2011 Red Tentacle (Novel)

A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls
Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd
Walker Books

"The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting. He's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming... The monster in his back garden, though, this monster is something different."(Review | Purchase | Acceptance Speech)


Finalists

The Enterprise of Death

The Enterprise of Death
Jesse Bullington
Orbit

"As the witch-pyres of the Spanish Inquisition blanket Renaissance Europe in a moral haze, a young African slave finds herself the unwilling apprentice of an ancient necromancer. Unfortunately, quitting his company proves even more hazardous than remaining his pupil when she is afflicted with a terrible curse. Yet salvation may lie in a mysterious tome her tutor has hidden somewhere on the war-torn continent." (Review | Purchase)


Embassytown

Embassytown
China Miéville
Tor

"Embassytown: a city of contradictions on the outskirts of the universe. Avice is an immerser, a traveller on the immer, the sea of space and time below the everyday, now returned to her birth planet. Here on Arieka, humans are not the only intelligent life, and Avice has a rare bond with the natives, the enigmatic Hosts - who cannot lie." (Review | Purchase)


The Testament of Jessie Lamb

The Testament of Jessie Lamb
Jane Rogers
Sandstone

"Women are dying in their millions. Some blame scientists, some see the hand of God, some see human arrogance reaping the punishment it deserves. Jessie Lamb is an ordinary girl living in extraordinary times: as her world collapses, her idealism and courage drive her towards the ultimate act of heroism. If the human race is to survive, it is up to her." (Review | Purchase)


Osama: A Novel

Osama: A Novel
Lavie Tidhar
PS Publishing

"In a world without global terrorism Joe, a private detective, is hired by a mysterious woman to find a man: the obscure author of pulp fiction novels featuring one Osama Bin Laden: Vigilante. Joe's quest to find the man takes him across the world, and as the mystery deepens around him there is one question he is trying hard not to ask: who is he, really, and how much of the books is fiction?" (Review | Purchase)


2011 Golden Tentacle (Debut)

God's War

God's War
Kameron Hurley
Night Shade Books

"Nyx is a former government assassin who makes a living cutting off heads for cash. But when a dubious deal between her government and an alien gene pirate goes bad, Nyx's ugly past makes her the top pick for a covert recovery. The head they want her to bring home could end the war - but at what price?" (Review | Purchase | Acceptance Speech)


Finalists

Among Thieves

Among Thieves
Douglas Hulick
Tor

"Drothe has been a member of the Kin for years, rubbing elbows with thieves and murderers in the employ of a crime lord while smuggling relics on the side. But when an ancient book falls into his hands, Drothe finds himself in possession of a relic capable of bringing down emperors - a relic everyone in the underworld would kill to obtain." (Review | Purchase)


The Night Circus

The Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern
Harvill Secker

"In 1886, a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, constructed entirely in black and white, Le Cirque des Rêves delights all who wander its circular paths and warm themselves at its bonfire. At the heart of the story is the tangled relationship between two young magicians, Celia, the enchanter's daughter, and Marco, the sorcerer's apprentice." (Review | Purchase)


Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs
Quirk

"A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here - one of whom was his own grandfather - were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous." (Review | Purchase)


The Samaritan

The Samaritan
Fred Venturini
Blank Slate Press

"Dale Sampson is a nobody. A small town geek who lives in the shadow of his best friend, the high school baseball star, it takes him years to even gather the courage to actually talk to a girl. It doesn't go well. Then, just when he thinks there's a glimmer of hope for his love life, he loses everything.When Dale runs into the twin sister of the girl he loved and lost, he finds his calling - he will become a samaritan." (Review | Purchase)


2011 Inky Tentacle (Cover Art)

The Last Werewolf

The Last Werewolf
Design by Peter Mendelsund
Canongate

"One last full moon - then it will all be over. Jacob Marlowe has lost the will to live. For two hundred years he has wandered the world, enslaved by his lunatic appetites and tormented by the memory of his first and most monstrous crime. Now, the last of his kind, he knows he cannot go on. But as Jake counts down to suicide, a violent murder and an extraordinary meeting plunge him straight back into the desperate pursuit of life - and love." (Review | Purchase | Acceptance Speech)


Finalists

Rivers of London

Rivers of London
Illustration by Stephen Walter / Design by Patrick Knowles (TAG Fine Arts)
Gollancz

"My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluable, and that brought me to the attention of the last wizard in England." (Review | Purchase)


The Prague Cemetery

The Prague Cemetery
Design by Suzanne Dean / Illustration by John Spencer
Harvill Secker

"Nineteenth-century Europe, from Turin to Prague to Paris, abounds with the ghastly and the mysterious. Conspiracies rule history. Every nation has its own secret service, perpetrating forgeries, plots, and massacres. Europe is in tumult and everyone needs a scapegoat. But what if, behind all of these conspiracies both real and imagined, lay just one man? What if that evil genius created the most infamous document of all?" (Review | Purchase)


Equations of Life

Equations of Life
Design by Lauren Panepinto
Orbit

"Samuil Petrovitch is a survivor. He survived the nuclear fallout in St. Petersburg and hid in the London Metrozone - the last city in England. He's lived this long because he's a man of rules and logic. For example, getting involved = a bad idea. But when he stumbles into a kidnapping in progress, he acts without even thinking. And clearly saving the girl = getting involved. Now, the equation of Petrovitch's life is looking increasingly complex." (Review | Purchase)


A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls
Illustration by Jim Kay
Walker Books

"The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting. He's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming... The monster in his back garden, though, this monster is something different." (Review | Purchase)


2011 Black Tentacle (Judges' Discretion)

SelfMadeHero

SelfMadeHero

The winner of the 2011 Black Tentacle was comic book and graphic novel publisher SelfMadeHero, for their 2011 body of work and their contribution to elevating geek culture. (Website)