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2010 British Fantasy Society Award Nominees Posted at 8:41 PM by Dave Post

Dave Post

The nominees for the 2010 British Fantasy Society Award have been announced.

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Best Novel

Best Novella

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

Best Short Story

  • Careful What You Wish For, Justin Carroll, in Dragontales: Short Stories of Flame, Tooth and Scale, ed. Holly Stacey (Wyvern)
  • George Clooney’S MoustachE, Rob Shearman, in The BFS Yearbook 2009, ed. Guy Adams (BFS)
  • My Brother’S Keeper, Nina Allan, Black Static #12
  • The Confessor’S Tale, Sarah Pinborough, in Hellbound Hearts, ed. Marie O’Regan and Paul Kane (Pocket)
  • What Happens When You Wake Up In The Night, Michael Marshall Smith (Nightjar)

Best Anthology

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

Best Collection

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

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

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

Best Artist

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

Best Non-Fiction

  • Ansible Link, David Langford (
  • Case Notes, Peter Tennant, Black Static
  • It Lives Again! HORROR MOVIES IN THE NEW MILLENNIUM, Axelle Carolyn (Telos)
  • John Scalzi, WHATEVER (
  • Knowing Darkness: Artists Inspired By Stephen King, George Beahm and various artists (Centipede Press)

Best Magazine

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

Best Television

  • Battlestar Galactica (Sci Fi/Sky 1)
  • Being Human (BBC3)
  • Doctor Who (BBC1)
  • Lost (ABC/Sky 1)
  • Torchwood: Children of Earth (BBC1)

Best Film

  • Avatar, dir. James Cameron (Twentieth Century Fox)
  • Coraline, dir. Henry Selick (Focus)
  • District 9, dir. Neill Blomkamp (Tristar)
  • Let the Right One In, dir. Tomas Alfredson (EFTI)
  • Watchmen, dir. Zack Snyder (Warner)

See the official BFS press release for more information.  The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at FantasyCon 2010 in September.

So what other novels were in the running?  Check out the BFS Long List released at the tail end of March.

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1 Comment

Wintermute   |   23 Jun 2010 @ 23:02

I read "Under the Dome" by Stephen King of this list and enjoyed it very much. King is an amazing author because his books can be huge volumes and yet you are stumbling over yourself to get to the next page, so it is a quick read. The only way it can be a quick read is if it is well written, which it is. You cannot wait to find out what is next.I love zombie stories – which this is not – because they put normal people into a situation where society’s rules / mores vanish, respected authority disappears. So what happens next? Well, unfortunately what happens next between the survivors is not much prettier than what the zombies do. And that’s the heartbreaking truth about us. This book is exactly that, without the zombies: people turning on each other just when they should be working together. The result is a firestorm – literally. Enjoyed the book, recommend it to all individuals who enjoyed Lord of the Flies, 28 Days Later, and fear human evil that’s just beneath the surface – perhaps a thin surface.

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