Shirley Jackson Awards
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by Robert J. Bennett
Under a pink moon, there is a perfect little town not found on any map. In that town, there are quiet streets lined with pretty houses, houses that conceal the strangest things. When ex-cop Mona Bright inherits her long-dead mother's home in Wink, New Mexico, she learns that the people of Wink are very, very different...
by Jeff Vandermeer
Area X has claimed the lives of members of eleven expeditions. The twelfth expedition consisting of four women hopes to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.
The Diving Pool
by Yoko Ogawa
From Akutagawa Award-winning author Yoko Ogawa comes a haunting trio of novellas about love, fertility, obsession, and how even the most innocent gestures may contain a hairline crack of cruel intent. A lonely teenage girl falls in love with her foster brother as she watches him leap from a high diving board into a pool - a peculiar infatuation that sends unexpected ripples through her life. A young woman records the daily moods of her pregnant sister in a diary, taking meticulous note of a pregnancy that may or may not be a hallucination - but whose hallucination is it, hers or her sister's? A woman nostalgically visits her old college dormitory on the outskirts of Tokyo, a boarding house run by a mysterious triple amputee with one leg. Hauntingly spare, beautiful, and twisted, The Diving Pool is a disquieting and at times darkly humorous collection of novellas about normal people who suddenly discover their own dark possibilities.
We Are All Completely Fine
by Daryl Gregory
A group of outcasts with questionable states of mental health--including Stan, who was partially eaten by cannibals, and Greta, who may be a mass-murdering arsonist--are sought by a psychotherapist to uncover internal and external monsters.
Witches on the Road Tonight
by Sheri Holman
His private life shattered amid rumors of his mother's witchcraft activities, Eddie Alley leaves his Depression-era Virginia hometown to begin a television career in New York and finds the past returning years later when he offers shelter to a homeless teen.