So this was my big secret (the anthology part). I did not know how many stories from my various anthos were nominated--and am especially pleased that stories from a ya anthology made the cut, along with the anthology itself.
I'm proud to have my work on the same ballot as the other anthologies nominated.

Congratulations to all the nominees, thank you to the judges, and good luck to everyone. We are all winners for the next several months.
The Shirley Jackson Award nominees


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)

Shirley Jackson (1916-1965) wrote such classic novels as The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, as well as one of the most famous short stories in the English language, “The Lottery.” Her work continues to be a major influence on writers of every kind of fiction, from the most traditional genre offerings to the most innovative literary work.

The 2011 Shirley Jackson Awards will be presented on Sunday, July 15th at Readercon 23, Conference on Imaginative Literature, in Burlington, Massachusetts. Shirley Jackson is the Memorial Guest of Honor. Readercon 23 Guests of Honor, Peter Straub and Caitlin R. Kiernan, will act as hosts.
It's not only because my anthologies and stories from them are often nominated but because invariably there's nominated material I've never heard of, let alone ever read.
For example, this year's list contains the following of which I was not aware:
The Reapers Are the Angels, Alden Bell (Holt)

I have read Dark Matter, Michelle Paver (Orion)and A Dark Matter, Peter Straub (Doubleday)

The Broken Man, Michael Byers (PS Publishing)
# One Bloody Thing After Another, Joey Comeau (ECW Press)
# Subtle Bodies, Peter Dubé (Lethe Press)

Short Story
“Booth’s Ghost,” Karen Joy Fowler (What I Didn’t See, Small Beer Press) (this is a case where if I'd been sent a review copy of the collection, I'd have read the story).
I had a ball at Readercon, even though I crashed (very) early Saturday night, probably because I gave blood earlier in the day so missed Howard Waldrop's reading and all the parties that night. But I was up bright and early for breakfast with the Locus folk, Amelia and Liza, the Shirley Jackson Awards at which I was very pleased to accept the Award for Poe, as Best edited anthology.
Here's the entire slate of winners and nominees:

BIG MACHINE, Victor LaValle
(Speigel & Grau)


Last Days, Brian Evenson (Underland Press)
The Little Stranger, Sarah Waters (Riverhead)
The Owl Killers, Karen Maitland (Delacorte Press)
The Red Tree, Caitlin R. Kiernan (Roc)
White is for Witching, Helen Oyeyemi (Nan A. Talese)

Midnight Picnic, Nick Antosca
(Word Riot Press)


The Language of Dying, Sarah Pinborough, (PS Publishing)
“Sea-Hearts,” Margo Lanagan (X6, coeur de lion)
Shrike, Quentin S. Crisp (PS Publishing)
Vardøger, Stephen Volk (Gray Friar Press)
The Witnesses are Gone, Joel Lane (PS Publishing)

“Morality,” Stephen King


“Catch Hell,” Laird Barron (Lovecraft Unbound, Dark Horse)
“Each Thing I Show You Is a Piece of My Death,” Gemma Files and Stephen J. Barringer, (Clockwork Phoenix 2, Norilana Books)
“Lonegan’s Luck,” Stephen Graham Jones (New Genre 6)
The Night Cache, Andy Duncan (PS Publishing)

“The Pelican Bar,” Karen Joy Fowler
(Eclipse 3, Night Shade)


“The Crevasse,” by Dale Bailey and Nathan Ballingrud (Lovecraft Unbound, Dark Horse)
“Faces,” Aimee Bender (The Paris Review, Issue 191, Winter 2009)
“The Jacaranda Smile,” Gemma Files (Apparitions, Undertow Publications)
“Procedure in Plain Air,” Jonathan Lethem (The New Yorker, April 5, 2010)
“Strappado,” Laird Barron (Poe: 19 New Tales Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, Solaris)

Winners (Two Winners):
Tunneling to the Center of the Earth, Kevin Wilson
(Harper Perennial)
Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical, Robert Shearman
(Big Finish Productions)


Everland and Other Stories, Paul Witcover (PS Publishing)
Fugue State, Brian Evenson (Coffee House Press)
There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby: Scary Fairy Tales, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya (Penguin)
Zoo, Otsuichi (Haikasoru/VIZ Media)

Poe: 19 New Tales Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, edited by Ellen Datlow


Apparitions, edited by Michael Kelly (Undertow Publications)
British Invasion, edited by Christopher Golden, Tim Lebbon, and James A. Moore (Cemetery Dance)
Exotic Gothic 3: Strange Visitations, edited by Danel Olson (Ash Tree Press)
Lovecraft Unbound, edited by Ellen Datlow (Dark Horse)
Charles Tan has been interviewing all the nominees for the Shirley Jackson Award...his interview with me about Poe and Lovecraft Unbound has just gone up at The Shirley Jackson Awards blog .
The 2008 Shirley Jackson Awards winners were announced on Sunday, July 12th 2009, at Readercon 20, Conference on Imaginative Literature, in Burlington, Massachusetts. Congratulations to all the winners

(William Morrow)


* Alive in Necropolis, Doug Dorst (Riverhead Hardcover)
* The Man on the Ceiling, Steve Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem (Wizards of the Coast Discoveries)
* Pandemonium, Daryl Gregory (Del Rey)
* The Resurrectionist, Jack O’Connell (Algonquin Books)
* Tender Morsels, Margo Lanagan (Knopf Books for Young Readers)

DISQUIET, Julia Leigh
(Penguin/Hamish Hamilton)


* "Dormitory," Yoko Ogawa (The Diving Pool, Picador)
* Living With the Dead, Darrell Schweitzer (PS Publishing)
* The Long Trial of Nolan Dugatti, Stephen Graham Jones (Chiasmus Press)
* "N,", Stephen King (Just After Sunset, Scribner)

(The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction)


* "Hunger Moon," Deborah Noyes (The Ghosts of Kerfol, Candlewick Press)
* "The Lagerstatte," Laird Barron (The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy, Ballantine Books/Del Rey)
* "Penguins of the Apocalypse," William Browning Spencer (Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy, Subterranean Press)
* The Situation, Jeff VanderMeer (PS Publishing)

"THE PILE," Michael Bishop
(Subterranean Online, Winter 2008)


* "68° 07’ 15"N, 31° 36’ 44"W," Conrad Williams (Fast Ships, Black Sails, Night Shade Books)
* "The Dinner Party," Joshua Ferris (The New Yorker, August 11, 2008)
* "Evidence of Love in a Case of Abandonment: One Daughter’s Personal Account," M. Rickert (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Oct/Nov 2008)
* "The Inner City," Karen Heuler (Cemetery Dance #58, 2008)
* "Intertropical Convergence Zone," Nadia Bulkin (ChiZine, Issue 37, 2008)



* A Better Angel, Chris Adrian (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)
* Dangerous Laughter, Steven Millhauser (Knopf)
* The Girl on the Fridge, Etgar Keret (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)
* Just After Sunset, Stephen King (Scribner)
* Wild Nights!, Joyce Carol Oates (Ecco)

THE NEW UNCANNY, Edited by Sarah Eyre and Ra Page
(Comma Press)


* Bound for Evil, edited by Tom English (Dead Letter Press)
* Exotic Gothic 2: New Tales of Taboo, edited by Danel Olson (Ash-Tree Press)
* Fast Ships, Black Sails, edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer (Night Shade Books)
* Shades of Darkness, edited by Barbara and Christopher Roden (Ash-Tree Press)
This special, one-book auction to benefit the Shirley Jackson Award ends Tuesday morning 9:30 am ET so you only have 15 hours to bid. There is one bid now (minimum of $100) which is still a bargain as this rare first edition hardcover has been seen for nothing less than $200. Go Go Go...
The raffle was a great success, thanks to all of you and to all the donors. Here are the winners:
Award winners
It ends tonight at midnight, ET. I wish I could buy tix but as someone who helped put together the event I cannot. But YOU can. It's just a $1 and a dream (I know I know--winning a signed book or a partial ms by Peter Straub or Jack Ketchum is not exactly the same as winning $10 million in the NY lottery--but hey, your chances are much much better).

Jackson Awards site
This is a chapbook that was created to raise funds for the Shirley Jackson Award. I've linked to Paul Tremblay's blog posting because he has a button linked to paypal, the easiest and most profitable for the organization way to buy the book. The Shirley Jackson Award website is waiting to be updated so that all this will be on the front page and blogged--when that happens I'll change the link to that.
Jack Haringa Must Die!
You can also order it by emailing:
or buying it at amazon:
amazon link

Also, Charles Tan is conducting a series of interviews with nominees--I'll add the names of those interviewed here as they go up:
Lucius Shepard about his novella "Vacancy"
Laird Barron about his work
Jackson blog

Finally, there will be a fund raiser held at KGB Bar July 23rd with Peter Straub, David Wellington, Jack Womack, Sarah Langan, Carrie Laben(a finalist), Jeffrey Ford, John Langan, and F. Brett Cox, and Jack Ketchum will be reading from Jackson's work. Entrance will cost $5...An actual pr release about this will be sent out soon.


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