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Away? What is "I shall be away" in Greek?

Posted by Chris on June 22, 2009 at 21:22
Posted in: Uncategorized

[Public Service Announcement]
From Thursday 25th June till Tuesday 2nd July the "office" will be closed – any e-mails and/or orders will be processed upon my return and when I am sufficiently sober enough to do so.
[/Public Service Announcement]

The BFA 2009 Short List

Posted by Chris on June 7, 2009 at 20:26
Posted in: Awards, Book News

After weeks of speculation, and conjecture since the BFA Long-List was announced, and with more fanfare than the European election (with no mention of the Committee claiming for drainage issues) the numbers have been collated, sorted, filed, triplicated and stamped but the short-list can now be revealed:

Best Anthology
Myth-Understandings, ed. Ian Whates
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 19, ed. Stephen Jones
We Fade to Grey, ed. Gary McMahon
Subtle Edens, ed. Allen Ashley
The 2nd Humdrumming Book of Horror, ed. Ian Alexander Martin
Cone Zero, ed. D F Lewis

The August Derleth Best Novel
Memoirs of a Master Forger by William Heaney/Graham Joyce
Rain Dogs by Gary McMahon
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Victoria Vanishes by Christopher Fowler
Midnight Man by Simon Clark
Thieving Fear by Ramsey Campbell

The PS Best Small Press Award
Elastic Press (Andrew Hook)
NewCon Press (Ian Whates)
TTA Press (Andy Cox)
Pendragon Press (a lack of pretension forbids me from mentioning a name)
Screaming Dreams (Steve Upham)

Best Collection
Bull-Running for Girls by Allyson Bird
Just After Sunset by Stephen King
Islington Crocodiles by Paul Meloy
Glyphotech by Mark Samuels
How to Make Monsters by Gary McMahon

Best Novella
Gunpowder by Joe Hill
The Narrows by Simon Bestwick
Cold Stone Calling by Simon Clark
The Reach of Children by Tim Lebbon
Heads by Gary McMahon

Best Short Fiction
All Mouth / The Vague by Paul Meloy
Do You See by Sarah Pinborough
Winter Journey by Joel Lane
The Caul Bearer by Allyson Bird
The Tobacconist's Concession by John Travis
Pinholes in Black Muslin by Simon Strantzas
N by Stephen King

Best Artist
Lee Thompson
Les Edwards / Edward Miller
Vincent Chong
Dave McKean

Best Magazine
Black Static / Interzone
Midnight Street, ed. Trevor Denyer
SFX, ed. Dave Bradley
PostScripts, eds. Peter Crowther & Nick Gevers

There are other categories for Non-Fiction, Graphic Novel, Film & Television – which can be found here.

Supreme congratulations to all on the list, and all members of the BFS and attendees of FantasyCon are obliged to vote. If you're a tad stumped, then you can always read Simon Bestwick and Gary McMahon's novellas from We Fade to Grey below (scroll down), and of course you can buy the PPC-edition of said anthology (plus last year's short-listed New Writings in the Fantastic) for £20 in the Books page.