Shirley Jackson Nominees

Nominees for the third annual Shirley Jackson Award, presented for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic, have been announced. The winners will be announced at Readercon 21 in Burlington, MA, the weekend of July 8.


  • Big Machine, by Victor LaValle
  • Last Days, by Brian Evenson
  • The Little Stranger, by Sarah Waters
  • The Owl Killers, by Karen Maitland
  • The Red Tree, by Caitlin R. Kiernan
  • White is for Witching, by Helen Oyeyemi


  • The Language of Dying, by Sarah Pinborough
  • Midnight Picnic, by Nick Antosca
  • “Sea-Hearts,” by Margo Lanagan
  • Shrike, by Quentin Crisp
  • Vardøger, by Stephen Volk
  • The Witnesses are Gone, by Joel Lane


  • “Catch Hell,” by Laird Barron
  • “Each Thing I Show You Is a Piece of My Death,” by Gemma Files and Stephen J. Barringer
  • “Lonegan’s Luck,” by Stephen Graham Jones
  • “Morality,” by Stephen King
  • The Night Cache, by Andy Duncan

Short Story

  • “The Crevasse,” by Dale Bailey and Nathan Ballingrud
  • “Faces,” by Aimee Bender
  • “The Jacaranda Smile,” by Gemma Files
  • “The Pelican Bar,” by Karen Joy Fowler
  • “Procedure in Plain Air,” by Jonathan Lethem
  • “Strappado,” by Laird Barron

Single-Author Collection

  • Everland and Other Stories, by Paul Witcover
  • Fugue State, by Brian Evenson
  • Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical, by Robert Shearman
  • There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby: Scary Fairy Tales, by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
  • Tunneling to the Center of the Earth, by Kevin Wilson
  • Zoo, by Otsuichi

Edited Anthology

  • Apparitions, edited by Michael Kelly
  • British Invasion, edited by Christopher Golden, Tim Lebbon, and James A. Moore
  • Exotic Gothic 3: Strange Visitations, edited by Danel Olson
  • Lovecraft Unbound, edited by Ellen Datlow
  • Poe: 19 New Tales Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, edited by Ellen Datlow

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