The Horror, the Horror | 2017 Bram Stoker Awards Final Ballot

The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization for writers of horror and dark fantasy, has announced the 2017 Bram Stoker Awards® Final Ballot. Named in honor of the author of Dracula, the prizes are presented annually in 11 categories, including fiction, poetry, screenplays, and nonfiction.

First—And Foremost | Debut Novels

Fall 2017/winter 2018 bring the promise of fresh, new voices

Fiction from Cutler and Kessel, with First-Timers Hezroni and Tilghman | Xpress Reviews

Cutler has overwhelmed this novel with story angles; Hezroni’s thriller will delight those who enjoy the twisted world of international espionage; Kessel’s wonderfully weighty novel is speculative fiction at its finest; this warmhearted first novel celebrates the value of community (and libraries!)

Fiction from Hämäläinen, London, Longworth, and Misko and Debuts Galore | Xpress Reviews

Debuts from Buntin, Cottrell, Hartnett, Magariel, Ruby, and Underdown are all worth checking out, for disturbing, emotional, sharp, insightful, nerve-jarring, astute, and suspenseful fiction. Also, Hämäläinen’s intriguing puzzle, London’s breathtaking romance, and Longworth’s whodunit

The Chimes by Anna Smaill | LJ Review

One of a kind, both in its dystopian landscape and use of gorgeous language throughout (including clever musical terms), this debut takes time to digest but is worth the effort.

A Suspenseful Lineup | 2016 Thriller Award Nominees

On April 14, the International Thriller Writers (ITW) organization announced its 2016 Thriller Award finalists in the categories of Best Hardcover Novel, Best First Novel, Best Paperback Original, Best Short Story, Best Young Adult, and Best E-Book Original Novel

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh | LJ Review

This UK best seller is a wonderfully layered thriller that skillfully builds from that one tragic event.

Old and New Voices | African American Fiction (and More)

This month’s selections are dominated by well-known African American authors who benefit from instant name recognition. But don’t miss out on a first novelist who writes about an African American man’s journey to accept his sexuality during the wild times of the Prohibition era.

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick | LJ Review

Tender, insightful, and surprising, this wonderful debut novel is a stunning addition to the popular genre of transformative stories of otherwise uneventful lives.

The Widow by Fiona Barton | LJ Review

Barton’s first novel is one of suspense and intrigue that keeps the pages turning.