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General Discussion / Re: Joel Lane
« on: February 03, 2014, 08:26:58 pm »
There is a tribute to Joel, called 'Remembering Joel Lane' written by Simon Bestwick in BEST BRITISH HORROR, published April 15th. I felt it only right that he should be included in the first book.

FantasyCon / Re: FantasyCon 2014
« on: January 19, 2014, 10:21:08 pm »
Cost and that inane blogpost has pretty much sealed the deal. If I want to see dress up, I'll take Marnie to Disneyworld.

FantasyCon / Re: FantasyCon 2014
« on: January 18, 2014, 10:01:04 pm »
Won't be going this year.

British Fantasy Awards / Re: Suggestions for the 2014 awards
« on: December 07, 2013, 11:29:00 am »
And remember, THE BURNING CIRCUS cannot be put forward for any awards, but the stories contained can.

BFS Publications / Re: Two new BFS anthologies
« on: December 06, 2013, 05:49:31 pm »
My book is rather wonderful, even if I do say so myself... ;)

BFS Publications / Re: BFS Journal Spring 2013 issue
« on: September 05, 2013, 07:07:30 pm »
The anthology wasn't ready in the end.

Checking my records, and I don't think I have the dates wrong - I sent off the working copy toTHE BURNING CIRCUS on the 21st of March. I asked Lee to get his proofreader to check it, then send it back so I could sign it off. I'm still waiting for the copy to be sent back to sign off.

And remember, this isn't the only anthology due - there is Juliet E McKenna's Fantasy antho to be published as well.

Screaming Dreams / Re: SCREAMING BOOK OF HORROR ed by Johnny Mains
« on: January 19, 2012, 09:38:10 pm »
Sadly not - waiting on a few stragglers to send in their stories!

Screaming Dreams / SCREAMING BOOK OF HORROR ed by Johnny Mains
« on: January 18, 2012, 11:03:06 pm »
SCREAMING DREAMS (September 2012)

One of the Family – Bernard Taylor
Larva - John Brunner
Glory and Splendour – Alex Miles
What Shall We Do About Barker? – Reggie Oliver
Cut! – Anna Taborska
Old Grudge Ender – David A. Riley
The Christmas Toys – Paul Finch
The Quixote Candidate – Rhys Hughes
Helping Mummy – Kate Farrell
The Iron Cross – Craig Herbertson
The Baby Trap – Janine Wood
The Club – Sara Brunsdon
Sometimes You Think You Are Alone – Alison Moore
The Tip Run – Johnny Mains

Couple of more stories to be added on as and when - cover is a prelim only and blurb will change.

British Fantasy Awards / Re: Overhaul of the British Fantasy Awards
« on: November 29, 2011, 08:38:31 pm »
Well, I'm currently using mine as a toilet roll holder until I buy a new holder. It's doing a beter job than I expected and managed to hold most of the roll...

British Fantasy Awards / Re: Overhaul of the British Fantasy Awards
« on: November 29, 2011, 06:45:57 pm »

Re PDFs - review experience make me think they need to be reader friendly :)

I think the PDF's would have to be the ones that were print ready and had been sent to the printers - so in effect, the closest you would get to finished book. Also a PDF of the front and back covers would also need to be supplied - or put up on external site for Jury members to view? Obviously the publishers who can afford to post several books out to the jury members may continue to do so, but a little consideration for the micro imprint please!! :D

British Fantasy Awards / Re: Overhaul of the British Fantasy Awards
« on: November 29, 2011, 04:04:47 pm »
Just a question: When it comes to the jury reading books - will a PDF suffice? In many cases some books published have very small print runs so copies for all jury members wouldn't be possible. I only ask this because when my publisher (Obverse) was approached for copies of my collection (I was put forward for Best Newcomer) - hard copies were preferred due to a reviewers disability - and this was done out of the publisher's pocket (a small press) when no review copies were left to send out. And those books were not sent back.


Screaming Dreams / THE YEAR
« on: November 06, 2011, 08:42:53 pm »


Screaming Dreams and Noose & Gibbet are proud to announce a joint project, simply called ‘THE YEAR’. It will be published in 2013 and edited by Johnny Mains and Steve Upham. This will be an anthology which will showcase the very best writings of Crime, Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy. 52 stories, one for each week of the year...

This project will be open to submissions from today and while we are mainly focused on new, original fiction – there will be three classic reprints from each genre from different periods in that particular field’s history.
As the budget for the publishers will be rather taxing, payment will be £10 and a copy of the finished book. Stories will have to be no more than 3k in length. If you’re a horror writer but have always wanted to write a crime tale, give it a shot – if you’re a die-hard sci-fi scribe, why not jump into the land of orcs and magic talismans. What will NOT get in the book are mash-ups, emotive vampires and sadly there will be no room at the inn for zombies. Try and stay away from the drunk, emotionally scarred detective and steampunk shenanigans. TV and film related spin off stories will also be a no-go.

The deadline will be July 1st 2012 – this will give you enough time to think of a story, write it and send it in. In the subject box put your name, title of the story and its genre. You will be informed of whether you are in the book by Sept 1st 2012. No multiple submissions allowed and the date for all authors to sign off their individual stories will be February 1st 2013 with the book being published at the World Fantasy Convention in Brighton Oct 31st  – Nov 3rd  2013. Due to prohibitive postage costs in sending contributor copies, story submissions will only be accepted from authors residing in the U.K. Payment and contributor copies will be sent out the week of Monday 13th November, 2013 unless authors are in attendance at the convention.

All submissions and enquiries to

Good luck!
The Editors

You could go further - create The Chartered Institute of British Fantasy and have have an award ceremony where awards are given for excellence within any field under this banner - though this would only really work for mainstream presses or small presses (also professional film makers and screen writers) that consistently bring out a quality product. A membership fee that would be high, but after the gathered get their moneys worth, the remaining money is used specifically to develop and nurture upcoming talent. You could get all the major publishers who publish horror involved, plus even a few distributors, the networks would be bigger, more jobs could possibly be created, new ideas forged.

A fool's dream maybe, but one I quite like!

Another way this could solve lots of arguments is have the awards split into different sections

Best Horror Novel, Short Story, Anthology
Best Fantasy Novel, Short Story, Anthology
Best Sci-Fi etc, etc

Then small press, newcomer awards etc covers all genres.

A little bit more work perhaps, but takes the fire out of all this genre vagueness or apparent one-sidedness?

My tuppence

Jury consisting of a rota of available previous award winners going back to the early days, though if you find yourself nominated, you can either opt out and another non-nominated winner will take your place or your vote for the entire category becomes null and void. Then if a tie happens re: fall back voter. Not perfect but should mean that there is a spread of genres represented within the jury?

Members should be allowed to vote for the small press award and the media awards.


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