Only the awarding of a Blue Peter badge can normally get me as excited as I am right now. You see, the shortlist for the BFS Fantasy Awards 2011 was released a short while ago, and it’s a giddy time for our beloved genre. Whilst it’s great indeed to see strong books, authors and tales being deservedly nominated, it’s still more than compelling to see who will walk away a winner in the various categories. So, down to business.
The five nominations for best novel, for the August Derleth fantasy award, are: Adam Nevill’s Apartment 16, Sam Stone’s Demon Dance, Tom Fletcher’s The Leaping, Gary McMahon’s Pretty Little Dead Things and Graham Joyce’s The Silent Land. I’ve not yet read Demon Dance, so I can’t pass comment, but a review of Pretty Little Dead things will be forthcoming later this week. I am scared to say which I prefer to win for fear of jinxing it, but I wish all nominees the best of luck.
Best anthology nominations include the very strong The End of the Line, edited by Jon Oliver, and from that book Nicholas Royle’s ‘The Lure’ was also nominated for best short story. I really enjoyed both of these, and Royle’s ‘The Lure’ was a particularly hypnotic tale indeed.
Representing the novella nominations are Stephen King’s 1922, Simon Clark’s Humpty’s Bones, Andrew Hook’s Ponthe Oldenguine, Paul Finch’s Sparrowhawk and Tim Lebbon’s The Thief of Broken Toys.
It’s an exciting collection of nominations, but I definitely recommend you check out the full list at the BFS site here. I wonder who’s going to win what?