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World Fantasy Shortlist Announced

July 9, 2015 at 10:46 am
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This year’s shortlist for the World Fantasy Awards has been announced, and I am proud and pleased to learn that ROGUES is a finalist for the Howard as Best Anthology.

The winners will be announced at this year’s World Fantasy Con in Saratoga Springs. Which I will not be able to attend, alas. I’d hoped to… the last WFC in Saratoga was great fun, and I loved the city, and the train ride up the Hudson from NYC… but the press of work, etc.

For the full ballot, go here:

(I would be surprised if ROGUES actually won. It’s up against some strong competition, including an anthology by my dear friend Ellen Datlow, and “Never get between Ellen Datlow and a World Fantasy Award” is right up their with “Never get in a land war in Asia” and “Never play poker with a man named Doc” where life’s truisms are concerned. It is, however, an honor just to be nominated).

Dangerous Women Take HPL’s Head

November 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm
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DANGEROUS WOMEN, the big crossgenre anthology that Gardner Dozois and I edited for Tor, was announced as the winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology of 2013 on Sunday, at the World Fantasy Convention in Washington, DC.

I wasn't able to attend the con this year (I do hope to be at next year's event, in Saratoga), but Gardner was on hand, and accepted for the both of us.

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The news came as a pleasant surprise… nay, even a shock.  Neither Gardner nor I thought we had a prayer of winning.  The anthology shortlist was very strong this year.  But this one is case where I was glad to be proved wrong.

My thanks to the fans and readers who nominated us,  to the judges who chose us as winner, to our editors and publishers and all the rest of the good folks at Tor and Harper.  And of course to our writers, whose talents made DANGEROUS WOMEN.   We had a great lineup:

INTRODUCTION, by Gardner Dozois
SOME DESPERADO, by Joe Abercrombie
NORA’S SONG, by Cecelia Holland
THE HANDS THAT ARE NOT THERE, by Melinda Snodgrass
BOMBSHELLS, by Jim Butcher
RAISA STEPANOVA, by Carrie Vaughn
WRESTLING JESUS, by Joe R. Lansdale
NEIGHBORS, by Megan Lindholm
I KNOW HOW TO PICK ‘EM, by Lawrence Block
A QUEEN IN EXILE, by Sharon Kay Penman
CITY LAZARUS, by Diana Rowland
VIRGINS, by Diana Gabaldon
HELL HATH NO FURY, by Sherilynn Kenyon
NAME THE BEAST, by Sam Sykes
CARETAKERS, by Pat Cadigan
LIES MY MOTHER TOLD ME, by Caroline Spector

For those of you who missed DANGEROUS WOMEN in hardcover, the anthology is being released in mass market (in three volumes) by Tor in the US and HarperVoyager in the UK.  All three of the British paperbacks and the first two of the American are on the stands, and available from Amazon and other online booksellers.  Gardner and I are very proud of this one.  We hope you check it out.

For the full list of this year's World Fantasy Awards winners, go to:

This is my third Howard.  I won Best Novella for "The Skin Trade" a couple of decades ago, and more recently a Lifetime Achievement Award… which I guess makes this one a post-lifetime achievement.  I look forward to lining up my three HPLs on the mantlepiece.



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Martians and Women and Rogues, Oh My

July 17, 2014 at 5:06 pm
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Hey, lots of good news on the anthology front while I was traipsing around France and Switzerland these past couple of weeks.

OLD MARS led the way, winning the annual Locus Award as the Best Anthology of 2013:

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You can check out the details at    And congratulations to my pals Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck as well.  As James S.A. Corey, they won the Locus Award for Best SF Novel of the year.  (Would that ABADDON'S GATE was on the Hugo ballot as well).  And of course, congrats to my co-editor Gardner Dozois, and our amazing lineup of writers, who made the anthology the delight that it is.  If you haven't checked out OLD MARS yet, you missed at lot.

((And for what it's worth, OLD VENUS will be even better)).

Next thing, the nominees for this year's World Fantasy Award were announced.  OLD MARS wasn't eligible, being science fiction and all… but DANGEROUS WOMEN, the big crossgenre anthology that Gardner and I released last summer, is one of the finalists for Best Anthology (against some mighty stiff competition, I might add).


You can check out the full list of Wold Fantasy Award nominees here:

To round out the triptych, in the midst of all this recognition for the books that Gargy and I did last year, our newest anthology, ROGUES, hit the shelves from coast and coast… and debuted at #7 on the NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller List.  No, not the anthology bestseller list, or the SF/ fantasy bestseller list, but the bestseller list for ALL HARDCOVER FICTION.  Which is pretty damned extraordinary for an anthology.

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So, all in all, it was a hell of a month.

My thanks to the LOCUS voters, the World Fantasy Con members and judges, and all the readers who snatched up ROGUES.

I love doing anthologies, and introducing great stories and new writers to my fans.  It's great to see the books being so well received.

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World Fantasy Awards

November 4, 2012 at 5:55 pm
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Just heard that OSAMA, by Lavie Tidhar, won this year’s World Fantasy Award (also known as the Howard and/or Howie, since the trophy is a bust of H.P. Lovecraft by Gahan Wilson).


I haven’t read the novel myself, but I hear good things about it. Congratulations to Lavie Tidhar.

The WFC did award me one of this year’s “Lifetime Achievement” awards.

My thanks to the jury. My editor, Anne Lesley Groell, was going to accept the award for me, but Sandy marooned in NYC. I did sent a few words to the conom; I trust that someone or other got and read them on my behalf.

Alan Garner was also given a Lifetime Achievement award. I was very pleased to see that. Garner, the author of THE OWL SERVICE and THE WEIRDSTONE OF BRISINGAMEN and many other fine, fine fantasies, is long overdue for some recognition. If you’re not familiar with his books, you have a treat coming. Go out, find them, read them.

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