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2010 British Fantasy Award Nominees

The British Fantasy Society has announced finalists for their 2010 British Fantasy Awards. The nominees are:

Best Novel (The August Derleth Fantasy Award):

  • Best Served Cold, Joe Abercrombie (Gollancz)
  • The Naming of the Beasts, Mike Carey (Orbit)
  • Under the Dome, Stephen King (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Futile Flame, Sam Stone (House of Murky Depths)
  • One, Conrad Williams (Virgin)

Best Novella:

  • The Witnesses are Gone, Joel Lane (PS)
  • The Language of Dying, Sarah Pinborough (PS)
  • “Roadkill”, Rob Shearman (Roadkill/Siren Beat and Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical)
  • Vardoger, Stephen Volk (Gray Friar)
  • Old Man Scratch, Rio Youers (PS)

Best Short Story:

  • “My Brother’s Keeper”, Nina Allan (Black Static #12)
  • “Careful What You Wish for”, Justin Carroll (Dragontales: Short Stories of Flame, Tooth and Scale)
  • “The Confessor’s Tale”, Sarah Pinborough (Hellbound Hearts)
  • “George Clooney’s Moustache”, Rob Shearman (The BFS Yearbook 2009)
  • What Happens When You Wake up in the Night, Michael Marshall Smith (Nightjar)

Best Anthology:

  • The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 20, Stephen Jones, ed. (Constable & Robinson)
  • Cern Zoo: Nemonymous 9, D.F. Lewis, ed. (Megazanthus)
  • Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honour of Jack Vance, George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, ed. (HarperVoyager)
  • Hellbound Hearts, Marie O’Regan & Paul Kane (Pocket)
  • Dragontales: Short Stories of Flame, Tooth and Scale, Holly Stacey, ed. (Wyvern)

Best Collection:

  • Once & Future Cities, Allen Ashley (Eibonvale)
  • Just Behind You, Ramsey Campbell (PS)
  • The Terrible Changes, Joel Lane (Ex Occidente)
  • Cyberabad Days, Ian McDonald (Gollancz)
  • Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical, Robert Shearman (Big Finish)

PS Publishing Award for Best Small Press:

  • Newcon Press (Ian Whates)
  • Screaming Dreams (Steve Upham)
  • Subterranean Press (William Schafer)
  • Telos Publishing (David Howe)
  • TTA Press (Andy Cox)

Best Comic/Graphic Novel:

  • Freakangels, Warren Ellis & Paul Duffield (Avatar &
  • Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?, Neil Gaiman & Andy Kubert (DC)
  • Locke and Key, Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW)
  • The Girly Comic, Selina Lock, ed. (Factor Fiction)
  • Fables, Bill Willingham & Mark Buckingham (Vertigo)

Best Artist:

  • Vincent Chong (for work including covers for The Witnesses are Gone and Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 20)
  • Les Edwards (for work including the cover of Cemetery Dance #62)
  • Shaun Tan
  • Steve Upham (for work including the Estronomicon Sketchbook Special)
  • Charles Vess (for work including Neil Gaiman’s Blueberry Girl)

Best Non-Fiction:

  • Knowing Darkness: Artists Inspired by Stephen King, George Beahm & various artists (Centipede Press)
  • It Lives Again! Horror Movies in the New Millennium, Axelle Carolyn (Telos)
  • Ansible Link, David Langford (
  • Whatever, John Scalzi (
  • “Case Notes”, Peter Tennant (Black Static)

Best Magazine:

  • Black Static, Andy Cox, ed. (TTA)
  • Cemetery Dance, Richard Chizmar, ed. (Cemetery Dance)
  • Interzone, Andy Cox, ed. (TTA)
  • Midnight Street, Trevor Denyer, ed. (Immediate Direction)
  • Murky Depths, Terry Martin, ed. (The House of Murky Depths)
  • Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction,  Stephen Theaker & John Greenwood, eds. (Silver Age)

There are also nominees in film and television categories. Voting is open to all current members of the BFS, plus members of FantasyCon 2009 and FantasyCon 2010 (the deadline is July 31). Winners will be announced at this year’s British Fantasy Convention, Fantasycon 2010, to be held September 17-19 at the Britannia Hotel in Nottingham, UK. In addition, the Karl Edward Wagner Special Award (selected by the BFS committee), presented to someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the genre, and the Sydney J. Bounds Best Newcomer Award, selected by a panel of judges, will be announced.
Voting is open to all current members of the BFS, plus members of FantasyCon 2009 and FantasyCon 2010 (the deadline is 31 July). The winners will be announced at the Sunday banquet of this year’s British Fantasy Convention, Fantasycon 2010, which will be held 17-19 September at the Britannia Hotel in Nottingham, UK.


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