April 23rd, 2012


2011 Shirley Jackson Award Nominees

The nominees for the 2011 Shirley Jackson Awards have been announced!

The Devil All the Time, Donald Ray Pollock (Doubleday)
The Dracula Papers, Reggie Oliver (Chômu Press)
The Great Lover, Michael Cisco (Chômu Press)
Knock Knock, S. P. Miskowski (Omnium Gatherum Media)
The Last Werewolf, Glen Duncan (Canongate Books, Ltd.)
Witches on the Road Tonight, Sheri Holman (Grove Press)

“And the Dead Shall Outnumber the Living,” Deborah Biancotti (Ishtar, Gilgamesh Press)
“A Child’s Problem,” Reggie Oliver (A Book of Horrors, Jo Fletcher Books)
“Displacement,” Michael Marano (Stories from the Plague Years, Cemetery Dance Publications)
The Men Upstairs, Tim Waggoner (Delirium Books)
“Near Zennor,” Elizabeth Hand (A Book of Horrors, Jo Fletcher Books)
“Rose Street Attractors,” Lucius Shepard (Ghosts by Gaslight, Harper Voyager)

“The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine,” Peter Straub (Conjunctions 56)
“Ditch Witch,” Lucius Shepard (Supernatural Noir, Dark Horse)
“The Last Triangle,” Jeffrey Ford (Supernatural Noir, Dark Horse)
“Omphalos,” Livia Llewellyn (Engines of Desire: Tales of Love & Other Horrors, Lethe Press)
“The Summer People,” Kelly Link (Tin House 49/Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories, Candlewick Press)

“Absolute Zero,” Nadia Bulkin (Creatures: Thirty Years of Monsters, Prime Books)
“The Corpse Painter’s Masterpiece,” M. Rickert (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Sept/Oct, 2011)
“Hair,” Joan Aiken (The Monkey’s Wedding and Other Stories, Small Beer Press/ The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, July/Aug, 2011)
“Max,” Jason Ockert (The Iowa Review 41/1)
“Sunbleached,” Nathan Ballingrud (Teeth, HarperCollins)
“Things to Know About Being Dead,” Genevieve Valentine (Teeth, HarperCollins)

After the Apocalypse: Stories, Maureen F. McHugh (Small Beer Press)
The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares, Joyce Carol Oates (Mysterious Press)
Engines of Desire: Tales of Love & Other Horrors, Livia Llewellyn (Lethe Press)
The Janus Tree, Glen Hirshberg (Subterranean Press)
Red Gloves, Christopher Fowler (PS Publishing)
What Wolves Know, Kit Reed (PS Publishing)

Blood and Other Cravings, edited by Ellen Datlow (Tor)
A Book of Horrors, edited by Stephen Jones (Jo Fletcher Books)
Ghosts by Gaslight, edited by Jack Dann and Nick Gevers (Harper Voyager)
Supernatural Noir, edited by Ellen Datlow (Dark Horse)
Teeth, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling (HarperCollins)
The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities, edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer (Harper Voyager)

Big congrats to all the nominees. and especially to my friends Michael Cisco, Michael Marano, Tim Waggoner, Peter Straub, Jeffrey Ford, Livia Llewellyn (twice!), Kelly Link, Nathan Ballingrud, Genevieve Valentine, and Ellen Datlow! May all your river stones land true–er, I mean, I hope you win! (Damn, I hope I didn’t give away what actually happens to the nominees. My head is still smarting from the stone Neil Gaiman threw at me last year.)

Originally published at Nicholas Kaufmann. You can comment here or there.


Another Chasing the Dragon Audiobook Review

The website Nerfreader has some nice things to say about Iambik’s Chasing the Dragon audiobook:

I would love a prequel following Georgia before the events in Chasing the Dragon. Some of it is provided in flashbacks, and it would be great to learn more about the person Georgia was before she became so numb. I love how the story starts in the middle of the action, and we learn about Georgia and her motives as it moves along….overall I’m glad I met Georgia and would like to see her again.

Although, like most people who’ve read it, the reviewer thinks the book is too short. I take that as a compliment, every time. If readers want to spend more time with my characters in the world I’ve created for them, how could I not take it as a compliment? (The reviewer also got a little confused by the mythology I created. First time I’ve heard that from anyone, but note to self: Next time make mythology clearer.)

The reviewer also thought it was odd to have a man narrating the audiobook when both the major characters are female, but just as it did for me and the fine folks at ChiZine Publications, Alex Foster’s superlative delivery quickly squashed any doubts. (I want Foster to narrate all my audiobooks!)

Remember, you can buy the Chasing the Dragon audiobook from Iambik in a number of formats. And of course the trade paperback and eBook editions are still available as well.

Originally published at Nicholas Kaufmann. You can comment here or there.