Shirley Jackson Winners

The Shirley Jackson Award winners were announced at Readercon on July 13. The Shirley Jackson Awards were established to recognize outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.

  • Novel: American Elsewhere, by Robert Jackson Bennett
  • Novella: Burning Girls, by Veronica Schanoes
  • Novelette: “Cry Murder! In a Small Voice,” by Greer Gilman
  • Short Fiction:”57 Reasons for the Slate Quarry Suicides,” by Sam J. Miller
  • Single-Author Collection: (tie) Before and Afterlives, by Christopher Barzak; North American Lake Monsters, by Nathan Ballingrud
  • Edited Anthology: Grimscribe’s Puppets, edited by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.

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Shirley Jackson Award Nominations

The Shirley Jackson Awards were established to recognize outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic. The winners will be announced on July 13 at Readercon 25 in Burlington, Massachusetts.

Novel:

  • The Accursed, by Joyce Carol Oates
  • American Elsewhere, by Robert Jackson Bennett
  • The Demonologist, by Andrew Pyper
  • The Ghost Bride, by Yangsze Choo
  • Night Film, by Marisha Pessl
  • Wild Fell, by Michael Rowe

Novella:

  • Burning Girls, by Veronica Schanoes
  • Children of No One, by Nicole Cushing
  • Helen’s Story, by Rosanne Rabinowitz
  • It Sustains, by Mark Morris
  • “The Gateway,” by Nina Allan
  • The Last Revelation of Gla’aki, by Ramsey Campbell
  • Whom the Gods Would Destroy, by Brian Hodge

Novelette:

  • “Cry Murder! In a Small Voice,” by Greer Gilman
  • “A Little of the Night,” by Tanith Lee
  • “My Heart is Either Broken,” by Megan Abbott
  • “Phosphorus,” by Veronica Schanoes
  • “Raptors,” by Conrad Williams

Short Fiction:

  • “57 Reasons for the Slate Quarry Suicides,” by Sam J. Miller
  • “Furnace,” by Livia Llewellyn
  • “The Memory Book,” by Maureen McHugh
  • “The Statue in the Garden,” by Paul Park
  • “That Tiny Flutter of the Heart,” by Robert Shearman
  • “The Traditional,” by Maria Dahvana Headley

Single-Author Collection:

  • Before and Afterlives, by Christopher Barzak
  • Everything You Need, by Michael Marshall Smith
  • In Search Of and Others, by Will Lundwigsen
  • North American Lake Monsters, by Nathan Ballingrud
  • The Story Until Now, by Kit Reed

Edited Anthology:

  • The Book of the Dead, edited by Jared Shurin
  • End of the Road, edited by Jonathan Oliver
  • Grimscribe’s Puppets, edited by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.
  • Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy, edited by Ellen Datlow
  • Where thy Dark Eye Glances: Queering Edgar Allan Poe, edited by Steve Berman

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Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award

The winner of the 2013 Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award was announced at Readercon. The award seeks to recognize and draw attention to lesser-known fantasy or science fiction authors. This year’s award went to Wyman Guin, a pseudonym for Norman Menasco. Guin (1915-1989) began publishing in 1950 and published eight short stories and a novel over the span of his career. He is, perhaps, best known for the novella “Beyond Bedlam” and the novelette “Volpla.”

Shirley Jackson Award Winners

The Shirley Jackson Award winners were announced at Readercon on July 14. The Shirley Jackson Awards were established to recognize outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.

  • Novel: Edge, by Koji Suzuki
  • Novella: “Sky,” by Kaaron Warren
  • Novelette: “Reeling for the Empire,” by Karen Russell
  • Short Fiction:”A Natural History of Autumn,” by Jeffrey Ford
  • Single-Author Collection: Crackpot Palace, by Jeffrey Ford
  • Edited Anthology: Exotic Gothic 4: Postscripts #28/29, edited by Danel Olson

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Readercon Board Resigns

In the wake of the Readercon Board of Directors’ decision to ban René Walling for two years due to harassment charges in contravention of Readercon policy, five members of the Readercon board have resigned and the con com has extended the ban as a lifetime ban. Readercon will elect a new board and develop a new policy for dealing with harassment based on widespread input. In addition, Readercon has announced a refund of memberships for Readercon 24 (2013) for those who feel the convention is not right for them based on recent actions.

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Walling Banned from Readercon for 2 Years

Following complaints of harassment, the Readercon board has announced they are banning René Walling from attending for a period of two years. The board has deviated from its previously published policy of instituting a lifetime ban against harassers (established in 2008) due to their belief that Walling is regretful of the incident. Walling was the co-chair of Anticipation in 2009 and writes for Tor.com. Many fans and authors have proclaimed disappointment and anger over the board’s decision to deviate from their stated policy.

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Rhysling Winners

The winners of the Rhysling Award, presented for speculative poetry by the SFPA, were announced at Readercon.

  • Short Poem: “The Library, After,” by Shira Lipkin
  • Long Poem: “The Curator Speaks in the Department of Dead Languages,” by Megan Arkenberg

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Shirley Jackson Awards

The winners of the 2011 Shirley Jackson Awards, given for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic, were presented at Readercon on July 15.

  • Novel: Witches on the Road Tonight, by Sheri Holman
  • Novella: “Near Zennor,” by Elizabeth Hand
  • Novelette: “The Summer People,”by Kelly Link
  • Short Fiction: “The Corpse Painter’s Masterpiece,” by M. Rickert
  • Single-Author Collection: After the Apocalypse: Stories, by Maureen F. McHugh
  • Edited Anthology: Ghosts by Gaslight, edited by Jack Dann and Nick Gevers

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Cordwainer Smith Winner

The winner of the 2012 Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award was announced at Readercon. The award seeks to recognize and draw attention to lesser-known fantasy or science fiction authors. This year’s award went to Fredric Brown, perhaps best known for writing What Mad Universe and Martians Go Home. Brown was also well known for his short stories. Most of Brown’s science fiction novels and short fiction have been collected in books published by NESFA Press. He also had a large body of mystery work published.

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Clarke Suffers Heart Attack

Neil Clarke, editor of Clarkesworld has announced that he suffered an heart attack at Readercon and is currently in the hospital waiting to hear his prognosis.