Shirley Jackson Awards Finalists

The 2011 Shirley Jackson Awards nominees have been announced. The awards are presented for outstanding achievement in horror, psychological suspense, and dark fantasy fiction.


  • The Great Lover, Michael Cisco (Chômu)
  • The Last Werewolf, Glen Duncan (Canongate)
  • Witch on the Road Tonight, Sheri Holman (Grove)
  • Knock Knock, S.P. Miskowski (Omnium Gatherum)
  • The Dracula Papers, Reggie Oliver (Chômu)
  • The Devil All the Time, Donald Ray Pollock (Douleday)


  • “And the Dead Shall Outnumber the Living”, Deborah Biancotti (Ishtar)
  • “Near Zennor”, Elizabeth Hand (A Book of Horrors)
  • “Displacement”, Michael Marano (Stories from the Plague Years)
  • “A Child’s Problem”, Reggie Oliver (A Book of Horrors)
  • “Rose Street Attractors”, Lucius Shepard (Ghosts by Gaslight)
  • The Men Upstairs, Tim Waggoner (Delirium)


  • “The Summer People”, Kelly Link (Tin House 49; Steampunk!)
  • “Omphalos”, Livia Llewellyn (Engines of Desire: Tales of Love & Other Horrors)
  • “Ditch Witch”, Lucius Shepard (Supernatural Noir)
  • “The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine”, Peter Straub (Conjunctions 56)

Short Story

  • “Hair”, Joan Aiken (The Monkey’s Wedding and Other Stories)
  • “Sunbleached”, Nathan Ballingrud (Teeth)
  • “Absolute Zero”, Nadia Bulkin (Creatures: Thirty Years of Monsters)
  • “Max”, Jason Ockert (The Iowa Review 41/1)
  • “The Corpse Painter’s Masterpiece”, M. Rickert (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Sept/ Oct 2011)
  • “Things to Know About Being Dead”, Genevieve Valentine (Teeth)

 Single-Author Collection

  • Red Gloves, Christopher Fowler (PS)
  • The Janus Tree, Glen Hirshberg (Subterranean)
  • Engines of Desire: Tales of Love & Other Horrors, Livia Llewellyn (Lethe)
  • After the Apocalypse: Stories, Maureen R. McHugh (Small Beer)
  • The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares, Joyce Carol Oates (Mysterious Press)
  • What Wolves Know, Kit Reed (PS)

Edited Anthology

  • Ghosts by Gaslight, Jack Dann & Nick Gevers, eds. (Harper Voyager)
  • Blood and Other Cravings, Ellen Datlow, ed, (Tor)
  • Supernatural Noir, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Dark Horse)
  • Teeth, Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling, eds. (HarperCollins)
  • A Book of Horrors, Stephen Jones,  ed. (Jo Fletcher)
  • The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities, Ann & Jeff VanderMeer (Harper Voyager)

The awards will be presented at Readercon 23 in Burlington, Massachusetts, July 12-15, 2012.