I’ve always found this brand of year-in-review post — typically done by my favorite authors in the first week of January — far more considerate and helpful than self-serving. I know who my favorite authors are and I’ve read their stories…but gods help me if I can remember when they were all published.
Plus, it’s nice to have all of this stuff compiled in one place. I only hope this post is as helpful to you as it has been for me.
Most of these are available to read for free on the internet — I encourage you to check them out. Just click on the story titles.
And hey…there’s always the Hugo for Best Fan Blog…
Best Short Story:
“A Poor Man’s Roses” — Apex Magazine
“The Giant & The Unicorn” — Shimmer, Clockwork Jungle Issue
“The Monster & Mrs. Blake” — The Story Station
“The Witch of Black Mountain” — Harlan County Horrors (anthology)
Best Graphic Story:
“Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome” — Thaumatrope month-long Twitter serial, illustrated by J. K. Lee. The link will take you to a Picasa Gallery where you can view each day’s illustrations — the Tweets are below in the comments section. It’s the closest thing you’ll get to an online picture book, really.
“Rabbit in the Moon” — Everyday Weirdness
“Teen Angel, Dark” — Weird Tales Growing Up Poe issue
“Here Lies an Era” — Apex Magazine
“The Still & The Storm” — Apex Magazine
…and of course, all the various and sundry ones from this blog. The highlights of which are probably “The Friendly Skies” and “Susan Boyle: It Takes One to Know One” Have you got a favorite from 2009?
Best Dramatic Presentation (short form):
Heeheeheehee…okay, maybe not. But I think that video I put together to apply for the job on that barrier island in Australia should at least get a shot, don’t you?
“Foiled” — Alex Magazine