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FantasyCon / Re: FantasyCon 2015 Souvenir Book
« on: May 25, 2015, 12:13:49 pm »
Calling all BFS/FantasyCon members who live in. or know well, Nottingham. I require information about public transport in the city, particularly about the tram (does it run past the hotel?); lists of recommended restaurants and pubs in the vicinity of the convention venue and the city centre; and suggested places to visit for those arriving early/staying late, or for bored partners. Please email me -- fc15souvenirbook [at] gmail.com. Thank you.

Peter - the tramline that goes up to the con site is *meant* to be finished in time for October, but it isn't yet...

In terms of your other questions, I will send you some information about the city centre restaurants etc. (I live the opposite end of Nottingham to where the con is so don't know stuff nearby so well).

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Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: James Everington
« on: May 18, 2015, 08:02:47 pm »
Very pleased to say The Outsiders, a shared world Lovecraftian anthology from Crystal Lake Publishing is out today. It features my story Impossible Colours as well as stories by Stephen Bacon, Gary Fry, V.H. Leslie and Rosanne Rabinowitz plus an introduction by Kevin Lucia. It's an absolute privilege to be published alongside such great authors and being in a book from the fantastic Crystal Lake Publishing is just the icing on the cake.

You can read the blurb below, as well as quotes from each author, including me, about their story.

“As I wrote the story, I drew on my experience of returning to places where I grew up as an outsider, the 'home town' that was never home – an experience that many people share.” – Rosanne Rabinowitz

“I wanted to take this idea of digging deeper quite literally and write about not only the mysterious and potentially dangerous things the earth conceals, but the often beautiful things it relinquishes.” – V.H. Leslie

“Joe's (the editor's) notion of a gated community filled with various reclusive go-getters fired my imagination, coming as it did during a spell of unprecedentedly terrible activity during a perpetual interest of mine, the darker reaches of the UK economy, all its social strata and clench-palmed denizens. The secrecy and exclusivity of such an enclosed venue struck me as an able symbol for the nefarious activities of many folk involved in the national conspiracy of theft and concealment which characterised the credit crunch.” – Gary Fry

“Lovecraft’s racism (at least as it manifests itself in his fiction) has always seemed to me to be psychological as much as political or overtly fascist. The word ‘xenophobia’ (a rejected title for ‘Impossible Colours’) appropriately describes his unease towards all outsiders, not just those of different coloured skin. Indeed some of his best fiction is driven precisely by the horror of being overrun, of being subsumed by ‘the others.’” – James Everington

http://www.jameseverington.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/the-outsiders.html

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Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: James Everington
« on: April 03, 2015, 07:57:58 am »
The third episode of The Quarantined City is released today by Spectral Press. This one is called Spot The Difference.

Episode 3 - Spot The Difference


Also, the first two episodes have been reduced to 99p.


Episode 1 - The Smell Of Paprika

The Quarantined City: sealed off from the outside world, with only the sight of the ocean to remind its inhabitants of life beyond. No one knows why the city has been quarantined and conspiracy theories abound.

But for Fellows life continues largely as before. He walks the streets, hunts out rare books; the sun continues to shine and the gulls circle above.

There's the small matter of the ghost haunting his house, but Fellows doesn't let himself think of that.

But when he tracks down a story by the reclusive writer known as Boursier, his old certainties fade as he becomes aware that the secrets of the city, the ghostly child, and the quarantine itself, might be more connected than he thinks…

The Smell Of Paprika is the first episode of the six part monthly serial The Quarantined City from James Everington and Spectral Press

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Books / Re: What are you currently reading..?
« on: April 03, 2015, 07:50:35 am »
Almost finished the collection Hair Side, Flesh Side by Helen Marshall.

Damn, she's good. After reading Gifts For The One Who Comes After (her second collection) last year, I was slightly worried her debut wouldn't be as great. I was very wrong. Moving, soulful, surreal, scary weird stories. Just what we like to see.

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Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: Rosanne Rabinowitz
« on: February 26, 2015, 08:13:40 am »
Yes I can't wait to read the other stories in The Outsiders as well Rosanne... can't beleive I'm in a book with such wonderful writers.

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Books / Re: What are you currently reading..?
« on: February 26, 2015, 08:12:21 am »
Yes it is. Some horrendous formating issues in the ebook version I have though. One story just stops mid-sentence right towards the end; then the end of that stories appears directly after the climax of the next story in the book, ruining the experience of reading both.

I downloaded it awhile ago, so hopefully fixed by now, but it's a real shame as the stories themselves are great.

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Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: James Everington
« on: February 23, 2015, 01:41:29 pm »
The second episode in my serial for Spectral Press, The Quarantined City, is out today.



http://www.jameseverington.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/the-quarantined-city-episode-2-into-rain.html

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Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: Rosanne Rabinowitz
« on: February 23, 2015, 01:37:41 pm »
Looks great Rosanne!

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Books / Re: What are you currently reading..?
« on: February 23, 2015, 01:36:39 pm »
Reading the short story collection Nightingale Songs by Simon Strantzas. Great stuff, including one story which is the most Aickmanesque thing either read outside of Robert Aickman.

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Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: James Everington
« on: February 03, 2015, 12:21:29 pm »
The Quarantined City - Out Today!

The Quarantined City: sealed off from the outside world, with only the sight of the ocean to remind its inhabitants of life beyond. No one knows why the city has been quarantined and conspiracy theories abound.

But for Fellows life continues largely as before. He walks the streets, hunts out rare books; the sun continues to shine and the gulls circle above.

There's the small matter of the ghost haunting his house, but Fellows doesn't let himself think of that.

But when he tracks down a story by the reclusive writer known as Boursier, his old certainties fade as he becomes aware that the secrets of the city, the ghostly child, and the quarantine itself, might be more connected than he thinks…

The Smell Of Paprika is the first episode of the six part monthly serial The Quarantined City from James Everington and Spectral Press.

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Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: James Everington
« on: January 24, 2015, 06:04:13 pm »
Cover image for the first episode of my serial for Spectral Press, The Quarantined City:


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Books / Short Story List 2014
« on: December 22, 2014, 06:47:35 pm »
For those who are interested, my favourite short stories from the (many) I read in 2014.

Please share and pass around, especially those of you who are on it!
http://jameseverington.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/favourite-short-stories-of-2014.html

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FantasyCon / Re: FantasyCon 2015
« on: December 22, 2014, 02:31:48 pm »
Yeah, and you've still got to walk from the train station to wherever the tram leaves from....,

You can get a trams without leaving Nottingham train station....  (although obviously you still have to lug your luggage to a different part of the station)

Assuming the new tramlines here in "Nowhere Nottingham" (?) are finished in time, obviously.

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Books / Re: What are you currently reading..?
« on: September 22, 2014, 08:31:47 am »
A quartet of novellas and chapbooks:

The Night Just Got Darker - Gary McMahon
Drive - Mark West
Respite For The Dead - Lucy Taylor
Water For Drowning - Ray Cluley

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Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: James Everington
« on: September 08, 2014, 06:28:12 pm »
Well, my first Fantasycon was fabulous.

I blogged about my thoughts on it in more detail:
http://www.jameseverington.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/fantasycon-2014-york.html

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