Shirley Jackson Nominees

The Shirley Jackson Awards were established to recognize outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic. This year’s judges include Laird Barron, Matthew Cheney, Maura McHugh, Kaaron Warren, and Gary K. Wolfe. The winners will be announced on July 15th at Readercon 23 in Burlington, Massachusetts.


  • The Devil All the Time, by Donald Ray Pollock
  • The Dracula Papers, by Reggie Oliver
  • The Great Lover, by Michael Cisco
  • Knock Knock, by S.P. Miskowski
  • The Last Werewolf, by Glen Duncan
  • Witches on the Road Tonight, by Sheri Holman


  • “And the Dead Shall Outnumber the Living,” by Deborah Biancotti
  • “A Child’s Problem,” by Reggie Oliver
  • “Displacement,” by Michael Marano
  • The Men Upstairs, by Tim Waggoner
  • “Near Zennor,” by Elizabeth Hand
  • “Rose Street Attractors,” by Lucius Shepard


  • “The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine,” by Peter Straub
  • “Ditch Witch,” by Lucius Shepard
  • “The Last Triangle,” by Jeffrey Ford
  • “Omphalos,” by Livia Llewellyn
  • “The Summer People,” by Kelly Link

Short Fiction:

  • “Absolute Zero,” by Nadia Bulkin
  • “The Corpse Painter’s Masterpiece,” by M. Rickert
  • “Hair,” by Joan Aiken
  • “Max,” by Jason Ockert
  • “Sunbleached,” by Nathan Ballingrud
  • “Things to Know About Being Dead,” by Genevieve Valentine

Single-Author Collection:

  • After the Apocalypse: Stories, by Maureen F. McHugh
  • The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares, by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Engines of Desire: Tales of Love & Other Horrors, by Livia Llewellyn
  • The Janus Tree, by Glen Hirshberg
  • Red Gloves, by Christopher Fowler
  • What Wolves Know, by Kit Reed

Edited Anthology:

  • Blood and Other Cravings, edited by Ellen Datlow
  • A Book of Horrors, edited by Stephen Jones
  • Ghosts by Gaslight, edited by Jack Dann and Nick Gevers
  • Supernatural Noir, edited by Ellen Datlow
  • Teeth, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
  • The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities, edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer

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