The 2020 Shirley Jackson Awards winners were announced August 15 at Readercon 31. The online ceremony began with convention GoH Jeffrey Ford reading his letter to Shirley Jackson inspired by the recently published collection of her letters.
The Shirley Jackson Awards are given for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic. They are voted upon by a jury of professional writers, editors, critics, and academics.
- The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones (Saga Press, Gallery Books)
- Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones (Tordotcom Publishing)
- The Attic Tragedy by J. Ashley-Smith Meerkat Press)
- “Not the Man I Married” by R. A. Busby (Black Petals Issue #93 Autumn, 2020)
- Velocities: Stories by Kathe Koja (Meerkat Press)
- Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women, edited by Lee Murray & Geneve Flynn (Omnium Gatherum)
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.