British Fantasy Awards 2010: the Winners

Here are the winners of the British Fantasy Awards 2010, as announced at the British Fantasy Awards ceremony at FantasyCon 2010. Best Novel: the August Derleth Fantasy Award ONE, Conrad Williams (Virgin Horror) Best Novella THE LANGUAGE OF DYING, Sarah Pinborough (PS Publishing) Best Short Fiction WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU WAKE UP IN THE NIGHT,…

Context 23

I just got the preliminary schedule for Context 23 and I am going to be on 4 panels. Shroud Publishing – Sat 2:30 Hiram Grange/Pulp Hero – Sat 4:00 Mistakes Beginning Writers Make – Sat 7:00 Urban Fantasy- Sun 11:30 There also is a mass autographing session at 11:30 on Saturday. I will be at…

Boy, Did They Pick the Wrong Guy…

I just got stopped on the sidewalk (in the 100 degree sun, no less) by a news crew keen to hear my “man on the street” thoughts about the state of the U.S. economy and of my 401K plan. Apparently, I need to work on my Sturm und Drang face. The guy was flabbergasted when…

Big News

I just got some great news about one of my stories that I can’t quite share yet, but it is definitely bigger than a breadbox. (Yes, I hate when people post things like this, but I trust you will indulge me just this once. Trust me, it will be worth the wait.) It is one…

Xmas Books

Everyone gave me gift cards, so I’ve been perusing the interwebs and braving the horror that is the Cambridgeside Galleria getting books: The Philosopher’s Apprentice, James MorrowThe Engine’s Child, Holly PhillipsPaper Cities, ed. by Ekatarina SediaThe Enchantress of Florence, Salman RushdieSecret Lives, Jeff VanderMeerAn Evil Guest, Gene Wolfe On a related note, whoever created the…

Mike Love Still Sucks

Beach Boys at the Hatch Shell in Boston7-9:30 PMRain or ShineFree!!! I refuse to pay money to see “The Beach Boys” with Mike Love, because there is no such thing as the Beach Boys without Brian Wilson. But this is free, so we are going. Why does Mike Love suck? He did his damned best…

Mittspeak

When asked why his sons weren’t serving in the Greatest War Evah!, someone Lesser-than-Mitt might say “my loins spit out five chickenhawk pussies.” How did He Who Is Mitt respond? Mittspeak: “One of the ways my sons are showing support for our nation is helping me get elected because they think I’d be a great…

File Under Redundant

I am reluctant to even waste the phosphors pointing out the inherent foolishness, but… Christian Fantasy Genre Builds Niche Without Hogwarts, Muggles or Spells “Christian fantasy, which had been a slow seller, has caught fire recently…” **cough** Bible **cough**

Hidden Beauty

Mitt is so handsome, he only had to use the make-up service once. “We used them once but booked time twice and still had to render payment for the appointment time…” The political Adonis need not have bothered: “But Stacy Andrews, who made up Romney for Hidden Beauty, said he barely needs makeup. “He’s already…

Readercon 18

Sara and I just got back from Readercon in Burlington, our 8th time going. It was extra long this year due to the added Thursday panel and the expanded panels on Friday. So, I think overall we saw around 18 panels. Most were really good, but a few veered wildly from the description or were…

Mitt’s Best Friend

People are accusing Mitt of mistreating the family dog. I don’t see what the kerfuffle is. Dogs suck. Come on, it’s not like he put his wife on the roof of the car.