Saturday, December 31, 1988

1988 World Fantasy Award Nominees

Location: World Fantasy Convention, London, United Kingdom.

Comments: In 1988, the Best Anthology or Collection category was split up into two categories aimed at honoring Anthologies and Collections separately., presumably because these two types of compilations are distinctly different and the nominee field containing both sets of books was a little overcrowded. The voters responded by promptly voting The Architecture of Fear and The Dark Descent into a tie for first place in the Best Anthology category.

Sadly, the split of Best Anthology or Collection into two different categories seems to have come at the cost of the Special Convention Award category, which is unfortunate. Many of the winners in the Special Convention award category were deserving people who had been otherwise egregiously overlooked by the World Fantasy Awards, meaning that losing this category was something of a step backwards for the awards.

Best Novel

Replay by Ken Grimwood

Other Nominees:
Ægypt by John Crowley
Misery by Stephen King
On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers
Seventh Son by Orson Scott Card
Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon
Weaveworld by Clive Barker

Best Novella

Buffalo Gals, Won't You Come Out Tonight by Ursula K. Le Guin

Other Nominees:
Best Friends by Robert R. McCammon
The Boy Who Came Back from the Dead by Alan Rodgers
A Hypothetical Lizard by Alan Moore
Nesting Instinct by Scott Baker
The Pear-Shaped Man by George R.R. Martin
Shades by Lucius Shepard

Best Short Fiction

Friend's Best Man by Jonathan Carroll

Other Nominees:
Angel by Pat Cadigan
Hogfoot Right and Bird-hands by Garry Kilworth
In the House of Gingerbread by Gene Wolfe
Pamela's Get by David J. Schow
Splatter: A Cautionary Tale by Douglas E. Winter

Best Anthology

(tie) The Architecture of Fear edited by Kathryn Cramer and Peter D. Pautz
(tie) The Dark Descent edited by David G. Hartwell

Other Nominees:
In the Field of Fire edited by Jeanne Van Buren Dann and Jack Dann
Masques II edited by J.N. Williamson
Night Visions 4 edited by Anonymous
Other Edens edited by Christopher Evans and Robert Holdstock
The Year's Best Horror Stories: XV edited by Karl Edward Wagner

Best Collection

The Jaguar Hunter by Lucius Shepard

Other Nominees:
Night's Sorceries by Tanith Lee
Polyphemus by Michael Shea
Scared Stiff, Tales of Sex and Death by Ramsey Campbell
Why Not You and I? by Karl Edward Wagner

Lifetime Achievement

Everett F. Bleiler

Other Nominees:

Best Artist

J.K. Potter

Other Nominees:
Tom Canty
Harry O. Morris
Michael Whelan

Special Award, Professional

David G. Hartwell

Other Nominees:
Gardner Dozois
Tappan King
Dean R. Koontz
Shawna McCarthy
George Scithers
Terri Windling

Special Award, Non-Professional

(tie) Robert Garcia and Nancy Garcia
(tie) David B. Silva

Other Nominees:
Stephen Jones and David Sutton
Paul Mikol and Scot Stadalsky

Go to previous year's nominees: 1987
Go to subsequent year's nominees: 1989

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