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.
‘Hellraiser’ Actor Writes Plays for London Horror FestivalComments Off
Nicholas, known for playing the Chatterer Cenobite in Clive Barker’s ‘Hellraiser’ film; has dramatised two stories from his collection, ‘What Monsters Do’, which is rated 5 stars on amazon.com. He is working closely with Hidden Basement Productions to bring them to the stage.
The show, ‘What Monsters Do’, consists of two 25 minute horror plays performed as a double bill. The stories, ‘Tunes from the Music Hall’ and ‘Green Eyes’ explore love, lust, obsession, the bond of family and the dark violence that lurks behind seemingly innocent people. Nicholas said, “The plays centre on the theme: it is not our flesh, but our acts which make us monsters.”
Directing the plays will be Philip North, co-writer and director of ‘The Puppetry of Flesh’, which sold out at last year’s London Horror Festival. He said, ‘I’m thrilled that a horror icon like Nick has chosen to work with Hidden Basement to bring his dark stories to life. It’s great to have such rich source material for a project. I think the piece is really unique and a must see for all fans of horror. I’m looking forward to unleashing these two disturbing tales on London audiences.’
‘What Monsters Do’ is on at the Etcetera Theatre, Camden at 7:30pm, 25th-27th October 2013 as part of the London Horror Festival.
Tickets: £10 (£8 conc.)
Buy online at:
Etcetera Theatre box office: 020 7482 4857
Nine World’s Science Fiction, Fantasy and Academia ConferenceComments Off
Tolkien and Language
Discussing Religion and Doctor Who
Thor: the God of New Technologies?
The Design of Alien Ecologies
The Deterministic Monkey Theorem or Chaos in L-Space
Wicker Men, Straw Dogs and Fireflies: Celts and Others in 70s Cinema and ‘Safe’’
You can find abstracts posted on a regular basis on their blog, http://sffacademic.
Tickets are £85 for the whole weekend, and can be purchased here. These do not include accommodation, but do include access to the entire convention – which includes tracks on Geek Feminism, Video Game Culture and Game of Thrones, as well as guest such as Chris Barrie, Rihanna Pratchett and Monte Cook.
Worcester Literary Festival Horror PanelComments Off
‘42 Worcester,’ the Gothic, Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy monthly event in Worcestershire, is delighted to announce three best selling UK Horror writers going along to the WLF and 42 Worcester Special next week.
Authors Adam Millard, Dave Jeffery and Steve Byrne will be made welcome at Drummonds Bar at The Swan with Two Nicks, 19 June 2013. They will form a panel to discuss with local writers and horror aficionados what horror writing is about and how the best writers approach it.
Steve Byrne is the author of ‘Phoenix’, a dark horror novel set during the Vietnam War. He’s had a number of short stories published – the latest will appear in the anthology ‘No Monsters Allowed’. Steve was born and bred in Wolverhampton. His parents soon feared that something wasn’t right. While the other kids were reading Enid Blyton, his head was buried in a copy of the latest James Herbert.
Dave Jeffery is perhaps best known for his zombie novel Necropolis Rising which has gone on to be a UK #1 Bestseller. His Young Adult work includes the critically acclaimed Beatrice Beecham Series, BBC: Headroom endorsed Finding Jericho and the 2012 Edge Hill Prize Long-listed Campfire Chillers short story collection. His short story Daddy Dearest features in the award-winning Holiday of the Dead anthology (this is Horror Awards, Best Anthology, 2012).
Adam Millard is the author of thirteen novels and more than a hundred short stories. Probably best known for his post-apocalyptic fiction, Adam also writes fantasy/horror for children. He created the character Peter Crombie, Teenage Zombie just so he had something decent to read to his son at bedtime. Adam also writes Bizarro fiction for several publishers, who enjoy his tales of flesh-eating clown-beetles and rabies-infected derrieres so much that they keep printing them. When he’s not writing about the nightmarish creatures battling for supremacy, Adam writes for ‘This Is Horror’, whose columnists include Shaun Hutson, Simon Bestwick and Simon Marshall-Jones.
Go along to hear what Adam, Dave and Steve have to tell us about successfully publishing their work. They will value your questions and give you insight to the world of horror and publication in the genre. Tickets are just £3 on the door. Keep up with www.facebook.com/42worcester for further information.
Schedule Confirmed for Brand New Science-Fiction ConventionComments Off
The FUTURA science-fiction convention takes place at Wolverhampton’s Light House on the 15th June, with a superb line-up of publishers and speakers taking part. The schedule has now been confirmed for this exciting and packed day of events, with something for all fans, readers and aspiring writers in the field.
The event will begin with a host of activities in both cinema spaces, including reading and Q+A sessions with the three Guests of Honour – Ken MacLeod, Adam Roberts and Ian R MacLeod. The cinemas will also host a range of panels, including sessions looking at the world of independent publishing, how to write great short stories, science-fiction’s place in the mainstream, the comic and graphic novel scene and many more.
These panels and readings offer a great chance to find out more about science-fiction on the whole, and these will be running alongside a number of ‘kafeeklatsch’ sessions. These allow audience members the chance to join an informal chat with their favourite authors – a unique chance to ask the questions that you may have for some of the leading writers on the day.
The courtyard area will be hosting a booksales area, featuring a range of booksellers and independent presses. Already confirmed are Wolverhampton Waterstones, Pendragon Press, Screaming Dreams, Fringeworks, Aethernet Magazine and more, offering you the chance to pick up some incredible bargains!
The evening of the event brings a host of fun activities to wrap up the day, including the live raffle draw, with some incredible prizes to give away. There will also be the mass signing – giving you the perfect chance to get your books at home or new purchases on the day signed – as well as a science-fiction quiz to close, with more fantastic prizes to be won!
Finally, you’ll be able to enjoy the Futura ‘Area of Ale’, with a great range of local beers and ales available to try. Both this and the bar will be open until late, giving you the chance to relax socialise after the day’s events draw to a close.
Event organiser Alex Davis said: ‘I’m really excited by the schedule of this event, which offers a great range of activities from the serious and professional to the light-hearted and fun. With so much to choose from, anyone coming along to the event is bound to find plenty to attend!’
Tickets to Futura are £25 for the day, including access to all of the above activities throughout. To book, call Light House Box Office on 01902 716055 or visit http://light-house.co.uk/featured/2013/05/futura-sci-fi-convention/
FUTURA Event CompetitionComments Off
FUTURA is an exciting new science-fiction event which takes places on Saturday 15th June in Wolverhampton. Hosted at the fabulous Light House, the day will feature a range of panels, readings and kafeeklatsches, plus your chance to win awesome prizes in our raffle and our science-fiction quiz! Futura runs from 11am till late, with the bar open until 1am – plenty of time to enjoy the drinks, food and real ale on offer! Not only that, but the even features a stellar line-up of authors and publishers, including Guests of Honour KEN MACLEOD, IAN R MACLEOD and ADAM ROBERTS.
We’re pleased to have two tickets to this fantastic event, worth £50, to give away to one lucky winner! We’re just looking for an answer to the following…
Guest of Honour Adam Roberts has been nominated for the Arthur C Clarke award three times. For your chance to win, simply name any one of the titles that have received a nomination.
Email your answer to us at competitions@
Nine Worlds Conference: Science Fiction, Fantasy and AcademiaComments Off
Papers are invited for the first Nine Worlds conference. Nine Worlds is a convention for fans of science fiction, fantasy and related areas taking place at The Renaissance Hotel, Heathrow, from the 9th – 11th August. As part of this, an academic conference is being organised to allow academic study and layperson interest in this field to overlap. The conference itself will be from 10am on the 10th through to the evening of the 11th. Confirmed speakers include Edmund Weiner, Beth Tovey, Professor Marion Gibson and Dr Andrew Crome.
In recent years, there has been a surge of interest in the areas of science fiction and fantasy in general, and within the fan communities themselves an interest in studying works in this domain more closely. We therefore intend the conference to be accessible to the well informed non-academic, whilst still remaining valuable for those within the field.
We welcome contributions from any field that intersects with science fiction or fantasy, including the following:
Creative Writing Workshops – Free Taster SessionsComments Off
Allen Ashley has several free “taster” sessions lined up for his writing workshops. Each of these is being held at a different venue. Depending upon the take-up, Allen hopes to follow the sessions with a regular group starting a few days or a couple of weeks after the taster session. So, if you live in or near north London and you want to take up or return to creative writing, get yourself along to one of his workshops!
Attendance is free at these Ways into Writing one hour taster sessions. Attendees will need to bring a pen, paper, a board or notepad to lean on, plus their imagination. Allen’s workshops are practical – you will be writing within 5 minutes.
If you want to reserve a place or if you have any queries, such as how to get to the venue, please email Allen on allenashley-writer (at) hotmail.co.uk
Please put the name of the venue (e.g. Chipping Barnet) in the subject bar.
Workshops will run on:
Saturday 19 January 2013 from 10.30am to 11.30am at Chipping Barnet Library, Stapleton Road, Barnet EN5 4QT
Monday 4 February 2013 from 5pm to 6pm at the Bull Theatre, 68 High Street, BarnetEN5 5SJ
Tuesday 5 February 2013 from 12noon to 1pm at Finsbury Library, 245 St John Street, Islington, London EC1V 4NB
Tuesday 19 February 2013 from 2.30pm to 3.30pm at Central Library, 2 Fieldway Crescent, Islington, London N5 1PF.
Sci-fi comedy run at the Hen & Chickens TheatreComments Off
The year is – the future. Two complete strangers wake up on a tiny shuttle in the middle of deep space. Tyler (Cliff Chapman), a sarcastic, over-confident entrepreneur, finds himself trapped with Gary (Adam Joselyn), an insufferably chirpy conman. The Syndicate has sentenced them both to death – they have one hour before their shuttle plunges nose-first into the asteroid belt. Can they work together to survive? Are they doomed to irritate each other into oblivion? Or will they thwart an evil empire in time for tea and Deal or No Deal? (Yup, it’s still a thing).
The show runs from 11th-15th December, with a matinee performance on the Saturday. Tickets cost £9 and are available HERE or from the venue 30 minutes before each show starts.