I am so excited to see the table of contents for The Best Horror of the Year Volume 8. My story “All the Day You’ll Have Good Luck,” published in Black Static #47 July/Aug is in excellent company! I can’t wait to read this.
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:
- 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)
- 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)
- “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)
- “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)
- 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)
- 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.
“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
“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
Mary Borsellino has some questions for me.
1) What am I working on?
I am currently working on a novel about a young widow who flees the turmoil of NY’s food riots during the Great Depression to find shelter with her husband’s family in the swamplands of Louisianna. She finds herself and her young son in a frightening world where the only explanations for the strange goings on is shapeshifting and black magic.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
While I’m not the only one who can make this claim, I feel it is very important that every character be well rounded. To a fault, perhaps, I try to make each character unlike any other I’ve read or seen in movies. I can’t stand a stock character even though I know many readers find them comforting. My stories tend to be unsettling. In part this is because the characters do not always act according to expectation.
Candy House my Bram Stoker nominated novel is a good example of this.
3) Why do I write what I do?
It’s selfish, I suppose. I want people to listen to me. I want them to see things my way. I want them to agree that my views of beauty and horror are compelling.
4) How does my writing process work?
I write a sentence, then check my email. I write another, then check what’s happening on Twitter. When get disgusted with myself for behaving like this I disable the internet and begin the slow and arduous process of stringing words together.
Thank you to Mary for inviting me to participate in this blog hop. Mary Borsellino is an indie punk writer from Australia. She has a bunch of tattoos and a tendency to get passionately involved with things she believes in and loves. Her latest book, Ruby Coral Carnelian, is a rich, engrossing fairy tale following three students on the run from cruel sorcerers. You can find her blog here.