Suzuki novel wins Jackson award

Kyodo

A novel by Koji Suzuki won the Shirley Jackson Award for 2012, given to writings in the fields of psychological suspense, horror and dark fantasy.

“Edge” beat out four other finalists in the novel category, according to the organizer of the U.S. literary award, which announced the winners Sunday in Massachusetts.

Suzuki, 55, is known for popular horror novels including “Ring,” which was adapted for films in Japan, South Korea and the United States. His works also include the unique horror novel “Drop,” which is printed on toilet paper and takes up about 90 cm of a roll and can be read in just a few minutes.

In the other categories, Kaaron Warren’s “Sky” was selected as the best novella, and Karen Russell’s “Reeling for the Empire” was selected as the best novelette for 2012.

The awards are given for works published in the preceding calendar year in six categories, which also include short story, single-author collection and edited anthology.