HWA Bram Stoker Award Winner
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A W A R D S
||STAINED won the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in the First Novel Category.
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R E V I E W S
"STAINED hooked me from the get-go with its characters, its attention to setting, and certainly not least, its most refreshing premise. The prose is vivid, the pacing right on the money and I was guessing straight on through to the end. Ready and waiting for the next one, Mr. Thomas!"
— Jack Ketchum
"...marks a notable debut."
Ellen Datlow, YEAR'S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR #18
“Lush in haunting detail and characterization, the novel is darkly original, authentic, and reaches in deep to grab the reader by the guts.”
Tom Piccirilli, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of THE NIGHT CLASS and A CHOIR OF ILL CHILDREN
"Lee Thomas delivers a winner with his debut novel. STAINED is intense, well written and offers a glimpse of a serious talent with impressive story telling abilities. Though not for the faint of heart, STAINED will definitely leave its mark on you."
Drew Williams, FLESH & BLOOD MAGAZINE
“Thomas’ debut novel starts out with a rollercoaster-ride of twisted shock and violence, then never slows down.”
— THE HORROR FICTION REVIEW
“The suspense starts on page one and holds you right on through to the end.”
— Chizine.com (read the full review here)
"STAINED begins where most novels end, with an act so terrible it will make your skin crawl. A master of the 'New Southern Gothic' Lee Thomas shows that there are things lurking beneath the surface of us all that are better left alone."
— P.D. Cacek, author of CANYONS
“STAINED is a grim journey into the depths of the human soul, a trip that shines a light into those dark recesses where things unknown lurk in us all. Thomas’‚ writing is powerful; like a spider with a fly, he draws us into his world slowly, subtly, before springing the trap that snares us in his grasp."
— Joe Nassise, Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of RIVERWATCH and HERETIC