The Hugo Award is one of the most prestigious speculative fiction literary awards. Every year, supporting members of WorldCon nominate their favorite stories first published during the previous year to determine the top five in each category for the final Hugo Award ballot. Between the announcement of the ballot and the Hugo Award ceremony at WorldCon, these works often become the center of much attention (and contention) across fandom.
But there are more stories loved by the Hugo voters, stories on the longer nomination list that WSFS publishes after the Hugo Award ceremony at WorldCon. The Long List Anthology collects 21 tales from that nomination list, totaling about 180.000 words of fiction by writers from all corners of the world.
Within these pages you will find a mix of science fiction and fantasy, the dramatic and the lighthearted, from near future android stories to steampunk heists, too-plausible dystopias to contemporary vampire stories.
There is something here for everyone.
A voyage of the Damned.
The annual blessing of the fishing fleet is more than a ceremony, it provides God's protection from the demons of the sea. But Captain John Boston has no time for God and holy sanctions. The church has betrayed him, with the local priest refusing to protect his sister from a violent husband, and Boston's wife is seriously ill.
The trawler hasn't had much luck this season and people are whispering that God has indeed turned his gaze from John Boston too, because he didn't accept the priest's traditional blessing. Now the boat is sailing one last time to try and fill its holds with fish. There's more than a mysterious fog, bad weather, and empty nets waiting for them.
The devil has a boat of his own and he's out on the cold ocean, trawling for dead men and their souls.
A troubled couple's tryst in an isolated cabin takes a dark turn.
"Lawrence makes every word count, telling each story with elegance and emotional punch.” — Patsy Hennessey
"Each story is masterfully constructed ... Humorous, touching, creepy, but most of all entertaining, this collection is superb." — Tracy Michelle Anderson
If you're a fan of Roald Dahl or Gillian Flynn, you'll love these unsettling stories with a twist in the tale.
The final installment in the bestselling horror trilogy. Leah MacKenzie and her mother, Dana, live an idyllic life in Illinois until a runaway car careens across their lawn, nearly killing Leah—a bungled attempt at murder. Now, they're on the run, pursued by the same shadowy figure who killed Dana's mother two years before. Soon, they're joined by two mysterious Englishmen chasing a serial killer—their trails coming together at a mysterious old lighthouse on the aptly named Porte des Morts passage, literally, the Doorway of Death. There, they come face to face with an evil so powerful they may not survive.
A Cornwall mansion filled with artworks is the setting for this tale of romance, chilling mystery, and a journey into the past . . . “Wherever you go, I will follow . . .” Merryn Burton is excited about her first big job for the London art dealers she works for—which requires traveling to rugged seaside Cornwall. But as soon as she arrives at Pencradoc, a beautiful old mansion, she realizes this will be no ordinary commission. Pencradoc is filled with fascinating, and possibly valuable, artwork, and is owned by the Penhaligon brothers. And Merryn’s instant connection with Kit Penhaligon could be another reason why her trip suddenly becomes a whole lot more interesting. But the longer Merryn stays at Pencradoc, the more obvious it is that the house has a secret, and a long-forgotten Rose might just hold the key . . .
Thanks to the eradication of the draug, the vampires of Morganville have been freed of their usual constraints. With the vampires indulging their every whim, the town's human population is determined to hold onto their lives by taking up arms. But college student Claire Danvers isn't taking sides, considering she has ties to both humans and vampires.To make matters worse, a television show comes to Morganville looking for ghosts, just as vampire and human politics collide. Now, Claire and her friends have to figure out how to keep the peace without ending up on the nightly news . . . or worse.
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