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I've just been trying to add a profile pic to my profile. The file uploads OK but then I get the message:

"The attachments upload directory is not writable. Your attachment or avatar cannot be saved."

Can anyone offer any advice on this please? Not sure who to contact about forum problems now.

Hi guys!
I wanted to let you know that there's a new horror/supernatural/weird fiction publisher on the block! I've resurrected Frightful Horrors with the intention of publishing ebooks initially and, later, paperbacks and possibly even audiobooks.

I'm excited to announce that the author whose first collection Frightful Horrors will be publishing in the summer is ... *drum roll* ... Tony Lovell. Tony’s a master of what I call ‘quiet horror’. You won’t find cheap shocks or gore within his stories; just a brooding sense of loneliness, subtle terror and inexplicable strangeness. The stories elicit all kinds of emotional responses from the reader.

Tony's stories have been published in All Hallows, Supernatural Tales, The EXAGGERATED Press's Monster Book for Girls, and several Megazanthus Press anthologies, including Horror Without Victims and The First Book of Classical Horror Stories.

I’m absolutely delighted to be publishing his first collection, containing both previously published and unpublished stories. I consider him to be an author of exceptional talent. If you haven’t read any of his stories yet you’re in for a real treat.

I'm now setting up a Frightful Horrors blog as I thought it might be interesting for folks if I charted the development of a new publishing establishment. I'll post the link to the blog here once it's fit for human consumption! In the meantime, if you're on Facebook, you can "like" the Frightful Horrors Facebook page here:

Watch out for further updates as and when!  :)

Promote Your Projects / Kickstarter - Pan Book of Horror Scrapbook
« on: June 21, 2014, 05:30:18 pm »
Thought this might be of interest to any Pan Book of Horror fans here. Johnny Mains, who has amassed a wealth of knowledge about the series, has set up a Kickstarter campaign to fund a wonderful-sounding history of the series. I've pledged a little myself - how about you?   ;)

Hi folks!
I have some exciting news. I'm setting up what I hope will eventually become a one-stop internet shop for horror/weird fiction and artwork. At the moment, it's in its very early stages. I haven't yet set up the website, but I currently have a presence on Ebay (will be on Amazon too at some point).

The venture is called Frighful Horrors. For those of you on Facebook, here's the FB page:

I've got three publishers who've joined with me in the beta testing phase. The first is Des Lewis with his Megazanthus Press, and I have the three latest Megazanthus anthologies for sale here:




If you don't already have a copy of these and would like one (signed by Des, no less!) then please consider buying from these links. I currently have zero feedback as a new business seller on Ebay, and it's certainly going to be easier for me to sell books once I can get my first sales/feedback and remove that zero rating.

Soon, I should have Spectral Press and Shadow Publishing books for sale too.

And I'm delighted to say that Tony Lovell is doing the artwork for the Frightful Horror logo and banner - and a very fine job he's doing of it too! Tony did the cover art for both Horror Without Victims and The Horror Anthology of Horror Anthologies, so you can see the kind of thing he does there.

I hope you'll all like Frightful Horrors - and I really hope that ultimately it develops into an amazing resource for horror/weird fiction fans. Once I've got the website up and running, I'll be adding content such as interviews, news and events, so it should be well worth a visit!  :)

Danica Grijak, the organiser of the Halifax Ghost Story Festival, has been busy tracking down all but one of the Robert Aickman-inspired films in the HTV "Night Voices" series, and there's now an online petition set up to get these long-lost gems released to DVD. If you'd like to see these on DVD too, please sign the petition linked below. Thanks!

(by the way, ipetitions are a little cheeky, I think, in taking you to a page asking for donations straight after you've signed the petition. You don't have to donate to sign the petition!)

Books / Petition to bring back the Pan Book of Horrors
« on: September 17, 2012, 02:31:33 pm »
If you remember the Pan Book of Horrors with fondness, you might want to support Johnny Mains' Facebook petition to Pan MacMillan to try to bring them back. The more "likes" he gets on the following page, the better!

Announcements and Suggestions / Change of Online News Editor
« on: August 31, 2012, 04:33:58 pm »
You may have seen the news on the website that after almost a year in the role I've decided to step down as Online News Editor to enable me to concentrate on other things, having very much enjoyed my time in the role. I'm delighted to announce that Phil Lunt has agreed to take on this role, and will do so with immediate effect. I will be staying on as an 'occasional reporter' and hope to continue to contribute to the BFS website in this way.

May I send a huge 'thank you' to all the wonderful contacts I've made over this year; people who've sent in news for the website and who have contributed to making the site as helpful and informative as I feel it is today. Please continue to send your news and events to Phil at the usual address ( I'm confident that with Phil in this role, the website will go from strength to strength.

Caroline Callaghan

FantasyCon / Poetry Event with Allen Ashley at FCon 2012
« on: August 28, 2012, 05:22:38 pm »
Here's a message from Allen Ashley about the poetry event which he'll be hosting at FCon again this year. I understand that the one he did last year was a resounding success!

So, here's his message:

“I am pleased to let everyone know that I am once again hosting a Poetry Event at Fantasycon. This year we are in the Russell Room from 8.00pm till 9.30pm on the evening of Friday 28 September. I will be running the event in a similar fashion to last year, which is: we will read ’round robin’ style. This means that every participating poet will read two poems (up to about 40 lines each) in the first round. Then, if we have time, we will go round again and people can read a couple more poems. I am advising everyone to prepare up to 6 poems. Last year’s event was fun and friendly with an appreciative group of poets and audience and I anticipate that this year will be much the same. If you want to put your name down, please email me on allenashley-writer [at] hotmail [dot] co [dot] uk or else just turn up on the night to read or listen”.

Vote for your favourite ghost story of all time!

FantasyCon 2012 is giving you the opportunity to answer the question: What is the best ghost story of all time?

Just go to, fill out the electronic form and submit it. No novels or novellas please, just short stories. One vote per person, and you cannot nominate your own work (otherwise your choice will not be counted).

We will then tabulate all the votes and the winning short story will be announced during a panel at the convention on the evening of Saturday September 29th. A carefully selected group of experts will discuss their own favourite ghost stories and what it is that makes a classic spooky tale before acclaimed author Ramsey Campbell reads the winning entry as the clock strikes the Witching Hour of midnight!

This poll is open to EVERYONE – you do not have to be a member of the convention to vote. The more people who participate, the more representative the winner will be. So don’t delay – vote today!

FantasyCon 2012 is being held at the Royal Albion Hotel in the historic seaside town of Brighton, East Sussex, over the weekend of 27 – 30 September 2012. Membership is selling fast, so if you haven’t joined up yet, then please do so now. All you have to do is go to the “How to Join” page on the website (, submit the form with your details and then pay via the PayPal buttons. Alternately, you can print out the form and mail it with a cheque to the address given. A limited number of Saturday-Only memberships are also now available.

With many fantastic Guests of Honour, interviews, panel discussions, readings and numerous authors, editors, publishers, artists and actors in attendance, this is one convention you cannot afford to miss!


Announcements and Suggestions / Website broken :-(
« on: July 26, 2012, 06:32:31 pm »
Just to let you all know that we have a slight technical hitch with the website. First, the events calendar is broken so Neil has disabled it for now until he has time to sort it out - which means no events calendar for the time being.

But that seems to have affected the rest of the site from an admin point of view and now I find I can't post any new news!  :o  Presumably, the same will apply to reviews too.

So, please bear with us while we try to fix this issue. Thanks for your patience!

Announcements and Suggestions / New Membership Secretary
« on: July 20, 2012, 09:04:36 pm »
From today, the role of BFS Membership Secretary is being transferred to Helen Hopley. Helen has performed this duty admirably in the past, and knows the role inside out.

We are sure all BFS members will join us in thanking Marion Pitman, who has worked tirelessly in the role, for all the time and effort she has spent on behalf of the Society and its members. Thanks also to Helen for taking on the role. Helen will, we are sure, be a valued member of the BFS Committee.

BFS Publications / New designer joins BFS Journal team
« on: July 11, 2012, 08:49:44 pm »
We are pleased to announce that Phil Lunt has joined the new BFS Journal team as designer. Phil’s background is in interior design and architecture and he has over 10 years experience working on the design of exhibition stands, booths, events and interiors. He also produces promotional material for various theatre companies across England as well as for publications such as Hub Magazine.

Since last year Phil has also been Book and Media Reviews Editor for the British Fantasy Society.

Also, we are pleased to say that in his role as BFS Features Editor Stuart Douglas has joined the BFS Committee, filling the shoes of Lou Morgan who leaves the committee to concentrate on her writing.

We are sure you would like to join us in thanking Lou for all her hard work for the Society and welcome Phil and Stuart as they start their new roles.

We hope you have been enjoying your copy of the Spring BFS Journal and thank everyone for the many messages of support for the new combined publication that we have received from the membership and beyond.

As you are aware, the Journal is put together on a volunteer basis, the contributors and editorial team giving their own time to produce every issue. Over the last year Lou Morgan has been instrumental in helping form the new Journal, combining the three previous BFS Publications into one title. Now, due to her growing writing commitments, Lou has decided to step down as Non-fiction Editor. We’re sure that you would like to join us in thanking Lou for all her hard work and wish her well for her new novel, Blood and Feathers, out 2 August from Solaris.

We are taking this opportunity to look at how we produce the Journal - how the entire process can be streamlined to ensure it is the best it can possibly be, a publication to be proud of, free of publication delays.

In line with this, a new Editorial Team is being assembled. Cavan Scott is to take over as Journal Editor, responsible for the overall feel and direction of the Journal. Cavan has many years experience editing newsstand magazines for such publishers as Future Publishing and BBC Magazines and will also continue to oversee the production process. He is joined by Stuart Douglas, publisher of Obverse Books, who is coming onboard as Non-Fiction Editor. Guy Adams and Ian Hunter are also remaining as essential parts of the Journal team, continuing their sterling work as Fiction and Poetry Editors respectively.

In order to ensure that we can establish a regular publishing schedule, we have made the hard decision not to publish a Summer Edition. This means that we have the entire Summer to make plans, gather second-to-none articles and set out plans for the years ahead. The next edition will be published in the Autumn and will be packed with must-read articles, fiction and poetry. To accommodate the short hiatus, members will automatically have their membership extended, meaning that they still get four issues in their ‘year’ of membership.

We would like to ask for your patience as we run through this process to ensure that the future of the Journal is as smooth-running as possible.

If you have any questions, please contact Cavan Scott on Contributors who have already submitted articles should be assured that their content isn’t going to waste. They will still appear in the Journal.

New submission guidelines are currently being compiled and more news about the Autumn Journal will be posted soon - so, as the saying goes, watch this space.

Announcements and Suggestions / Lack of news on website
« on: June 20, 2012, 04:20:41 pm »
There, I thought that subject heading would get your attention! No, it isn't a thread where someone moans about lack of news on the site, it's me (your friendly news editor) explaining WHY there's been a lack of news on the site lately.

Basically, I've been up to my neck in things elsewhere - work and family stuff which you don't want to know about - so I'm afraid BFS news posting has had to take a back seat. I feel guilty about it so I wanted to post an explanation.

So, if you've been wondering where all the news has gone - or if you've been thinking I'd forgotten to post a piece of news you've sent to me - my sincere apologies. Normal service should, I hope, be resumed shortly.  ;)

In the meantime, please do keep your news and events coming to me at I can't guarantee to post everything I receive, but I'll do my best. Oh, and I should have some news shortly about a kind person who has volunteered to help out with posting events to the events calendar (don't want to say who it is yet as I haven't asked their permission to do so). Anyway, must dash - busy, busy, busy ...  :D

Promote Your Projects / Twisted Tales events
« on: June 05, 2012, 11:58:24 pm »
Again, not my project but I spotted that the nice chaps over at Twisted Tales have started up their events once again, and I said I'd start a thread for them. So, here's the info for the latest event:

Twisted Tales is holding an evening of horror stories with readings from some of the top authors in the field:  Graham Joyce, Alison Littlewood and Simon Kurt Unsworth.

Friday 15 June 2012, 7:00 – 9:30pm

The Borough, 3 Dalton Square, Lancaster, LA1 1PP

Tickets: £3
Purchase from Waterstones King Street or on the door (subject to availability)

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