Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The Shirley Jackson Awards

How did I miss it? The 2015 Shirley Jackson book awards were announced last month. The awards recognize "outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic." Whether you're looking for a good book to read around the campfire or are looking to gear yourself up for Halloween (we're only thirteen weeks away!) the Jackson Awards won't let you down.

The winners and finalists are broken into the categories of novel, novella, novelette, short fiction, single-author collection, and edited anthology. I haven't read any of this year's winners so I have my work cut out for me. Join me?

Experimental Film, Gemma Files (novel)
Wylding Hall, Elizabeth Hand (novella)
"Even Clean Hands Can Do Damage", Steve Duffy (novelette)
"The Dying Season", Lynda E. Rucker (short fiction)
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Stephen King (single-author collection)
Aickman's Heirs, edited bt Simon Strantzas

Follow the link to see the list of finalists too. I'm sure they're all worth reading. Shall we start at the top and work our way down?


  1. Did you know Lynda Rucker is from Elberton and went to UGA? She was living in Athens again a few years ago but is currently in London.

  2. I didn't know that! Have you read any of her work? Do you know her?