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"It's as though I'm too young..."

Cloudy and cold this morning in Providence. The temperature is hovering somewhere in the '40sF. The same is forecast for tomorrow.

And now I can announce (drum roll) that The Red Tree has been nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award. The nominees were announced yesterday. The older I get, the less interest I seem to have in awards, especially awards that are decided by popular vote (as opposed to juried awards). The Jackson Awards are one of the exceptions to my disinterest, as I have said before. I am greatly honoured to be nominated. In a way, I have that "my work here is done" feeling, a feeling I do not often experience. So, yeah. Pretty goddamn awesome. I don't even care much whether I actually win or not. I've been nominated. The Red Tree has been noted. I will be at the awards ceremony, which will take place during this summer's Readercon.

Ellen Datlow (ellen_datlow) has posted her honourable mentions list from Best Horror of the Year (Vol. 2). I received four mentions, two from Sirenia Digest:

"The Thousand-and-Third Tale of Scheherazade," Sirenia Digest #38, January '09
"At the Gate of Deeper Slumber," Sirenia Digest #41, April '09
"The Belated Burial," Subterranean, Fall '09
"Galápagos," Eclipse Three

Finally, "The Bone's Prayer" (Sirenia Digest #39, February '09) has been selected for The Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2010 (edited by Paula Guran, Prime Books).


Matt Stags asked my opinion on Batwoman (who's been a dyke since at least 2006) getting her own monthly title, and what I think his may mean for the acceptance of GLBT characters in mainstream pop culture. This was for Random House's sf blog, Suvudu.com. My reply was not particularly optimistic. You may read it here


( 22 comments — Have your say! )
Apr. 16th, 2010 03:47 pm (UTC)
The Red Tree has been nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award.</i>

Congratulations. It's more than deserved—The Red Tree is the perfect novel for that award.

Finally, "The Bone's Prayer" (Sirenia Digest #39, February '09) has been selected for The Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2010 </i>(edited by Paula Guran, Prime Books).</i>

And that's cool, too!
Apr. 16th, 2010 03:47 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the nomination!

Interestingly enough, a novella called "Shrike"
by Quentin Crisp (PS Publishing) was also

That amused me.
Apr. 16th, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the nomination for The Red Tree! I was very happy to see it on the list, and it really is a perfect fit.
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Apr. 16th, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on both the nomination and having story selected for a 'Best' collection. It sounds like things are starting to look up a little.
Apr. 16th, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
Fabulous! And much deserved. I hope we may celebrate again.

(Quentin Crisp? A story by a ghost? On looking it up, guess not; but I had a lovely moment of wild surmise.)

Apr. 16th, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on nomination, on mentions, on selection! Your work is stunning and deserves all appreciations.
Apr. 16th, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
Damned great news. I wave triumphant tulips toward the North.

Ah, there, those stand-offish words will hear about the awards and want to return to the writing fold. Fickle things.

Apr. 16th, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC)
Great news! Well-deserved, and a perfect fit for this book.
Apr. 16th, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on a well-deserved honor.
Apr. 16th, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC)
My congrats!
Apr. 16th, 2010 06:06 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on a well-deserved nomination. Red Tree is an amazingly well written story that deserves every nomination it receives.

I also couldn't agree more with your statement on Batgirl. Men do tend to fetishize lesbians in their minds, so it is indeed much easier to deal with than an openly gay male superhero.

I'd be curious to see the amount of backlash we'd have if say Robin came out as being gay in his own title -- not some Earth 484 book, but the core book.
Apr. 16th, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)
CRK you were completely on target with the lesbian to male reader's thing. DC is ballsy for letting a lesbian superhero have her OWN title, but the readership is mostly male and BATWOMAN is very femme.

NO males would read about BATBOY and his gay tales. DC is just not that ballsy after all.

:::SIGH::: from a gay man who would love to see a gay superhero in the mainstream...
Apr. 16th, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
I hope you win the Shirley Jackson too, your stories are that good!
Apr. 16th, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
What's to say, except congratulations? :)

And it is not my opinion, but simple fact, that Hothead Paisan would always win against Batwoman.
Apr. 16th, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
The nomination is a dozen types of awesome. You deserve to have your name associated with Jackson's, in my ne'er unbiased view, and The Red Tree in particular is the perfect candidate for such an award. Congratulations.

I may take a look at the other nominees and past winners. It seems like a good list to harvest for a to read pile.

Tangentially: I recently reread The Red Tree and while doing so took note of most all of the allusions that appear in the book, and pulling from that list I've just read and watched Picnic at Hanging Rock and finished The Book of the Damned. I much enjoyed the former, and the latter has explained as much about your references and inspirations as it has created questions about Fort's data—it was intriguing stuff. There's still a fair bit on that list that I haven't read, and I look forward to getting to it. The Red Tree is an incredible book in its own right, and it's also been a much appreciated source for other books and other media.
Apr. 16th, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
Congrats on everything! That's great news. I'm particularly glad to see that "The Belated Burial" got a shout-out. I really like that piece.
Apr. 16th, 2010 10:14 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on all the nominations, mentions, and inclusions!

Your assessment of Batwoman, while not necessarily optimistic, was fair. Honestly, it's a pretty insignificant step considering all the other inequality out there and the fact that there have been scores of LBGT characters headlining in non-mainstream comics for decades at this point. *shrug*
Apr. 17th, 2010 01:46 am (UTC)
Very cool. Congratulations!
Apr. 17th, 2010 02:15 am (UTC)
Congratulations on the nomination! The Red Tree is one of my favorite modern novels.
Apr. 17th, 2010 02:28 am (UTC)
Congratulations Caitlin...the nomination is particularly apt both in terms of the work and its author.
Apr. 19th, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
So cool! Congratulations!
The Red Tree is one of the most memorable novels I have ever read. I haven't been able to re-read it since it makes me tremble in the core of my being. One day..
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