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The 1997 British Fantasy Award Winners
The British Fantasy Society is twenty-five years old this year. Both the British Fantasy Newsletter and its sister journal, Dark Horizons, have served as a bastion for fantasy and horror fandom in the UK. In 1975, the BFS held its first convention, Fantasycon, and before that started the British Fantasy Award, a suggestion from president Ramsey Campbell. The society continues to publish a remarkable series of publications including numbered chapbooks by William Hope Hodgson, Michael Moorcock, Ramsey Campbell, Peter Tremayne, August Derleth and M.R. James. Magzines include Winter Chills, now named Chills, and Mystique, Tales Of Wonder. Both these magazines are independent publications but linked to the BFS. Paperback titles include Clive Barker, Mythmaker for The Millennium written by Suzanne J. Barbieri and Annabel Says, a modern ghost story by Simon Clark and Stephen Laws.

Annual membership to the British Fantasy Society is 17.00 (UK), 20.00 (Europe), $35.00 (USA) and 25.00 (elsewhere) to

The BFS Secretary,
c/o 2 Harwood Street,
Stockport SK4 1JJ, UK

Listed here are the winners along with the nomines for all categories but that for nominees for the British Fantasy Special Award (The Karl Edward Wagner Award) They are not announced in advance. The Awards were announced at the World Fantasy Convention awards banquet at The International Hotel, Marsh Wall, London, England on Sunday, November 2, 1997.

The Karl Edward Wagner Award
Jo Fletcher

Best Novel (The August Derleth Fantasy Award)
The Tooth Fairy by Graham Joyce (Signet)
Excession by Iain Banks (Orbit/Bantam Spectra)
Sacrament by Clive Barker (HarperCollins)
Scenting Hallowed Blood by Storm Constantine (Signet)
Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb (Bantam Spectra/Orbit)
Hogfather by Terry Pratchett (Victor Gollancz)
Spares by Michael Marshall Smith (HarperCollins/Bantam)
The Hellfire Club by Peter Straub (Random House/HarperCollins)

Best Short Story
Dancing About Architecture by Martin Simpson (The 3rd Alternative, Winter 1996/97)
The Red Tower by Thomas Ligotti (The Nightmare Factory, Raven Books/Carroll & Graf)
Teatro Grottesco by Thomas Ligotti (The Nightmare Factory, Raven Books/Carroll & Graf)
Citizen Ed by Kim Newman and Eugene Byrne (Interzone 113, November 1996)
The Bull Leapers by Justina Robson (Visionary Tongue 4)
Foreign Bodies by Michael Marshall Smith (Lethal Kisses, Millennium)
Hell Hath Enlarged Herself by Michael Marshall Smith (Dark Terrors 2, Victor Gollancz)
Scars by Jack Wainer (Grue Magazine 18, Summer/Fall 1996)

Best Anthology/Collection
The Nightmare Factory by Thomas Ligotti (Raven Books/Carroll & Graf)
Blood Waters by Chaz Brenchley (Flambard Press)
The Sandman Book of Dreams edited by Neil Gaiman and Edward E. Kramer (HarperPrism/HarperCollins)
The Masterpieces of Shirley Jackson by Shirley Jackson (Raven Books/Carroll & Graf)
The Best New Horror Volume Seven edited by Stephen Jones (Raven Books/Carroll & Graf)
Dark Terrors 2: The Gollancz Book of Horror edited by Stephen Jones and David Sutton (Victor Gollancz)

Best Artist
Jim Burns
Les Edwards
Madeleine Finnegan (for Peeping Tom)
Dave McKean
Jim Pitts
J.K. Potter
Ruby (for Visionary Tongue)

Best Small Press
H.P. Lovecraft: A Life by S.T. Joshi (Necronomicon Press)
Broadsword edited by Nancy Sparling
Cemetery Dance edited by Richard T. Chizmar
Ghosts and Scholars edited by Rosemary Pardoe
Peeping Tom edited by Stuart Hughes
The 3rd Alternative, Issue 11, Winter 96/97 edited by Andy Cox
Visionary Tongue, Summer 1996 edited by Eloise Coquio


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