This week of wonderful awards continues with JABberwocky’s finalists for the 2021 World Fantasy Awards! This year’s theme for the convention is “Fantasy, Imagination, and the Dreams of Youth.”
Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s highly-acclaimed MEXICAN GOTHIC is vying for a spot in the Best Novel category. This nomination follows on the heels of grabbing a spot on the 2021 Locus Awards shortlist for Best Horror Novel, and we couldn’t be more pleased!
He is trying to poison me. You must come for me, Noemí. You have to save me.
After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find—her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.
Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: Not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.
Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí, but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.
And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.
Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, co-publishers extraordinaire, are also up for the Magazine award with their award-winning Uncanny Magazine. They are both nominated for the Editor category as well, making it the fourth time they have been finalists for the award! Two of the Novelette nominees, including Aliette, and four of the Short Story contenders in this year’s Locus Awards were published in Uncanny!
A huge congratulations to all our finalists! Winners will be announced at the World Fantasy Convention, November 4-7, 2021 in Montréal, Canada.