Annal: 2008 World Fantasy Award for Collection

Results of the World Fantasy Award in the year 2008.

Book:Tiny Deaths

Tiny Deaths

Robert Shearman

Analyzing the complexity, absurdity, and blessedness of seemingly ordinary people, this debut collection examines the metaphysical assumptions surrounding death. From the end of a relationship to the meaning behind its title, this anthology continually surprises and subverts, utilizing topics such as alien intelligence, reincarnation, imaginary children, and even conversations with Hitler’s childhood pet. Engaging and diverse, this compendium offers a fascinating perspective on mortality.

Book:Dagger Key and Other Stories

Dagger Key: and Other Stories

Lucius Shepard

Lucius Shepard’s new story collection may well be his best yet. In nine novellas and stories, he traces a long-dead pirate’s murderous possession of a Caribbean islander, explains a grand tantric conspiracy, pits a fugitive killer against the malignant energies of the Dragon Griaule, exposes a small Pennsylvania town to a morally fraught extradimensional excursion…and there’s much more.

Written in Shepard’s characteristically brilliant moody prose, these are amongst the finest dark fantasies on offer today.

Book:Hart & Boot

Hart & Boot & Other Stories

Tim Pratt

Hart & Boot & Other Stories collects thirteen stories of love, death and monsters, including new story “Komodo,” a tale of lizards, sex magic and dangerous men. The title story, “Hart & Boot,” was chosen by Michael Chabon for inclusion in The Best American Short Stories: 2005.

Book:Plots and Misadventures

Plots and Misadventures

Stephen Gallagher

If the truth be told the short story is probably the superior form, because there’s no getting away with anything. You get it exactly right or it doesn’t work at all. Eleven flights of fancy and one true story…but it can be hard to say where fancy ends and the truth begins.

In this, his second collection of short fiction, award-winning author and screenwriter Stephen Gallagher delivers his unique take on the weird, the wonderful and the downright strange. These are tales in which the world is very much as we know it, but charged with a sense of the wonders that lie in wait just beneath the surface of our everyday reality. Grisly goings-on in a tattoo parlour…A bereaved girl’s poetic revenge…Hunting fairies with pickup truck and cattle prod…Along with The Blackwood Oak, a novella making its first appearance between these covers, the stories have been drawn together from sources as diverse as Weird Tales, Subterranean, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Winter Chills, and The Dark.

Book:Portable Childhoods

Portable Childhoods

Ellen Klages

Emerging from a unique and powerful voice, this innovative collection offers a tantalizing glimpse of what lies hidden just beyond the ordinary, skirting the border between childhood and adulthood. Mysticism, heroism, cruelty, and compassion thread through these multifaceted tales—which range from the origins of the Manhattan Project to a culinary object-lesson, from 1950s corruption to a slight glitch in Creation. Collected here for the first time and including an excerpt from her breakout first novel The Green Glass Sea, these stories are timeless and delightful, chilling and beautiful.

Book:Secret Files of the Diogenes Club

Secret Files of the Diogenes Club

Kim Newman

From the 1860s to the present, these are the accounts of the Diogenes Club, whose agents solve crimes too strange for Britain’s police, protecting the realm and this entire plane of existence from occult menaces, threats born in other dimensions, magical perfidy and the Deep Dark Deadly Ones. Kim Newman continues the series began in The Man From the Diogenes Club, revealing more of the secrets of the British Empire’s most secret service.

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