2015 Shirley Jackson Awards Nominees

The shortlist for the 2015 Shirley Jackson Awards has been released. The awards recognize outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic, and are voted upon by a jury of professional writers, editors, critics, and academics.

The awards will be presented on Sunday, July 10, 2016, at Readercon 27 in Quincy, Massachusetts.


  • Eileen, Ottessa Moshfegh (Penguin Press)
  • Experimental Film, Gemma Files (ChiZine Publications)
  • The Glittering World, Robert Levy (Gallery)
  • Lord Byron’s Prophecy, Sean Eads (Lethe Press)
  • When We Were Animals, Joshua Gaylord (Mulholland Books)


  • The Box Jumper, Lisa Mannetti (Smart Rhino)
  • In the Lovecraft Museum, Steve Tem (PS Publishing)
  • Unusual Concentrations, S.J. Spurrier (Simon Spurrier)
  • The Visible Filth, Nathan Ballingrud (This Is Horror)
  • Wylding Hall, Elizabeth Hand (PS Publishing-UK/Open Road Media-US)


  • “The Briskwater Mare,” Deborah Kalin (Cherry Crow Children, Twelfth Planet Press)
  • “The Deepwater Bride,” Tamsyn Muir (Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, July-August 2015)
  • “Even Clean Hands Can Do Damage,” Steve Duffy (Supernatural Tales #30, Autumn)
  • “Fabulous Beasts,” Priya Sharma (Tor.com, July 2015)
  • “The Thyme Fiend,” Jeffrey Ford (Tor.com, March 2015)


  • “A Beautiful Memory,” Shannon Peavey (Apex Magazine)
  • “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers,” Alyssa Wong (Nightmare)
  • “Seven Minutes in Heaven,” Nadia Bulkin (Aickman’s Heirs)
  • “The Dying Season,” Lynda E. Rucker (Aickman’s Heirs)
  • “Wilderness,” Letitia Trent (Exigencies)


  • The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Stephen King (Scribner)
  • The End of the End of Everything, Dale Bailey (Arche Press)
  • Get in Trouble, Kelly Link (Random House)
  • Gutshot, Amelia Gray (FSG Originals)
  • The Nameless Dark – A Collection, T.E. Grau (Lethe Press)
  • You Have Never Been Here, Mary Rickert (Small Beer Press)


  • Aickman’s Heirs, edited by Simon Strantzas (Undertow Publications)
  • Black Wings IV, edited by S.T. Joshi (PS Publishing)
  • The Doll Collection, edited by Ellen Datlow (Tor)
  • Exigencies, edited by Richard Thomas (Dark House Press)
  • Seize the Night, edited by Christopher Golden (Gallery)

6 thoughts on “2015 Shirley Jackson Awards Nominees

  1. I don’t recognize any of the novels, which surprises me, but that is a really excellent list of short fiction and single-author collections.

  2. I recognize Experimental Film by Gemma Files, though it’s not on my list, and When We Were Animals by Joshua Gaylord, which isn’t on my list but I’m vaguely intrigued by. The Glittering World by Robert Levy is on my list (of books to look into/consider). Clearly I need to read the sample, if it’s being nominated for awards. 😉

  3. Experimental Film really sounds like my kind of thing. I’ll have to take a closer look at these. Gosh, what a novel use for a list of award finalists.

  4. I enjoyed The Glittering World a lot, but found Experimental Film slow and frequently self-indulgent. (I recently read an interview in which Gemma Files mentions that the protagonist is heavily based on her, and I think that . . . shows.)

    When We Were Animals has been on my TBR list for a while, and Eileen has now joined it. Lord Byron’s Prophecy has been out since October, yet has only 1 rating on Amazon and 4 ratings on Goodreads. The Shirley Jackson judges might make up the majority of the people who’ve actually read this book thus far.

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  6. That spam (since deleted by @Mike Glyer) was my favorite, because in the e-mail, all I saw were a ton of “?” with the word “soap” in the middle somewhere. Good grief.

    Mike – sorry you have to deal with silly comment spam on old threads!

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