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British Fantasy Awards / Re: British Fantasy Awards 2019
« on: August 05, 2019, 09:48:38 am »
I've been reading as many nominees as I can this year, as a kind of summer reading challenge.

I've just finished reading all the nominated novellas, and I've written a shadow juror blog post about them. Here it is.

Bear in mind the disclaimers: this is just for fun, completely unofficial, absolutely not endorsed by the society (although I think they would encourage us all to buy and read the nominees!), and I don't know anything about what the real jurors are thinking, the criteria they'll apply, or how they are deciding the awards. This is just what I'd be thinking if I were a juror in this category. Hope you find it interesting.

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BFS Publications / BFS Horizons #9
« on: June 15, 2019, 11:21:03 am »
Thanks to Shona, Tim and Ian for BFS Horizons #9, which arrived in the post today. It includes the fiction and poetry of David Hartley, Andrew Wallace, Angie Rega, Phil Dyer, C.B. Droege, Val Nolan, Allen Ashley, Richard Berry, Zoe Mitchell, Tomas Furby, Alessio Zanelli, Dan Coxon, Linda Neuer, James Rhodes, Cardinal Cox, Cam Rhys Lay, Martin Schwarz, Melanie Smith, Arran Bedford, Jessica Malen, Jack Westlake, Maz Hedgehog and Andrew Wallace. The cover art is by Sophie E. Tallis, and there is an editorial by Tim Major.

If other BFS members would like to add it to their reading lists, it's up on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46293809-bfs-horizons-9

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BFS Publications / Re: BFS publication checklist
« on: April 07, 2019, 03:37:04 pm »
The previous post is getting pretty long, so here's a separate one for the society's ebook exclusives:

Shelflings #1 (April 2012) (eb, 1138ll), compiled by Stephen Theaker
Shelflings #2 (July 2012) (eb, 1499ll), compiled by Stephen Theaker
Shelflings #3 (September 2012) (eb, 1546ll), compiled by Stephen Theaker
Shelflings #4 (January 2013) (eb, 1546ll), compiled by Stephen Theaker
Shelflings #5 (August 2015) (eb, 64pp), compiled by Stephen Theaker
Shelflings #6 (October 2015) (eb, 64pp), compiled by Stephen Theaker

BFS Story #1: Journal of the Eldritch Plains by Allen Stroud. 20pp. Edited by Allen Ashley. Available in pdf, epub and mobi formats.
BFS Monthly Story #2: The Drinker of Tears by Sandra Unerman. 14pp. Edited by Allen Ashley. Pdf only from this story on.
BFS Monthly Story #3: Poison Tree by Gary Couzens. 16pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #4: Feast of Fools by Nicky Peacock. 17pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #5: The Travellers by M.D. Kerr. 17pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #6: Mind of its Own by Geoff Nelder. 13pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #7: The Rat Catcher's Dance by Andrew Knighton. 13pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #8: Summer of Ants by Pauline E. Dungate. 15pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #9: You Have Reached Your Destination by Peter Sutton. 15pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #10: Ella by Jemma Picken. 18pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #11: Ash Flower by James Brogden. 12pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #12: Empire Is No More by Nigel Robert Wilson. 20pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #13: Putting on a Brave Face by Rowena Harding-Smith. 10pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #14: Mycul Zas by Clint Wastling. 26pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #15: The Contract by Lisa Farrell. 19pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #16: Milk by Rowan Bowman. 14pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #17: Only the Broken Remain by Ian Steadman. 12pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #18: Our Ghost by Sandra Unerman. 15pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #19: Elise Ridley, There Are Castles in the Sky But Not for You, M.M. Lewis. 16pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #20: The Final Act by Edmund Glasby. 17pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #21: The Boom Show by Anne Wrightwell. 13pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #22: Coquetry, She Disdained by Stephen Theaker. 16pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #23: Daddy by Rowena Harding-Smith. 8pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #24: Five Black Bolts by Michael Button. 13pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #25: The Gaze of the Abyss by Edmund Glasby. 13pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #26: Bicycle by Marilyn Thompson. 12pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #27: The Silence by Lisa Farrell. 11pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #28: Emeralds of Eros by Clint Wastling. 25pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #29: Lenore! by Cheryl J. Sonnier. 15pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #30: The Curse of Narcissus by Suzy A. Kelly. 16pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #31: The Manual by Robin Lupton. 15pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #32: Soul Cages by Lucy Stone. 17pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #33: Next in Line, by A.N. Myers. 9pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #34: Afore the Master by Suzy A. Kelly. 7pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #35: Ice Heart by Marilyn Thompson. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #36: Monster for Hire by Jason Gould. 20pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.
BFS Monthly Story #37: Red Song by M.M. Lewis. 7pp. Edited by Allen Ashley.

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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.

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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. [Deleted link to avoid confusion when people are voting.]

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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43812265-bfs-horizons-8

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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! :-)

Thanks!

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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:

http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.com/p/submission-guidelines.html

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

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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.

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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:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07FCT9X2P

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