19/07/2010. Contributed by Jessica Martin
Solaris Books have written in to tell us that Poe: 19 New Tales Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, edited by Ellen Datlow, won the Shirley Jackson Award for ‘Edited Anthology 2009’ announced at Readercon 20.
The Shirley Jackson Awards are given in recognition of the best imaginative fiction work published in the preceding year. They are named after Shirley Jackson, author of The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, as well as one of the most famous American short stories ‘The Lottery.’ Her work continues to be a major influence on writers of every kind of fiction, from the most traditional genre offerings to literary work.
Poe: 19 New Tales Inspired by Edgar Allen Poe coincided with the 200th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe. This anthology celebrates the depth and diversity of one of the most important figures in literature. Compiled by editor Ellen Datlow, it presents various writers who have come together to re-imagine tales inspired by Poe.
Sharyn McCrumb, Lucius Shepard, Pat Cadigan, M. Rickert, Gregory Frost, and Kim Newman have leant their craft to this anthology, retelling such tales as ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’, ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ and ‘The Masque of the Red Death.’
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