2015 Shirley Jackson Award Winners Announced

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The 2015 Shirley Jackson Awards were presented on Sunday, July 10th at Readercon 27, Conference on Imaginative Literature, in Quincy, Massachusetts. Readercon Guests of Honor,  Catherynne M. Valente and Tim Powers hosted the ceremony. The winners for the 2015 Shirley Jackson Awards are: NOVEL WINNER: Experimental Film by Gemma Files Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh The Glittering [….]

2015 Bram Stoker Award Winners Announced

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At this year’s StokerCon convention, in the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas, the Horror Writers Association – the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy – announced the winners of the 2015 Bram Stoker Awards (named in honor of the author of the seminal horror novel, Dracula). The winners and [….]

2015 Shirley Jackson Award 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 [….]

Finalists for the Bram Stoker Awards Announced

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This week the Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy, announced the nominees for the 2015 Bram Stoker Awards.  The awards, named after the author of the horror masterpiece, Dracula, are given annually to works that exhibit superior writing in the horror genre. The nominees include: [….]

LitStack Recs: Cutting Teeth & Back Roads and Frontal Lobes

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Cutting Teeth, by Julia Fierro When October comes, I’m always caught off guard by how quickly summer has gone. Afternoons at the beach or by the lake already feel distant. For parents especially, summer vanishes in the transition of back to school—but as the summers pass, you come to miss the time of children in [….]

LitStack Review: Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

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Trigger Warning:  Short Fictions and Disturbances Neil Gaiman William Morrow Publishers Publication Date: ISBN 978-0-06-233026-0 I freely admit it:  for me (as for many), Neil Gaiman can do no wrong.  He’s the perfect literary celebrity:  moved from the UK to live and work in my Midwestern neck of the woods, calm, unassuming, accessible, champion of [….]

Flash Review – Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

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Through the Woods Emily Carroll Margaret K. McElderry Books Release Date:  July 15, 2014 ISBN 978-1-4424-6596-1 Oh, my goodness.  There are graphic novels.  There are comic books.  There are illustrated stories.  And then there’s Emily Carroll’s Through the Woods. Five stories, with an Introduction and a Conclusion – two mini-stories, if you would.  They all [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – I Can Live with That

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DISCLAIMER:  This column is full of my opinions and musings; it is in no way meant to disparage – or validate – one genre over another.  It is completely and utterly subjective – I am speaking only about how I react to something, not about its overall value, nor to suggest that anyone else should [….]

Shirley Jackson Award Winners Announced

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The 2013 Shirley Jackson Awards were presented on Sunday, July 13th, 2014 at Readercon 25 in Burlington, Massachusetts.  These awards are given out in recognition of outstanding achievement in the literature of “psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic” as voted upon by a jury of professional writers, editors, critics, and academics. According to the [….]

LitStack Recs: Werewolves and Karate Chop

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Werewolves in Their Youth: Stories, by Michael Chabon Not all scary stories are for Halloween. Michael Chabon’s, Werewolves in Their Youth also isn’t a horror or sci-fi, though Chabon is a fan of those too. The collection which appeared in 1999, assembles nine stories that feature characters who move about in the placid light of day, and [….]