Last April, in conjunction with the James Herbert estate, we announced the inaugural year of the James Herbert Award to find the best of the new generation of horror writers being published today. Pan Macmillan has had a long and proud history of publishing horror from the Pan Book of Horror Stories through to the new British horror writers such as Adam Nevill and F. R Tallis. So we were thrilled to have been able to support such an exciting award.
The Serendip foundation, who also run the Arthur C. Clarke award, oversaw the award process and a fabulous judging committee of horror enthusiasts was pulled together to read and assess the submitted novels.
The award was open to horror novels written in English and published in the UK and Ireland between 1st January 2014 and 31st December 2014.
With such a wide spectrum of submitted novels there was a long process of discussion between the judges to come up with an agreed shortlist. From the darkly fantastical and post-apocalyptic to desolate rural mysteries, gut-wrenching body horrors and modern re-imaginings of classic Horror tropes, the six shortlisted titles represent a darkly diverse journey across a genre that is as popular with readers as it is disturbing in its imaginings.
The shortlisted novels are:
M.R. Carey, THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS (Orbit)
Nick Cutter, THE TROOP (Headline)
Frances Hardinge, CUCKOO SONG (Macmillan)
Andrew Michael Hurley, THE LONEY (Tartarus Press)
Josh Malerman, BIRD BOX (Harper Voyager)
Kim Newman, AN ENGLISH GHOST STORY (Titan Books)
The winner will be announced at an award ceremony in March.