We are entirely too quiet about bookish awards, so you know what? I’m going to start sharing them. Today, I will be spreading the word about the Bram Stoker Award nominees! Also, by virtue on the name alone I am very excited to talk about these books!
You can see my post about the Edgar Award nominees here.
As always, I won’t be sharing the entire list of nominees, just some highlights from it. However, you can find the entire list here. I’ll be including a snippet of the Goodreads synopsis for these books and the links to Goodreads as well.
Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White – I need to sit and read this book ASAP!
Elizabeth Lavenza hasn’t had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her “caregiver,” and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland – I did actually read this book earlier this year and I did like it. You can read my review here.
Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few
Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
Beware of the woods and the dark, dank deep.
He’ll follow you home, and he won’t let you sleep.
Who are the Sawkill Girls?
Superior Achievement in a Novel
Dracul by Dacre Stoker & J.D. barker – My Dracula loving heart is happy to see this book on the list, even though I haven’t actually read it yet.
It is 1868, and a twenty-one-year-old Bram Stoker waits in a desolate tower to face an indescribable evil. Armed only with crucifixes, holy water, and a rifle, he prays to survive a single night, the longest of his life.
Superior Achievement in a First Novel
I Am the River by T. E Grau
During the last desperate days of the Vietnam War, American soldier Israel Broussard is assigned to a secret CIA PSYOP far behind enemy lines meant to drive terror into the heart of the North Vietnamese and end an unwinnable war. When the mission goes sideways, Broussard is plunged into a nightmare…
The Rust Maidens by Gwendolyn Kiste
Something’s happening to the girls on Denton Street.
t starts with footprints of dark water on the sidewalk. Then, one by one, the girls’ bodies wither away, their fingernails turning to broken glass, and their bones exposed like corroded metal beneath their flesh.
While not every book on this list is my cup of tea, there were quite a few on the nominee list that sound pretty chilling.
You can see the entire list with all of the categories right here. I am really excited to see which books made it to the end!