The 2013 Stoker Nominations for Superior Achievement in a First Novel

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Today we’ll check out the 2013 Bram Stoker Award Nominations for Superior Achievement in a First Novel category.

Here you’ll find new horror authors who may one day rise and become a leader in the genre.

If you’re looking to jump on an author at the start of his or her career, you could do worse than to start with one of these five nominees.

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

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Book cover for Candy House by Kate Jonez  

Candy House

Author: Jonez, Kate
Format: Trade Paperback/eBook
Type: Horror Novel
Page Count: 334pp.
Pub. Date: May 2013
Publisher: Evil Jester Press

 

Nominated for the 2013 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel

Publisher’s Summary:
In Kate Jonez’s debut novel, Candy House, a brilliant young scientist moves back home with his parents because his explosive temper has ruined his career.

His neighbors, a family of witches, imps and demons, are charged with keeping science under control.

They must, by using their debauched and twisted magic, stop Roland before he fulfills his destiny and makes a deadly discovery that will change the nature of humanity forever.

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Book cover for The Year of the Storm by John Mantooth  

The Year of the Storm

Author: Mantooth, John
Format: Trade Paperback/eBook
Type: Horror Novel
Page Count: 320pp.
Pub. Date: June 2013
Publisher: Berkley Trade

 

Nominated for the 2013 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel

Publisher’s Summary:
In this haunting, suspenseful debut novel, John Mantooth takes readers to a town in rural Alabama where secrets are buried deep, reality is relative, and salvation requires a desperate act of faith.

When Danny was fourteen, his mother and sister disappeared during a violent storm. The police were baffled. There were no clues, and most people figured they were dead.

Only Danny still holds out hope that they’ll return.

Months later, a disheveled Vietnam vet named Walter Pike shows up at Danny’s front door, claiming to know their whereabouts. The story he tells is so incredible that Danny knows he shouldn’t believe him. Others warn him about Walter Pike’s dark past, his shameful flight from town years ago, and the suspicious timing of his return.

But he’s Danny’s last hope, and Danny needs to believe . . .

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Book cover for The Evolutionist by Rena Mason  

The Evolutionist

Author: Mason, Rena
Format: Trade Paperback/eBook
Type: Horror Novel
Page Count: 266pp.
Pub. Date: April 2013
Publisher: Nightscape Press

 

Nominated for the 2013 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel

Publisher’s Summary:
Las Vegas suburbanite, Stacy Troy, dreams that everyone is dead. She dismembers the bodies of loved ones, stuffs them into a shopping cart, then takes them two at a time to the pile where she will burn their remains and say her last goodbyes.

Waking nightly to her own screams, Stacy is convinced she’s on the brink of a mid-life crisis and begins secretly seeing a psychiatrist. Dr. Light and his methods seem strange and unconventional, but his treatments work, and her circumstances improve. Until the nightmares return with a vengeance, taking on a life of their own.

Uncertain what to believe, Stacy carries on living the only life she remembers. Nosebleeds and head-splitting alarms only she can hear, become a regular occurrence. In physical and mental decline, the nocturnal world in her mind refuses to die. The images it reveals hold clues that lead her to a shocking discovery.

Threatening to unravel the last thread of her sanity, Stacy must make a heartrending decision . . . before her post-apocalyptic nightmares come true.

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Book cover for Redheads by Jonathan Moore  

Redheads

Author: Moore, Jonathan
Format: Trade Paperback/eBook
Type: Horror Novel
Page Count: 312pp.
Pub. Date: November 2013
Publisher: Samhain Publishing

 

Nominated for the 2013 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel

Publisher’s Summary:
A killer far worse than insane.

Chris Wilcox has been searching for years, so he knows a few things about his wife’s killer. Cheryl Wilcox wasn’t the first. All the victims were redheads. All eaten alive and left within a mile of the ocean. The trail of death crosses the globe and spans decades.

The cold trail catches fire when Chris and two other survivors find a trace of the killer’s DNA.

By hiring a cutting-edge lab to sequence it, they make a terrifying discovery. The killer is far more dangerous than they ever guessed. And now they’re being hunted by their own prey.

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Book cover for Stoker's Manuscript: A Novel by Royce Prouty  

Stoker’s Manuscript: A Novel

Author: Prouty, Royce
Format: Hardcover/Trade Paperback/eBook/Audio Book
Type: Horror Novel
Page Count: 352pp.
Pub. Date: June 2013
Publisher: Putnam Adult

 

Nominated for the 2013 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel

Publisher’s Summary:
When rare-manuscript expert Joseph Barkeley is hired to authenticate and purchase the original draft and notes for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, little does he know that the reclusive buyer is a member of the oldest family in Transylvania.

After delivering the manuscript to the legendary Bran Castle in Romania, Barkeley — a Romanian orphan himself — realizes to his horror that he’s become a prisoner to the son of Vlad Dracul.

To earn his freedom, Barkeley must decipher cryptic messages hidden in the text of the original Dracula that reveal the burial sites of certain Dracul family members. Barkeley’s only hope is to ensure that he does not exhaust his usefulness to his captor until he’s able to escape.

Soon he discovers secrets about his own lineage that suggest his selection for the task was more than coincidence. In this knowledge may lie Barkeley’s salvation — or his doom. For now he must choose between a coward’s flight and a mortal conflict against an ancient foe.

Building on actual international events surrounding the publication of Bram Stoker’s original novel, Royce Prouty has written a spellbinding debut novel that ranges from 1890s Chicago, London, and Transylvania to the perilous present.

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The 2013 Stoker Nominations for Superior Achievement in a Novel

Horror Awards

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) announced the 2013 Bram Stoker Award Nominations recently and Horror Books with the Undead Rat is going to bring them to you in full color with the book summary and affiliate links to online bookstores.

We’ll start first with a look at the 2013 Bram Stoker Award Nominations for Superior Achievement in a Novel category.

Superior Achievement in a Novel

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Lost at the Crossroads

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This is just a brief update post to let you know what’s happening.

DVD cover for Sorcerer by Tangerine DreamI’m listening to the soundtrack of the William Friedkin film Sorcerer, by Tangerine Dream. This is perfect mood music and it helps me to write this post.

I’m back. After nearly two years of silence, I’m back to blogging.

The story about what happened to me and what brought me back is long — and still raw. I’m working on it bit by bit but I’m not ready to publish it. I will. Promise. Just not yet.

In the meantime, This year’s Bram Stoker Awards will be awarded at the World Horror Convention on May 10th.

I wanted to blog about them, but the slight obsessive/compulsive aspect about me wouldn’t let that happen until I posted about the 2012 Bram Stoker Awards (which I just finished last week).

Tomorrow I’ll start posting about the 2013 Bram Stoker Award nominations so that I’ll be done before May 10th.

After that I’ll blog about the Shirley Jackson Awards and then the ITW Thriller Awards.

By then I hope to be ready to blog new content once or twice a week.

I’ve also been working on repairing the blog. Due to some bad coding, when I had to move my blog to a different server, I lost a lot of my images and some posts and pages went wonky.

It will be a slow recovery — sorry about that — but I will fix it. I’m starting with the series pages. You can see some of what I’ve done in the “Horror Series Book Lists” widget on the right hand side.

Well, it’s time for me to go back to work on tomorrow’s post. Have a great day.

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Here Are Your 2012 Bram Stoker Award Winners

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The Horror Writers Association presented the 2012 Bram Stoker Awards at the Bram Stoker Awards Banquet in New Orleans on 15 June 2013. It was broadcast through Ustream.

And now, the winners are . . .

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The 2012 Horror Writers Association Special Awards

Horror Awards

These awards fall into two categories: service to the HWA and service to the horror genre and its community.

These awards are always announced weeks in advance of the Stoker Award banquet.

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The 2012 Stoker Nominations for Superior Achievement in a Screenplay

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We’ve just about reached the end of our special series detailing the 2012 Bram Stoker Award nominations.

Tomorrow we’ll cover the special awards and the day after that we’ll look at the 2012 winners.

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