Morning all! I am really happy to be announcing this great bit of news for JFB – especially as it’s a Monday morning, and we all need a pick-me-up on a Monday – so here goes: A Book of Horrors, a collection by Stephen Jones, and one of the first books JFB printed, has been nominated for no less than three Shirley Jackson awards. Hooray!
Announced last week, the nominations include two for Best Novella, for the stories by Reggie Oliver (A Child’s Problem) and Elizabeth Hand (Near Zennor) and one for Best Edited Anthology.
In recognition of the legacy of Shirley Jackson’s writing, the Shirley Jackson Awards commemorate outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.
For those of you who don’t know, Shirley Jackson wrote such classic novels as The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, as well as some of the most famous short stories in the English language (The Lottery). Her work continues to be a major influence on writers of every kind of fiction, from the most traditional genre offerings to the most innovative literary work.
We will know the outcome on July 15th 2012, when the results will be announced at Readercon 23 in Boston Massachusets. Until then, thank you to Stephen Jones for putting the book together, to all the awesome authors that contributed to make this book so great, and to the judges of the Shirley Jackson Awards who have not only recognised that, but given me the best Monday morning I could have had in a very long time.
(And if this doesn’t make you want to run out and buy it, to see what all the fuss is about, I don’t know what will! Let us know what you think either below, or on twitter at @jofletcherbooks)