Sam Stones Double Triumph At Fantasy Awards

SFX Weekender 3 guests wins Best Novel and Best Short Fiction awards

She won the Best Novel award for Demon Dance , and Best Short Story for “Fool’s Gold”.

Writing on her blog , she said, “I want to say a huge thanks to every one of my readers who voted for Demon Dance to win The August Derlerth award for Best Novel and for ‘Fool's Gold’ for Best Short Fiction. I’m completely overwhelmed by your support. Without readers there would be no need for writers and so you are the most important people to me.

“It was pointed out to me this weekend that I am now the first woman to win the award for Best Novel in 31 years of the British Fantasy Society's 40 year history. I realise this is a very great honour and I was very proud and very moved (bursting into a blubbering wreck as I received Best Short Fiction).”

Here are the full results:

KARL EDWARD WAGNER SPECIAL AWARD: Terry Pratchett

BEST NOVEL: Demon Dance , Sam Stone (House of Murky Depths)

BEST NOVELLA: Humpty’s Bones , Simon Clark (Telos)

BEST SHORT STORY: “Fool’s Gold”, Sam Stone, from The Bitten Word , ed. Ian
Whates (NewCon Press)

BEST ANTHOLOGY: Back from the Dead: The Legacy of the Pan Book of Horror
Stories , Johnny Mains (ed.) (Noose & Gibbet)

BEST COLLECTION: Full Dark, No Stars , Stephen King (Hodder & Stoughton)

BEST NON-FICTION: Altered Visions: The Art of Vincent Chong (Telos)

BEST ARTIST: Vincent Chong

BEST COMIC/GRAPHIC NOVEL: At the Mountains of Madness: a Graphic Novel , Ian Culbard (Selfmadehero)

BEST MAGAZINE/PERIODICAL: Black Static , Andy Cox (ed.) (TTA Press)

BEST SMALL PRESS: Telos Publishing

BEST FILM: Inception

BEST TELEVISION: Sherlock*

SYDNEY J. BOUNDS AWARD FOR BEST NEWCOMER: Robert Jackson Bennet, for Mr Shivers (Orbit)

(* Hang on, if the British Fantasy Society can award Sherlock , does that mean SFX can start covering it?)