RED TENTACLE & GOLDEN TENTACLE
Leila Abu El Hawa
Leila runs the Post Apocalyptic Book Club which has, since 2009, focused on reading every permutation of humanity’s downfall committed to paper. She runs Dark Societies, a series of events bringing authors together to discuss their work, and exactly how and why they destroyed the world that way. She was a judge for the Clarke Awards in 2015-16 and in her spare time works in the fashion industry. @dystocalypse
Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Jon Courtenay Grimwood was born in Malta and baptised in the up-turned bell of a ship. He grew up in the Far East and Scandinavia. Apart from novels, he has written for the Times, Telegraph and Independent. He also, for 5 years, wrote a monthly SF&Fantasy column for the Guardian. Two times winner of the BSFA Award for Best Novel, with Felaheen and End of the World Blues. His literary novel, The Last Banquet, was shortlisted for Le Prix Montesquieu 2015. His work is published in a number of languages. Moskva, written as Jack Grimwood, was his most recent. Its sequel, Nightfall Berlin, is due Autumn 2017. @joncg
Joshua Idehen is a poet, teacher and musician. A British born Nigerian, Joshua was the founder of one of the most successful poetry events in London, Poejazzi. His poetry has been published alongside Linton Kwesi Johnson and Anthony Joseph. He is a member of electro/R&B band: Hugh, who’ve recently been championed by Huw Stephens, Diplo and Aluna George. He recently collaborated with The Comet Is Coming on their debut album ‘Channel The Spirits’ which was nominated for a Mercury Award. He is premiering a live show with Band City, ‘Last Night’, about London’s closed clubs. @benincitizen
Ewa S-R is 6’1″ (the height of approximately seven small-to-medium raccoons) of book nerd who’s currently aiming to cheer up the internet with pictures of adorable creatures being rambunctious sods. With a degree in English & Philosophy, she’s previously spent her time running a sci fi & fantasy section of a central London bookshop, working on conventions, surviving said conventions, and writing about popular nerd culture for The Mirror’s UsVsThem project. Currently, she’s getting her life in to the correct state to allow herself to dress as Commander Shepard all day, every day. If you’d like to send her photos of raccoons, she can be found on twitter at @EwaSR.
Alasdair Stuart is the owner of Escape Artists, the digital publishing company behind Escape Pod, Pseudopod, Podcastle and Cast of Wonders. He’s hosted over 500 episodes of Pseudopod, and his second collection of essays ‘Pseudopod Tapes Volume 2: Approach with Caution’ is forthcoming from Fox Spirit Press. He works as a tabletop RPG writer, short story author, career sounding board, and culture journalist with work at dozens of genre outlets like Tor dot com and MCM Buzz. Read his work at alasdairstuart.com, or follow him at @AlasdairStuart on Twitter for professional enthusiasm, film analysis, the occasional food blog and more.
The inky tentacle judges will be announced shortly
The Invisible tentacle judges will be announced shortly
The Black Tentacle is a discretionary award, given by the board of The Kitschies. The current board consists of Chloe Healy, Jenni Hill, Glen Mehn, Mark Charan Newton, Anne C. Perry and Jared Shurin.
PREVIOUS JUDGES OF THE KITSCHIES
There was no award in 2016 as the Kitschies and their tentacles took the year off.
The 2015 judges included Sarah Lotz, James Smythe, Nikesh Shukla, Nazia Khatun, and Glen Mehn (Red and Golden Tentacles); Sarah McIntyre, Regan Warner, Lauren O’Farrell, and Dapo Adeola (Inky Tentacle), and James Wallis, Em Short, and Rebecca Levene (Invisible Tentacle)
The 2014 judges included Adam Roberts, Cat Webb, Kim Curran, and Frances Hardinge (Red and Golden Tentacles); Ed Warren, Dapo Adeola, Jim Kay, and Siân Prime (Inky Tentacle); and Laura Grace, James Wallis, Philo van Kemenade, and Clare Reddington (Invisible Tentacle)
The 2013 judges included Nick Harkaway, Annabel Wright, Anab Jain, Cat Webb and Will Hill (Red and Golden Tentacles) and Hazel Thompson, Emma Vieceli, Craig Kennedy and Sarah Anne Langton (Inky Tentacle).
The 2012 judges included Patrick Ness, Rebecca Levene and Jared Shurin (Red and Golden Tentacles) and Lauren O’Farrell, Gary Northfield and Ed Warren (Inky Tentacle).
The 2011 judges included Lauren Beukes, Rebecca Levene, Anne C. Perry and Jared Shurin (Red and Golden Tentacles) and Catherine Hemelryk, Craig Kennedy, Darren Banks and Hayley Campbell (Inky Tentacle).