Remember the Aurealis Award Angela Slatter won for her Spectral chapbook Home and Hearth earlier this year, to add to the British Fantasy Award for John Llewellyn Probert’s The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine? Well, we can add another one to the list – we are proud to announce that Alison Littlewood’s story in The Spectral Book of Horror Stories, ‘The Dog’s Home’, has won a Shirley Jackson Award for Short Fiction. Here’s what Alison had to say on hearing the news:
“I’m absolutely blown away to have won the award – how wonderful! It was a tough story to write, so the way it’s been received has been absolutely brilliant. Major thanks are due to Mark Morris, editor extraordinaire, and to Simon Marshall-Jones of course, not to mention everyone at the Shirley Jackson Awards. And now I’m off to continue the job of grinning like a loon . . . And now I actually have to chase off to get the dog out on his walk. He’s still the boss ;-D”
Of course, the book wouldn’t have come into being without the efforts of the indefatigable editor Mark Morris – he had this to say:
“I’m so, so happy that Alison has won this award – not only because as well as being a superb writer, she’s one of the loveliest and most modest people I know, but also because, with the other two SJA nominations that the book received (Best Novelette for Stephen Volk’s ‘Newspaper Heart’ and Best Anthology), it means that The Spectral Book of Horror Stories has made exactly the kind of impact I hoped it would. Volume one achieved my ambition of showcasing the very best writers and fiction that this wonderful genre of ours has to offer, and I know that volume two – the contents of which I’ll be revealing very soon – will do the same. Hopefully this first award will be a springboard for many more to come in the years ahead.”
We are at Chateau Spectrale are absolutely delighted by this award – it only goes to emphasise the vision that we had when we launched the imprint nearly five years ago. We are proud of the impact that Spectral has had, and continues to have, in the vibrant genre community. Long may it continue!
THE SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES VOL 1
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THE SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES vol 2 edited by Mark Morris
Volume 2 in the annual anthology series is coming along well too – once again edited by the inestimable Mark Morris and featuring cover artwork by Vincent Chong, this is guaranteed to follow in the magnificent steps of its predecessor. You can also pre-order a copy on the buttons bleow
THE SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES vol 2 – PRICES INCLUDE POSTAGE!
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FANTASYCON 2015 PREORDERS
If you’re going to be attending FantasyCon 2015 this year in Nottingham, UK, where this book will be launched, then why not take advantage of this offer of preordering your copy and then picking it up at the event? Overseas visitors can save postage and spend what they’ve saved on books and beer!
£10UK & EU
$15US & RoW