2018 Shirley Jackson Awards

My huge congratulations to ALL the winners and nominees of the 2018 Shirley Jackson Awards. The awards — for outstanding achievement in horror, psychological suspense, and dark fantasy fiction — were presented on 14th July 2019 at Readercon 30 Quincy MA, USA.

I feel very honoured to have been listed alongside Gemma Files, Michael Griffin, Lucy A. Snyder, and Sean O’Brien in the Single Author Short fiction Collection group. And I also can’t believe that I’ve won. Is this real? Will someone announce they’ve made a mistake?? (If so it’s too late, you can’t take it back).


WINNER: Little Eve, Catriona Ward (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)

In the Night Wood, Dale Bailey (John Joseph Adams)
Social Creature, Tara Isabella Burton (Double Day)
We Sold Our Souls, Grady Hendrix (Quirk)
Everything Under, Daisy Johnson (Jonathan Cape)


WINNER: The Taiga Syndrome, Cristina Rivera Garza (Dorothy)

The Only Harmless Great Thing, Brooke Bolander (Tor.com Publishing)
The Sea Dreams It Is the Sky, John Hornor Jacobs (HarperCollins)
Judderman, D.A. Northwood (Dead Ink)
The Atrocities, Jeremy C. Shipp (Tor.com Publishing)


WINNER: Help the Witch, Tom Cox (Unbound)

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

Short Fiction

WINNER: “The Astronaut”, Christina Wood Martinez (Granta Winter ’18)

“Hell”, David Hansen (Fairy Tale Review 3/18)
“Back Seat”, Bracken MacLeod (Lost Highways)
“The Woman Dies”, Aoko Matsuda (Granta Summer ’18)
“How to be a Horror Writer”, Tim Waggoner (Vastarien Summer ’18)

Single-Author Collection

WINNER: All the Fabulous Beasts, Priya Sharma (Undertow)

Drawn Up from Deep Places, Gemma Files (Trepidatio)
The Human Alchemy, Michael Griffin (Word Horde)
Quartier Perdu, Sean O’Brien (Comma)
Garden of Eldritch Delights, Lucy A. Snyder (Raw Dog Screaming)

Edited Anthology

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

Thank you to all  the WONDERFUL people in the writing community who have sent messages

This was my speech:

My huge thanks to everyone at the Shirley Jackson Awards- the Board of Directors, the Members of the Advisory Board, and the Jurors, for this tremendous honour.
I owe a massive thanks to Undertow Publications- to Mike Kelly for his encouragement and editor’s eye, and to Carolyn McDonnell-Kelly and Courtney Kelly. Also to Jeffrey Alan Love and C7 – Shiina for the use of their beautiful artwork and the multi-talented Vince Haig for his cover design.
I’m still amazed that I’ve had the chance to work with the tremendous Ellen Datlow, who has been a huge part of my life as a reader as well as a writer. Thank you so much, Ellen. Thanks also to the warm and wise Paula Guran. I am grateful to the publications who have supported my work, such as TTA Press, Albedo One, Nightmare, The Dark and Tor.com.
Thanks to my parents and brother, who filled my life with stories. And to my partner, Mark Greenwood, who is first, last and always.
Finally, thank you to the genre writing community, who never fail to astonish me with their generosity and kindness. You are all fabulous beasts.


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2 thoughts on “2018 Shirley Jackson Awards

  1. Maura McHugh says:

    Fantastic news and well deserved! Congratulations!

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