Recent Posts

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 10
BFS Events / Re: BFS Social London
« Last post by Djibril on December 12, 2019, 09:03:46 pm »
Are there still BFS socials in London? If they're not announced here in the forums any more, where would I go to find out about them?
Ask the Authors and Artists! / Radio interview to promote What the Wind Brings
« Last post by hapthorn on November 21, 2019, 09:05:53 pm »
Preparatory to the release of What the Wind Brings, my big historical novel with magical realism, in paperback and ebook editions on December 15, my publisher has engaged a publicist to draw attention to me and the book.  As a consequence, I’ve been getting lined up for radio interviews wherever someone has a time slot to fill.

The most recent has been with Britain’s Southside Broadcasting during a live drive-time (UK time, that is) program that has now been archived at

I come on just after Paul McCartney sings, at about 24:50.  It’s about a twelve-minute interview, starting off with chatter about speechwriting and housesitting, two of things I’m known for, and then we get into plugging the book and the launch – which will be at Academie Duello, on West Hastings Street in Vancouver, sometime in the afternoon of December 15.  There will also be demonstrations of swordfighting styles and techniques, by people who actually know what they’re doing.

Click on the link and listen in.
Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: David A. Riley
« Last post by David A. Riley on October 28, 2019, 10:19:52 am »
I so far have three stories due to be reprinted in various publications next year.

The latest is Help-Plants, which will appear in Martian Wave from Alban Publishing. This story was first published in Aboriginal Science Fiction.

Two other stories will appear in Lovecraftiana: Lurkers and The Shadow by the Altar.

Currently I have one story in the latest issue of Phantasmagoria Magazine: Their Cramped Dark World, and a second, Lock-In in Gruesome Grotesques #5, due next month, the Twilight Zone issue, as well as Writer's Cramp in Terror Tales of Northwest England.
Books / Forgotten Realms
« Last post by david_heath on October 23, 2019, 10:11:58 am »
I recently stumbled across FORGOTTEN REALMS, the series of novels based in the campaign setting for the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. It looks as though there are about 295 of the things (including anthologies)! One person has even created their own spreadsheet and reckons it’ll take the best part of 10 years to read them all! (Then there’s the debate about whether you should read the novels in publication order or chronological order). I don’t really have time for that. So is anyone familiar with this series and, more importantly, can recommend a few of these books to read? To put it bluntly, which ones are the best?

Wikipedia helpfully supplies a complete list of these novels if that helps:
British Fantasy Awards / Re: British Fantasy Awards 2019
« Last post by Rolnikov on October 20, 2019, 05:14:41 pm »
This year's winners (per Twitter):

Anthology: Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 5, ed. Robert Shearman & Michael Kelly (Undertow Publications)

Artist: Vince Haig

Audio: Breaking the Glass Slipper (

Collection: All the Fabulous Beasts, by Priya Sharma (Undertow Publications)

Comic/Graphic Novel: Widdershins, Vol. 7, by Kate Ashwin

Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award): The Bitter Twins, by Jen Williams (Headline)

Film/Television Production: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Phil Lord & Rodney Rothman

Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award): Little Eve, by Catriona Ward (W&N)

Independent Press: Unsung Stories

Magazine/Periodical: Uncanny Magazine

Newcomer (the Sydney J. Bounds Award): Tasha Suri, for Empire of Sand (Orbit)

Non-fiction: Noises and Sparks, by Ruth E.J. Booth (Shoreline of Infinity)

Novella: The Tea Master and the Detective, by Aliette de Bodard (Subterranean Press)

Short Fiction: "Down Where Sound Comes Blunt", by G.V. Anderson (F&SF March/April 2018)

The Special Award (the Karl Edward Wagner Award): Ian Whates

The Legends of FantasyCon announcement was delayed because the recipient wasn't at the convention, I'm told. The physical award has changed this year: it looks a bit like a arched photo frame, rather than the previous bookends. It's handcrafted by Morag Hickman, who described it as "a bolted sandwich of laser-cut acrylic, containing the archway and rocks in birch plywood and layers of hand-cut green vellum ivy leaves".
BFS Publications / BFS Journal #20
« Last post by Rolnikov on October 19, 2019, 12:45:00 pm »
Thanks to Allen Stroud and Sean Wilcock for BFS Journal #20, received in ebook format today, and to all the contributors: Alix Beaumont, Nick Wood, Mike Barrett, Karen Fishwick, Jonathan Elmore, Heather Ivatt, Leslie Stratyner, Stephanie Weaver, Allen Ashley and Iren Boyarkina. The cover is by David McNamara.

It was originally put together last year, hence the copyright date being given as 2018, and the editorial etc referring to next year. I only mention that here only in case it causes confusion down the line.

I've set it up on Goodreads, if any other members want to add it to their reading lists on there. It's a good way of letting people know what the society is up to:
BFS Publications / Re: BFS Journal #18
« Last post by Rolnikov on October 19, 2019, 12:38:54 pm »
I direct messaged him in the end, and he agreed to remove some of them.
BFS Publications / Re: BFS Horizons #9
« Last post by Rolnikov on September 19, 2019, 11:32:31 am »
And the forthcoming stuff I'm aware of:

Emerging Horizons: "This project has been delayed but is still alive and kicking. I hope to have a further update soon." (source: BFS Bulletin)
BFS Journal #20: finished but hadn't been sent to press (source: post by editor in BFS Facebook group)
BFS Horizons #10: being worked on by the same editors as #9 (source: interview with Tim)
BFS Journal #21: Sean Wilcox has taken over as editor, publication was planned for June (source: call for submissions)
Obverse Books / Re: The Black Archive
« Last post by Stuart Douglas on September 19, 2019, 10:18:54 am »
And the list of Black Archives to have been released to date:

#1: Rose by Jon Arnold
#2: The Massacre by James Cooray Smith
#3: The Ambassadors of Death by LM Myles
#4: Dark Water / Death in Heaven by Philip Purser-Hallard
#5: Image of the Fendahl by Simon Bucher-Jones
#6: Ghost Light by Jonathan Dennis
#7: The Mind Robber by Andrew Hickey
#8: Black Orchid by Ian Millsted
#9: The God Complex by Paul Driscoll
   #10: Scream of the Shalka by Jon Arnold
#11: The Evil of the Daleks by Simon Guerrier
#12: Pyramids of Mars by Kate Orman
#13: Human Nature / The Family of Blood by Purser-Hallard and Jacobs
   #14: The Ultimate Foe by James Cooray Smith
   #15: Full Circle by John Toon
   #16: Carnival of Monsters by Ian Potter
#17: The Impossible Planet / The Satan Pit by Simon Bucher-Jones
#18: Marco Polo by Dene October
   #19: The Eleventh Hour by Jon Arnold
   #20: Face the Raven by Sarah Groenewegen
   #21: Heaven Sent by Kara Dennison
   #22: Hell Bent by Alyssa Franke
   #23: The Curse of Fenric by Una McCormack
   #24: The Time Warrior by Matthew Kilburn
   #25: Doctor Who (1996) by Paul Driscoll
#26: The Dæmons by Matt Barber
#27: The Face of Evil by Thomas Rodebaugh
#28: Love & Monsters by Niki Haringsma
#29: The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon by John Toon
#30: The Dalek Invasion of Earth by Jonathan Morris
#31: Warriors’ Gate by Frank Collins
#32: The Romans by Jacob Edwards
#33: Horror of Fang Rock by Matthew Guerrieri
#34: Battlefield by Philip Purser-Hallard
#35: Timelash by Phil Pascoe
BFS Publications / Re: BFS Horizons #9
« Last post by Rolnikov on September 18, 2019, 01:28:48 pm »
No, that's the most recent. There's a list here:

There's an issue of the BFS Journal to come, but one way or another it didn't go to press before the editor moved on and seems to be in limbo.
Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 10