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"Mystery Knight" Vies for Howie

Dunk and Egg are contending in another tourney. The third of my Dunk & Egg novellas, "The Mystery Knight," has been announced as a finalist for this year's World Fantasy Award.

Here's the full list of this year's nominees:

BEST NOVEL
* Zoo City, Lauren Beukes (Jacana South Africa; Angry Robot)
* The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
* The Silent Land, Graham Joyce (Gollancz; Doubleday)
* Under Heaven, Guy Gavriel Kay (Viking Canada; Roc; Harper Voyager UK)
* Redemption In Indigo, Karen Lord (Small Beer)
* Who Fears Death, Nnedi Okorafor (DAW)

BEST NOVELLA
* Bone and Jewel Creatures, Elizabeth Bear (Subterranean)
* The Broken Man, Michael Byers (PS)
* “The Maiden Flight of McCauley’s Bellerophon”, Elizabeth Hand (Stories: All-New Tales)
* The Thief of Broken Toys, Tim Lebbon (ChiZine Publications)
* “The Mystery Knight”, George R.R. Martin (Warriors)
* “The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window”, Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Summer 2010)

BEST SHORT FICTION
* “Beautiful Men” , Christopher Fowler (Visitants: Stories of Fallen Angels and Heavenly Hosts)
* “Booth’s Ghost”, Karen Joy Fowler (What I Didn’t See and Other Stories)
* “Ponies”, Kij Johnson (Tor.com 11/17/10)
* “Fossil-Figures”, Joyce Carol Oates (Stories: All-New Tales)
* “Tu Sufrimiento Shall Protect Us”, Mercurio D. Rivera (Black Static 8-9/10)

BEST ANTHOLOGY
* The Way of the Wizard, John Joseph Adams, ed. (Prime)
* My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me, Kate Bernheimer, ed. (Penguin)
* Haunted Legends, Ellen Datlow & Nick Mamatas, eds. (Tor)
* Stories: All-New Tales, Neil Gaiman & Al Sarrantonio, eds. (Morrow; Headline Review)
* Black Wings: New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror, S.T. Joshi, ed. (PS)
* Swords & Dark Magic, Jonathan Strahan & Lou Anders, eds. (Eos)

BEST COLLECTION
* What I Didn’t See and Other Stories, Karen Joy Fowler (Small Beer)
* The Ammonite Violin & Others, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Subterranean)
* Holiday, M. Rickert (Golden Gryphon)
* Sourdough and Other Stories, Angela Slatter (Tartarus)
* The Third Bear, Jeff VanderMeer (Tachyon)

BEST ARTIST
* Vincent Chong
* Kinuko Y. Craft
* Richard A. Kirk
* John Picacio
* Shaun Tan

SPECIAL AWARD, PROFESSIONAL
* John Joseph Adams, for editing and anthologies
* Lou Anders, for editing at Pyr
* Marc Gascoigne, for Angry Robot
* Stéphane Marsan & Alain Névant, for Bragelonne
* Brett Alexander Savory & Sandra Kasturi, for ChiZine Publications

SPECIAL AWARD, NON-PROFESSIONAL
* Stephen Jones, Michael Marshall Smith, & Amanda Foubister, for Brighton Shock!: The Souvenir Book Of The World Horror Convention 2010
* Alisa Krasnostein, for Twelfth Planet Press
* Matthew Kressel, for Sybil’s Garage and Senses Five Press
* Charles Tan, for Bibliophile Stalker
* Lavie Tidhar, for The World SF Blog

The winners will be announced Halloween weekend at the World Fantasy Convention in San Diego, California. The award is a wonderfully gloomy bust of H.P. Lovecraft sculpted by Gahan Wilson.



I have one Howie on my awards shelf already, a best novella award for my werewolf story "The Skin Trade," published lo these many years ago when the world was young... but he has a lonely look about him, and 'twould be nice to have another. Hey, it's always nice to get a little head. Not that I'm expecting to win. Unlike the Hugo and the Nebula, the World Fantasy Award is juried, so one never knows how it's going to turn out.

"The Mystery Knight" was published in WARRIORS, the big crossgenre anthology I edited with Gardner Dozois. If you'd like to check it out, paperback copies are available from Amazon and other on-line bookshops.

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parrismcb
Aug. 7th, 2011 11:43 am (UTC)
took me along time to get used to it
although the sculpture was created by Gahan Wilson - yes, that wonderful, creepy Gahan Wilson - when George brought it home, I put a brown paper sack over it for a few months.

But it is a sculpture by Gahan Wilson, so, eventually, the bag came off.

As George said, this is a juried award, so who knows how this particular jury will vote.

But I got plenty of brown paper sacks if needed.
dajamieson
Aug. 7th, 2011 04:50 am (UTC)
Zoo City for best novel.*nods*
infinite_hiatus
Aug. 7th, 2011 07:59 am (UTC)
Any plans to ever gather the Dunk and Egg novellas into one anthology?
wellinghall
Aug. 7th, 2011 08:23 am (UTC)
Ooh, I'd like to see that.
parrismcb
Aug. 7th, 2011 11:45 am (UTC)
Collected Dunk & Egg stories?
Yes. In a couple of years, Bantam will do a collection of the existing D&E stories.
wellinghall
Aug. 7th, 2011 08:23 am (UTC)
Good luck for that!
Benjamin Hll
Aug. 7th, 2011 10:27 am (UTC)
Reprint of the graphic novel
Any chance of the reprint for the first novella/graphic novel The Hedge Knight. I cant find it anywhere(except on ebay for a small fortune) Or maybe releasing the novellas on the digital bookstores? It's hard trying to find all this :)
sevensent
Aug. 7th, 2011 11:52 am (UTC)
Plus there is that little tie-in with a certain character. I won't say his name but it rhymes with flood-haven
just_jenni
Aug. 7th, 2011 12:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this list. I'll definitely have to check out 'The Mystery Knight' once I've finished 'Dance'.
jcdrainville
Aug. 7th, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)
Best of luck winning a new head! ;)
Jessica Janssens
Aug. 9th, 2011 07:36 pm (UTC)
Will "The Mystery Knight" also get a graphic novel someday?
lm_7_9
Apr. 6th, 2013 04:59 pm (UTC)
Daemon II Blackfyre
I have one question about Daemon's fate...Was Daemon a part of the people/prisoners who followed Maester Aemon to the wall when Aegon sent Bloodraven and others with him?
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