Open Night update(0)
We can now confirm that Rod Rees (the Demi-Monde quartet) will be attending to sign copies of Invent-10n, his new dystopian novelette — in both hard cover (limited to 100 copies) and paperback.
BFS Xmas Open Night(0)
In the private function room. The room is downstairs in the basement, with its own bar / loos. Decent range of ales, bar snacks ranging from a few quid, to sandwiches (£5-6) and full meals.
Directions: The Elephant pub is opposite Halifax Building Society.
From Fenchurch St. Station: go directly out of station onto Fenchurch Street, turn left, 1 min walk.
From Monument Tube: take East Cheap, King William or Gracechurch St. exits from subway. Go up Gracechurch Street – this is in the opposite direction to London Bridge (the actual bridge, not LB station). Take first right onto Fenchurch Street, 3 mins walk.
Guests Confirmed: JON HARVEY, Founder of the re-launching Spectre Press, editor of the classic Tales of Cthulhu Mythos series. Jon has a history in British genre publishing going back decades, with many notable benchmarks including the publication of Brian Lumley’s “Ghoul Warning and Other Omens”.
Joining Jon will be author ADRIAN COLE.
Adrian Cole is the author of 25 novels and numerous short stories, writing in several genres: science fiction, fantasy, sword & sorcery and horror. His first books were published in the 1970s, THE DREAM LORDS trilogy (US) and he went on to write, among others, the OMARAN SAGA and the STAR REQUIEM series as well as writing 2 young adults’ novels, MOORSTONES and THE SLEEP OF GIANTS.
More recently he has had several books published by Wildside Press in the US, including the VOIDAL trilogy, which collects all the original short stories from the 70s and 80s and adds new material to complete the saga. Wildside have also published the novel NIGHT OF THE HEROES, an affectionate celebration of the world of pulp fiction as well as YOUNG THONGOR, which Cole has edited, being the previously uncollected short Thongor stories of Lin Carter.
Cole’s latest novel and most powerful to date is THE SHADOW ACADEMY, a science fiction work, which is due next summer from Edge Books – there is also to be an audio version from Audible. Recent short stories include, The Chaos Blade ( Fedogan and Bremer collection WORLDS OF CTHULHU) and 4 Nick Nightmares including You Don’t Want to Know (F and B collection WEIRDER SHADOWS OVER INNSMOUTH) and Nightmare on Mad Gull Island (Spectre Press). A collection of Nick Nightmare stories is in the pipeline.
His short stories have been reprinted in YEAR’S BEST FANTASY and YEAR’S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR and he has written and performed a number of parodies of the genres he loves at various conventions in the past (but please don’t hold that against him – he means well).
Victor Gollancz are in the process of releasing the 4 OMARAN books as well as the 4 STAR REQUIEM books on their SF Gateway site as ebooks and Cole is currently preparing a 3 volume alternative history/fantasy dealing with Celto-Romano Europe and Britain.
Jon will be bringing along not only Adrian’s new publications by Spectre Press, signed and numbered in their hardback formats, (as well as editions from writers such as Andrew Darlington) but also the issues of CTHULHU: Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos to date and a few other items from the back catalogue…these would make unique Christmas gifts!
Plus there will be some prize draws, raffle etc.
All BFS members / non-members welcome.
Winners of the British Fantasy Awards 2013(9)
Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award): Some Kind of Fairy Tale, Graham Joyce (Gollancz)
Best Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award): Last Days, Adam Nevill (Macmillan)
Best Novella: The Nine Deaths of Dr Valentine, John Llewellyn Probert (Spectral Press)
Best Short Story: Shark! Shark!, Ray Cluley (Black Static #29) (TTA Press)
Best Collection: Remember Why You Fear Me, Robert Shearman (ChiZine Publications)
Best Anthology: Magic: an Anthology of the Esoteric and Arcane, Jonathan Oliver (ed.) (Solaris)
Best Small Press (the PS Publishing Independent Press Award): ChiZine Publications (Brett Alexander Savory and Sandra Kasturi)
Best Non-Fiction: Pornokitsch, Anne C. Perry and Jared Shurin (eds)
Best Magazine/Periodical: Interzone, Andy Cox (ed.) (TTA Press)
Best Artist: Sean Phillips
Best Comic/Graphic Novel: Saga, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
Best Screenplay: The Cabin in the Woods, Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard
Best Newcomer (the Sydney J. Bounds Award): Helen Marshall, for Hair Side, Flesh Side (ChiZine Publications)
Special Award (the Karl Edward Wagner Award): Iain Banks / Iain M. Banks
The World Fantasy Awards were presented at the same ceremony.
The winners were decided by the following jury members. On the main jury, deciding the categories of fantasy novel, horror novel, novella, short story, collection, anthology, magazine/periodical, comic/graphic novel and screenplay: Esther Sherman, Matthew Hughes, Neil Williamson, Pauline Morgan and Ros Jackson. Non-fiction: Djibril al-Ayad and Jason Arnopp. Artist: Daniele Serra, P.M. Buchan and Rachel Kendall. Small press: Elaine Hillson, Elloise Hopkins, Dave Brzeski, Rachel Kendall and Rhian Bowley. Newcomer: Adele Wearing, Alison Littlewood, Jim Steel, Lizzie Barrett and Peter Tennant. The Karl Edward Wagner Award was decided by a vote of the British Fantasy Society committee.
The nominees in each category had been decided by the voters of the British Fantasy Society and FantasyCon 2012, with the juries having a discretion to add up to two further egregious omissions in each category. The full list of nominees is here.
The British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition 2013 – ResultsComments Off
“Thank you to everyone who took part in and supported this year’s BFS Short Story Competition. The number of entries was up significantly from last year with 103 stories submitted for consideration. I read every story thoroughly and silently. I read a large percentage of the stories twice, three times or more. After much deliberation, I can now announce that the three winners are:
First place: “Pawnarchy” by Mark Huntley-James
Second place: “The Manhattan Room” by Zoe F. Gilbert
Third place: “Summertime in Paris” by S. Marcus Jones
As well as their authors winning prizes, all three of these stories will appear in a future issue of “The BFS Journal”.
For those of you who didn’t make the top three this year, it was a hard task judging them all and many of the stories should find a suitable home elsewhere. Thank you for your patience during the judging process. You are now free to submit your story to other markets. Good luck.”
British Fantasy Awards 2013: non-fiction jury updateComments Off
A further jury update. One of the shortlisted non-fiction items, The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature, features a chapter by one of the jurors in that category, Roz Kaveney, who has thus stepped down from the jury rather than cost the book its place on the shortlist.
To fill the gap the awards administrator has called on a name from his emergency list, Jacob Edwards, among other things a contributor of reviews and non-fiction to Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine and Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction. He has also taken three turns in the rotating captain’s chair of the former.
British Fantasy Awards 2013: the nominees(19)
These are the nominees for the British Fantasy Awards 2013. Four nominees in each category were decided by a vote of the members of the British Fantasy Society and the attendees of FantasyCon 2012, with up to two further nominees in each category being added by the juries as “egregious omissions”. The exception is the Best Newcomer category, in which all authors under consideration were put forward by voters.
Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award)
Best Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award)
Best Short Story
Best Small Press (the PS Publishing Independent Press Award)
Best Comic/Graphic Novel
Best Newcomer (the Sydney J. Bounds Award)
The winners of these categories will now be decided by the following juries. Main jury, deciding the categories of fantasy novel, horror novel, novella, short story, collection, anthology, magazine/periodical, comic/graphic novel and screenplay: Esther Sherman, Matthew Hughes, Neil Williamson, Pauline Morgan and Ros Jackson. Best non-fiction: Djibril al-Ayad, Jason Arnopp and Roz Kaveney. Best artist: Daniele Serra, P.M. Buchan and Rachel Kendall. Best small press: Elaine Hillson, Elloise Hopkins, Dave Brzeski, Rachel Kendall and Rhian Bowley. Best newcomer: Adele Wearing, Alison Littlewood, Jim Steel, Lizzie Barrett and Peter Tennant.
The winners of each of these awards, as well as the winner of the Karl Edward Wagner Award (a special award decided by a vote of the British Fantasy Society committee) and the World Fantasy Awards, will be announced at the Fantasy Awards banquet at the World Fantasy Convention in Brighton on Sunday, November 3, 2013.
UPDATE: If any nominees would now like to attend the World Fantasy Convention, the awards banquet, or even just the ceremony itself, a small number of places have been reserved for a limited period of time. Email email@example.com for details.
Jury UpdateComments Off
The jury for the British Fantasy Award for Best Artist now comprises:
Unfortunately, two of the former jury members – Jimmy Broxton and Rhian Bowley – have stepped down. Having made the final decision as to the need for any egregious omissions, the remaining jurors will now go on to decide the winner of the award. The British Fantasy Society would like to thank Jimmy and Rhian for their input with regard to the current list of nominees, which will be announced shortly.
The juries of the British Fantasy Awards 2013(4)
Below are the juries for the British Fantasy Awards 2013. The main jury decides the categories of fantasy novel, horror novel, novella, short story, collection, anthology, magazine/periodical, comic/graphic novel and screenplay, while the non-fiction, artist, small press and newcomer (Sydney J. Bounds) awards have their own juries. The special (Karl Edward Wagner) award is decided by a vote of the British Fantasy Society committee.
Over the next month or so the juries will decide whether to add any “egregious omissions” to the shortlists produced by the voting of the British Fantasy Society and the attendees of FantasyCon 2012. The shortlists will then be announced, and the juries will go on to decide the winners, which will be announced at an awards ceremony held at the World Fantasy Convention 2013, which runs from October 31 to November 3 in Brighton.
The jury members were selected by the British Fantasy Awards Administrator, Stephen Theaker (firstname.lastname@example.org), and approved by the committee of the British Fantasy Society.
Coming Soon… The Burning Circus!Comments Off
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All good things…(1)
Ramsey Campbell has been the President of the British Fantasy Society for as long as we can remember. His hand has been on the tiller, guiding the BFS through sometimes choppy waters, but always there as the face of the society, and as the final arbiter in times of indecision and conflict.
As one of the most important writers of his genre and generation the BFS has been privileged to have him as president.
Sadly, all good things end, and Ramsey has indicated that for various reasons he feels that now is the right time for him to step down from this position, and it is with great sadness that we are announcing his retirement as president.
The committee hopes you will all join us in wishing Ramsey well for the future, and in thanking him for his tireless work in promoting and representing the British Fantasy Society.
We will be contacting all members again soon, with regard to the appointment of a new president, who will need to be proposed and voted for at the next AGM.