Canadians took home two of this year’s World Fantasy Awards, held at the World Fantasy Convention, which ran from Nov. 5–8 in Saratoga Springs, New York. Sandra Kasturi and Brett Savory, partners and co-publishers of the Toronto horror and genre-fiction press ChiZine Publications, received a special award in the professional category, while author Helen Marshall won in the collection category for Gifts for the One Who Comes After, published by ChiZine.
This year’s judging panel comprised Canadian horror writer Gemma Files, U.S. sci-fi and fantasy authors Nina Kiriki Hoffman and Bruce McAllister, Editions Michel Lafon editor Bénédicte Lombardo, and Doctor Who writer Robert Shearman.
Other Canadians up for awards this year were Michel Libling in the novella category for “Hollywood North”, featured in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction; Michael Kelly in the anthology category for Shadows & Tall Trees 2014 (Undertow Publications); Civilian Reader author Stefan Fergus for a special award in the non-professional category; and Toronto’s Erik Mohr in the artist category.
This is also the last year that the awards will feature a statue created in the character of H.P. Lovecraft due to the recent controversy surrounding the author’s discriminatory views.