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Book review: We Are All Completely Fine, by Daryl Gregory, Tachyon Publications
May 19, 2015 | 12:25 pm

51V0BoyQk4LThe 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 yeah!" The plot briefly is that  Dr. Jan Sayer gathers together a therapy group of five - literally - scarred, maimed and traumatized survivors of very unique and untypical ordeals, from cannibal holocausts to quite unique child abuse, and finds weird and horrible revelations erupting in the collision between their fractured and...

Book review: Unseaming, by Mike Allen, Antimatter Press
May 18, 2015 | 12:25 pm

22472298This 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 contemporary genre in "A Stitch in Darkness," his introduction to this particular nominee in the Single-Author Collection category, Unseaming by Mike Allen, who, he says, "has, with this debut collection, immediately made a case for his inclusion at the forefront of the New New Wave. Unseaming is representative of the finest work being done today." These fourteen stories show a...

Still time to vote in the World Fantasy Awards Ballot
May 15, 2015 | 10:25 am

wfaward200Nominations 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," with voting to close by May 31st. Ballot forms are also available for download on the website. "All registered members of the 41st World Fantasy Convention in Saratoga Springs plus the members of the convention in Washington and in Brighton are eligible to vote before the deadline." Voters can nominate up to five...

John W. Campbell Memorial Award finalists announced
May 13, 2015 | 10:25 am

JohnWCampbell-WhoGoesThere-314x218In 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 Mandel (Station Eleven) nor Will McIntosh (Defenders) are any relation. It's a pretty impressive slate, though, and includes Jeff VanderMeer's Area X  from his Southern Reach Trilogy, already recognized in the Shirley Jackson Awards, and Peter Watts's Echopraxia, which I rated my second most favorite book of 2014. As per...

Bram Stoker Awards winners announced
May 11, 2015 | 2:25 pm

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 originally co-designed by Harlan Ellison, were: Superior Achievement in a NOVEL Blood Kin by Steve Rasnic Tem (Solaris Books) Superior Achievement in a FIRST NOVEL Mr. Wicker by Maria Alexander (Raw Dog Screaming Press) Superior Achievement in a YOUNG ADULT NOVEL Phoenix Island by John Dixon (Simon & Schuster/Gallery Books) Superior Achievement in a GRAPHIC NOVEL Bad Blood by Jonathan Maberry (Dark Horse Books) Superior Achievement...

Morning Links: Keurig sort of apologizes for DRM. Scalzi: Hugos not destroyed
May 11, 2015 | 9:00 am

keurigWhere 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 Administration did not overstep its authority when it allowed airline passengers to use electronic devices during takeoff and landing. *** Keurig CEO Sort Of (But Not Really) Apologizes For Company's Ridiculous Foray Into Obnoxious Coffee DRM (Techdirt) A little more than a year after the embarrassing saga began, Keurig appears to finally be beginning a not-entirely graceful about-face on the matter. *** The Hugos Not Actually...

Shirley Jackson Awards Nominees announced
May 8, 2015 | 2:25 pm

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 from a Board of Advisors," and are widely respected for their quality benchmarks, inclusiveness and impartiality. (See, in contrast, the recent controversy over the Bram Stoker Awards.) This year's list includes some titles I applaud, such as Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer in the Novel category, and We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory in the Novella nominees, as well...

World Horror Convention gets off to a really horrid start
May 8, 2015 | 12:25 pm

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 declared ‘Celebrate World Horror Convention’s 25th Anniversary Day’ and will feature a retrospective panel on the first 25 years of WHC. After the Mass Signing on Friday, we will hold the World Horror Convention 25th Anniversary Ball – there’ll be free entry to Convention members and partners." Sounds like a monster mash. Guests...

Morning Links: Fresh look at wearable. No more “boys” or “girls” toys on Amazon
May 8, 2015 | 9:00 am

apple watcheBook 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 friends, family and co-workers, but I think we can now add a third to that list: Wearables. *** Amazon Drops 'Boy' and 'Girl' Categories from Toy Listings (Boing Boing) Amazon's toys category is no longer sorted into "Boys" toys and "Girls" toys. *** 2015 Locus Award Finalists Revealed (GalleyCat) Locus Magazine has revealed the shortlist of nominees for...

Neil Gaiman, Art Spiegelman, others take PEN seats to stand up for Charlie Hebdo
May 5, 2015 | 12:25 pm

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 French-Congolese author and Man Booker International Prize 2015 finalist Alain Mabanckou. Gaiman himself sent an email to the New York Times, stating: "The Charlie Hebdo PEN award is for courage. The courage to work after the 2011 firebombing of the offices, the courage to put out their magazine in the face of murder. If...

Morning Links: Indie bookstores decline in UK. eReader lighting evolution
April 27, 2015 | 9:00 am

ereader lightingWhy 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 Shift) But it’s the fusion of legacy reporting with newer digital tools that makes these newspapers stand out, said Mike Pride, the administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes, who announced the winners. *** 6 Ways to Make the Most of Your Local Indie Bookstore (Book Riot) So you’ve found your local indie...

Shortlist for International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award announced
April 17, 2015 | 12:25 pm

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 Literary Award, an initiative of Dublin City Council, is worth €100,000 [$107,308] to the winner and is the world’s most valuable annual literary award for a single work of fiction published in English. The award was launched on 7th April 1995, making this year our 20th anniversary." The three translated titles on the shortlist...

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