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:


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)


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)


“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)


“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)


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)


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.


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!

Book News!

Big news and big cover reveal! My debut collection, THE MOTHER WOUND, will be out soon from Independent Legions Publishing. And what a cover designed by Luke Spooner. More info to come! I can’t believe this is happening!

Movie news!

Super exciting news! Crazy talented Kelly Hu (X2; The Scorpion King; Arrow) is set to star in a script I penned called Breast Cancer Bucket List! The movie will be directed by Roxy Shih and produced by The Ninth House.

More news to come (like when/where you can watch it). In the meantime, check out the Deadline article here while I go squeeeeee in the corner.

Bram Stoker Award Nominated!

I’m happy to say that my story, “I Will Find You, Even in the Dark” from Dim Shores Presents Vol. 1, has been nominated for a Bram Stoker Award in the Long Fiction category! Say whaaa??

It’s such a huge honour to be recognized, in any capacity, so to be officially nominated is nuts. Congratulations to all the nominees! 2020 may have sucked as a whole, but it was a great year for horror.

Check out the full final ballot below, and tune in to see the awards ceremony on May 22nd!

The 2020 Bram Stoker Awards® Final Ballot

Superior Achievement in a Novel

Jones, Stephen Graham – The Only Good Indians (Gallery/Saga Press)

Katsu, Alma – The Deep (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

Keisling, Todd – Devil’s Creek (Silver Shamrock Publishing)

Malerman, Josh – Malorie (Del Rey)

Moreno-Garcia, Silvia – Mexican Gothic (Del Rey)

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

Hall, Polly – The Taxidermist’s Lover (CamCat Publishing, LLC)

Harrison, Rachel – The Return (Berkley)

Jeffery, Ross – Tome (The Writing Collective)

Knight, EV – The Fourth Whore (Raw Dog Screaming Press)

Reed Petty, Kate – True Story (Viking)

Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel

Archer, Steven (author/artist) – The Masque of the Red Death (Raw Dog Screaming Press)

Brody, Jennifer (author) and Rivera, Jules (artist) – Spectre Deep 6 (Turner)

Douek, Rich (author) and Cormack, Alex (artist) – Road of Bones (IDW Publishing)

Holder, Nancy (author), Di Francia, Chiara (artist), and Woo, Amelia (artist) – Mary Shelley Presents (Kymera Press)

Manzetti, Alessandro (author) and Cardoselli, Stefano (artist/author) – Her Life Matters: (Or Brooklyn Frankenstein) (Independent Legions Publishing)

Niles, Steve (author), Simeone, Salvatore (author), and Kudranski, Szymon (artist) – Lonesome Days, Savage Nights (TKO Studios)

Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel

Cesare, Adam – Clown in a Cornfield (HarperTeen)

Kraus, Daniel – Bent Heavens (Henry Holt and Company/Macmillan)

Snyman, Monique – The Bone Carver (Vesuvian Books)

Thomas, Aiden – Cemetery Boys (Swoon Reads/Macmillan)

Waters, Erica – Ghost Wood Song (HarperTeen)

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction

Iglesias, Gabino – Beyond the Reef (Lullabies for Suffering: Tales of Addiction Horror) (Wicked Run Press)

Jones, Stephen Graham – Night of the Mannequins (

Kiste, Gwendolyn – The Invention of Ghosts (Nightscape Press)

Landry, Jess – I Will Find You, Even in the Dark (Dim Shores Presents Volume 1) (Dim Shores)

Pinsker, Sarah – Two Truths and a Lie (

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction

Arcuri, Meghan – “Am I Missing the Sunlight?” (Borderlands 7) (Borderlands Press)

Fawver, Kurt – “Introduction to the Horror Story, Day 1” (Nightmare Magazine Nov. 2020 (Issue 98))

Malerman, Josh – “One Last Transformation” (Miscreations: Gods, Monstrosities & Other Horrors) (Written Backwards)

O’Quinn, Cindy – “The Thing I Found Along a Dirt Patch Road” (Shotgun Honey Presents Volume 4: Recoil) (Down and Out Books)

Ward, Kyla Lee – “Should Fire Remember the Fuel?” (Oz is Burning) (B Cubed Press)

Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection

Koja, Kathe – Velocities: Stories (Meerkat Press)

Langan, John – Children of the Fang and Other Genealogies (Word Horde)

Lillie, Patricia – The Cuckoo Girls (Trepidatio Publishing)

Murray, Lee – Grotesque: Monster Stories (Things in the Well)

Taborska, Anna – Bloody Britain (Shadow Publishing)

Superior Achievement in a Screenplay

Amaris, Scarlett and Stanley, Richard – Color Out of Space (SpectreVision)

Green, Misha – Lovecraft Country, Season 1, Episode 1: “Sundown” (Affeme, Monkeypaw Productions, Bad Robot Productions, Warner Bros. Television Studios)

Green, Misha and Ofordire, Ihuoma – Lovecraft Country, Season 1, Episode 8: “Jig-a-Bobo” (Affeme, Monkeypaw Productions, Bad Robot Productions, Warner Bros. Television Studios)

LaManna, Angela – The Haunting of Bly Manor, Season 1, Episode 5: “The Altar of the Dead” (Intrepid Pictures, Amblin Television, Paramount Television Studios)

Whannell, Leigh – The Invisible Man (Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions, Goalpost Pictures, Nervous Tick Productions)

Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection

Manzetti, Alessandro – Whitechapel Rhapsody: Dark Poems (Independent Legions Publishing)

McHugh, Jessica – A Complex Accident of Life (Apokrupha)

Pelayo, Cynthia – Into the Forest and All the Way Through (Burial Day Books)

Sng, Christina – A Collection of Dreamscapes (Raw Dog Screaming Press)

Tantlinger, Sara – Cradleland of Parasites (Rooster Republic Press)

Superior Achievement in an Anthology

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

Murray, Lee and Flynn, Geneve – Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women (Omnium Gatherum Media)

Kolesnik, Samantha – Worst Laid Plans: An Anthology of Vacation Horror (Grindhouse Press)

Tantlinger, Sara – Not All Monsters: A Strangehouse Anthology by Women of Horror (Rooster Republic Press)

Yardley, Mercedes M. – Arterial Bloom (Crystal Lake Publishing)

Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction

Florence, Kelly and Hafdahl, Meg – The Science of Women in Horror: The Special Effects, Stunts, and True Stories Behind Your Favorite Fright Films (Skyhorse)

Heller-Nicholas, Alexandra – 1000 Women in Horror (BearManor Media)

Keene, Brian – End of the Road (Cemetery Dance Publications)

Peirse, Alison – Women Make Horror: Filmmaking, Feminism, Genre (Rutgers University Press)

Waggoner, Tim – Writing in the Dark (Guide Dog Books/Raw Dog Screaming Press)

Wetmore, Jr. Kevin J. – The Streaming of Hill House: Essays on the Haunting Netflix Adaption (McFarland)

Superior Achievement in Short Non-Fiction

Jackson Joseph, Rhonda – “The Beloved Haunting of Hill House: An Examination of Monstrous Motherhood” (The Streaming of Hill House: Essays on the Haunting Netflix Adaptation) (McFarland)

Pelayo, Cynthia – “I Need to Believe” (Southwest Review Volume 105.3)

Robinson, Kelly – “Lost, Found, and Finally Unbound: The Strange History of the 1910 Edison Frankenstein” (Rue Morgue Magazine, June 2020)

Sng, Christina – “Final Girl: A Life in Horror” (Interstellar Flight Magazine, October 2020)

Waggoner, Tim – “Speaking of Horror” (The Writer)

Anthology campaign is ALIVE!

In editing news, myself and Aaron J. French are working on “There Is No Death, There Are No Dead,” a spiritualism-themed horror anthology to be released by Crystal Lake Publishing in August 2021!

Our line-up (so far) is absolutely stellar. We have original stories from Lisa Morton, Lee Murray, Gemma Files, David Demchuk, Laird Barron, Gwendolyn Kiste, SP Miskowski, and Helen Marshall, and a reprint from Kathe Koja.

We’re funding this anthology through Indiegogo, so if you’d like to pre-order the book, you can do so here:

There are so many amazing perks up for grabs. We have a custom designed necklace from Montréal jeweller Sofia Zakia, we have signed copies of our contributors books, and, if you’re an author, we have short story edits available at deeply discounted pricing!

Any support we receive to fund the anthology is greatly and truly appreciated. If you can help out, that would mean the world to us. Thank you!

Debut collection in the works!

Big news for this dreary September day (I’m assuming it’s dreary all over the world, given the state of things): my debut collection, THE MOTHER WOUND, will be out later this year from Independent Legions Publishing!

I couldn’t be more thrilled to work with Alessandro Manzetti and the whole ILP team, as I’ve longed admired their contributions to the horror genre.

More to come (like the release date, table of contents, and cover reveal) as soon as I have the go-ahead!

Long periods of neglect = busy busyness

Indeed, I do leave this site to fend for itself for long periods of time, but it’s all for good reason — things have been BUSY. And not just your regular lowercase busy. No ma’am. BUSY. Here are some updates:

  • I was accepted into the Screenwriters Lab through Whistler Film Festival, where I’ve been working with mentors to get “My Only Sunshine” into its tippiest, toppiest, shiniest shape. The program started in June with a week of intensive Zoom meetings, and will progress until the festival in December.
  • I wrapped the first draft of my third TV movie. Now, every day, I check my email, waiting in fear for the bounty of notes that I know are coming my way.
  • I’m writing a sitcom. Well, two episodes. But still. A sitcom. Comedy. A TV show with the sole intention of making people laugh. Pray for me.
  • “My Only Sunshine” is a quarter-finalist in the TSL Free Screenplay Contest. COOL.
  • And so much more!

So needless to say, I’m tired. But the best possible version of tired someone could be!

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