The winning slate for the British Fantasy Awards 2015, announced over the weekend at FantasyCon 2015 in Nottingham, shows some smart and edgy picks for the top trophies. The Best anthology award went to the Lightspeed: Women Destroy Science Fiction Special Issue. And the August Derleth Award for best horror novel went to No One Gets Out Alive, by Adam Nevill.
For actual fantasy, the Robert Holdstock Award for Best fantasy novel went to Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge. Best collection went to Nick Nightmare Investigates by Adrian Cole, who already contributed one standout appearance of his paranormal gumshoe hero Nick Nightmare to Weirdbook Issue 31, reviewed in TeleRead, with “Give Me the Daggers.” The Best novella trophy went to Stephen Volk for “Newspaper Heart,” a highlight of The Spectral Book of Horror Stories, also reviewed in TeleRead and a nominee for best anthology. The award for the best work of non-fiction went to Letters to Arkham: The Letters of Ramsey Campbell and August Derleth, 1961–1971, edited by S.T. Joshi.
Incidentally, for anyone wanting to check out the entire list of nominees for the Awards, it’s here. And there’s nothing to back any Sad Puppies-style allegations of a Social Justice Warrior conspiracy to pack the nominations – or a Sad Puppies cabal working to do the opposite. Just a really broad, distinguished slate.