Shirley Jackson is the sweetest when it comes to sourness, a shining light in the darkness field. Have you read “The Lottery” or The Haunting of Hill House or We Have Always Lived in the Castle? No? You must. I’m not kidding. Quit your job, file for divorce, barricade yourself inside a storage locker – do whatever you need to do to read her.
As you can see, I’m an admirer.
Shirley Jackson, the late American writer of literary horror, subtle psychological thrillers and weird tales, has a prize named after her. In honour of her accomplishments, the prizes are given each year to stories, anthologies, novels etc. that mine the Jacksonian vein of horror and suspense. And this year…The Demonologist is a finalist for Best Novel!
I’m blown away grateful to be on the list with such great writers and books, some of which I’ve already read and the others I’m about to. Check out all the shortlists here: