Annal: 2005 World Fantasy Award for Collection

Results of the World Fantasy Award in the year 2005.

Book:Black Juice

Black Juice

Margo Lanagan

As part of a public execution, a young boy forlornly helps to sing his sister down…A servant learns about grace and loyalty from a mistress who would rather dance with Gypsies than sit on her throne…A terrifying encounter with a demonic angel gives a young man the strength he needs to break free of his oppressor…On a bleak and dreary afternoon a gleeful shooting spree leads to tragedy for a desperate clown unable to escape his fate.

In each of Margo Lanagan’s ten extraordinary stories, human frailty is put to the test by the implacable forces of dark and light, man and beast. Black Juice offers glimpses into familiar, shadowy worlds that push the boundaries of the spirit and leave the mind haunted with the knowledge that black juice runs through us all.

Book:Breathmoss and Other Exhalations

Breathmoss and Other Exhalations

Ian R. MacLeod

This collection of literary short fiction combines fantasy, science fiction, and horror in vivid settings, peopled with ordinary humans with normal relationships, and the interaction of the mundane with the fantastic. In “Breathmoss,” a young girl must cope with the relationship with her family, love, and a community set in rigid custom, where males are a rarity. In “Verglas,” a man must decide to leave his humanity by going native on an ice world or abandon his family. The events leading to the formation of the current government, the repression of Jews and homosexuals, and the horrors of being a closet homosexual in such a regime are examined in “The Summer Isles.” Other stories encompass a scientist who searches for extraterrestrial intelligence; a rigid, aged man finding magic by a pool; and an 18-year-old girl who gains the reputation of being a death flower during WWII.

Book:Heat of Fusion

Heat of Fusion: And Other Stories

John M. Ford

Heat of Fusion and Other Stories collects stories and poems written over the course of two decades. It includes award winners and award nominees, as well as some rarities, amusements, and astonishments.

Here are short stories such as “Chromatic Aberration,” “Preflash,” “Erase/Record/Play,” and the title story, “Heat of Fusion,” that take us from the near past to the near future, and on into worlds of wonder. And there are poems—the award-winner “Winter Solstice, Camelot Station,” plus the amazing “Cosmology: A User’s Manual,” the rare “The Man in the Golden Mask,” and the moving “110 Stories,” which has never been published in book form.

Twenty-two works in all, gifts from the talent that Robert Jordan calls “the best writer in America, bar none.”

Book:Mad Dog Summer and Other Stories

Mad Dog Summer and Other Stories

Joe R. Lansdale

Before such classic novels as The Drive-In, The Bottoms, Cold in July, and the Hap and Leonard suspense novels, Joe R. Lansdale made his reputation with short stories like “Night They Missed the Horror Show,” “The Pit,” and “Steel Valentine.”

Mad Dog Summer and Other Stories continues hisownself’s mastery of the short story, with tales of a very weird future, a nostalgic past, and two Hap and Leonard short stories—one written in collaboration with Andrew Vachss.

Book:Songs of Leaving

Songs of Leaving: Stories

Peter Crowther

Just some of the stories in this new collection from Award-winning author Peter Crowther, who—already renowned for his work in horror/dark fantasy and crime/suspense—turns his attention here to the other-worldly elements of science fiction. But, as ever, the emphasis is on people…the things that motivate them and the things that bring them together.

Book:Stable Strategies and Others

Stable Strategies and Others

Eileen Gunn

This collection of tightly crafted, highly imaginative short stories employs surrealist, satirical, and fantastical devices to explore politics, class, and gender. From a hilarious tale about bioengineering and the stresses of climbing the corporate ladder to an evocative story of a woman who loses a sock at the the laundromat and finds she’s missing a bit of her soul, these science fiction stories showcase an award-winning writer’s compelling vision of the universe. Computer pioneers, cross-country skiers, and aliens figure into these literary stories that challenge the boundaries of imagination with quirky, anti-establishment characters and visionary technological extrapolation.

Book:Trujillo

Trujillo

Lucius Shepard

In the last few years, Shepard has been utterly inspired, producing story after brilliant story. Now Trujillo—his biggest and best collection to date—assembles the cream of this extraordinary output: one novel, six novellas, and four novelettes, all of them portals into the most extreme and terrifying possibilities of contemporary existence.

Discover here a Russian nightclub that is also a metaphysical kingdom, the realm of terminal disillusionment; encounter here the strange ghosts and apocalypses latent in the War on Terror; read here of prison as Purgatory, of UFOs as emblems of criminal despair, of the merciless imperatives of evolution emerging from African jungles to remake the human race. And explore here, in five especially intense tales, the seedy yet magical precincts of Trujillo, where native Hondurans and expatriate Americans alike confront the illusory, demonic, and uncertainly redemptive essentials of memory and the human soul.

Trujillo is an unforgettable cornucopia of vision and violence-the story collection of the year.

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