Being Judgmental

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.


~ by grahamsleight on November 25, 2012.

2 Responses to “Being Judgmental”

  1. You made this statement in the WP article ” These quandaries played themselves out in the sf of the next decade, but that’s another story.” I’m wondering if you’ve written on this subject somewhere??

    • Thanks for your comment. I’ve done bits and pieces of writing about sf of the 60s (for instance, an essay on PKD which isn’t online), but nothing substantive as yet. I am however thinking about it for a forthcoming project…

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