Shirley Jackson Award Winners & British Fantasy Award Nominees

Congratulations to all of this year’s Shirley Jackson Award nominees and winners, and to the British Fantasy Award nominees! Two great lists, typical of both awards. You can count on the Shirley Jackson Award jury and board of advisors and the British Fantasy Society to locate noteworthy and fascinating new work every year.

This year I was honored to be one of the SJA nominees in the novella category, for Muscadines (published by Dunhams Manor Press). This is the category won by Victor LaValle for his brilliant, celebrated novella, The Ballad of Black Tom.

“LaValle’s novella of sorcery and skullduggery in Jazz Age New York is a magnificent example of what weird fiction can and should do.”
― Laird Barron, author of The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All

The Ballad of Black Tom ( Publishing) is one of NPR’s Best Books of 2016, winner of a This is Horror Award for Novella of the Year, and a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and Bram Stoker Awards. The book is also a nominee for a BFA. Winners will be announced at FantasyCon 2017, at the Bull Hotel, Peterborough, 29th September – 1st October.

Shirley Jackson Award nomination

Muscadines has been nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award and I couldn’t be more delighted. It’s a humbling experience to be nominated alongside these talented writers. Many thanks to the SJA jurors, advisory board, and board of directors. Thank you to the readers who have taken this strange, dark, violent tale to heart. And thank you to Dunhams Manor Press for publishing Muscadines with Dave Felton‘s beautiful cover and illustrations.


“…a horrific and disturbing tale, one of creeping dread… Complementing the text are illustrations by Dave Felton that have about them the look of linocuts and are brutally effective in portraying the moments of violence that permeate the narrative. Overall this was the best novella I read in 2016, the one that cut the deepest.” – Peter Tennant, Black Static #56

“…an examination of how we become locked into certain, learned behaviours, of how the past influences the present, of how cycles of abuse and violence repeat and repeat… Muscadines is an essential read for anyone who considers themselves a connoisseur of atmospheric, insightful, powerful literary writing.” – Paul Michaels, This Is Horror



MUSCADINES hardcover on sale

The Dunhams Manor Press limited edition hardcover of my novelette Muscadines is currently on sale for $20 plus shipping. The book, featuring beautiful illustrations and cover art by Dave Felton, is only available via the publisher. This is a very good sale price for a wonderfully illustrated hardcover edition.

The death of Ruth Parker reunites her daughters, three women scarred by a childhood of mysterious secrets and nightmares. Now they must choose a less violent path—or embrace their mother’s terrifying legacy.

“S.P. Miskowski’s Muscadines is a glorious, heady rush of red clay dusted prose. Here she unpacks for us something lovely; something with lips and teeth stained crimson. With prose that dances between poetic and razor sharp simplicity, Miskowski has created a story that will linger in the darkest rooms where you store your secrets.” – Kristi DeMeester, author of Split Tongues

“In S.P. Miskowski’s Muscadines, the return home of a prodigal sister is the catalyst for a series of searing family revelations. Alternating between memory and confrontation, the narrative lays bare the secrets and sins that have bent and warped the lives of the three Parker sisters. Their efforts to reconcile themselves to their dark inheritance, the lengths to which they must go to reckon with their mother’s legacy, lead to a stark, powerful climax. Its prose equally fearless and graceful, Muscadines offers ample evidence why S.P. Miskowski has emerged as one of those writers who must be read.” – John Langan, author of The Fisherman

“S.P. Miskowski has real star power. Muscadines is a fine example of her Neo-Gothic chops.” – Laird Barron, author of Swift to Chase

“Narrated in prose as languid and deceptively dreamlike as a Georgia summer afternoon, S.P. Miskowski’s Muscadines feels like a fairy tale recast as a Southern Gothic—a fairy tale of the old, savage, unsanitized-for-modern-children’s-consumption variety. Nobody does very bad women like Miskowski, and this deeply disturbing story further establishes her as a master at exploring the psychological terrain of the kind of women who aren’t supposed to exist.” – Lynda E. Rucker, Shirley Jackson Award winner, Black Static columnist and author of You’ll Know When You Get There