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Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: Andrew Hook
« on: July 07, 2017, 09:29:11 am »
I've been a bit lax in posting here, but in brief:

An audio book of my novella, "And God Created Zombies", is available from audible here:

My non-fiction book, "Bunuel's The Exterminating Angel: a personal analysis", is available through RoosterVision here:

"Elasticity: The Best of Elastic Press" which I've edited for NewCon Press is available here:

There is a launch event for "Elasticity" (and "Best British Science Fiction 2016") tomorrow - Saturday 8th July at the Star of Kings pub near Kings Cross from 1-5pm. Be there or be elsewhere :)

Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: Andrew Hook
« on: November 17, 2016, 05:00:20 pm »
I see I've lapsed in posting here again, but I really should mention I've had two further books published which are now available for purchase.

My novella, "The Greens", has been published by Snowbooks and is a mere snip at £4.99. Purchase it here:

Blurb: Two green-skinned children are discovered who claim to have come from within the earth. The local legend states that the boy died, and the girl married but had no children. Is the legend true?

OCD sufferers often perpetuate their rituals believing that if they fail to do so their families will suffer. But what if they are correct – that their rituals are necessary to maintain life’s balance? And what if it was discovered that many OCD sufferers are descendants of the green children...

The Greens is a modern fantasy/horror novella which merges two concepts: that of the 12th Century Suffolk legend of the green children and sufferers of obsessive compulsive disorder.

And my short story collection, "Human Maps", is available in both hardback and paperback from Eibonvale Press (and will be officially launched at the BFS Open Night on the 2nd December in London). Get that one here:

Blurb: Through dreamscape wonderment, fetishism, guilt, loss and love, these twenty-one stories map both physical and internal environments. Hook's familiar themes of identity, memory, and the nature of reality thread multiple genres to form a dense cartographic exploration of the human condition.

General Discussion / Re: We are not alone…
« on: September 01, 2016, 10:05:47 am »
Damn that's annoying!

I'm still waiting to be found and taken home ;)

General Discussion / Re: We are not alone…
« on: August 31, 2016, 11:28:14 am »
I also saw the article and find it fascinating but I can't shed any more light on it!

Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: Andrew Hook
« on: August 25, 2016, 10:05:01 am »
Hi Djibril

It wasn't that difficult choosing stories for Elasticity. Some choices automatically popped up in my head even as Ian was suggesting the book to me. I've posted the contents on my website, so am free to announce it here (some weren't originally published by Elastic but I felt it had to be a broad choice to reflect the Press - I think 8 of these were first published by us).

Andrew Humphrey – Grief Inc
Brian Howell – The Tower
Mike O’Driscoll – Evelyn Is Not Real
Neil Williamson – Amber Rain
Jeff Gardiner – 310153
Gary Couzens - Four AM
Marion Arnott – When We Were Five
Antony Mann – Shopping
Allen Ashley – Somme-Nambula
Nick Jackson – Visits To The Flea Circus
Justina Robson – Alsiso
Andrew Tisbert – Jasmine
Maurice Suckling – Televisionism
Chris Beckett – The Marriage of Sea and Sky
Tim Nickels – fight Music

Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: Andrew Hook
« on: August 05, 2016, 10:37:27 am »
I seem to have let visiting here lapse. I've had a few stories published/accepted for publication since the last post so won't list them all, but in book news...

1. A short story collection, "Slow Motion Wars", co-authored with Allen Ashley, has recently been published by theEXAGGERATEDpress and is available to purchase here

2. A novella, "The Greens", will be published by Snowbooks this September and launched at FantasyCon

3. A short story collection, "Human Maps", will be published by Eibonvale Press towards the end of this year

4. I'm editing an anthology for NewCon Press titled, "Elasticity", which will feature 15 stories previously published by Elastic Press (which I ran from 2002 to 2009). Publication date 2017.

5. Another short story collection, "Frequencies of Existence", is scheduled in publication for 2018 but as yet I can't reveal the publisher

My least favourite book read this year was "The Yiddish Policeman's Union" by Michael Chabon. I should have given up on it but I kept expecting something to happen.

My favourites so far are "Where Furnaces Burn" by Joel Lane and "The Mahe Circle" by Georges Simenon.

I don't think I've read anything - other than Black Static - which was actually published this year, however.

General Discussion / Re: Martin Owton
« on: May 06, 2016, 09:54:08 am »
I've met Martin on many occasions and had a handful of conversations over the years but didn't know he had been ill. This new development must be awful. Please pass on my good wishes.

Books / Re: What are you currently reading..?
« on: April 13, 2016, 09:01:52 am »
Ack-Ack Macaque which is rather fun  ;D

I enjoyed this one too (although I haven't yet read the sequel(s).

Books / Re: What are you currently reading..?
« on: April 05, 2016, 09:01:23 am »
I finished The Extremes, George, and enjoyed it; but I think The Affirmation is probably my favourite so far.

Currently reading "The Yiddish Policeman's Union" by Michael Chabon, and "Use Once, Then Destroy" by Conrad Williams (short stories).

Promote Your Projects / Re: salò press
« on: March 15, 2016, 06:26:42 pm »
"A Galaxy of Starfish: An Anthology of Modern Surrealism", edited by my partner Sophie Essex, is back from the printers this week and can be bought now for almost immediate dispatch.

The book contains both poetry and fiction from Joel Allegretti, Gary Budgen, Zachary Cosby, Dalton Day, Logan Ellis, Zachary Scott Hamilton, Chris Holdaway, Jake Hostetter, Travis Macdonald, Socrates Martinis, Esther Greenleaf Murer, David Nadeau, Katherine Osborne, Bob Schofield, Scherezade Siobhan, David Spicer, Douglas Thompson, T.D. Typaldos, Owen Vince and Yariv Zerbib.

20 writers // 91 fragments // 22,638 words

Awesome cover design by our resident artist, Muxxi. Click on the links for either UK orders or Rest of the World orders

Books / Re: What are you currently reading..?
« on: February 08, 2016, 09:29:50 am »
I really enjoyed The Dream Archipelago (and all of Priest's novels I've read, particularly "The Affirmation"), and I'm currently reading "The Extremes".

British Fantasy Awards / Re: British Fantasy Awards 2016
« on: January 26, 2016, 03:10:37 pm »
I don't use a spam filter so not sure what happened. I'll have to see if I can find the souvenir programme. What's the deadline?

British Fantasy Awards / Re: British Fantasy Awards 2016
« on: January 25, 2016, 09:29:57 am »
Hi Stephen

I'm not currently a BFS member but I did attend FantasyCon 2015. Just a heads up that I've had no email about voting so it might be these haven't been sent...

Promote Your Projects / Re: salò press
« on: November 26, 2015, 09:33:48 am »
Hi all

Just a quick heads up about the various publishing projects we have on the go at the moment.

Firstly, our second poetry publication from Salò Press, “Father, Husband” by Scherezade Siobhan, is back from the printers today. We’ve had a pre-order running for a couple of weeks and it’s proving popular. Here’s the blurb: “This book is a woman spelled as saudade. These poems are a field full of sleeping deer, a conspiracy of sparrows bent over the wet clay of water bowl, a calligraphy of vine across the bone-white limbs of a forgotten window in a father’s locked house. First, she calls him Father. Then, she calls him Husband. This is the echo of an invisible inheritance; a past that is written in future continuous tense.”

The poet, George Szirtes, says the book is: “A passionate synaesthesic raid on the fleshpots of language where nothing is itself only more so, where body, intelligence and emotion are constantly melting into each other and all is a precise but constant glittering.”

Cover art is by the wonderful Muxxi. Take a look, order now, and get your copy before Christmas!

Secondly, the seventh issue of Fur-Lined Ghettos magazine has just been published. As usual it’s an eclectic blend of experimental literature. Contributors include Andrew Darlington, Zooey Ghostly, Zachary Scott Hamilton, Alex Russell, Ross Scott-Buccleuch, Ella Snyder, David Spicer, Dawn Wilson, and David Zeltzer, plus an interview with Paul Smith of Maximo Park. Stunningly weird cover art by Marco Puccini. Buy a copy of that here. Whilst you’re there, please consider picking up a back issue at the same time – we’re down to single figures with those and won’t be reprinting.

Thirdly, my partner and Salò Press co-conspirator, Sophie Essex, has had her first pamphlet of poems published by Pyramid Editions. Titled “Objects of Desire” these three poems explore sex, sexuality and objectification. Only £2.75 including postage: Sophie’s getting a lot of exposure and critical acclaim for her work at the moment, these could well become collectors items. The pamphlet is limited to 50 numbered copies so will sell quickly.

Finally, as usual we’re reading for the next issue of Fur-Lined Ghettos, and also our surrealist anthology A Galaxy of Starfish is currently half full. Click on those links for submission guidelines and for more details on being published by us.

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