2018 British Fantasy Awards Shortlist

The British Fantasy Society has announced the shortlist for the 2018 British Fantasy Awards. The nominees are:

Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award)

  • Age of Assassins, RJ Barker (Orbit)
  • The Court of Broken Knives, Anna Smith Spark (HarperVoyager)
  • The Ninth Rain, Jen Williams (Headline)

Best Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award)

  • The Boy on the Bridge, M.R. Carey (Orbit)
  • The Changeling, Victor LaValle (Spiegel & Grau)
  • Relics, Tim Lebbon (Titan)
  • The Crow Garden, Alison Littlewood (Jo Fletcher)
  • Behind Her Eyes, Sarah Pinborough (Harper Collins)

Best Novella

  • A Pocketful of Crows, Joanne Harris (Gollancz)
  • Passing Strange, Ellen Klages (Tor.com Publishing)
  • Cottingley, Alison Littlewood (Newcon)
  • Naming the Bones, Laura Mauro (Dark Minds)
  • Brother’s Ruin, Emma Newman (Tor.com Publishing)
  • The Murders of Molly Southbourne, Tade Thompson (Tor.com Publishing)

Best Short Story

  • “Four Abstracts”, Nina Allan (New Fears)
  • “The Anniversary”, Ruth EJ Booth (Black Static 11-12/17)
  • “Shepherd’s Business”, Stephen Gallagher (New Fears)
  • “Illumination”, Joanne Hall (Book of Dragons)
  • “Looking for Laika”, Laura Mauro (Interzone 11-12/17)
  • The Little Gift, Stephen Volk (PS)

Best Collection

  • You Will Grow Into Them, Malcolm Devlin (Unsung Stories)
  • Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman (Bloomsbury)
  • Strange Weather, Joe Hill (Gollancz)
  • Tanith by Choice, Tanith Lee (Newcon)
  • Tender: Stories, Sofia Samatar (Small Beer)

Best Anthology

  • Imposter Syndrome, James Everington & Dan Howarth, eds. (Dark Minds)
  • Pacific Monsters, Margrét Helgadóttir, ed. (Fox Spirit)
  • New Fears, Mark Morris, ed. (Titan)
  • 2084, George Sandison, ed. (Unsung Stories)
  • Dark Satanic Mills: Great British Horror 2, Steve Shaw, ed. (Black Shuck)

Best Independent Press

  • Fox Spirit
  • Grimbold
  • Newcon
  • Salt
  • Unsung Stories

Best Non-Fiction

  • Gender Identity and Sexuality in Science Fiction and Fantasy, F.T. Barbini, ed. (Luna)
  • Paperbacks from Hell, Grady Hendrix (Quirk)
  • No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters, Ursula K. Le Guin (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Ginger Nuts of Horror
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, Maura McHugh (Electric Dreamhouse)
  • Luminescent Threads, Alexandra Pierce & Mimi Mondal, eds. (12th Planet)

Best Magazine / Periodical

  • Black Static
  • Ginger Nuts of Horror
  • Grimdark
  • Interzone
  • Shoreline of Infinity

Best Artist

  • Ben Baldwin
  • Jeffrey Alan Love
  • Victo Ngai
  • Daniele Sera
  • Sana Takeda
  • Sophie E Tallis

Best Comic / Graphic Novel

  • Grim & Bold, Joshua Cornah (Kristell Ink)
  • Bitch Planet Vol 2: President Bitch, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Taki Soma & Valentine de Landro (Image)
  • The Wicked + The Divine Vol 5: Imperial Phase Part 1, Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie (Image)
  • Monstress Vol. 2, Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda (Image)
  • Tomorrow, Jack Lothian & Garry Mac (BHP Comics)

Best Audio

  • Anansi Boys, Neil Gaiman, adapted by Dirk Maggs
  • Brave New Words Podcast
  • Breaking the Glass Slipper Podcast
  • Ivory Towers, Richard H Brooks
  • PseudoPod Podcast
  • Tea & Jeopardy Podcast

Best Film / Television Production

  • Black Mirror: Series 4
  • Get Out
  • The Good Place: Season 1
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Stranger Things: Season 2
  • Twin Peaks: the Return
  • Wonder Woman

Best Newcomer (the Sydney J Bounds Award)

  • RJ Barker, for Age of Assassins (Orbit)
  • S.A. Chakraborty, for The City of Brass (HarperVoyager)
  • Ed McDonald, for Blackwing (Orion)
  • Jeanette Ng, for Under the Pendulum Sun (Angry Robot)
  • Anna Smith Spark, for The Court of Broken Knives (HarperVoyager)

Winners will be chosen by jury, except for the special award (the Karl Edward Wagner Award), which is chosen by the BFS committee. Winners will be announced during an awards ceremony at FantasyCon 2018, held October 19-21, 2018 at the Queen Hotel in Chester, England.

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