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Bram Stoker Award Winners

We did the Research so you don't have to!

Award given by the Professional Horror Writers Association honoring "superior achievement" (not "best") in the field. The awards are given for novel, debut novel, young adult, long fiction, short fiction, nonfiction, graphic novel, play, along with a couple other categories.  Awards are given in April each year. This list is of the winners in the Novel category since 2000.  (we're working on adding them all)        **When a book we review is a winner in one of the other categories, we'll note it in the review.

2019 - The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay, 272 pages

A little girl and her family are vacationing at a remote cabin and when they are visited by some menacing men, their lives, and the world, changes forever.

2018 - Ararat (#1 Ben Walker) by Christopher Golden, 305 pages

A couple climbing Mt. Ararat take cover in a cave to avoid an avalanche. They find a ship that many believe is Noah's Ark. When exploring it, a coffin is found and when opened it has the remains of a horned creature. A blizzard traps the explorers in the cave; they find they're not alone.

2017 - The Fisherman by John Langan, 266 pages

There's a river in upstate NY that is surrounded by stories of fine fishing and something else. Something that can help two widowers with their loss but are they willing to pay the price?

2016 - A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay, 266 pages

As a teen succumbs to schizophrenia, her family seeks help from a priest who suggests an exorcism and filming for reality TV for money for the hard-pressed family. The film crew captures  a tragedy on film. 15 years later, the younger sister is interviewed and her memories are very different from what was filmed raising questions of psychological horror, memory vs reality, and science vs religion.

2015 - Blood Kin, by Steve Rasnic Tem, 266 pages

A dark southern gothic story of ghosts, witchcraft, secret powers, and snake healing. A suicide survivor returns to his grandmother's home to care for him in his recovery and realizes that her family stories may be necessary to save them both.

2014 - Doctor Sleep #2 The Shining by Stephen King, 531 pages

Dan (the boy from The Shining) now an adult must save a 12 year old girl from a group of murdering paranormals. An epic battle between good and evil ensues.

2013 - The Drowning Girl by Caitlan Kiernan, 531 pages

A woman struggling with schizophrenia and her perception of reality must uncover the truth about an encounter with a siren or a wolf that came to her as a feral girl, or something far stranger.

2012 - Flesh Eaters #3 by Joe McKinney, 389 pages

Houston has been devastated by three severe hurricanes - but the trouble is only beginning as beings begin rising from the plague-infested waters - zombies, who are the ultimate killing machines.

2011 - A Dark Matter by Peter Straub, 397 pages

Years after a gruesome event, the members who were there are coming face to face with the evil of that night. The story is told through the various people who were there.

2010 - Audrey's Door by Sarah Langan, 412 pages

An apartment in a snazzy building in NYC has a low rent due to a tragedy but a young woman who has faced her own troubles takes the apartment. Is it something otherworldly or her own instability that causes her to have visions and demand that she build a door?

2009 - Duma Key by Stephen King, 611 pages

An injured man moves to Duma Key, FL to continue rehab and begin sketching. As he makes friends and feverishly paints, he discovers his paintings have a mysterious power that he can't control. When ghosts begin to appear in the art, the damage they can do is unimaginable.

2008 - The Missing #2 Keeper, by Sarah Langan, 416 pages

On a school field trip, one of the little boys uncovers an ancient horror - a contagious plague that transforms its victims into something violent, hungry, and inhuman. 

2007 - Lisey's Story by Stephen King, 513 pages

A successful author's widow sorts through his papers after his death and realizes she has to face his demons which turn into a nearly fatal journey into the darkness he inhabited.

2006 - (tie) Creepers by David Morrell, 513 pages

A reporter tags along with 5 'creepers', urban explorers, as they explore a run-down hotel. As they enter the hotel, it becomes clear that they'll all get more than they expected - danger, terror, and death.

2006 - (tie) Dread in the Beast, by Charlee Jacob, 513 pages

A novel of the gruesome and horrible - taken from the history and mythologies of mankind, it follows the trail of the evil Mother Spirit as the worst of the world is capable of producing.

2005 - In the Night Room by Peter Straub, 513 pages

Willy, an author, feels drawn to a warehouse, feeling that her daughter is being held there - but her daughter is dead. Another author is struggling with his book and starts receiving emails from dead family and friends. When the two meet they realize they have to pool their efforts to survive the evil that surrounds them.

2004 - Lost Boy Lost Girl by Peter Straub, 368 pages

A woman commits suicide and a few days later her teenage son disappears. The uncle, an author, fears that the boy is caught up in an old house with echoes of a long ago true-life horror story and the ghost girl who dwells there still.

2003 - The Night Class by Tom Piccirilli, 278 pages

The story of a college student who becomes obsessed with solving a campus murder and as he gets closer to the answers he begins suffering from stigmata whenever someone close to him dies.

2002 - Amercian Gods #1 by Neil Gaiman, 635 pages

A man recently released from prison meets a man who claims to be a war refugee, a former god, and king of America. Together they begin a journey across American while all around them a war of gods is building.

2001 - The Traveling Vampire Show by Richard Laymon, 391 pages

Three kids want to see the only vampire in captivity at the Vampire Show so sneak out to find the show. A story of love, friendship, temptations and betrayals, and bravery as they go where they weren't supposed to and run into big trouble.

2000 - Mr. X,  by Peter Straub, 626 pages

Every year on his birthday a man suffers a paralyzing seizure in which he has visions of gruesome slaughter. This year he is drawn home and his mother shares some family stories on her deathbed. As he explores his family history he becomes the main suspect in three terrible murders - apparently he's not the only one who's returned home.