Shirley Jackson Award Winners

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Back in May, we reported on the nominees of the annual Shirley Jackson awards, which are presented annually every July at ReaderCon. The winners for the 2012 award have just been presented. The award is given to outstanding entries in the psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic genres.

The winners for the 2012 Shirley Jackson Awards are:


  • Winner: Edge, Koji Suzuki 
  • The Drowning Girl, Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • The Devil in Silver, Victor LaValle
  • Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
  • Immobility, Brian Evenson


  • Winner: “Sky,” Kaaron Warren 
  • 28 Teeth of Rage, Ennis Drake
  • Delphine Dodd, S.P. Miskowski
  • I’m Not Sam, Jack Ketchum and Lucky McKee
  • The Indifference Engine, Project Itoh


  • Winner: “Reeling for the Empire,” Karen Russell
  • “The Crying Child,” Bruce McAllister
  • “The House on Ashley Avenue,” Ian Rogers
  • “Wild Acre,” Nathan Ballingrud
  • “The Wish Head,” Jeffrey Ford

Short Fiction

  • Winner: “A Natural History of Autumn,” Jeffrey Ford, Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, July/August 2012
  • “Bajazzle,” Margo Lanagan, Cracklescape
  • “How We Escaped Our Certain Fate,” Dan Chaon, 21st Century Dead
  • “Little America,” Dan Chaon, Shadow Show: All New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury
  • “The Magician’s Apprentice,” Tamsyn Muir, Weird Tales #359
  • “Two Houses,” Kelly Link, Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury

Single Author Collection

  • Winner: Crackpot Palace, Jeffrey Ford
  • Errantry, Elizabeth Hand
  • The Pottawatomie Giant and Other Stories, Andy Duncan
  • Remember Why You Fear Me, Robert Shearman
  • The Woman Who Married a Cloud, Jonathan Carroll
  • Windeye, Brian Evenson

Edited Anthology

  • Winner: Exotic Gothic 4: Postscripts #28/29, edited by Danel Olson 
  • 21st Century Dead, edited by Christopher Golden
  • Black Wings II, edited by S. T. Joshi
  • Night Shadows, edited by Greg Herren and J. M. Redmann
  • Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury, edited by Sam Weller and Mort Castle

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