A lot of fun stuff happened over the Halloween weekend, which is maybe why we here at Clockpunk Studios are just now getting around to posting anything about it. (Speaking for myself, as a writer who specializes in horror and a consumer who specializes in monster movies, October is always a busy month for me.) But one of the biggest things that happened–at least in the genre fiction community–is that the World Fantasy Award winners were announced for this year at the World Fantasy Convention in Columbus, OH.
We just wanted to take a moment to extend our congratulations to all of the World Fantasy Award winners and to all of the nominees. Anna Smaill won best novel for The Chimes; Kelly Barnhill won best long fiction for The Unlicensed Magician; Alyssa Wong won best short fiction for “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers,” (which, by the way, originally appeared in Nightmare Magazine, one of our clients, and also won her a Nebula Award); Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Paula R. Stiles won best anthology for She Walks in Shadows, their collection of Lovecraftian fiction written by women, which has also been published by Prime Books as Cthulhu’s Daughters; C.S.E. Cooney won best collection for Bone Swans; Galen Dara won the World Fantasy Award for best artist; Stephen Jones and John O’Neill won the Special Award (professional and nonprofessional, respectively) for The Art of Horror and Black Gate: Adventures in Fantasy Literature (also respectively); and David G. Hartwell and Andrzej Sapkowski were given Lifetime Achievement Awards, to round out the list.
But we also want to extend our sincerest congratulations to all of this year’s nominees, including many of our friends here at Clockpunk Studios. This was the first year after the big controversy surrounding the decision to stop using the Gahan Wilson-designed bust of H.P. Lovecraft as the trophy for the World Fantasy Award, and we were pleased to see everyone moving forward with so many great nominees on this year’s ballot!
Sadly, we weren’t able to make it out to Columbus for the World Fantasy Convention this year, but who knows, perhaps one or more of our team will be San Antonio for next year’s convention! In the meantime, congratulations to all the winners and nominees, and to everyone else, we hope you had a great Halloween!