Monday, September 21, 2009

2009 British Fantasy Awards

This week-end at the FantasyCon the winners of the British Fantasy Awards 2009 have been announced:

Best Novel: "Memoirs of a Master Forger" by William Heaney, aka Graham Joyce (Gollancz)

Best Novella: "The Reach of Children" by Tim Lebbon (Humdrumming)

Best Short Fiction: "Do You See?" by Sarah Pinborough (published in "Myth-Understandings" edited by Ian Whates, Newcon Press)

Best Collection: "Bull Running for Girls" by Allyson Bird (Screaming Dreams)

Best Anthology: "The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 19" edited Stephen Jones (Constable & Robinson)

The PS Publishing Best Small Press Award: Elastic Press, run by Andrew Hook

Best Non-Fiction: "Basil Copper: A Life in Books" edited by Stephen Jones (PS Publishing)

Best Magazine/Periodical: "Postscripts" edited by Peter Crowther and Nick Gevers (PS Publishing)

Best Artist: Vincent Chong

Best Comic/Graphic Novel: "Locke & Key" by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW Publishing)

Best Television: "Doctor Who" head writer Russell T. Davies (BBC Wales)

Best Film: "The Dark Knight" directed by Christopher Nolan (Warner Brothers)

The Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer: Joseph D'Lacey for "Meat" (Bloody Books)

The Karl Edward Wagner Award: Hayao Miyazaki

The results of the BFS Short Story Competition 2009 were also announced at the ceremony:

Winner: "Dead Astronauts" by Patrick Whittaker

Runner-up: "In the Moment" by Elana Gomel

Congratulations to all the winners!


ediFanoB said...

I was thinking to post about it. But now it is no more longer necessary you did it. Thank you.
To be honest Memoirs of a Master Forgery by William Heaney is not the kind of book I want to read.
"William is a dissolute book-forger. A talented writer in his own right he would rather scribble poems anonymously for an asian friend (who is becoming increasingly successful as a result), and create forgeries of Jane Austen first editions to sell to gullible collectors. He's not all bad. The money from the forgeries goes straight to homeless hostel and William's crimes don't really hurt anyone. And there are reasons William hasn't amounted to more. He did something he was ashamed of when he was a student, he drinks far too much and he can't commit to any relationships. Oh and he sees demons. Shadowy figures at the shoulder of everyone around him (except the woman who runs the hostel, she remains untouched), waiting for a moment's weakness. Or is just that William can see the suffering of the world? And then an extraordinary woman, who may just be able to save him from the world's suffering, walks into his life. This is William's own story. But who can believe a master forger?" [Source]

Mihai A. said...

Michael, I find the synopsis intriguing. I added this book on my shopping list. I wanted it as I heard about it, but somehow I forgot to buy it until now :)