yet where we nonetheless always recognize the stories being told because they are always about ourselves and what happens in our deepest, sometimes darkest hearts.

Always better known as a novelist—readers first experienced Carroll’s elegant, eloquent, wondrous, terrible and often surreal fiction in his classic debut The Land of Laughs, which he followed with Bones of the Moon, Sleeping in Flame, A Child Across the Sky, and others—Carroll has also created a compelling and deeply moving body of short fiction. Perhaps more eclectic and slant-wise than some of his novels, stories like World Fantasy Award winning ‘Friend’s Best Man’ and Pushcart…[more]

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