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.
Holdfast Magazine Issue 1 Out Now!(0)
“In an age when book blogs and eZines seem to crop up every twenty three and a half minutes, Holdfast has done it right – interesting features, diverting fiction, music and literary challenges – and that’s just in the first issue! I for one can’t wait to see where it goes from here.”
- Lee Harris, Senior Editor, Angry Robot and former Publisher of Hub Magazine.
Issue#1: Speculating about Speculative Women is out now at www.holdfastmagazine.com
Read speculative fiction, poetry, interviews, articles, reviews and other oddments all whilst listening to the Holdfast fantasy playlist. Take part in co-authoring a story with featured author Emma Newman in the Story Chain. Discover what’s making Emma Newman angry, read Eva Kerslake-Blue’s short story Mirror, Mirror (and then read her bio!), peruse new books written and inhabited by speculative women on the Bookshelf, and find out about the underrepresentation of Black women in science fiction.
Each issue revolves around a central theme, examining genre fiction through focussed articles, fiction and reviews. Linked to this is each issue’s interview with a featured author, whose writing connects to the issue’s topic. Regular features include The Unbelievers, in which our two heroic editors attempt to convert self-confessed fantasy haters, a themed playlist that gives readers a suitable atmosphere in which to browse, and A Letter To… tells an author how influential and inspiring they are.
Holdfast are now accepting submissions for Issue#2: Animals, Beasts & Creatures. Are you fascinated by what lurks within and what hides in the shadows? Holdfast looks at the relationship between speculative fiction and animals, whether talking badgers or fire-breathing dragons.
Co-editors Laurel Sills and Lucy Smee became friends in a cold, dark, terrifying caravan in Wales at the 2013 Sci-Fi Weekender. A combination of delirium, excitement and hypothermia inspired them to start the kind of publication that they would want to read – one that’s insightful, funny and analytical. With a shared interest in feminism and speculative fiction, they decided for Issue#1 to look at the underrepresentation of women in the past, present and future, and to celebrate all the wonderful things that women in genre fiction have already achieved.
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.”
Coming this month from Alchemy Press…Comments Off
Astrologica: Stories of the Zodiac edited by Allen Ashley.
What’s your star sign? Is our fate pre-determined by the constellations and the position of the planets? Can astrology really present an alternative vision to the apparent certainties of science, politics, religion and celebrity culture? Or should its claims of determinism, fate, fortune and personality profiling perhaps be taken with a large pinch of salt?
Here are fourteen brand new astrologically themed stories to delight and enthral, spanning the range of science fiction, fantasy and horror, with stories by Doug Blakeslee, Mark David Campbell, Storm Constantine, Adam Craig, Megan Kerr, Joel Lane, Bob Lock, Jet McDonald, David McGroarty, Ralph Robert Moore, Christine Morgan, David Turnbull, Neil Williamson and Stuart Young.
What is the secret of the white bull and his labyrinthine ranch? Why should you never trust gifts you win at a funfair? And why are twins always apparently at war with each other? Read on and find out…
Following the success of The Alchemy Press Book of Pulp Heroes, here is another helping of stories to stir your adventurous heart: stories in the tradition of the pulp heroes, of Doc Savage and The Green Hornet, of The Shadow and The Bat. Heroes and heroines and villainous villains.
Fourteen exciting stories by Mike Resnick, Adrian Cole, William Meikle, Anne Nicholls, Bryn Fortey, Chico Kidd, Pauline E Dungate, Marion Pitman, Robert William Iveniuk, Stuart Young, Ian Hunter, Andrew Coulthard, Martin Gately and Arch Whitehouse.
There is magic out there on the street and the Mythic are alive and well and creating chaos in a city near you.
Fourteen fabulous authors bring you tales of wonder and horror, with ancient curses and modern charms, strange things in the Underground, murder and redemption, corporate cults and stalwart guardians, lost travellers and wandering gods, fortune tellers and urban wizards, dragons, fae and unspeakable beasts.
With stories from: James Brogden, Joyce Chng, Zen Cho, Graham Edwards, Jaine Fenn, Christopher Golden, Kate Griffin, Alison Littlewood, Anne Nicholls, Jonathan Oliver, Mike Resnick, Gaie Sebold, Adrian Tchaikovsky, and Ian Whates.
Alchemy Press will be holding a launch event for these books at WFC 2013 at noon on Friday 1st November so pop along if you have the chance!
A Duo from David A. Riley…Comments Off
David A. Riley has just had two new books published. Lovecraftian horror The Return is published by Blood Bound Books and short story collection The Lurkers in the Abyss and Other Tales of Terror has been published by Shadow Publishing.
David has also been interviewed for the Weird Tales website HERE
‘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
Great British Horror’s Great British Horror Volume 1!Comments Off
The book will be available on Kindle for a three month period, and all proceeds from the book will be donated to Centrepoint, which is a UK based charity that supports homeless children and young people.
For more info, check out the JustGiving page HERE
‘Screaming Book of Horror’ Paperback Out NowComments Off
The Screaming Book of Horror, originally released only as a limited hardback edition, is now available as a paperback from Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/dp/19066
New Robert Rankin Novel to TelosComments Off
Stephen James Walker and David J Howe, Editorial Directors of Telos Publishing have acquired world rights in a new fantasy novel by bestselling author Robert Rankin. The novel, entitled The Abominable Showman, will be published in 2014.
‘We’re absolutely delighted to welcome Robert Rankin to Telos Publishing,’ said Howe. ‘I have admired and been a fan of his work for many years, and we intend to bring Telos’ commitment to quality and enthusiasm for good writing to bear, and to make the release of The Abominable Showman one of the most talked-about fantasy books of 2014.’
The novel concerns the celebration of Queen Victoria’s 90th year on the throne – and is set on a vast steampunk space liner in the year 1927. ‘The book embodies all that is loved and celebrated about Rob’s writing,’ said Howe. ‘It has a magnificent sense of the absurd, combined with characters which leap off the page. Rob’s fans are in for a real treat!’
‘I was delighted when we agreed that Telos Publishing would take this novel,’ explained Rankin. ‘I have long been an admirer of their catalogue of authors and books, and the enthusiasm and excitement that they bring to the publishing process. It’s something of an honour to join them in this adventure, with a novel of which I am very proud, and had a great deal of fun writing.’
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.