Nov 2 2008 11:14pm

World Fantasy Awards Winners!

The winners of the 2008 World Fantasy Awards have been announced at the World Fantasy Convention, which took place in Calgary, Alberta, Canada this year. The winners are as follow:

Life Achievement
Leo & Diane Dillon
Patricia McKillip

Ysabel Guy Gavriel Kay [Viking Canada/Penguin Roc]

Illyria Elizabeth Hand [PS Publishing]

Short Story
“Singing of Mount Abora” Theodora Goss [Logorrhea, Bantam Spectra]

Inferno: New Tales of Terror and the Supernatural Ellen Datlow, Editor [Tor]

Tiny Deaths Robert Shearman [Comma Press]

Edward Miller

Special Award—Professional
Peter Crowther for PS Publishing

Special Award—Non-professional
Midori Snyder and Terri Windling for Endicott Studios Website

Congratulations to all the winners! For a full list of nominees, check out

Irene Gallo
1. Irene
The reason I'm at Tor is because I discovered Harlan Ellison in the 7th grade through the Leo and Diane Dillon covers. At that point, I never thought to look up the artist's names...I just kept searching used bookstores for the "cool looking" editions.

It seems to be their year. They also won a Life Time Achievement award for their children's book work from the Society of Illustrator's "Original Art Show."
Joe Sherry
2. jsherry
I think Emma Bull's book should have edged out Ysabel, but I really can't argue with Ybasel winning the award.

The real surprise I have is Tiny Deaths. It's a good, fun collection to read but I just can't believe it beat both Lucius Shepard and Ellen Klages (my pick) here. It wasn't that good.

The one winner I have a problem with is "Singing of Mount Abora". Daniel Abraham's story was head and shoulders above the pack with Kij Johnson a strong second. I don't get this one.
eric orchard
3. orchard
Hurray for Leo and Diane Dillon! They are such heroes of mine and really deserve this. I have to say I am pleased to see Kay win as well, wonderful book though it is a hard choice between him and Bull.
Jo Walton
4. bluejo
JSherry: I adored "Singing of Mount Abora" and I'm thrilled it won.
Joe Sherry
5. jsherry
bluejo: Someone had to. :)

That's what's so cool about award lists like this, I get exposed to all sorts of stuff I never would have and someone of it I really like. I'm ready to find more from some of these authors, and others, I realize are just not to my taste.

You don't like horror fiction and I do like some of that cross-genre. You adored the Goss story and I could have done without it. I read it twice. It didn't get any better for me.

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