The 2011 Shirley Jackson Award Nominations for Best Novelette

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This entry is part 3 in the series The 2011 Shirley Jackson Awards

Today let’s check out the nominations for best novelette in our series of blog posts presenting the 2011 Shirley Jackson Awards Nominations.

The Shirley Jackson Award Website explains how the winners are chosen: “The Shirley Jackson Award will be voted upon by a jury of professional writers, editors, critics, and academics, with input from a Board of Advisors.”

Who are the judges and the Board of Advisors? Check out the Jurors / Advisory Board / Board of Directors page for a listing of participants with a brief bio.

Best Novelette

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The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine is a horror novella by Peter Straub and nominated for the 2011 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novelette

The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine

Author: Straub, Peter
Type: Horror Novelette
Collected in: Conjunctions: 56, Terra Incognita: The Voyage Issue
Editor: Morrow, Bradford
Format: Paperback
Type: Horror Anthology
Page Count: 380pp.
Pub. Date: June 30, 2011
Publisher: Bard College

Nominated for the 2011 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novelette
Winner of the 2011 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Long Fiction

Imaginary voyages are as old as literature itself.

In the spirit of the ancient mythographer Euhemerus and such imaginary voyagers as Jonathan Swift, Italo Calvino, Daniel Defoe and Bruce Chatwin, Conjunctions 56: Terra Incognita, Imaginary Voyages gathers the outlandish testaments and peripatetic observations of contemporary writers who have been Elsewhere.

Through stories, travel diaries, poems, postcards, new ancient legends, epic quests, mind trips, manipulated histories and dispatches from a wide range of innovative authors, readers will travel to places they have surely never visited before. Contributors include Charles Bernstein, Robert Coover, Kathryn Davis, Peter Gizzi, Benjamin Hale, Tim Horvath, John Madera, Donald Revell, Susan Steinberg and G.C. Waldrep.

Table of Contents:

  • Editor’s Note by Bradford Morrow
  • The Minus World by Benjamin Hale
  • Spectacle by Susan Steinberg
  • Fixing the Abyss by James Morrow
  • Seven Stories from the Palace of Rubble by Kyra Simone
  • Radio from the Cities by Howard Norman
  • Leaving Alberta by Stephen Marche
  • Three Poems by Cathy Park Hong
  • Descent of the Aquanauts by Kathryn Davis
  • Recalculating by Charles Bernstein
  • The Brief History of Weather by Alexandra Kleeman
  • De Potter’s First Grand Tour Around the World by Joanna Scott
  • Two Poems by Donald Revell
  • East of Furious by Jonathan Carroll
  • Altered Native by Tim Horvath
  • The Education of Benesh the Matchmaker by Nomi Eve
  • f/11 by Andrew Zawacki
  • The I and the It by Gabriel Blackwell
  • The Box by Robert Coover
  • China by Barney Rosset
  • The Artificial Stork by Ryan Call
  • Regeneration at Mukti by Julia Elliott
  • Modern Adventures at Sea by Peter Gizzia
  • Under the Boardwalk by Andrew Ervin
  • On Walks: Rousseau by Cole Swensen
  • Notes Toward the Recove of Desiderata by John Maderary
  • Three Poems by G. C. Waldiep
  • Aftermath by Karla Kelsey
  • The Fortunes of Cities by Marc Nieson
  • The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine by Peter Straub
  • Notes on Contributors
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Ditch Witch is a horror novella by Lucius Shepard and nominated for the 2011 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novelette

“Ditch Witch”

Author: Shepard, Lucius
Type: Horror Novelette
Available in: 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 Novelette

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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The Last Triangle is a horror novella by Jeffrey Ford and nominated for the 2011 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novelette

“The Last Triangle”

Author: Ford, Jeffrey
Type: Horror Novelette
Available in: 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 Novelette

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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Omphalos is a horror novella by Livia Llewellyn and nominated for the 2011 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novelette

“Omphalos”

Author: Llewellyn, Livia
Type: Horror Novelette
Available in: Engines of Desire: Tales of Love and Other Horrors
Cover Art: Alex Jeffers
Format: Trade Paperback
Type: Horror Short Story Collection
Page Count: 214pp.
Pub. Date: March 15, 2011
Publisher: Lethe Press

Nominated for the 2011 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novelette

Death and pleasure. Freud’s Todestrieb, his statement that “libido has the task of making the destroying instinct innocuous, and it fulfils the task by diverting that instinct to a great extent outwards . . . . The instinct is then called the destructive instinct, the instinct for mastery, or the will to power.” Few authors have spun stories of Thanatos and Eros as skillfully and powerfully as Livia Llewellyn.

In his introduction to this volume, Laird Barron writes “Scant difference exists between exquisite pleasure and pain.”

An orphan girl with a mind for anthracite falls into the hands of a cult worshipping an entombed god. In the Pacific Northwest, evergreens lull prepubescent girls into their trunks to serve as wombs. A suburban housewife troubled by her present encounters the sixteen year-old girl she ached to touch in her dreams.

These ten stories promise to indulge a reader’s sensibilities, their fears and desires.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: Love, Sex and the Heat Death of the Universe by Laird Barron
  • Horses
  • At the Edge of Ellensburg
  • The Teslated Salishan Evergreen
  • The Engine of Desire
  • Jetsam
  • The Four Hundred Thousand
  • Brimstone Orange
  • Take Your Daughters to Work
  • Omphalos
  • Her Deepness
  • About the Author
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The Summer People is a horror novella by Kelly Link and nominated for the 2011 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novelette

“The Summer People”

Author: Link, Kelly
Type: Horror Novelette
Available in: Steampunk!: An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories
Editors: Link, Kelly and Gavin J. Grant
Format: Hardcover
Type: Horror Anthology
Page Count: 432pp.
Pub. Date: October 11, 2011
Publisher: Candlewick Press

Nominated for the 2011 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novelette

Death and pleasure.

Freud’s Todestrieb, his statement that “libido has the task of making the destroying instinct innocuous, and it fulfils the task by diverting that instinct to a great extent outwards . . . . The instinct is then called the destructive instinct, the instinct for mastery, or the will to power.” Few authors have spun stories of Thanatos and Eros as skillfully and powerfully as Livia Llewellyn.

In his introduction to this volume, Laird Barron writes “Scant difference exists between exquisite pleasure and pain.”

An orphan girl with a mind for anthracite falls into the hands of a cult worshipping an entombed god. In the Pacific Northwest, evergreens lull prepubescent girls into their trunks to serve as wombs. A suburban housewife troubled by her present encounters the sixteen year-old girl she ached to touch in her dreams.

These ten stories promise to indulge a reader’s sensibilities, their fears and desires.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant
  • Some Fortunate Future Day by Cassandra Clare
  • The Last Ride of the Glory Girls by Libba Bray
  • Clockwork Fagin by Cory Doctorow
  • Seven Days Beset by Demons by Shawn Cheng
  • Hand in Glove by Ysabeau S. Wilce
  • The Ghost of Cwmlech Manor by Delia Sherman
  • Gethsemane by Elizabeth Knox
  • The Summer People by Kelly Link
  • Peace in Our Time by Garth Nix
  • Nowhere Fast by Christopher Rowe
  • Finishing School by Kathleen Jennings
  • Steam Girl by Dylan Horrocks
  • Everything Amiable and Obliging by Holly Black
  • The Oracle Engine by M. T. Anderson
  • About the Editors
  • About the Authors
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