ByNancy Basile, writer at
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Horror fans are that special breed of fans who live to have their adrenaline pumped. Horror fans seek out thrills at the movies, on TV shows, and in books. For horror fans, the darker the better, the creepier the better -- and sometimes, the bloodier the better.

Hollywood frequently turns to horror books to find inspiration for their next hit movie. Some of the greatest horror movies of all time are based on books, like 'The Shining,' 'The Ring' and 'The Village of the Damned.' So, it only makes sense that one of the Bram Stoker Awards® nominees will be made into the next hit horror movie.

The Bram Stoker Awards® are handed out every year by the Horror Writers Association to authors whose work has been stellar -- and scary! The awards are named in honor of the Bram Stoker, the author of the seminal horror novel 'Dracula.'

So, which one of these nominees would make the best fearsome feature film? Let's take a look!

'The Scarlet Gospels,' by Clive Barker

This is a no-brainer. The bad guy in 'The Scarlet Gospels' is Pinhead, who has already starred in several 'Hellraiser' movies. He's a super, scary villain, and those 'Hellraiser' movies have plenty of blood to keep the slasher fans happy. 'The Scarlet Gospels' could easily be a hit horror movie.

'The Deep,' by Michaelbrent Collings

A group of desperate people head out onto the sea, each person searching for something different. But their adventure turns ugly when they encounter a horrible creature from "the deep." Who doesn't love seeing characters get taken out one by one?

'The Cure.' JG Faherty

Remember how Carrie seemed like such a sweet, meek girl, until they dumped a bucket of pig's blood on her head? Yeah. The main character, Leah DeGarmo, has the power to heal people with just her touch. But a criminal gets on her bad side, and then all hell breaks loose. From Leah.

It's too late!

'Black Tide,' Patrick Freivald

This story has everything. A hero with unnatural abilities. A dark plot that's part of a conspiracy. And lots of scary, ancient forces. Matt Rowley has to use his powers to save, not just his family, but the world.

'A Head Full of Ghosts,' Paul Tremblay

Just when you think you've got this book pegged, a much bigger story takes over. An exorcism goes wrong, but the worst part is, it's televised. Fifteen years later, the sister of the girl at the heart of the story has to relive it all again. Questions about morality, good and evil, and science and nature are all explored. In today's world of reality TV, 'A Head Full of Ghosts' would make a great examination of our culture.

'Shutter,' Courtney Alameda

Talk about original! At the center of this book is Micheline Helsing. Yes, related to THAT Van Helsing. She is what's called a tetrachromat— she sees the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. She and her crew get infected by a curse called soulchain, and they must race against time, and fight a powerful enemy to survive.

'Mr. Suicide,' Nicole Cushing

Like 'Donnie Darko' or some other intense story, 'Mr. Suicide' would be one of the darkest, most disturbing horror movies you could see. It follows a teenage boy through depression and all sorts of horrible states of mind. It also contemplates what it would be like to do all those bad things we're told not to do.

'We Are Monsters,' Brian Kirk

A paranoid schizophrenic gets his inner demons set free, in an insane asylum. Is there a more perfect setting for a horror movie?

'Hannahwhere,' John McIlveen

A catatonic little girl is found behind a dumpster. A social worker discovers that the little girl went missing two years earlier -- along with her twin sister. Throw in an alternate universe, and 'Hannahwhere' seems as mind-bending as it is scary.

It's so scary, even Little Red Riding Hood is afraid!

'Riding the Centipede,' John Claude Smith

From now on, all I can think of when I see the word "centipede," is 'The Human Centipede,' one of the most horrific and disgusting movies of all time. 'Riding the Centipede,' however, is nothing like that. It's a road trip tale involving a mystery, a lot of drugs, and a nuclear-powered being named -- wait for it -- Rudolf Chernobyl. This has horror AND sci fi, a great combination for a movie.

'Never Let Me Sleep,' Jennifer Brozek

'Never Let Me Sleep' has several powerhouse elements. A young girl is the only one left alive in South Dakota. Not only are there monsters out there posing as humans, they're looking for her. Part 'The Passage,' part 'The 5th Wave' and part 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer,' all wrapped up in one book.

'The Ridealong,' Michaelbrent Collings

A different kind of horror story, 'The Ridealong' has a cop and his daughter at the heart of its story. They're trying to save their friends, and themselves, from a mad man.

'End Times at Ridgemont High,' Ian Welke

The book's title pays homage to a coming of age movie, 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High.' At this Ridgemont High, however, Evelyn MacIntire realizes that she and her friends won't live past graduation. In their town, the rich and powerful have more than just money to play with. Throw in some campy humor, and 'End Times at Ridgemont High' could be the next teen thriller movie.

And you thought high school couldn't get any worse!

See a complete list of Bram Stoker Awards® nominees at

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