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Announcements and Suggestions / Re: Members Only
« on: October 28, 2011, 01:25:21 pm »
I'd like to be added too please. Thanks.

TTA Press / Re: Black Static
« on: November 02, 2010, 09:15:25 am »
I replied to your email of 29th October immediately, saying that the main mailing was actually sent before you subscribed but that your copy was posted later and should have arrived by now, therefore I'd send a replacement.

I also responded immediately to yoru email of the following day, and obviously now I was concerned that my email's weren't getting through. I tried again yesterday.

Please check your spam filter. :)

But don't worry, the original copy obviously went missing, and the replacement copy will be with you shortly.

TTA Press / Re: Black Static
« on: October 02, 2010, 03:02:27 pm »
I've posted a few more details about the issue, plus a few lo-res spreads, in the Black Static Current Issue section.

Books / Re: What are you currently reading..?
« on: September 10, 2010, 12:07:49 pm »
I gave up on that. Thought his dad must own the company or something.

TTA Press / Nina Allan interviewed
« on: July 22, 2010, 01:59:48 pm »
Popular Black Static and Interzone (and elsewhere!) contributor Nina Allan is interviewed on the TTA Press website by Peter Tennant. Nina talks about her stories, and BFS Award shortlisted 'My Brother's Keeper' in particular.

TTA Press / Transmissions From Beyond
« on: July 15, 2010, 04:18:24 pm »
People might not know that we also do Transmissions From Beyond, a podcast of stories from Black Static, Interzone, and Crimewave, plus the occasional book extract and video interview. Stories and content are selected by Pete Bullock, who also does all the technical stuff. Latest Transmission, number 30, is 'Taking Care of Frank' by Antony Mann, from Crimewave 2: Deepest Red (ages ago -- 1999 I think), which won the CWA Short Story Dagger.

Listen and/or download for free from the Transmissions From Beyond website or iTunes, etc. Let us know what you think, or even if you'd like to get involved!

TTA Press / Interzone 229 Out Now
« on: July 15, 2010, 11:00:47 am »
Interzone 229 was published last week and is in good shops now or via the TTA Press website.

Cover art is by Warwick Fraser-Coombe and is the fourt panel of six connected images which at the end of the year will complete a new, much larger image called 'Playground (Hide and Seek)'.

• Stories:

Mannikin by Paul Evanby
illustrated by Ben Baldwin

Candy Moments by Antony Mann
illustrated by Richard Wagner

The Melancholy by Toby Litt
illustrated by Paul Drummond

Alternate Girl's Expatriate Life by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz
illustrated by Dave Senecal

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Matter by Jim Hawkins
illustrated by Richard Wagner

• Features:

Ansible Link by David Langford
news and obituaries

Book Zone by Jim Steel and the team
book reviews including Finch by Jeff VanderMeer (we have copies to give away), Kraken by China Miéville, The Orphaned Worlds by Michael Cobley, The Inflatable Volunteer by Steve Aylett, Veteran by Gavin Smith, New Model Army by Adam Roberts, Bearings by Gary K. Wolfe, The Holy Machine by Chris Beckett, Declare by Tim Powers

Jeff VanderMeer: The Streets of Ambergris
interview by Maureen Kincaid-Speller

Laser Fodder by Tony Lee
DVD and Blu-ray reviews including Exam, Living Dead at Manchester Morgue, Mulan, Hidden Fortress, The Lovely Bones, Warehouse 13, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Hierro, Shutter Island, Wizards, Astro Boy, Ponyo, Cargo, Ashes to Ashes, plus easy to enter competitions to win several titles

Mutant Popcorn by Nick Lowe
film reviews including Iron Man 2, Shrek Forever After, Space Chimps 2, Hot Tub Time Machine, Prince of Persia, Tooth Fairy

More details, extracts and images from the issue can be found on the TTA Press website, and subscriptions can be taken out in the secure online shop.

Comments about the issue are also welcome, so please don't hesitate to post here! :)

TTA Press / Black Static 17 Out Now
« on: June 13, 2010, 11:54:51 am »

Cover art is 'Cerberus' by Ben Baldwin.


Electric Darkness by Stephen Volk
Angels Long Forgotten

On holiday recently I was reading Paperboy, the wonderfully evocative childhood memoir by Christopher Fowler in which he discovers his (wonderfully put) “normal abnormal self” through the empowerment of words and “a lifelong love affair with horror and fantasy” begins. The other book I took with me was Rupert Thomson’s enthralling masterpiece of moral complexity Death of a Murderer, meditating as it does with sublime subtlety upon the pond-ripples caused by the crimes of Myra Hindley from the point of view of a copper guarding her body. On top of this, I was still haunted by the superb BBC television drama Five Daughters, about the poor, tragic victims of the Ipswich serial killer.

The Campaign For Real Fear
Christopher Fowler & Maura McHugh

What really scares you? It’s a simple question that can no longer be answered by the usual clichés of vampires, werewolves and zombies. Maura McHugh and I wanted to prove that horror writing didn’t have to be stuck in a rut. Launching the Campaign for Real Fear, we asked anyone to tell us a scary story in just 500 words. “Leave behind the slasher staples,” we said, “and give us something real.” What we received back staggered us: a huge selection of entries from first-time writers to seasoned professionals. Not only were there many good stories, but they provide us with a core sample of what most disturbs.
Includes the first ten winning stories by Gemma Files, Kaaron Warren, Alan Morgan, Janos Honkonen, James Burt, Catherine McLeod, Christine Emmett, Jennifer Williams, Mary Elizabeth Burroughs, Katherine Hughes. Part two in issue 18.

Zombie Cabana Boy by Suzanne Palmer
illustrated by Dave Senecal

Yeah, I’m ashamed, of course I’m ashamed. Who wouldn’t be? But it was what it was. And if I was there again, well then I don’t expect I would’ve made different choices. And don’t be too sure you wouldn’t – no, I’m serious – I’m just saying, if you’d been where I was, emotionally, mentally, physically –

Three-Legged Bird by Vylar Kaftan
illustrated by Ben Baldwin

The bird’s death went unwitnessed. It thumped into the glass once, like a knock. Jin-Sook sat up, woken from her nap on the red velvet couch. Her eyes were gummy with sleep, but she couldn’t rub them without ruining her mascara. She cracked her lips. Her scarlet lipstick had dried into paint chips. The other girls were running to the window, a grimy square high over the front door. Jin-Sook watched as Ha-Neul – the only one who told the truth in this place – dragged a wooden chair beneath the window. The older girl teetered as she tried to see over the doorframe. No men were in the parlor right now, which made the girls restless and irritable. Every slow Tuesday night meant another night stuck here.

The Lady in the Tigris by Daniel Kaysen
illustrated by Rik Rawling

My mother sits in her dressing gown, pleased to see me but worried too. Eleven o’clock on a Sunday night is a troubling time for a sudden cross-country visit from her son.

Faces in Walls by John Shirley
illustrated by Ben Baldwin

The hardest part is when I first wake up. Because in my dreams, I can usually move about freely. In my dreams, I can walk and talk and kiss girls.

Blood Spectrum by Tony Lee
DVD/Blu-ray reviews of new releases, including Dolan's Cadillac, Stag Night, The Stepfather, Blood, Left Bank, Razor's Ring, Dorothy, Lockjaw, Phobia, High Lane, True Blood, City of the Living Dead, Van Diemen's Land, The Book of Eli, Daybreakers, The Graves, Harpoon, Satan's Baby Doll, Homecoming, Lizard in a Woman's Skin, RoboGeisha, The Wolfman, The Haunting of Molly Hartley, Bear, Resurrecting the Street Walker, Martin, Funny Games, The Crazies, Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, plus easy to enter draws to win several of these titles

Case Notes by Peter Tennant
reviews of books by John Connolly + interview + competition to win the entire set of the Charlie Parker novels, plus books by Michael Shea, Joel Lane, Alison Moore, John Llewellyn Probert, Angeline Hawkes, David B. Silva, Michael Kelly, Richard Gavin, Eric Stener Carlson, Sarah Langan

How To Buy:
You can buy Black Static in good bookshops, newsagents and specialist stores, both here in the UK and several other countries including the USA. If your local shop doesn't stock the magazine please ask them to order it in for you. You can also order Black Static via mail order distributors such as Fantastic Literature and BBR, or download an e-version from Fictionwise. By far the best option though, for you and for us, is to take out a subscription to the magazine direct. Thanks!

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