awards

Keep those rejection slips coming, authors: Scottish prize goes to book rejected 44 times

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 15, 2015 // 2 Comments

Here’s heartening news for writers still battling on through a blizzard of rejection slips from publishers: English historical author John Spurling “has won the sixth Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction for his novel set in imperial China, The Ten Thousand Things,” despite [...]

Book review: The Unquiet House by Alison Littlewood, Jo Fletcher Books

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 13, 2015 // 4 Comments

Yorkshire-based UK horror and dark fiction writer Alison Littlewood has already produced some very fine horror novels, and this, her third, has been nominated for Best Novel in this year’s Shirley Jackson Awards. The Unquiet House could be considered a brave choice for the Shirley Jackson [...]

Book review: After the People Lights Have Gone Off, by Stephen Graham Jones, Dark House Press

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

This collection by Stephen Graham Jones has been cropping up on slate after slate for this year’s awards, with Best Collection nominations in the Bram Stoker Awards and Shirley Jackson Awards, and a win as Best Collection from This Is Horror. After the People Lights Have Gone Off comprises [...]

Book review: We Are All Completely Fine, by Daryl Gregory, Tachyon Publications

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

The July 2014 publication We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory is one of the nominees in the Novella category for this year’s Shirley Jackson Awards nominations, and comes fairly well garlanded already with recommendations and plaudits. Are they justified? The answer is a polite "FUCK [...]

Book review: Unseaming, by Mike Allen, Antimatter Press

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

This year’s Shirley Jackson Awards nominations have produced a particularly distinguished slate in almost every category. In fact, Laird Barron, himself one of the aces in the current pack of horror and dark fiction writers, does a particularly fine thumbnail sketch of the strength of the [...]

Still time to vote in the World Fantasy Awards Ballot

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

Nominations for the 2015 World Fantasy Awards are approaching their close, as the end of the voting window draws near. As per the World Fantasy Convention 2015 website, “the World Fantasy Awards Ballot is being sent to all members of the 2013, 2014 and 2015 World Fantasy Conventions,” [...]

John W. Campbell Memorial Award finalists announced

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 13, 2015 // 1 Comment

In the flurry of science fiction, fantasy and horror awards due this time of year, after the announcement of the Bram Stoker Awards winners and the Shirley Jackson Awards finalists, now we have the John W. Campbell Memorial Award finalists for 2015. And I should confirm that neither Emily St. John [...]

Bram Stoker Awards winners announced

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

As per the previous coverage of the 25th Anniversary World Horror Convention (a.k.a. WHC), the presentation ceremony for the 2014 Bram Stoker Awards® was held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel on the evening of Saturday May 9th. The winners, each of whom received a bronze statuette [...]

Morning Links: Keurig sort of apologizes for DRM. Scalzi: Hugos not destroyed

By Joanna Cabot
May 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

Where Authors Fit Into Multi-Channel Publishing (DBW) In many ways, some authors already excel at multi-channel content development. *** Appeals court kills flight attendants’ challenge to electronics on planes (Ars Technica) A Washington, DC appeals court ruled Friday that the Federal Aviation [...]

Shirley Jackson Awards Nominees announced

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

The 2014 Shirley Jackson Awards Nominees have just been announced “for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.” These Awards “are voted upon by a jury of professional writers, editors, critics, and academics, with input [...]

World Horror Convention gets off to a really horrid start

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

The 25th Anniversary World Horror Convention (a.k.a. WHC), also comprising the Bram Stoker Awards® Weekend, has just kicked off in Atlanta, running from May 7th to May 10th at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel. As part of the celebrations for the 25th anniversary of WHC, “Friday will be [...]

Morning Links: Fresh look at wearable. No more “boys” or “girls” toys on Amazon

By Joanna Cabot
May 8, 2015 // 2 Comments

eBook Developers Need a Seat at the Planning Table (DBW) When was the last time you invited an ebook developer to an acquisitions meeting? *** A Fresh Look at Wearables (Re/Code) Politics and religion are supposed to be two hot-button topics you should avoid if you want to prevent arguments with [...]

Neil Gaiman, Art Spiegelman, others take PEN seats to stand up for Charlie Hebdo

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 5, 2015 // 1 Comment

After the earlier withdrawal by six authors from a presentation hosted by PEN America of its Freedom of Expression Courage Award to Charlie Hebdo, some new authors have stepped up to the plate – including Neil Gaiman and Art Spiegelman. The award itself will now be presented by [...]

Morning Links: Indie bookstores decline in UK. eReader lighting evolution

By Joanna Cabot
April 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

Why are Indie Bookstores on the Decline in the UK But Having a Revival in the US? (Ink, Bits & Pixels) With the number of indie bookstores in the US growing every year, no one can argue that they are on the rise. *** 2015 Pulitzer Prize Winners Show A Changing Reality for Journalism (Media [...]

Shortlist for International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award announced

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

The shortlist of ten novels for the 20th International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award has just been announced, with a slate that includes three translated foreign novels, as well as one entry from a local author and past winner, Colum McCann. The Award materials state that: “The IMPAC DUBLIN [...]

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