In other news… I’m delighted to announce that my novella The Good Shabti has been nominated for The Shirley Jackson Awards 2014!
… established for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.
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, from the most traditional genre offerings to the most innovative literary work.
This is an incredible honour and I’m immensely proud to have been included. I’m also grateful to Jared Shurin at Jurassic London for publishing the thing. The other nominees are:
- The Beauty by Aliya Whiteley (Unsung Stories)
- Ceremony of Flies by Kate Jonez (DarkFuse)
- The Mothers of Voorhisville by Mary Rickert (Tor.com, April 2014)
- We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory (Tachyon)
The Good Shabti is a limited edition hardcover. As well as my story, the book carries an afterword from John J Johnston of the Egypt Exploration Society, and magnificent cover art by Jeffrey Alan Love. You can buy one of the few remaining copies from the Forbidden Planet online store.