Nominees for Shirley Jackson Awards announced
Nominees for the Shirley Jackson Awards, which recognize achievement in the horror, psychological suspense and dark fantasy fiction genres, were announced in Boston, Massachusetts. The awards are a fairly new addition to literary awards in speculative fiction, and were first awarded in 2008, and were established in honor of Shirley Jackson, the author of such horror novels as The Haunting of Hill House and the short story “The Lottery”, which might very well be the best-known story ever written in the English language.
Novels nominated for this year’s awards include Last Days (Underland), by Brian Evenson; The Red Tree (Roc), by Caitlin R. Kiernan; Big Machine (Spiegel & Grau), by Victor LaValle; The Owl Killers (Delacorte), by Karen Maitland; White is for Witching (Nan A. Talese), by Helen Oyeyemi; and The Little Stranger (Riverhead), by Sarah Waters.
There are also nominees in categories for Novella, Novelette and Short Story. More unique to the Shirley Jackson Awards are separate categories for short-story collections by a single author and for edited anthologies of stories by multiple authors.
The nominees in the Single-Author Collection category include Fugue State (Coffee House), by Brian Evenson; Zoo (Haikasoru/VIZ Media), by Otsuichi; There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby: Scary Fairy Tales (Penguin), by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya; Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical (Big Finish), by Robert Shearman; Tunneling to the Center of the Earth (HarperPerennial) by Kevin Wilson; and Everland and Other Stories (PS), by Paul Witcover.
In the Edited Anthology category, nominees include Lovecraft Unbound (Dark Horse), edited by Ellen Datlow; Poe: 19 New Tales Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe (Solaris), edited by Ellen Datlow; British Invasion (Cemetery Dance), edited by Christopher Golden, Tim Lebbon and James A. Moore; Apparitions (Undertow Publications), edited by Michael Kelly; and Exotic Gothic 3: Strange Visitations (Ash Tree), edited by Daniel Olson.
The winners of the Shirley Jackson Awards will be announced at the Readercon 21 Conference on Imaginative Literature in Burlington, Massachusetts, to be held 8 – 11 July 2010. Winners are voted on by a jury of professional writers, editors, critics and academics in consultation with a Board of Advisors who do not vote on the awards themselves. Among those on the board of advisors are novelist Peter Straub, Ann VanderMeer, who is the fiction editor for Weird Tales, and H. P. Lovecraft scholar S. T. Joshi.
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