Five books from Canadian authors and publishers have been shortlisted for this year’s British Fantasy Awards, recognizing the best of the genre published in the U.K. Finalists in 13 categories were selected by separate juries of publishing professionals specific to each award. Winners will be announced at a ceremony on Sept. 25 as part of FantasyCon 2016 in Scarborough, England.
The Canadian finalists are:
Best Anthology: Toronto horror/fantasy author Simon Strantzas for Aickman’s Heirs (Undertow Publications).
Best Collection: U.K. author Ray Cluley for Probably Monsters, published by Toronto genre press Chizine Publications.
Best Comic/Graphic Novel: Canadian comics creator Adrian Alphona (alongside co-authors G. Willow Wilson and Jacob Hyatt) for Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation Why (Marvel) and Hugo Award-winning Alberta artist Fiona Staples (and co-author Brian K. Vaughan) for Saga Nos. 25–32 (Image Comics).
Robert Holdstock Award for Best Fantasy Novel: Mexican-Canadian writer and editor Silvia Moreno-Garcia for Signal to Noise (Solaris).
Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer: Toronto-born, England-based Marc Turner for When the Heavens Fall (Titan Books).