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The LOHF Congratulates the Shirley Jackson Award Winners

The Shirley Jackson awards highlight the years outstanding achievement in the genres of psychological suspense, horror and dark fiction. The nominees are judged by authors, editors, critics and academics.


Novel: The Book of X by Sarah Rose Etter

The Book of X tells the tale of Cassie, a girl born with her stomach twisted in the shape of a knot. From childhood with her parents on the family meat farm, to a desk job in the city, to finally experiencing love, she grapples with her body, men, and society, all the while imagining a softer world than the one she is in.

Sarah Rose Etter

Sarah Rose Etter is the author of Tongue Party, a short fiction collection, and The Book of X, her debute novel. The Book of X was selected as a Best Book of 2019 by Buzzfeed, Thrillist, Vulture, and more, and was long-listed for 2020 The Believer Book Award and the 2020 California Independent Bookseller Alliance’s Golden Poppy Award.

This story sounds amazing!


Novella: Ormeshadow by Priya Sharma

Burning with resentment and intrigue, this fantastical family drama invites readers to dig up the secrets of the Belman family, and wonder whether myths and legends are real enough to answer for a history of sin.

Uprooted from Bath by his father’s failures, Gideon Belman finds himself stranded on Ormeshadow farm, an ancient place of chalk and ash and shadow. The land crests the Orme, a buried, sleeping dragon that dreams resentment, jealousy, estrangement, death. Or so the folklore says. Growing up in a house that hates him, Gideon finds his only comforts in the land. Gideon will live or die by the Orme, as all his family has.

Priya Sharma

Priya Sharma’s fiction has appeared venues such as InterzoneBlack Static, Nightmare, The Dark and Tor. She’s been anthologised in several of Ellen Datlow’s  Best Horror of the Year series and Paula Guran’s Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror series, among other.  She’s also been on many Locus’ Recommended Reading Lists.  She is a Grand Judge for the Aeon Award, an annual writing competition run by Albedo One, Ireland’s magazine of the Fantastic.

“Fabulous Beasts” was a Shirley Jackson Award finalist and won a British Fantasy Award for Short Fiction. Priya is a Shirley Jackson Award and British Fantasy Award winner,  and Locus Award finalist,  for “All the Fabulous Beasts”, a collection of her some of her work, available from Undertow Publications.

“Ormshadow” is her first novella and is available from Tor.

Toni and Jen have both read Ormeshadow and loved it. Click on their names to see their reviews.


Novelette: Luminous Body by Brooke Warra

Pregnancy, motherhood, and family through a cosmic body horror lens. An exceptionally personal story by Brooke Warra with cover art and two interior illustrations by her daughter Zoe Liegh.

Brooke Warra

Brooke Warra grew up in a deep, dark wood where she developed a taste for the weird and macabre. Her work has appeared in various magazines, anthologies, and podcasts. She lives and writes with her children in the Pacific Northwest.

This was a limited run of 130 numbered copies; however, the coolest thing is there are two illustrations drawn by her daughter Zoe Leigh.


The LOHF also want to congratulate Short Fiction: Kali_Na by Indrapramit Das, Single-Author Collection: Song for the Unraveling World by Brian Evenson and Edited Anthology: The Twisted Book of Shadows edited by Christopher Golden and James A. Moore.


If you would like to watch the 2019 Shirley Jackson Awards, they are viewable here.


If you have read any of the winners, let us know what you thought in the comments below!!

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