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FantasyCon / Re: FantasyCon 2015
« on: October 22, 2015, 07:20:23 pm »
Thank for the replies both of you :)

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FantasyCon / Re: FantasyCon 2015
« on: October 18, 2015, 06:51:55 pm »
Surgery went well yesterday and the physiotherapist has given me the green light to attend the Con yayyy...

but what is 9.00am Kaffeeklatsch: Joe Hill

I have no idea!

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FantasyCon / Re: FantasyCon 2015
« on: October 01, 2015, 04:23:04 pm »
When is the latest i can buy a ticket to attend? I'm having ankle surgery the weekend before and so am going to have to see how that settles on the Monday to see if i can come.

Thanks
Tom

Apologies for the delay, Tom, I've been snowed under with various things (real world AND BFS :D)

Anyway, payment 'on the door' will be possible if we don't sell out beforehand which, last I heard, we were getting close to... I'll poke Lee and find out in more detail, though.

Cheers Phil, i took the plunge and booked anyway because i didn't want to risk missing out :)

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FantasyCon / Re: FantasyCon 2015
« on: September 21, 2015, 10:06:13 am »
When is the latest i can buy a ticket to attend? I'm having ankle surgery the weekend before and so am going to have to see how that settles on the Monday to see if i can come.

Thanks
Tom

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General Discussion / Re: Graham Joyce RIP
« on: September 11, 2014, 08:38:06 am »
I never knew Graham, but i have read a lot about him in the past few days and it makes me terribly sad that the world has lost such a man. At least with his books, i still have chance to know him a little better.

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Books / Re: What are you currently reading..?
« on: September 09, 2014, 12:18:24 pm »
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, recommended to my by my lovely wife

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Promote Your Projects / Re: Everyone Loves Clowns And Other Tales
« on: September 08, 2014, 09:18:07 pm »
Had a great review on Amazon!

 I would like to speak in some detail about the two top stories.

 The book’s opener, ‘Oh To Be Alive’, deals with zombies. For me, this is generally a very bad thing. I have seen the zombie sub-genre butchered beyond what I would think of as reparable and have largely written it off in favor of other horror, a position I am now re-thinking. Told from the perspective of an intelligent zombie, we follow Henry Waterford as he navigates a landscape where the undead are born from death a few minutes later. This tale is not original, per se, but if you really want to embrace this critique you need to realize there are only thirty-six different types of stories anyway. No, it’s not original, but it has a voice, it tackles issues I haven’t seen properly dealt with in a zombie film since Romero’s first Dawn of the Dead, and evokes some of the prejudices shown more recently in District 9. A story that challenges our lifestyles, our outlooks and our discriminations, and has the power to spark debate. These types of stories get us thinking, and with enough of us thinking we just might make it out of life alive.

 Most important is the final tale of the book. The title novella, ‘Everyone Loves Clowns’, is magic. Barely 5 years old, a girl’s life is in jeopardy battling cancer. An imaginative young Emily is nearly alone in her world of books, beholden to a teacher who resents Emily’s mental prowess, and largely ignored by her classmates until the circus comes to town. After attending Emily is convinced the clowns are eating her peers as she deteriorates from her illness. The author weaves a tale of fancy and horror detailing Emily’s perspective, and a heartrending relationship develops between Emily (the Princess) and her ridiculed classmate Jasper (the Knight) as the clowns, the other classmates, the teacher and the disease are battled. Stories like this are among the reasons I read in the first place.

  4 stars

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FantasyCon / Re: FantasyCon 2015
« on: September 08, 2014, 09:15:17 pm »
Really like the look of the venue. My wife went there while studying at the University and has been singing its praises!

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Books / Re: What are you currently reading..?
« on: September 08, 2014, 12:32:09 pm »
Reading 'The Prisoner of Heaven' by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
A brilliant read and the third in his series of 'The Cemetery of Forgotten Books'

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FantasyCon / Re: FantasyCon 2015
« on: September 08, 2014, 12:27:06 pm »
Living in Derbyshire, this is great news for me!
Missed the last two so i'll definitely be attending this one :)

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Promote Your Projects / Everyone Loves Clowns And Other Tales
« on: September 04, 2014, 10:03:48 am »
Hey everyone i'm new, yup, my name is Tom Cranham and i have recently self-published a horror (more psychological than gore) collection, Everyone Loves Clowns And Other Tales, that is 288 pages, and was edited by Simon Marshall-Jones at Spectral Press!
There's six short stories and a novella and a huge amount of artwork! One of the stories, The Left is Sinister, was chosen give a Daily Deviation award on DeviantArt and can be read at the following link -  http://thomascranham.deviantart.com/art/The-Left-Is-Sinister-407777094
If anyone would like to read the collection I can send along a PDF (you don't have to review it) for free!
Oh and the wrap around artwork was created by the wonderful Daniele Serra

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