Castigatorii din 2016 ai World Fantasy Award


Statueta acordata castigatorilor

Winner: Anna Smaill, The Chimes (Sceptre)


To call The Chimes striking is I dare say to underplay what might be the most distinctive debut of the decade. (

For a story about music, The Chimes is a triumph on the printed page.
(SFX Magazine)

Entrancingly poetic and engagingly plotted, this is a story that brims with heart and soul. (Kirkus reviews)

Kazuo Ishiguro, The Buried Giant (Knopf/Faber & Faber)
N. K. Jemisin, The Fifth Season (Orbit)
Naomi Novik, Uprooted (Del Rey Books/Macmillan UK)
K. J. Parker, Savages (Subterranean Press)
Paul Tremblay, A Head Full of Ghosts (William Morrow & Co.)

Prima reactie a fost ceva de genul, cine e tipa asta care le-a luat fata lui Parker, Jemisin, Ishiguro, Novik sau chiar Tremblay?!  Si cand am vazut coperta mi-am amintit ca de fapt am vazut-o promovata, dar mi-a iesit din minte…

Long Fiction
Winner: Kelly Barnhill, The Unlicensed Magician (PS Publishing)the-unlicensed-magician-hardcover-by-kelly-barnhill-choose-your-edition-signed-jhc-limited-to-100-copies-3759-pekm298x385ekm


There were twenty magical children born that year. Nineteen, if you count the one that died. The Minister ordered that the nineteen children be shipped to the Tower to be worked and drained to nothing, and that the dead child be thrown on the rubbish heap, and never spoken of again.
But the dead baby had other plans. When the half-drunk junk man witnesses the half-decayed corpse becoming a living, breathing, healthy baby, he knows at once that he must protect the child from the clutches of the Minister.

Enlisting the help of the formidable egg woman and the sagacious constable, he manages to keep the existence of the child a secret.

But children grow. And so does magic. And secrets long to be told.

Usman T. Malik, “The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn” (, Apr. 22, 2015)
Kim Newman, “Guignol” (Horrorology, edited by Stephen Jones, Jo Fletcher Books)
Kelly Robson, “Waters of Versailles” (, June 10, 2015)
Bud Webster, “Farewell Blues” (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jan./Feb. 2015)

Short Fiction
Winner: Alyssa Wong, “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers” (Nightmare magazine, Oct. 2015)

(O gasim Online!!!)
Selena Chambers, “The Neurastheniac” (Cassilda’s Song, ed. Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. Chaosium Inc)
Amal El-Mohtar, “Pockets” (Uncanny Magazine, Jan.-Feb. 2015)
Sam J. Miller, “The Heat of Us: Notes Toward an Oral History” (Uncanny Magazine, Jan.-Feb. 2015)
Tamsyn Muir, “The Deepwater Bride” (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, July/Aug. 2015)

Winner: Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Paula R. Stiles, eds., She Walks in Shadows (Innsmouth Free Press)walks-in-shadows


They emerge from the shadows, to claim the night ….

Women from around the world delve into Lovecraftian depths, penning and illustrating a variety of Weird horrors. The pale and secretive Lavinia wanders through the woods, Asenath is a precocious teenager with an attitude, and the Ancient Egyptian pharaoh Nitocris has found a new body in distant America. And do you have time to hear a word from our beloved mother Shub-Niggurath?

Defiant, destructive, terrifying, and harrowing, the women in She Walks in Shadows are monsters and mothers, heroes and devourers. Observe them in all their glory. Iä! Iä!

Ellen Datlow, ed., The Doll Collection (Tor Books)
S. T. Joshi, ed., Black Wings IV: New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror (PS Publishing)
Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., ed., Cassilda’s Song: Tales Inspired by Robert W. Chambers’ King in Yellow Mythos (Chaosium Inc.)
Simon Strantzas, ed., Aickman’s Heirs (Undertow Publications)

Interesant. Chiar ma bucur pentru Innsmouth Free Press deoarece anul acesta am citit multe Antologii tematice de inspiratie Lovecraftiana si printre ele si, Dreams from the Witch House: Female Voices of Lovecraftian Horror, in care sunt doar scriitoare cu povesti pe directia celebrului scriitor de horror, dar am fost total dezamagit. NU mi-a placut nimic din ea. NU zic ca e cazul si aici, dar pentru mine, un asemenea volum, nu a fost cine stie ce experienta…Si pentru cel de fata exista vreo doua comentarii, detaliate, pe Amazon ce ma fac sa cred ca nu e de bine…

Macar nu a iesit iar Datlow.

De remarcat ca Antologia a fost cumparata in SUA de Prime Books si a fost publicata sub denumirea schimbata, Cthulhu’s Daughters: Stories of Lovecraftian Horror.

Winner: C. S. E. Cooney, Bone Swans (Mythic Delirium Books)



2016 World Fantasy Award finalist for Best Collection

Contains “The Bone Swans of Amandale,” 2015 Nebula Award finalist for Best Novella


2015 Locus Recommended Reading List, Best Collection and Best Novella

Leena Krohn, Leena Krohn: Collected Fiction (Cheeky Frawg Books)
V. H. Leslie, Skein and Bone (Undertow Publications)
Kelly Link, Get in Trouble (Random House)
James Morrow, Reality by Other Means: The Best Short Fiction of James Morrow (Wesleyan University Press)
Mary Rickert, You Have Never Been Here (Small Beer Press)

C. S. E. Cooney chiar am incercat la un moment dat, dar povestea era un fel de fairy tales alternativ si cum nu prea ma omor, nu am dus-o la bun sfarsit. Si iata si o partiala confirmare:

“In five beautifully crafted stories, Cooney builds imaginary worlds full of flying carpets, fairy-tale characters, and children confronted with a postapocalyptic Earth … Each tale packs in enough plot for a novel, with adventurous characters who brim with wit.” —Library Journal

Si Lifetime Achievement recipients David G. Hartwell and Andrzej Sapkowski.


Weeiii pentru Sapkowski!

Special Award – Professional
Winner: Stephen Jones, for The Art of Horror (Applause Theatre Book & Cinema Book Publishers)art-of-horror
Neil Gaiman, Dave Stewart, and J. H. Williams III, The Sandman: Overture (Vertigo)
Robert Jordan, Harriet McDougal, Alan Romanczuk, and Maria Simons, The Wheel of Time Companion: The People, Places and History of the Bestselling Series (Tor Books)
Joe Monti, for contributions to the genre
Heather J. Wood, for Gods, Memes and Monsters: A 21st Century Bestiary (Stone Skin Press)


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