As usual I’m late to the party, but the Shirley Jackson Award nominees were announced a few days ago. The full list is here.
Because this is a juried award, I take great interest in categories like Best Novel. Essentially I see it as a potential reading list. Of the 6 books announced, I own two (the Cisco and the Duncan, though I haven’t read them) and I’ve never heard of the other four.
I think this is exciting. With an ego as big as mine it’s easy to be convinced that any book worth reading I already know about. So to come across four unknown novels chosen by a group of judges represented by the likes of Laird Barron, Gary K Wolfe and Karon Warren, you can’t help but get that “shiny new book” tingle.
Or maybe that’s just me.
And because I’m also parochial, I want to congratulate fellow Aussie Deb Biancotti for her nomination (“And the Dead Shall Outnumber the Living,” (Ishtar, Gilgamesh Press)). I haven’t read the novella, but I have read Deb’s work (as recently as Bad Power) and she’s a marvelous writer who deserves the recognition.