Annal: 1993 World Fantasy Award for Novel

Results of the World Fantasy Award in the year 1993.

Book:Last Call

Last Call

Tim Powers

Enchantingly dark and compellingly real, the World Fantasy Award-winning novel Last Call is a masterpiece of magic realism from critically acclaimed author Tim Powers.

Set in the gritty, dazzling underworld known as Las Vegas, Last Call tells the story of a one-eyed professional gambler who discovers that he was not the big winner in a long-ago poker game…and now must play for the highest stakes ever as he searches for a way to win back his soul.

Book:Anno Dracula

Anno Dracula

Kim Newman

In 1885, Count Dracula, after four hundred years’ brooding in his Transylvanian Castle, came to London, intent on spreading the pestilence of vampirism to the heart of Victoria’s Britain. The monster was defeated and destroyed by Professor Van Helsing and his stout-hearted companions, and the world was saved from further horrors. But what if Van Helsing failed, and Dracula’s plan of conquest was successful…

This panoramic novel of altered history and literary speculation combines horror, mystery, romance, politics, and wit as Kim Newman brilliantly reinvent the familiar world of late Victorian melodrama, intermingling famous historical and fictional characters while penetrating the fog to discover the shocking truths.

Book:Briar Rose

Briar Rose

Jane Yolen

…Around the castle there grew a hedge of thorns, which every year grew higher, and at last there was nothing more to be seen, not even the flag upon the roof. But the story of the beautiful sleeping princess, Briar Rose, went about the country so that from time to time the King’s sons came and tried to get through the thorny hedge…

So goes the German fairy tale of Briar Rose, the Sleeping Beauty… an old, old tale, yet so potent that few among us do not know it today. Now one of America’s most celebrated writers tells it afresh, set this time in forests patrolled by the German army during World War II—a tale with no guarantee of an ending that reads they lived happily ever after.

A young American journalist is drawn to Europe and to the past as she investigates the mystery of her grandmother’s life. From her grandmother she inherited a silver ring, a photograph, and the traditional tale of Briar Rose: clues that will ultimately…[more]

Book:Photographing Fairies

Photographing Fairies

Steven G. Szilagyi

It all begins in the 1920s, when a blustering country policeman, Constable Michael Walsmear, literally punches his way into American photographer Charles Castle’s London studio. Walsmear has what he claims are photographs of fairies. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, whom Castle approaches to verify the pictures, offers a large sum of money to have Walsmear’s photographs destroyed. But even more than cash, Castle wants the truth. His quest takes him to Burkinwell, a seemingly peaceful country village seething with secrets. Armed with a camera, he encounters gypsies and wild dogs, the innocent girls of the photos and the murderous thieves who threaten them, a beautiful garden and unspeakable sexual practices. He also discovers the most shocking truth of all: that absolute purity and utter depravity are folded together in the human heart.

Book:Was

Was

Geoff Ryman

This haunting, magical, wildly original novel explores the lives of several characters entwined by The Wizard of Oz—both the novel written by L. Frank Baum and the iconic, strangely resonant 1939 film. It is the story of the “real” Dorothy Gale, an orphan living a hardscrabble life with abusive relatives on a Kansas frontier settlement, and of the kindly substitute teacher who decides to write the story of the life she ought to have had. Was is also the story of Judy Garland and her unhappy fame. It’s about Jonathan, an actor now dying of AIDS, whose intense attachment to Oz dates back to his troubled childhood. And it’s the story of Jonathan’s therapist, whose work at an asylum also unwittingly intersects the path of the Yellow Brick Road.

From the Great Plains to glittering Hollywood, Was traverses the American landscape to reveal the whirling funnel cloud at the core of our personal and cultural fantasies. It is a powerful, moving story about survival, and about the power of human imagination to transcend the bleakest circumstances.

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