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Messages - Colin (Black Abyss)

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TV and Film / Re: Favourite film composers
« on: May 08, 2012, 06:18:53 pm »
Sorry Stephen could you repeat that, you appear to have sneezed halfway through that comment. ;)

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TV and Film / Re: Favourite film composers
« on: May 08, 2012, 06:12:53 pm »
Another vote for The Village. Also love Inception, especially Johnny Marr's guitar. Mike Oldfield's The Killing Fields is still a favourite, Pran's Theme is beautiful.

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General Discussion / Re: Scotland the Brave
« on: May 07, 2012, 08:27:52 pm »
King Alex will make all postage free and we will be using unicorn hair to wrap parcels, that's what life will be like in Scotopia ;)

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General Discussion / Re: What drives you to write?
« on: May 07, 2012, 08:21:19 pm »
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My Granddad was housebound, and a voracious reader. I got the habit from him, and through him I discovered the Pan Books of Horror and Lovecraft, but I also discovered westerns, science fiction, war novels and the likes of Mickey Spillane, Ed McBain, Alistair MacLean, Dennis Wheatley, Nigel Tranter, Arthur C Clarke and Isaac Asimov.

Willie, thanks for sharing that and great to see Nigel Tranter get a mention, I learned all my Scottish history from his books.

I write reviews because I wanted to let other people know about some of the amazing writing that I was finding tucked away on the outskirts of the furthest genre. I write fiction for the same reasons as Willie to escape, oh and to take issue with some of the people I meet in out not so friendly society, that's why I write horror.

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General Discussion / Re: Readers Society
« on: April 04, 2012, 07:50:08 am »
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I also have to ask, why should the BFS provide another free service (beyond its website and forum)?

I'm not really suggesting another free service, merely a repackaging of some of the things we already do (and do well). I would suggest that there is scope for reaching out to the millions of Stephen King fans who aren't members, the thousands of George R.R Martin fans who have found fantasy they like through the TV series and are now looking for other recommendations. Horror and fantasy are everywhere at the moment (just look at the hype for The Hunger Games) and the BFS could benefit from this but not by hiding behind our membership locked door. All I am suggesting is an email newsletter and a page on the website that focuses purely on the reading experience. Release dates, previews, reviews, short author interviews, publisher news etc. Once people see and read this they might even decide the society is for them and that is where the added value of the Journal etc comes in. As you suggest most of this stuff already exists but a newsletter telling people it exists might be helpful (after all we still come lower that the British Flute Society in a google search for BFS).

Finally this is not meant as a criticism of all the incredible (free) work folk already do, just something I thought was worth looking into.

Maybe it's a silly idea but if so I wonder why the CWA are promoting it?

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Introductions / Re: Hello from Edinburgh
« on: April 03, 2012, 08:57:49 pm »
Hi Cat

Hello from snowy Inverness, hope you enjoy the BFS.

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General Discussion / Re: Readers Society
« on: April 03, 2012, 08:28:40 pm »
Peter

I just don't think the average reader is going to join the BFS. This is a society for folk who are more involved, be that as writers, publishers or just fans. What I am suggesting is something to get the word out to readers about the genre(s) and what is being produced and maybe that will attract a few new members but if nothing else it will boost the genre profile. Isn't that what the BFS should be doing rather than just preaching to the converted.

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General Discussion / Re: Readers Society
« on: April 03, 2012, 06:17:03 pm »
I agree, seems a bit narrow minded, surely the point is to promote the genre?

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General Discussion / Readers Society
« on: April 02, 2012, 06:50:39 pm »
I had an email recently from the Crime Writers Association informing me of a new "Crime Readers Association" (see http://www.thecra.co.uk/). Now that strikes me as a great idea, a small website section and newsletter that focuses on readers. Something with reviews, forthcoming titles, author interviews and even writing tips affiliated to the BFS but bundled and aimed squarely at readers seems to me a perfect way to promote our fantastic writers and publishers without expecting folk to shell out to be part of a society. What do others think? I would be happy to be involved with such a thing if others thought it a worthwhile pursuit.

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Introductions / Re: Evenin' All
« on: December 02, 2011, 07:32:00 pm »
Welcome Joe,

A palaeontologist..well, well. It's great to have a stamp collector on board ;)

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Well done everyone for taking the poisoned chalice and making it all shiny and gold again :)

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British Fantasy Awards / Re: Should we abolish the BFS awards?
« on: December 01, 2011, 05:37:06 pm »
I was very proud of the awards that Elastic Press received and, as Lee says, the recognition by your peers is invaluable. It also assisted when our reps were pushing books into bookstores. Many writers (and editors and publishers) are working in a vacuum and the knowledge that 'out there' others are reading and appreciating your work is immensely gratifying.

In that case I would support the awards staying.

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BFS Events / Re: London Open Night / Joe Hill
« on: November 30, 2011, 07:38:06 pm »
She might even splash out on Dairylea slices.

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BFS Events / Re: London Open Night / Joe Hill
« on: November 30, 2011, 07:31:41 pm »
Do you think Joe Hill would prefer cheese or tuna sandwiches?

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BFS Events / Re: London Open Night / Joe Hill
« on: November 30, 2011, 07:13:46 pm »
My mother's in Crieff Jim, that's about half way. We could have it at her house, I'm sure she wouldn't mind, she might even make triangular sandwiches.

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