Prix Imaginales Nominations

The nominees for the Prix Imaginales have been announced. The Prix Imaginales is presented at the Imaginales festival in Epinal, France and are a juried award.

French Novel

  • Le Bâtard de Kosigan, by Fabien Cerutti
  • Les Arpenteurs – Gonelore t.01, by Pierre Grimbert
  • Même pas mort – Rois du monde t.01, by Jean-Philippe Jaworski
  • Mordred, by Justine Niogret
  • La Voie de la colère – Le Livre et l’Épée t.01, by Antoine Rouaud

Foreign Translations

  • Servir froid, by Joe Abercrombie
  • Le Chevalier rouge – Renégat t.01, by Miles Cameron
  • La Voie du dragon – La Dague et la fortune t.01, by Daniel Hanover
  • Qui a peur de la mort?, by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Immortel , by Catherynne M. Valente

Young Adult

  • De l’autre côté de la nuit – Les Enfants d’Evernight t.01, by Mel Anodryss
  • Animale : La Malédiction de Boucle d’or, by Victor Dixen
  • Échangée – Trylle t.01, by Amanda Hocking
  • Grandclapier : un roman de l’ancien temps, by Joann Sfar
  • es Outrepasseurs – Les Héritiers t.01, by Cindy van Wilder


  • Noëmie Chevalier for the cover of Arcadia , by Fabrice Colin
  • Joey Hifi for the cover of Qui a peur de la mort ?, by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Pedro Marques for the cover of Osama, by Lavie Tidhar
  • Joann Sfar for Grandclapier : un roman de l’ancien temps

Short Stories

  • “Boussole,” by Samantha Bailly
  • “Sorcerêve,” by Julien D’Hem
  • “Un conte de loups,” by Sophie Dabat
  • “Un jeune homme de mauvaise vie,” by Ellen Kushner
  • “Quand Jésus descend par la cheminée,” by Ian Watson

Special Jury Award

  • L’Encyclopédie du Hobbit , edited by Damien Bador, Coralie Potot, Vivien Stocker, and Dominique Vigot
  • Les Portes d’or – Oghams t.02, by Krystal Camprubi
  • Steampunk : de vapeur et d’acier, by Didier Graffet and Xavier Maumejean
  • Mythologica
  • Éditions du Somnium

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Obituary: Mary Stewart

Author Mary Stewart (b.1916) died on May 10. Stewart was best known for her Arthurian fantasies, such as The Crystal Cave and The Last Enchantment, but also wrote many other novels, including children’s books. Her novel The Moon-Spinners was made into a film by Disney.

Spectrum Winners

The gold and silver medal winners for this year’s Spectrum Awards were announced at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live, held in Kansas City, MO the weekend of May 9-11.

  • Gold Advertising: “The Criterion Collection Lord of the Flies,” by Kent Williams
  • Silver Advertising: “A Tiger Beer Chinese New Year,” by Victo Ngai
  • Gold Books: The End of the Road, by Nicolas Delort
  • Silver Book: Little Sambha and the Tiger with the Beautiful Purple Shoes with Crimson Soles, by Scott Gustafson
  • Gold Comics: The Red Door, by Thomas Campi
  • Silver Comics: Seasons, page 1, by Mark A. Nelson
  • Gold Concept Art: “Refugees,” by Theo Prins
  • Silver Concept Art: “John Carter Punches a Thark,” by Vance Kovacs
  • Gold Dimensional: “Vertical Man-Tank, 1892,” by The Shiflett Bros.
  • Silver Dimensional: “Hot Diggety Dog,” by Colin & Kristine Poole
  • Gold Editorial: “The Insects of Love,” by Tran Nguyen
  • Silver Editorial: “Hair Tree,” by Yuko Shimizu
  • Gold Institutional: “Shared Eyewear,” by Bill Carman
  • Silver Institutional: “Blacksea,” by Justin Sweet
  • Gold Unpublished: “The Long Walk Home,” by Omar Rayyan
  • Silver Unpublished: “Riding Horse on the Freezing Day,” by Yukari Masuike
  • Grand Master Award: Iain McCaig

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Obituary: H. R. Giger

Swiss artist H. R. Giger (b.1940) died on May 12. Giger was a surrealist painter, sculptor, and set designer, perhaps best known for his design of the creature from Alien. Known for a dark, Gothic style, he published the books Necronomicon and Necronomicon II and had his work appear in Omni and many other places. He was hired by Alejandro Jodorowsky to help with the design of Jodorowsky’s failed effort to bring Dune to the screen. There is a museum devoted to Giger’s works in Gruyères and he was elected to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2013.

Obituary: Patrick Woodroffe

British artist Patrick Woodroffe (b.1940) died on May 12. Woodroffe painted nearly 100 covers for Corgi between 1973 and 1976. He collaborated with David Greenslade of The Pentateuch, a joint book and recording project which was displayed at the 1979 Worldcon in Brighton and went on to create numerous record covers.

IPAF Winner

The International Prize for Arabic Fiction was award on April 29 to Iraqi author Ahmed Saadawi for his novel Frankenstein in Baghdad. The prize, now in its ninth year, carried an award equal to $50,000. The prize is also expected to spur sales of the novel.

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Obituary: Leslie Carlson

Actor Leslie Carlson (b.1933) died on May 3. Carlson appeared in the remake of The Fly, The Neptune Factor, and episodes of The Twilight Zone, The X-Files, and Highlander. He was nominated for a genie award for his role in Videodrome.

Stoker Winners

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) announced the winners of the 2013 Bram Stoker Award at the World Horror Convention in Portland, OR on May 10, 2014.

  • Superior Achievement in a Novel: Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King
  • Superior Achievement in a First Novel: The Evolutionist, by Rena Mason
  • Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel: Dog Days, by Joe McKinney
  • Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel: Alabaster: Wolves, by Caitlin R. Kiernan
  • Superior Achievement in Long Fiction: “The Great Pity,” by Gary Braunbeck
  • Superior Achievement in Short Fiction: “Night Train to Paris,” by David Gerrold
  • Superior Achievement in a Screenplay: The Walking Dead: “Welcome to the Tombs,” by Glen Mazzara
  • Superior Achievement in an Anthology: After Death…, edited by Eric J. Guignard
  • Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection: The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All and Other Stories, by Laird Barron
  • Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction: Nolan on Bradbury: Sixty Years of Writing about the Master of Science Fiction, by William F. Nolan
  • Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection: Four Elements, by Marge Simon, Rain Graves, Charlee Jacob, and Linda Addison
  • Lifetime Achievement Awards: R. L Stine and Stephen Jones
  • Specialty Press Award: Gray Friar Press
  • Richard Laymon President’s Award: J.G. Faherty
  • The Silver Hammer Award: Norman Rubenstein

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Obituary: Nancy Malone

Actress and director Nancy Malone (b.1935) died on May 8. Malone appeared in The Twilight Zone, Capricorn One, The Bionic Woman, and The Outer Limits. She later went on to direct episodes of Star Trek: Voyager. She was also the co-founder of organization Women in Film.

Shirley Jackson Award Nominations

The Shirley Jackson Awards were established to recognize outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic. The winners will be announced on July 13 at Readercon 25 in Burlington, Massachusetts.


  • The Accursed, by Joyce Carol Oates
  • American Elsewhere, by Robert Jackson Bennett
  • The Demonologist, by Andrew Pyper
  • The Ghost Bride, by Yangsze Choo
  • Night Film, by Marisha Pessl
  • Wild Fell, by Michael Rowe


  • Burning Girls, by Veronica Schanoes
  • Children of No One, by Nicole Cushing
  • Helen’s Story, by Rosanne Rabinowitz
  • It Sustains, by Mark Morris
  • “The Gateway,” by Nina Allan
  • The Last Revelation of Gla’aki, by Ramsey Campbell
  • Whom the Gods Would Destroy, by Brian Hodge


  • “Cry Murder! In a Small Voice,” by Greer Gilman
  • “A Little of the Night,” by Tanith Lee
  • “My Heart is Either Broken,” by Megan Abbott
  • “Phosphorus,” by Veronica Schanoes
  • “Raptors,” by Conrad Williams

Short Fiction:

  • “57 Reasons for the Slate Quarry Suicides,” by Sam J. Miller
  • “Furnace,” by Livia Llewellyn
  • “The Memory Book,” by Maureen McHugh
  • “The Statue in the Garden,” by Paul Park
  • “That Tiny Flutter of the Heart,” by Robert Shearman
  • “The Traditional,” by Maria Dahvana Headley

Single-Author Collection:

  • Before and Afterlives, by Christopher Barzak
  • Everything You Need, by Michael Marshall Smith
  • In Search Of and Others, by Will Lundwigsen
  • North American Lake Monsters, by Nathan Ballingrud
  • The Story Until Now, by Kit Reed

Edited Anthology:

  • The Book of the Dead, edited by Jared Shurin
  • End of the Road, edited by Jonathan Oliver
  • Grimscribe’s Puppets, edited by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.
  • Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy, edited by Ellen Datlow
  • Where thy Dark Eye Glances: Queering Edgar Allan Poe, edited by Steve Berman

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