Shirley Jackson Award

Ceremony of Flies Nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award

Boston, MA (May 2015) – In recognition of the legacy of Shirley Jackson’s writing, and with permission of the author’s estate, The Shirley Jackson Awards, Inc. has been established for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.

The Shirley Jackson Awards are voted upon by a jury of professional writers, editors, critics, and academics, with input from a Board of Advisors. The awards are given for the best work published in the preceding calendar year in the following categories: Novel, Novella, Novelette, Short Story, Single-Author Collection, and Edited Anthology.

The nominees for the 2014 Shirley Jackson Awards are:

NOVEL

  • Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer (FSG Originals)
  • Bird Box, Josh Malerman (Ecco)
  • Broken Monsters, Lauren Beukes (Mulholland)
  • Confessions, Kanae Minato (Mulholland)
  • The Lesser Dead, Christopher Buehlman (Berkley)
  • The Unquiet House, Alison Littlewood (Jo Fletcher Books)

 

NOVELLA

  • The Beauty, Aliya Whiteley (Unsung Stories)
  • Ceremony of Flies, Kate Jonez (DarkFuse)
  • The Good Shabti, Robert Sharp (Jurassic London)
  • The Mothers of Voorhisville, Mary Rickert (Tor.com, April 2014)
  • We Are All Completely Fine, Daryl Gregory (Tachyon)

 

NOVELETTE

  • “The Devil in America,” Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com, April 2014)
  • “The End of the End of Everything,” Dale Bailey (Tor.com, April 2014)
  • “The Husband Stitch,” Carmen Maria Machado (Granta)
  • “Newspaper Heart,” Stephen Volk (The Spectral Book of Horror Stories, Spectral Press)
  • “Office at Night,” Kate Bernheimer and Laird Hunt (Walker Art Center/ Coffee House Press)
  • “The Quiet Room,” V H Leslie (Shadows & Tall Trees 2014, Undertow Publications/ChiZine Publications)

 

SHORT FICTION

  • “Candy Girl,” Chikodili Emelumadu (Apex Magazine, November 2014)
  • “The Dogs Home,” Alison Littlewood (The Spectral Book of Horror Stories, Spectral Press)
  • “The Fisher Queen,” Alyssa Wong (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, May/June 2014)
  • “Shay Corsham Worsted,” Garth Nix (Fearful Symmetries, ChiZine Publications)
  • “Wendigo Nights,” Siobhan Carroll (Fearful Symmetries, ChiZine Publications)

 

SINGLE-AUTHOR COLLECTION

  • After the People Lights Have Gone Off, Stephen Graham Jones (Dark House)
  • Burnt Black Suns:  A Collection of Weird Tales, Simon Strantzas (Hippocampus)
  • Gifts for the One who Comes After, Helen Marshall (ChiZine Publications)
  • They Do The Same Things Different There, Robert Shearman (ChiZine Publications)
  • Unseaming, Mike Allen (Antimatter Press)

 

EDITED ANTHOLOGY

  • Letters to Lovecraft, edited by Jesse Bullington (Stone Skin Press)
  • Fearful Symmetries, edited by Ellen Datlow (ChiZine Publications)
  • The Spectral Book of Horror Stories, edited by Mark Morris (Spectral Press)
  • Shadows & Tall Trees 2014, edited by Michael Kelly (Undertow Publications/ChiZine Publications)
  • The Children of Old Leech: A Tribute to the Carnivorous Cosmos of Laird Barron, edited by Ross E. Lockhart and Justin Steele (Word Horde)

 

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.

Congratulations to all the nominees.

Lisa Morton

Lisa Morton Recommends Ceremony of Flies

 

“CEREMONY OF FLIES hits the road like a nitrous-fueled GTO…and then pulls the ultimate stunt of getting better. What starts as a deceptively simple hard-boiled noir story twists on itself and adds layers and grows stranger and before you know it, BAM – it’s the end of the world and all you can do is hang on by your fingernails. This really, truly is one of the best novellas I’ve read in years.” –Lisa Morton, multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author of ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE: WASHINGTON DECEASED

SP Miskowski

S.P. Miskowski Recommends Ceremony of Flies

“Kate Jonez writes fiction that immediately engages all of the senses, not purely for pleasure but to heighten our awareness when the world we recognize starts to spin out of control. This white-hot road trip under a blazing California sun might lead to redemption for the protagonist, an ass-kicking woman on the run from her latest mistake. Or she might find wit and resilience are not enough to battle evil when it manifests simultaneously from without and within. Superb writing, terrific characters, and a whip-fast story. I loved it.” — S.P. Miskowski, Author of the Skillute Cycle

 

 

Simon Strantzas

Simon Strantzas Recommends Ceremony of Flies

 

Ceremony of Flies“Immediate. Startling. Unrelenting. CEREMONY OF FLIES is an explosive, violent journey in the back of an old-fashioned convertible. Kate Jonez works her characters like a demented god, bringing their confusion and desperation to the fore. Her prose is tight and tough and keeps you on edge; before you can recover from the first gut punch, a flurry is taking its place. Jonez is a powerful talent.” — Simon Strantzas, author of BURNT BLACK SUNS

 

 

 

 

SP Miskowski

S.P. Miskowski Says:

 

“Science and magic dance a sly tango in this sublime debut novel by Kate Jonez. Hesperia is charged with preventing her neighbor, a young genius named Roland, from proving a theory with the potential to destroy the influence of witchcraft on humanity. From this premise Jonez has created a world of sensual and supernatural wonders. Her characters, both human and magical, are remarkably sympathetic. They hold our attention from the first to the last page, and linger in the imagination for a long time after, thanks to the descriptive beauty of her prose.”

— S.P. Miskowski, Shirley Jackson Award nominated author of Knock Knock and Delphine Dodd 

Paul Tremblay Says:

“Think Rob Zombie meets John Waters meets—I’m not quite sure what, but Kate Jonez’s CANDY HOUSE is a whacked-out, twisted, and original tale of family, obsession, and not-so-neighborly witches. A promising debut!”

— Paul Tremblay, author of THE LITTLE SLEEP

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