‘Helen’s Story’ nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award

As the title implies, Rosanne Rabonowitz’s novella ‘Helen’s Story’ has been nominated for a Shirley Jackson award in the ‘Novella’ category. The Shirley Jackson awards are for “outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic” – so, quite an accolade for Rosanne!

The full list of nominees can be found here.

News Roundup for End 2013

News from the latter half of 2013, all in one round up!

Gary Couzens had a story accepted for an anthology of punk-inspired stories for DogHorn Publishing titled punkPunk!

David Gullen‘s short story collection, Open Waters, was published by Exaggerated Press and is available now.

David’s debut sci-fi novel, Shopocalypse was published by Clarion and is also available now. Jump in the passenger seat for a road trip with Josie and Novak, on the run after an unlucky encounter, unintentionally in possession of a super-hot sentient muscle car and over 190 million dollars, covered with a potent psychoactive powder.

Laura Mauro received an Honourable Mention from Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year for her story Red Rabbit, published in Shadows and Tall Trees 4.

Laura’s story When Charlie Sleeps appeared in the November edition of Black Static. It will also be reprinted in Best British Horror 2014, edited by Johnny Mains.

Another story from Laura, Ptichka will appear in the the Horror Uncut anthology.

Gaie Sebold was on the longlist for the David Gemmell Morningstar Award for best fantasy newcomer/debut and the David Gemmell Legend Award for best release of the year for her novel Babylon Steel.

Sara-Jayne Townsend‘s book Dead Cool (also known among the group as The Case of the Defenestrated Rock Star) will be published by Canadian e-publisher MuseItUp Publishing in late 2104. The novel is the second in the Shara Summers series, following the adventures of an actress turned amateur sleuth.

Congratulations to all! We’re looking forward to an even more exciting 2014.

Tom Pollock Finalist in Kitschies

The Kitschies awards recognise “the year’s most progressive, intelligent, and entertaining works of genre literature published in the UK”. Tom Pollock‘s novel, The City’s Son, was a finalist for the Golden Tentacle award for Best Debut. Huge congratulations!

Hidden under the surface of everyday London is a city of monsters and miracles, where wild train spirits stampede over the tracks and glass-skinned dancers with glowing veins light the streets.

When a devastating betrayal drives her from her home, graffiti artist Beth Bradley stumbles into the secret city, where she finds Filius Viae, London’s ragged crown prince, just when he needs someone most. An ancient enemy has returned to the darkness under St Paul’s Cathedral, bent on reigniting a centuries-old war, and Beth and Fil find themselves in a desperate race through a bizarre urban wonderland, searching for a way to save the city they both love.

The City’s Son is the first book of The Skyscraper Throne: a story about family,friends and monsters, and how you can’t always tell which is which.

The City’s Son is available in hardback, paperback and ebook from all the usual places. The sequel, The Glass Republic is out in July from Jo Fletcher Books.

Aliette de Bodard’s Awards Round-Up

Aliette de Bodard‘s short story, Immersion has gathered an astonishing array of awards. Deep breath, now:

You can read Immersion in full here.

In addition, Ms. de Bodard’s novella, On a Red Station, Drifting, was on the Locus Recommended Reading List for 2012, and has been nominated for the following awards so far.

You can read an extract from On a Red Station, Drifting here. The novella is available from Immersion Press and amazon.

Many, many congratulations to Ms. de Bodard!

Writers of the Future Follow Up

As mentioned elsewhere on this site, William Mitchell won first place in the Writers of the Future competition for the third quarter of 2011. He has written about his experience here.

The video of the award ceremony keynote speaker, Dr. J. Storrs Hall, can be found here. Will says there’s “pretty fascinating stuff in here for anyone considering near-future SF”.

You can see Will making his acceptance speech and talking about his winning story, Contact Authority, here. (The T Party gets a mention too, hoorah!)

There is a trailer for Writers of the Future Volume #28 which contains Will’s story here, and finally you can hear Contact Authority being read in a podcast from Starship Sofa.

Sit back and enjoy the future!