The 2009 Shirley Jackson Awards winners were announced on Sunday, July 11th 2010, at Readercon 21, Conference on Imaginative Literature, in Burlington, Massachusetts. Here’s a list of the winners:

Big Machine, Victor LaValle (Speigel & Grau)


  • Last Days, Brian Evenson (Underland Press)
  • The Little Stranger, Sarah Waters (Riverhead)
  • The Owl Killers, Karen Maitland (Delacorte Press)
  • The Red Tree, Caitlin R. Kiernan (Roc)
  • White is for Witching, Helen Oyeyemi (Nan A. Talese)

Midnight Picnic, Nick Antosca (Word Riot Press)


  • The Language of Dying, Sarah Pinborough, (PS Publishing)
  • “Sea-Hearts,” Margo Lanagan (X6, coeur de lion)
  • Shrike, Quentin S. Crisp (PS Publishing)
  • Vardøger, Stephen Volk (Gray Friar Press)
  • The Witnesses are Gone, Joel Lane (PS Publishing)

“Morality,” Stephen King (Esquire)


  • “Catch Hell,” Laird Barron (Lovecraft Unbound, Dark Horse)
  • “Each Thing I Show You Is a Piece of My Death,” Gemma Files and Stephen J. Barringer, (Clockwork Phoenix 2, Norilana Books)
  • “Lonegan’s Luck,” Stephen Graham Jones (New Genre 6)
  • The Night Cache, Andy Duncan (PS Publishing)

Short Story
“The Pelican Bar,” Karen Joy Fowler (Eclipse 3, Night Shade)


  • “The Crevasse,” by Dale Bailey and Nathan Ballingrud (Lovecraft Unbound, Dark Horse)
  • “Faces,” Aimee Bender (The Paris Review, Issue 191, Winter 2009)
  • “The Jacaranda Smile,” Gemma Files (Apparitions, Undertow Publications)
  • “Procedure in Plain Air,” Jonathan Lethem (The New Yorker, April 5, 2010)
  • “Strappado,” Laird Barron (Poe: 19 New Tales Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, Solaris)

Single-Author Collection (Two Winners)
Tunneling to the Center of the Earth, Kevin Wilson (Harper Perennial)
Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical, Robert Shearman (Big Finish Productions)


  • Everland and Other Stories, Paul Witcover (PS Publishing)
  • Fugue State, Brian Evenson (Coffee House Press)
  • There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby: Scary Fairy Tales, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya (Penguin)
  • Zoo, Otsuichi (Haikasoru/VIZ Media)

Edited Anthology
Poe: 19 New Tales Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, edited by Ellen Datlow (Solaris)


  • Apparitions, edited by Michael Kelly (Undertow Publications)
  • British Invasion, edited by Christopher Golden, Tim Lebbon, and James A. Moore (Cemetery Dance)
  • Exotic Gothic 3: Strange Visitations, edited by Danel Olson (Ash Tree Press)
  • Lovecraft Unbound, edited by Ellen Datlow (Dark Horse)

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