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Title: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on October 26, 2008, 07:35:20 pm
Theaker's Quarterly Fiction #25 is out now: as ever it's free to download (http://www.silveragebooks.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/mag/tqf/tqf_25.htm), and outrageously expensive to buy on paper (http://www.lulu.com/content/4365277).

HORROR
Jack, by Bob Lock
Strangers Wear Masks of Your Face, by Ralph Robert Moore
Mississippi Sunshine, by J.R. Parks
In the Vale of Pnath, by John Hall

FANTASY
Murder in the Minster, by Rafe McGregor
Naked Before Mine Enemies: a Tale of Tiana, by Richard K Lyon & Andrew J Offutt

SCIENCE FICTION
Newton Braddell and His Inconclusive Researches into the Unknown: In the Mountain of Sanity; Bombshells; and The Start of a Long Descent, by John Greenwood

There are also a lot of reviews and a few second-hand news items...
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: benedictjjones on October 26, 2008, 09:46:35 pm
lovely, cheers steve
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on December 15, 2008, 12:03:23 am
I'm running a bit late with Theaker's 26, having tried to cram a bit too much in. But I have done something: I've made the last two issues available on Feedbooks (http://www.feedbooks.com/). Here's issue 24 (http://www.feedbooks.com/userbook/2730) and here's issue 25 (http://www.feedbooks.com/userbook/2729).

It's a great source of (and a great way of distributing) free reading material for ebook readers of all kinds.
Title: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction #26
Post by: Rolnikov on December 16, 2008, 05:45:58 pm
TQF26: now out!

This issue of Theaker's Quarterly Fiction has one of our best ever covers, courtesy of the marvellous John Shanks. It shows the three kings doing battle with a demon on their way to Bethlehem. Eric Lowther tells this seasonal story in "We Three Kings".

In the last of our series of stories by Richard K. Lyon & Andrew J. Offutt, Tiana pays a visit to the "Inn of the White Cat". In John Greenwood's series that never ends, Newton Braddell researches "The Cruellest Month". And then John Hall tells the chilling story of "The Burrower Beneath". In the last quarter of the issue we have reviews of the latest from PS Publishing, among others. It's a rather shorter issue than usual (we had to hold some material over to next time), but it's a very nice one.

The editorial is a bit rubbish ? I'm still working through my feelings about losing at NaNoWriMo, so you'll have to bear with me ? but if you skip that bit you'll have a great time with Theaker's Quarterly Fiction #26 (http://www.silveragebooks.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/mag/tqf/tqf_26.htm).
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on April 24, 2009, 04:53:25 pm
Theaker's 28 is now running wild...

You can download it from our website as a free pdf (click here (http://www.silveragebooks.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/mag/tqf/tqf_28.htm)), buy it as a paperback book from Lulu (click here (http://www.lulu.com/content/6904417)), or grab it in a variety of ebook formats from Feedbooks (click here (http://www.feedbooks.com/userbook/5264)).

This is one of our most varied issues yet. It starts in the best possible way with "Quadrant Five" – a bunch of people on a spaceship going who knows where. That's followed by the next riveting instalment of Newton Braddell and a short-short from Josie Gowler, "Soldier", before things get rather literary with the double-barrelled strangeness of "Breaking Out of Sleep" and "Anatomy of a Wounded House", from Barry Pomeroy and Douglas Thompson respectively. Then John Hall wonders whether you dare descend "The Stairs in the Crypt", and Jason Hinchcliffe tells the saga of the "Bloodbegotten".

I round out the issue with a bunch of reviews.
Title: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction #29
Post by: Rolnikov on June 09, 2009, 09:49:42 am
Now available for free: TQF29, seven stories high. Douglas Thompson takes the lead, with the eerie and poetic "Madame Mortadore & the Clouds". "Foundling" by Nick Sansone follows a painter through a troubled life. "Imaginary Prisons" by David Tallerman has a good deal to say on the subject of prophecies. John Hall delivers the last of his forgotten stories to our horror section, "The Feaster from the Stars". (Its final image is unforgettable.) John Greenwood then lets us have it three times in the third eye, as Newton Braddell continues to wend his hopeless way across the world. The review section contains the usual batch from me, as well as ones by John Greenwood, Rafe McGregor and Steve Redwood, who consider Morpheus Tales #3, a Hound of the Baskervilles graphic novel, and Midnight Street #12 respectively.

As usual, you can download it from our website as a free pdf (click here (http://www.silveragebooks.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/mag/tqf/tqf_29.htm)), buy it as a paperback book from Lulu (click here (http://www.lulu.com/content/7249780)), or grab it in a variety of ebook formats from Feedbooks (click here (http://www.feedbooks.com/userbook/5922)).
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on June 20, 2009, 08:22:33 am
Click here (http://www.garethdjones.co.uk/2009/06/editors-stephen-theaker.html) for an interview with me about TQF...
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on October 09, 2009, 10:39:32 am
Issue 30 of TQF features not one but two writers using the initials K and J. How many other magazines can say that? Black Static, Interzone, Postscripts and McSweeney's all have their fans, but only Theaker's Quarterly would dare to bring you two K.J.s in a single issue!

The issue opens with "Citadel Ninety-Nine" by Michael Canfield, in which a bloodthirsty army tears its way across a strange, strange world. Also in this issue…

John Greenwood plots the next point in Newton Braddell's weary journey. Jon Vagg shows what really goes on at conventions in "DeadSoulsCon". K.J. Hays tells the story of "The Zombie Who Went to Town in Style". K.J. Hannah Greenberg writes about creatures in mailboxes in "Just One Case of Flash: Another Chimera Story". And Ben Thomas & Skadi meic Beorh win this issue's best title award with "The Periodic Honking of the Fruit-Seller's Truck".

The issue ends with our usual bountiful selection of reviews, including comment on all of this year's British Fantasy Award-nominated novels, two books from Rhys Hughes, and a collection by Steve Redwood.

And of course the editorial apologises for the lateness of this issue...

As usual, you can download it as a free pdf from our website (click here (http://www.silveragebooks.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/mag/tqf/tqf_30.htm)), buy it as a paperback book from Lulu (click here (http://www.lulu.com/content/7742400)), or grab it in a variety of ebook formats from Feedbooks (click here (http://www.feedbooks.com/userbook/7819)).
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on December 27, 2009, 05:40:43 pm
If you've had a good Christmas, it's about to get better! If you've had a bad one, here is its saving grace! Theaker's 31 (http://www.silveragebooks.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/mag/tqf/tqf_31.htm) is here for your pleasure, with eight terrific stories and nineteen reviews. We have fantasy from Zachary Jernigan and Heather Anastasiu, horror from Alex Smith and David M. Kinne, science fiction from Alison J. Littlewood, David Tallerman, Glynn Barrass and John Greenwood, though as ever these labels are applied somewhat loosely! The marvellous cover is by Howard Watts, while Douglas Ogurek, Rafe McGregor and the editor supply reviews.
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on February 08, 2010, 07:09:45 am
Theaker's Quarterly Fiction #32 is now available. This special issue of Theaker's Quarterly features the long-awaited conclusion of our very long-running serial, Newton Braddell's Inconclusive Researches into the Unknown. And on the flipside, a special treat, issue 10 of Pantechnicon! This issue of Pantechnicon includes Alex Davis (founder of Alt.Fiction and former BFS events organiser) on organising literary events and an interview with goremaster Herschell Gordon Lewis, as well as other stories and articles. The lovely TQF cover is by Howard Watts, the lovely Pantechnicon cover by Richard Dyke.

This is rather a sad issue for us. We’d hoped for many, many years that with issue 32 we would finally catch up with McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern – in terms of issue numbers if nothing else. It was a silly, arbitrary goal, but one that kept us going. It wasn’t to be: we’ve produced this issue a bit late, and McSweeney’s managed to sneak out an issue 33 just as the year turned.

The second reason for our sadness is that this issue concludes the saga of Newton Braddell, a virtual ever-present in the magazine since his first appearance in issue 8, back in 2005. Herein we have the final four episodes: the magazine will be forever lessened.

In the style of British comics of old, TQF has absorbed one of the final issues of Pantechnicon, a fellow zine that ran out of steam, as Caroline has announced in another thread. Though I am always glad to see our rivals tumble to their doom, I was more than happy to help them get their last issues out to the world.

You can download the issue as a free pdf here (http://www.silveragebooks.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/mag/tqf/tqf_32.htm) from us, or from Feedbooks in various ebook formats (http://www.feedbooks.com/userbook/10090), or even buy a handsome print copy from Lulu (http://www.lulu.com/content/8283988).
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on April 03, 2010, 08:38:32 am
A bit of awards news...

Douglas Thompson's Anatomy of a Wounded House, from Theaker's #28, has been selected as one of the Notable Stories of 2009 in the StorySouth Million Writers Awards (http://www.storysouth.com/millionwriters/millionwritersnotable_2009.html).

The StorySouth award celebrates online fiction, and is administered and I think ultimately judged by Jason Sanford. The list of notable stories every year is a fantastic guide to the breadth of online fiction currently being published.
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on April 27, 2010, 08:49:17 am
A new issue of Theaker's will be along soon, but in the meantime I've posted an old novel on Feedbooks for free download: Professor Challenger in Space (http://www.feedbooks.com/userbook/11701).
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on April 27, 2010, 08:59:47 am
More awards news, again involving Douglas Thompson.

His collection Ultrameta (from Eibonvale Press), featuring stories that originally appeared in Theaker's Quarterly and Dark Horizons, is up for the Edge Hill award (http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/news/2010/04/high-profile-literary-names-revealed-in-edge-hill-short-story-prize), won last year by Chris Beckett's The Turing Test.

I would use a smiley to show how happy I am but none of them look quite sincere enough...
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on May 02, 2010, 09:19:31 am
I should be putting the finishing touches to Theaker's 33 today, but of course I'm procrastinating, so instead I've started a blog - Theaker's Quarterly & Paperbacks (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.com).

We'll leave the old website up for the foreseeable future as an archive (the NaNoWriMo pdfs on there get downloaded thousands of times a year), but this is effectively our new website.
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on May 17, 2010, 08:00:36 pm
Theaker's Quarterly Fiction #33 (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.com/2010/05/theakers-quarterly-fiction-33.html), perhaps our strangest ever issue, is now available in all our usual formats, many of them entirely free.

Our lead story is "NON", by Douglas Ogurek, a dizzying blur of new words, new fashions and new ideas, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as by Anthony Burgess.

Steve Redwood's "Nose Trek" is the story of a nose that implodes upon itself, and the brave souls who go inside to investigate. What happens once the mass of mucus in a nostril has passed the Chandrasekhar limit?

"Houseguest" by D. Harlan Wilson is as odd – and exciting – as anyone who's read his other work would expect, while "El Aullido del Diablo" by Dean M. Drinkel is so entertainingly barmy that I have to confess I'm not entirely sure what it's about. "Bird Talk" by Mark Lord is almost incongruously normal, despite its mix of witches, clerics and boozy tramps.

The cover is by the wonderful Howard Watts, while the reviews are unfortunately by me.

No Pantechnicon supplement this issue, but we have our fingers crossed that it will return, one last time, for #34.
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: CarolineC on May 19, 2010, 09:23:37 pm
No Pantechnicon supplement this issue, but we have our fingers crossed that it will return, one last time, for #34.

I can confirm that it most definitely will. I'm currently working my socks off to ensure it happens.  ;D

TQF#33 sounds right up my street, Stephen - I love strange. Haven't got time to stop and read it at the moment though, or I won't get Pantechnicon done ...  :-\
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on July 16, 2010, 08:32:37 am
We have a book launch tomorrow, so I hope no one has made plans!

Oxfam Books and Music Moseley are having an Arthur Conan Doyle night as part of Oxfam's Bookfest, and they're using our new collection of Conan Doyle horror, The Conan Doyle Weirdbook, edited by Rafe McGregor, as a hook. There will be dramatised readings of the stories and other shenanigans. The book will be exclusively available from Oxfam Books and Music Moseley for a period before being made available more widely.

The event is at the Prince of Wales pub, Alcester Road, Moseley Village, Birmingham, on Saturday 17th July starting at 7.30pm.

The entry fee is a book donation!

Full details here: http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.com/2010/06/arthur-conan-doyle-weirdnight.html
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on November 08, 2010, 04:02:45 pm
Freed from the yoke of BFS servitude, I've finally finished TQF34! It features a series of terrific stories, an indulgent editorial, our first ever convention report, and a huge review section: twenty-two books, seven movies, three audio reviews, one comic and one game. The cover is once again by the wonderful Howard Watts.

This issue's stories are:

- The Chapel on the Headland, by Rafe McGregor
- The Needs of the Dead, by Jon Vagg
- The Frog God’s Chosen, by Steve Cotterill
- The Free Dynamos and the Lone Island in the Sky, by Mike Phillips
- Of Kith and Kin, by Howard Watts
- Barney Wilson, by Kevin Bridges
- Glass Houses, by David Tallerman
- Name the Planet, by Ross Gresham

The free pdf of this issue can be downloaded here (https://docs.google.com/fileview?id=0B9oCWBEs0S7OMDQ0ZDllMTAtNDIyZS00NjVkLWEwNTEtNzBiMDgyYWZmOGU1&hl=en_GB&authkey=CJX7lqoP) (it's the perfect size for reading on an iPad). Ebook versions are available for free from Feedbooks (http://www.feedbooks.com/userbook/16681/theaker-s-quarterly-fiction-34). The paperback is available for £3.99 from Lulu (http://www.lulu.com/product/13568154). Further details here (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.com/2010/11/theakers-quarterly-fiction-34.html).
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on January 09, 2011, 07:50:13 pm
Feeling hopeless about 2011? Here’s Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction #35, 96 pages of fiction and reviews, to wash away your pain with the pain of others. “Involuntary Muscle” by Black Static contributor Maura McHugh tells of Lilly, her unhappy life made more miserable yet by surprising news. “House of Nowhere”, a novella by Matthew Amundsen, concerns brave Hully Bo, trapped in a submerged house and tortured by the mean and mysterious Conjurer.

We then have reviews of books by Justin Isis, Brendan Connell, Lucius Shepard, Johnny Mains, André Gide, Kevin Anderson and Sam Stall, Scott Edelman and Kristine Ong Muslim, and of the latest instalments of Doctor Who and Harry Potter. In the comics section we take a look at Clint #4, the wonderfully wordy Showcase Presents DC Comics Presents Superman Team-Ups, Vol. 1, and Strangers: Homicron.

The seasonal cover is by lovely Howard Watts. The issue’s available in all our usual formats, most of them completely free. Links and further info here. (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.com/2011/01/theakers-quarterly-fiction-35-now.html)

Our next issue will be #36, out on March 27.
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on March 28, 2011, 04:02:39 am
Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction #36 is out!

144 pages of fiction and reviews, all available for free download, but also in print as a lovely paperback book should you prefer. Links and further info here (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.com/2011/03/theakers-quarterly-fiction-36-now.html).

Our fiction this time: "The Photographer’s Tale" by Daniel Mills, "A Fable of Worcester" by Victor D. Infante, "Angeline of the Woods" by Dylan Fox, "Told in a Brothel on Darien" by Elaine Graham-Leigh, "The Burden of Proof" by David X. Wiggin, "Totem" by Howard Watts, "Huracan" by Matt Baxter and "'A' Story: an Animated Adventure" by Nicholas Rasche. I think it's one of our strongest ever line-ups.

The Quarterly Review takes in four Doctor Who audio adventures, books from James Lovegrove, Michael Moorcock, Brendan Connell, Stephen King, Michael Croteau and Gary McMahon, and comics from the brothers Nicolle, Black Coat Press and Dargaud. In our film section, Jacob Edwards and Douglas Ogurek review The Adjustment Bureau, I Am Number Four, Paul, Season of the Witch and Tron: Legacy.

The space-age cover is by superstar artist Howard Watts, and Ben Ludlam illustrates the story "Huracan" in the pdf and print editions. If it weren't for the slightly lazy editorial, I'd call this our best ever issue!

We're currently reading for issue 37, by the way, due out June 27 - submission guidelines are here (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.com/p/submission-guidelines.html).
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on May 29, 2011, 07:41:32 pm
We've finally got around to putting a couple of our books up in the Kindle store. Michael Wyndham Thomas's The Mercury Annual (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mercury-Annual-Valiant-Razalia-ebook/dp/B004C05CMK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1306694239&sr=8-1) was described in Tony Williams' Prism review as "one of the strangest stories I have read in a long while", and is available for 86p.

And if your idea of heaven is a book that was written in a week and ends with a slap-up dinner then we've got just the thing for you: Professor Challenger in Space (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Professor-Challenger-in-Space-ebook/dp/B0052MPD2Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=digital-text&qid=1306694062&sr=8-1) by me, now available in the Kindle store for the grand sum of 86p.
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on June 01, 2011, 11:30:07 am
Another of our books is now available via the Kindle store: Five Forgotten Stories (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Five-Forgotten-Stories-ebook/dp/B0053INX3U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&m=A3TVV12T0I6NSM&qid=1306923243&sr=1-1), by the mysterious John Hall, a member of the International Pipe Smokers’ Hall of Fame. The cover - one of my very favourites - is by John Shanks. The book is currently available for 86p.

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Astute readers will recall that in the winter of 1934–1935, Robert Harrison Blake – whose last days are recorded in H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Haunter of the Dark” – wrote five weird tales. There has been some controversy over these stories, notably the question as to whether they were published under different titles or lost when Blake met his untimely demise. Some ten years ago, now, John Hall acquired an old exercise book which belonged to a certain “Robert Blake” of Providence…

We put the print version of this one out back when I was a bit overwhelmed with BFS stuff, so I don't know if anyone actually heard of it! If any bloggers etc would fancy a review copy of this (or of any of our titles), in print or as an ebook, do get in touch.
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on June 03, 2011, 09:51:24 pm
We've added three more titles to the Kindle store, though I had to reassure Amazon first that I was indeed the publisher of them. I refrained from suggesting that the clue was in the title of the magazine.

Anyway, here they are, all ready for your little grey lovelies. Each costs just 86p.

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Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on July 05, 2011, 12:07:53 am
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Eight stories and one article feature in issue 37 of Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction:

- Apoidroids by Douglas Thompson
- Make It Sacred by Mike Sweeney
- The Last Testament by Rafe McGregor
- Curios by Ben Kendall-Carpenter
- The Model of a Boy by Alex Smith
- Harrowing of the Barrow by Skadi meic Beorh
- Devilry at the Hanging Tree Inn by David Tallerman
- The Watchman by Chris Roper
- In the Shadow of Slartibartfast: Donald Cotton and Doctor Who’s Other Comedic Trilogy by Jacob Edwards

The editorial, How Could a Person Up and Call a Person Wack?!, addresses the suggestion put to us in recent months that giving books bad reviews is something one should avoid; it also briefly discusses what steps I'm taking to improve the visibility of female writers in future issues, given their embarrassingly total absence from this one.

The review section stretches to thirty pages, covering books by McSweeney’s, Jason Heller, Matthew Hughes, Ian Whates, Richard Parks, Adam Baker, Daniel Mills, Gary Fry, Andy Remic and D.F. Lewis, as well as CDs, comics and films.

Howard Watts is our beloved cover artist.

Further information and links to all the various formats (most of them completely free) can be found on our blog: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction #37 (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.com/2011/07/theakers-quarterly-fiction-37-now.html).
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Des Lewis on July 05, 2011, 11:45:00 am
I think Stephen's article completely misnderstands my blog 'No Blame'. But I'll allow mysef to be blamed for allowing those loopholes to be exploited.  I'll let others decide, too.
I was not talking about ordinary bad reviews, but deliberately *very very* bad reviews indeed, ones that people have written to me privately agreeing with what I was  saying in this context about the John Greenwood review.  And I was careful not to assign blame or come to any conclusion, hence the title.  Nor have I doubted the existence of anyone. I even joined John Greenwoods's Facebook page as a Friend. :)
des
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on July 05, 2011, 11:59:21 am
Thanks for taking the time to read my editorial, Des.

Obviously, I don't agree with the distinction you are making between "ordinary bad reviews" and "deliberately *very very* bad reviews", since the implication is that John's review was written with malicious intent, rather than just because he didn't think your book was very good.

If a reviewer thinks that a book is very, very bad, s/he should give it a very, very bad review. There's nothing to be gained from pretending books are better than they are.
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Des Lewis on July 05, 2011, 12:12:30 pm
Thanks, Stephen. I hope people will see what I mean if they investigate further.
I was not implying 'malicious' intent, by the way, in the actual writing of the review and the findings made.  I am not referring to the review itself, but the context and tone and exploiting or decontextualising things, as I feel you have done in your recent article, Stephen.  But I'll let others decide. I may be wrong. des
PS There is another article of mine in addition to 'No Blame', called 'Weirdtongue Palaver' that actually addresses some of John Greenwood's literary points. Only my opinions, of course. ('Palaver' after Stephen King's Dark Tower)  :)
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on July 05, 2011, 12:20:32 pm
It's precisely because of that context - because we had publicly argued, here on the BFS forums - that I passed the book to John for review.

If you don't think John should have reviewed your book in that context, I'm sure you agree with my conclusion in the editorial that we should not review your books in future.
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Des Lewis on July 05, 2011, 12:22:46 pm
I certainly agree with your last point, because of the wrestling image in the JG review - was it wrestling or boxing, I can't recall.
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Des Lewis on July 05, 2011, 12:26:02 pm
Sorry, it was chess! :)
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on August 24, 2011, 11:21:50 am
We're reading submissions now for Theaker's #38 - a good time to submit! The longest guidelines in publishing can be read here. (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.com/p/submission-guidelines.html)
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on October 14, 2011, 05:03:51 pm
Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction #38 is now available in paperback and for free download in various ebook formats.

It features “The Lives and Spacetimes of Thornton Excelsior” by Rhys Hughes (actually eight stories in one); “Better than Llandudno, eh?” by Michael W. Thomas,  and “Old Preach’s Gods” by Z.J. Woods, as well as two stories by contributors to Dark Horizons and Full Fathom Forty: “The Daylight Witch” by Jim Steel and “Off and On Again” by Alison Littlewood.

Books from Paul Magrs, Reggie Oliver, Anne and Todd McCaffrey, Nathalie Henneberg, Glen Duncan, Vendela Vida, Wil Wheaton, Johnny Mains, Guy Haley, Ian Cameron Esslemont, and Catherynne M. Valente are up for review, as well as seven comics, six audio adventures, five films and one game.

Contributing reviewers include Jacob Edwards, Regina Edwards, Michael W. Thomas and Douglas J. Ogurek. Cover art by Howard Watts.

More information and links to downloads on the Theaker’s Quarterly blog (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.com/2011/10/theakers-quarterly-fiction-38-now.html).

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Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on October 14, 2011, 05:04:59 pm
I've also added to our blog a short piece about the BFS (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.com/2011/10/british-fantasy-society.html) I wrote for the FantasyCon 2010 souvenir booklet.
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on October 21, 2011, 10:06:27 pm
I'm very chuffed that TQF was thought to merit an entry in the new edition of the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/Entry/theakers_quarterly_fiction) - at university I used to go up to the library just to sit and read the earlier editions.

And they're really nice about us too: "Although the magazine states that its primary goal is 'to keep going', its real purpose is the publication of absurdist fiction which uses all of the images, tropes and concepts of science fiction and mutates them into indescribable forms."

Course, it's still the beta edition, so there's time for them to come to their senses..!
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Jim Steel on October 22, 2011, 12:21:04 am
Nice - I'd missed that one.
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Des Lewis on October 22, 2011, 08:08:52 am
I'm very chuffed that TQF was thought to merit an entry in the new edition of the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/Entry/theakers_quarterly_fiction) -

Congratulations. Certainly, the one issue whose fiction I real-time reviewed on-line deserves as wide a readership as possible.  It was all truly excellent.  And I've said elsewhere about the reviews in TQF: "So, after the above research and more, I feel Theaker’s Quarterly Reviews are all certainly stimulating, often perceptive, sometimes eccentric …"
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on January 01, 2012, 10:01:10 am
Thanks, guys!

In Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction #39 we have six more stories of Thornton Excelsior from the magnificent Rhys Hughes, mutant ultraviolence from Mike Sauve, a science fiction tale from our dear friend Douglas Thompson, and our very first interview, with Matthew Hughes. Ben Ludlam illustrates a Thornton adventure, and there are lots of reviews, from Jacob Edwards, Douglas Ogurek and me. The Christmassy cover art is from Howard Watts.

The 38-page review section includes books by Matthew Hughes and E.C. Tubb, audio adventures for Dick Barton and Doctor Who, and comics featuring Atomic Robo, Conan the Barbarian, Frank Miller's Holy Terror, Ian Churchill’s Marineman, the Incredible Change-Bots, Stan Nicholls' Orcs, Rascal Raccoon, and many more. We also look at Borderlands, Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team, Melancholia, Paranormal Activity 3, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 1, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.

In the editorial, “Agendas, Plaudits and Plans”, I talk about my favourite things of 2011, our plans for 2012, the introduction of a new Theaker rule, and – at last! – I reveal the secrets of my hidden agenda.

As ever it's completely free to download, and even the gorgeous paperback version is only a few quid. Links here: http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.com/2011/12/theakers-quarterly-fiction-39-now.html

Happy new year everyone!

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-si5Ol0NcnFY/Tv2pjN6qpXI/AAAAAAAABNI/WZ2sxLs-8aI/s1600/TQF39.jpg)
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: David A. Riley on January 01, 2012, 11:15:58 am
Thanks, guys!

In Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction #39 we have six more stories of Thornton Excelsior from the magnificent Rhys Hughes, mutant ultraviolence from Mike Sauve, a science fiction tale from our dear friend Douglas Thompson, and our very first interview, with Matthew Hughes. Ben Ludlam illustrates a Thornton adventure, and there are lots of reviews, from Jacob Edwards, Douglas Ogurek and me. The Christmassy cover art is from Howard Watts.

The 38-page review section includes books by Matthew Hughes and E.C. Tubb, audio adventures for Dick Barton and Doctor Who, and comics featuring Atomic Robo, Conan the Barbarian, Frank Miller's Holy Terror, Ian Churchill’s Marineman, the Incredible Change-Bots, Stan Nicholls' Orcs, Rascal Raccoon, and many more. We also look at Borderlands, Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team, Melancholia, Paranormal Activity 3, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 1, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.

In the editorial, “Agendas, Plaudits and Plans”, I talk about my favourite things of 2011, our plans for 2012, the introduction of a new Theaker rule, and – at last! – I reveal the secrets of my hidden agenda.

As ever it's completely free to download, and even the gorgeous paperback version is only a few quid. Links here: http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.com/2011/12/theakers-quarterly-fiction-39-now.html

Happy new year everyone!

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-si5Ol0NcnFY/Tv2pjN6qpXI/AAAAAAAABNI/WZ2sxLs-8aI/s1600/TQF39.jpg)

Thanks, Stephen. Just downloaded this onto my brand new Kindle (a present for Christrmas).

A Happy New Year to you too!
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Des Lewis on January 01, 2012, 11:31:50 am

Thanks, Stephen. Just downloaded this onto my brand new Kindle (a present for Christrmas).

A Happy New Year to you too!


I'm hoping to buy the book itself and RTR its fiction at some stage, as I did with a previous TQF.
Happy New Year to Stephen and David and everyone else.
des
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on January 02, 2012, 05:51:53 pm
Thanks, fellas! Welcome to the dark side, David!

If anyone with a blog, zine etc would like a free print copy for review, just PM or email me. (No need to guarantee a review, of course.)
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: CarolineC on January 02, 2012, 09:49:50 pm
And, as if by magic, it appears on the main website - without you even having to ask me, Stephen!  ;)
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on January 03, 2012, 07:11:24 am
Thank you, kind lady!  :)
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Des Lewis on January 06, 2012, 05:10:20 pm
My real-time review of the fiction in TQF #39: http://nullimmortalis.wordpress.com/2012/01/06/real-time-review-of-tqf-39/
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on January 10, 2012, 08:02:35 am
Lulu has a special offer on the go (as usual - getting a bit worried about them, to be honest):

25% off any books
Coupon Code: LULUBOOKUK305
Coupon expires 31 January 2012
£50 Max Savings

You can find nearly all of our books and magazines here: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/silveragebooks

BFS members might also be interested in these books: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/wilwheaton. Wil Wheaton played Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: the Next Generation, and in Memories of the Future he watches the episodes he was in, talks about his reaction to them, lets them stir up a few memories. Often very funny - I did a short review of it here (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.com/2011/10/memories-of-future-vol-1-by-wil-wheaton.html).
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on January 10, 2012, 05:49:09 pm
Having seen mags like Morpheus Tales (http://issuu.com/morpheustales) and Andy Remic's Ultimate Adventure Magazine (http://issuu.com/ultimateadventuremagazine) use Issuu, I thought we'd give it a go with a couple of recent issues. Here they are: http://issuu.com/rolnikov.
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on March 19, 2012, 08:34:53 am
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QiSF1coi-Oo/T2Nr5gI3cKI/AAAAAAAABSk/F_B3gQ8i5zo/s170/cover-v2.jpg) (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-uktrNYLqPM0/T2Nq5kjuloI/AAAAAAAABR0/H7Ay_vF51nc/s170/the-fear-man-stephen-theaker.jpg) (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-S4GfjOoNGnI/T2NrNLx7KDI/AAAAAAAABSA/TBSSm0FMJvI/s170/howard-phillips-in-his-nerves-extruded.jpg)

These old NaNoWriMo novels of mine appeared in our magazine in our early days, and we'd always meant to publish them as books, but never made the time. And in truth, they weren't really worth the effort! But that didn't stop them clogging up our publishing plans, and getting in the way of us doing more interesting projects. So, I thought, let's just get the buggers out and move on.

Links are to Amazon UK, but the books are available on Kindle worldwide.

Quiet, the Tin Can Brains Are Hunting! (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Quiet-Tin-Brains-Hunting-ebook/dp/B007KOAH9S/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1331970549&sr=8-6) – a semi-sequel to Professor Challenger in Space, this was originally published as a ebook all the way back on 22 January 2001. Mrs Challenger sends a mismatched team of heroes and villains out on a mission to stop the tin can brains.

The Fear Man (http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Fear-Man-ebook/dp/B007L314G8/ref=sr_1_10?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1331915352&sr=1-10) – the President of Earth battles the universe to get his unborn daughter back. Great idea, poor execution!

Howard Phillips in His Nerves Extruded (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Howard-Phillips-Nerves-Extruded-ebook/dp/B007KQHXO8/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_6) – following the events of the as yet unpublished (and largely unwritten) Howard Phillips and the Ghastly Mountain Howard is looking for more members to join his band. He has hired beautiful actresses to carry him around on a palanquin.
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on March 19, 2012, 08:35:31 am
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-aQdZD_54D4I/T2NrSc6zebI/AAAAAAAABSM/divaD6ae26Y/s170/howard-phillips-and-the-doom-that-came-to-sea-base-delta.jpg) (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tcl84oiug_g/T2Nrn1twXfI/AAAAAAAABSY/8ufiDpcpxeU/s170/howard-phillips-and-the-day-the-moon-wept-blood.jpg)

Howard Phillips and the Doom That Came to Sea Base Delta (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Howard-Phillips-Doom-Delta-ebook/dp/B007KSVY7S/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_7) – Howard goes on a mission to a haunted undersea base, and then finds himself at the end of the universe.

Howard Phillips and the Day the Moon Wept Blood (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Howard-Phillips-Moon-Blood-ebook/dp/B007L1T16K/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_8) – the worst writer in the world mounts a literary takeover of England, seizing control of our bookshops and making his base at the British Library.
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Phillip Spencer on March 20, 2012, 10:39:36 am
These old NaNoWriMo novels of mine appeared in our magazine in our early days, and we'd always meant to publish them as books, but never made the time. And in truth, they weren't really worth the effort! But that didn't stop them clogging up our publishing plans, and getting in the way of us doing more interesting projects. So, I thought, let's just get the buggers out and move on.
You might want to work on your sales pitch a bit, Stephen.  ;D
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Dave Brzeski on March 20, 2012, 01:37:14 pm
I'm still after a copy of the 3rd Challenger book, but the postage to have it shipped from the alternate dimension in which you actually wrote & published the bloody thing is astronomical!  :o
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on March 20, 2012, 05:06:20 pm
David, I’m going to have to write that one eventually just to get it off my back!

Phillip, let me give it another try!! I can do better!!!
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on March 20, 2012, 05:08:38 pm
Here goes...

In their very writing these five novels by the new KING OF SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY AND HORROR changed the course of not one but four art forms: FICTION, POETRY, FILM and MUSIC. Now available as ebooks they will REDEFINE every idea you have about what is POSSIBLE in a novel, EXPAND your consciousness beyond recommended safety levels and RAISE your expectations so high you’ll never be SATISFIED again! If you have a job QUIT it now. If you have CHILDREN take them to their grandparents. If you are on a bus buy a DAYSAVER. Because these books will make you FORGET and NEGLECT everything else in your life! They will leave you DROOLING with pleasure, GASPING at the pace of adventure, STUPEFIED by their literary genius. When you’ve read them you’ll demand to READ THEM AGAIN and PUNCH A HOLE IN THE FACE OF THE WORLD if it tries to stop you!!! Written in under THIRTY DAYS by a PROFESSIONALLY PUBLISHED WRITER or YOUR MONEY BACK! About £1.99 each.
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Phillip Spencer on March 21, 2012, 07:43:24 pm
Now available as ebooks they will REDEFINE every idea you have about what is POSSIBLE in a novel, EXPAND your consciousness beyond recommended safety levels and RAISE your expectations so high you’ll never be SATISFIED again! If you have a job QUIT it now. If you have CHILDREN take them to their grandparents. If you are on a bus buy a DAYSAVER. Because these books will make you FORGET and NEGLECT everything else in your life! They will leave you DROOLING with pleasure, GASPING at the pace of adventure, STUPEFIED by their literary genius. When you’ve read them you’ll demand to READ THEM AGAIN and PUNCH A HOLE IN THE FACE OF THE WORLD if it tries to stop you!!!

Now that's more like it... My Amazon account now says: I just bought: 'Howard Phillips in His Nerves Extruded' by Stephen Theaker.

I have already put the cats out in case my over-reactions scare them and trust I will not short out my Kindle with all the drooling and gasping. (It's not one of "those" novels is it?)
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on March 22, 2012, 08:30:45 am
Hey, thanks - hope you enjoy it! I was reading that one last night and thought it was the funniest thing I'd read in years. Especially the bit about pizza bases. And the way I completely forgot about one character for most of the novel.
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on March 28, 2012, 09:15:11 pm
I was delighted to hear this week that The Photographer's Tale by Daniel Mills, which appeared in Theaker's Quarterly Fiction #36, has been selected for Best New Horror 23. His novel Revenants, published by Chomu Press, is well worth a look too.
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Peter Coleborn on March 29, 2012, 09:15:58 am
I was delighted to hear this week that The Photographer's Tale by Daniel Mills, which appeared in Theaker's Quarterly Fiction #36, has been selected for Best New Horror 23. His novel Revenants, published by Chomu Press, is well worth a look too.

Great news
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on April 29, 2012, 07:31:47 pm
It's springtime! Don't you deserve to be happy? Then download issue forty of Theaker's Quarterly Fiction – or buy a print copy if you're so inclined!

This issue features our last seven micro-fictions from Rhys Hughes in “The Delusions and Tangents of Thornton Excelsior”, Lewis Gesner's strange little fable “The Journey of Toil Ling; a Folkish Tale”, a man coping with memories of off-world troubles in “Homecoming” by Mitchell Edgeworth, and thirty-odd pages of reviews by Stephen Theaker, Howard Watts, Jacob Edwards, John Greenwood and Douglas J. Ogurek. Cover art is by Howard Watts and interior art is by Ben Ludlam.

This 102pp issue is available in all the usual formats, all free except the print edition, which we’ve priced as cheaply as possible. (Just £2.59 at present!) More information here. (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/theakers-quarterly-fiction-40-now.html)

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-asJNTdV53YU/T5p98LwHZGI/AAAAAAAABYI/0Sdn4aDnzPU/s1600/theakers-quarterly-fiction-40.jpg)
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Des Lewis on April 29, 2012, 07:39:40 pm
Just ordered TQF40 the book from Lulu. Looking forward to it.
des
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on April 29, 2012, 07:43:23 pm
I'm sure your insights will be as profound and interesting as ever!
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Peter Coleborn on April 29, 2012, 07:53:30 pm
Smart-looking publication again. TQF demonstrates that with a bit of care it is relatively easy to produce professional-looking books and magazines. Even simple things such as sensible-sized indents (rather than the default tab setting) all help. Well done.

Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on April 30, 2012, 07:30:07 am
Thanks! Like anything, it's a lot easier with the right tools. I have to do some legacy jobs in things like PageMaker, and sometimes even Word, and it's a nightmare compared to working in Quark.
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on April 30, 2012, 08:04:55 am
Although, ironically, I spend most of my time on any typesetting job in Word, tidying up and coding the text. I love Word, passionately! I just wouldn't want to use it for the actual layout.
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Peter Coleborn on April 30, 2012, 08:19:34 am
Word is great -- deals with most of the issues before you use the DTP program. I should point out that my praise was for the PDF version, although I'm sure the others are as good. The print version of #38 and 39 have high production values.

After all this praise, Mr T, I expect a beer, at least. :)
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on April 30, 2012, 08:28:14 am
There are lots of different approaches, but mine is to use Word to code with Quark tags whatever I need to keep (headings, italics, bold, etc), then save to text-only and import to Quark and let it flow... Keeps what I need, ignores what I don't. An ordinary novel without any special requirements should only take an hour or so to typeset.

(Design, on the other hand, can take forever, and I am useless at it!)

The ebook version of TQF could be better, too; I think next issue we might start hand-making them rather than just using Feedbooks, to have a bit more control.
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Des Lewis on May 05, 2012, 03:34:26 pm
Just ordered TQF40 the book from Lulu. Looking forward to it.
des

My real-time review of the fiction in TQF#40 is now complete:
http://nullimmortalis.wordpress.com/2012/05/03/real-time-review-of-tqf-40/
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on May 06, 2012, 10:14:13 am
Thanks for that - it's nice to know we have a reader!
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on July 29, 2012, 09:44:54 am
I bet you're going on holiday soon, aren't you? And you probably haven't got anything to read. And if you have, I bet you'll read the first page and immediately get bored of it! Why take the chance! Download issue forty-one of Theaker's Quarterly Fiction – or buy a print copy if you're so inclined! – and you'll be assured of a brilliant holiday! And if you don't get a copy I'm going to keep using exclamation marks until you do!

This issue features two long stories – "Milo Don't Count Coup", by Ross Gresham, and Notes on the Bone" by Charles Wilkinson – a shorter one by our old friend Douglas Thompson – "DogBot™" – and fifty (FIFTY!) pages of reviews by me, my daughter Lorelei (now four times as old as she was the last time she wrote a review for us!), Howard Watts, Jacob Edwards, John Greenwood and Douglas J. Ogurek. The ace cover art is by Howard Watts.

This 130pp issue is available in all the usual formats, all free except the print edition, which we’ve priced as cheaply as possible. (Just £3.50 at present!) More information here. (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/theakers41.html)

(https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6987004/TQF/theakers-quarterly-fiction-41.jpg)
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on July 29, 2012, 10:14:00 am
And I almost forgot - FREE BOOKS!

From now on, with each announcement of Theaker's Quarterly Fiction we hope to offer one or more of our books free of charge on Kindle. These books will be free from now until Thursday:

The Mercury Annual, by Michael Wyndham Thomas (http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004C05CMK/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_.5pfqb0WR11W4)

Howard Phillips in His Nerves Extruded – by me! (http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007KQHXO8/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_P6pfqb034YZCF)
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Des Lewis on July 29, 2012, 12:52:23 pm
Just bought the print version. :)
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on July 29, 2012, 12:59:05 pm
Excellent! Might actually be the last print edition we do for a bit... I'm thinking about making a Kindle edition the lead version next time, and collecting the issues in a print volume once a year. But I'll see what John says. I often have such notions from which he dissuades me at our monthly editorial meetings!
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Des Lewis on July 29, 2012, 01:46:31 pm
That's the 4th TQF I've bought for the physical bookshelf...an heirloom for my children.
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: CarolineC on July 29, 2012, 01:49:27 pm
That's the 4th TQF I've bought for the physical bookshelf...an heirloom for my children.

Do you have the one which was a double-edition - TQF on one side, turn it round and you had the last ever Pantechnicon edited by yours truly? Not that I'm plugging it or anything, but ....  ;) ;D
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Des Lewis on July 29, 2012, 02:05:04 pm
Do you have the one which was a double-edition - TQF on one side, turn it round and you had the last ever Pantechnicon edited by yours truly?

No, I'm afraid not. I'll see if it's still for sale.
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on July 29, 2012, 02:40:00 pm
Here it is, Theaker's 32 (http://www.lulu.com/shop/stephen-theaker-and-john-greenwood/theakers-quarterly-fiction-32-with-pantechnicon-10/paperback/product-6312771.html). I made a mistake with that one, and ran the cover pdf off using the wrong choice out of RGB and CMYK, which is why it looks a bit odd. I made the same mistake with Dark Horizons 56.

Have you seen Real Steel, Caroline? Reminded me a lot of the robot fighting story you had in that Pantechnicon.

I did love John's Newton Braddell stories, which came to an end in that issue of TQF. We'll have to put them out as a book this year. He wrote two sequels in a very different style when taking part in Nanowrimo, but he's never let me read them.
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: CarolineC on July 29, 2012, 07:07:47 pm
Have you seen Real Steel, Caroline? Reminded me a lot of the robot fighting story you had in that Pantechnicon.

Thanks, Stephen. No, I haven't. To be honest, I can't remember much of what was in it now. A lot of water has gone under the bridge since then! Was that the one by Adam Christopher? (who, of course, is doing great things now with his Angry Robot books)

I do remember, though, that you were a very hard taskmaster when it came to getting the editing spot on. When I sent it to you, I thought I'd done OK - and then you came back with even more things which still needed work on them! But, I was very inexperienced then. I was thrown in at the deep end and learning the hard way!  :D

If you get it, Des, hope you enjoy it!  :)
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on August 22, 2012, 11:30:52 am
I deleted my Facebook account a few weeks back - and how I miss it! :'( - to encourage myself to use my free time more productively, but any Facebookers missing my particular brand of Whovian tedium and mild controversy can find me behind the counter of the Theaker's Quarterly Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Theakers-Quarterly-Paperbacks/105544849914).
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on December 01, 2012, 10:23:05 am
Theaker's 42 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00ADP83QK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=B00ADP83QK&linkCode=as2&tag=silveragebooks) is now out, featuring stories by Sophia-Karin Psarras, Mitchell Edgeworth and R.M. Fradkin, plus reviews by Jacob Edwards, Stephen Theaker and Howard Watts. It's free on Kindle for the next few days, and the print version's now from Amazon rather than Lulu, so no more of those pesky postage charges if you use Super Saver Delivery...

And to tie in with the new issue, we've also made a pair of our older books available free on Kindle: The Mercury Annual and Quiet, the Tin Can Brains Are Hunting!

More info here. (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/theakers42.html)
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on May 01, 2013, 12:23:30 am
Theaker's Quarterly Fiction #43 is now out.

This issue features five science fiction stories: "Diving Bird" by Madeleine Beresford, "Through the Ages" by Gary Budgen, "Quasar Rise" by Douglas Thompson, "Dodge Sidestep’s Dastardly Plan" by Howard Watts, and "Flight" by Mitchell Edgeworth, plus my accidentally topical editorial about leaving Facebook, and two dozen reviews from Jacob Edwards, Douglas R. Ogurek, Howard Watts, John Greenwood, Harsh Grewal and me. The cover is by Howard Watts, illustrating his own melodious, murderous fiction confection.

It's available for free download in epub, mobi and pdf formats, while print and Kindle versions are available for purchase on Amazon. More info here. (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/theakers43.html)
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Des Lewis on May 08, 2013, 01:53:39 pm
Theaker's Quarterly Fiction #43 is now out.

This issue features five science fiction stories: "Diving Bird" by Madeleine Beresford, "Through the Ages" by Gary Budgen, "Quasar Rise" by Douglas Thompson, "Dodge Sidestep’s Dastardly Plan" by Howard Watts, and "Flight" by Mitchell Edgeworth, plus my accidentally topical editorial about leaving Facebook, and two dozen reviews from Jacob Edwards, Douglas R. Ogurek, Howard Watts, John Greenwood, Harsh Grewal and me. The cover is by Howard Watts, illustrating his own melodious, murderous fiction confection.

It's available for free download in epub, mobi and pdf formats, while print and Kindle versions are available for purchase on Amazon. More info here. (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/theakers43.html)

I have started a RTRcausal of the fiction in TQF #43 here: http://nullimmortalis.wordpress.com/13881-2/
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on May 08, 2013, 04:07:13 pm
Neat - thanks!
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on May 15, 2013, 11:40:02 pm
My TQF co-editor John Greenwood has begun to submit stories elsewhere. Here's one of them in Bourbon Penn: http://www.bourbonpenn.com/issue/07/ (http://www.bourbonpenn.com/issue/07/)
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on July 14, 2013, 09:34:48 am
"Didcotts" by John Greenwood, TQF co-editor, appears in the forthcoming Rustblind and Silverbright (http://www.eibonvalepress.co.uk/books/books_rustblind.htm), edited by David Rix and published by Eibonvale Press, along with stories by Nina Allan, Joel Lane, Andrew Hook, Aliya Whiteley and many more fine writers. He was at the London launch of the book, which should put to rest once and for all the idea that he's a pseudonym of mine!
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Des Lewis on July 22, 2013, 01:24:42 pm
"Didcotts" by John Greenwood, TQF co-editor, appears in the forthcoming Rustblind and Silverbright (http://www.eibonvalepress.co.uk/books/books_rustblind.htm), edited by David Rix and published by Eibonvale Press, along with stories by Nina Allan, Joel Lane, Andrew Hook, Aliya Whiteley and many more fine writers. He was at the London launch of the book, which should put to rest once and for all the idea that he's a pseudonym of mine!

Just reviewed this story as part of my review of the whole book:
http://nullimmortalis.wordpress.com/14592-2/#comment-8427
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on July 22, 2013, 05:42:16 pm
Cool - glad you liked John's story.
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on July 31, 2013, 12:42:52 pm
We're currently putting the final touches to the magnificent zero hour for literature that is Theaker's Quarterly Fiction #44, while also looking at submissions of fiction and reviews for #45. The deadline is August 31.

The guidelines (which really need a spring-clean) are here: http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/p/submission-guidelines.html
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on August 27, 2013, 01:07:59 pm
Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction #44 is now out! It features five stories, arranged roughly in the chronological order of their settings: “A Lesson from the Undergrowth” by Charles Wilkinson, “Snow Crime” by Allen Ashley, “The Return of the Terrible Darkness” by Howard Phillips, “Black Sun” by Douglas Thompson, and “Milo on Fire” by Ross Gresham.

You’re going to love them. (Except the Howard Phillips one.)

The review section isn’t quite as long as last issue’s, but it still features five books (Dodger, A Game of Groans, Martian Sands, Señor 105 and the Elements of Danger and Star Wars: Scoundrels), three films (The Host, Star Trek Into Darkness and World War Z), and two television programmes (Astronauts and Doctor Who: Shada).

The editorial explains why I’m not retiring the magazine just yet, and the cover is once again by Howard Watts.

For full details, including links to download it for free (or pay for it in print), click here. (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/theakers-quarterly-fiction-44-now-out.html)

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zIGCm1ygLq0/UhxHSQ_sZLI/AAAAAAAACqw/VPmOHmQu2Nk/s320/Theakers-Quarterly-Fiction-44.jpg)
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on September 01, 2013, 06:09:46 pm
The deadline for submissions for Theaker's Quarterly Fiction #46 is November 29. We're looking for fiction and reviews. Astonishingly long guidelines here! (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/p/submission-guidelines.html)
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Des Lewis on September 03, 2013, 11:53:32 am
My on-going review of THEAKER'S QUARTERLY FICTION #44:
http://nullimmortalis.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/theakers-quarterly-fiction-44/
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on September 03, 2013, 12:49:16 pm
Super - thanks!
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on September 26, 2013, 05:36:10 pm
In 2009 we published a novel by Michael Wyndham Thomas, The Mercury Annual. That was a mistake. I love the book and I’m glad it’s been published, but it deserved a better publisher than me, one dedicated to publishing books and bringing them to readers’ attention rather than squeezing them in around a quarterly magazine! I haven’t made time to do any of the books I’ve published by other people any justice.

However, undeterred by my rubbishness Michael Thomas came back to us with the follow-up, and after a dilatory gestation period Pilgrims at the White Horizon will finally be launched this Friday, at 7.00 pm, at the Light House in Wolverhampton.

In this volume Keith is dragged off to Valiant Razalia, a far-off world hardly anyone remembers – because it only ever appeared in one panel of one comic strip in one British annual! – by bizarre alien beings who think he’s their creator and want him to finish the job. Along for the ride is Keith’s daughter, for whom it’s at least a break from her studies.

This will probably be the last book I publish for a while by anyone but me and John (unless I decide to give book publishing something more than a half-hearted go). I’ve taken an absolute age to get it ready for publication and I feel terrible about that. But it’s worth the wait. If you can’t make it to the Light House, watch out for it on Amazon this weekend.

Event: Book launch! Of Michael W. Thomas’s new novel, Pilgrims at the White Horizon. Date: Friday, 27 September 2013, 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm. Venue: The Light House Media Centre, Wolverhampton. http://www.light-house.co.uk/.

For more information about the author see: http://www.michaelwthomas.co.uk/
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on September 29, 2013, 05:11:12 pm
Pilgrims at the White Horizon is now out in print and Kindle. Details here (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/pilgrims-at-white-horizon-by-michael.html).

I'm happy to supply a free ebook or pdf copy to anyone who writes reviews anywhere, no guarantee of a review appearing required. We realise it's rather an odd book that won't be to everyone's taste!
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on September 30, 2013, 06:54:16 am
To coincide with its sequel's release, The Mercury Annual by Michael Thomas is free on Kindle for the next few days. Here it is on Amazon UK (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mercury-Annual-Valiant-Razalia-ebook/dp/B004C05CMK/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1380520267&sr=8-1), and here it is in on Amazon US (http://www.amazon.com/Mercury-Annual-Valiant-Razalia-ebook/dp/B004C05CMK/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1380520267&sr=8-1).
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on October 02, 2013, 05:22:49 pm
Hey, Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction #45 is now available for free download and features four stories: “The Colour of the Wind Erodes the Shape of Time” by Howard Watts, “We Slept Through the Apocalypse” by Howard Phillips, “Kingdom Automata” by Katharine Coldiron and “Carcosa, Found” by Robin Wyatt Dunn. The typically tedious editorial concerns my recent conversion to the cult of Scrivener.

The issue also includes six book reviews by me (Arctic Rising, Finches of Mars, The Resurrectionist, Alien Legion Omnibus, Claudia’s Story and Saga, Vol. 2), two film reviews by Jacob Edwards (Elysium and Man of Steel), and one film review each from Douglas J. Ogurek (The Conjuring) and Howard Watts (Star Trek Into Darkness). Howard also supplies the cover art.

More details here! (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/theakers-quarterly-fiction-45-free.html)
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on October 19, 2013, 07:55:39 am
TQF co-editor John Greenwood has a new story in No Monsters Allowed (http://www.doghornpublishing.com/wordpress/books/no-monsters-allowed-ed-by-alex-davies), a new anthology from Dog Horn Press, edited by Alex Davis.

I am desperately jealous, but apparently this is the kind of thing that can happen if you actually write stories and submit them to people, rather than constantly planning to write them.
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on October 23, 2013, 07:25:52 pm
A really nice review of Pilgrims at the White Horizon: http://sciencefictionfantasy.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/pilgrims-at-white-horizon-by-michael.html. (Ebook/print copies are available for reviewers.)
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on January 06, 2014, 03:45:09 pm
Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction #46 is now out, and features alphabetically-ordered stories by Gary Budgen, Mitchell Edgeworth, Josie Gowler, Stephen Palmer, Jessy Randall, Charles Wilkinson and Ross Gresham, plus eighteen reviews from me, Jacob Edwards and Douglas J. Ogurek, and spacechristmassy cover art by Howard Watts. As always, the ebook is free, the print edition as cheap as we can possibly make it:

http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/theakers46.html

The deadline for submissions for issue 47 is February 28.

This'll be my last post on the BFS forum for a little while - it's still an absolute nightmare getting on here (same for the BSFA, Newcon and a few others) and though I've found a couple of workarounds (a free proxy, a 3G Kindle) posting is still terribly time-consuming. Back as soon as the problem's sorted out - email if you need anything.
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on February 20, 2014, 08:47:20 am
A Goodreads giveaway of Pilgrims at the White Horizon (https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/82824-pilgrims-at-the-white-horizon). UK only, 5 print copies up for grabs.
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on May 05, 2014, 04:18:52 pm
Theaker's Quarterly Fiction #47 is now out and features four stories. “Abandon” by Mitchell Edgeworth takes the Black Swan into spooky territory. Antonella Coriander, who almost definitely exists, and is almost definitely not a pseudonym used to disguise our woeful lack of female contributors, begins her new serial Les Aventures Fantastiques de Beatrice et Veronique with “Bike Ride to Peril”. In Chris Roper’s story “Witchinga” a guy finds out that there are worse things than losing your job, even in the USA. And finally Anthony Malone’s satire “Zombie & Son” does its best to get us into legal trouble with a parody of beloved members of the British establishment which almost certainly does not reflect the real nature of any of the persons concerned.

The issue also includes reviews by Douglas J. Ogurek, Jacob Edwards and me of: Divergent, Doctor Who: The Web of Fear, Elvenquest: The Complete Second Series, The Exploits of Engelbrecht by Maurice Richardson, Ghost Train to New Orleans by Mur Lafferty, The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza by James Kochalka, Her, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, I, Frankenstein, Justice League of America, Vol. 1, New Amsterdam by Elizabeth Bear, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, Template by Matthew Hughes, Terra Obscura: S.M.A.S.H. of Two Worlds, The Winds of Gath by E.C. Tubb, and Wonder Woman Unbound by Tim Hanley.

As usual the issue is available for free epub, mobi and pdf download, and available as cheaply as possible in print and the Kindle store.

To celebrate this awesome event all of our Kindle exclusive books are free for the rest of the week, including all six of my novels. I spent as many as twenty days on some of them, so you know they'll be good.

Full details and links here: http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/theakers-47.html
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on June 30, 2014, 05:19:27 pm
Why was I expecting a visit from the police while reading Life, the Universe and Everything? What book do I read almost every day? What was the worst decision I ever made? What was the first book I got out of the big library? Which book completely derailed my education? Do I only read novels about orphans? All these secrets and more have been revealed in the #bookaday series of posts on our blog (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/bookaday).
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on July 01, 2014, 02:39:28 pm
We're working on Theaker's #48 at the moment, with #49 due for September, and then it's the big one at Christmas: #50! We're hoping to make that issue a celebration of the zine's history, so if you're a former contributor we'd love to hear from you again for that one.
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on August 25, 2014, 05:45:24 pm
Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction #48, out now, features six stories and twenty-two reviews. The fiction includes epic punk fantasy (“A Thousand Eyes See All I Do” by Charles Wilkinson), Oulippean island adventure (“Beatrice et Veronique: Into the Island” by Antonella Coriander), meetings with the almost-dead (“The Collection Agent” by John Greenwood and “Contractual Obligations” by Howard Watts), self-published silliness (“I Couldn’t See Past the Spider” by Stephen Theaker) and even some genuine wisdom (“The Riches” by Tim Jeffreys). The cover is by Howard Watts.

Books by Charlie Human, Carrie Patel, Eviatar Zerubavel, Matthew Hughes, Ian McDonald, Katherine Addison, Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa, Joe Schreiber and Henri Vernes are reviewed, and there are also reviews of comics (A.B.C. Warriors, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Luther Strode), films (Edge of Tomorrow, Ernest et Célestine, Godzilla, Maleficent), and television programmes (From Dusk Till Dawn, Game of Thrones, The Tripods, True Detective). Plus a game (Injustice: Gods Among Us) and an album (Indie Cindy by the Pixies).

Download links and further information here. (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/theakers-quarterly-fiction-48-out-now.html)
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: CarolineC on August 25, 2014, 05:50:15 pm
Great to see you're publishing a story by Tim Jeffreys, Stephen. I've been raving about his writing since the old days of Pantechnicon ezine.  :)
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Des Lewis on August 25, 2014, 06:48:06 pm
Great to see you're publishing a story by Tim Jeffreys, Stephen. I've been raving about his writing since the old days of Pantechnicon ezine.  :)

indeed, and I think it was you who put me on to his work, Caroline. My review in Feb 2012 of one of his books: http://nullimmortalis.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/the-haunted-grove-tim-jeffreys/
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on August 26, 2014, 04:27:03 pm
Great to see you're publishing a story by Tim Jeffreys, Stephen. I've been raving about his writing since the old days of Pantechnicon ezine.  :)

Ah, Pantechnicon, the hare to TQF's tortoise - always good to be reminded of our fallen rivals! Can't think of many other UK fiction zines from back then that are still going. Jupiter SF is the only one that comes to mind. Morpheus Tales is still going strong, but began a bit later in 2008.

Hope you enjoy this story by Tim, if you haven't already read it. It reminded me of my wife: short, clever and good.
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Des Lewis on August 26, 2014, 04:49:45 pm
Morpheus Tales is still going strong, but began a bit later in 2008.

Just for interest, Adam Bradley - the main man behind MORPHEUS TALES, I believe - started with BLACK TEARS and VIOLENT SPECTRES in the early 1990s. One of those actually published the original version of Mark Samuels' famous THE WHITE HANDS, under the title AMELIA, if I remember correctly.
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on September 01, 2014, 06:50:57 pm
A new interview on our blog with Kathryn Allan and Djibril al-Ayad, about their crowdfunding project Accessing the Future:

http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/accessing-future-interview-with-kathryn.html
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Djibril on September 03, 2014, 11:26:37 pm
Thanks for posting this interview, Stephen! A pleasure to be popping into the TQF pages again…
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on October 28, 2014, 04:18:13 pm
Is there anything you've ever wanted to ask the TQF staff? Why are we so mean to Howard Phillips? Is John Greenwood really a pseudonym? How ashamed are we of the cover art of issue 21? Now's your chance! In issue 50 we'd like to answer all your questions, about anything you like! And our answers will be honest. Or funny. To us, anyway.

Click here to submit your questions. (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1iNJyhfMrKo6ZaOaflE07nv883ytoyQkp1iMZ_utULJA/viewform)
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on November 14, 2014, 04:04:56 pm
Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction #49 is now out, and available in ebook formats for free and in print as cheaply as we can make it. It features novellas by Ross Gresham (“Ut in Fumum!”) and Michael B. Tager (“Nebuchadnezzar”), and an Oulippean story by Antonella Coriander (“Beatrice et Veronique: Tunnel Panic!”), plus cover art by Howard Watts, reviews by Tim Atkinson, Jacob Edwards, Rafe McGregor, Stephen Theaker and Douglas J. Ogurek, and an interview with Kathryn Allan and Djibril al-Ayad.

Download links and further information here. (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/theakers-quarterly-fiction-49-now-out.html)
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on January 31, 2015, 10:56:29 am
Theaker's Quarterly Fiction #50 is now available to download for free or to buy in a three hundred and twenty-four page paperback. Many former contributors return to help celebrate fifty issues and ten years of this most amateur of magazines, including David Tallerman, Douglas J. Ogurek, Michael Wyndham Thomas and Rafe McGregor. BFS Journal #13 cover artist Howard Watts takes us through his process, the team answer your most probing questions, and we rate and review almost a hundred books, films and games. Plus all our Amazon exclusive ebooks are free for the next few days. More info here. (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/theakers50.html)
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on March 22, 2015, 09:13:34 am
Now available for pre-order, the first ebook novella from Theaker's Paperback Library. It's a reprint of Walt Brunston's Space University Trent: Hyperparasite (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Space-University-Trent-Walt-Brunston-ebook/dp/B00V0VZMHY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1427015359&sr=1-1), his adaptation of the classic (but rarely seen) television episode, which first appeared in TQF13. It'll be out on April 30.
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on April 21, 2015, 06:47:05 pm
Theaker's Quarterly Fiction #51 is now out. (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/theakers-quarterly-fiction-51-now.html)

We have six stories this time: “Too Much Light Makes the Day Go Blind” by Marshall Moore, “One Slough and Crust of Sin” by Walt Brunston, “Water Imperial” by Charles Wilkinson, “The Assassin’s Lair” by Howard Phillips, “Whale on a Tilt” by Andrea M. Pawley and “Cybertronica” by Antonella Coriander. There are also fifteen reviews, by Douglas J. Ogurek, Jacob Edwards and me.

We review books by Lavie Tidhar, Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell, Henry Kuttner, David Ramirez and Joe Abercrombie, plus a Brenda & Effie audio play by Paul Magrs. We also consider Space Battleship Yamato, Jupiter Ascending, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (twice), the Kindle Voyage, the Amazon Fire TV, season nine of Supernatural, season one of The Leftovers, and season one of Constantine.

The deadline for submissions for #52 is 31 May 2015. Guidelines here! (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/p/submission-guidelines.html)
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on August 12, 2015, 10:36:08 am
Our blog has been busy this week, in the run-up to a new issue of our amateur magazine emerging on Friday:

Pork pies in the gardens: my FantasyCon 2014 (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/pork-pies-in-gardens-my-fantasycon-2014.html) – a reprint of the convention report that originally ran in BFS Journal #13

The Future Fire fundraiser! (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/the-future-fire-fundraiser.html) – a post about our friends at The Future Fire, who are raising money to fund a tenth anniversary special

Pixels | review by Douglas J. Ogurek (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/pixels-review-by-douglas-j-ogurek.html) – that rarest of things these days, a positive review for an Adam Sandler film (which I'm sure I'll love too)

Apologies for neglecting you, dear readers! (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/apologies-for-neglecting-you-dear.html) – some excuses for why the TQF blog has been so quiet of late, some of them BFS-related
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on August 14, 2015, 07:11:28 am
Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction #52 is late and a little shorter than usual, but still features four great stories: Rocking Horse Traffic by Yarrow Paisley, Quest for Lost Beauty by Howard Phillips, Zom-Boyz Have All the Luck by Len Saculla, and “Surprise Thee Ranging With Thy Peers”, the latest Two Husbands episode from Walt Brunston. The Quarterly Review from Douglas J. Ogurek, Jacob Edwards and me includes reviews of It Follows, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Insurgent, Memory Lane, Jurassic World, Holy Cow by David Duchovny, The Dark Defiles by Richard Morgan, The Glorkian Warrior Eats Adventure Pie by James Kochalka, and many others.

As ever it's free to download, and just a couple of quid in paperback. Links and further details here. (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/theakers52.html)
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on November 01, 2015, 05:21:19 pm
A short blog post apologising for the lateness of TQF53, and explaining why I'll probably be very quiet this month: http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/gone-till-end-of-november.html

If you need to ask me about anything BFS-related this month, best to email rather than post here on the forum. I'll only be free to range online for half an hour each morning, and that's just to download podcasts and let Dropbox sync.
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on January 15, 2016, 07:38:37 pm
Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction #53 is out at last, having been delayed by my work on BFS Horizons last year. It contains three fantastic stories. In “Restitution” Mitchell Edgeworth takes us back to the Black Swan, its crew double-crossed by the thief Nisha. In “Dodge Sidestep’s (and Martin’s) Final Dastardly Plan” regular TQF cover artist Howard Watts completes his absurdist musical trilogy. And “Rathfern’s Menagerie” is a bodyswapping science fantasy from BFS tentpole Allen Ashley. The issue also contains fifty pages of reviews by Jacob Edwards, Douglas Ogurek and me.

Between us we review work by Adam Warren, Alastair Reynolds, Aliette de Bodard, Andrew Cartmel, Brian K. Vaughan, Cate Gardner, Disasterpeace, Geoff Johns, Greg Pak, Ian Edginton, Ian Marter, J.M. DeMatteis, James Goss, James Kochalka, Jean-Claude Forest, John Dorney, John Logan, Justin Richards, Keith Giffen, Kurt Busiek, Laeta Kalogridis, Lavie Tidhar, Mario Alberti, Paul Magrs, Rare, Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley, Simon Guerrier, Steve Yeowell, Vaughan Stanger, Volition Software and others besides.

The cover art is by the ever-adorable Howard Watts.

It's free to download in mobi, epub and pdf formats, merely £3.47 in print. And if you're on Amazon Prime you can choose no-rush delivery and get a pound of that back to spend on music.

Download links and additional info here. (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/theakers53_15.html)
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on February 12, 2016, 07:57:21 pm
TQF54 will be out later this month, but we're already looking ahead to issue 58, our Christmas 2016 issue, which will be guest-edited by Douglas Ogurek.

The theme of the issue will be unsplatterpunk: all the gore, depravity, and violence of splatterpunk, plus a positive message. The deadline for submissions is 31 August 2016, but as ever we're a non-paying, amateur market so this call for submissions is unlikely to be of interest to professional writers.

More info here. (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/theakers58submissions.html)
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Djibril on February 14, 2016, 09:21:24 pm
I wouldn't immediately write off pros; I think pro authors recognize quality, which can sometimes matter more than the pay rate for a venue. (Authors who are desperate to rack up the "pro"-paying sales are another matter, of course…)
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on February 15, 2016, 07:48:27 am
Yes, for sure, and we've been lucky enough to publish some very nice stories in the past from pro writers, and people who have gone on (or will go on) to be pro writers. But we want it to be really clear that we're not expecting or encouraging people who write for a living to write for us for free. We're not positioning ourselves as a rung on the ladder, or saying that we hope to start paying at some indeterminate point in the future, or any of those other mealy-mouthed excuses.

The reasons I'm making a bit more of a point of it this time are that the climate is currently quite hostile to non-paying publications - e.g. a high-profile website recently declared any non-paying publication despicable and said they won't review them any more, to loud applause (even though they don't pay contributors either!) - and that this particular issue has an American editor, which could take it into the orbit of more US writers, who tend to be even more against non-paying publications.

What I don't want is anyone reading through the guidelines, starting to think about the story they might write, then getting to the end and seeing there's no pay, and feeling they've been tricked into it.
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Djibril on February 15, 2016, 08:41:40 pm
Yes, I absolutely agree with all of that. And while yes, the pay (low or none, or otherwise) should be made clear from the start, the only thing I was objecting to (not even that--mollifying, perhaps) was the "pro writers won't be interested" line. Let's not shoot ourselves in the foot by second guessing them, eh? ;)
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on February 16, 2016, 07:55:21 am
Unlikely rather than won't... I don't see it as shooting myself in the foot - it's always been an important part of our ethos. We see ourselves as Sunday morning footballers. When David Beckham wanders by and wants to join in, we'll have a kickaround with him and count ourselves very lucky, but we don't want half the premiership turning up every Sunday, demanding to know why we're asking them to play in a park with jumpers for goalposts.
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on February 26, 2016, 05:07:22 pm
Theaker's Quarterly Fiction #54 is out now, and it features a new short story by Charles Wilkinson, "Septs", and an entire novella – complete in this issue! – by Patrick Whittaker, former winner of the BFS Short Story Competition. "The Policeman and the Silence" concerns a murder investigation in the weird town of Kaza-Blanka. The issue also includes a potentially controversial and inescapably tedious editorial, plus seventy pages of reviews by Douglas J. Ogurek, Jacob Edwards and me.

As ever, the issue is free to download in various ebook formats, and as cheap as we can make it in print, where it's a 196pp paperback with a tremendous wraparound cover by Howard Watts. More info and download links here: http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/theakers54.html
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on May 28, 2016, 08:59:52 am
If you have ever contributed to Theaker's Quarterly Fiction, you'll probably know that we have a long-standing offer to run free advertisements for suitable projects in the magazine. And if you don't, sorry, it's because I forgot to say, but it still applies!

I thought it might be nice to collect smaller bits of news from contributors too, for a section in the magazine, maybe also for blog posts, if there were enough to make a blog post worthwhile.

So if you've been a contributor to the magazine, and have any news about what you're up to now, here's the link (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1iwBL6hKiI7svNoWi8IlouFRiuH4Rrw16X8cESsfTaf0/viewform). Bookmark it and let us know whenever you've got something going on.
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on July 04, 2016, 05:08:36 pm
Theaker's Quarterly Fiction #55 is guest edited by our long-time cover artist, Howard Watts, and includes stories inspired by his art, including competition winner "The Departure" by Mark Lewis, "Our Sad Triangle" by Len Saculla, and "The Stone Gods of Superspace" by Howard Phillips (a TQF crossover special featuring many friends from past issues), plus the more tangentially related "This Alien I" by Antonella Coriander and "The Little Shop That Sold My Heart", and an entire weird novella from Anthony Thomson, "My Place". Then a sixty-page review section features the work of Douglas J. Ogurek, Jacob Edwards, Howard Watts, Rafe McGregor and me. The cover art is by Howard Watts.

It's a fiver in print (this is a 234pp issue), or a free ebook download. More info and download links here: www.theakersquarterly.blogspot.com/2016/07/theakers55.html
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on August 02, 2016, 11:36:30 am
Last call for our Unsplatterpunk special issue. (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/authors-one-month-left-to-submit-to-tqf.html) It's a non-paying hobby project, so don't waste your time clicking on the link if writing fiction is how you make your living!
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Djibril on August 02, 2016, 09:21:14 pm
Really cool idea! I wish I was writing these days, because I'd love to play with this idea. :) (Even if I'm inspired in the next few days, I pretty much guarantee I won't have time to write it in the next month, though.) I look forward to seeing the issue you all end up with.
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on September 09, 2016, 05:12:43 pm
Issue fifty-six of Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction is now out.

It's 240pp long, free in epub, mobi and pdf, and as cheap as we can possibly make it in paperback (£5.17, because it's such a long issue). It features sixty-odd pages of reviews, and six stories of fantasy, horror and science fiction: “Concerning Strange Events at the Manor of Sir Hugh de Villiers, Valiant Knight” David Penn (transcribed from the Middle English), “Three Bodies” by Cam Rhys Lay, “The Christmas Cracker” by Rafe McGregor, “Mr Kitchell Says Thank You” by Charles Wilkinson, “The Cutting Room” by Chuck Von Nordheim, and “Gliese and the Walking Man” by Howard Watts, who has also supplied the spectacularly superheroic cover. My good friend Howard Phillips stepped in to write the editorial on my behalf.

More info and download links here. (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/theakers56.html)
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on November 28, 2016, 11:20:22 am
Ten of our Kindle exclusives are free this week: http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/ten-free-ebooks-from-paperback-library.html. I highly recommend the three that weren't written by me.
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Post by: Stephen Palmer on November 29, 2016, 11:48:30 am
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Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on December 17, 2016, 08:43:25 am
Issue fifty-seven of Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction is now out. It is one hundred and sixty-eight pages long, and features five tales of fantasy, horror and science fiction: “The Elder Secret’s Lair” by Rafe McGregor, “Nold” by me, “On Loan” by Howard Watts, “The Battle Word” by Antonella Coriander (me), and “With Echoing Feet He Threaded” by Walt Brunston (me). The spectacular wraparound cover is by Howard Watts, and the editorial includes exciting news about the magazine’s plans for 2017, including next year's inaugural TQF Awards! The issue also includes forty pages of reviews, and some sneaky interior art from John Greenwood (not me).

In the Quarterly Review, Douglas J. Ogurek, Jacob Edwards, Rafe McGregor and me consider audios written by Colin Brake, Jonathan Morris, Justin Richards and Marc Platt, books by Cate Gardner, Erika L. Satifka, Harun Siljak, Joe Dever and Karl Edward Wagner, and comics from Joshua Williamson and Fernando Dagnino, G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona, and Erik Larsen, plus the films Don’t Breathe, Ghostbusters: Answer the Call, Ouija: Origin of Evil and Suicide Squad, and the television programmes Preacher season one and The X-Files season ten.

It's free to download, or as cheap as we can possibly make it in print. (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/theakers57.html)
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on January 01, 2017, 11:21:10 am
Voting is now open in the first ever, utterly magnificent TQF awards: http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/tqfawards2017.html (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/tqfawards2017.html)

Or click here (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScr3-jhOPPLDTolvzyRWfjBLBceaKFizSUoCRKa53iwcWGqeQ/viewform#start=invite) to go directly to the voting form.

The only eligible items are those reviewed in our zine during 2016, but you can vote for as many of them as you like in each category. The winners will probably be announced in Theaker's Quarterly Fiction #59, due out in March.
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Post by: Rolnikov on February 17, 2017, 10:06:11 am
Now out: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction #58: Unsplatterpunk!

Guest-edited by our American film correspondent Douglas J. Ogurek, this is a special issue, an anthology featuring five founding tales of unsplatterpunk, a brand new genre: “A Desert of Shadow and Bone” by M.S. Swift, “Quand les queues s’allongèrent” by Antonella Coriander, “The Fisherman’s Ring” by Drew Tapley, “The Armageddon Coat” by Howard Watts, and "Scrotal Quilt" by Douglas himself, who describes the genre as featuring "extreme horror stories [that] offer a positive message, whether blatant or subtle, within their otherwise vile contents".

The issue also includes reviews from Douglas, Rafe McGregor and Rose M. Rye, who look at the work of Martin Charbonneau, Joe Dever, Gary Chalk, Neil Gaiman and Daniel Egnéus, as well as the films Arrival and Doctor Strange, and season eleven of the television show Supernatural. The issue concludes with twenty-four pages of notes and ratings for almost everything I read during 2016 but didn't have time to review. The cover is by Howard Watts, his 28th in a row for us!

As ever, it's free to download, and as cheap as possible in print. (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/theakers58.html) (Currently £3.34, and you can get a pound of that back with no-rush delivery.)
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Post by: Rolnikov on February 27, 2017, 03:38:07 pm
Just one day left to help some lucky blighter become one of the first ever recipients of the Theaker's Quarterly award. They may look like mere rulers, but they represent so much more! Cast your vote here. (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScr3-jhOPPLDTolvzyRWfjBLBceaKFizSUoCRKa53iwcWGqeQ/viewform#start=invite) Ties will be broken by the star ratings items received from our reviewers (where available and relevant), and if that's not enough we will ask Alexa to roll an appropriate dice.
Title: Red Nose Day reviews
Post by: Rolnikov on March 19, 2017, 04:07:03 pm
This Friday, Red Nose Day, we at TQF will be raising money for Comic Relief by casting aside our scruples, our principles, the very core of our being! That is to say, we will give your book (or any book you choose) a glowing review – without reading it, in the style of fake internet reviews! – if you donate five pounds to Comic Relief.

Click here to donate and book your slot:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/corrupt-reviews-for-cash

We will write and post the reviews in a marathon on Red Nose Day, and they will appear on the TQF blog and in a subsequent issue of the magazine.

If you are an indie author or a small press publisher, this could be a great way to publicise your projects and support a good cause. They will be clearly flagged as our joke Red Nose reviews, so don't worry about anyone thinking you have done something shady!
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Post by: Rolnikov on March 23, 2017, 09:27:26 am
Jim McLeod at Ginger Nuts of Horror has been kind enough to host my guest post about fake internet reviews and how I'm using them to raise money for Comic Relief:

http://gingernutsofhorror.com/features/fake-internet-reviews-and-the-one-time-you-should-buy-them

Please take a look, and share if you can. Halfway to my fundraising goal so far!
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on March 26, 2017, 10:25:25 am
We reached our goal of a hundred pounds! And there's a cheque in the post, too. The fake internet reviews are here:

Professor Challenger in Space by SW Theaker (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/challenger.html)
Children of Eden by Joey Graceffa (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/graceffa.html)
Letters to Barack Obama from Handsworth (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/barack.html)
These United States by Clive Tern (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/united.html)
There Will Be Walrus: First Volume V (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/walrus.html)
Sea-Girt Jungles by Cyril Collenette (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/seagirt.html)
Clovenhoof and the Trump of Doom by Heide Goody and Iain Grant (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/clovenhoof.html)
This is the Quickest Way Down by Charles Christian (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/quickest.html)
Three books by Howard Phillips (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/howard-phillips.html)

It was fun, but quite a challenge. The hardest was Sea-Girt Jungles, because all I had to go on was the title and the author. I ended up doing real research on it, working my way back to a real book review in a journal from the 1920s.
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Post by: Rolnikov on March 31, 2017, 07:44:49 pm
Theaker's Quarterly Fiction #59 is now out! It's 278pp long, free to download, and features seven short stories, ninety pages of reviews, and the results of the first annual Theaker's Quarterly awards: http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/theakers59.html
Title: The Adventures of Roderick Langham
Post by: Rolnikov on April 08, 2017, 08:12:41 am
I think our third publication in as many months is one that will appeal to a lot of BFS members: The Adventures of Roderick Langham by Rafe McGregor, a collection of short stories about a chap who inhabits the world of Sherlock Holmes, investigates cases with John Watson and Sebastian Moran, and is able to perceive the reality concealed by the illusion of everyday appearances.

These nine stories follow Langham from his first encounter with the inexplicable in the Himalayan hills to his investigation of the wreck of the Demeter and his growing realisation that the dales, moors, and wolds which surround his Yorkshire refuge are home to an evil far older than the honeycomb of medieval monasteries and Roman ruins suggests.

It's free to download from our website, and as cheap as we can possibly make it in paperback (so £4.47 at the moment). Download links and more info here. (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/roderick.html)
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Post by: Rolnikov on September 11, 2017, 06:03:58 pm
Issue sixty of our zine Theaker's Quarterly Fiction is now available for free download, including stories by Rafe McGregor, Nicki Robson, Douglas Thompson, Jule Owen and Andrew Peters, plus forty or so pages of reviews from the usual team. There's also a paperback edition, priced as cheaply as possible. More details here: http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/theakers60.html

Wish this meant we were celebrating our fifteenth anniversary, but we cheated with six issues a year for a little while. We'll have been going for thirteen years this autumn. Pretty much every bit of work on this was done at the end of the day when I was totally worn out, so if you do spot any errors, please don't hesitate to let me know.

Howard Watts supplies the wraparound cover, completing a run of thirty consecutive covers for us!
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on January 31, 2018, 10:28:10 am
Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction #61 is now available as a free download in epub, mobi and pdf formats, or as a 116pp paperback for about three pounds. It contains stories from Allen Ashley, Douglas Thompson, S.J. Hosking, A. Katherine Black, Tim Major and Libby Heily, plus non-fiction from Jessy Randall, Douglas J. Ogurek, Rafe McGregor and Jacob Edwards.

Details and download links here. (https://theakersquarterly.blogspot.com/2018/01/theakers61.html)

Four months late but worth the wait! We're hoping to catch up with TQF62 in February, and then be back on schedule from TQF63 in March.
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Post by: Rolnikov on February 11, 2018, 11:06:57 am
The TQF Awards 2018 are now open for voting: https://tinyurl.com/tqfawards2018

The longlist consists of everything we reviewed in issues 58, 59, 60 and 61, in the categories that appeared in the zine (audio, books, comics, events, films, music and television), plus categories for best TQF story, cover art and issue.

Voting continues until midnight, 25 February 2018, with the winners to be announced in TQF62 a few days later.

Feel free to vote, and please encourage others to do so too!
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on July 09, 2018, 10:40:07 am
Theaker's Quarterly Fiction #62 is kind of out now:

http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.com/2018/06/theakers62.html

That is, the pdf is available, but I'm so busy with regular work that the ebook and print versions are on the backburner. In a return to our roots, this issue is entirely by me, though the wraparound cover by Howard Watts.

We've also announced the winners of the prestigious TQF awards:

http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.com/2018/06/tqfawards2018-winners.html

BFS stalwart Allen Ashley took home the prize for best TQF story, for "Bound for Glory", Eastercon 2017 won best event, and Pirate Utopia by Bruce Sterling won best book.
Title: Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
Post by: Rolnikov on September 10, 2018, 01:19:50 pm
Theaker's Quarterly Fiction #63 is now available, as a free download or a very cheap paperback. This is a very special issue, an anthology guest edited by Douglas J. Ogurek: Unsplatterpunk! 2. (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.com/2018/09/theakers63.html)

It includes the stories “First Kiss” by Drew Tapley, “The Villainy of Solitude” by Triffooper Saxelbax, “Convention Hitler!” by Hugh Alsin, “The Music of Zeddy Graves” by me, “Gunkectomy” by Douglas J. Ogurek, “The Tapestry of Roubaix” by Howard Phillips and “The Bones of Old England” by M.S. Swift, plus the usual selection of reviews and a wraparound cover by Howard Watts.

After a bit of a delay, TQF62 is now available in ebook and print (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.com/2018/06/theakers62.html) too.
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Post by: Rolnikov on March 18, 2019, 10:25:10 am
Theaker's Quarterly Fiction #64 is now out (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.com/2019/03/theakers-quarterly-fiction-64-now-out.html), just in pdf format for now.

This issue contains four stories: “September Gathering” by Charles Wilkinson, “Disappearer” by Matthew Amundsen, “The Haunted Brick” by Walt Brunston, and “Chemicalia” by me, plus twelve reviews, by Rafe McGregor, Douglas J. Ogurek, Jacob Edwards and me. One hundred and thirty-eight pages of fabulous fiction and rollicking reviews!

Next issue we're planning to change the format a bit, to make it the size, shape and length of my favourite books, the 2011 series of Penguin Mini Moderns, which should make it a bit easier to stay on schedule.