Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
British Fantasy Award

Annual set of awards, in various categories, given by the British Fantasy Society since 1971. In honour of August Derleth, the best novel award bears his name. Reflecting a Derlethian sense of the nature of fantasy, all awards consist of a statuette of the god Cthulhu (see Cthulhu Mythos; H P Lovecraft); over the years, Dark Fantasy and Horror have increasingly dominated proceedings. Only the more important awards (categories have fluctuated) are listed here. The award year is one year later than that of publication. For further reading see Silver Rhapsody (BFS Booklet #23, 1996 chap) edited by John Carter and Jan Edwards, a history of the BFS. [JC]

August Derleth Award

1973: The Knight of the Swords by Michael Moorcock

1974: The King of the Swords by Michael Moorcock

1975: Hrolf Kraki's Saga by Poul Anderson

1976: The Hollow Lands by Michael Moorcock

1977: The Dragon and the George by Gordon R Dickson

1978: A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony

1979: The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever by Stephen R Donaldson

1980: Death's Master by Tanith Lee

1981: To Wake the Dead by Ramsey Campbell

1982: Cujo by Stephen King

1983: The Sword of the Lictor by Gene Wolfe

1984: Floating Dragon by Peter Straub

1985: The Ceremonies by T E D Klein

1986: The Ragged Astronauts by Bob Shaw

1987: It by Stephen King

1988: The Influence by Ramsey Campbell

1990: Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons

1991: Midnight Sun by Ramsey Campbell

1992: Outside the Dog Museum by Jonathan Carroll

1993: Dark Sister by Graham Joyce

1994: The Long Lost by Ramsey Campbell

1995: Only Forward by Michael Marshall Smith

Short Story

1975: "Sticks" by Karl Edward Wagner

1977: "Two Suns Setting" by Karl Edward Wagner

1978: "In the Bag" by Ramsey Campbell

1979: "Jeffty is Five" by Harlan Ellison

1980: "The Button Molder" by Fritz Leiber

1981: "Stains" by Robert Aickman

1982: "The Dark Country" by Dennis Etchison

1983: "The Breathing Method" by Stephen King

1984: "Neither Brute Nor Human" by Karl Edward Wagner

1985: "The Forbidden" by Clive Barker

1986: "Kaeti and the Hangman" by Keith Roberts

1987: "The Olympic Runner" by Dennis Etchison

1988: "Leaks" by Steve Rasnic Tem

1989: "Fruiting Bodies" by Brian Lumley

1990: "On the Far Side of the Cadillac Desert with Dead Folks" by Joe R Lansdale

1991: "The Man Who Drew Cats" by Michael Marshall Smith

1992: "The Dark Land" by Michael Marshall Smith

1993: "Night Shift Sister" by Nicholas Royle

1994: "The Dog Park" by Dennis Etchison

1995: "The Temptation of Dr Stein" by Paul J McAuley

Best Film

1975: The Exorcist

1977: The Omen

1979: Close Encounters of the Third Kind

1980: Alien

1981: The Empire Strikes Back

1982: Raiders of the Lost Ark (see Indiana Jones)

1983: Blade Runner

1984: Videodrome

1985: A Nightmare on Elm Street

1987: Aliens

1988: Hellraiser

1990: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (see Indiana Jones)


This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.