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TV and Film / Re: Game of Thrones Prequel
« Last post by david_heath on May 15, 2019, 10:35:04 am »
From the Mail Online:

"Game Of Thrones prequel 'has the working title Bloodmoon' as stars shoot new series in Belfast ahead of hotly-anticipated season eight finale":

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-7025245/Game-Thrones-prequel-working-title-Bloodmoon-stars-start-shooting-new-series.html

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"A brilliant techno-thriller, full of suspense, with rich and detailed characters. Beautifully edited and boasting an amazing level of realistic-sounding scientific detail. Fans of crime, medical, and supernatural thrillers should all enjoy this book, particularly those who like the more science-oriented works of Dean Koontz. With this book, Johan Fundin has established himself as a definite talent to watch in the thriller genre."
—OnlineBookClub.org, Official Review

DISORDER
28-MAY-2019


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Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: JOHAN FUNDIN - THRILLER AND SUSPENSE AUTHOR
« Last post by Johan Fundin on April 27, 2019, 09:29:52 am »
"A fast-paced, suspenseful read that brings up questions of reality and perception. The author’s idea to explore this through a medical lens is an interesting twist."
The US Review of Books

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28-May-2019


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Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: David A. Riley
« Last post by David A. Riley on April 20, 2019, 08:50:46 pm »
Below is my review of The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors which has been published in the current issue of Phantasmagoria Magazine.

THE ALCHEMY PRESS BOOK OF HORRORS
Edited by Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards

Anthologies like this used to be commonplace once, back in the day when they were a regular part of the output by major publishers like Pan, New English Library, Sphere Books and Corgi, etc., often by editors like August Derleth, Peter Haining, Kurt Singer, Michel Parry and others. Today it is virtually only the small independent presses that keep the flag flying, though few come close to The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors for giving us such a bumper crop in nearly 400 pages of 25 outstanding stories. Congratulations must be offered to the editors for achieving this!

It would, I’m afraid, be too lengthy a task to discuss every single story, and some worked for this reader better than others, though I would vouch for there not being a single dud amongst them, so I will just highlight a few that I particularly liked. Ramsey Campbell reliably opens proceedings with Some Kind of a Laugh, which is different to but inevitably brings to mind his brilliant novel The Grin of the Dark, where laughter becomes menacing and the make-believe world of entertainment hides a terrifying horror. Samantha Lee goes visceral with a vengeance with The Worm, which would have been a worthy entry into any of the old Pan Books of Horror (of which she was once a contributor!) Marie O’Regan’s Pretty Things very soon belies its name, where masks play a key, sometimes gut-wrenching part. I’ve always enjoyed Mike Chinn’s stories, and Her Favourite Place, which is SF horror,  is one of his best, set in an undersea farm. Tony Richards’ The Garbage Men has an engrossingly claustrophobic nightmare effect and a great climax. It’s a while since I read anything new from Stephen Laws but Get Worse Soon is a cleverly plotted tale about an overly thrifty pound shop customer who literally gets more than he bargained for! It’s a very cleverly told tale. Scarecrows are often frightening creations, and Adrian Cole’s Broken Billy uses one to great and horrifying effect. John Grant’s Too Late shifts reality and perception of what is going on to great effect – and has a truly grand guignol twist at the end. These are just a few of the stories which for me stood out, though the standard throughout is consistently high. It is definitely one of the best anthologies I have come across for quite some time and I would highly recommend it.

If the stories weren’t enough, the book is also illustrated throughout with finely drawn headers for each of the stories by the talented Jim Pitts, adding that extra touch of quality to this book, which concludes with an informative set of Contributor Notes.



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Announcements and Suggestions / BFS Short Story Competition 2019
« Last post by Allen on April 17, 2019, 08:00:53 pm »
I am pleased to announce that as of 1 April we are open once again for the annual British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition. Rules and guidance are basically the same as last year, only the dates have changed! I am looking for brand new, unpublished short stories across the broad fantasy genre (fantasy / science fiction / horror / fabulism / slipstream /etc). Maximum word length: 5000 words firm. Top prize is £100 plus a year’s free membership and publication in “BFS Horizons”. Second prize is £50 plus a year’s free membership and publication in “BFS Horizons”. Third prize is £20 plus publication in “BFS Horizons”. I will read each story silently and expect to read most of them more than once. Entries close at midnight BST on 30 June 2019. Results are due by the end of October 2019. BFS members who are not committee members are allowed one free entry; non-members or second entries require a payment of £5 via PayPal at the weblink.
Full details:
http://www.britishfantasysociety.org/british-fantasy-awards/short-story-competition/
Here we go again!
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TV and Film / Lord of the Rings TV Series
« Last post by david_heath on April 14, 2019, 11:45:19 am »
Amazon's new 'Lord of the Rings' TV Series is due to start filming in Scotland this August. The series "will be set during the 3,441-year period before the events of The Fellowship of the Ring. In the JRR Tolkien timeline, this is known as the Age of Númenor, or the Second Age":

https://www.radiotimes.com/news/on-demand/2019-04-14/lord-of-the-rings-amazon-tv-series-release-date-cast-trailer-writers-prime-video/

There's an official twitter feed for the show as well:

https://twitter.com/LOTRonPrime
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Promote Your Projects / Re: Parallel Universe Publications
« Last post by David A. Riley on April 10, 2019, 03:34:24 pm »
The price reduction on the signed, numbered, limited edition of The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts has now ended and the price has reverted to its original cost of £35 per copy plus postage and packing.

However, a soft cover version in two volumes will be available shortly through amazon, price £15.00 per copy.





http://paralleluniversepublications.blogspot.com/
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BFS Publications / Re: BFS publication checklist
« Last post by Rolnikov on April 07, 2019, 03:37:04 pm »
The previous post is getting pretty long, so here's a separate one for the society's ebook exclusives:

Shelflings #1 (April 2012) (eb, 1138ll), compiled by Stephen Theaker
Shelflings #2 (July 2012) (eb, 1499ll), compiled by Stephen Theaker
Shelflings #3 (September 2012) (eb, 1546ll), compiled by Stephen Theaker
Shelflings #4 (January 2013) (eb, 1546ll), compiled by Stephen Theaker
Shelflings #5 (August 2015) (eb, 64pp), compiled by Stephen Theaker
Shelflings #6 (October 2015) (eb, 64pp), compiled by Stephen Theaker

BFS Story #1: Journal of the Eldritch Plains by Allen Stroud. 20pp. Edited by Allen Ashley. Available in pdf, epub and mobi formats.
BFS Monthly Story #2: The Drinker of Tears by Sandra Unerman. 14pp. Edited by Allen Ashley. Pdf only from this story on.
BFS Monthly Story #3: Poison Tree by Gary Couzens. 16pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #4: Feast of Fools by Nicky Peacock. 17pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #5: The Travellers by M.D. Kerr. 17pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #6: Mind of its Own by Geoff Nelder. 13pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #7: The Rat Catcher's Dance by Andrew Knighton. 13pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #8: Summer of Ants by Pauline E. Dungate. 15pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #9: You Have Reached Your Destination by Peter Sutton. 15pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #10: Ella by Jemma Picken. 18pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #11: Ash Flower by James Brogden. 12pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #12: Empire Is No More by Nigel Robert Wilson. 20pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #13: Putting on a Brave Face by Rowena Harding-Smith. 10pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #14: Mycul Zas by Clint Wastling. 26pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #15: The Contract by Lisa Farrell. 19pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #16: Milk by Rowan Bowman. 14pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #17: Only the Broken Remain by Ian Steadman. 12pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #18: Our Ghost by Sandra Unerman. 15pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #19: Elise Ridley, There Are Castles in the Sky But Not for You, M.M. Lewis. 16pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #20: The Final Act by Edmund Glasby. 17pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #21: The Boom Show by Anne Wrightwell. 13pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #22: Coquetry, She Disdained by Stephen Theaker. 16pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #23: Daddy by Rowena Harding-Smith. 8pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #24: Five Black Bolts by Michael Button. 13pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #25: The Gaze of the Abyss by Edmund Glasby. 13pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #26: Bicycle by Marilyn Thompson. 12pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #27: The Silence by Lisa Farrell. 11pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #28: Emeralds of Eros by Clint Wastling. 25pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #29: Lenore! by Cheryl J. Sonnier. 15pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #30: The Curse of Narcissus by Suzy A. Kelly. 16pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #31: The Manual by Robin Lupton. 15pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #32: Soul Cages by Lucy Stone. 17pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #33: Next in Line, by A.N. Myers. 9pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #34: Afore the Master by Suzy A. Kelly. 7pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #35: Ice Heart by Marilyn Thompson. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #36: Monster for Hire by Jason Gould. 20pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #37: Red Song by M.M. Lewis. 7pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
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Alchemy Press / Compromising the Truth
« Last post by Peter Coleborn on April 02, 2019, 02:53:32 pm »


Eighteen stories plus two dozen poems of the weird and wonderful: a touch of science fiction, a tidbit of horror, a sprinkling of the strange.

From Adrian Cole’s introduction: His stories reflect a clear understanding of the human condition and he imbues his characters with knowing insights. The tales vary from stark, unnerving urban horror, to blackly humorous, almost preposterous fantasy, although even these hugely entertaining yarns are seated in reality.

Compromising the Truth is available in print and eBook formats. Click here for further details:


https://alchemypress.wordpress.com/alchemy-publications/2018-publications/compromising-the-truth/



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