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British Fantasy Awards / Re: British Fantasy Awards 2017
« on: February 07, 2017, 06:22:37 pm »
From the Contact the BFS page on the website:
Katherine Fowler – British Fantasy Awards Administrator (bfsawards@britishfantasysociety.org)
I don't know when the voting will open I'm afraid, that is definitely a question for Katherine.

Thanks, Neil. Another member contacted me and said that something had been mentioned in the bulletin - but, of course, as I'm not a member I don't get a bulletin. I now find out from Facebook (not the BFS page) that voting has already opened and an email gone out. But it looks like that only went out to members, not FCon members, as I never received it. So I'll get in touch with Katherine and try to find out what's going on. Bad communication again on the part of the BFS I think.

Thanks anyway - not your fault!  ;)

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British Fantasy Awards / Re: British Fantasy Awards 2017
« on: January 20, 2017, 08:25:53 pm »
Does anyone here know when voting starts in the BFAs this year? In fact, who's the Awards Administrator now? Thanks!

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Promote Your Projects / Re: Frightful Horrors - new publisher on the block!
« on: November 21, 2016, 11:03:12 am »
I almost forgot to post this here! I have some fabulous Frightful Horrors news. I’m delighted to say that we have not one, but two superb authors lined up to publish short e-chapbooks with us early in 2017.

First, is a creepy tale from What They Find in the Woods (Dark Minds Press, 2016) author, Gary Fry. There’s the feel of an old creature-feature B-movie about Gary’s upcoming Frightful Horrors story, though it has a contemporary setting. I love it! But then I guess I wouldn’t be publishing it if I didn’t, would I? Publication is likely to be January 2017.

The second author is the incomparable DF Lewis. Now, I must admit to having a bit of a “fangirl” moment here. I first discovered Des Lewis’ writing when I picked up a copy of his collection, Weirdmonger (Prime Books, 2003), over 10 years ago. I’ve been an avid fan ever since. So, to have Des agree to let me publish a few of his tales is like a dream come true. Watch this space for further details including contents and publication date.

-Caroline Callaghan
Proprietor – Frightful Horrors
 8)

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Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: Cate Gardner
« on: October 14, 2016, 02:58:07 pm »
Hi folks!
I just wanted to let you know that Cate Gardner's short e-chapbook Shadow Moths is FREE on Amazon this weekend only:
In the UK: www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01L7K5JAW
In the US: www.amazon.com/dp/B01L7K5JAW

I've got a BIG announcement to make next week about a couple of new planned e-chapbooks from Frightful Horrors so I'm having a bit of a celebration and giving Shadow Moths away this weekend. Grab a copy while it's free!  ;D
-Caroline Callaghan

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Hi folks!
I just wanted to let you know that Cate Gardner's short e-chapbook Shadow Moths is FREE on Amazon this weekend only:
In the UK: www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01L7K5JAW
In the US: www.amazon.com/dp/B01L7K5JAW

I've got a BIG announcement to make next week about a couple of new planned e-chapbooks so I'm having a bit of a celebration and giving Shadow Moths away this weekend. Grab a copy while it's free!  ;D
-Caroline Callaghan

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Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: Cate Gardner
« on: September 27, 2016, 12:14:11 am »
I hope Cate won't mind me giving a plug here to her little e-chapbook which she has kindly let me publish through my new small press, Frightful Horrors. It's called Shadow Moths, and it's now published and ready to purchase for Amazon Kindle:
In the UK: www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01L7K5JAW
In the US: www.amazon.com/dp/B01L7K5JAW

Reviews are starting to come in and people seem to love it. Here’s what Jasper Bark has to say:
“There is a touch of Aickman and a touch of Ligotti about these two stories.”

And Des Lewis says:
“Some writers have the knack to turn the throwaway line into haunting nightmares. Cate Gardner is, in my experience, one of those.”

I’ve produced a short promo video for the e-chapbook which you can view on YouTube here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5G9iKwS3zI

If you love weird and wonderful fiction please consider buying this short e-chapbook (and leaving a brief review on Amazon if you'd be so kind). I may be biased but I think the two stories contained therein are superb. Thank you! And thanks to Cate for letting me publish it.  :)

-Caroline Callaghan, Frightful Horrors

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Promote Your Projects / Re: Frightful Horrors - new publisher on the block!
« on: September 27, 2016, 12:07:02 am »
So, after a brief hiatus, it’s finally here! Frightful Horrors’ first e-chapbook – Cate Gardner’s Shadow Moths - is published and ready to purchase for Amazon Kindle:
In the UK: www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01L7K5JAW
In the US: www.amazon.com/dp/B01L7K5JAW

Reviews are starting to come in and people seem to love it. Here’s what Jasper Bark has to say:
“There is a touch of Aickman and a touch of Ligotti about these two stories.”

And Des Lewis says:
“Some writers have the knack to turn the throwaway line into haunting nightmares. Cate Gardner is, in my experience, one of those.”

I’ve produced a short promo video for the e-chapbook which you can view here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5G9iKwS3zI

If you love weird and wonderful fiction please consider buying this short e-chapbook (and leaving a brief review on Amazon if you'd be so kind). I may be biased but I think the two stories contained therein are superb. Thank you!  :)
-Caroline Callaghan,
Frightful Horrors

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FantasyCon / Re: Fantasycon By The Sea
« on: June 23, 2016, 09:14:38 pm »
Hi everyone!
Can anyone help me here? I've been trying to book the hotel for FCon today - but the website is sending me round and round in circles. I abandoned it at the point where it was asking me to reset my password and said that a link would be sent to my email address. Nothing has arrived in my inbox.

So, who am I supposed to contact about this? I can't find a contact email on the website and no phone no. for the hotel.  :(

If in doubt, give me a shout! ;) Anyway, contact form for FCon is here: http://fantasyconbythesea.com/contact/

However, I'll also give the guys a poke regarding your issue here.

Hi Phil - it's sorted, thanks. Del contacted me about it and I've got it booked now. Cheers!  :)

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FantasyCon / Re: Fantasycon By The Sea
« on: June 07, 2016, 01:49:39 pm »
Hi everyone!
Can anyone help me here? I've been trying to book the hotel for FCon today - but the website is sending me round and round in circles. I abandoned it at the point where it was asking me to reset my password and said that a link would be sent to my email address. Nothing has arrived in my inbox.

So, who am I supposed to contact about this? I can't find a contact email on the website and no phone no. for the hotel.  :(

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Announcements and Suggestions / Re: News editor
« on: October 30, 2015, 02:03:35 pm »
I am in the unenviable position of seeing the usage stats, and they make for depressing reading. They mostly consist of foreign search engines and foreign hackers looking to exploits to distribute malware.

If the reality was faced up to, then the society's web presence wouldn't be the burden it currently is.

Yes, I can believe that the site doesn't get many visits as it currently is. But what I'm saying here is the BFS now has a choice. You could, if you wish, decide to use the website as a PR tool and build a steady stream of traffic to it. To gain traffic you know as well as I do that you need interesting content. Without interesting content the site will continue to stagnate.

So I think the committee needs to make a decision - does it want to:

1) build a website which will gain traffic and, hopefully, increase the society's membership? If so, then it needs to support the news editor in achieving this. Without that support, it will be a thankless task the new news editor faces (been there, done that, got the T-shirt)

OR
2) does the society not want to bother with using the site as a promotional tool for what it does? If it doesn't, then there's really no point in recruiting a new online news editor. You folks in the BFS (and, particularly, on the committee) need to make that choice.

Right, I'm out of this discussion now. I'm no longer a member, but this is something I feel strongly about due to the way I was treated when I wanted to make the website a useful promotional tool. What happened there is the reason I left the society. I'd hate to see someone else treated that way too. You folks need to decided if you really want an online news editor to help promote the society or not (and you need to back them if you do).

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Announcements and Suggestions / Re: News editor
« on: October 30, 2015, 11:54:22 am »
Oh gosh, I hope not. We only just got the bandages off that foot. Or threw that albatross into the ocean. Killed that dorsal monkey! If we have any budding journalists we should get them writing for the journal, not wasting their time on writing news items that no one will ever read. Hopefully no one will volunteer to do it, but if they do, I look forward to a year of people complaining that they don't post enough, and then a year of people complaining that they don't post at all, and then a year of further complaints before we abolish the position once again.

That comment actually makes me want to throw my hat into the ring and have another go at it - except I really don't have the time and energy at the moment and I'm no longer a BFS member anyway.

Here are my thoughts on it based on what I was trying to do in the role. I saw it as a PR role. I believe that the website should be the "shop window" for the BFS - the place that attracts people to join the society. I base this belief on the fact that, when I first "discovered" the BFS, the website was so dormant that I actually thought the society had folded. So I didn't bother to join at that time. I'm sure I'm not the only one who came across the site and thought that too.

Sadly, today, it looks like the same kind of dormant website. If the BFS can find someone willing to take on this role, to build up the website as something interesting for people to read, then I think you've got a really useful PR possibility there. But the BFS does need to support that person well with assistance and helpful comments about how they're doing. I say good luck to who ever takes this on!

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FantasyCon / Re: FantasyCon 2015
« on: October 12, 2015, 11:15:27 am »
Hi everyone - I'm afraid I won't be able to go to FCon this year - had to cancel my membership.  :'(  Lee has given me a refund but, apparently, the hotel booking is transferable but not refundable. So, if anyone is looking for a single room for the Friday night only there's one going spare. It's worth £75 but I reckon I could do you a deal and say something like £60, paying the rest of it myself (hope I'm not breaking any rules by doing that). Message me here if you're interested.

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Nice cover. I read the blog. I would always check the cover with the author beforehand. In fact, part of the old Elastic Press contract (and now with my new Salò Press) is that the cover art has to be agreed by both publisher and author. Also, I always send an edited file to the author for a final once-over before publication. Not just to agree the contents, but also so another pair of eyes can check for any errors. Hope that helps :)

I agree totally. I couldn't imagine putting anything to point without making sure the author had agreed the front and back covers and had had a chance to check through a pdf of the contents - just to make sure that they are in agreement with everything - and to give them a chance to spot any errors beforehand. From a purely practical point of view that can avoid a lot of grief later.

Thanks, Andrew and David. Stephen commented in the same vein on the blog - so you're all in total agreement!  ;D

Fortunately, I'd already agreed the cover with Cate (it seemed sensible to do so) but I was pondering on the issue of whether it was usual to send an edited version of the book to an author before publication. What you all say makes absolute sense. Thank you! I don't feel such an idiot now!  8)

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That's a magnificently weird and creepy cover, Caroline!

Thanks, Franklin. I thought so too. Joshua Rainbird is a very talented artist. I hope people will see a lot more of his work before very long.  :)

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Phew, I've been so busy lately I almost forgot to post this on the forum! This is the cover reveal for Frightful Horrors' first publication - an e-chapbook containing new stories from Cate Gardner. Publication has been delayed for a while due to unforeseen personal circumstances, but I'm delighted to reveal this excellent cover by Joshua Rainbird (which has been described as "seriously disturbing" - a compliment, indeed!). More details of the e-chapbook, including publication date, to follow just as soon as possible. In the meantime, take a look at this wonderful cover!

https://frightfulhorrors.wordpress.com/2015/10/03/cover-reveal-and-some-daft-questions/

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