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Lauren Beukes’ The Shining Girls and Joey Hi-Fi Nominated for British Fantasy Awards 2014

The extraordinary run of accolades for Lauren BeukesThe Shining Girls continues with a nomination in the British Fantasy Awards Best Horror Novel category, while South African book cover designer and illustrator Joey Hi-Fi is up for Best Artist.

Louis Greenberg and Sarah Lotz, under their genre pseudonym SL Grey, have also been shortlisted: their short story “Bingo” is included in the Solaris collection End of the Road, which has been nominated for Best Anthology.

Joining Beukes on the nominees list are Adam Nevill (House of Small Shadows), Sarah Pinborough (Mayhem), Joe Hill (NOS4R2), Alison Littlewood (Path of Needles) and Graham Joyce (The Year of the Ladybird).

The Shining GirlsHouse of Small ShadowsMayhemNos4r2Path Of NeedlesYear Of The Ladybird

Award-winning illustrator Joey Hi-Fi has designed covers for all of Beukes’ books so far, as well as for authors such as Imraan Coovadia, Claire Robertson, Richard de Nooy and Louis Greenberg (not once falling back on the acacia tree cliché). His cover for the local edition of Beukes’ next novel, Broken Monsters, was revealed on Friday, with Books LIVE readers rating it higher than the UK and US covers. He is up against Adam Oehlers, Ben Baldwin, Daniele Serra, Tula Lotay and Vincent Chong in the Best Artist category.

The British Fantasy Awards winners will be announced at FantasyCon 2014 in England on 6 or 7 September 2014. Good luck to Beukes, Joey Hi-Fi and SL Grey!

Four nominees in each category were decided by the votes of BFS members and the attendees of FantasyCon 2012 and FantasyCon 2014. The exception is the Best Short Story category, in which two stories drawing for fourth place could not be separated and both were put through to the shortlist.

Beukes has already won three awards for The Shining Girls, and has been nominated for a further six, including the British Fantasy Award nomination.

In addition, the book was named on Stephen King’s top ten reads of 2013, The Guardian‘s list of Best Science Fiction Books of 2013, io9′s list of Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2013, Amazon’s list of the 2013 Best Books of the Year, and has been recommended by The New York Times, Salon, and The Independent. The Shining Girls has also been optioned for television by Media Rights Capital and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions. Books LIVE hopes Broken Monsters – out in July – is as much of a smash hit!

Awards for The Shining Girls

Exclusive Books Book of the Year: Reader’s Choice Award
RT Book Awards Best Suspense Thriller
2013/2014 University of Johannesburg Prizes for South African Writing in English

Nominations for The Shining Girls

Strand Magazine Critics Award for Best Novel (to be announced 9 July)
2014 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year longlist (shortlist to be announced 1 July)
Arthur C Clarke Award
CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger
2014 Sunday Times Fiction Prize Shortlist
GoodReads Choice Awards Best Books of 2013, Mystery & Thriller section (semi-finals)

Book details

Image courtesy of Morne van Zyl


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Sally</a>
    June 9th, 2014 @12:50 #

    End of the Road is nominated for Best Anthology and features a story by our very own S.L Grey

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    June 9th, 2014 @13:17 #

    I can't stop grinning.

  • Jennifer
    June 9th, 2014 @14:32 #

    Nice one, Sally, I've added that to the story.


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