The 2013 Shirley Jackson Award Nominations for Best Edited Anthology

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This is the final installment of the 2013 Shirley Jackson Awards Nominations.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series and perhaps found a book or two that might make for interesting reading. If you did, I’d love to hear about it in the comments section below.

Best Edited Anthology

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Book cover for The Book of the Dead edited by Jared Shurin  

The Book of the Dead

Editor: Shurin, Jared
Format: Hardcover/Trade Paperback/eBook
Type: Horror Anthology
Page Count: 362pp.
Pub. Date: October 2013
Publisher: Jurassic London

 
Nominated for the 2013 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Edited Anthology

Publisher’s Summary:
The Book of the Dead addresses the most fascinating of all the undead: the mummy. This anthology includes nineteen original stories of revenge, romance, monsters and mayhem, ranging freely across time periods, genres and styles.

Contributors include Gail Carriger, Will Hill, Jesse Bullington, Paul Cornell, Maria Dahvana Headley, Jonathan Green, Molly Tanzer, David Bryher, Den Patrick, Lou Morgan, Sarah Newton, Maurice Broaddus, Glen Mehn, Louis Greenberg, Michael West, Jenni Hill, David Thomas Moore, Roger Luckhurst and Adam Roberts.

The stories are illustrated by Garen Ewing, award-winning creator of The Adventures of Julius Chancer series, and introduced by John J. Johnston, Vice Chair of the Egypt Exploration Society.

The anthology is published in collaboration with the Egypt Exploration Society, the UK’s oldest independent funder of archaeological fieldwork and research in Egypt, dedicated to the promotion and understanding of ancient Egyptian history and culture.

“Be prepared, therefore, to shudder, smile, shed a tear, and even lose some sleep . . . ”

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: “Some Word from an Egyptologist” by John J. Johnston
  • Ramesses on the Frontier by Paul Cornell
  • Escape from the Mummy’s Tomb by Jesse Bullington
  • Old Souls by David Thomas Moore
  • Her Heartbeat, an Echo by Lou Morgan
  • Mysterium Tremendum by Molly Tanzer
  • Tollund by AAdam Roberts
  • The Curious Case of the Werewolf that Wasn’t, The Mummy that Was, and the Cat in the Jar by Gail Carriger
  • The Cats of Beni Hasan by Jenni Hill
  • Cerulean Memories by Maurice Broaddus
  • Inner Goddess by Michael West
  • The Roof of the World by Sarah Newton
  • Henry by Glen Mehn
  • The Dedication of Sweetheart Abbey by David Bryher
  • All is Dust by Den Patrick
  • Bit-U-Men by Maria Dahvana Headley
  • Egyptain daeth and the afterlife: mummies (Rooms 62-3) by Jonathan Green
  • Akhenaten Goes to Paris by Louis Greenberg
  • The Thing of Wrath by Roger Luckhurst
  • Three Memories of Death by Will Hill
  • Contributors
  • About the Egypt Exploration Society
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Book cover for The End of the Road: An Anthology of Original Fiction edited by Jonathan Oliver  

The End of the Road: An Anthology of Original Fiction

Editor: Oliver, Jonathan
Format: Trade Paperback/Mass Market Paperback/eBook
Type: Horror Anthology
Page Count: 304pp.
Pub. Date: November 2013
Publisher: Solaris

 
Nominated for the 2013 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Edited Anthology

Publisher’s Summary:
The critically acclaimed editor of Magic, The End of The Line and House of Fear has brought together the contemporary masters and mistresses of the weird from around the globe in an anthology of travel tales like no other. Strap on your seatbelt, shoulder your backpack, or wait for that next ride . . . into darkness.

Each step will lead you closer to your destination, but who, or what, can you expect to meet at journey’s end?

Here are stories of misfits, spectral hitch-hikers, nightmare travel tales and the rogues, freaks and monsters to be found on the road.

An incredible anthology of orginal short stories from an exciting list of writers including the best-selling Philip Reeve, the World Fantasy Award-winning Lavie Tidhar and the incredible talents of S.L. Grey, Ian Whates, Jay Caselberg, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Zen Cho, Sophia McDougall, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Anil Menon, Rio Youers, Vandana Singh, Paul Meloy, Adam Nevill, Helen Marshall.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction by Jonathan Oliver
  • We Know Where We’re Goin by Philip Reeve
  • Fade to Gold by Benjanun Sriduangkaew
  • Without a Hitch by Ian Whates
  • Balik Kampung (Going Back) by Zen Cho
  • Driver Error by Paul Meloy
  • Locusts by Lavie Tidhar
  • The Track by Jay Caselberg
  • Dagiti Timayap Garda (of the Flying Gardians) by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz
  • I’m the Lady of Good Times, She Said by Helen Marshall
  • The Widow by Rio Youers
  • The Cure by Anil Menon
  • Through Wylmere Woods by Sophia McDougall
  • Bingo by S. L. Grey
  • Peripateia by Vandana Singh
  • Always in Our Hearts by Adam Nevill
  • About the Authors
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Book cover for The Grimscribe's Puppets edited by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.  

The Grimscribe’s Puppets

Editor: Pulver, Sr., Joseph S.
Format: Hardcover/Trade Paperback/eBook
Type: Horror Anthology
Page Count: 304pp.
Pub. Date: July 2013
Publisher: Miskatonic River Press, LLC

 
Nominated for the 2013 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Edited Anthology
Nominated for the 2013 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in an Anthology

Publisher’s Summary:
Thomas Ligotti is beyond doubt one of the Grandmasters of Weird Fiction.

In The Grimscribe’s Puppets, Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., has commissioned both new and established talents in the world of weird fiction and horror to contribute all new tales that pay homage to Ligotti and celebrate his eerie and essential nightmares.

Poppy Z. Brite once asked, “Are you out there, Thomas Ligotti?” This anthology proves not only is he alive and well, but his extraordinary illuminations have proven to be a visionary and fertile source of inspiration for some of today’s most accomplished authors.

Table of Contents:

  • “Are you out there, Thomas Ligotti?” by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.
  • Furnace by Livia Llewellyn
  • The Lord Came at Twilight by Daniel Mills
  • The Secrets of the Universe by Michael Cisco
  • The Human Moth by Kaaron Warren
  • Basement Angels by Joel Lane
  • No Signal by Darrell Schweitzer
  • THE XENAMBULIST: A Fable in Four Acts by Robin Spriggs
  • The Company Town by Nicole Cushing
  • Pieces of Blackness by Michael Kelly
  • The Blue Star by Eddie M. Angerhuber
  • 20 Simple Steps to Ventriloquism by Jon Padgett
  • The Holiness of Desolation by Robert M. Price
  • Diamond Dust by Michael Griffin
  • After the Final by Richard Gavin
  • Eyes Exchange Bank by Scott Nicolay
  • By Invisible Hands by Simon Strantzas
  • Where We Will All Be by Paul Tremblay
  • Gailestis by Allyson Bird
  • The Prosthesis by Jeffrey Thomas
  • Into the Darkness, Fearlessly by John Langan
  • Oubliette by Gemma Files
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Book cover for Queen Victoria's Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling  

Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy

Editors: Datlow, Ellen and Terri Windling
Format: Horror Anthology
Type: Horror Short Story
Page Count: 352pp.
Pub. Date: March 2013
Publisher: Tor Books

 
Nominated for the 2013 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Edited Anthology

Publisher’s Summary:
“Gaslamp Fantasy,” or historical fantasy set in a magical version of the nineteenth century, has long been popular with readers and writers alike. A number of wonderful fantasy novels, including Stardust by Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke, and The Prestige by Christopher Priest, owe their inspiration to works by nineteenth-century writers ranging from Jane Austen, the Brontës, and George Meredith to Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope, and William Morris. And, of course, the entire steampunk genre and subculture owes more than a little to literature inspired by this period.

Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells is an anthology for everyone who loves these works of neo-Victorian fiction, and wishes to explore the wide variety of ways that modern fantasists are using nineteenth-century settings, characters, and themes. These approaches stretch from steampunk fiction to the Austen-and-Trollope inspired works that some critics call Fantasy of Manners, all of which fit under the larger umbrella of Gaslamp Fantasy.

The result is eighteen stories by experts from the fantasy, horror, mainstream, and young adult fields, including both bestselling writers and exciting new talents such as Elizabeth Bear, James Blaylock, Jeffrey Ford, Ellen Kushner, Tanith Lee, Gregory Maguire, Delia Sherman, and Catherynne M. Valente, who present a bewitching vision of a nineteenth century invested (or cursed!) with magic.

Table of Contents:

  • Preface by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
  • Introduction: Fantasy, Magic, and Fairyland in Nineteenth-Century England by Terri Windling
  • Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells by Delia Sherman
  • The Fairy Enterprise by Jeffrey Ford
  • From the Catalogue of the Pavilion of the Uncanny and Marvellous, Scheduled for Premiere at the Great Exhibition (Before the Fire) by Genevieve Valentine
  • The Memory Book by Maureen McHugh
  • La Reine d’Enfer by Kathe Koja
  • For the Briar Rose by Elizabeth Wein
  • The Governess by Elizabeth Bear
  • Smithfield by James P. Blaylock
  • The Unwanted Women of Surrey by Kaaron Warren
  • Charged by Leanna Renee Hieber
  • Mr. Splitfoot by Dale Bailey
  • Phosphorus by Veronica Schanoes
  • We Without Us Were Shadows by Catherynne M. Valente
  • The Vital Importance of the Superficial by Ellen Kushner and Caroline Stevermer
  • The Jewel in the Toad Queen’s Crown by Jane Yolen
  • A Few Twigs He Left Behind by Gregory Maguire
  • Their Monsterous Minds by Tanith Lee
  • Estella Saves the Village by Theodora Goss
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Book cover for Where Thy Dark Eye Glances: Queering Edgar Allan Poe edited by Steve Berman  

Where Thy Dark Eye Glances: Queering Edgar Allan Poe

Editor: Berman, Steve
Format: Trade Paperback/eBook
Type: Horror Anthology
Page Count: 324pp.
Pub. Date: July 2013
Publisher: Lethe Press

 
Nominated for the 2013 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Edited Anthology

Publisher’s Summary:
The canon of Edgar Allan Poe, one of the foremost writers of dark and atmospheric fiction and poetry, offers readers haunted shores teeming with various erudite men brooding in the waning light over their feelings for unobtainable women.

Yet, whether the tales or verses are grotesque or sinister, Poe’s narrators are Outsiders, dealing with emotions that so many queer individuals feel: isolation and abandonment as well as loneliness and lost love.

In Where Thy Dark Eye Glances, editor Steve Berman has assembled a range of tales that queer the prose and poetry of the Poe, the man himself, as well as dark and eerie stories about reading Poe’s work. Featuring such notable authors as Richard Bowes, Terra LeMay, Nick Mamatas, John Mantooth, and Tansy Roberts.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction by Steve Berman

Poe The Man

  • The City and the Stranger by Seth Cadin
  • Mathew Brady, The Gallery of Illustrious Americans by Daniel Nathan Terry
  • Poetaster by Steve Berman

Poe’s Writing

  • The House by Ed Madden
  • The House of the Resonate Heart by L. A. Fields
  • The Raven and Her Victory by Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • Corvidae by Peter Dube
  • The Man Who Was by Ray Cluley
  • Gwendolyn by Mairead Casey
  • Telltale by Clare London
  • The Lord’s Great Jest by Satyrus Phil Bucato
  • His Hideous Heart by Kyle S. Johnson
  • Variations of Figures Upon the Wall by Silvia Moreno_garcia
  • For the Applause of Shadows by Christopher Barzak
  • By That Sweet Word Alone by Heather Loio
  • Two Men in a Bedchamber, as Observed by the Ghost of the Girl in the Oval Portrait by Terra LeMay
  • Midnight at the Feet of the Caryatides by Cory Skerry

Reading Poe

  • Surrounded by Death by Ronna Magy
  • The Bells by Chip Livingston
  • The Demon and the Dove by Collin Kelley
  • The Death of Beautiful Men by Jeff Mann
  • Eureka! by Nick Mamatas
  • Seven Days of Poe by Richard Bowes
  • The Chicken Farmer and His Boy: A Metaphysical History by John Mantooth
  • A Portrait in India Ink by Harry Clarke by Alex Jeffers
  • Lacuna by Matthew Cheney
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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.

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