The 2011 Shirley Jackson Award Nominations for Best Edited Anthology

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This entry is part 6 in the series The 2011 Shirley Jackson Awards

This is the final installment of the 2011 Shirley Jackson Awards Nominations.

Remember, the awards will be presented at the Readercon 23, Conference on Imaginative Literature, in Burlington, Massachusetts on July 15, 2012.

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Blood and Other Cravings is a horror anthology edited by Ellen Datlow and was nominated for the 2011 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Edited Anthology

Blood and Other Cravings

Editor: Datlow, Ellen
Format: Hardcover
Type: Horror Anthology
Page Count: 320pp.
Pub. Date: September 13, 2011
Publisher: Tor Books

Nominated for the 2011 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Edited Anthology
Nominated for the 2011 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in an Anthology

When we think of vampires, instantly the image arises: fangs sunk deep into the throat of the victim.

But bloodsucking is merely one form of vampirism.

For this brilliantly original anthology, Ellen Datlow has commissioned stories from many of the most powerfully dark voices in contemporary horror, who conjure tales of vampirism that will chill readers to the marrow.

In addition to the traditional fanged vampires, Datlow presents stories about the leeching of emotion, the draining of the soul, and other dark deeds of predation and exploitation, infestation, and evisceration . . . tales of life essence, literal or metaphorical, stolen.

Seventeen stories, by such award-winning authors as Elizabeth Bear, Richard Bowes, Kathe Koja, Margo Lanagan, Carol Emshwiller, and Lisa Tuttle will petrify readers. With dark tales by Laird Barron, Barry Malzberg and Bill Pronzini, Kaaron Warren, and other powerful voices, this anthology will redefine the terror of vampires and vampirism.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction by Ellen Datlow
  • All You Can Do Is Breathe by Kaaron Warren
  • Needles by Elizabeth Bear
  • Baskerville’s Midgets by Reggie Oliver
  • Blood Yesterday, Blood Tomorrow by Richard Bowes
  • X for Demetrious by Steve Duffy
  • Keeping Corky by Melanie Tem
  • Shelf-Life by Lisa Tuttle
  • Caius by Bill Pronzini and Barry N. Malzberg
  • Sweet Sorrow by Barbara Roden
  • First Breath by Nicole J. LeBoeuf
  • Toujours by Kathe Koja
  • Miri by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • Mrs. Jones by Carol Emshwiller
  • Bread and Water by Michael Cisco
  • Mulberry Boys by Margo Lanagan
  • The Third Always Beside You by John Langan
  • The Siphon by Laird Barron
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A Book of Horrors is a horror anthology edited by Stephen Jones and was nominated for the 2011 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Edited Anthology

A Book of Horrors

Editor: Jones, Stephen
Artist: Les Edwards
Format: Hardcover
Type: Horror Anthology
Page Count: 400pp.
Pub. Date: September 29, 2011
Publisher: Quercus

Nominated for the 2011 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Edited Anthology

Open this book at your own peril!

That is because this volume is exactly what it says on the cover — A Book of Horrors contains all-original stories by some of the most successful and exciting names in modern horror fiction.

For the first time in many years, here is an original anthology of horror and dark fantasy in all its many and magnificent guises — from classic pulp-style tales of Dark and Stormy Nights, through more contemporary and psychological terrors, to the type of cutting-edge fiction that only the very best horror fiction can deliver.

Brought together from around the world by World Fantasy Award-winning editor Stephen Jones, one of Britain’s most acclaimed and experienced anthologists of horror fiction, here are many of the authors who have helped shaped the genre in all of its forms, along with terrifying tales of unease by a new generation of storytellers devoted to the Dark Side.

But be warned: once you begin to delve within these pages, your imagination and senses will be assaulted by terrors both grim and gruesome, literary and lethal, that will stay with you long after you have closed its covers and tried to put aside the images and situations which have wormed their way deep within your mind.

Don’t blame us for the bad dreams or cold sweats that these tales will induce. We did tell you — this is A Book of Horrors, and once you open it there is no way that these scarifying stories will ever be forgotten . . . no matter how much you wish that the nightmares will just go away!

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: Whatever Happened To Horror? by Stephen Jones
  • The Little Green God of Agony by Stephen King
  • Charcloth, Firesteel and Flint by Caitlin R. Kiernan
  • Ghosts With Teeth by Peter Crowther
  • The Coffin-Maker’s Daughter by Angela Slatter
  • Roots and All by Brian Hodge
  • Tell Me I’ll See You Again by Dennis Etchison
  • The Music Of Bengt Karlsson, Murderer by John Ajvide Lindqvist
  • Getting It Wrong by Ramsey Campbell
  • Alice Through The Plastic Sheet by Robert Shearman
  • The Man In The Ditch by Lisa Tuttle
  • A Child’s Problem by Reggie Oliver
  • Sad, Dark Thing by Michael Marshall Smith
  • Near Zennor by Elizabeth Hand
  • Last Words by Richard Christian Matheson
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Ghosts by Gaslight: Stories of Steampunk and Supernatural Suspense is a horror anthology edited by Jack Dann and Nick Gevers and was nominated for the 2011 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Edited Anthology

Ghosts by Gaslight: Stories of Steampunk and Supernatural Suspense

Editors: Dann, Jack and Nick Gevers
Format: Trade Paperback
Type: Horror Anthology
Page Count: 400pp.
Pub. Date: September 6, 2011
Publisher: Harper Voyager

Nominated for the 2011 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in an Anthology

Seventeen all-new stories illuminate the steampunk world of fog and fear!

Modern masters of the supernatural weave their magic to revitalize the chilling Victorian and Edwardian ghostly tale: here are haunted houses, arcane inventions, spirits reaching across the centuries, ghosts in the machine, fateful revelations, gaslit streets scarcely keeping the dark at bay, and other twisted variations on the immortal classics that frighten us still.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction by Jack Dann
  • The Iron Shroud by James Morrow
  • Music, When Soft Voices Die by Peter S. Beagle
  • The Shaddowwes Box by Terry Dowling
  • The Curious Case of the Moondawn Daffodils Murder by Garth Nix
  • Why I was Hanged by Gene Wolfe
  • The Proving of Smollett Standforth by Margo Lanagan
  • The Jade Woman of the Luminous Star by Sean Williams
  • Smithers and the Ghosts of the Thar by Robert Silverberg
  • The Unbearable Proximity of Mr. Dunn’s Balloons by John Langan
  • Face to Face by John Harwood
  • Bad Thoughts and the Machanism by Richard Harland
  • The Grave Reflection by Marly Youmans
  • Christopher Raven by Theodora Goss
  • Rose Street Attractors by Lucius Shepard
  • Blackwood’s Baby by Laird Barron
  • Mysteries of the Old Quarter by Paul Park
  • The Summer Palace by Jeffrey Ford
  • About the Editors
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Supernatural Noir is a horror anthology edited by Ellen Datlow and was nominated for the 2011 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Edited Anthology

Supernatural Noir

Editor: Datlow, Ellen
Cover Art: Greg Ruth
Format: Trade Paperback
Type: Horror Anthology
Page Count: 336pp.
Pub. Date: June 22, 2011
Publisher: Dark Horse

Nominated for the 2011 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Edited Anthology
Nominated for the 2011 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in an Anthology

A hit man who kills with coincidence . . . A detective caught in a war between two worlds . . . A man whose terrible appetites hide an even darker secret . . .

Dark Horse once again teams up with Hugo and Bram Stoker award-winning editor Ellen Datlow (Lovecraft Unbound) to bring you this masterful marriage of the darkness without and the darkness within.

Supernatural Noir is an anthology of original tales of the dark fantastic from twenty modern masters of suspense, including Brian Evenson, Joe R. Lansdale, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Nick Mamatas, Gregory Frost, and Jeffrey Ford.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction by Ellen Datlow
  • The Dingus by Gregory Frost
  • The Getaway by Paul G. Tremblay
  • Mortal Bait by Richard Bowes
  • Little Shit by Melanie Tem
  • Ditch Witch by Lucius Shepard
  • The Last Triangle by Jeffrey Ford
  • The Carrion Gods in Their Heaven by Laird Barron
  • The Romance by Elizabeth Bear
  • Dead Sister by Joe R. Lansdale
  • Comfortable in Her Skin by Lee Thomas
  • But For Scars by Tom Piccirilli
  • The Blisters on My Heart by Nate Southard
  • The Absent Eye by Brian Evenson
  • The Maltese Unicorn by Caitlin R. Kiernan
  • Dreamer of the Day by Nick Mamatas
  • In Paris, In the Mouth of Kronos by John Langan
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Teeth: Vampire Tales is a horror anthology edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling and was nominated for the 2011 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Edited Anthology

Teeth: Vampire Tales

Editors: Datlow, Ellen and Terri Windling
Cover Art: Valentina Kallias and Joel Tippie
Format: Hardcover
Type: Horror Anthology
Page Count: 480pp.
Pub. Date: April 5, 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins

Nominated for the 2011 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Edited Anthology

The first bite is only the beginning.

Twenty of today’s favorite writers explore the intersections between the living, dead, and undead. Their vampire tales range from romantic to chilling to gleeful — and touch on nearly every emotion in between.

Neil Gaiman’s vampire-poet in “Bloody Sunrise” is brooding, remorseful, and lonely. Melissa Marr’s vampires make a high-stakes game of possession and seduction in “Transition.” And in “Why Light?” Tanith Lee’s lovelorn vampires yearn most of all for the one thing they cannot have — daylight.

Drawn from folk traditions around the world, popular culture, and original interpretations, the vampires in this collection are enticingly diverse.

But reader beware: The one thing they have in common is their desire for blood.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
  • Things to Know about Being Dead by Genevieve Valentine
  • All Smiles by Steve Berman
  • Gap Year by Christopher Barzak
  • Bloody Sunrise by Neil Gaiman
  • Flying by Delia Sherman
  • Vampire Weather by Garth Nix
  • Late Bloomer by Suzy McKee Charnas
  • The List of Definite Endings by Kaaron Warren
  • Best Friends Forever by Cecil Castellucci
  • Sit the Dead by Jeffrey Ford
  • Sunbleached by Nathan Ballingrud
  • Baby by Kathe Koja
  • In the Future When All’s Well by Catherynne M. Valente
  • Transition by Melissa Marr
  • History by Ellen Kushner
  • The Perfect Dinner Party by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black
  • Slice of Life by Lucius Shepard
  • My Generation by Emma Bull
  • Why Light? by Tanith Lee
  • About the Authors
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The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities: Exhibits, Oddities, Images, and Stories from Top Authors and Artists is a horror anthology edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer and was nominated for the 2011 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Edited Anthology

The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities: Exhibits, Oddities, Images, and Stories from Top Authors and Artists

Editors: VanderMeer, Ann and Jeff VanderMeer
Cover Design: James Iacobelli
Format: Hardcover
Type: Horror Anthology
Page Count: 336pp.
Pub. Date: July 12, 2011
Publisher: Harper Voyager

Nominated for the 2011 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Edited Anthology

You’ll be astonished by what you’ll find in The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities.

Editors Ann and Jeff VanderMeer have gathered together a spectacular array of exhibits, oddities, images, and stories by some of the most renowned and bestselling writers and artists in speculative and graphic fiction, including Ted Chiang, Mike Mignola (creator of Hellboy), China Mieville, and Michael Moorcock.

A spectacularly illustrated anthology of Victorian steampunk devices and the stories behind them, The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities is a boldly original, enthrallingly imaginative, and endlessly entertaining entry into a hidden world of weird science and unnatural nature that will appeal equally to fantasy lovers and graphic novel aficionados.

Table of Contents:

  • The Contradictions od a Collection: Dr. Lambshead’s Cabinet by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer

Holy Devices and Infernal Duds:

The Broadmore Exhibits

  • The Electrical Neurheographiton by Minister Faust
  • St. Brendan’s Shank by Kelly Barnhill
  • The Auble Gun by Will Hindmarch
  • Dacey’s Patent Automatic Nanny by Ted Chiang

Honoring Lambshead: Stories Inspired by the Cabinet

  • Threads by Carrie Vaughn
  • Ambrose and the Ancient Spirits of East and West by Garth Nix
  • Relic by Jeffrey Ford
  • Lord Dunsany’s Teapot by Naomi Novik
  • Lot 558: Shadow of My Nephew by Wells, Charlotte by Holly Black
  • A Short History of Dunkelblau’s Meistergarten by Tad Williams

Microbial Alchemy and Demented Machinery:

The Mignola Exhibits

  • Addison Howell and the Clockroach by Cherie Priest
  • Sir Ranulph Wykeham-Rackham, GBE, a.k.a. Roboticus the All-Knowing by Lev Grossman
  • Shamalung (The Diminutions) by Michael Moorcock
  • Pulvadmonitor: The Dust’s Warning by China Mieville

The Mieville Anomalies

  • The Very Shoe by Helen Oyeyemi
  • The Gallows-horse by Reza Negarestani

Further Oddities

  • The Thing in the Jar by Michael Cisco
  • The Singing Fish by Amal El-Mohtar
  • The Armor of Sir Locust by Stepan Chapman
  • A Key to the Castleblakeney Key by Caitlin R. Kiernan
  • Taking the Rats to Riga by Jay Lake
  • The Book of Categories by Charles Yu
  • Objects Discovered in a Novel Under Construction by Alan Moore

Visits and Departures

  • 1929: The Singular Taffy Puller by N. K. Jemisin
  • 1943: A Brief Note Pertaining to the Absence of One Olivaceous Cormorant, Stuffed by Rachel Swirsky
  • 1963: The Argument Against Louis Pasteur by Mur Lafferty
  • 1972: The Lichenologist’s Visit by Ekaterina Sedia
  • 1995: Kneel by Brian Evenson
  • 2000: Dr. Lambshead’s Dark Room by SS. J. Chambers
  • 2003: The Pea by Gio Clairval

A Brief Catalog of Other Items

  • Artist and Author Notes
  • Acknowledgments
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  • Howard Sherman May 4, 2012

    A Book of Horrors sounds exactly like the kind of book I’d like. Lots of different authors showcasing their talent and their ability to scare me senseless. On my TBR list it goes!