Locus Online has details of the winners of this year’s British Fantasy Awards from the British Fantasy Society, held at the weekend’s FantasyCon, and among those being honoured this year I am delighted to see that one of the books which scored highly with the blog team and many of our guests during our annual Best of the Year posts took the Graphic Novel gong – huge congratulations to that man INJ Culbard, who channeled the spirit of HP Lovecraft so well for SelfMadeHero‘s adaptation of At The Mountains of Madness, fighting off Alan Moore and Jacen Burrow’s Neonomicon, Mike Carey and Peter Gross’ Unwritten (a superb series, I must say), CLiNt magazine and the mighty Bryan Talbot’s Grandville Mon Amour.
The Best Novel (the August Derleth Fantasy Award) went to Sam Stone for Demon Dance (House of Murky Depths), Best Novella went to Humpty’s Bones by Simon Clark (Telos), Best Short Story was another win for Sam Stone, for Fool’s Gold (in The Bitten Word), Best Collection was scooped by Stephen King for Full Dark, No Stars (Hodder & Staughton), Best Anthology was Back From the Dead: The Legacy of the Pan Book of Horror Stories, Johnny Mains, ed. (Noose & Gibbet), Altered Visions: The Art of Vincent Chong (Telos) scored on the Best Non Fiction category, with Vincent Chong also taking the Best Artist gong, Telos hoisted the Best Small Press award high and I’m very happy to see one of my regular reads, the excellent (and frequently creepy and disturbing) Black Static from TTA Press won Best Magazine. For those of you not familiar with Black Static, it is the sister publication of long-time science fiction stalwart Interzone, but where Interzone deals in some brilliant short science fiction stories and coverage, Black Static takes in the darker realms of dark fantasy and horror, a genre, I have to say, that I have always found especially suited to the short form; highly recommended reading – there’s a good reason why Interzone and Black Static end up on my annual Best Of list.
The great Sir Terry Pratchett was the recipient of the Karl Edward Wagner Special Award, while the Sydney J Bounds Award for Best Newcomer went to Robert Jackson Bennett for Mr Shivers (published by Orbit), a Depression-era creeping horror that I read earlier this year and highly recommend to anyone who enjoys an unusual and chilling entry into the horror-fantasy genre, quite an excellent, assured debut. Best Film went to Chris Nolan’s superb Inception (his best work since his brilliant early entry Memento, I think) and Best Television went to the delightful surprise that was Steven Moffat’s Sherlock (thanks to Theaker’s Quarterly for news of the last two categories).