One of my favorite times of a year is when the Shirley Jackson Awards list of nominees comes out. Every list of nominees of the Shirley Jackson Awards, that celebrates “outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic”, has broaden my reading horizon and pushed the limits of my comfort zone constantly. I dare say this year is no different. The winners will be announced on July, 16th, at Readercon 28.


“Foxlowe” by Eleanor Wasserberg (Fourth Estate-UK/Penguin Books-US)

“The Girls” by Emma Cline (Random House)

“I’m Thinking of Ending Things” by Iain Reid (Gallery/Scout)

“Lily” by Michael Thomas Ford (Lethe)

“Mongrels” by Stephen Graham Jones (William Morrow)

“The Wonder” by Emma Donoghue (Little, Brown)


“The Ballad of Black Tom” by Victor LaValle (

“The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe” by Kij Johnson (

“Maggots” by Nina Allan (Five Stories High)

“Muscadines” by S.P. Miskowski (Dunhams Manor)

“The Sadist’s Bible” by Nicole Cushing (01 Publishing)

“The Warren” by Brian Evenson (


“Andy Kaufman Creeping Through the Trees” by Laird Barron (Autumn Cthulhu)

“Angel, Monster, Man” by Sam J. Miller (Nightmare Magazine)

“Breaking Water” by Indrapramit Das (

“The Night Cyclist” by Stephen Graham Jones (

“Presence” by Helen Oyeyemi (What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours)

“Waxy” by Camilla Grudova (Granta)


“Animal Parts” by Irenosen Okojie (Speak, Gigantular)

“The Apartments” by Karen Heuler (Other Places)

“Postcards from Natalie” by Carrie Laben (The Dark)

“Red” by Katie Knoll (Masters Review)

“Things With Beards” by Sam J. Miller (Clarkesworld)


“Almost Insentient, Almost Divine” by D.P. Watt (Undertow)

“Furnace” by Livia Llewellyn (Word Horde)

“Greener Pastures” by Michael Wehunt (Shock Totem)

“A Natural History of Hell” by Jeffrey Ford (Small Beer Press)

“We Show What We Have Learned” by Clare Beams (Lookout)


“Autumn Cthulhu” edited by Mike Davis (Lovecraft eZine Press)

“The Madness of Dr. Caligari” edited by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. (Fedogan and Bremer)

“The Starlit Wood” edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe (Saga Press)

“Those Who Make Us: Canadian Creature, Myth, and Monster Stories” edited by Kelsi Morris and Kaitlin Tremblay (Exile Editions)

“An Unreliable Guide to London” edited by Kit Caless and Gary Budden (Influx Press)

Congratulations and good luck to all the nominees!

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