The 2012 Shirley Jackson Awards Winners

Horror Awards

The 2012 Shirley Jackson Awards were presented on Sunday, July 14th 2013, at Readercon 24, Conference on Imaginative Literature, in Burlington, Massachusetts.

The Shirley Jackson Awards website describes the award this way:

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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Best Novel

Book cover for Edge: A Novel by Koji Suzuki  

Edge: A Novel

Author: Suzuki, Koji
Format: Hardcover/eBook
Type: Horror Novel
Page Count: 384pp.
Pub. Date: June 2012
Publisher: Vertical

 
Winner of the 2012 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel

Publisher’s Summary:
Edge begins with a massive and catastrophic shifting of the San Andreas fault. The fears of California someday tumbling into the sea — that have become the stuff of parody — become real. But even the terror resulting from this catastrophe pales in comparison to the understanding behind its happening, a cataclysm extending beyond mankind’s understanding of horror as it had previously been known.

The world is falling apart because things are out of joint at the quantum level, about which of course there’s never been any guarantee that everything has to remain stable.

Koji Suzuki returns to the genre he’s most famous for after many years of “not wanting to write any more horror.” As expected from Suzuki, the chills are of a more cerebral, psychological sort, arguably more unsettling and scary than the slice-and-dice gore fests that horror has become known in the U.S. Never content to simply do “Suzuki” — as it were — but rather push the envelope on what horror is in general and for which readers have come to know him, Edge City borders on being cutting-edge science fiction. The author himself terms this novel, which he has worked on for some years, a work of “quantum horror.”

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Best Novella

Book cover for Through Splintered Walls including Sky by Kaaron Warren  

“Sky”

Author: Warren, Kaaron
Collected in: Through Splintered Walls (Twelve Planets Series #6)
Format: eBook
Type: Horror Collection
Page Count: 147pp.
Pub. Date: October 2012
Publisher: Twelfth Planet Press

 
Winner of the 2012 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novella

Publisher’s Summary:
From Bram Stoker Award nominated author Kaaron Warren, comes Book 6 in the Twelve Planets collection series.

Country road, city street, mountain, creek.

These are stories inspired by the beauty, the danger, the cruelty, emptiness, loneliness and perfection of the Australian landscape.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction by Gemma Files
  • Mountain
  • Creek
  • Road
  • Sky
  • About the Author
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Best Novelette

Book cover for Tin House: Winter Reading including Reeling for the Empire by Karen Russell  

“Reeling for the Empire”

Author: Russell, Karen
Artist: Glenn Chadbourne
Collected in: Tin House: Winter Reading
Editors: Rob Spillman et al.
Format: Print and eBook Periodical
Type: Horror Short Story
Pub. Date: Winter 2012

 
Nominated for the 2012 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novelette

Publisher’s Summary:
Tin House is a beautifully designed periodical featuring the best writers of our time alongside a new generation of talent who are poised to become the most important voices of the future.

The content includes short stories, profiles, author interviews, poetry, essays, and unique departments such as “Lost & Found,” in which writers review overlooked or underrated books, and “Blithe Spirits” and “Readable Feast,” which present tales and recipes for drinks and food in a literary way.

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Best Short Fiction

Book cover for Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction including A Natural History of Autumn by Jeffrey Ford  

“A Natural History of Autumn”

Author: Ford, Jeffrey
Collected in: Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction #359
Editor: Gordon Van Gelder
Format: Print and eBook Periodical
Type: Horror Short Story
Pub. Date: July/August 2012

 
Winner of the 2012 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Short Fiction

Publisher’s Summary:
Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction Vol. 123, No. 1 & 2, July-August 2012. Cover art by Ed Valigursky.

STORIES: Wearaway and Flambeau by Matthew Hughes; Hartmut’s World by Albert E. Cowdrey; The Fullness Of Time by Kate Wilhelm; The Woman Who Fooled Death Five Times by Eleanor Arnason; A Natural History of Autumn by Jeffrey Ford; Wizard by Michaele Jordan; Real Faces by Ken Liu; The Afflicted by Matthew Johnson; Jack Shade in the Forest of Souls by Rachel Pollack.

FEATURES: Books to Look For by Charles de Lint; Musing on Books by Michelle West; Cartoon by S. Harris; Cartoon by Bill Long; Films: Martian Processed Cheese by Lucius Shepard; Quicksand and Ketchup [science essay] by Pat Murphy and Paul Doherty; Curiosities: Rip Foster Rides the Gray Planet, by Blake Savage (1952) essay by Bud Webster.

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Best Single-Author Collection

Book cover for Crackpot Palace: Stories by Jeffrey Ford  

Crackpot Palace: Stories

Author: Ford, Jeffrey
Format: Trade Paperback/eBook
Type: Horror Anthology
Page Count: 338pp.
Pub. Date: August 2012
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

 
Winner of the 2012 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Single-Author Collection

Publisher’s Summary:
From the unparalleled imagination of award-winning author Jeffrey Ford come twenty short stories (one, “The Wish Head,” written expressly for this collection) that boldly redefine the world.

Crackpot Palace is a sumptuous feast of the unexpected — an unforgettable journey that will carry readers to amazing places, though at times the locales may seem strangely familiar, almost like home.

Whether he’s tracking ghostly events on the border of New Jersey’s mysterious Pine Barrens or following a well-equipped automaton general into battle, giving a welcome infusion of new blood to the hoary vampire trope or exposing the truth about what really went down on Dr. Moreau’s Island of Lost Souls, Jeffrey Ford has opened a door into a dark and fantastic realm where dream and memory become one.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction by Jeffrey Ford
  • Polka Dots and Moonbeams
  • Down Atsion Road
  • Sit the Dead
  • The Seventh Expression of the Robot General
  • 86 Deathdick Road
  • After Moreau
  • The Hag’s Peak Affair
  • The Coral Heart
  • The Double of My Double is Not My Double
  • Daltharee
  • Ganesha
  • Every Richie There Is
  • The Dream of Reason
  • The War Between Heaven and Hell Wallpaper
  • Relic
  • Glass Eels
  • The Wish Head
  • Weiroot
  • Dr. Lash Remembers
  • Daddy longlegs of the Evening
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Best Edited Anthology

Book cover for Exotic Gothic 4 (Postscripts #28/29) edited by Danel Olson  

Exotic Gothic 4 (Postscripts #28/29)

Editor: Olson, Danel
Format: Hardcover
Type: Horror Anthology
Page Count: 422pp.
Pub. Date: July 2012
Publisher: PS Publishing

 
Winner of the 2012 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Edited Anthology

Publisher’s Summary:
The latest bumper Postscripts anthology, with new stories from twenty five of today s finest speculative fiction writers:

Table of Contents:

  • Preface: On Dark Gifting by Danel Olson
  • Blooding the Bride by Margo Lanagan
  • Pig Thing by Adam L.G. Nevill
  • The Lighthouse Keepers’ Club by Kaaron Warren
  • The Look by Reggie Oliver
  • Nikishi by Lucy Taylor
  • The Fourth Horse by Simon Kurt Unsworth
  • The Fall by Stephen Dedman
  • In the Village of Setang by Tunku Halim
  • Carving by David Punter
  • Water Lover by Genni Gunn
  • Escena de un Asesinato by Robert Hood
  • The Old Man Beset by Demons by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • Atacama by David Wellington
  • Metro Winds by Isobelle Carmody
  • Mariners’ Round by Terry Dowling
  • Oschaert by Paul Finch
  • Helena by Ekaterina Sedia
  • Rusalka by Anna Taborska
  • Candy by Nick Antosca
  • Down in the Valley by Joseph Bruchac
  • Wanishin by Cherie Dimaline
  • Grottor by Brian Evenson
  • Such a Man I Would Have Become by E. Michael Lewis
  • The Unfinished Book by Scott Thomas
  • Celebrity Frankenstein by Stephen Volk
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The 2012 Shirley Jackson Award Nominations for Best Edited Anthology

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This is the final installment of the 2012 Shirley Jackson Awards Nominations. Tomorrow we’ll look at which stories won.

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 21st Century Dead: A Zombie Anthology edited by Christopher Golden  

21st Century Dead: A Zombie Anthology

Editor: Golden, Christopher
Format: Trade Paperback/eBook/Audio Book
Type: Horror Anthology
Page Count: 352pp.
Pub. Date: July 2012
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

 
Nominated for the 2012 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Edited Anthology

Publisher’s Summary:
The Stoker-award winning editor of the acclaimed, eclectic anthology The New Dead returns with 21st Century Dead, and an all-new lineup of authors from all corners of the fiction world, shining a dark light on our fascination with tales of death and resurrection . . . with ZOMBIES!

The stellar stories in this volume includes a tale set in the world of Daniel H. Wilson’s Robopocalypse, the first published fiction by Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, and a tale of love, family, and resurrection from the legendary Orson Scott Card.

This new volume also includes stories also from other award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors, such as: Simon R. Green, Chelsea Cain, Jonathan Maberry, Duane Swiercyznski, Caitlin Kittredge, Brian Keene, Amber Benson, John Skipp, S. G. Browne, Thomas E. Sniegoski, Hollywood screenwriter Stephen Susco, National Book Award nominee Dan Chaon, and more!

Table of Contents:

  • Zombies Are Good for You: An Introduction by Christopher Golden
  • Biters by Mark Morris
  • Why Mothers Let Their Babies Watch Television: A Just-So Horror Story by Chelsea Cain
  • Carousel by Orson Scott Card
  • Reality Bites by S. G. Browne
  • The Drop by Stephen Susco
  • Antiparallelogram by Amber Benson
  • How We Escaped Our Certain Fate by Dan Chaon
  • A Mother’s Love by John McIlveen
  • Down and Out in Dead Town by Simon R. Green
  • Devil Dust by Caitlin Kittredge
  • The Dead of Dromore by Ken Bruen
  • All the Comforts of Home: A Beacon Story by John Skipp and Cody Goodfellow
  • Ghost Dog and Pup: Stay by Thomas E. Sniegoski
  • Tic Book: A Slice of Love by Kurt Sutter
  • Jack and Jill by Jonathan Maberry
  • Tender as Teeth by Stephen Crawford and Duane Swierczynski
  • Couch Potato by Brian Keene
  • The Happy Bird and Other Tales by Rio Youers
  • Parasite by Daniel H. Wilson
  • About the Authors
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Book cover for Black Wings II: New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror edited by S. T. Joshi  

Black Wings II: New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror

Editor: Joshi, S. T.
Format: Hardcover
Type: Horror Anthology
Page Count: 321pp.
Pub. Date: June 2012
Publisher: PS Publishing

 
Nominated for the 2012 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Edited Anthology

Publisher’s Summary:
This second instalment of S. T. Joshi’s critically acclaimed Black Wings series contains eighteen stories by leading contemporary writers, all drawing upon themes, images, and ideas from the life and work of H. P. Lovecraft. Caitlín R. Kiernan has written a poetic reinterpretation of “The Hound,” while Nicholas Royle plays a fascinating riff on the existential horror of “The Outsider.” Three separate tales, by Jason C. Eckhardt, Brian Evenson, and Jonathan Thomas, ring changes on Lovecraft’s seminal story, “The Call of Cthulhu.” Nick Mamatas writes an ingenious elaboration of “The Whisperer in Darkness.”

The cosmic indifferentism that is the core of Lovecraft’s fiction is treated in various ways by John Langan, Melanie Tem, Tom Fletcher, Darrell Schweitzer, and Richard Gavin. The archaeological horror that we find in some of Lovecraft’s most powerful tales is revivified by Donald Tyson, while Lovecraft’s media presence is made the subject of half-comic, half-horrific tales by Don Webb and Chet Williamson. John Shirley, Rick Dakan, and Jason V Brock use Lovecraft’s life and outlook as springboards for imaginative tales of psychological and supernatural horror.

All in all, Black Wings II affords a rich feast of terror inspired by the twentieth century’s greatest writer of the supernatural.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction by S. T. Joshi
  • When Death Wakes Me to Myself by John Shirley
  • View by Tom Fletcher
  • Houndwife by Caitlin R. Kiernan
  • King of Cat Swamp by Jonathan Thomas
  • Dead Media by Nick Mamatas
  • The Abject by Richard Gavin
  • Dahlias by Melanie Tem
  • Bloom by John Langon
  • And the Sea Gave Up the Dead by Jason C. Eckhardt
  • Casting Call by Don Webb
  • The Clockwork King, the Queen of Glass, and the Man with the Hundred Knives by Darrell Schweitzer
  • The Other Man by Nicholas Royle
  • Waiting at the Crossroads Motel by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • The Wilcox Remainder by Brian Evenson
  • Correlated Discontents by Rick Dakan
  • The Skinless Face by Donald Tyson
  • The History of a Letter by Jason V Brock
  • Appointed by Chet Williamson
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Book cover for Exotic Gothic 4 (Postscripts #28/29) edited by Danel Olson  

Exotic Gothic 4 (Postscripts #28/29)

Editor: Olson, Danel
Format: Hardcover
Type: Horror Anthology
Page Count: 422pp.
Pub. Date: July 2012
Publisher: PS Publishing

 
Nominated for the 2012 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Edited Anthology

Publisher’s Summary:
The latest bumper Postscripts anthology, with new stories from twenty five of today s finest speculative fiction writers:

Table of Contents:

  • Preface: On Dark Gifting by Danel Olson
  • Blooding the Bride by Margo Lanagan
  • Pig Thing by Adam L.G. Nevill
  • The Lighthouse Keepers’ Club by Kaaron Warren
  • The Look by Reggie Oliver
  • Nikishi by Lucy Taylor
  • The Fourth Horse by Simon Kurt Unsworth
  • The Fall by Stephen Dedman
  • In the Village of Setang by Tunku Halim
  • Carving by David Punter
  • Water Lover by Genni Gunn
  • Escena de un Asesinato by Robert Hood
  • The Old Man Beset by Demons by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • Atacama by David Wellington
  • Metro Winds by Isobelle Carmody
  • Mariners’ Round by Terry Dowling
  • Oschaert by Paul Finch
  • Helena by Ekaterina Sedia
  • Rusalka by Anna Taborska
  • Candy by Nick Antosca
  • Down in the Valley by Joseph Bruchac
  • Wanishin by Cherie Dimaline
  • Grottor by Brian Evenson
  • Such a Man I Would Have Become by E. Michael Lewis
  • The Unfinished Book by Scott Thomas
  • Celebrity Frankenstein by Stephen Volk
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Book cover for Night Shadows: Queer Horror edited by Greg Herren and J. M. Redmann  

Night Shadows: Queer Horror

Editors: Herren, Greg and J. M. Redmann
Format: Trade Paperback/eBook
Type: Horror Anthology
Page Count: 264pp.
Pub. Date: October 2012
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books

 
Nominated for the 2012 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Edited Anthology

Publisher’s Summary:
What scares you the most?

An impressive lineup of the biggest names in gay and lesbian publishing come together to share tales of things that go bump in the night, murder and revenge most foul, and dark creatures that will haunt your dreams, while putting a decidedly queer twist on the literary horror genre.

Edited by award-winning authors Greg Herren and J. M. Redmann, the stories in Night Shadows are masterfully told, disturbing tales of psychological terror that will continue to resonate with readers long after they finish reading these delightfully wicked stories. Don’t read these stygian tales when you’re alone — or without every light in the house burning!

Table of Contents:

  • A Question of Genre by Greg Herren and J. M. Redmann
  • The Hollow is Filled with Beautiful Monsters by Lee Thomas
  • The Zealous Advocate by Carsen Taite
  • Room Nine by Felice Picano
  • The Price by J. M. Redmann
  • Matinee by Vince A. Liaguno
  • Capturing Jove Lunge by Steve Berman
  • A Letter to My Brother, relating Recent Events with Unintended Consequences by Carol Rosenfeld
  • All the Pretty Boys by Michael Rowe
  • The Roommate by Lisa Girolami
  • Filth by ‘Nathan Burgoine
  • Saint Louis 1990 by Jewelle Gomez
  • Blackout by Jeffrey Ricker
  • Crazy in the Night by Greg Herren
  • Ordinary Mayhem by Victoria A. Brownworth
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Book cover for Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury edited by Sam Weller and Mort Castle  

Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury

Editors: Castle, Mort, and Sam Weller
Format: Trade Paperback/eBook/Audio Book
Type: Horror Anthology
Page Count: 464pp.
Pub. Date: July 2012
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

 
Nominated for the 2012 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Edited Anthology
Winner of the 2012 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in an Anthology

Publisher’s Summary:
In Shadow Show, 26 acclaimed writers have come together to pay tribute to the work of the one and only Ray Bradbury with never before published stories inspired by the master.

The incomparable literary artist who has given us such timeless classics as Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, and Dandelion Wine, is being honored by some of the most notable names in the writing world-including Neil Gaiman, Joe Hill, Audrey Niffenegger, Margaret Atwood, Alice Hoffman, Robert McCammon, and more — with new short fiction that thrills, frightens, moves, and dazzles in the great Bradbury tradition.

Edited by Sam Weller and Mort Castle, with an introduction by the man, Ray Bradbury himself, Shadow Show pays well-deserved homage to one of America’s greatest, most celebrated authors.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction by Sam Weller and Mort Castle
  • Second Homecoming by Ray Bradbury
  • The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury by Neil Gaiman
  • Headlife by Margaret Atwood
  • Heavy by Jay Bonansinga
  • The Girl In The Funeral Parlor by Sam Weller
  • The Companions by David Morrell
  • The Exchange by Thomas F. Monteleone
  • Cat on a Bad Couch by Lee Martin
  • By The Silver Water Of Lake Champlain by Joe Hill
  • Little America by Dan Chaon
  • The Phone Call by John McNally
  • Young Pilgrims by Joe Meno
  • Children Of The Bedtime Machine by Robert McCammon
  • The Page by Ramsey Campbell
  • Light by Mort Castle
  • Conjure by Alice Hoffman
  • Max by John Maclay
  • Two Of A Kind by Jacqueline Mitchard
  • Fat Man And Little Boy by Gary Braunbeck
  • The Tattoo by Bonnie Jo Campbell
  • Backwards In Seville by Audrey Niffenegger
  • Earth: (A Gift Shop) by Charles Yu
  • Hayleigh’s Dad by Julia Keller
  • Who Knocks? by Dave Eggers
  • Reservation 2020 by Bayo Ojikutu
  • Two Houses by Kelly Link
  • Weariness by Harlan Ellison
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The 2012 Shirley Jackson Award Nominations for Best Single-Author Collection

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Today’s special post presents the 2012 Shirley Jackson Award Nominations with the award for best Single-Author Collection.

Who was Shirley Jackson, you ask?

Shirley Jackson (1916-1965) is the author of one of the most revered horror novels: The Haunting of Hill House and my favorite Jackson novel We Have Always Lived in the Castle as well as the famous short story “The Lottery” which you can find in her collection The Lottery and Other Stories.

She has also written The Sundial, The Bird’s Nest, Hangsaman and Road Through the Wall among others.

She is also known for her two funny and insightful memoirs: Life Among the Savages and Raising Demons.

Best Single-Author Collection

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Book cover for Crackpot Palace: Stories by Jeffrey Ford  

Crackpot Palace: Stories

Author: Ford, Jeffrey
Format: Trade Paperback/eBook
Type: Horror Anthology
Page Count: 338pp.
Pub. Date: August 2012
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

 
Nominated for the 2012 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Single-Author Collection

Publisher’s Summary:
From the unparalleled imagination of award-winning author Jeffrey Ford come twenty short stories (one, “The Wish Head,” written expressly for this collection) that boldly redefine the world.

Crackpot Palace is a sumptuous feast of the unexpected — an unforgettable journey that will carry readers to amazing places, though at times the locales may seem strangely familiar, almost like home.

Whether he’s tracking ghostly events on the border of New Jersey’s mysterious Pine Barrens or following a well-equipped automaton general into battle, giving a welcome infusion of new blood to the hoary vampire trope or exposing the truth about what really went down on Dr. Moreau’s Island of Lost Souls, Jeffrey Ford has opened a door into a dark and fantastic realm where dream and memory become one.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction by Jeffrey Ford
  • Polka Dots and Moonbeams
  • Down Atsion Road
  • Sit the Dead
  • The Seventh Expression of the Robot General
  • 86 Deathdick Road
  • After Moreau
  • The Hag’s Peak Affair
  • The Coral Heart
  • The Double of My Double is Not My Double
  • Daltharee
  • Ganesha
  • Every Richie There Is
  • The Dream of Reason
  • The War Between Heaven and Hell Wallpaper
  • Relic
  • Glass Eels
  • The Wish Head
  • Weiroot
  • Dr. Lash Remembers
  • Daddy longlegs of the Evening
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Book cover for Errantry: Strange Stories by Elizabeth Hand  

Errantry: Strange Stories

Author: Hand, Elizabeth
Format: Trade Paperback/eBook
Type: Horror Collection
Page Count: 320pp.
Pub. Date: November 2012
Publisher: Small Beer Press

 
Nominated for the 2012 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Single-Author Collection
Nominated for the 2012 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Collection

Publisher’s Summary:
No one is innocent, no one unexamined in award-winner Elizabeth Hand’s new collection. From the summer isles to the mysterious people next door all the way to the odd guy one cubicle over, Hand teases apart the dark strangenesses of everyday life to show us the impossibilities, broken dreams, and improbable dreams that surely can never come true.

Elizabeth Hand’s novels include Shirley Jackson Award-winner Generation Loss, Mortal Love, and Available Dark.

Table of Contents:

  • The Maiden Flight of McCauley’s Bellerophon
  • Near Zennor
  • Hungerford Bridge
  • The Far Shore
  • Winter’s Wife
  • Cruel Up North
  • Summerteeth
  • The Return of the Fire Witch
  • Uncle Lou
  • Errantry
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Book cover for The Pottawatomie Giant and Other Stories by Andy Duncan  

The Pottawatomie Giant and Other Stories

Author: Duncan, Andy
Format: Hardcover
Type: Horror Collection
Page Count: 325pp.
Pub. Date: February 2012
Publisher: PS Publishing Ltd.

 
Nominated for the 2012 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Single-Author Collection

Publisher’s Summary:
In this book you will meet an Appalachian dragon, a phantom geocacher, a racist halfling, a torturer of paintings, a homicidal gator-man, the devil’s son-in-law, the King of the Tramps, the Wizard of the Blue Ridge, a chicken named Jesus Christ, and the first Haitian Zombie ever photographed, as well as Yuri Gagarin, Harry Houdini, Zora Neale Hurston, Flannery O’Connor, and Sun Records headliners the Prisonaires, live from the Tennessee State Penitentiary in Nashville. The appearance of the Space Brother Bob Solomon is unconfirmed, but we can always hope.

In other words, this is the second fiction collection from Andy Duncan, whom Gardner Dozois calls “a genre to himself.” It includes the World Fantasy Award-winning title story, the Theodore Sturgeon Award-winning novella “The Chief Designer,” and Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, and Shirley Jackson Award nominees, as well as extensive story notes and a new novelette, “Close Encounters.”

Table of Contents:

  • The Pottawatomie Giant
  • Senator Bilbo
  • The Big Rock Candy Mountain
  • Daddy Mention and the Monday Skull
  • Zora and the Zombie
  • Unique Chicken Goes in Reverse
  • Provenance
  • A Diorama of the Infernal Regions, or The Devil’s Ninth Question
  • The Dragaman’s Bride
  • The Night Cache
  • Close Encounters
  • The Chief Designer
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Book cover for Remember Why You Fear Me: The Best Dark Fiction of Robert Shearman by Robert Shearman  

Remember Why You Fear Me: The Best Dark Fiction of Robert Shearman

Author: Shearman, Robert
Format: Trade Paperback/eBook/Audio Book
Type: Horror Collection
Page Count: 425pp.
Pub. Date: October 2012
Publisher: ChiZine Publications

 
Nominated for the 2012 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Single-Author Collection

Publisher’s Summary:
A woman rejects her husband’s heart — and gives it back to him, still beating, in a plastic box. A little boy betrays his father to the harsh mercies of Santa Claus. A widower suspects his dead wife’s face is growing over his own. A man goes to Hell, and finds he’s roommate to the ghost of Hitler’s pet dog. Giant spiders, killer angels, ghost cat photography, and the haunted house right at the centre of the Garden of Eden.

Deliciously frightening, darkly satirical, and always unexpected, Robert Shearman has won the World Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Edge Hill Reader’s Prize.

Remember Why You Fear Me gathers together his best dark fiction, the most celebrated stories from his acclaimed books, and ten new tales that have never been collected before. . . .

Table of Contents:

  • Not Really a Horror Writer: An Introduction by Stephen Jones
  • Mortal Coil
  • George Clooney’s Moustache
  • Damned If You Don’t
  • So Proud
  • Roadkill
  • Clown Envy
  • Elementary Problems of Photography (Number Three): An Analysis, and Proferred Solution
  • Good Grief
  • Custard Cream
  • Cold Snap
  • Pang
  • Blue Crayon, Yellow Crayon
  • Favourite
  • One More Bloody Miracle After Another
  • Featherweight
  • Jason Zerrillo is an Annoying Prick
  • Granny’s Grinning
  • Alice Through the Plastic Sheet
  • The Bathtub
  • The Dark Space in the House in the House in the Garden at the Centre of the World
  • Afterword: Merely a Horror Writer

Table of Contents: Bonus Material (eBook Only)

  • Tiny Deaths
  • Jolly Roger
  • The Big Boy’s Big Box of Tricks
  • The Girl from Ipanema
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Book cover for The Woman Who Married a Cloud: The Collected Short Stories of Jonathan Carroll by Jonathan Carroll  

The Woman Who Married a Cloud: The Collected Short Stories of Jonathan Carroll

Author: Carroll, Jonathan
Format: Hardcover/eBook/Audio Book
Type: Horror Collection
Page Count: 600pp.
Pub. Date: July 2012
Publisher: Subterranean

 
Nominated for the 2012 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Single-Author Collection
Nominated for the 2012 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Collection

Publisher’s Summary:
Described by Michael Dirda in The Washington Post as ‘sexy, eery and addictive’, the fiction of Jonathan Carroll occurs at the point where the ordinary becomes extraordinary, the commonplace becomes unsettling, and yet where we nonetheless always recognize the stories being told because they are always about ourselves and what happens in our deepest, sometimes darkest hearts.

Always better known as a novelist — readers first experienced Carroll s elegant, eloquent, wondrous, terrible and often surreal fiction in his classic debut The Land of Laughs, which he followed with Bones of the Moon, Sleeping in Flame, A Child Across the Sky, and others — Carroll has also created a compelling and deeply moving body of short fiction. Perhaps more eclectic and slant-wise than some of his novels, stories like World Fantasy Award winning “Friend’s Best Man” and Pushcart Prize and Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire honouree “Home on the Rain” stand amongst his very best work.

The Woman Who Married a Cloud: Collected Stories is the best and most complete collection of Jonathan Carroll’s fiction ever published. It collects 38 stories written across a thirty year long career, a number appearing here in print for the first time, in a single landmark volume that stands as the perfect introduction to this unique and wonderful writer.

Table of Contents:

  • Mr. Fiddlehead
  • Uh-Oh City
  • Second Snow
  • The Fall Collection
  • Friend’s Best Man
  • The Sadness of Detail
  • Waiting to Wave
  • The Jane Fonda Room
  • A Quarter Past You
  • My Zoondel
  • Learning to Leave
  • The Panic Hand
  • A Bear in the Mouth
  • Postgraduate
  • Tired Angel
  • The Dead Love You
  • Florian
  • The Life of My Crime
  • A Wheel in the Desert, the Moon on Some Swings
  • A Flash in the Pants
  • Black Cocktail
  • Crimes of the Face
  • Fish in a Barrel
  • A Gravity Thief
  • The Great Walt of China
  • The Stolen Church
  • Alone Alarm
  • Asleep in Wolf’s Clothing
  • The Language of Heaven
  • The Heidelberg Cylinder
  • Elizabeth Thug
  • Home on the Rain
  • Vedran
  • Water Can’t Be Nervous
  • East of Furious
  • Nothing to Declare
  • The Woman Who Married a Cloud
  • A Biography of Jonathan Carroll
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Book cover for Windeye by Brian Evenson  

Windeye

Author: Evenson, Brian
Format: Trade Paperback/eBook
Type: Horror Collection
Page Count: 176pp.
Pub. Date: April 2012
Publisher: Coffee House Press

 
Nominated for the 2012 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Single-Author Collection

Publisher’s Summary:
A woman falling out of sync with the world; a king’s servant hypnotized by his murderous horse; a transplanted ear with a mind of its own — the characters in these stories live as interlopers in a world shaped by mysterious disappearances and unfathomable discrepancies between the real and imagined.

Brian Evenson, master of literary horror, presents his most far-ranging collection to date, exploring how humans can persist in an increasingly unreal world. Haunting, gripping, and psychologically fierce, these tales illuminate a dark and unsettling side of humanity.

Table of Contents:

  • Windeye
  • The Second Boy
  • The Process
  • A History of the Human Voice
  • Dapplegrim
  • Angel of Death
  • The Dismal Mirror
  • Legion
  • The Moldau Case
  • The Sladen Suit
  • Hurlock’s Law
  • Discrepancy
  • Knowledge
  • Baby or Doll
  • The Tunnel
  • South of the Beast
  • The Absent Eye
  • Bon Scott: The Choir Years
  • Tapadera
  • The Other Ear
  • They
  • The Oxygen Protocol
  • The Drownable Species
  • Grottor
  • Anskan House
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The 2012 Shirley Jackson Awards Nominations for Best Short Story

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Today we’ll continue our special series of blog posts presenting the 2012 Shirley Jackson Awards Nominations with a look at the category for Best Short Story.

Best Short Story

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The 2012 Shirley Jackson Awards Nominations for Best Novelette

Horror Awards

Today let’s check out the nominations for best novelette in our series of blog posts presenting the 2012 Shirley Jackson Awards Nominations.

Best Novelette

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The 2012 Shirley Jackson Award Nominations for Best Novella

Horror Awards

Today we’ll look at the nominations for the 2012 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novella.

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 Novella

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