2010 Shirley Jackson Awards nominees announced
The nominees for the 2010 Shirley Jackson Awards for outstanding achievement in horror, psychological suspense and dark fantasy fiction have been announced. Works appearing in the calendar year 2010 were eligible for nomination by publishers.
The nominees in the category of Novel include Dark Matter (Orion), by Michelle Paver; A Dark Matter (Doubleday), by Peter Straub; Feed (Orbit), by Mira Grant; Mr. Shivers (Orbit), by Robert Jackson Bennett; The Reapers Are the Angels (Holt), by Alden Bell; and The Silent Land (Gollancz) by Graham Joyce.
Nominated Novellas, which are defined as being between 17,500 and 17,499 words long, include The Broken Man (PS), by Michael Byers; Chasing the Dragon (ChiZine), by Nicholas Kaufmann; “Mysterium Tremendum” (Occultation), by Laird Barron; One Bloody Thing After Another (ECW), by Joey Comeau; Subtle Bodies (Lethe), by Peter Dubé; and The Thief of Broken Toys (ChiZine), by Tim Lebbon.
Among the novelettes nominated are “-30-” (Occultation), by Laird Barron; “The Broadsword” (Black Wings), by Laird Barron; “Holderhaven” (Crimewave 11: Ghosts), by Richard Butner; “The Redfield Girls” (Haunted Legends), by Laird Barron; and “The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains” (Stories), by Neil Gaiman. Novelettes are works which are between 7,500 and 17,499 words long.
Short stories, works of 7,499 words or less, nominated include “As Red as Red” (Haunted Legends), by Caitlin R. Kiernan; “Booth’s Ghost” (What I Didn’t See and Other Stories), by Karen Joy Fowlder; “The Foxes” (Haunted Legends), by Lily Hoang; “six six six” (Occultation), by Laird Barron; and “The Things” (Clarkesworld 1/10), by Peter Watts.
To be eligible for the Shirley Jackson Award, a collection must be at least 40,000 words long, contain at least three fictional works by a single author. A collection may also contain collaborations, illustrations, and/or nonfiction, but at least half of the contents must be fiction.
Collections nominated include Occultation (Night Shade), by Laird Barron; The Ones That Got Away (Prime), by Stephen Graham Jones; The Third Bear (Tachyon), by Jeff VanderMeer; What I Didn’t See and Other Stories (Small Beer), by Karen Joy Fowler; and What Will Come After (PS), by Scott Edelman.
Nominated edited anthologies include Black Wings (PS), edited by S. T. Joshi; Haunted Legends (Tor) edited by Ellen Datlow and Nick Mamatas; My Mother, She Killed Me, My Father, He Ate Me (Penguin), edited by Kate Bernheimer; Stories (Morrow), edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio; and Swords & Dark Magic (HarperCollins), edited by Jonathan Strahan and Lou Anders.
Like collections, an anthology must be at least 40,000 words long, and in addition it must contain at least three stories by three or more authors. It can contain nonfiction, but at least half of its contents must be fiction and at least half of the contents much be original to the volume.
The winners of the 2010 Shirley Jackson Awards will be announced at Readercon 22, Conference on Imaginative Literature, to be held 14 – 17 July, in Burlington, Massachusetts.
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