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British Fantasy Awards 2020 Shortlist

The BFA 2020 shortlist has now been announced and I am delighted to be on there with “Ormeshadow”. One of the joys of attending Cons and getting to know the writing community online is that I am as delighted to see friends and people I know on the list. Congratulations to everyone.

Whatever the outcome I am always grateful to Ellen Datlow and the good people at Tor.

Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award)

  • The Bone Ships – RJ Barker (Orbit)
  • The Migration – Helen Marshall (Titan)
  • The Poison Song – Jen Williams (Headline)
  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January – Alix E Harrow (Orbit)

Best Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award)

  • The Institute – Stephen King (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • The Migration – Helen Marshall (Titan)
  • Mistletoe – Alison Littlewood (Jo Fletcher Books)
  • The Plague Stones – James Brogden (Titan)
  • The Reddening – Adam Nevill (Ritual Limited)
  • The Twisted Ones – T. Kingfisher (Titan)

Best Newcomer (the Sydney J Bounds Award)

  • Ta-Nehisi Coates, for The Water Dancer (Penguin)
  • Alix E Harrow, for The Ten Thousand Doors of January (Orbit)
  • Penny Jones, for Suffer Little Children (Black Shuck Books)
  • Tamsyn Muir, for Gideon the Ninth (Tordotcom)
  • Nina Oram, for The Joining (Luna Press)

Best Novella

  • The Ascent to Godhood – Neon Yang (Tordotcom)
  • Butcher’s Table – Nathan Ballingrud (Gallery / Saga Press)
  • The Deep – Rivers Solomon (Gallery / Saga Press)
  • Ormeshadow – Priya Sharma (Tordotcom)
  • Ragged Alice – Gareth L Powell (Tordotcom)
  • The Survival of Molly Southbourne – Tade Thompson (Tordotcom)

Best Short Fiction

  • Dendrochronology – Penny Jones (Hersham Horror)
  • I Say, I Say, I Say – Robert Shearman (The Shadow Booth)
  • The Pain-Eater’s Daughter – Laura Mauro (Undertow)
  • Tomorrow, When I Was Young – Julie Travis (Eibonvale Press)

Best Anthology

  • A Secret Guide to Fighting Elder Gods, ed. Jennifer Brozek (Pulse Publishing)
  • The Big Book of Classic Fantasy, ed. Ann & Jeff VanderMeer (Vintage)
  • New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction for People of Color, ed. Nisi Shawl (Solaris)
  • Once Upon a Parsec: The Book of Alien Fairy Tales, ed. David Gullen (NewCon)
  • Wonderland, ed. Marie O’Regan & Paul Kane (Titan)
  • The Woods, ed. Phil Sloman (Hersham Horror)

Best Collection

  • The Boughs Withered When I Told Them My Dreams – Maura McHugh (NewCon)
  • Growing Things – Paul Tremblay (Titan)
  • This House of Wounds – Georgina Bruce (Undertow)
  • Of Wars, And Memories, And Starlight – Aliette de Bodard (Subterranean Press)
  • Sing Your Sadness Deep – Laura Mauro (Undertow)

Best Non-Fiction

  • Coffinmaker’s Blues: Collected Writings on Terror – Stephen Volk (PS Publishing)
  • The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games – Ebony Elizabeth Thomas (New York University Press)
  • The Full Lid – Alasdair Stuart
  • Joanna Russ (Modern Masters of SF) – Gwyneth Jones (University of Illinois Press)
  • Notes from the Borderland – Lynda E Rucker, for Black Static (TTA Press)
  • The Pleasant Profession of Robert E Heinlein – Farah Mendlesohn (Unbound)

Best Independent Press

  • Aqueduct Press
  • Black Shuck Books
  • Luna Press 
  • NewCon Press
  • Rebellion Publishing
  • Undertow Publications

Best Magazine / Periodical

  • Black Static
  • The Dark
  • F&SF
  • Fiyah
  • Gingernuts of Horror
  • Shoreline of Infinity

Best Audio

  • Breaking the Glass Slipper
  • PodCastle
  • PseudoPod
  • Speculative Spaces

Best Comic / Graphic Novel

  • 2000AD, ed. Matt Smith (Rebellion)
  • Basketful of Heads #1 – Joe Hill (DC)
  • B.P.R.D. The Devil You Know, Vol. 3: Ragna Rok – Mike Mignola, Scott Allie, Laurence Campbell et al. (Dark Horse)
  • DCeased #1-6 – Tom Taylor, Trevor Hairsine, Stefano Gaudiano et al. (DC)
  • DIE – Kieron Gillen & Stephanie Hans (Image)
  • The Ozone Diary – Pentti Otsamo & Tero Mielonen (Luna Press)

Best Artist

  • Ben Baldwin
  • Vince Haig
  • Jackie Morris
  • David Rix

Best Film / Television Production

  • Game of Thrones: The Long Night – David Benioff & DB Weiss (HBO / Sky Atlantic)
  • Us – Jordan Peele (Monkeypaw Productions et al.)
  • Watchmen: It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice – Damon Lindelof (HBO / Sky Atlantic)
  • The Witcher: Rare Species – Haily Hall (Netflix)
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Ormeshadow review by Edward Lorn

Many thanks to Edward Lorn for reviewing my novella on his channel. Also to Tracy and Jen of Ladies of Horror.

 

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2019 Shirley Jackson Awards

The awards are handed out annually to the works of horror, dark fantasy and psychological suspense that best exemplify the legacy of horror author Shirley Jackson. Due to Covid-19, this year’s ceremony was a virtual one rather than its normal venue at ReaderCon in Massachusetts, USA. I was delighted just to be listed in the novella category alongside an amazing list of writers and genuinely suprised to win.

Congratulations to everyone on the list.

Here are this year’s winners (listed in bold) and nominees:

NOVEL

  • The Book of X, Sarah Rose Etter (Two Dollar Radio)
  • Curious Toys, Elizabeth Hand (Little, Brown and Co)
  • Goodnight Stranger, Miciah Bay Gault (Park Row Books)
  • Ninth House, Leigh Bardugo (Gollancz)
  • Nothing to See Here, Kevin Wilson (Ecco)
  • Tinfoil Butterfly, Rachel Eve Moulton (MCD x FSG Originals)

 

NOVELLA

  • “Ormeshadow,” Priya Sharma (Tor.com)
  • Into Bones Like Oil, Kaaron Warren (Meerkat Press)
  • “Late Returns,” Joe Hill (Full Throttle)
  • “The Monster of Elenhaven,” Jennifer Giesbrecht (Tor.com)
  • This is How You Lose the Time War, Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone (Gallery/Saga Press)

NOVELETTE

  • Luminous Body, Brooke Warra (Dim Shores)
  • Black Bequeathments, Simon Strantzas (Dim Shores)
  • The Couvade, Joanna Koch (Demain Publishing)
  • “Deeper, Darker Things,” Steve Dillon (Deeper, Darker Things and Other Oddities)
  • Pwdre Ser, Kurt Fawver (Dim Shores)
  • “Taproot,” M. R. Carey (Ten-Word Tragedies)

SHORT FICTION

  • “Kali_Na,” Indrapramit Das (The Mythic Dream)
  • “How to Become a Witch-Queen,” Theodora Goss (Hex Life: Wicked New Tales of Witchery)
  • “The Truth About Josh Enloe,” Nick Straatmann (Parhelion)
  • “The Well,” Mariana Enríquez, translated by Megan McDowell (issue 55.1 of The Southern Review)
  • “Whistle, My Lad, and I Will Come,” Gina Ochsner (The Pink Issue of Fairy Tale Review)

 

SINGLE-AUTHOR COLLECTION

  • Song for the Unraveling of the World, Brian Evenson (Coffee House Press)
  • Collision: Stories, J. S. Breukelaar (Meerkat Press, LLC)
  • Every Human Love: Stories, Joanna Pearson (Acre Books)
  • Homesick, Nino Cipri (Dzanc Books)
  • Mouthful of Birds, Samanta Schweblin (Riverhead Books)
  • Wounds, Nathan Ballingrud (Saga Press)

EDITED ANTHOLOGY

  • The Twisted Book of Shadows, edited by Christopher Golden & James A. Moore (Twisted Publishing)
  • Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories, edited by Ellen Datlow (Saga Press)
  • The Mythic Dream, edited by Rivers Solomon (Saga Press)
  • The Unquiet Dreamer: A Tribute to Harlan Ellison, edited by Preston Grassmann (PS Publishing)
  • Wonderland: An Anthology of Works Inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, edited by Marie O’Regan and Paul Kane (Titan Books)
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Nominations for the Shirley Jackson Awards 2019

The nominees for the 2019 Shirley Jackson Awards have been announced. I am absolutely thrilled to be included in the novella category for “Ormeshadow”. I haven’t a cat in hell’s chance, but it’s really something to be in there alongside some amazing authors. My congratulations to all.

NOMINATIONS:

NOVEL
The Book of X, Sarah Rose Etter (Two Dollar Radio)
Curious Toys, Elizabeth Hand (Little, Brown and Co)
Goodnight Stranger, Miciah Bay Gault (Park Row Books)
Ninth House, Leigh Bardugo (Gollancz)
Nothing to See Here, Kevin Wilson (Ecco)
Tinfoil Butterfly, Rachel Eve Moulton (MCD x FSG Originals)

NOVELLA
Into Bones Like Oil, Kaaron Warren (Meerkat Press)
“Late Returns,” Joe Hill (Full Throttle)
“The Monster of Elenhaven,” Jennifer Giesbrecht (Tor.com)
“Ormeshadow,” Priya Sharma (Tor.com)
This is How You Lose the Time War, Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone (Gallery/Saga Press)

NOVELETTE
Black Bequeathments, Simon Strantzas (Dim Shores)
The Couvade, Joanna Koch (Demain Publishing)
“Deeper, Darker Things,” Steve Dillon (Deeper, Darker Things and Other Oddities)
Luminous Body, Brooke Warra (Dim Shores)
Pwdre Ser, Kurt Fawver (Dim Shores)
“Taproot,” M. R. Carey (Ten-Word Tragedies)

SHORT FICTION
“How to Become a Witch-Queen,” Theodora Goss (Hex Life: Wicked New Tales of Witchery)
“Kali_Na,” Indrapramit Das (The Mythic Dream)
“The Truth About Josh Enloe,” Nick Straatmann (Parhelion)
“The Well,” Mariana Enríquez, translated by Megan McDowell (issue 55.1 of The Southern Review)
“Whistle, My Lad, and I Will Come,” Gina Ochsner (The Pink Issue of Fairy Tale Review)

SINGLE-AUTHOR COLLECTION
Collision: Stories, J. S. Breukelaar (Meerkat Press, LLC)
Every Human Love: Stories, Joanna Pearson (Acre Books)
Homesick, Nino Cipri (Dzanc Books)
Mouthful of Birds, Samanta Schweblin (Riverhead Books)
Song for the Unraveling of the World, Brian Evenson (Coffee House Press)
Wounds, Nathan Ballingrud (Saga Press)

EDITED ANTHOLOGY
Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories, edited by Ellen Datlow (Saga Press)
The Mythic Dream, edited by Rivers Solomon (Saga Press)
The Twisted Book of Shadows, edited by Christopher Golden & James A. Moore (Twisted Publishing)
The Unquiet Dreamer: A Tribute to Harlan Ellison, edited by Preston Grassmann (PS Publishing)
Wonderland: An Anthology of Works Inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, edited by Marie O’Regan and Paul Kane (Titan Books)

 

 

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Review in Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine

Fantasy & Science Fiction, founded in 1949, is the award-winning imonthly SF magazine which is the original publisher of SF classics like Stephen King’s Dark Tower, Daniel Keyes’s Flowers for Algernon, and Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz. I am blown away that the lastest issue (March/April 2020) contains a review of my novella, Ormshadow, by Elizabeth Hand. Yes, ELIZABETH HAND.

Like Alan Garner’s Alderley Edge novels, Ormeshadow draws much of its power from Sharma’s understanding of how landscape shapes us as surely as it shapes the myths we tell about it. Like Garner, Sharma is a Cheshire native, though the topography she maps in Ormeshadow seems more like that of West Penwith, in Cornwall, and Great Orme is a real place in Wales. I am fond of quoting Melville on this sort of thing: “It is not down on any map. True places never are.” Ormeshadow also made me think of Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising sequence, especially The Grey King, as well as “Hamlet” and Wuthering Heights, and her unsparing depiction of life in a rural village brought to mind Graeme Macrae Burnet’s His Bloody Project.  – Elizabeth Hand.

Read the full review here.

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Stuff for February

Thanks to Georgina Bruce for reviewing “Ormeshadow” and interviewing me for the lastest issue of Black Static (#73)

The January-February 2020 issue contains new cutting edge horror fiction by Stephen Volk, Keith Rosson, Maria Haskins, Jack Westlake, and Gregory Norman Bossert. The cover art is by Ben Baldwin (for Stephen Volk’s ‘Sicko’), and interior illustrations are by Richard Wagner, Ben Baldwin, Vincent Sammy, and others. Regular features: Into the Woods by Ralph Robert Moore; Notes from the Borderland by Lynda E. Rucker; Case Notes book reviews by Laura Mauro, Andy Hedgecock, Daniel Carpenter, David Surface, Andrew Hook, and Georgina Bruce, who also interviews Priya Sharma; Blood Spectrum film reviews by Gary Couzens.

*****

I am proud to get a mention in Dev Agarwal’s review of 2019 for Vector Magazine: From the editor of Focus: Best of the Year 2019.

Vector is the critical journal of the British Science Fiction Association, publishing article and features on genre fiction across the world, with some focus on UK science fiction.

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Ormeshadow Winners

 

Thanks to everyone who entered and for the lovely messages. The winners are JJ Brown and Theresa Derwin x

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New Books Network Interview

Ormeshadow

My thanks to Gabrielle Mathieu who interviewed me about “Ormeshadow” as part of her regular slot for New Books Network.

You can listen to the whole thing here.

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Girl of Fire by Gabrielle Mathieu

Gabrielle Mathieu is the author of the historical fantasy Falcon series and the epic fantasy Berona’s Quest series, beginning with Girl of Fire (watch the trailer: http://bit.ly/2KFOQhb).  She blogs about travel and her books at http://gabriellemathieu.com/. You can also follow her on Twitter to get updates about new podcasts and more @GabrielleAuthor.

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Ormeshadow Giveaway

 

 

 

I have two copies of “Ormeshadow” to give away.

For a chance to win in add a comment to this post and you’ll be included on a draw on 31st January 2020.

I’ll post this anywhere in the world. I might even include some other random stuff.

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