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2015 Edgar Awards Nominations

There are several works of genre interest among the 2015 Edgar Awards nominations:

Best Novel

Mr. Mercedes, Stephen King (Scribner)

Best Paperback Original

World of Trouble, Ben H. Winters (Quirk)

Best Critical/ Biographical

Poe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allen Poe, J.W. Ocker (Countryman)

Best Short Story

“What Do You Do”, Gillian Flynn, Rogues (Del Rey)

Best Juvenile

Greenglass House, Kate Milford (Clarion)

Nick and Tesla’s Super-Cyborg Gadget Glove, “Science Bob” Pflugfelder & Steve Hockensmith (Quirk)

Best Young Adult

The Doubt Factory, Paolo Bacigalupi (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

As previously announced, Lois Duncan has been named a 2015 Grand Master, along with James Ellroy. Hard Case Crime co-founder and editor Charles Ardai will receive the Ellery Queen Award.

The Edgar Awards will be presented April 29, 2015 at the Grand Hyatt hotel in New York.
For more information, including the full list of nominees, see their official website.

Egmont USA to Close

The US division of children’s book publisher Egmont will close, effective January 31, 2015, after attempts to sell the division failed. Danish parent company Egmont Publishing International began looking for a buyer in October 2014, but found no takers. The last day for employees is January 30. The ten titles on their spring 2015 list will still be published, with books distributed by Random House.


2014 Bram Stoker Preliminary Ballot

The 2014 Bram Stoker Awards Preliminary Ballot has been announced by the Horror Writers Association.

Superior Achievement in a Novel

  • The Flesh Sutra, Tim Burke (NobleFusion)
  • The Burning Dark, Adam Christopher (Tor)
  • This Darkness Light, Michaelbrent Collings (self-published)
  • Vortex, Lawrence C. Connolly (Fantasist Enterprises)
  • Suffer the Children, Craig DiLouie (Gallery)
  • Jade Sky, Patrick Freivald (JournalStone)
  • Beautiful You, Chuck Palahniuk (Jonathan Cape/Vintage)
  • The Vines, Christopher Rice (47North)
  • The Reborn, Brett J. Talley (JournalStone)
  • Blood Kin, Steve Rasnic Tem (Solaris)

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

  • Mr. Wicker, Maria Alexander (Raw Dog Screaming)
  • Forsaken, J.D. Barker (Hampton Creek)
  • Predator, Janice Gable Bashman (Month9Books)
  • Consumed, David Cronenberg (Scribner)
  • Return of the Mothman, Michael Knost (Woodland)
  • Hyde, Daniel Levine (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Bird Box, Josh Malerman (HarperCollins)
  • The Violet Hour, Whitney Miller (Flux)
  • Angel Manor, Chantal Noordeloos (Horrific Tales)
  • Predator X, C.J. Waller (Severed)

Superior Achievement in a YA Novel

  • Lych Way, Ari Berk (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • Intentional Haunting, Jake Bible (Permuted)
  • White Space, Ilsa J. Bick (Egmont)
  • Phoenix Island, John Dixon (Gallery)
  • Phoenix Island, Kami Garcia (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
  • Killer Instinct, S.E. Green (Simon Pulse)
  • Passionaries, Tonya Hurley (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • Amity, Micol Ostow (Egmont)
  • All Those Broken Angels, Peter Adam Salomon (Flux)
  • Horror High School: Return of the Loving Dead, Sam Swanson & Araminta Star Matthews (Curiosity Quills)
  • Eleanor: Book 1: The Unseen: Johnny Worthen (Jolly Fish)

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction

  • Dandelion Clocks”, Michael Bailey (Inkblots and Blood Spots)
  • The Infected, Taylor Grant (Cemetery Dance #71)
  • Dreams of a Little Suicide”, Eric J. Guignard (Hell Comes To Hollywood II)
  • Ceremony of Flies, Kate Jonez (DarkFuse)
  • Fishing for Dinosaurs“, Joe R. Lansdale (Limbus, Inc., Book II)
  • Three Guys Walk Into a Bar“, Jonathan Maberry (Limbus, Inc., Book II)
  • Lost and Found“, Joe McKinney (Limbus, Inc., Book II)
  • Ridin the Dawg“, Gene O’Neill (Mia Moja)
  • The Long Long Breakdown”, John F.D. Taff (The End in All Beginnings)
  • The Riggle Twins”, Gregor Xane (Bad Apples)

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction

  • Sleep Paralysis“, Dale Bailey (Nightmare 4/14)
  • Hot Tub“, Hal Bodner (Hell Comes to Hollywood II)
  • Trigger WarningPatrick Freivald (Demonic Visions Book 4)
  • Baby’s Breath“, Sydney Leigh (Bugs: Tales That Slither, Creep, and Crawl)
  • The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family, Usman T. Malik (Qualia Nous)
  • Nature’s Oddities, Alessandro Manzetti (The Shaman: And Other Shadows)
  • Ruminations“, Rena Mason (Qualia Nous)
  • Splinterette, John Palisano (Widowmakers: A Benefit Anthology of Dark Fiction)
  • The Street of Fruiting Bodies, Sayuri Ueda (Phantasm Japan)
  • A Dweller in Amenty“, Genevieve Valentine (Nightmare 3/14)
  • The Floating Girls: A Documentary, Damien Angelica Walters (Jamais Vu #3)

Superior Achievement in an Anthology

  • The End Is Nigh, John Joseph Adams & Hugh Howey, eds. (Broad Reach)
  • Qualia Nous, Michael Bailey, ed. (Written Backwards)
  • A Darke Phantastique, Jason Brock, ed. (Cycatrix)
  • Fearful Symmetries, Ellen Datlow, ed. (ChiZine)
  • Halloween Tales, Kate Jonez, ed. (Omnium Gatherum)
  • Hell Comes to Hollywood II, Eric Miller, ed. (Big Time)
  • Burnt Tongues, Chuck Palahniuk, Richard Thomas, & Dennis Widmyer, eds. (Medallion)
  • The Dark Rites of Cthulhu, Brian M. Sammons, ed. (April Moon)
  • Limbus, Inc., Book II, Brett J. Talley, ed. (JournalStone)
  • Journals of Horror: Found Fiction, Terry M. West (Pleasant Storm)

Superior Achievement in a Collection

  • Inkblots and Blood Spots, Michael Bailey (Villipede)
  • After the People Lights Have Gone Off, Stephen Graham Jones (Dark House)
  • Little by Little, John R. Little (Bad Moon)
  • Gifts for the One Who Comes After, Helen Marshall (ChiZine)
  • Escape Plans, David Sakmyster (Wordfire)
  • The Madeleine Wheel: Playing with Spiders, Terrence Scott (self-publishing)
  • Soft Apocalypses, Lucy Snyder (Raw Dog Screaming)
  • The Untold Tales of Ozman Droom, Robin Spriggs (Anomalous)
  • The End In All Beginnings, John F.D. Taff (Grey Matter)
  • Songs for the Lost, Alexander Zelenyj (Eibonvale)

Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction

  • William Hope Hodgson: Voices from the Borderland, Massimo Berruti, S.T. Joshi, & Sam Gafford (Hippocampus)
  • Disorders of Magnitude, Jason V Brock (Rowman & Littlefield)
  • The Art of Neil Gaiman, Hayley Campbell (HarperCollins)
  • Lovecraft and A World in Transition, S.T. Joshi (Hippocampus)
  • The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft, Leslie S. Klinger (Liveright)
  • Horror 101: The Way Forward, Joe Mynhardt & Emma Audsley (Crystal Lake)
  • Mrs. Wakeman vs. the Antichrist, Robert Damon Schneck (Tarcher/Penguin)
  • Shooting Yourself in the Head For Fun and Profit: A Writer’s Survival Guide, Lucy Snyder (Post Mortem)
  • The Creature Chronicles: Exploring the Black Lagoon Trilogy, Tom Weaver, David Schecter & Steve Kronenberg (McFarland)

Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection

  • Fearworms: Selected Poems, Robert Payne Cabeen (Fanboy Comics)
  • Gravedigger’s Dance, G.O. Clark (Dark Renaissance)
  • The Madness of Empty Spaces, David E. Cowen (Weasel)
  • Venus Intervention, Corrinne De Winter & Alessandro Manzetti (Kipple Officina Libraria)
  • Dreams from the Black Nebula, Wade German (Hippocampus)
  • Forgiving Judas, Tom Piccirilli (Crossroad)
  • The Manufacturer of Sorrow, Michelle Scalise (Eldritch)
  • Sweet Poison, Marge Simon & Mary Turzillo (Dark Renaissance)
  • Creepy Little Death Poems, Tiffany Tang (Dreality)
  • Mourning Jewelry, Stephanie Wytovich (Raw Dog Screaming)

Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel

  • Sugar Skull, Charles Burns (Pantheon)
  • Through the Woods, Emily Carroll (McElderry)
  • Kiss Me Satan, Victor Gischler & Juan Ferrerya (Dark Horse)
  • Locke and Key: Vol. 6: Alpha and Omega, Joe Hill & Gabrielle Rodriguez (IDW)
  • I Tell You It’s Love, Joe R. Lansdale & Daniele Serra (Short, Scary Tales)
  • Bad Blood, Jonathan Maberry & Tyler Crook (Dark Horse)
  • The Witcher, Paul Tobin (Dark Horse)

Superior Achievement in a Screenplay

  • American Horror Story: Coven: “The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks”
  • The Babadook
  • Doctor Who: “Listen”
  • Helix: ”Pilot”
  • Infliction
  • Penny Dreadful: ”Possession”
  • Penny Dreadful: ”Séance”
  • Sleepy Hollow: ”Bad Blood”
  • The Walking Dead: ”The Grove”
  • Wolf Creek 2

Horror Writers Association members will vote to choose final nominees from this list, and then vote again to determine winners. The final ballot will be announced February 23, 2015.

National Book Critics Circle Awards

SF novel On Such a Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee (Riverhead books) is one of five finalists for the 2014 National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Awards in the fiction category. Winners will be announced March 12, 2015 in a ceremony in New York.

Toni Morrison was announced as the recipient of the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award.

For more information and the full list of finalists, see the NBCC official website.

Alice K. Turner (1939-2015)

Editor Alice K. Turner, 75, died January 16, 2014 of antibiotic-resistant pneumonia.

Born 1939, Turner was the legendary fiction editor at Playboy, one of the most prestigious and highest-paying markets for short fiction, from 1980-2000. During her tenure, Turner published work by Terry Bisson, Ursula K. Le Guin, Robert Silverberg, and Dan Simmons, among other notable SF writers. Turner also helped nurture new writers, teaching at both Clarion and Clarion West.

She edited both Playboy Stories: The Best of Forty Years of Short Fiction (1994) and The Playboy Book of Science Fiction (1998). She co-edited Snake’s Hands: A Chapbook About the Fiction of John Crowley with Michael Andre-Driussi (2001; expanded as Snake’s Hands: The Fiction of John Crowley in 2003), and her shorter critical essays appeared in Asimov’s, The New York Review of Science Fiction, and Locus. She also wrote The History of Hell (1993), an expansive survey of how artists, authors, and theologians have discussed and depicted Hell.

See the February issue of Locus for a complete obituary and appreciations.

Hugo Nomination Period Open

Nominations are now open for the Hugo Awards and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, to be presented at Sasquan, the 73rd Worldcon, August 19-23, 2015 in Spokane WA.  You are eligible to nominate if you have an attending or supporting membership for Sasquan, Loncon 3 (the 2014 Worldcon), or MidAmeriConII (the 2016 Worldcon) by January 31, 2015. The nomination period closes March 10, 2015 at at 11:59pm Pacific Daylight Time.

More information on the Hugo Awards, and how to submit a nominating ballot, can be found at the Sasquan site.

Conway Retires From Eaton Collection

Melissa Conway  has announced her retirement as director of the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction & Fantasy at the University of California Riverside, the world’s largest publicly accessible SF collection.

Conway joined UC Riverside in 2001 as head of special collections. She was instrumental in reviving the Eaton Science Fiction Conference, establishing the Eaton lifetime achievement award, and increasing the collection’s holdings by 40%, with acquisitions including Jay Kay Klein’s photo archive and Bruce Pelz’s fanzine collection.

Newitz and Anders Move Up

Annalee Newitz has been promoted to editor-in-chief of technology site Gizmodo, and will be launching a program called the “Future Initiative” at Gawker Media. The new program plans to bring Gawker’s  science, SF, and technology sites, including Gizmodo, io9, Paleofuture, Space, Sploid, and more, into closer collaboration.

Charlie Jane Anders will be taking over for Newitz as editor-in-chief of i09.

For details, see Newitz’s announcement.

Digital Book Awards Winners

There were two winners of genre interest at the 2015 Digital Book Awards:

Ebook — Fixed Format/Enhanced: Adult Fiction:

  • The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains: A Tale of Travel and Darkness with Pictures of All Kinds (Enhanced Multimedia Edition), Neil Gaiman (Morrow)

App: Adult Fiction:

  • The Hope We Seek, Rich Shapero (Too Far Media)

The Digital Book Awards cover “all forms of digital publishing that are available to consumers.” Winners were announced January 14, 2015 at the Digital Book World Conference + Expo in New York. For more, including the complete list of winners, see their official website.



Finlay Named Editor of F&SF

Charles Coleman Finlay has been named editor of F&SF, beginning with the March-April 2015 issue. Finlay is well known as an author, and guest-edited an issue of the magazine in 2014. He takes over from Gordon Van Gelder, who will remain publisher.

Finlay is the ninth editor to helm The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction since its founding in 1949. Van Gelder took over as editor from Kristine Kathryn Rusch in 1997, and acquired the magazine from publisher Edward L. Ferman in 2001, becoming publisher as well. For more on the history of F&SF, see its entry in the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.


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