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Promote Your Projects / Ancient Magic
« on: October 11, 2018, 09:18:08 pm »
Public event at the Institute of Classical Studies, London

Since ancient times humans have used magic to curse and protect, to harm and heal, to divine and constrain. Join us to explore the mystical objects and potent rituals of our magical past in this free Hallowe’en event. Expert talks from academics and an author will be followed by the opportunity to participate in a range of hands-on activities exploring ancient magic—from making your own curse tablets and poppets to divining the future and turning humans into beasts.

Date: October 31, 2018

Venue: Senate House, Malet St, London WC1E 7HU

Registration: Required, but free.

Speakers include: Helen King, Gabriel Bodard, Celia Sánchez Natalías, Sophie Page, Roz Kaveney. Plus hands-on activities. Ancient magic-themed costumes encouraged.

Promote Your Projects / Re: Making Monsters book launch invitation
« on: August 28, 2018, 04:07:08 pm »
In the run up to the launch party, we're running a small carnival of blog posts and other social media activities on the theme of #MakingMonsters. We'll put together a list of these posts eventually, but for the moment the entries we have had so far include:
Please feel free to join the fun on the #makingmonsters hashtag, follow the carnival on FB, and of course if you can, join us at the launch party on the 6th!

Introductions / Re: Good day to you all...
« on: August 28, 2018, 12:31:57 pm »
Hi Grum! I also overuse parenthesis (especially in speech, strangely)—but sometimes hide the fact with commas and em-dashes. Good to know there are fellow-addicts out here.

Promote Your Projects / Re: TFF Reviews
« on: August 18, 2018, 04:39:12 pm »
Valeria Vitale reviews William Meikle's The Ghost Club: Newly Found Tales of Victorian Terror from Crystal Lake Publishing. A fun project, combining fakery and ghosts, and although the selection of authors to pastiche and stories for them to tell leans to the clichéd and sometimes even unimaginative, the execution is exquisite, and it is an impressive achievement overall.

Promote Your Projects / Re: TFF Reviews
« on: August 18, 2018, 03:13:40 pm »
Andy Sawyer reviews Tom Johnstone's How I Learned the Truth About Krampus, a chapbook from Eibonvale Press. On the surface a simple, Lovecraftian story, its undercurrents last rather longer in the memory, Andy wasn't sure if his (desperately sad) reading of the end of the story was correct, but either way this is a superior folk-horror story.

Promote Your Projects / Re: TFF Reviews
« on: August 18, 2018, 02:12:57 pm »
Djibril reviews ​Scott Gable & C. Dombrowski (edd.), Ride the Star Wind: Cthulhu, Space Opera, and the Cosmic Weird, from Broken Eye Books. This anthology brings together a nice mix of stories that combine Lovecraftian Weird with far future galaxy-spanning space travel, and while neither is this a particular new concept, nor did I find many of the stories to be outstandingly excellent, the volume as a whole is worth reading and a lot of fun. The best stories manage to subvert HPL's mythology in postcolonial and multicultural flavours…

Promote Your Projects / Making Monsters book launch invitation
« on: July 17, 2018, 04:36:53 pm »
Please join us to celebrate the launch of this speculative and classical anthology from Publishing and the Institute of Classical Studies (at the University of London). To know more about the anthology, see the press page and table of contents.

Thursday September 6th 2018, 6-7.30pm.

2nd floor lobby, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU.

Dress: Monster-themed costumes are encouraged!


British Fantasy Awards / Re: British Fantasy Awards 2018
« on: July 13, 2018, 11:16:21 am »
Congratulations to this year's shortlistees!

(Especially S.A. Chakraborty, Margrét Helgadóttir, Alison Littlewood and Sofia Samatar who we've had the pleasure of publishing in TFF the last few years.)

Good luck to the juries deciding between these very strong slates. I know how much hard work it is…

Promote Your Projects / Re: TFF Reviews
« on: July 10, 2018, 02:38:37 pm »
Lisa Timpf reviews E.J. Swift's Paris Adrift (from Solaris Books), a time-travel adventure switching between postapocalyptic and dystopian futures to alternative historical Paris. Lisa summarises that: "Engaging and authentic description, a sense of mystery, and even a touch of romance—there’s a lot to like in this well-written, nuanced novel."

Promote Your Projects / Re: TFF Reviews
« on: March 30, 2018, 06:20:21 pm »
Cait Coker reviews Dracula: Rise of the Beast edited by David Thomas Moore and published by Abaddon Books, an anthology of stories that follow the legendary Transylvanian vampire through history (not in a single ‘mosaic’ novel, however). Cait concludes that “while the authors’ willingness (or not) to push back against established narratives and characterizations varies, they all bring thoughtful engagement to both Stoker and Vlad Tepes.”

Promote Your Projects / Re: TFF Reviews
« on: February 28, 2018, 04:47:57 pm »
That's a good point. Reviews of fake titles are easier in a way—you can either exaggerate them to the point of grotesqueness to make the satirical nature clear, or you can decide that no harm, no foul: if someone thinks it's real they're not going to be able to buy the book by accident anyway. (or boycott the book, if you've slated it…)

How did you make it clear they were fake? (Without, presumably, saying so overtly.)

Promote Your Projects / Re: TFF Reviews
« on: February 23, 2018, 03:16:32 pm »
Valeria Vitale reviews Nate Crowley, 100 Best Video Games (That Never Existed) from Solaris Books, a volume of (as it says on the tin!) video game concepts invented entirely by the author—and illustrated by a series of digital artists and game designers. She points out that the books is "unusual […] whimsical, sometimes borderline stupid […] close to the dad-jokes zone. But […] also entertaining, and truly amusing." We have a soft spot for these kind of satirical, "non"-fiction storytelling motifs here at TFF…

General Discussion / Fantasy and SF in Greece
« on: February 06, 2018, 06:14:23 pm »
Dimitra Nikolaidou has written a brief history of Speculative Fiction in Greece, going back about 30 years, and including events such as ΦantastiCon and Comicdom, the message board, the SF Club of Athens, and recommending many authors from the country (a few of whom publish mostly in English).

It's a cool read. If you know of any Greek writers or publishers who've been left off the list, feel free to leave a note pointing out the omission!

What other parts of the world could BFSers help report on?

Promote Your Projects / Re: TFF Reviews
« on: January 18, 2018, 10:35:41 pm »
Cait Coker reviews Margrét Helgadóttir's, Pacific Monsters, the fourth anthology in Fox Spirit's Books of Monsters series, volumes which “decolonize the monstrous of the popular imagination and pop culture,” and “showcase fiction across the spectrum of speculative fiction genres that feature creatures drawn from the localized myth and folklore of other cultures.” Cait is impressed by this eclectic collection of tales, and we look forward to the next three outings in the series.

Calls for Submissions / Eibonvale Chapbooks (no closing date)
« on: January 10, 2018, 09:25:08 pm »
David Rix from Eibonvale Press is looking for short stand-alone works of up to about 10,000 words.

"Content should fit the general Eibonvale guidelines, by which I mean experimental/fringe writing that is exploratory, unusual and not too close to genre cores—but possibly including elements of Horror, Slipstream, Speculative Fiction, Surrealism, Magic Realism, Bizzaro, Absurdism, Erotica, Outsider Literature etc. I am most interested in writing that defies definition and avoids predictable styles or themes."

Simply email your work to:

Files should be in RTF, DOC or DOCX format (others by negotiation) and sent as email attachments.

Full guidelines at

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