A couple of pieces of news to report here. Reviews have continued to come in for The Doctor’s Monsters – I was especially glad to see a brief notice in Doctor Who Magazine, which I’ve been reading since (embarrassed pause) issue no 3.
I also wanted to record that I’m a judge this year for the Shirley Jackson Awards for 2012. These are “for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.” Although I’ve not written much about horror fiction, I’ve read it pretty avidly for years – David Hartwell’s The Dark Descent may be my most-thumbed anthology. So it’s been a great pleasure to have an excuse to read extensively in the field. It’s a particular honour to do so for an award named for Shirley Jackson, who wrote so many classic works – not just “The Lottery“, but “The Summer People”, The Haunting of Hill House, We Have Always Lived in the Castle and many others. In the meantime, the Jackson Awards are a fine cause deserving of your support.