Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Databases of some horror and fantasy literary awards, and some related sources of background information


And while awards can be problematic at the best of times...

Along with the 
there are, or have been: 

The International Fantasy Awards (given to fantasy, sf and horror, and related nonfiction for several years in the 1950s)

Balrog Award --fantasy, horror and a bit of sf

The World Fantasy Award--fantasy and horror

The Horror Writers Association's Bram Stoker Award for horror (and a bit of suspense fiction from time to time)

The British Fantasy Award--fantasy and horror

The LOCUS Awards, given by polls in LOCUS magazine, for sf, fantasy and horror

The Hugo Award, from the Worldcon, originally the SF Achievement Awards, have been given on occasion to fantasy and horror fiction, most notably in early years to Robert Bloch's "That Hell-Bound Train" and Fritz Leiber's "Gonna Roll the Bones"

The Retro Hugos have also been awarded to notable horror work, such as Leiber's Conjure Wife (and a few of the films which have won)

Likewise, the SFWA Nebula Awards have been awarded to inarguable fantasy with horror overtones at least as early on as Fritz Leiber's "Gonna Roll the Bones" (1968) and "Ill Met in Lankhmar" (1971). The former Science Fiction Writers of America has for some years been the SF and Fantasy Writers of America.

Splatterpunk Award (for "extreme"/graphic horror and suspense fiction)

Mythopoeic Awards--primarily for epic and mythic fantasy, particularly that in the tradition of the Inklings, but since Charles Williams even more than Tolkien or C. S. Lewis could lean into the darker sorts of fantasy, some crossover interest applies

The Ann Radcliffe Awards--given by the Count Dracula Society, to literature as well as a/v work, which became the film/tv-oriented Saturn Awards after the organization changed names as well. 
Fritz Leiber received a latter-day award in 1974, I believe, for his Conjure Wife (1943), and Ray Bradbury and A. E. van Vogt also won. 
https://insroland.org/2009/07/07/countdrac/ (an article by puppeteer/animator Bob Clampett's son, Robert Clampett)

The Otherwise Award, formerly the Tiptree Award, for sf and fantasy dealing with concepts of gender:

The Lambda Awards, for LGBTQ+ fantastic and other fiction:


A quick take on some of the best of the year annuals in short horror fiction (two, at least, continue, Ellen Datlow's and Stephen Jones's, and they both feature excellent reportage in each volume on the past year in literary and other narrative horror) and the quartet of novels I recommend to those wanting to get a sense of the range of horror and suspense fiction. (The comments on the post are useful, as well.)

THE YEAR'S BEST HORROR STORIES annual, edited by Richard Davis, Gerald W. Page and Karl Edward Wagner, from DAW Books, Sphere Books and Orbit Books, 1971-1994

A complete index of the first best of the year annual devoted to short horror fiction, which had a good long run in the US edition, and several volumes in the UK. 

My Hallowe'en and beyond: Early Key Horror Anthologies (for me)

How I came to love horror fiction and the adjoining fields...good to brilliant anthologies, among other work!

 Supernatural Fiction Writers: Contemporary Fantasy and Horror (Scribner's/Gale) is a useful 2-volume survey, published as the 2nd Edition in 2002, and featuring essentially all new content distinct from the first edition; the second is edited by Richard Bleiler, the first (1985) by his father Everett Bleiler, both librarians and otherwise deeply engaged in the fields of supernatural literature. (I wrote the survey essay on Joyce Carol Oates and, peripherally and too briefly, Kate Wilhelm, in the newer edition; I believe E. Bleiler wrote the Oates essay in the first.) Used copies online are going for reasonable prices, if your library doesn't have one. New copies still a bit dear. And a number of the folks below have written little horror so much as other kinds of fantasy, but most have done notable work in horror among other forms (essay subjects first, essay authors follow): 

Volume 1 Introductionp. xi
List of Contributorsp. xvii
Peter Ackroyd Paul Kincaidp. 1
Robert Aickman John Clutep. 9
Joan Aiken John Clutep. 21
Poul Anderson Ed McKnightp. 33
Piers Anthony Solomon Davidoffp. 45
Paul Auster Paul Kincaidp. 53
Clive Barker K. A. Laityp. 61
Peter Beagle Darrell Schweitzerp. 71
Michael Bishop Paul Di Filippop. 79
James P. Blaylock Mark Wingenfeldp. 89
Robert Bloch Stefan Dziemianowiczp. 99
Ray Bradbury Willis McNellyp. 115
Scott Bradfield Claude Lalumierep. 123
Marion Zimmer Bradley Paula Johansonp. 129
Poppy Z. Brite Brian Stablefordp. 147
Terry Brooks Nick Andreychukp. 153
Steven Brust Patricia Broganp. 161
Pat Cadigan Don Riggsp. 169
Ramsey Campbell K. A. Laityp. 177
Orson Scott Card Gary Westfahlp. 189
Jonathan Carroll Brian Stablefordp. 201
Angela Carter Gina Wiskerp. 209
Nancy Collins Monica J. O'Rourkep. 221
Storm Constantine Christopher Treagusp. 227
Glen Cook Gary Westfahlp. 233
Susan Cooper  Elizabeth Handp. 239
John Crowley Elizabeth Handp. 245
Avram Davidson Henry Wessellsp. 253
Charles de Lint Christine Mainsp. 267
Samuel R. Delany Brian Stablefordp. 277
Paul di Filippo Claude Lalumierep. 285
Thomas M. Disch Darrell Schweitzerp. 293
Stephen R. Donaldson Walter E. Meyersp. 299
Tananarive Due Mary Anne Mohanrajp. 309
Dave Duncan Martin Morse Woosterp. 315
David Eddings John D. Teehanp. 323
Harlan Ellison Gary K. Wolfep. 331
Steve Erickson Paul Kincaidp. 341
Dennis Etchison Fiona Kelleghanp. 347
Raymond Elias Feist Scott D. Vander Ploegp. 355
Esther M. Friesner Gary Westfahlp. 361
Neil Gaiman Gary K. Wolfep. 369
Alan Garner Brian Atteberyp. 377
Ray Garton Michael T. Huyck, Jr.p. 385
Charles L. Grant  T. Liam McDonaldp. 391
Alasdair Gray Jeff VanderMeerp. 403
Elizabeth Hand Cherie Weinp. 413
M. John Harrison Elizabeth Handp. 419
Mark Helprin Maureen Spellerp. 427
Russell Hoban Brian Stablefordp. 435
Robert Holdstock David Langfordp. 445
Tom Holt Ian Nicholsp. 455
Barry Hughart Jeff VanderMeerp. 461
Rhys Henry Hughes E. F. Bleilerp. 467
Robert Irwin Brian Stablefordp. 473
Shirley Jackson Jack Sullivanp. 479
Diana Wynne Jones Helen H. Thompsonp. 485
Robert Jordan Neal Bakerp. 493
Graham Joyce Brian Stablefordp. 503
Volume 2 
Guy Gavriel Kay Christine Mains
p. 509
Jack Ketchum Fiona Kelleghanp. 517
Stephen King Richard Bleilerp. 525
Kathe Koja Steffen Hantkep. 541
Dean Koontz Greg Beattyp. 551
William Kotzwinkle Bud Websterp. 561
Nancy Kress Maureen Spellerp. 569
Katherine Kurtz Kelly A. O'Connor-Salomonp. 575
Mercedes Lackey Justin Gustainisp. 585
R. A. Lafferty Chris Morganp. 593
Joe R. Lansdale Stefan Dziemianowiczp. 603
Ursula K. Le Guin Elizabeth Cumminsp. 613
Tanith Lee Jessica Reismanp. 633
Fritz Leiber Brian Stablefordp. 643
Thomas Ligotti Darrell Schweitzerp. 653
Bentley Little Keith Neilsonp. 659
George R. R. Martin E. C. McMullen Jr.p. 667
Richard Matheson Keith Neilsonp. 673
William Mayne John Clutep. 685
Anne McCaffrey David Langfordp. 693
Robert McCammon Richard Bleiler and Hunter Goatleyp. 705
Ian McEwan Jack Slay, Jr.p. 715
Patrick McGrath Jay McRoyp. 723
Patricia A. McKillip Jessica Reismanp. 729
Michael Moorcock Rhys Hughesp. 737
James Morrow Brian Stablefordp. 749
Kim Newman Claude Lalumierep. 757
Andre Norton Charlene Brussop. 767
Joyce Carol Oates (and, briefly, Kate Wilhelm) Todd Masonp. 775
Tim Powers Ian Nicholsp. 785
Terry Pratchett David Langfordp. 791
Katherine Ptacek Richard Bleilerp. 803
Philip Pullman Andrew Butlerp. 809
Anne Rice Christopher Treagusp. 817
J. K. Rowling Brian Stablefordp. 825
David J. Schow Darrell Schweitzerp. 833
Michael Shea Brian Stablefordp. 839
Lucius Shepard Graham Sleightp. 845
John Shirley Jeff Prickmanp. 855
Robert Silverberg Arthur Hlavatyp. 863
Dan Simmons  Greg Beattyp. 875
S. P. Somtow Gary Westfahlp. 883
Brian Stableford David Langfordp. 891
Peter Straub John Clutep. 903
Thomas Burnett Swann John Clutep. 915
Lisa Tuttle Janice M. Bogstadp. 923
Sydney J. Van Scyoc Janice M. Bogstadp. 929
Jack Vance Thomas Marcinkop. 935
Jeff VanderMeer Ian Nicholsp. 945
Howard Waldrop  John Clutep. 951
Nancy Willard  Brian Stablefordp. 959
Chet Williamson T. Liam McDonaldp. 967
F. Paul Wilson Justin Gustainisp. 973
Gene Wolfe Robert Borskip. 981
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro Janice M. Bogstadp. 993
Jane Yolen Gary K. Wolfep. 1003
Roger Zelazny Jane Lindskoldp. 1011
Indexp. 1025

Further suggestions to follow! Reading LOCUS, MYSTERY SCENE, such online magazines as NIGHTMARE and SUBTERRANEAN, and other news sources/surveys of the field will also help...my weekly roundup of reviews and other texts always has some strong horror-related content.

Saturday, September 26, 2020

FRIDAY'S "FORGOTTEN" BOOKS AND MORE: the links to reviews and related texts: 25 September 2020

This week's books and more, unfairly (or sometimes fairly) neglected, or simply those the reviewers below think you might find of some interest (or, infrequently, you should be warned away from); certainly, most weeks we have a few not at all forgotten titles...if I've missed your review or someone else's, please let me know in comments.

Mark Baker: The Overlook by Michael Connelly

Paul Barnett/"John Grant": When It Grows Dark by Jorn Lier Horst (translated by Anne Bruce)

Brad Bigelow: 10 out of print 1956 novels (and 11 more still in print) for the #1956Club

Les Blatt: The Girl in the Cellar by Patricia Wentworth; The Adventures of Dagobert Trostler, Vienna's Sherlock Holmes by "Balduin Groller" (Adalbert Goldscheider) (translated by ?)

Elgin Bleecker: Tabloid City by Pete Hamill

Joachim Boaz: Doctor to the Stars by "Murray Leinster" (Will F. Jenkins)

Ben Boulden: Tears are for Angels by Paul Connelly; The Living End by Frank Kane; Stool Pigeon by Louis Malley

Randal S. Brandt/J. Kingston Pierce: It Takes a Thief by David Dodge

Brian Busby: Every Man for Himself by Hopkins Moorhouse

Steve Cavanaugh and Luca Veste: Lisa Hall

Douglas Cohen: Realms of Fantasy, April 1996, edited by Shawna McCarthy

Alan Cranus: A Net of Good and Evil by Michael Scott Cain

Samuel Delany: Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora and Dark Matter: Reading the Bones, edited by Sheree Renée Thomas (please see text at the end of this post)

Liz Dexter: Exchange by Paul Magrs; Growing Up by Angela Thirkell

Martin Edwards: Crime at Guilford by Freeman Wills Crofts; Unusual Suspects by Joseph Goodman; 10 "Golden Age" Detective Novelists Worthy of Rediscovery

Peter Enfantino and Jack Seabrook: Batman in DC Comics, November 1980

Will Errickson: Vampire Junction by S. P. Somtow (aka Somtow Sucharitkul)

José Ignacio Escribano: The Starvel Hollow Tragedy by Freeman Wills Crofts

Curtis Evans: Dark Tales by Shirley Jackson

"Olman Feelyus": A New Kind of War by Anthony Price

Elizabeth Foxwell: Peter Igelström on hard-boiled detectives and libraries

Paul Fraser: New Worlds SF, November 1965, edited by Michael Moorcock and Langdon Jones

Cullen Gallagher: Eldorado Red by Donald Goines; Death Wears a Gardenia by Zelda Popkin

Roxane Gay: Audre Lorde

Aubrey Hamilton: To Kill a Cat (aka Wycliffe and How to Kill a Cat) by W. J. Burley; Vulnerable by Marie Burton

Bev Hankins: Bound to Murder by Dorsey Fiske

James W. Harris: Autobiography of Reading

Rich Horton: A Backwards Glance by Edith Wharton; Castaways' World and The Rites of Ohe by John Brunner

Jerry House: Fee, Fei, Fo, Fum by John Aylesworth

Gabino Iglesias: Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

Ty Johnson: the Hance Shadowspan stories by Andrew J. Offutt

Tracy K: The Beast Must Die by "Nicholas Blake" (C. Day Lewis); "bookshelf traveling"

Colman Keane: Shadows Everywhere by John Lutz; Serenity by Craig A. Hart; A Sight for Sore Eyes by Ruth Rendell; Web of Murder by Harry Whittington; Jack and Mr. Grin by Andersen Prunty

George Kelley: Alien Archives by Robert Silverberg

Joe Kenney: Black Magic by Rochelle T. Larkin; Mafia: Operation Hijack by "Don Romano" (Paul Eiden)

Margot Kinberg: suspense fiction

Kirsten: Blue John Remembers by Clarence Baker Kearfott

Rob Kitchin: The Eye of the Cricket by James Sallis

Karen Langley: One Love Chigusa by Soji Shimada (translated by David Warren)

B. V. Lawson: Gideon's Fire by "J. J. Maric" (John Creasey)

Xavier Lechard: The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie; The Cask by Freeman Wills Crofts: GAD centennial

Des/D. F. Lewis: Year's Best Weird Fiction, Volume Three edited by Simon Stranzas and Michael Kelly

Evan Lewis: the Frederick Nebel Library;"Captain Daring" illustration by Reed Crandall, script by ?Harry Stein, Buccaneers, May 1950, edited by Stein

Steve Lewis: "The Lifeguard Method" by Kieran Shea, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, August 2009, edited by Janet Hutchings; The Paperback Price Guide by Kevin Hancer

Library of America: "The New Englander" by Sherwood Anderson, The Dial, February 1921, edited by Scofield Thayer and James Sibley Watson, Jr. 

Robert Lopresti: "The Cough" by Lynn Chandler Willis, Writers Crushing Covid-19, edited by Lawrence Kelter

Gideon Marcus: Galaxy Science Fiction, October 1965, edited by Frederik Pohl 

Todd Mason: The Year's Best Horror Stories, edited by Richard Davis, Gerald W. Page, and Karl Edward Wagner; 1992 Horror and Fantasy Annuals

Ed McBride: High Priest of California by Charles Willeford

Steven J. McDermott: Passion Isle by "Curt Aldrich" (?William Knoles); Campus Doll by "Edwin West" (Donald E. Westlake);  Campus Tramp by "Andrew Shaw" (Lawrence Block) 

Neeru: Passenger to Nowhere by "Anthony Gilbert" (Lucy B. Malleson)

Stephen Nester: East of A by Russell Atwood

Jess Nevins: The Flying Spaghetti Genre: The Development of Science Fiction

John F. Norris: The Harness is Death by W. Stanley Sykes

John O'Neill: Islands and Journey by Marta Randall

Paperback Warrior: The Dark Brand by H. A. DeRosso; God's Back Was Turned by Harry Whittington; The Net by "Edward Ronns" (Edward Aarons); "In a Small Motel" by John D. MacDonald, Justice, July 1955, edited by Harry Widmer

Matt Paust: A Cloud in My Hand by Erika Byrne-Ludwig

Mildred Perkins: The Silo Trilogy by Hugh Howey

Jordan Prejean: Great Stories from The Twilight Zone, 1983 annual (in place of October 1982); The Twilight Zone Magazine, December 1982, both edited by T. E. D. Klein

James Reasoner: The Quest of the Sacred Slipper by "Sax Rohmer" (Arthur Sarsfield Ward)

Richard Robinson: Settling Scores edited by Martin EdwardsExploring the Horizons edited by Gardner Dozois

Gerard Saylor: Montreal by Helga Loverseed

Steve Scott: "John D. MacDonald: Travis McGee Does His Own Swashbuckling" by Rick Barry, Florida Accent supplement to the Sunday Tampa Tribune, 20 February 1977 (to promote Condominium); "Dear Old Friend" by John D. MacDonald, Playboy, April 1970, edited by Hugh Hefner

Jack Seabrook: "The Twelve-Hour Caper" by Mike Marmer, Cosmopolitan, May 1961, edited by Robert C. Atherton

Kerrie Smith: The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Myerson

Marina Sofia: A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe

Dan Stumpf: The Humming Box by Harry Whittington; Build My Gallows High by Geoffrey Homes

Kari Sund: 5 Hollywood novels: Merton of the Movies by Harry Leon Wilson; Minnie Flynn by Frances Marion; Twinkle, Little Movie Star by Lorraine Maynard;  Remember Valerie March by Katherine Albert; In a Lonely Place by Dorothy B. Hughes

Scott Thompson: Farthing Gate by "Kay Carroll" (Katherine Alexis Charles)

Kevin Tipple: The Religious Body by Catherine Aird

"TomCat": A Wreath for the Bride by "Maria Lang" (Dagmar Lange)(translated by Joan Tate)

David Vineyard: Havana Libre by Robert Arello

Bill Wallace: Evergreen Review, March 1968, edited by Barney Rosset; features Rosencrantz and Guilderstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard

Steve Weddle/Beau Johnson: The One That Got Away by Joe Clifford

Gary K. Wolfe: Sheree Renée Thomas, editor of Dark Matter and Dark Matter: Reading the Bones and author of Nine Bar Blues: Stories of the Ancient Future among other books

A. J. Wright: Scottsboro: A Tragedy of the American South by Dan T. Carter; Judge Horton and the Scottsboro Boys by Barbara Bauer and Robert F. Moss; the books of Prentiss Ingraham

Lisa Yaszek/Library of America: "The Miracle of the Lily" by Claire Winger Harris, Amazing Stories,  April 1928, edited by Hugo Gernsback

Samuel Delany: 

on Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora edited by Sheree Renée Thomas

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In 1999, I was proud to have a story and an essay picked for inclusion in this anthology. I was proud to see students of mine such as Octavia E. Butler and Nalo Hopkinson and friends such as Jewel Gomez and Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes, and Paul Miller and all the other fine and interesting writers who share the book, from my old family friend, the late W. E. B. Dubois, and other fine writers, younger than I, including Walter Mosely, Evie Shockley, and Ishmael Reed.

Look at the subtitle—A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora—and if you read all the cover matter carefully, you will find two things: 1) Unless it occurs at the beginning a sentence, "black" is never capitalized. 2) There is no mention of the white critical term, "Afro-Futurism" coined by white critic Mark Geary in the late sixties, that was, indeed, about myself, Estelle Butler, Greg Tate, Trischa Rose, and others, including white Virginia writer (another friend and former student) William Gibson.

You should know: The lower case "b" on black comes directly from an oppositional stance formulated by W. E. B. DuBois and activists who followed him, and means the same thing as the lower case "w" on "white." Contrastingly, the upper case "B" on Black is a recent, post-1978, reactionary term, based on a "feel good"/"let's not offend anyone" position, that masks itself as "respect" and is really about maintaining separation and suppressing conflict, harmless in its place but historically deaf. (If you want to read about its history, see my 2007 novel Dark Reflections, recently released in a Dover Thrift Edition.)

So let’s go back to the term that is there: "African Diaspora." First of all, there have been major ones going on from as far back as 300,000 bce; 250,000 bce, and 80,000 bce. In short, these migrations produced what we call the human race, wherever it ended up on the planet. Pigments, facial shape, eyes and lips and noses changed for optimal survival in local conditions. In short, all of us—not just the ones in this book—started out there. That includes everyone in the GOP.

There is a more recent one, that the subtitle refers to: when Arabian, African, and white European slavers captured largely tribal Africans and shipped them by the thousands to England and the Americas, and even further afield.

Among the great commemorative works responding to this is Robert Hayden's poem, "Middle Passage," published in his book 1962/'66 volume, A Ballad of Remembrance and his Collected Poems. (I have always thought of it as the missing section that Hart Crane once intended to include in The Bridge.)

Because of that beginning, many of us whose ancestors came here through this historical trajectory have found herself, like the Amerindian peoples who predated the European settlers in more or less critical tensions with many those folk. The existence of such an anthology as this is not readable without a sense of that tension.
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Although "Aye, and Gomorrah . . ." is certainly my best-known story, I've always wondered if it was the best for the book. But, then, I wasn't the editor. And I think Sheree Thomas certainly did a fine, fine job.

The existence of "Afro-Futurism" (which I take to be the American fascination of what black and white writers both are saying about black folk and their relation to whites in SF terms) has influenced me enough to put together a lecture on the topic. At least one black African critic, K'eguro Makaria, writing about my last and largest SF novel, has accurately (I felt) nailed its overarching topic: "black livability." That makes me happy. (It is not the novel that made it into the LoA volume, though the central character there is also a black man.) Giving in to demands, I have written a lecture on "Afro-Futurism" which you can hear me deliver in the News & Events section of my website. But it is not a topic that obsesses me in any way, nor is a topic one that I feel inclined to discuss as a moment's notice.

Having said that, I hope those of you who don't know this book will get it and read it—or, if you have it, read it again.
And if you want to know what I feel about some of these questions, at least in the last century, when most of my fiction writing was done, there are all sorts of books that can tell you, listed on my website (Atlantis, The Three Tales, The Mad Man...) and listen to recordings of my talks from the last few years on the topics.

There is a second volume edited by Sheree Renée Thomas, which is just as interesting and brings together a different slate of black writers.