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