April 15th, 2011


2010 Shirley Jackson Awards Nominees

The Shirley Jackson Awards have announced their 2010 nominees, and Chasing the Dragon got a nod! I couldn't be happier! I've been a huge fan of the Shirley Jackson Awards since its inception, and being nominated for one is like a dream come true! (And on top of the Thriller Award nomination I mentioned yesterday, Chasing the Dragon is shaping up to be the little book that could.)

Here's the full list of Shirley Jackson Award nominees, as per their press release:


2010 Shirley Jackson Awards Nominees

Boston, MA (April 2011) -- In recognition of the legacy of Shirley Jackson’s writing, and with permission of the author’s estate, the Shirley Jackson Awards have been established for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.

The Shirley Jackson Awards are voted upon by a jury of professional writers, editors, critics, and academics, with input from a Board of Advisors. The awards are given for the best work published in the preceding calendar year in the following categories: Novel, Novella, Novelette, Short Story, Single-Author Collection, and Edited Anthology.

Shirley Jackson (1916-1965) wrote such classic novels as The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, as well as one of the most famous short stories in the English language, “The Lottery.” Her work continues to be a major influence on writers of every kind of fiction, from the most traditional genre offerings to the most innovative literary work.

The Shirley Jackson Awards will be presented at Readercon 22, Conference on Imaginative Literature, in Burlington, Massachusetts.

Dark Matter, Michelle Paver (Orion)
A Dark Matter, Peter Straub (Doubleday)
Feed, Mira Grant (Orbit)
Mr. Shivers, Robert Jackson Bennett (Orbit)
The Reapers Are the Angels, Alden Bell (Holt)
The Silent Land, Graham Joyce (Gollancz)

The Broken Man, Michael Byers (PS Publishing)
Chasing the Dragon, Nicholas Kaufmann, (ChiZine Publications)
“Mysterium Tremendum”, Laird Barron (Occultation, Night Shade)
One Bloody Thing After Another, Joey Comeau (ECW Press)
Subtle Bodies, Peter Dubé (Lethe Press)
The Thief of Broken Toys, Tim Lebbon (ChiZine Publications)

“--30--,” Laird Barron (Occultation, Night Shade)
“The Broadsword,” Laird Barron, (Black Wings, PS Publishing)
“Holderhaven,” Richard Butner, (Crimewave 11: Ghosts)
“The Redfield Girls,” Laird Barron (Haunted Legends, Tor)
“Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains,” Neil Gaiman (Stories: All New Tales, William Morrow)

“As Red as Red,” by Caitlin R. Kiernan (Haunted Legends, Tor)
“Booth’s Ghost,” Karen Joy Fowler (What I Didn’t See, Small Beer Press)
“The Foxes,” Lily Hoang (Haunted Legends, Tor)
“six six six,” Laird Barron (Occultation, Night Shade)
“The Things,” Peter Watts (Clarkesworld, Issue 40)

Occultation, Laird Barron (Night Shade)
The Ones That Got Away, Stephen Graham Jones (Prime Books)
The Third Bear, Jeff Vandermeer (Tachyon)
What I Didn’t See, Karen Joy Fowler (Small Beer Press)
What Will Come After, Scott Edelman (PS Publishing)

Black Wings: Tales of Lovecraftian Horror, edited by S. T. Joshi (PS Publications)
Haunted Legends, edited by Ellen Datlow and Nick Mamatas (Tor)
My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales, edited by Kate Bernheimer (Penguin)
Stories: All New Tales, edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio (William Morrow)
Swords and Dark Magic: The New Sword and Sorcery, edited by Jonathan Strahan and Lou Anders (Harper Voyager)


Up against literary powerhouses like Laird Barron and Tim Lebbon? Pffffft, if I thought the Thriller Award was out of my reach, the Shirley Jackson Award is on the other side of the planet from me! Still, I'm deeply honored by the nomination.

Now I'm giving serious thought to attending Readercon July 14-17. As always it's a financial issue, but I'd love to be there for the awards ceremony if I can.