2009 World Fantasy Award Nominations

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The World Fantasy Convention 2009 were held in San Jose, California. Judges were Jenny Blackford, Peter Heck, Ellen Klages, Chris Roberson, Delia Sherman

Best Novel

The House of the Stag by Kage Baker (Tor)

The Shadow Year Jeffrey Ford (Morrow)

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins; Bloomsbury)

Pandemonium by Daryl Gregory (Del Rey)

Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan (Allen & Unwin; Knopf)

Best Novella

"Uncle Chaim and Aunt Rifke and the Angel" by Peter S. Beagle (Strange Roads)

"If Angels Fight" by Richard Bowes (F&SF 2/08)

"The Overseer" by Albert Cowdrey (F&SF 3/08)

"Odd and the Frost Giants" by Neil Gaiman (Bloomsbury; HarperCollins)

"Good Boy" by Nisi Shawl (Filter House)

Short Story

"Caverns of Mystery" by Kage Baker (Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy)

"26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss" by Kij Johnson (Asimov's 7/08)

"Pride and Prometheus" by John Kessel (F&SF 1/08)

"Our Man in the Sudan" by Sarah Pinborough (The Second Humdrumming Book of Horror Stories)

"A Buyer's Guide to Maps of Antarctica" by Catherynne M. Valente (Clarkesworld 5/08)


The Living Dead by John Joseph Adams, ed. (Night Shade Books)

The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy by Ellen Datlow, ed. (Del Rey)

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2008: Twenty-First Annual Collection Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, & Gavin J. Grant, eds. (St. Martin's)

Paper Cities: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy Ekaterina Sedia, ed. (Senses Five Press)

Steampunk, Ann & Jeff VanderMeer, eds. (Tachyon Publications)


Strange Roads Peter S. Beagle (DreamHaven Books)

The Drowned Life Jeffrey Ford (HarperPerennial)

Pretty Monsters Kelly Link (Viking)

Filter House Nisi Shawl (Aqueduct Press)

Tales from Outer Suburbia Shaun Tan (Allen & Unwin; Scholastic '09)


Kinuko Y. Craft

Janet Chui

Stephan Martinière

John Picacio

Shaun Tan

Special Award--Professional

Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant (for Small Beer Press and Big Mouth House)

Farah Mendlesohn (for Rhetorics of Fantasy)

Stephen H. Segal & Ann VanderMeer (for Weird Tales)

Jerad Walters (for A Lovecraft Retrospective: Artists Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft)

Jacob Weisman (for Tachyon Publications)

Special Award--Non-professional

Edith L. Crowe (for her work with The Mythopoeic Society)

John Klima (for Electric Velocipede)

Elise Matthesen (for setting out to inspire and for serving as inspiration for works of poetry, fantasy, and SF over the last decade through her jewelry-making and her "artist's challenges")

Sean Wallace, Neil Clarke, & Nick Mamatas (for Clarkesworld)

Michael Walsh (for Howard Waldrop collections from Old Earth Books)

Life Achievement

Ellen Asher and Jane Yolen