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Promote Your Projects / Re: TFF Reviews
« on: March 30, 2018, 06:20:21 pm »
Cait Coker reviews Dracula: Rise of the Beast edited by David Thomas Moore and published by Abaddon Books, an anthology of stories that follow the legendary Transylvanian vampire through history (not in a single ‘mosaic’ novel, however). Cait concludes that “while the authors’ willingness (or not) to push back against established narratives and characterizations varies, they all bring thoughtful engagement to both Stoker and Vlad Tepes.”

Promote Your Projects / Re: TFF Reviews
« on: February 28, 2018, 04:47:57 pm »
That's a good point. Reviews of fake titles are easier in a way—you can either exaggerate them to the point of grotesqueness to make the satirical nature clear, or you can decide that no harm, no foul: if someone thinks it's real they're not going to be able to buy the book by accident anyway. (or boycott the book, if you've slated it…)

How did you make it clear they were fake? (Without, presumably, saying so overtly.)

Promote Your Projects / Re: TFF Reviews
« on: February 23, 2018, 03:16:32 pm »
Valeria Vitale reviews Nate Crowley, 100 Best Video Games (That Never Existed) from Solaris Books, a volume of (as it says on the tin!) video game concepts invented entirely by the author—and illustrated by a series of digital artists and game designers. She points out that the books is "unusual […] whimsical, sometimes borderline stupid […] close to the dad-jokes zone. But […] also entertaining, and truly amusing." We have a soft spot for these kind of satirical, "non"-fiction storytelling motifs here at TFF…

General Discussion / Fantasy and SF in Greece
« on: February 06, 2018, 06:14:23 pm »
Dimitra Nikolaidou has written a brief history of Speculative Fiction in Greece, going back about 30 years, and including events such as ΦantastiCon and Comicdom, the message board, the SF Club of Athens, and recommending many authors from the country (a few of whom publish mostly in English).

It's a cool read. If you know of any Greek writers or publishers who've been left off the list, feel free to leave a note pointing out the omission!

What other parts of the world could BFSers help report on?

Promote Your Projects / Re: TFF Reviews
« on: January 18, 2018, 10:35:41 pm »
Cait Coker reviews Margrét Helgadóttir's, Pacific Monsters, the fourth anthology in Fox Spirit's Books of Monsters series, volumes which “decolonize the monstrous of the popular imagination and pop culture,” and “showcase fiction across the spectrum of speculative fiction genres that feature creatures drawn from the localized myth and folklore of other cultures.” Cait is impressed by this eclectic collection of tales, and we look forward to the next three outings in the series.

Calls for Submissions / Eibonvale Chapbooks (no closing date)
« on: January 10, 2018, 09:25:08 pm »
David Rix from Eibonvale Press is looking for short stand-alone works of up to about 10,000 words.

"Content should fit the general Eibonvale guidelines, by which I mean experimental/fringe writing that is exploratory, unusual and not too close to genre cores—but possibly including elements of Horror, Slipstream, Speculative Fiction, Surrealism, Magic Realism, Bizzaro, Absurdism, Erotica, Outsider Literature etc. I am most interested in writing that defies definition and avoids predictable styles or themes."

Simply email your work to:

Files should be in RTF, DOC or DOCX format (others by negotiation) and sent as email attachments.

Full guidelines at

Promote Your Projects / Re: Futurefire and Fox Spirit giveaway
« on: January 10, 2018, 09:01:09 pm »
I wanted to send a big thank you to all the generous people (several of whom I know are BFS members) who supported Joyce's fundraiser, which is now successfully funded, and thanks to whom this great writer gets to go to the premier academic conference on fantastic literature. You guys rock!  :-*

Promote Your Projects / Re: TFF Reviews
« on: January 08, 2018, 06:30:29 pm »
Andy Sawyer reviews James W. Greenfield’s The Time Machine, a 90-minute musical version of H.G. Wells's classic (inspired of course by the musical War of the Worlds). Andy gives a detailed and sensitive —and not uncritical—reading of the album, and concludes, “If it sounds snide to Greenfield to say that The Time Machine sounds in places like it is a demo for an unproduced Big Theatre musical show, then can I say that I would really like to see that show.”

Promote Your Projects / Re: TFF Reviews
« on: January 03, 2018, 08:16:04 pm »
Djibril reviews Kristine Ong Muslim’s The Drone Outside, the first in the new line of chapbooks from Eibonvale Press. This volume of nine interrelated flash stories gives us “snippets of life during or after the apocalypse, told from unusual points of view, or with surreal narrative, or or evidencing unexpected scenarios of death, destruction and post-humanity.” An excellent read, great value, and produced to Eibonvale’s usual high editorial standards.

Promote Your Projects / Futurefire and Fox Spirit giveaway
« on: January 03, 2018, 04:04:06 pm »
To boost Singapore author Joyce Chng/J. Damask’s goal to get to the International Conference of the Fantastic in the Arts in Orlando this year, Publishing and Fox Spirit Books are offering some incentives to support the fundraiser. The first five people to back the campaign—for any amount—may claim:
*BONUS* If your support is for $25 SGD or more (approx £14), you will receive all three e-books from and both e-books from Fox Spirit Books

*BONUS 2* If five people support the fundraiser between now and the end of January 10th, or if the campaign is 100% funded in that time, one backer will be selected at random to receive a paperback copy of Starfang plus one of the FFN anthologies of their choice.

Calls for Submissions / Making Monsters (deadline February 28th, 2018)
« on: December 04, 2017, 02:41:02 pm » Publishing and the Institute of Classical Studies are looking for retellings or reimaginings of classical monsters in fantasy, horror or science fiction short stories, for a mixed fiction and nonfiction volume titled Making Monsters to be published in mid-2018, edited by Emma Bridges and Djibril al-Ayad. Classical monsters may include those from Greco-Roman mythology, ancient Egypt, the Near East, or any other ancient world cultures far beyond the Mediterranean.

Making Monsters will pay:
  • £50 for short stories (between 2,000-5,000 words)
  • £25 for flash stories (up to 1,999 words) or poetry
  • Maximum of 5,000 words fiction (with a preference for 3,000-5,000 words), or up to 50 lines poetry.
  • No reprints or simultaneous submissions. We are not seeking nonfiction or scholarship—essays have already been commissioned for this volume.
  • Please send fiction or poetry submissions as an attachment in .doc, .docx or .rtf format to, with your name, the story title, and the wordcount in the covering email.
  • Deadline for receipt of submissions is February 28, 2018.

Updates and other news in the full CFS at

BFS Events / Re: BFS Social London
« on: December 04, 2017, 11:22:37 am »
Is there any update on the BFS Social this Friday? (Is it still scheduled? What sort of event will it be?) I'll try to be there, so long as non-member friends are welcome…

Promote Your Projects / Re: TFF Reviews
« on: November 05, 2017, 04:54:26 pm »
Valeria Vitale reviews Malcolm Devlin’s weird short story collection You Will Grow Into Them from Unsung Stories, and celebrates that the “weirdness” that populates Devlin’s stories is the kind that she enjoys the most: “not necessarily the gory and horrific but more the sinister, the ambiguous, the eerie, the unexplained and the inexplicable.”

Sounds like an excellent collection!

Promote Your Projects / Re: The Future Fire
« on: October 24, 2017, 08:52:28 pm »
This week we've been posting mini-interviews on Fakebooc with all the authors and artists who contributed to TFF #42. These will keep coming every couple of days for a while yet, but the people we've interviewed so far include:

I'll try to remember to post updates here, but follow or keep an eye on the TFF page if you want to be sure not to miss anything.

General Discussion / Why do we need monsters?
« on: October 07, 2017, 06:06:42 pm »
Thought some BFS types might be interested in attending this public event on monsters, run by the Institute for Classical Studies at Senate House in central London, Tuesday October 17th.

The Beveridge Hall, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Today we worry about chimaeras - organisms created by combining genes from more than one species - and science fiction writers imagine bizarre aliens on other planets, just as nineteenth-century novelists placed them in the Centre of the Earth, on Lost Worlds or in Lands that Time Forgot. Almost every society has imagined monsters, often as hybrids of humans and beasts. This free public event brings together some of the most interesting researchers on ancient monsters and invites us to reflect on what purpose these nearly humans serve in societies ancient and modern.

This is a free event but booking is essential.
  • Prof David Wengrow, UCL, ‘What is a monster, and do we really need them?’
  • Dr. Dunstan Lowe, University of Kent, ‘Real monsters in ancient Rome’
  • Dr Liz Gloyn, Royal Holloway, ‘Why does the ancient monster survive in the modern world?’
  • Dr Valeria Vitale, Institute of Classical Studies, ‘Making Monsters’
There's also a book giveaway and people posting images of their favorite monsters on Twitter and FB using the hashtag #ICSmonsters.

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