Oh, all right. It's that American Gods has been nominated for a World Fantasy Award.
I don't know if it's the only book ever to be nominated for a Bram Stoker Award, a Hugo award and a World Fantasy Award. But I'm kind of happy about that. I wish there weren't four other books I'm up against that I loved (two of which I even blurbed). (And two I just haven't read yet).
Still, I feel sorry for all the people down in Special Award Professional -- all good friends and nice talented people who all deserve it. Maybe they could hand over five little lovecraft heads on that one.
(The World Fantasy Award is a bust of H. P. Lovecraft. My favourite awards speech was Robert Holdstock's, after winning for Mythago Wood. Editor Jo Fletcher had brought his award back to the UK for him, and presented it to him at a British Fantasy Society Open Night. "This is a day I shall put in my diary," said Rob. "Came in for British Fantasy Open Night. Was given head by Jo Fletcher." )
Fellow World Fantasy Award for Best Novel nominee -- and this year's World Fantasy Guest of Honour -- Jonathan Carroll, has a beautiful website for his new book up. The journal (beautifully written moments of inspiration and delight, unlike this ragtag wossname) is up at http://www.whiteapples.com/journal.html . Go click on it, read the journal and then take a look around the site. It's a wonderful place.