"La Danse des Esprits" is a finalist for the French "Prix Masterton"

I'd blogged earlier (here and here) about my recent translated collection, La Danse des Esprits, that was published in October 2011 by Dreampress in France. I've just received news that the collection has been selected as a finalist for the 2012 Prix Masterton. The Prix Masterton is a juried French award established in 2000 by Marc Bailly to pay tribute to Graham Masterton, "a writer who has left his mark on fantasy literature since the late 1970s." The prize is awarded in three categories: Best Novel in French, Best Translated Novel, and Best Short Story Collection, all within the literature of the fantastic. La Danse des Esprits, which includes an introduction by the multi-award winning Canadian fantasy writer Charles de Lint, contains thirteen of my previously published fantasy stories, including five Aurora finalists, a Best New Horror selection, a new Heroka story ("Dream Flight"), and the Aurora-winning "Spirit Dance" that gives the collection its name.

The complete 2012 ballot is as follows:

Novels (French):

Sire Cedric : Le jeu de l'ombre, le Pré aux Clercs Fabien Clavel : Le Miroir aux vampires, Baam Jean-Philippe Depotte : Les Jours étranges de Nostradamus, Denoël Viviane Etrivert : Masky, Argemmios Emilie Witwicki-Barbet : Les Insoumis, Val Sombre

Novels (translated to French):

Aliette de Bodard : D'obsidienne et de sang, Les Chroniques Aztèques, Eclipse (translated by Laurent Philibert-Caillat) Gail Carriger : Sans âme, Orbit (translated by Sylvie Denis) Kotaro Isaka : La Priere d'Audubon, Picquier (translated by Corinne Atlan) Georges Mann : Les Revenants de White Chapel, Eclipse (translated by Pierre-Paul Durastanti) China Mieville : The city & the city, Fleuve Noir (translated by Nathalie Mège)

Collections (both French and translated):

Serge Delsemme : Service des rebuts, in Galaxies, La filière belge Patrick Eris : Docteur Jeep, Rivière Blanche Frédéric Livyns : Les Contes d'Amy, Edilivre Douglas Smith : La Danse des esprits, Dreampress (translated by Rose M Guillaume and Benoît Domis) Lisa Tuttle : Ainsi naissent les fantômes, Dystopia (translated by Mélanie Fazi)

The jury will announce the winners sometime in March. Wish me luck!

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