WFA Discontinues Lovecraft Pin

Only days after releasing images of the revised World Fantasy Award and stating that they would continue to give out the Lovecraft bust on pins to the nominees, the World Fantasy Awards Committee has announced that “The Board of the World Fantasy Convention has instructed the World Fantasy Award Administration to retire the Gahan Wilson HPL design including the nomination pins.” Presumably a new nominee pin will be designed.

Joshi Returns Awards

In response to the announcement that the World Fantasy Award would be retiring the bust of H.P. Lovecraft that it has been using, scholar and World Fantasy Award winner S. T. Joshi has announced that he will be returning his two awards, declining any future nominations, and refusing to attend any future World Fantasy Conventions. Joshi won the World Fantasy Award in the Special-Professional category in 2005 for scholarship and the Special-Non-Professional category in 2013 for Unutterable Horror: A History of Supernatural Fiction, Volumes 1 & 2. He has been nominated three additional times.

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World Fantasy Awards

The World Fantasy Awards were presented on November 8 at World Fantasy Con in Saratoga Springs, NY. This year’s judges included Gemma Files, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Bénédicte Lombardo, Bruce McAllister, and Robert Shearman. At the ceremony, David Hartwell announced the decision to discontinue the Gahan Wilson designed bust of H. P. Lovecraft in future years.

  • Novel: The Bone Clocks, by David Mitchell
  • Novella: We Are All Completely Fine, by Daryl Gregory
  • Short Fiction: Do You Like to Look at Monsters?, by Scott Nicolay
  • Anthology: Monstrous Affections, edited by Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant
  • Collection (tie): Gifts for the One Who Comes After, by Helen Marshall; The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings, by Angela Slatter
  • Artist: Samuel Araya
  • Special Award – Professional: Sandra Kasturi & Brett Alexander Savory, for ChiZine Publications
  • Special Award – Nonprofessional: Ray B. Russell & Rosalie Parker, for Tartarus Press
  • Life Achievement Winners: Ramsey Campbell, Sheri S. Tepper

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Cthulhu Meets the Headless Horseman

David Neilsen, an actor/storyteller, will debut his one-man show based on H. P. Lovecraft’s “Call of Cthulhu” at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery on March 15. The show will start at 7:00pm and run for approximately one hour at the Washington Irving Memorial Chapel. Tickets cost $12, with the proceeds to go to the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Historic Fund.

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Lovecraft Square

The city of Providence has renamed the intersection of Prospect and Angell Streets “H. P. Lovecraft Square” in honor of the local author who created the Cthulhu mythos. Lovecraft lived on Angell Street, as well as on Prospect Street, for a time. The square is located one block away from his home on Prospect.

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Lovecraft in San Diego

Danger House is presenting a double bill featuring the play The Foot of the Mummy and H. P. Lovecraft’s The Festival. The plays are running through February 19 at Technomania Circus in San Diego. Tickets are 410 and the plays begin at 8:00.

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