Bram Stoker Award

2002

 

Winner

The Willow Files 2 by Yvonne Navarro (available only as an e-book)
The insecure, bookish Willow became fast friends with Buffy upon her arrival to Sunnydale. As a high-tech Slayerette, Willow used her computer skills for good and, with time, her powers turned to the realm of magic. She's always longed for more parental guidance, but when Sunnydale's adults are swept up in a witch-hunt, Willow finds that her mother's judgment really burns. And who knew that forays into the black arts would bring Willow face-to-face with a side of herself she never imagined existed?

Nominee

Prowlers by Christopher Golden  YA Golden, C.
When nineteen-year-old Jack Dwyer's best friend Artie is murdered, he is devastated. But his world is truly turned upside down when Artie emerges from the Ghostlands to bring him a warning.   With his dead friend's guidance and the help of the one person who doesn't think he's insane, Jack learns of the existence of the Prowlers. Under bold new leader Owen Tanzer, the Prowlers, already eight packs strong, have united. They move from city to city, preying on humans until they are close to being exposed, then they move on. And unlike werewolves of legend, they aren't human beings whom the moon transforms into wolves...they are savage beasts masquerading as humans.
Jack wants revenge. But even as he hunts the Prowlers, he marks himself -- and all of his loved ones -- as prey.

2001

Winner

The Power of Un by Nancy Etchemendy
Everyone knows that a computer's "undo" command can erase a mistake. Gib Finney has been given a device that allows him to do the same thing -- in real life. At first, the possibilities seem endless. Flunk a test; take it over again. Keep swinging at the same pitch until you finally hit the winning home run. But when his younger sister is gravely injured in a traffic accident for which he feels responsible, Gib has to figure out which events in a two-day period should be changed in order to ensure that the accident never takes place. Did it all begin when Gib and his friend Ash set out for the carnival? Or when he argued with Rainy Frogner about the salt in their science experiment? Or when he shot the spitball at his math teacher? Gib finds himself "correcting" far more than he intended to, and the consequences quickly become impossible to predict

Nominees

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling  YA Rowling, J. + j Rowling, J.
In the fourth book in the phenomenally popular series, Rowling offers up equal parts danger and delight--and any number of dragons, house-elves, and death-defying challenges. Now 14, her orphan hero Harry Potter has only two more weeks with his Muggle relatives before returning to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

 


Be Afraid! edited by Edo van Belkom  YA BE
This collection of 15 tales of horror by award-winning authors includes warnings to "be afraid" of an innocent looking doll, and to "be afraid" of the awful changes occurring to a young boy as he matures. Everyday situations are recast in an unforgettable light.


The Christmas Thingy by F. Paul Wilson
Eight-year-old Jessica Atkins wants a monster for Christmas. Not a big, mean monster; more of a friendly little one to play with when she comes home from school, and maybe scare away the mice who live in her big old London house.   But the old housekeeper, Mrs. Murgatroyd, warns her against wishing for a monster in this house. Exactly 100 years ago the Christmas Thingy visited this very house and stole a load of Christmas presents.   As Mrs. Murgatroyd’s mum used to say, “Like a rose must bloom and a pig must squeal, a cow must moo and a Thingy must steal. It simply must.” Be careful what you wish for, Jessica.   A heartwarming story for all ages. When the transforming power of friendship is combined with the magic of the Christmas season, anything can happen.