My previous Real-Time Reviews of British Fantasy Award 2014 nominees


Dogs With Their Eyes Shut, Paul Meloy (PS Publishing)

Spin, Nina Allan (TTA Press)

Vivian Guppy and the Brighton Belle, Nina Allan (Rustblind and Silverbright)

Whitstable, Stephen Volk (Spectral Press)

Death Walks En Pointe, Thana Niveau (The Burning Circus)

Signs of the Times, Carole Johnstone (Black Static #33)

North American Lake Monsters, Nathan Ballingrud (Small Beer Press)

Rustblind and Silverbright, David Rix (ed.) (Eibonvale Press)

Black Static, Andy Cox (ed.) (TTA Press)

Interzone, Andy Cox (ed.) (TTA Press)

Total list of nominees HERE.

It just proves to me how few I have read among the nominees! Probably why I never feel able to vote.

I would have thought the Colin Insole and Christopher Harman collections might have been included. But there are many other books I would have included in the various categories, and, as I say, I feel I have not read enough to make any choice meaningful. For example, a student of Weird Fiction in any year should have read the Zagava/Ex Occidente canon. And likewise, I myself have no doubt missed out on other large canons of stuff that should be considered for award.

My own 2013 collection (‘A Dead Monument To Once Ancient Hope’ – “…as much a ‘D.F. Lewis’ collection as it is an Ex Occidente Press homage to an European icon.”), and my 2013  edited anthology (‘Horror Without Victims’ – “… this is among the strongest anthologies published in 2013 and confirms Lewis’ standing as one of the most innovative editors currently working in the field of fantastic literature.” – Black Static review), and my Small Press Organization (Megazanthus Press) should have been nominated – well, of course!

Seriously, I am very grateful and proud that my ‘gestalt real-time reviewing’ itself has been nominated. Thanks so much. And congratulations to all nominees. And thanks to the British Fantasy Awards administrator for his hard work.

Today’s skyline — I have never before seen the North Sea with such a blue colour since I moved to this coast nearly 20 years ago:
More of my skylines, trees, rocks and items of ‘found art’ on my main blog if you scroll gradually through it.

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