Comments: 1975 saw the debut of the World Fantasy Awards, intended as a fantasy themed alternative to the science fiction focused Hugo and Nebula Awards, and they got off on the right foot by honoring one of the best fantasy writers working at the time in Patricia McKillip for her novel The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, and handing a lifetime achievement award to the brilliant fantasist Robert Bloch.
The overall array of the World Fantasy Awards was, as with most of the other awards, a little bit unsettled at the outset, with only awards for Best Novel, Best Short Fiction, Best Collection, Lifetime Achievement, Best Artist, and two Special Awards being handed out. This lineup would change, in some cases the categories would change very quickly. But the base consisting of the Best Novel and Best Short Fiction was set.
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip
Merlin's Ring by H. Warner Munn
A Midsummer Tempest by Poul Anderson
Best Short Fiction
Pages from a Young Girl's Journal by Robert Aickman
The Events at Poroth Farm by T.E.D. Klein
A Father's Tale by Sterling E. Lanier
Sticks by Karl Edward Wagner
Worse Things Waiting by Manly Wade Wellman
From Evil's Pillow by Basil Copper
Frank Belknap Long
Manly Wade Wellman
Lee Brown Coye
Special Award, Professional
Ian Ballantine and Betty Ballantine
Donald A. Wollheim
Special Award, Non-Professional
Stuart David Schiff
Harry O. Morris, Jr.
Roy A. Squires
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