Annal: 2009 World Fantasy Award for Collection

Results of the World Fantasy Award in the year 2009.

Book:The Drowned Life

The Drowned Life: Stories

Jeffrey Ford

There is a town that brews a strange intoxicant from a rare fruit called the deathberry—and once a year a handful of citizens are selected to drink it….

There is a life lived beneath the water—among rotted buildings and bloated corpses—by those so overburdened by the world’s demands that they simply give up and go under….

In this mesmerizing blend of the familiar and the fantastic, multiple award-winning New York Times notable author Jeffrey Ford creates true wonders and infuses the mundane with magic. In tales marked by his distinctive, dark imagery and fluid, exhilarating prose, he conjures up an annual gale that transforms the real into the impossible, invents a strange scribble that secretly unites a significant portion of society, and spins the myriad dreams of a restless astronaut and his alien lover. Bizarre, beautiful, unsettling, and sublime, The Drowned Life showcases the exceptional talents of one of contemporary fiction’s most original artists.

Book:Filter House

Filter House

Nisi Shawl

Filter House collects fourteen stories by Nisi Shawl, with an introduction by Eileen Gunn (author of Stable Strategies). The collection offers a haunting montage that works its magic subtly on the reader’s subconscious. As Karen Joy Fowler, Author of The Jane Austen Book Club says, “This lovely collection will take you, like a magic carpet, to some strange and wonderful places.”

Book:Pretty Monsters

Pretty Monsters: Stories

Kelly Link

Kelly Link has lit up adult literary publishing— and Viking is honored to publish her first YA story collection. Through the lens of Link’s vivid imagination, nothing is what it seems, and everything deserves a second look. From the multiple award-winning “The Faery Handbag,” in which a teenager’s grandmother carries an entire village (or is it a man-eating dog?) in her handbag, to the near-future of “The Surfer,” whose narrator (a soccer-playing skeptic) waits with a planeload of refugees for the aliens to arrive, Link’s stories are funny and full of unexpected insights and skewed perspectives on the world. Her fans range from Michael Chabon to Peter Buck of R.E.M. to Holly Black of Spiderwick Chronicles fame. Now teens can have their world rocked, too!

Book:Strange Roads

Strange Roads

Peter S. Beagle

Three new stories by Peter Beagle.

Book:Tales from Outer Suburbia

Tales from Outer Suburbia

Shaun Tan

Breathtakingly illustrated and hauntingly written, Tales from Outer Suburbia is by turns hilarious and poignant, perceptive and goofy. Through a series of captivating and sophisticated illustrated stories, Tan explores the precious strangeness of our existence. He gives us a portrait of modern suburban existence filtered through a wickedly Monty Pythonesque lens. Whether it’s discovering that the world really does stop at the end of the city’s map book, or a family’s lesson in tolerance through an alien cultural exchange student, Tan’s deft, sweet social satire brings us face-to-face with the humor and absurdity of modern life.

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