2008 World Fantasy Award Winners

Last day of the World Fantasy Convention! The awards banquet wrapped up just an hour or so ago, and so without further ado, here are the winners of this year’s World Fantasy Awards (with pictures of the actual recipients who were present–not a very high percentage, I’m afraid). Winners, as you can probably guess, are in bold.

Life Achievement

Leo & Diane Dillon
Patricia McKillip


Ysabel – Guy Gavriel Kay [Viking Canada/Penguin Roc]

Territory – Emma Bull [Tor]
Fangland – John Marks [Penguin Press]
Gospel of the Knife – Will Shetterly [Tor]
The Servants
– Michael Marshall Smith [Earthling Publications]


Illyria – Elizabeth Hand [PS Publishing]

The Mermaids – Robert Edric [PS Publishing]
“The Master Miller’s Tale” – Ian R. MacLeod [F&SF May 2007]
“Cold Snap” – Kim Newman [The Secret Files of the Diogenes Club, MonkeyBrain Books]
“Stars Seen through Stone” – Lucius Shepard [F&SF July 2007]

Short Story

“Singing of Mount Abora” – Theodora Goss [Logorrhea, Bantam Spectra]

“The Cambist and Lord Iron: A Fairy Tale of Economics” – Daniel Abraham [Logorrhea, Bantam Spectra]
“The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park After the Change” – Kij Johnson [The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales, Viking]
“Damned if you Don’t” – Robert Shearman [Tiny Deaths, Comma Press]
“The Church on the Island” – Simon Kurt Unsworth [At Ease with the Dead, Ash-Tree Press]


Inferno: New Tales of Terror and the Supernatural – Ellen Datlow, Editor [Tor]

Five Strokes to Midnight – Gary A. Braunbeck & Hank Schwaeble, Eds. [Haunted Pelican Press]
Wizards: Magical Tales From The Masters of Modern Fantasy – Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois, Eds. [Berkley]
The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales – Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling, Eds.[Viking]
Logorrhea: Good Words Make Good Stories – John Klima, Editor [Bantam Spectra]


Tiny Deaths – Robert Shearman [Comma Press]

Plots and Misadventures – Stephen Gallagher [Subterranean Press]
Portable Childhoods – Ellen Klages [Tachyon Publications]
The Secret Files of the Diogenes Club – Kim Newman [MonkeyBrain Books] Hart & Boot & Other Stories – Tim Pratt [Night Shade Books]
Dagger Key and Other Stories – Lucius Shepard [PS Publishing]


Edward Miller

Ruan Jia
Mikko Kinnunen
Stephan Martiniere
John Picacio

Special Award—Professional

Peter Crowther for PS Publishing

Allison Baker and Chris Roberson for MonkeyBrain Books
Alan Beatts and Jude Feldman for Borderlands Books
Gordon Van Gelder for F&SF
Jeremy Lassen and Jason Williams for Night Shade Books
Shawna McCarthy for Realms of Fantasy

Special Award—Non-professional

Midori Snyder and Terri Windling for the for Endicott Studios Website

G. S. Evans and Alice Whittenburg for Cafe Irreal
Stephen Jones, Editor for Travellers in Darkness: The Souvenir Book of the World Horror Convention 2007
John Klima for Electric Velocipede
Rosalie Parker and Raymond Russell for Tartarus Press

Tad Williams (at left)was the toastmaster, and gave a very funny (and, not surprisingly, considering the U.S. election coming up on Tuesday) politically tinged speech about how all fantasy has actually been written by Americans, or “geographically challenged Americans” in the case of apparent Canadian authors of fantasy.

(You do, of course, remember the Iroquois-raised William Shakingspeare, and John Ringo Ronnie Tolkien’s epic The Lord of the Six-Guns…don’t you

The best acceptance speeches were Guy Gavriel Kay’s eloquent acceptance of the best novel award, and Patricia McKillip’s acceptance of the Life Achievement Award.

Kay noted that even though he felt proud and honored to receive the award, he felt just as proud and honored moments before just to be among such wonderful list of nominees. This, Kay proclaimed, truly is the “Golden Age of Fantasy.”

For her part, McKillip (at left)assured everyone that a Life Achievement Award was “not an excuse to quit,” which should please everyone who has enjoyed her work over the years.

David Hartwell finished the award presentation (which, by the way, featured really good banquet food beforehand–“the only thing that tasted like chicken was the chicken!” as Williams put it–by reminding everyone of next year’s World Fantasy Con in San Jose, and the one in Columbus, Ohio, the year after that.

I certainly enjoyed this one, but all I can say about the next two is, “We’ll see!”

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    • Edward Willett on November 4, 2008 at 3:00 pm
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    Plus, he’s a native of my old home town of Weyburn! (OK, he grew up in Winnipeg–but he was born in Weyburn!)

    • Janet on November 4, 2008 at 3:58 am
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    Pleased to see GGK got the novel award. Ysabel is a particularly fine novel.

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