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These are the shortlists for the British Fantasy Awards 2015.
Four nominees in each category were decided by the votes of BFS members and the attendees of FantasyCon 2014 and FantasyCon 2015. The exceptions are the collection and non-fiction categories, in which two items drawing for fourth place could not be separated and both were put through to the shortlist.
Up to two further nominees in each category were added by the juries as “egregious omissions” under the rules.
The Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic 2, ed. Jan Edwards and Jenny Barber (The Alchemy Press)
Horror Uncut: Tales of Social Insecurity and Economic Unease, ed. by Joel Lane and Tom Johnstone (Gray Friar Press)
Lightspeed: Women Destroy Science Fiction Special Issue, ed. Christie Yant (Lightspeed Magazine)
The Spectral Book of Horror Stories, ed. Mark Morris (Spectral Press)
Terror Tales of Wales, ed. Paul Finch (Gray Friar Press)
Sarah Anne Langton
Black Gods Kiss, Lavie Tidhar (PS Publishing)
The Bright Day Is Done, Carole Johnstone (Gray Friar Press)
Gifts for the One Who Comes After, Helen Marshall (ChiZine Publications)
Nick Nightmare Investigates, Adrian Cole (The Alchemy Press and Airgedlámh Publications)
Scruffians! Stories of Better Sodomites, Hal Duncan (Lethe Press)
Best comic/graphic novel
Cemetery Girl, Charlaine Harris, Christopher Golden and Don Kramer (Jo Fletcher Books)
Grandville Noël, Bryan Talbot (Jonathan Cape)
Saga, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
Seconds, Bryan Lee O’Malley (SelfMadeHero)
Through the Woods, Emily Carroll (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
The Wicked + The Divine, Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie (Image Comics)
Best fantasy novel (the Robert Holdstock Award)
Breed, KT Davies (Fox Spirit Books)
City of Stairs, Robert Jackson Bennett (Jo Fletcher Books)
Cuckoo Song, Frances Hardinge (Macmillan Children’s Books)
A Man Lies Dreaming, Lavie Tidhar (Hodder & Stoughton)
The Moon King, Neil Williamson (NewCon Press)
The Relic Guild, Edward Cox (Gollancz)
Best film/television episode
Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Alejandro González Iñárritu (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Black Mirror: White Christmas, Charlie Brooker (Channel 4)
Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn and Nicole Perlman (Marvel Studios)
Interstellar, Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan (Paramount Pictures)
Under the Skin, Walter Campbell and Jonathan Glazer (Film4 et al)
Best horror novel (the August Derleth Award)
The End, Gary McMahon (NewCon Press)
The Girl With All the Gifts, M.R. Carey (Orbit)
The Last Plague, Rich Hawkins (Crowded Quarantine Publications)
No One Gets Out Alive, Adam Nevill (Macmillan)
Station Eleven, Emily St John Mandel (Knopf)
The Unquiet House, Alison Littlewood (Jo Fletcher Books)
Best independent press
The Alchemy Press (Peter Coleborn)
Fox Spirit Books (Adele Wearing)
NewCon Press (Ian Whates)
Spectral Press (Simon Marshall-Jones)
Black Static, ed. Andy Cox (TTA Press)
Holdfast Magazine, ed. Laurel Sills and Lucy Smee (Laurel Sills and Lucy Smee)
Interzone, ed. by Andy Cox (TTA Press)
Lightspeed, ed. John Joseph Adams (Lightspeed Magazine)
Sein und Werden, ed. Rachel Kendall (ISMs Press)
Best newcomer (the Sydney J. Bounds Award)
Edward Cox, for The Relic Guild (Gollancz)
Sarah Lotz, for The Three (Hodder & Stoughton)
Laura Mauro, for Ptichka (Horror Uncut: Tales of Social Insecurity and Economic Unease)
Den Patrick, for The Boy with the Porcelain Blade (Gollancz)
Jen Williams, for The Copper Promise (Headline)
D.F. Lewis Dreamcatcher Real-Time Reviews, D.F. Lewis (D.F. Lewis)
Ginger Nuts of Horror, ed. Jim McLeod (Jim McLeod)
Letters to Arkham: The Letters of Ramsey Campbell and August Derleth, 1961–1971, ed. S.T. Joshi (PS Publishing)
Rhapsody: Notes on Strange Fictions, Hal Duncan (Lethe Press)
Sibilant Fricative: Essays & Reviews, Adam Roberts (Steel Quill Books )
Touchstones: Essays on the Fantastic, John Howard (The Alchemy Press)
You Are the Hero: A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks, Jonathan Green (Snowbooks)
Cold Turkey, Carole Johnstone (TTA Press)
Drive, Mark West (Pendragon Press)
Newspaper Heart, Stephen Volk (The Spectral Book of Horror Stories)
Water For Drowning, Ray Cluley (This Is Horror)
Best short story
A Change of Heart, Gaie Sebold (Wicked Women)
The Girl on the Suicide Bridge, J.A. Mains (Beside the Seaside)
Ptichka, Laura Mauro (Horror Uncut: Tales of Social Insecurity and Economic Unease)
A Woman’s Place, Emma Newman (Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets)
The winners of these awards will now be decided by the previously announced juries, while the British Fantasy Society committee has the task of deciding the winner of the special award (the Karl Edward Wagner Award). The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Sunday, 25 October 2015, at FantasyCon 2015 in Nottingham.
ITV has greenlit a new drama about ghost hunting from Ashes To Ashes writer Jack Lothian (who has also written for Spooks: Code 9, Shameless, Skins ).
The one-off two hour TV movie is called Harry Price: Ghost Hunter, is based on the novel The Ghost Hunters by Neil Spring.
At the centre of the story is Harry Price, a famous real life ghost hunter and sceptic, who investigated the unknown back in the 1920s.
The telly film will be set in 1920s London, and has been described as “a thrilling, spine chilling mix of real history, fiction and the famous legend of Harry Price.”
ITV big chief Steve November released this statement:
“Harry Price is an intriguing character at the very heart of the drama. Jack Lothian’s wonderful script is a skilful blend of fact and fiction as Harry’s past, his fascination with the paranormal and his faith in science are all real yet set against a fictional backdrop of political conspiracy and scandal.”
Welcome to Borley Rectory, the most haunted house in England.
The year is 1926 and Sarah Grey has landed herself an unlikely new job - personal assistant to Harry Price, London's most infamous ghost hunter. Equal parts brilliant and charming, neurotic and manipulative, Harry has devoted his life to exposing the truth behind England's many 'false hauntings', and never has he left a case unsolved, nor a fraud unexposed.
So when Harry and Sarah are invited to Borley Rectory - a house so haunted that objects frequently fly through the air unbidden, and locals avoid the grounds for fear of facing the spectral nun that walks there - they're sure that this case will be just like any other. But when night falls and still no artifice can be found, the ghost hunters are forced to confront an uncomfortable possibility: the ghost of Borley Rectory may be real. And, if so, they're about to make its most intimate acquaintance.
Here is the news you have all been waiting on the table of contents for The Second Spectral Book of Horror Stories edited by Mark Morris.
Congratulations to all those who got in.
HOUSE OF THE HAG - Paul Finch
FLOTSAM - Tim Lebbon
TOYS FROM THE GINGERBREAD COUNTRY - Richard Jay Goldstein
SUGARED HEAT - Lisa L Hannett
A GIRL AND HER DOLLS - Adrian Cole
THE LARDER - Nicholas Royle
THE VEILS - Ian Rogers
JOE IS A BARBER - Paul Meloy
LITTLE TRAVELLER - Simon Kurt Unsworth
BEHIND THE WALL - Thana Niveau
MARY, MARY - Ray Cluley
THE MEANTIME - Alison Moore
MARROWVALE - Kurt Fawver
SCRAPING BY - Gary Fry
WHERE THE FOREST ENDS - Sean Logan
WRONG - Stephen Volk
LUMP IN YOUR THROAT - Robert Shearman
HORN OF THE HUNTER - Simon Bestwick
WHO WILL STOP ME NOW? - Cliff McNish
THE WOMAN IN BLACK:
ANGEL OF DEATH
AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD ON 6TH JULY,
ON BLU-RAY™ AND DVD ON 13TH JULY
“One of British cinema’s scariest creations” – Sky Movies
“You won’t sleep for weeks” – Closer Online
“Terrifying” – Cosmopolitan
The Woman in Black: Angel of Death is the must-see sequel to the most successful British horror film of recent times, The Woman In Black. Don’t miss this year’s most terrifying horror when The Woman in Black: Angel of Death arrives to download on 6th July 2015 and on Blu-ray™ and DVD on 13th July 2015, courtesy of Entertainment One.
This haunting ghost story features standout performances from Phoebe Fox (One Day, A Poet In New York) as teacher Eve Parkins; Helen McCrory (Skyfall, Hugo) as headmistress Jean Hogg; Jeremy Irvine (War Horse, The Railway Man) as RAF pilot Harry Burnstow; and Oaklee Pendergast (The Impossible, Wer) as young school boy evacuee, Edward. England, 1941. With London in the midst of the blitz, a group of children, led by their young teacher Eve (Fox) and hardened headmistress Jean (McCrory), are evacuated to the abandoned Eel Marsh House. With the aid of RAF pilot Harry (Irvine) they seek safety from the bombs in the remote coastal location, however the group instead find themselves facing an evil far more frightening when their arrival awakens the Woman in Black.
Look out for a series of special interviews on Ginger Nuts of Horror with the stars and director of Woman In Black: Angel of Death. The interviews will go live in Monday 13 July 2013
She never forgives. She never forgets. She never left. Prepare to sleep with one eye open when THE WOMAN IN BLACK: ANGEL OF DEATH is available to download on 6th July 2015 and comes to Blu-ray™ and DVD from 13th July 2015, courtesy of Entertainment One.
Writer-director Jesse Peyronel's SIREN, starring Rob Krazinsky (PACIFIC RIM, THE FRANKENSTEIN CODE) and Vinessa Shaw (EYES WIDE SHUT, AFTER THE FALL), hits DVD and Digital August 18 from Osiris Entertainment.
The dark modern fairy tale tells of a woman who has the uncanny ability to appear to each man as his heart's desire.
Here are some books that I think you should all look out for.
In a coastal town on the Outer Carolina Banks, David Ribault and Merrill Poulnot are trying to revive their stale relationship and commit to marriage, and a slick developer claiming to be related to a historic town hero, Rawson Steele, has come to town and is buying up property. Steele makes a romantic advance on Merrill and an unusual 5 a.m appointment outside of town with David. But Steele is a no-show, and at the time of the appointment everyone in the town disappears, removed entirely from our space and time to a featureless isolated village - including Merrill and her young son. David searches desperately but all seems lost for Steele is in the other village with Merrill.
Based on the the opening chapter this appears to be a great mix of Lost with Bradbury like menace.
Now this looks like it could be a very quirky horror comedy.
Beneath the perfect manners and petticoats, Miss Meadows harbours a dark secret. When she’s not teaching at the local elementary school or tending to her garden, she’s moonlighting as a gun-wielding vigilante who teaches justice in her spare time, killing her victims if they refuse to repent.
With blood on her hands and dark secrets to hide, a local sheriff soon becomes involved in hunting down the ruthless murderer, not knowing that the person who he is after is the woman he has fallen in love with.
With a complicated past full of real life nightmares, Miss Meadows is anything but sweet when it comes to dishing out lessons and the town’s criminals soon learn that teachers are always right!
Starring Katie Holmes (Batman Begins, Dawson’s Creek (TV), Phone Booth), Jean Smart (Sweet Home Alabama, 24 (TV), Fargo (TV)), and James Badge Dale (The Departed, World War Z, Iron Man 3)
ROM-COM HORROR “COTTAGE COUNTRY” (CERT TBC)