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Promote Your Projects / Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
« on: March 18, 2019, 10:25:10 am »
Theaker's Quarterly Fiction #64 is now out, just in pdf format for now.

This issue contains four stories: “September Gathering” by Charles Wilkinson, “Disappearer” by Matthew Amundsen, “The Haunted Brick” by Walt Brunston, and “Chemicalia” by me, plus twelve reviews, by Rafe McGregor, Douglas J. Ogurek, Jacob Edwards and me. One hundred and thirty-eight pages of fabulous fiction and rollicking reviews!

Next issue we're planning to change the format a bit, to make it the size, shape and length of my favourite books, the 2011 series of Penguin Mini Moderns, which should make it a bit easier to stay on schedule.

British Fantasy Awards / Re: British Fantasy Awards 2019
« on: March 14, 2019, 10:06:24 am »
BFS members got the email saying that suggestions are open till March 27. I've made my first contributions (adding the Hexagonal Phase of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to audio, and Unholy Lands by Lavie Tidhar to best fantasy novel).

Submit suggestions here.

Spreadsheet of suggestions is here.

And if you want to watch the categories build up in real time, here's an unofficial alpha-sorted version of the list.

I think this is the first time since I joined the society that there haven't been any changes to the categories from one year to the next.

British Fantasy Awards / Re: British Fantasy Awards 2019
« on: March 08, 2019, 02:12:38 pm »
Katherine said it's coming soon.

British Fantasy Awards / Re: British Fantasy Awards 2019
« on: March 08, 2019, 02:07:04 pm »
Yes, it was open for suggestions at the beginning of January last year. Maybe they aren't doing one this time - it is an optional part of the rules, and it can be quite a lot of work. I'll email the awards administrator and ask.

Guest editor Douglas Ogurek is now open to submissions for his third unsplatterpunk anthology, to be published as Theaker's Quarterly Fiction #67 in September.

"We’ll take ultraviolent humour, perverted country bumpkin, and raw realism. We’ll take vile fantasy, gruesome sci-fi, and grossmance… anything so long as it defies contemporary sensibilities, repulses us, and integrates a virtuous message."

The deadline is July 31, 2019. No payment offered; TQF is an amateur non-profit zine that is given away for free.

More information here. Note that submissions for this issue should be sent to Douglas at the address provided, rather than to the usual TQF email address.

BFS Publications / BFS Horizons #8
« on: February 02, 2019, 10:23:39 am »
Thanks to Shona, Tim and Ian for the latest issue of BFS Horizons, received today.

It includes work by David Carey, Cardinal Cox, Richard Farren Barber, Amelia Wreford, Tom HJ Robinson, Zoe Mitchell, Andrew J.T. Johnston, Stewart Hotston, Matt Colborn, M.M. Lewis, Lucy Stone, Daniel Carpenter, Tanya Fillbrook, B.R. Sanders, George Sandison, Allen Ashley, Mark Kilner, Ying Ping Low and Jasmine Brown. Cover by Joe Slucher.

It's on Goodreads, if you'd like to add it to your reading lists:

Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: Rhys Hughes
« on: December 08, 2018, 10:34:51 pm »
To celebrate the coming of Christmas, my ebook of 100 ghostly, monstrous and supernatural stories BETTER THE DEVIL is free until tomorrow...

Hope you enjoy! :-)


Theaker's Quarterly Fiction #64 has re-opened for submissions till the end of October 2018. The rescheduled issue is now due out in December. Guidelines here:

No payment offered, I'm afraid; it's an amateur non-profit magazine that we give away for free.

Promote Your Projects / Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
« on: September 10, 2018, 01:19:50 pm »
Theaker's Quarterly Fiction #63 is now available, as a free download or a very cheap paperback. This is a very special issue, an anthology guest edited by Douglas J. Ogurek: Unsplatterpunk! 2.

It includes the stories “First Kiss” by Drew Tapley, “The Villainy of Solitude” by Triffooper Saxelbax, “Convention Hitler!” by Hugh Alsin, “The Music of Zeddy Graves” by me, “Gunkectomy” by Douglas J. Ogurek, “The Tapestry of Roubaix” by Howard Phillips and “The Bones of Old England” by M.S. Swift, plus the usual selection of reviews and a wraparound cover by Howard Watts.

After a bit of a delay, TQF62 is now available in ebook and print too.

General Discussion / Re: Freebies and bargains
« on: July 31, 2018, 10:11:56 pm »
We Have Always Died in the Castle, a free novella by Elizabeth Bear:

Submissions invited for three anthologies from Grimbold Books:

Unexpected Heroines:

Why is it always the teenage girl who is the heroine?
These are the stories of female protagonists who are never cast in the feature films. The awkward, the old, the forgotten, the different.
Their adventures were never meant to be. Their save-the-world expeditions shouldn't have happened. They are the ones who stepped forward when no-one else would.
Our unexpected heroines.

Forgotten Sidekicks:

We all know what happens when the hero saves the day, but what about their sidekicks?
Too often the hero is held high and celebrated whilst their sidekicks and comrades are brushed to the side; their own battles forgotten, and their actions airbrushed to nothingness from the tales of victory.
These are the stories of the ones who aren’t remembered; the ones who helped save the day, and got cast aside; the ones who don’t want the applause, and the ones who deserved the applause and never received it.
These stories didn't make the headlines - but they happened, and they're glorious.

Lost Gods:

They have slept for centuries. Buried. Forgotten. Lost.
Until they awake. Or are awoken.
When the deities of old return, will they bring blessings or destruction to a time that no long remembers them?
Should they be left to lie in peace, or used for our own ends? Are they gods, or monsters?
What lies out there in the realms of the lost gods?

Submission Guidelines:

The submission window will run from 1st September until the 30th November inclusive.

Submissions to be emailed to:

Lost Gods –

Forgotten Sidekicks –

Unexpected Heroines –

All sub-genre and styles will be considered – comedic, epic, grimdark, noblebright etc. We are particularly keen on diversity - think older characters, LGBTQ, ethnic minorities and those with disabilities

Submissions should be (ideally) between 4-7,000 words (10% leeway given either side) and either 1.5 or double spaced and in an easy to read font such as Times New Roman or Arial size 12/14. Please include your contact details at the end of the story, along with a short bio and details of any writing credentials and/or social media handles.

We are aware that this is a long submission window, but hectic lifestyles for both writers and editors means that we must be patient. Editors will be reading submissions as they are received but final decisions are unlikely to be publicised until the end of December 2018 at the earliest. This allows there to be a reasonable amount of time for reading and selecting the final line-up.

Payment will be £15 per story and a physical copy of the final anthology for which the story appears and, should you also wish, copies of the eBook for your own private use and not for resale or lending.

More info here.

General Discussion / Re: Bloody Soppy Vampires - I HATE Them!
« on: July 09, 2018, 10:48:43 am »
I haven't read those but I enjoyed The Song of Phaid the Gambler. Are they good?

British Fantasy Awards / Re: British Fantasy Awards 2018
« on: July 09, 2018, 10:46:17 am »
The jurors have also been announced:
  • Anthology: Adam Baxter, Pauline Morgan, Pete Sutton, Maz Wilberforce, Virginia Wynn-Jones
  • Artist: Ruth Booth, Alex Gushurst-Moore, Helen Scott, Catherine Sullivan, Tania Walker
  • Audio: Susie Prichard-Casey, William Shaw, Allen Stroud
  • Collection: Richard Barber, Peter Coleborn, Katherine Inskip, Shona Kinsella, Laura Langrish
  • Comic / Graphic Novel: Ed Fortune, Emily Hayes, Elaine Hillson, Kiwi Tokoeka, Susan Tarrier
  • Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award): David Allan, Rebecca Davis, Michaela Gray, Caroline Hooton, Kirsty Stanley
  • Film / Television Production: Kimberley Fain, Theresa Derwin, Craig Sinclair, Gareth Spark, Paul Yates
  • Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award): Charlotte Bond, Sarah Carter, Amy Chevis-Bruce, Ross Warren, Mark West
  • Independent Press: Stewart Hotston, Georgina Kamsika, Aleksandra Kesek, Joni Walker
  • Magazine / Periodical: Colleen Anderson, Helen Armfield, Dave Jeffery, Alasdair Stuart, Chloë Yates
  • Newcomer (the Sydney J Bounds Award): Eliza Chan-Ma, Elloise Hopkins, Steven Poore, Erica Satifka, Neil Williamson
  • Non-Fiction: Laura Carroll, Lee Fletcher, D Franklin, Emeline Morin, Graeme K Talboys
  • Novella: Joel Cook, Alicia Fitton, Susan Oke, Rosanne Rabinowitz, Stephen Theaker
  • Short Fiction: Andrew Hook, Terry Jackman, Juliet Kemp, Tim Major, Sam Mohsen

Promote Your Projects / Re: Theaker's Quarterly Fiction
« on: July 09, 2018, 10:40:07 am »
Theaker's Quarterly Fiction #62 is kind of out now:

That is, the pdf is available, but I'm so busy with regular work that the ebook and print versions are on the backburner. In a return to our roots, this issue is entirely by me, though the wraparound cover by Howard Watts.

We've also announced the winners of the prestigious TQF awards:

BFS stalwart Allen Ashley took home the prize for best TQF story, for "Bound for Glory", Eastercon 2017 won best event, and Pirate Utopia by Bruce Sterling won best book.

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