The British Fantasy Society has announced the shortlist for the 2012 British Fantasy Awards. This year there will be two awards in the best novel category: The August Derleth Award for best horror novel and The Robert Holdstock Award for best fantasy novel. The shortlist is:
- The Heroes – Joe Abercrombie (Gollancz)
- 11/22/63 – Stephen King (Hodder & Stoughton)
- Cyber Circus – Kim Lakin-Smith (NewCon Press)
- A Dance with Dragons – George RR Martin (Harper Voyager)
- The Ritual – Adam Nevill (Pan)
- Among Others – Jo Walton (Tor Books)
See the official press release for the complete shortlist of all categories. Congratulations to all the nominees!
So what do you think of this lineup? How about the split between fantasy and horror? I think it’s pretty cool but only 6 novels made the list for 2 categories? Will it always be an even split between fantasy and horror in the shortlist? I can see this getting messey.