First off, Choices has picked up another excellent review over at the SF Crowsnest. Go and have a look, and then consider buying a copy and finding out why all the reviewers who have picked it up have said nice things like:
“This is an anthology of well-written novelettes but with three that stand out. ‘Kid’, ‘Memory Of Joy’ and ‘Radio Trauma’ are certainly worth buying this volume for.”
I was also pleased to see that the book has been recommended for the British Fantasy Award for best anthology. Before you get too excited, all that means is that one or more members of the BFS have recommended that it be included on the ‘long list’ for voting. At the moment, that long list is being voted on by the society’s members to produce a ‘short list’ of three or four books. When the short list is established, the membership votes again, and the award winner is announced at the BFS convention in September, at a fancy ceremony. As such, the book has another stage to get through before it can claim to have been shortlisted for the award, but it’s nice to be in the running at all.
Equally pleasing, though a little more baffling, is that my story in that book, ‘Radio Trauma’, has also been individually recommended, and is on the long list in the best novella category. Very flattering though this is, I doubt it will go any further. Nor should it. Despite being in an anthology dominated by fiction with a subtle supernatural edge, ‘Radio Trauma’ is a straight thriller, falling into the horror category thanks to the actions of lunatic talk show caller Keith rather than any fantastical goings on. I can’t help but feel that having an element of fantasy in the story should probably be a prerequisite of winning a British Fantasy award. I’d feel a little bit like a fraud if the story went any further in the selection process. That said, I’m pleased to see that every other novelette in the book has also made the list (which should tell you something about the contents). Personally, I’d like to see Paul Finch’s ‘Kid’ win, as it’s one of my favourite stories of the year.
So, instead of investing your time reading me writing about the book, why not go and buy the actual book, and you’ll be in a much better position to find out whether it’s award-worthy or not…