Nominees for the 2010 Shirley Jackson Awards

The nominees for the 2010 Shirley Jackson Awards have been announced and the slate is amazing. If you haven’t heard of the Shirley Jackson Awards before, this is a perfect time to acquaint yourself with these excellent awards by visiting their website. If you haven’t heard of Shirley Jackson before, well, you need to stop right there and go read Shirley Jackson’s bio, and then go read The Haunting of Hill House, “The Lottery,” and any other stories you can get your hands on. Not only are her stories fabulous, but she is among some of the most influential writers of the 20th Century – regardless of genre.

The nominees for the 2010 Shirley Jackson Awards are:


  • 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,” 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 (Eos)


The 2010 Shirley Jackson Awards will be presented on Sunday, July 17th at Readercon 22, Conference on Imaginative Literature, in Burlington, Massachusetts.  Victor LaValle, winner of the 2009 Shirley Jackson Award for Novel for Big Machine, will act as host. More information can be found on the Shirley Jackson Awards website.

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1 Response to Nominees for the 2010 Shirley Jackson Awards

  1. I think The Lottery was the first story to genuinely give me the shivers. Such a horrific insight into an unfortunately true aspect of humanity.

    Awesome nominees this year! Congrats to all nominees. Personally, I’m hoping for wins for Peter Straub, Neil Gaiman (both categories he’s in), and Caitlin Kiernan.


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