Unpublished Tennessee Williams Suspense Story Sees the Light of Day and Nominees for the Critics Awards Announced

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The Strand will release a never before published short story by Tennessee Williams in the spring issue of the magazine and the nominees for the Critics Awards are announced.

“This was the first and the last time that Tennessee Williams tried his hand at a horror story,”

A never before published short story by Tennessee Williams, “The Eye that Saw Death,” which was discovered at the Ransom Center in the University of Texas, will be published in The Strand Magazine on March 28, 2015.

The legendary playwright known for penning dark dramas such as A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE and THE GLASS MENAGERIE, shows a different side in this newly discovered work. “This was the first and the last time that Williams tried his hand at a horror story,” says Andrew Gulli, the managing editor of the Strand Magazine. “What I found most striking is that despite being a very early work, Williams was able to pull off a neat little page-turning gem.”

The 4,800 word short story has an address of Enright Avenue on the last page of the manuscript. Williams lived there from age 1926-1935, so he could have been anywhere from age 15-24 when he wrote the story.

"When I read the manuscript, I was pretty certain that Williams published this, there were no handwritten corrections and the manuscript was very clean," says Gulli "After digging into more archives of magazines and manuscripts, it took me almost a year to confirm that the story was never published and that was a truly magical moment."

The Strand has announced its nominees for the 2014 Strand Magazine Critics Awards. Recognizing excellence in the field of mystery fiction, the Critics Awards were judged by a select group of book critics and journalists from news venues such as LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Time, CNN and The Boston Globe.

Laura Lippman has received her third critics award nomination and took home the prize in 2007 for WHAT THE DEAD KNOW. Other nominees include Tess Gerritsen, Tana French, and Lisa Gardner.

Otto Penzler will receive The Strand’s Lifetime Achievement award for his contribution to the crime genre. For over four decades Penzler stood as a giant in the crime publishing genre—he founded Mysterious Press in 1975 and has published authors such as Nelson DeMille, Elmore Leonard, Patricia Highsmith, Eric Ambler, and scores of other bestselling authors. He’s also edited dozens of mystery themed anthologies which have included original works by Michael Connelly, Jeffery Deaver, Ed McBain, and J.A. Jance. And last but not least, he’s the proprietor of the legendary Mysterious Bookshop in New York City. “I have been at every award ceremony since THE STRAND MAGAZINE began to honor the stars of the mystery world and have celebrated with those who received these prestigious prizes,” says Penzler. “In all humility, I was stunned to join their ranks and my heart swells with joy and pride.

Best Novel:
1. The Fever by Megan Abbott (Little, Brown and Company)
2. Jack of Spies by David Downing (SOHO)
3. The Secret Place by Tana French (Viking)
4. Fear Nothing by Lisa Gardner (Dutton)
5. Die Again by Tess Gerritsen (Ballantine)
6. After I’m Gone by Laura Lippman (William Morrow)

Best First Novel Nominees:
1. Dry Bones in the Valley by Tom Bouman (W.W. Norton)
2. Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little (Viking)
3. The Home Place by Carrie La Seur (William Morrow)
4. Ice Shear by M.P. Cooley (William Morrow)
5. Confessions by Kanae Minato and translated by Stephen Snyder (Mulholland Books)
6. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (Mira)

The Awards will be presented at a cocktail party in New York City on July 8, 2015.

About the Strand: The Strand Magazine was launched in 1999 and has published fiction by award wining authors such as Michael Connelly, Jeffery Deaver, R.L. Stine, Ray Bradbury and Alexander McCall Smith. The Strand also publishes articles, interviews, and book reviews and is available worldwide.

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