World Fantasy Convention 2009: San Jose, CA

This year the World Fantasy Convention honors the 200th Anniversary of Edgar Allen Poe's Birth.  Don't know what World Fantasy Convention is?  As stated on their website:

The World Fantasy Convention is a professional networking event that regularly attracts several hundred of the top authors in the field every year. Editors, agents, critics and PR professionals make up the bulk of the rest of the attendees....  The convention is also home to the World Fantasy Awards, one of the world's top awards for speculative fiction. These are presented at a gala banquet on the Sunday afternoon.

There are several differences between World Science Fiction Convention (WorldCon) and World Fantasy.  The attendees to WorldCon primarily consist of fans, readers, those who enjoy SF, though authors, publishers, and others do attend.  Because of this, there are costume contests, roleplaying gaming venues, large merchandise halls, and a variety of panels on topics that appeal to the fan.  Also, the awards, the Hugos, are nominated and voted on by attendees. 

However, World Fantasy attendees are primarily authors, editors, and publishers.  The awards are nominated by attendees, but they are voted on by a selected committee.  Costumes are scarce, and the merchandise hall is focused on book and magazine sales for publishers.

This years nominees for World Fantasy Awards are:

Best Novel
    * The House of the Stag, Kage Baker (Tor)
    * The Shadow Year, Jeffrey Ford (Morrow)
    * The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins; Bloomsbury)
    * Pandemonium, Daryl Gregory (Del Rey)
    * Tender Morsels, Margo Lanagan (Allen & Unwin; Knopf)

Best Novella
    * "Uncle Chaim and Aunt Rifke and the Angel", Peter S. Beagle (Strange Roads)
    * "If Angels Fight", Richard Bowes (F&SF 2/08)
    * "The Overseer", Albert Cowdrey (F&SF 3/08)
    * Odd and the Frost Giants, Neil Gaiman (Bloomsbury; HarperCollins)
    * "Good Boy", Nisi Shawl (Filter House)

Best Short Story
    * "Caverns of Mystery", Kage Baker (Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy)
    * "26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss", Kij Johnson (Asimov's 7/08)
    * "Pride and Prometheus", John Kessel (F&SF 1/08)
    * "Our Man in the Sudan", Sarah Pinborough (The Second Humdrumming Book of Horror Stories)
    * "A Buyer's Guide to Maps of Antarctica", Catherynne M. Valente (Clarkesworld 5/08)

Best Anthology
    * The Living Dead, John Joseph Adams, ed. (Night Shade Books)
    * The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Del Rey)
    * The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2008: Twenty-First Annual Collection, Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, & Gavin J. Grant, eds. (St. Martin's)
    * Paper Cities: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy, Ekaterina Sedia, ed. (Senses Five Press)
    * Steampunk, Ann & Jeff VanderMeer, eds. (Tachyon Publications)

Best Collection
    * Strange Roads, Peter S. Beagle (DreamHaven Books)
    * The Drowned Life, Jeffrey Ford (HarperPerennial)
    * Pretty Monsters, Kelly Link (Viking)
    * Filter House, Nisi Shawl (Aqueduct Press)
    * Tales from Outer Suburbia, Shaun Tan (Allen & Unwin; Scholastic '09)

Best Artist
    * Kinuko Y. Craft
    * Janet Chui
    * Stephan Martinière
    * John Picacio
    * Shaun Tan

Special Award, Professional
    * Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant (for Small Beer Press and Big Mouth House)
    * Farah Mendelsohn (for The Rhetorics of Fantasy)
    * Stephen H. Segal & Ann VanderMeer (for Weird Tales)
    * Jerad Walters (for A Lovecraft Retrospective: Artists Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft)
    * Jacob Weisman (for Tachyon Publications)

Special Award, Non-Professional
    * Edith L. Crowe (for her work with The Mythopoeic Society)
    * John Klima (for Electric Velocipede)
    * Elise Matthesen (for setting out to inspire and for serving as inspiration for works of poetry, fantasy, and SF over the last decade through her jewelry-making and her "artist's challenges.")
    * Sean Wallace, Neil Clarke, & Nick Mamatas (for Clarkesworld)
    * Michael Walsh (for Howard Waldrop collections from Old Earth Books)