Award of the Week – Bram Stoker Award
Sponsored by the Horror Writers Association (HWA) for superior achievement in horror literature. Named in honor of the author of the seminal horror novel Dracula, the Bram Stoker Awards® are presented for superior writing in eleven categories including traditional fiction of various lengths, poetry, screenwriting, graphic novels, young adult, and non-fiction.
By: Maria Alexander
Charity Jones is a 16-year-old engineering genius who’s much-bullied for being biracial and a skeptic at her conservative school in Oak County, California. Everything changes when Charity’s social worker mother brings home a sweet teen runaway named Aidan to foster for the holidays. Matched in every way, Charity and Aidan quickly fall in love. But it seems he’s not the only new arrival: Charity soon finds the brutally slain corpse of her worst bully and she gets hard, haunting evidence that the killer is stalking Oak County. As she and her Skeptics Club investigate this death and others, they find at every turn the mystery only grows darker and deadlier. One thing’s for certain: there’s a bloody battle coming this holiday season that will change their lives – and human history – forever.
|Last Days of Salton Academy
By: Jennifer Brozek
It’s referred to as ‘The Outbreak,’ and it happened just over three months ago, casting the world (or at least this part of it) into a state of powerlessness and chaos. The Salton Academy has become a rare sanctuary for those few students who remained behind over fall break. As winter approaches, cracks are revealed in the academy’s foundations as it’s discovered someone is stealing food, another is taking advantage of a captive audience, and yet others have banded together and are thinking about mutiny, even murder. One thing’s for certain — a supply run must be made soon, or everyone will starve before winter’s end. Oh yes, and then there’s the matter of the headmaster’s son and his undead dog.
By: Elle Cosimano
John “Smoke” Conlan uses his supernatural ability to travel outside the walls of a juvenile detention center to try to clear his name and help his fellow inmates find redemption.
|When They Fade
By: Jeyn Roberts
Brutally murdered in the early 1970s, Molly can fade back to earth for a few fleeting moments as a teenage hitchhiker who can see the future. When Tatum, bullied at school and dumped by her best friend, picks up Molly and hears ‘You’re going to die. It will hurt and you’ll be alone. And no one will help you,’ Tatum and Molly must figure out how to help the others to save themselves.
By: Alexandra Sirowy
A series of murders that are eerily like the dark stories Lana’s deceased brother used to tell start happening in her home town, threatening her newfound popularity.
|Past Winners in the Young Adult category|
By: John Dixon
With a chip in his head and hundreds more throughout his body, sixteen-year-old Carl Freeman was turned from an orphan with impulse control issues into a super-soldier. Forced into the mercenary Phoenix Force group, he begins to fear he’ll never escape. Sent to a volcanic island to fight for them, he’ll compete in a combat tournament that awards teens with survival for merciless brutality. But just when all looks lost, he spies a friendly face… and possibly a way out.
By: John Dixon
When a tough sixteen-year-old boxing champ sentenced to an isolated boot camp discovers it is a mercenary training facility turning “throwaway children” into scientifically enhanced killers, he risks everything to save his friends and stop a madman bent on global destruction.