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General Discussion / Readers Society
« on: April 02, 2012, 06:50:39 pm »
I had an email recently from the Crime Writers Association informing me of a new "Crime Readers Association" (see Now that strikes me as a great idea, a small website section and newsletter that focuses on readers. Something with reviews, forthcoming titles, author interviews and even writing tips affiliated to the BFS but bundled and aimed squarely at readers seems to me a perfect way to promote our fantastic writers and publishers without expecting folk to shell out to be part of a society. What do others think? I would be happy to be involved with such a thing if others thought it a worthwhile pursuit.

Announcements and Suggestions / Is The BFS website too good
« on: April 02, 2011, 09:18:07 pm »
Yes that may sound like faint praise but bear with me. It puzzles me why so much of the BFS content is freely available to any casual passer by and ne-er do well. Strikes me that if the BFS wants folk to buy a membership it has to actually keep something up it's proverbial sleeve (yes the publications are lovely but the internet is a powerful draw).

I say this only because the efficient web managers seem to be posting reviews blindingly fast these days, that's great but should these reviews really be available to everyone. Should the forums be open to non-members, shouldn't there at least be a closed shop section.

And before I am accused of double standards I do have links to BFS, an RSS news feed from BFS and a badge on the front page of my website so I do try and promote the society. I just wonder if some of the information available shouldn't be reserved for folk who actually pay for membership.

Only a thought and not a criticism of the current system or the hard work that has gone into creating it.

General Discussion / World Book Night
« on: March 06, 2011, 02:06:55 pm »
Anyone else appalled at the BBC's condescending and discriminatory coverage of World Book Night. What was meant to be a celebration of books turned into a festival of cultural elitism and the emperors new clothes were firmly on display. Not one piece on Fantasy, SF or Horror. Stephen Hunt has written an excellent piece with some pointers to action which I urge you all to read

Promote Your Projects / The Black Abyss
« on: February 24, 2011, 08:34:15 pm »
New review of Andrew Pyper's The Guardians is online here:-

Books / Haunted Legends Review
« on: November 07, 2010, 10:45:12 am »
I've just posted a review of Haunted Legends, Tor's new collection at The Black Abyss. You can also listen to a dramatised audio version of Gary A. Braunbeck's story - Return To Mariabronn. Follow this link

Books / Basil Copper
« on: April 21, 2010, 07:38:07 pm »
As you may know PS Publishing have just produced a mammoth new collection of stories by Basil Copper. Johnny Mains has popped along to the Black Abyss to review the collection. You can read more here -

BFS Publications / BFS Publications - New Reviews
« on: April 06, 2010, 07:10:56 pm »
I have added a couple of new reviews of BFS publications on Tales From the Black Abyss.

Houses on the Borderland edited by David A. Sutton can be found here -

H.P. Lovecraft in Britain by Stephen Jones can be found here -

Both thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended, more BFS reviews coming soon.

Books / The Sixth Black Book Of Horror
« on: March 14, 2010, 08:02:42 pm »
Since so many of the contributors to The Sixth Black Book of Horror are now on these boards I thought you might like to know that my review is now online

Tartarus Press / Strange Tales Volume III
« on: February 18, 2010, 06:47:07 pm »
Congratualtion Ray on another excellent collection, review here

Promote Your Projects / Tales From The Black Abyss
« on: February 14, 2010, 07:26:10 pm »
Blatant self promotion but as I have spent all weekend polishing my site I thought I would show it off. Head over to and let me know if it was worth it. I have also reposted a lot of old reviews from Highlanders book reviews so hopw you enjoy it.



PS anyone know how to add a link to the BFS link page?

Promote Your Projects / Highlander's Black Abyss
« on: January 09, 2010, 05:09:13 pm »
Millions of people are wondering what happened to Highlander's Book Reviews, well the bad news it's dead and buried (and you thought Highlander's were immortal!). The even worse news is that I have a new blog at which will carry the same type of material but in a more cost effective (i.e. free) manner.

Look forward to seeing you all there.

Highlander ( err actually it's just Colin now ;))

Other Media / Lovecraft Podcast
« on: November 14, 2009, 08:50:20 am »
I often listen to podcasts when driving but they are often hit or miss (more often miss). One I have consistently enjoyed is the H.P. Lovecraft Literary podcast (more details from Not only is it thorough and intelligent but it also doesn't take itself too seriously. If you haven't tried it but like Lovecraft, give it a go.

Anyone with any other podcast recommendations?

Promote Your Projects / Steampunk Tales 3
« on: October 05, 2009, 07:48:56 pm »
Among the many excellent stories in the new issue of Steampunk Tales lurks a tale by one C.G. Leslie (yours truly). How it got there I don't know but I am delighted all the same as it's my first published short story. So if you like a bit of pulp then head over to to buy a copy. ;D

Other Media / Paranormal Magazine
« on: August 09, 2009, 06:24:52 pm »
I know not the usual fare round these parts but bear with me. The Sept issue which I just obtained from Borders comes with a free DVD of "The Nameless" based on the novel by none other than Ramsey Campbell. Nice article on burial mounds should provoke a few story ideas.

Introductions / Hello
« on: August 06, 2009, 04:20:08 pm »
Couldn't think of anything witty to say so thought I would stick with the traditional, tried and tested and frankly under-rated hello. My name is Colin and I like Horror err I mean Fantasy. :D

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