Wednesday night I trotted down to London to attend the Kitschies, which are rapidly becoming the coolest and most distinguished genre awards outside the Arthur C. Clarkes. As I posted when the shortlist went up, Will Staehle’s marvellous cover for The Age Atomic was in for the Inky Tentacle award for best cover art.
And… it won!
Myself and Angry Robot senior editor Lee Harris accepted the award on Will’s behalf, and then we drank lots of prosecco afterwards. Alas, the prize – a handmade tentacle trophy, a bottle of The Kraken rum – were not mine to keep, so I spent most of the evening living vicariously through the talent of Will and looking after them for him before they were taken away to be shipped to the actual winner.
But, I’m chuffed. The cover for The Age Atomic is one of my favourites that Will has done – and coincidentally it’s probably the favourite of the books I’ve written so far – so to have it honoured in this way is pretty gosh-darned cool. My thanks to Marc Gascoigne at Angry Robot for pairing me up with Will in the first place, and to Will himself for being a genius designer and a jolly nice fellow to work with.
You can also hear a slightly drunken interview with me recorded during the after party over at Geek Syndicate’s AudioBoo page.