FIRST PLACE Best Fantasy Novella
H. P. Lovecraft "The Dream-Quest Of Unknown Kadath"
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Jeffrey Ford "The Empire Of Ice Cream"
Glen Hirshberg "Struwwelpeter"
Fritz Leiber "Bazaar Of The Bizarre"
George McDonald "The Golden Key"
Tom Reamy "Twilla"
THIRD PLACE Best Fantasy Novella
Samuel T. Coleridge "The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner"
Lin Carter "The City in the Jewel"
Paul Di Filippo "Hottentots"; "Victoria"; "Walt and Emily"
James Gunn "The Reluctant Witch"
Glen Hirshberg "Mr. Dark's Carnival"
Robert Holdstock "The Bone Forest"
T. E. D. Klein "The Events at Poroth Farm"
Henry Kuttner "Wet Magic"
Geoffrey A. Landis "The Singular Habits Of Wasps"
Fritz Leiber "Adept's Gambit"; "The Button Molder"
"The Jewels in the Forest" ("Two Sought Adventure")
"A Rite of Spring"; "Under the Thumbs of the Gods"
George R. R. Martin "In the House of the Worm"
China Mieville "Familiar"
Lucius Shepard "The Scalehunter's Beautiful Daughter"
Jeff VanderMeer "The Situation"
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Robert Bloch "The Scent Of Vinegar"
Anthony Boucher "The Compleat Werewolf"
Hugh B. Cave "From The Lower Deep"
Susanna Clarke "Mr. Simonelli Or The Fairy Widower"
Paul Di Filippo "The Grange"; "A Year in the Linear City"
Harlan Ellison "The Region Between"
James Gunn "The Beautiful Brew"
Edmond Hamilton "The King of Shadows"
Stephen King "The Breathing Method"; "The Langoliers"
Joe R. Lansdale "The Steam Man of the Prairie"
Fritz Leiber "I'll Met in Lankhmar"; "The Snow Women"
"The Unholy Grail"; "When The Sea King's Away"
H. P. Lovecraft "The Dreams In The Witch House"
"The Lurking Fear"; "The Shunned House"
Brian Lumley "The Sun, the Sea, and the Silent Scream"
George R. R. Martin "Portraits Of His Children"
C. L. Moore "Jirel Meets Magic"; "Quest of the Starstone"
Andre Norton "The Gifts of Asti"; "Toads of Grimmerdale"
Lucius Shepard "The Wooden Tiger"
J. R. R. Tolkien "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil"
Robert F. Young "City of Brass"
Pamela Zoline "The Holland Of The Mind"
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