Monday, September 8, 2014

2014 British Fantasy Awards

It is good to be back in the saddle and even better to do so with the recently announced winners of the 2014 British Fantasy Awards. I might not be a prolific reader and reviewer lately, but I am still happy to see that some of my recently favorite readings, such as Sofia Samatar’s “A Stranger in Olondria”, Sarah Pinborough’s “Beauty” or Carole Johnstone’s “Signs of the Times”, together with the excellent artist Joey Hi-Fi are among the winners of this prestigious award. So, without further ado, here are the 2014 British Fantasy Awards winners announced on Sunday, 7th September, at the FantasyCon held in York:

Best fantasy novel (the Robert Holdstock Award): “A Stranger in Olondria” by Sofia Samatar (Small Beer Press)

Best horror novel (the August Derleth Award): “The Shining Girls” by Lauren Beukes (HarperCollins)

Best novella: “Beauty” by Sarah Pinborough (Gollancz)

Best short story: “Signs of the Times” by Carole Johnstone (Black Static #33)

Best anthology: “End of the Road” edited by Jonathan Oliver (Solaris)

Best collection: “Monsters in the Heart” by Stephen Volk (Gray Friar Press)

Best small press: The Alchemy Press (Peter Coleborn)

Best comic/graphic novel: “Demeter” by Becky Cloonan

Best artist: Joey Hi-Fi

Best non-fiction: “Speculative Fiction 2012” edited by Justin Landon and Jared Shurin (Jurassic London)

Best magazine/periodical: “Clarkesworld” edited by Neil Clarke, Sean Wallace and Kate Baker (Wyrm Publishing)

Best film/television episode: “Game of Thrones: The Rains of Castamere” / David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (HBO)

Best newcomer (the Sydney J. Bounds Award): Ann Leckie, for “Ancillary Justice” (Orbit)

The British Fantasy Society Special Award (The Karl Edward Wagner Award): Farah Mendlesohn

Congratulations to all the winners!

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