A Good Lottery

The Shirley Jackson Awards finalists for this year have just been announced, and it's a great ballot all the way round.

Excuse me while I am particularly delighted for Karen Joy Fowler, up for story and collection, and Richard Butner, up for novelette. You guys already know how much I love Karen's work, and I hope this means Richard's "Holderhaven" gets posted somewhere online soon. It was originally published in a recent issue of Crimewave and it is FABULOUS. In the meantime, if you're not familiar with his work, you can read his excellent story "Ash City Stomp" at Small Beer Press (or download an mp3 of him reading it–this comes up randomly on my ipod from time to time and I never skip it; it's that good)–or order his chapbook.

But, seriously, wonderful ballot (Peter Straub! Kate Bernheimer! Ellen Datlow! Jeff VanderMeer! Mira Grant (aka Seanan McGuire)! A bunch of other stuff I really need to read!). Congratulations to everyone.

Full list nicked from the awards site behind the cut:


  • Dark Matter, Michelle Paver (Orion)
  • A Dark Matter, Peter Straub (Doubleday)
  • Feed, Mira Grant (Orbit)
  • Mr. Shivers, Robert Jackson Bennett (Orbit)
  • The Reapers Are the Angels, Alden Bell (Holt)
  • The Silent Land, Graham Joyce (Gollancz)


  • The Broken Man, Michael Byers (PS Publishing)
  • Chasing the Dragon, Nicholas Kaufmann, (Chizine Publications)
  • “Mysterium Tremendum”, Laird Barron (Occultation, Night Shade)
  • One Bloody Thing After Another, Joey Comeau (ECW Press)
  • Subtle Bodies, Peter Dubé (Lethe Press)
  • The Thief of Broken Toys, Tim Lebbon (Chizine Publications)


  • “–30–,” Laird Barron (Occultation, Night Shade)
  • “The Broadsword,” Laird Barron, (Black Wings, PS Publishing)
  • “Holderhaven,” Richard Butner, (Crimewave 11: Ghosts)
  • “The Redfield Girls,” Laird Barron (Haunted Legends, Tor)
  • Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains,” Neil Gaiman (Stories: All New Tales, William Morrow)


  • “As Red as Red,” by Caitlin R. Kiernan (Haunted Legends, Tor)
  • “Booth’s Ghost,” Karen Joy Fowler (What I Didn’t See, Small Beer Press)
  • “The Foxes,” Lily Hoang (Haunted Legends, Tor)
  • “six six six,” Laird Barron (Occultation, Night Shade)
  • “The Things,” Peter Watts (Clarkesworld, Issue 40)


  • Occultation, Laird Barron (Night Shade)
  • The Ones That Got Away, Stephen Graham Jones (Prime Books)
  • The Third Bear, Jeff Vandermeer (Tachyon)
  • What I Didn’t See, Karen Joy Fowler (Small Beer Press)
  • What Will Come After, Scott Edelman (PS Publishing)


  • Black Wings: Tales of Lovecraftian Horror, edited by S. T. Joshi (PS Publications)
  • Haunted Legends, edited by Ellen Datlow and Nick Mamatas (Tor)
  • My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales, edited by Kate Bernheimer (Penguin)
  • Stories: All New Tales, edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio (William Morrow)
  • Swords and Dark Magic: The New Sword and Sorcery, edited by Jonathan Strahan and Lou Anders (Harper Voyager)
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