Shirley Jackson Award Nominees Announced


Annihilation: A Novel (The Southern Reach Trilogy)When I was younger, I thought that Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery was one of the best things that I’d read – and that still holds true to this day. I’m not alone in this. In fact, her work has been so influential that her estate holds these awards each year in her honor.

Like the Locus Awards, I find that this is a great way to pick up any cool reads that I might have missed over the past year. Check out the list below of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantasy works and see if there’s anything you maybe need to read.

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  • Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer
  • Bird Box, Josh Malerman
  • Broken Monsters, Lauren Beukes
  • Confessions, Kanae Minato
  • The Lesser Dead, Christopher Buehlman
  • The Unquiet House, Alison Littlewood


  • The Beauty, Aliya Whiteley
  • Ceremony of Flies, Kate Jonez
  • The Good Shabti, Robert Sharp
  • The Mothers of Voorhisville, Mary Rickert
  • We Are All Completely Fine, Daryl Gregory


  • “The Devil in America,” Kai Ashante Wilson
  • “The End of the End of Everything,” Dale Bailey
  • “The Husband Stitch,” Carmen Maria Machado
  • “Newspaper Heart,” Stephen Volk
  • “Office at Night,” Kate Bernheimer and Laird Hunt
  • “The Quiet Room,” V.H. Leslie


  • “Candy Girl,” Chikodili Emelumadu
  • “The Dogs Home,” Alison Littlewood
  • “The Fisher Queen,” Alyssa Wong
  • “Shay Corsham Worsted,” Garth Nix
  • “Wendigo Nights,” Siobhan Carroll


  • After the People Lights Have Gone Off, Stephen Graham Jones
  • Burnt Black Suns: A Collection of Weird Tales, Simon Strantzas
  • Gifts for the One Who Comes After, Helen Marshall
  • They Do The Same Things Different There, Robert Shearman
  • Unseaming, Mike Allen


  • Letters to Lovecraft, edited by Jesse Bullington
  • Fearful Symmetries, edited by Ellen Datlow
  • The Spectral Book of Horror Stories, edited by Mark Morris
  • Shadows & Tall Trees 2014, edited by Michael Kelly
  • The Children of Old Leech: A Tribute to the Carnivorous Cosmos of Laird Barron, edited by Ross E. Lockhart and Justin Steele

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