The British Fantasy Awards are administered annually by the British Fantasy Society and were first awarded in 1971. The membership of the BFS vote to determine recommendations, short-lists and winners of the awards. The current award categories are Best Novel, Best Novella, Best Short Story, Best Small Press, Best Artist, Best Anthology, Best Collection, and the Karl Edward Wagner Award is given at the discretion of the BFS committee.

2010 Award Winners

Best Novel: the August Derleth Fantasy Award: One, Conrad Williams (Virgin Horror)
Best Novella: The Language Of Dying, Sarah Pinborough (PS Publishing)
Best Short Fiction: "What Happens When You Wake Up In The Night", Michael Marshall Smith (Nightjar)
Best Anthology: The Mammoth Book Of Best New Horror 20, edited by Stephen Jones (Constable and Robinson)
Best Collection: Love Songs For The Shy And Cynical, Robert Shearman (Big Finish)
The PS Publishing Best Small Press Award: Telos Publishing, David Howe
Best Comic/Graphic Novel: Whatever Happened To The Caped Crusader?, Neil Gaiman and Andy Kubert (DC Comics/Titan Books)
Best Artist: Vincent Chong, for work including covers for The Witnesses Are Gone (PS Publishing) and The Mammoth Book Of Best New Horror 20 (Constable & Robinson)
Best Non-Fiction: Ansible, David Langford
Best Magazine/Periodical: Murky Depths, edited and published by Terry Martin
Best Television: Doctor Who, head writer: Russell T Davies (BBC Wales)
Best Film: Let The Right One In, directed by Tomas Alfredson (EFTI)
Best Newcomer – the Sydney J. Bounds Award: Kari Sperring for Living With Ghosts (DAW)
The British Fantasy Society Special Award: the Karl Edward Wagner Award: Robert Holdstock


ISBN: 9780575082977 - The Memoirs of a Master Forger | ISBN: 9781847510617 - The Midnight Man | ISBN: 9780747569015 - The Graveyard Book |ISBN: 9780553817997 - The Victoria Vanishes

  • Winner : Memoirs of a Master Forger (William Heaney/Graham Joyce) Gollancz - William Heaney is a fraud. A charming fraud, but a fraud nevertheless. He writes poetry so that a more attractive friend can pass it off as his own, he produces fake Jane Austen first editions so that he can fleece foolish and greedy book collectors.

Other Shortlisted

  • Midnight Manby Simon Clark Severn House - Van Gogh paints works of transcendent genius, while in London a killer launches a reign of terror . . . - Nidabi is attacked by her master but is rescued just in time by Pastor Hux, a man who befriended Van Gogh many years ago. A decade later the...
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman Bloomsbury- When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning...
  • The Victoria Vanishes by Christopher Fowler - One night, Arthur Bryant witnesses a drunk middle-aged lady coming out of a pub in a London backstreet. The next morning, she is found dead at the exact spot where their paths crossed. Even more disturbing, the pub has vanished. Could he be losing...
  • Thieving Fear by Ramsey Campbell PS Publishing
  • Rain Dogs by Gary McMahon Humdrumming

ISBN: 9781906652012 - Bull Running for Girls | ISBN: 9781906301866 - Glyphotech | ISBN: 9789197760515 - How to Make Monsters | ISBN: 9780955368318 - Islington Crocodiles | ISBN: 9780340977163 - Just After Sunset



  • Bull Running for Girls by Allyson Bird Screaming Dreams

Other Shortlisted

  • Glyphotech by Mark Samuels PS Publishing
  • How To Make Monsters byGary McMahon Morrigan Books
  • Islington Crocodiles by Paul Meloy TTA Press
  • Just After Sunset by Stephen King Hodder & Stoughton - The giant new fiction title from Stephen King What would you do if your everyday world were turned upside down in an instant? Here are twelve riveting stories about relationships with unexpected twists. Be very careful what you wish for.


ISBN: 9781845298333 - The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror (No. 19) | ISBN: 9781905532629 - The Second Humdrumming Book of Horror Stories | ISBN: 9780955445286 - We Fade to Grey


  • The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 19 by Stephen Jones Constable & Robinson - An annual showcase of horror and dark fantasy fiction. It features various short stories and novellas by such authors including Neil Gaiman, Brian Keene, Elizabeth Massie, Glen Hirshberg, Peter Atkins, and Tanith Lee. It also features a yearly...

Other Shortlisted

  • The Second Humdrumming Book of Horror (Ian Alexander Martin) Humdrumming
  • We Fade To Grey (Gary McMahon) Pendragon Press
  • Cone Zero by DF Lewis Megazanthus Press
  • Myth-Understandings by Ian Whates Newcon Press
  • Subtle Edens by Allen Ashley Elastic Press


ISBN: 9781846075711 - Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale| ISBN: 9781870824545 - What it is We Do When We Read Science Fiction |

  • Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale by Russell T. Davies and Benjamin Cook BBC Books - Describes BBC's popular drama "Doctor Who". This book shows how the author plans the series and works with the show's writers, where he gets his ideas for plot, character and scenes. "Writing isn' just a job that stops at six-thirty...
  • What Is It We Do When We Read Science Fiction by Paul Kincaid Beccon Publications
  • journal.neilgaiman.com by Neil Gaiman
  • Mutant Popcorn by Nick Lowe Interzone - TTA Press
  • Basil Copper: A Life in Books by Basil Copper, Ed, Stephen Jones PS Publishing


Winner: Doctor Who (BBC Wales)

  • Battlestar Galactica (NBC)
  • Dead Set (Zeppotron/Channel 4)
  • Dexter (Clyde Phillips Productions)
  • Supernatural (Warner Bros TV)


Winner: The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan)
  • Cloverfield (Matt Reeves)
  • Iron Man (Jon Favreau)
  • The Mist (Frank Darabont)
  • The Orphanage (Juan Antonio Bayona)



Do You See by Sarah Pinborough Myth-Understandings, Ed. Ian Whates – Newcon Press

Other Shortlisted

  • All Mouth by Paul Meloy Black Static 6, Ed. Andy Cox - TTA Press
  • N by Stephen King Just After Sunset - Hodder & Stoughton
  • Pinholes in Black Muslin by Simon Strantzas The Second Humdrumming Book of Horror, Ed. Ian Alexander Martin - Humdrumming
  • The Caul Bearer by Allyson Bird Bull Running For Girls – Screaming Dreams
  • The Tobacconist’s Concession (John Travis) The Second Humdrumming Book of Horror, Ed. Ian Alexander Martin - Humdrumming
  • The Vague (Paul Meloy) Islington Crocodiles, TTA Press
  • Winter Journey (Joel Lane) Black Static 5, Ed. Andy Cox - TTA Press


Winner: Elastic Press (Andrew Hook)

  • Newcon Press (Ian Whates)
  • Pendragon Press (Chris Teague)
  • Screaming Dreams (Steve Upham)
  • TTA Press (Andy Cox)


Winner: The Reach of Children (Tim Lebbon) Humdrumming

  • Cold Stone Calling (Simon Clark) Tasmaniac Publications
  • Gunpowder (Joe Hill) PS Publishing
  • Heads (Gary McMahon) We Fade To Grey, Ed. Gary McMahon - Pendragon Press
  • The Narrows (Simon Bestwick) We Fade To Grey, Ed. Gary McMahon - Pendragon Press


Winner: Locke and Key (Joe Hill/Gabriel Rodriguez) IDW Publishing

  • 30 Days of Night: Beyond Barrow (Steve Niles/Bill Sienkiewicz) IDW Publishing
  • All-Star Superman (Grant Morrison/Frank Quitely) DC Comics
  • Buffy Season Eight Vol. 3: Wolves at the Gate (Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard/ Georges Jeanty) Dark Horse Comics
  • Comic Book Tattoo Tales Inspired by Tori Amos (Ed, Rantz A. Hoseley & Tori Amos/ Various) Image Comics
  • Hellblazer: Fear Machine (Jamie Delano) Vertigo
  • Hellblazer: The Laughing Magician (Andy Diggle/Leonardo Manco & Daniel Zezelj) Vertigo
  • The Girly Comic Book 1 (Ed, Selina Lock) Factor Fiction
  • The New Avengers: Illuminati (Brian Bendis & Brian Reed/Jim Cheung) Marvel Comics


Winner: Vincent Chong (Various)

  • Dave McKean (The Graveyard Book) Bloomsbury
  • Edward Miller (Vault of Deeds) PS Publishing
  • Lee Thompson (The Land at the End of the Working Day) Humdrumming
  • Les Edwards (Various)


Winner: Postscripts (Peter Crowther & Nick Gevers) PS Publishing

  • Black Static (Andy Cox) TTA Press
  • Interzone (Andy Cox et. al.) TTA Press
  • Midnight Street (Trevor Denyer)
  • SFX (Dave Bradley) Future Publishing Limited
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