Two Works on the Bram Stoker Awards Preliminary Ballot!

I’m happy to see my fiction collection, THE MOTHER WOUND, and the anthology I co-edited with Aaron J. French, THERE IS NO DEATH, THERE ARE NO DEAD, on the Preliminary Ballot of the 2021 Bram Stoker Awards. Seriously, what an honour, and what a list full of other amazing talents. The full ballot is below. Good luck to everyone!

The 2021 Bram Stoker Awards® Preliminary Ballot

Superior Achievement in a Novel

Castro, V. – The Queen of the Cicadas (Flame Tree Press)

Demchuk, David – Red X (Strange Light)

Hendrix, Grady – The Final Girl Support Group (Berkley)

Jones, Stephen Graham – My Heart Is a Chainsaw (Gallery/Saga Press)

Knight, EV – Children of Demeter (Raw Dog Screaming Press)

McLeod Chapman, Clay – Whisper Down the Lane (Quirk Books)

Pelayo, Cynthia – Children of Chicago (Agora Books)

Starling, Caitlin – The Death of Jane Lawrence (St. Martin’s Press)

Stred, Steve – Incarnate (Black Void Publishing)

Wendig, Chuck – The Book of Accidents (Del Rey)

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

Desiree, Amanda – Smithy (Inkshares)

Fox, VK – Indie Saint (Aethon Books)

Jones, C.B. – TheRules of the Road (Ionosphere Press)

Martinez, S. Alessandro – Helminth (Omnium Gatherum)

McQueen, LaTanya – When the Reckoning Comes (Harper Perennial)

Miles, Terry – Rabbits (Del Rey)

Moreno, Gus – This Thing Between Us (MCD x FSG Originals)

Piper, Hailey – Queen of Teeth (Strangehouse Books)

Quigley, Lisa – The Forest (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing)

Willson, Nicole – Tidepool (The Parliament House)

Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel

Ahmed, Saladin (author) and Kivelä, Sami (artist) – Abbott 1973 (BOOM! Studios)

Garcia, Kami (author); Suayan, Mico (artist); Badower, Jason (artist); and Mayhew, Mike (artist) – Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity (DC Comics)

Leong, Sloane (author) and Bowles, Anna (artist) – Graveneye (TKO Studios)

Manzetti, Alessandro (author) and Cardoselli, Stefano (artist) – The Inhabitant of the Lake (Independent Legions Publishing)

McCurdy, Bowen (author/artist) and Musto, Kaitlyn (author) – Specter Inspectors (BOOM! Box)

Morrison, Grant (author); Child, Alex (author); and Franquiz, Naomi (artist) – Proctor Valley Road (BOOM! Studios)

Moyer, Rich (author/artist) – Ham Helsing Vampire Hunter (Crown Books for Young Readers) 

Panosian, Dan (author) and Ignazzi, Marianna (artist) – An Unkindness of Ravens (BOOM! Studios)

Scott, Cavan (author) and Howell, Corin (artist) – Shadow Service: Dark Arts (Vault Comics)

Szym, Adam (author/artist) – A Cordial Invitation (Self-published)

Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel

Ames, Alison – To Break a Covenant (Page Street Kids)

Blake, Kendare – All These Bodies (Quill Tree Books)

Boyle, R.L. – The Book of the Baku (Titan Books)

Craig, Erin A. – Small Favors (Delacorte Press)

Gould, Courtney – The Dead and the Dark (Wednesday Books) 

Lewis, Jessica – Bad Witch Burning (Delacorte Press)

Marshall, Kate Alice – Our Last Echoes (Viking Books for Young Readers)

Polydoros, Aden – The City Beautiful (Inkyard Press)

Sutherland, Krystal – House of Hollow (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

Waters, Erica – The River Has Teeth (HarperTeen)

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction

Asman, Brian – Man, Fuck This House (Mutated Media)

Castro, V. – Goddess of Filth (Creature Publishing, LLC)

Deady, Tom – Of Men and Monsters (Crystal Lake Publishing)

Jeffery, Ross – Only The Stains Remain (Cemetery Gates Media)

Khaw, Cassandra – Nothing But Blackened Teeth (Tor Nightfire)

LaRocca, Eric – Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke (Weirdpunk Books)

Marrs, Chris and O’Neill, Gene – “Entangled Soul” (Entangled Soul and Other Stories) (Omnium Gatherum)

Piper, Hailey – “Recitation of the First Feeding” (Unfortunate Elements of My Anatomy) (The Seventh Terrace)

Strand, Jeff – “Twentieth Anniversary Screening” (Slice and Dice) (Independently published)

Tingle, Chuck – Straight (Self-published)

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction

Gwilym, Douglas – “Year Six” (LampLight Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 1) (Apokrupha)

Gyzander, Carol – “The Yellow Crown” (Under Twin Suns: Alternate Histories of the Yellow Sign) (Hippocampus Press)

Joseph, R.J. – “I Just Want to Be Free” (Paranormal Contact: A Quiet Horror Confessional) (Cemetery Gates Media)

Joseph, R.J. – “Soulmates” (Dark Dispatch Issue #2: Deadly Love) (Dark Dispatch)

Murray, Lee – “Permanent Damage” (Attack From the ‘80s) (Raw Dog Screaming Press)

O’Quinn, Cindy – “A Gathering at the Mountain” (The Bad Book) (Bleeding Edge Books)

Oreto, Frank J. – “The Care and Feeding of Household Gods” (Beyond the Veil) (Flame Tree Press)

Taborska, Anna -“Two Shakes Of A Dead Lamb’s Tail”(Terror Tales of the Scottish Lowlands) (Telos Publishing)

Ward, Kyla Lee – “A Whisper in the Death Pit” (Weirdbook #44) (Wildside Press)

Yates, Pauline – “The Best Medicine” (Midnight Echo Issue 16) (AHWA)

Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection

Bailey, Michael – Psychotropic Dragon (Written Backwards)

Baxter, Alan – The Gulp (13th Dragon Books)

Files, Gemma – In That Endlessness, Our End (Grimscribe Press)

Fracassi, Philip – Beneath a Pale Sky (Lethe Press)

Landry, Jess – The Mother Wound (Independent Legions Publishing)

Maberry, Jonathan – Empty Graves: Tales of the Living Dead (WordFire Press LLC)

McCarthy, J.A.W. – Sometimes We’re Cruel and Other Stories (Cemetery Gates Media)

Tuttle, Lisa – The Dead Hours of Night (Valancourt Books)

Wise, A.C. – The Ghost Sequences (Undertow Publications)

Yap, Isabel – Never Have I Ever (Small Beer Press)

Superior Achievement in a Screenplay

Bailey-Bond, Prano and Fletcher, Anthony – Censor (Silver Salt Films)

Carolyn, Axelle – The Manor (Amazon Studios)

Chaisson, C. Henry; Antosca, Nick; and Cooper, Scott – Antlers (Searchlight Pictures)

Charles, Kathy; Steensland, Mark; and Stevens, Travis – Jakob’s Wife (AMP International)

Cushing, Aric and Thomas, Logan – There’s No Such Thing as Vampires (Ascent Releasing)

Dong-hyuk, Hwang – Squid Game, Season 1, Episode 1: “Red Light, Green Light” (Siren Pictures) 

Flanagan, Mike; Flanagan, James; and Howard, Jeff – Midnight Mass, Season 1, Episode 6: “Book VI: Acts of the Apostles” (Intrepid Pictures)

Graziadei, Phil and Janiak, Leigh – Fear Street: Part One – 1994 (Chernin Entertainment)

Peele, Jordan; Rosenfeld, Win; and DaCosta, Nia – Candyman (Universal Pictures)

Pisanthanakun, Banjong – The Medium (GDH 559)

Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection

Garza, Alexander P. – notsleepyyet (Weasel Press)

Lansdale, Joe R. – Apache Witch and Other Poetic Observations (Independent Legions Publishing)

Manzetti, Alessandro – Dancing with Maria’s Ghost (Independent Legions Publishing)

McHugh, Jessica – Strange Nests (Apokrupha)

O’Brien, Brandon – Can You Sign My Tentacle? (Interstellar Flight Press)

Simon, Marge and Turzillo, Mary – Victims (Weasel Press)

Sng, Christina; Yuriko Smith, Angela; Murray, Lee; and Flynn, Geneve – Tortured Willows: Bent. Bowed. Unbroken. (Yuriko Publishing)

Snyder, Lucy A. – Exposed Nerves (Raw Dog Screaming Press)

Walrath, Holly Lyn – The Smallest of Bones (CLASH Books)

Wolfe, Jezzy – Monstrum Poetica (Raw Dog Screaming Press)

Superior Achievement in an Anthology

Chambers, James – Under Twin Suns: Alternate Histories of the Yellow Sign (Hippocampus Press)

Cluff, Michael and Becker, Willow – Humans are the Problem: A Monster’s Anthology (Weird Little Worlds)

Datlow, Ellen – When Things Get Dark: Stories Inspired by Shirley Jackson (Titan Books) 

French, Aaron J. and Landry, Jess – There is No Death, There are No Dead (Crystal Lake Publishing)

Guignard, Eric J. – Professor Charlatan Bardot’s Travel Anthology to the Most (Fictional) Haunted Buildings in the Weird, Wild World (Dark Moon Books)

HOWL Society – Howls From Hell (HOWL Society Press)

Johnson, Eugene – Attack From the ‘80s (Raw Dog Screaming Press)

Schlossberg, Josh – The Jewish Book of Horror (Denver Horror Collective) 

Showers, Brian J. – Uncertainties: Volume V (Swan River Press)

Thomas, Ben – Tales from Omnipark (House Blackwood)

Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction

Abbott, Stacey and Jowett, Lorna – Global TV Horror (University of Wales Press)

Decker, Lindsey – Transnationalism and Genre Hybridity in New British Horror Cinema (University of Wales Press)

Falvey, Eddie; Hickinbottom, Joe; and Wroot, Jonathan – New Blood: Critical Approaches to Contemporary Horror (University of Wales Press)

Olson, Danel – 9/11 Gothic: Decrypting Ghosts and Trauma in New York City’s Terrorism Novels (Lexington Books)

Knost, Michael – Writers Workshop of Horror 2 (Hydra Publications)

Lester, Catherine – Horror Films for Children: Fear and Pleasure in American Cinema (Bloomsbury Academic)

Potts, Jim – Defending a Serial Killer: The Right to Counsel (Vesuvian Books)

Wetmore Jr., Kevin J. – Eaters of the Dead: Myths and Realities of Cannibal Monsters (Reaktion Books)

Weinstock, Jeffrey Andrew and Hansen, Regina M. – Giving the Devil His Due: Satan and 

Cinema (Fordham University Press)

Woofter, Kristopher – Shirley Jackson: A Companion (Peter Lang Publishing)

Superior Achievement in Short Non-Fiction

Clasen, Mathias – “Fear Not!” (Aeon)

Cowen, David E. – “Introduction” (Victims) (Weasel Press)

Ward, Kyla Lee – “Vampire Poetry” (Penumbra No. 2 (2021)) (Hippocampus Press)

Diak, Nicholas – “Cullzathro Fhtagn! Magnifying the Carnivalesque in Lovecraft Through the Comic Book Series Vinegar Teeth” (Academia Letters)

Ognjanović, Dejan – “The Three Paradigms of Horror” (Vastarien Vol. 4, Issue 2) (Grimscribe Press)

O’Quinn, Cindy – “One and Done” (Were Tales: A Shapeshifter Anthology) (Brigids Gate Press)

Tamásfi, László – “The Devil Flew Away”(Dracula’s Death)(Strangers from Nowhere)    

Verona, Emily Ruth – “A Horror Fan’s Guide to Surviving Womanhood” (thefinalgirls.co.uk)  

Wetmore, Kevin J. – “Devil’s Advocates: The Conjuring” (Auteur Publishing/Liverpool University Press)

Yuriko Smith, Angela – “Horror Writers: Architects of Hope” (The Sirens Call, Halloween 2021, Issue 55) (Sirens Call Publications)

LIST OF A LIFETIME is nominated for a Critics Choice Award!

In some very unexpected news, LIST OF A LIFETIME (which I wrote for the Lifetime network and that aired this past October) has been nominated for Best Movie Made for Television at the Critics Choice Awards! Whaaat??

The telecast will air on Sunday, January 9th at 7pm ET on TBS and the CW! Tune in then and cross those fingers — this category is stacked!

BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Come From Away (Apple TV+)
List of a Lifetime (Lifetime)
The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (Amazon Prime Video)
Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia (Lifetime)
Oslo (HBO)
Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas (The Roku Channel)

Check out the full nomination list here.

CFC/NETFLIX PROJECT DEVELOPMENT ACCELERATOR!

I’m crazy happy to announce that my series, CATASTROPHE QUEENS, has been selected for the CFC/Netflix Project Development Accelerator program! I’ll be spending the next few months working on the show with some pretty rad people, getting it into the most tip-toppiest shape possible. Big thanks to the CFC for believing in this wild project!

To find out more about the program and the other amazing projects that’ll be participating, clicky click here!

We are pleased to welcome four new creators into the TV series stream of the CFC/Netflix Project Development Accelerator, one component of the larger Netflix/CFC Global Project. This is the second cohort of creators who have participated in the TV series stream of the accelerator, a three-month offering that is tailored to the specific creative and business needs of the selected participants and their series concepts.

The distinct voices of these four creators, working in a wide range of genres and formats, really shone through. Their timely stories and compelling characters show real potential for widespread appeal, including reaching chronically underserved audiences hungry for original and inspiring content. Throughout the accelerator, they will receive advanced project development support to bolster the international reach of their TV series through access to creative and marketplace expertise, mentorship and activities. The 2021 TV series stream runs from November 2021 until February 2022.

There are two additional accelerators offered as part of the Netflix/CFC Global Project, the Calling Card and Marketplace Accelerators. These are yearlong accelerators, which, to date, have supported more than 20 projects, from shorts to features and TV series. Head here for more information on specific projects and participants.

Live Reading Friday 10/29!

Join myself and author Lindsay Merbaum this Friday, October 29th at 7 PM CST for an eerie virtual evening, hosted by Joanna Graham! We’ll each be doing a live reading of spooky stories, followed by a chat about spooky subjects. The event is being put on by McNally Robinson, my favourite indie bookstore! Hope to see you there!

Click here to register!

“List of a Lifetime” – airing this weekend!

LIST OF A LIFETIME, starring Kelly Hu, Shannen Doherty, Sylvia Kwan, and Patricia Velasquez, is airing on Sunday, October 10th on Lifetime at 8 PM EST/7 PM CST, in the US and in Canada! The film was directed by Roxy Shih, written by me, and produced by The Ninth House.

If you like a good tear-jerker, then you’ll love this movie!

“There Is No Death, There Are No Dead” – Out August 27th!

Great news in the writing world — THERE IS NO DEATH, THERE ARE NO DEAD, an anthology I co-edited and co-created along with Aaron J. French, will be out on Friday, August 27th from Crystal Lake Publishing!

I couldn’t be more thrilled with how the book turned out, as we have an amazing line-up of authors. Here’s the full TOC:

“Haunt Me” by Gemma Files

“The Happy Medium” by Helen Marshall

“The Marble Lily” by Kathe Koja

“The Bone Eater” by Lee Murray

“A Feather for Mrs. Edmond” by David Demchuk

“Meeting Katie King” by Lisa Morton

“The Mad Monk of the Motor City” by Gwendolyn Kiste

“The One Word I Can’t Say” by S.P. Miskowski

“Knock Three Times” by Seanan McGuire

“The Curious Story of Susan Styles: A Psychical Romance” by Catherine Lord

“Talitha Cumi” by Chesya Burke

“True Love Waits” by Nadia Bulkin

“The Shape of Her Soul” by Michelle Belanger

“American Remake of a Japanese Ghost Story” by Laird Barron

It’s available in paperback and ebook for now, with an upcoming audio release!

Pre-order your copy now at https://geni.us/NoDeath!

Nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award!

It’s true, and it’s crazy. My novelette, “I Will Find You, Even in the Dark,” is nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award! The story was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award, originally appeared in Dim Shores Presents Vol. 1 (from Dim Shores), and is currently in my collection, The Mother Wound (from Independent Legions). There are some amazing authors and editors on this list, and I’m honoured to see my name next to theirs.

Check out the full release, and be sure to tune into the awards during ReaderCon on Sunday, August 15th:

Nominees Announced for the
2020 Shirley Jackson Awards

Boston, MA (June 2021) — In recognition of the legacy of Shirley Jackson’s writing, and with permission of the author’s estate, The Shirley Jackson Awards, Inc. has been established for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.

The Shirley Jackson Awards are voted upon by a jury of professional writers, editors, critics, and academics.  The awards are given for the best work published in the preceding calendar year in the following categories:  Novel, Novella, Novelette, Short Fiction, Single-Author Collection, and Edited Anthology.

The nominees for the 2020 Shirley Jackson Awards are:

NOVEL

Sisters by Daisy Johnson (Jonathan Cape)

Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh (Penguin Press)

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey / Penguin Random House)

Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth (William Morrow)

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones (Saga Press, Gallery Books)

True Story by Kate Reed Petty (Viking)

NOVELLA

The Best of Both Worlds by S. P. Miskowski (Trepidatio Publishing)

History of an Executioner by Clancy McGilligan (Miami University Press)

Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones (Tordotcom Publishing)

Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark (Tordotcom Publishing)

Agatha’s Barn: A Carpenter’s Farm Story by Michael Bailey (Written Backwards)

Her Mad Song by C J Halbard (Man on Fire Press)

NOVELETTE

“I Will Find You, Even in the Dark” by Jessica Landry (Dim Shores Presents Vol. 1)

Many Restless Concerns: The Victims of Countess Bathory Speak in Chorus (A Testimony) by Gayle Brandeis (Black Lawrence Press)

The Attic Tragedy by J. Ashley-Smith Meerkat Press)

Faith by Sayaka Murata, translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori (Granta)

“Heritage Hill” by Matthew R. Davis (Outback Horrors Down Under:  An Anthology of Antipodean Terrors)

“Pale Toes” by Marko Hautala, translated by Sanna Terho (The Valancourt Book of World Horror Stories)

“Señor Ligotti” by Bernardo Esquinca, translated by James D. Jenkins (The Valancourt Book of World Horror Stories)

SHORT FICTION

“Holes” by R.A. Busby (Graveyard Smash:  Women of Horror Anthology Vol.2 collection)

Graceful Burdens by Roxane Gay (Amazon Original Stories)

“Isn’t Your Daughter Such a Doll” by Tobi Ogundiran (Shoreline of Infinity 18)

“Not the Man I Married” by R. A. Busby (Black Petals Issue #93 Autumn, 2020)

“Room and Board Included, Demonology Extra” by Eden Royce (Broken Eye Books)

“The Memory Game” by Franki Haber (The Gravity of the Thing)

SINGLE-AUTHOR COLLECTION

Settling the World: Selected Stories by M. John Harrison (Comma Press)

Mannequin and Wife by Jen Fawkes (LSU Press)

Thin Places by Kay Chronister (Undertow Publications)

Velocities: Stories by Kathe Koja (Meerkat Press)

Moonflower, Nightshade, All the Hours of the Day by JD Scott (Lake Forest College Press)

Aftermath of an Industrial Accident: Stories by Mike Allen (Mythic Delirium Books)

EDITED ANTHOLOGY

After Sundown, edited by Mark Morris (Flame Tree Press)

Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women, edited by Lee Murray & Geneve Flynn (Omnium Gatherum)

Miscreations: Gods, Monstrosities & Other Horrors, edited by Doug Murano & Michael Bailey (Written Backwards)

The Night Bazaar Venice: Thirteen Tales of Forbidden Wishes and Dangerous Desires, edited by Lenore Hart (Northampton House Press)

Lullabies for Suffering: Tales of Addiction Horror, edited by Mark Matthews (Wicked Run Press)

Shadows & Tall Trees, Vol. 8, edited by Michael Kelly (Undertow Publications)

Tiny Nightmares, edited by Lincoln Michel and Nadxieli Nieto (Catapult)

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.

The 2020 Shirley Jackson Awards will be presented as a pre-recorded event on Sunday, August 15, 2021, at Readercon 31, Conference on Imaginative Literature.

Websites:  ShirleyJacksonAwards.org

Readercon.org

AVP: Ultimate Prey cover reveal!

Here’s a fun project that’s been in the works for the past while…the first-ever Aliens vs Predators anthology! Edited by all-around awesome dudes Jonathan Maberry and Bryan Thomas Schmidt (who’ve each edited their own Alien and Predator anthologies), this book is due out on December 14th from Titan. You can pre-order here or wherever you buy your books from.

The first anthology of original short stories featuring the confluence of two iconic properties, as the Predators seek the ultimate prey, the Xenomorphs from Alien.
 

Fifteen original short stories set in the expanded AvP universe, featuring the ultimate hunters, the Yautja from Predator, pitted against the ultimate prey, the Xenomorphs from Alien, with humans caught in the middle! Set on Earth and in the far reaches of space, in the past, present, and future, these tales are produced by a culturally and ethnically diverse of authors of varied genders, gathered exclusively for this anthology. 

The authors include Louis Ozawa Changchien, who played “Hanzo” in Predators, Roshni “Rush” Bhatia, director of the Shadow at the Door, and Scott Sigler, author of Earthcore, Alive, and Aliens: Phalanx. Bestsellers include Jonathan Maberry, author of the Joe Ledger novels; Mira Grant, author of the October Daye, InCryptid, and Newsflesh novel series as well as Star Wars: Canto Bight and Alien: Echo.

The Mother Wound is now available!

Happy Book Birthday to my first collection of horror stories, The Mother Wound! This collection spans the past six years of writing, from the very beginning to the most current — I’ve written two new stories and one novella just for this release.

Sometimes the deepest wounds come from those we hold the closest.

In her debut collection, Bram Stoker Award-winner Jess Landry blurs the line between genres, magnifying the darkness in the spaces in between, and confronting those relationships that are nearest and dearest to us in the most horrific ways. A mother and her daughter escape Nazi Germany, boarding the Hindenburg under the promise of a new life. An abused musical protégé discovers that her rage fuels much more than her cello-playing abilities. A hardened police officer finds something unexpected in the rising flood waters of her evacuated hometown. A woman ventures out onto the sea, in hopes of finding a mysterious mist where the dead roam freely. A strange tar infests the home of a young girl, swallowing everything in its wake, including her mother. Two broken women form a tragic bond while searching for a missing person in the dead of winter.

Mothers. Daughters. Sisters. Friends.

No one is safe within the pages of The Mother Wound.

Snatch it up now on Amazon!

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