The Bram Stoker Award 2011 Final Ballot has been released.
The YA list is:
Daniel Kraus — Rotters:
It’s certainly not for the easily nauseated or squeamish—if I hadn’t already been leaning away from traditional burial, I certainly would be now. But although Rotters has its fair share of post-mortem gruesomeness, the most stomach-turning scenes all involve the living interacting with the living, rather than the living unearthing the dead. The matter-of-fact grotesquerie made me think of Charles Bukowski, and the long, winding passages often echo H.P. Lovecraft. In general, the book feels both epic and claustrophobic, which should be an oxymoron but isn’t.
Patrick Ness — A Monster Calls:
Every line of Patrick Ness' beautiful, deceptively simple prose Tells The Truth. The truth about the isolation of grief, about the anger that comes out of loss, the truth about guilt, and about how knowledge and logic have absolutely nothing to do with emotion.
Kenneth Oppel — This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein:
Rather than anything remotely supernatural, it’s all action/adventure/horror with alchemy and weird science. It’s got secret passageways and secret laboratories, a love triangle, spelunking and, like so many other Cybils nominees this year, a few amputations. Like Anakin Skywalker, Victor Frankenstein is cocky, arrogant, impulsive, pushy, secretly insecure...and yet, Victor is somehow still (mostly) likable.
See the rest of the list at the BSA website.
(Holy cow, we're really in Book Award Season, eh?)