ReaderCon 2019

I’ll be at ReaderCon this year, Thursday through Sunday. This will probably be the only convention I’ll travel to this year (though I’ll hit the local ones, like HP Lovecraft Film Fest).

As usual, I look forward to reconnecting with old friends, and meeting new ones. It seems as if many of the people I usually spend time with every year, including my #1 ReaderCon buddy Justin Steele, will be absent this year.

I couldn’t miss the 2019 ReaderCon, though, as I’ll be receiving my rock as a Shirley Jackson Award nominee. As far as I’m concerned, this is the top award in the fields of horror and weird fiction, and to me, just being nominated feels like winning. Assuming I’m not the recipient of the award (don’t get me wrong, winning would be nice and I wouldn’t turn it down), I’ll feel nothing but pride and satisfaction at being a finalist.

As usual, I’ll try to post pictures along the way. The Shirley Jackson Award ceremony is 11 AM Eastern, and will be streamed here:
https://www.periscope.tv/edelmanscott/

If you see me at the convention, please say hello, even if it seems I don’t recognize you. Sometimes social media friends just need a little reminder, and I love the chance to meet online friends in person.

Full List of Finalists for 2018 Shirley Jackson Awards

I wrote that previous “Hey, I’m a Shirley Jackson Award finalist!” blog in advance, knowing that the announcement was going to happen while I was at work. At the time, I didn’t know who else was nominated, but the announcement has been posted and I’ll copy it here:

In recognition of the legacy of Shirley Jackson’s writing, and with permission of the author’s estate, The Shirley Jackson Awards, Inc. has been established for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.

The Shirley Jackson Awards are voted upon by a jury of professional writers, editors, critics, and academics. The awards are given for the best work published in the preceding calendar year in the following categories: Novel, Novella, Novelette, Short Story, Single-Author Collection, and Edited Anthology.

The nominees for the 2018 Shirley Jackson Awards are:

NOVEL
Everything Under, Daisy Johnson (Jonathan Cape)
In the Night Wood, Dale Bailey (John Joseph Adams Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Little Eve, Catriona Ward (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, an imprint of The Orion Publishing Group)
Social Creature, Tara Isabella Burton (Double Day/Raven Books)
We Sold Our Souls, Grady Hendrix (Quirk Books)

NOVELLA
Judderman, DA Northwood (Gary Budden) (Dead Ink Books/Cinder House Publishing)
The Atrocities, Jeremy C. Shipp (Tor.com)
The Only Harmless Great Thing, Brooke Bolander (Tor.com)
The Sea Dreams It Is the Sky, John Hornor Jacobs (HarperCollins Publishers)
The Taiga Syndrome, Cristina Rivera Garza (Dorothy, a Publishing Project)

NOVELETTE
“Adriftica,” Maria Dahvana Headley (Robots vs. Fairies)
“Blood and Smoke, Vinegar and Ashes,” D.P. Watt (The Silent Garden)
Ghostographs: An Album, Maria Romasco Moore (Rose Metal Press)
“Help the Witch,” Tom Cox (Help the Witch)
“The Black Sea,” Chris Mason (Beneath the Waves – Tales from the Deep, April 2018)

SHORT FICTION
“Back Seat,” Bracken MacLeod (Lost Highways)
“Hell,” David Hansen (The Charcoal Issue of Fairy Tale Review, March 2018)
“How to be a Horror Writer,” Tim Waggoner (Vastarien: A Literary Journal vol 1., issue 2 – Summer / Grimscribe Press)
“The Astronaut,” Christina Wood Martinez (Granta 142: Animalia)
“The Woman Dies,” Aoko Matsuda, translated from the Japanese by Polly Barton (online edition of Granta 144: genericlovestory)

SINGLE-AUTHOR COLLECTION
All the Fabulous Beasts, Priya Sharma (Undertow Publications)
From Deep Places, Gemma Files (Trepidatio Publishing)
Garden of Eldritch Delights, Lucy A. Snyder (Raw Dog Screaming Press)
Quartier Perdu, Sean O’Brien (Comma Press)
The Human Alchemy, Michael Griffin (Word Horde)

EDITED ANTHOLOGY
Chiral Mad 4: An Anthology of Collaborations, edited by Michael Bailey and Lucy A. Snyder (Written Backwards)
Robots vs Fairies, edited by Navah Wolfe and Dominik Parisien (Saga Press)
The Silent Garden: A Journal of Esoteric Fabulism, edited by The Silent Garden Collective (Undertow Publications)
This Dreaming Isle, edited by Dan Coxon (Unsung Stories)
Tiny Crimes: Very Short Tales of Mystery and Murder, edited by Lincoln Michel and Nadxieli Nieto (Black Balloon)

Shirley Jackson (1916-1965) wrote such classic novels as The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, as well as one 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.

The 2018 Shirley Jackson Awards will be presented on Sunday, July 14, 2019, at Readercon 30, Conference on Imaginative Literature, in Quincy, Massachusetts. Readercon Guests of Honor Tananarive Due and Stephen Graham Jones will be the ceremony hosts.

Websites:ShirleyJacksonAwards.org
Readercon.org
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Media representatives who are seeking further information or interviews should contact JoAnn F. Cox.

My sincere thanks to all the jurors and board members for the Shirley Jackson Awards, and congratulations to all the other nominees!

The Human Alchemy – Shirley Jackson Award Finalist

I’m thrilled and very proud to announce that my latest book The Human Alchemy is a finalist for the 2018 Shirley Jackson Awards in the category of Best Story Collection.

The Shirley Jacksons are my favorite awards, which always influence my reading list after each year’s nominees are announced. I’ve really enjoyed attending Readercon in recent years, and that’s the event where the awards are given out. For the 2013 Shirley Jackson Awards, I had the great experience of accepting the “Best Edited Anthology” award won for The Grimscribe’s Puppets by my great friend Joe Pulver, who could not attend.

It’s common for people nominated for awards to express some variation of, “It’s an honor just to be nominated,” but in this case, I really think it’s true. To find myself judged worthy to stand among the ranks of so many of my favorite writers, who have been nominated in the past, is such a great honor. In a nod to Jackson’s best-known story “The Lottery,” in which stones small enough to hold in the hand play an important part, SJA nominees receive an inscribed rock. I think even the eventual winners of the award prize the rock more highly than the award statue itself, and I’ve always been jealous of the rocks received by other writers and editors in the past.

Here’s the excellent Justin Steele with the rock he received for his Shirley Jackson Award nomination for Best Edited Anthology for Looming Low. Justin also has one for the previous anthology he edited, The Children of Old Leech. Steely has received a rock for 100% of the anthologies he has co-edited, which is some kind of really good success rate.

This year, I’m going to get a rock for myself!

As I write this, I don’t yet know who the other nominees are, but I have a few guesses, and can’t wait to find out! Every year’s list of nominees includes past greats, and future stars. It’s truly exciting to anticipate finding myself named among them.

I’d like to thank this year’s jury for choosing The Human Alchemy to stand among the best story collections published in 2018, and also especially want to thank my Publisher, Ross E. Lockhart of Word Horde, for doing so much to present my writing in the best possible light.