Why We Love Our Genres

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The best thing about running a site like LitStack is the diversity of folks you meet. Our writers come from all walks of life; their ages vary from those still in college, to a granny or two. With this diversity comes a variety of tastes and preferences, a fact that is exhibited in the wide [….]

2017 Locus Awards Finalists Announced

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On Friday, the Locus Science Fiction Foundation has announced the top ten finalists in each category of the 2017 Locus Awards, which are driven by reader input. Winners will be announced on June 25, during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA. SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL Company Town by Madeline Ashby The Medusa Chronicles by Stephen [….]

2016 Shirley Jackson Awards Nominees Announced

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If you are a reader of horror stories, or those that invoke psychological suspense, then you probably know the name Shirley Jackson. Ms. Jackson wrote such classic novels as The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, as well as the well known short story, “The Lottery.” To honor the legacy of Shirley [….]

2016 Bram Stoker Award Winners Announced

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Named after the author of the quintessential horror novel, Dracula, the Bram Stoker Awards are overseen by the Horror Writers Association (HWA), a “nonprofit organization of writers and publishing professionals around the world, dedicated to promoting dark literature and the interests of those who write it.”  Founded in 1985, the foundation has been handing out [….]

LitStack Review: The Night Ocean by Paul La Farge

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The Night Ocean Paul La Farge Penguin Press Release Date:  March 7, 2017 ISBN 978-1-1019-8108-5 I cracked open the cover of Paul La Farge’s novel The Night Ocean in trepidation, because Lovecraftian dark fantasy is not something I actively seek out. I will read a work if it’s considered “Lovecraftian” as long as I have [….]

LitStack Rec: Bridge & The Ballad of Black Tom

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Bridge, by Robert Thomas “Welcome to the prayer-strewn pews of my brain,” Alice, the narrator of Bridge tells us, and quickly, we understand that this intellectually gifted young woman sees the world, and herself, in unconventional and often dangerous ways. Robert Thomas’s powerful debut novel, published last year by BOA Edition, takes place in fifty-six [….]

2016 Bram Stoker Awards Preliminary Ballot Announced

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Named after the author of the quintessential horror novel, Dracula, the Bram Stoker Awards are overseen by the Horror Writers Association (HWA), a “nonprofit organization of writers and publishing professionals around the world, dedicated to promoting dark literature and the interests of those who write it.”  Founded in 1985, the foundation has been handing out [….]

2016 Aurealis Awards Finalists Announced

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Americans have the Nebula Awards.  The Brits have the BSFA Awards. And the Australians have the Aurealis Awards. Aurealis is an Australian speculative fiction magazine which was launched in 1990 with the purpose of providing a market for Australian speculative fiction writers, as well as aiming to raise those authors’ public profiles, and in 1995 [….]

2016 World Fantasy Award Winners Announced

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This weekend, at the World Fantasy Convention held in Columbus, Ohio, the winners of the 2016 World Fantasy Awards were announced. The World Fantasy Awards have been handed out since 1975; nominees and winners are decided by both a panel of industry judges and attendees of the World Fantasy Convention. Also this weekend, literary editor [….]

Winners of the 2016 British Fantasy Awards

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The British Fantasy Society (an offshoot of the British Science Fiction Association) is an organization “dedicated to promoting the best in the fantasy, science fiction and horror genres.”   On Sunday, September 25, the winners of the 2016 British Fantasy Awards were announced at 2016 FantasyCon By the Sea in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. And here are [….]