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General Discussion / Re: Joel Lane
« on: December 29, 2013, 06:47:43 pm »
Realised I've not put a word about Joel here.

He was a lovely man and great writer, the word modest was made for him.

I agree we should name one of the awards in his honour.

I know I've not said much and it's late in the day, but I keep being reminded of him so just had to say a word no matter how brief.



The first story in a new series of thrilling fantasy adventures.

The immortal wanderer William Palmer - Pilgrim - comes to Lyall Park, where he uncovers an astonishing and disturbing family secret.

Pilgrim, cursed with immortality by the King of the Greyfolk, is forever forced to walk between the human world and the world of Faerie in a never-ending quest to preserve the uneasy balance between the two. In this series, Pilgrim finds himself in pursuit of the mysterious Radiant Boy. On the way he encounters a ballroom filled with un-dead dancers, a cursed village, a woman in love with a man with a fox's tail and a medium who takes him across the line between life and death...

With Paul Hilton as William Palmer, Sean Murray as Kenny, Michael Bertenshaw as Harry, Annette Badland as Colville, Carolyn Pickles as Bryony, Priyanga Burford as Lavinia, James Lailey as Threadgold, Georgie Fuller as Cashier and Colin Guthrie as Sound.

Written by Sebastian Baczkiewicz.

Producer/ Jessica Dromgoole and Marc Beeby for the BBC

Ep 1/4
Thursday 21 November

The rumours was the last series of this was the end so it's good to see it back again, about the only fantasy on radio that's not kids, comedy or a classic/best seller.

Plus since Saturday there have been a lot of Dr who stuff on the radio networks.


General Discussion / Re: Goodreads
« on: November 16, 2013, 09:03:36 pm »
I keep a written record of the books I've read & most of those I've bought, fiction only. It's because I realised I cannot remember what I have read or own so I can check so I don't end up buying multiple copies of books. not fool proof but the action of writing them down helps me remember. Being dyslexic with associated memories problems can be a bit of a pain.


Other Media / Edinburgh Haunts - 3.45pm Friday 25 October - BBC Radio 4
« on: October 23, 2013, 12:04:54 am »
Well I said I'd put a few things on and here is the first.



Friday 25 October
Edinburgh Haunts

Ep 1/3

I Remember Yesterday is the first of three brand-new ghost stories from leading Scottish writers which are set in Edinburgh.

Bestselling crime writer Val McDermid, whose Tony Hill detective novels were dramatised as TV series Wire In The Blood, kicks off the haunted Edinburgh tales.

A young woman haunts 'the Serpent's Back' of The Royal Mile in Edinburgh, seeking revenge to the Seventies strains of Donna Summer's song 'I Remember Yesterday'.

The series continues with Susie Maguire's tale of an actor at the Edinburgh Festival whose performance of a Robert Louis Stevenson short story begins to take hold of him; and thriller writer Louise Welsh concludes with a story that evokes the folklore of the doppelganger, or double, but is set in a contemporary Edinburgh town house. In traditional tales, your double is a shadow heralding your own death - if you see your own doppelganger in passing, it's very bad news!

Read by/ Hannah Donaldson, Producer/ Allegra McIlroy for the BBC

Hope you enjoy these tales.

BFS Publications / Re: BFS Journal Spring 2013 issue
« on: October 22, 2013, 11:36:27 pm »
Have the August Journal, cheers. And look forward to the special publications.

When will the other journals be out?


BFS Publications / Re: BSF August 2013
« on: October 22, 2013, 10:40:43 pm »
Sorry for the slow reply only just got back in the board and an still catching up after an operation.

The new journal looks good, I've read the non fiction, enjoyed them, not too sure about the Nazi-steam punk fiction. I've got a copy of Whitstable, even so I've never really been a fan of extracts from a book.

I was also sent some back issues, thanks for those (mystery sender.) and I'm just going through them as well.

The journal does look good.


Other Media / Re: What have you been listening to (continued)
« on: October 22, 2013, 09:19:50 pm »
Listening to some old US Crime like The Whisperer, Dragnet and Philip Marlowe, as well as Xfm and some Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs plus Grieg's  Peer Gynt.


Other Media / Re: Algernon Blackwood on Radio 4
« on: October 22, 2013, 08:06:27 pm »
They have also been playing The Willows by him too.

I guess I should post more radio stuff on here, I don't do listing anymore but I still keep a weather eye on the radio.


TV and Film / Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« on: October 22, 2013, 08:03:45 pm »
Saw the Adjustment Bureau for the first time, quite enjoyed it. Matt Damon does running about very well.

watched Island of Lost Souls, splendid film, Charles Laughton as Moreau is splendidly charming and sinister.


Books / Re: Whats in your to-get list?
« on: October 20, 2013, 12:16:13 pm »
Dr. Sleep by Stephen King and I've been promising myself to catch up with Michael Moorcock's later works as well as gaps in the older back list.

Still keep looking at the PS Pub. lists.


Books / Re: What are you currently reading..?
« on: October 20, 2013, 12:13:06 pm »
Finished Fungus by Harry Adam Knight (AKA John Brosnan - sadly departed SF novelist.). It was a fun romp, eco-horror from the eighties. A lot better than the usual pulp, if you like Jack Yeovil (AKA Kim Newman.) the Orgy of the Blood Parasites you'll enjoy this. Superior 80's exploitative pulp.

Just started Big Thunder by Peter Atkins, we will see how it goes.

Also reading a book on New Scotland Yard from the 70's about the corruption in the late 60's & 70's that lead to a number of court cases, although a lot of people left for health & other reasons, I guess with the Saville enquiry it shows that they didn't far enough. I remember when the Operation Countryman was closed as a kid, a lot of this was then lost in the on going problems with unions & the tory government. Now with Hillsborough and Saville it starting to come out, along with the press involvement

Joshua I agree. The use of adjectives leads us into purple prose, gilding of the Lilly. I guess I do a similar thing to yourself but without technical knowledge, I notice when thing a get a bit florid or the writer is struggling to describe something and trying to hard, usually it does tend to weaken the impact. Having said that I do like Clark Ashton Smith & MP Shiel.


BFS Publications / Re: BFS Journal #10 Contents
« on: September 15, 2013, 07:25:01 pm »
Thanks for the heads up Stuart, sounds good. There a few authors that ended up in the states too, and of course a number of authors who have come the other way. Could be something of an occasional series.

It's good to know things are in the pipeline.


BFS Publications / Re: BFS Journal Spring 2013 issue
« on: September 15, 2013, 07:21:01 pm »
On the idea of print on demand, I think it's a good idea. even if the items were sold at 20 it would show the subs are worth it. Also we could do a sampler of the journal if the writers/artists were happy for their work to be sold.

It would also give some pennies to the society and the writers/artists possibly.

Lulu seems quite good for this sort of thing.

As to the stock, some of it went to new members but if memory serves some of it we were not allowed to give away. Items are always on sale at FantasyCon, so hopefully the stock dwindles.


BFS Publications / Re: BFS Journal Spring 2013 issue
« on: September 15, 2013, 07:08:01 pm »
I have my journal, and very nice it is too.

The problem of cost vs. posting stuff is always a problem.

Usually it's best to get things out quickly, as this thread as shown, when you don't get things out you lose members and so lose money.

The society loses traction and we go back to edge of the precipice.

The other bonuses of membership are we can enter our story comp 1 time for nothing. We get a discount on the Fantasycon when it runs.

Plus we get to nominate stuff for the jury to ignore when the awards come around.

I think this year more than most getting stuff out would have been best.


BFS Publications / Re: Shelflings
« on: September 15, 2013, 11:50:11 am »
Sounds good Stephen,

Look forward to reading it.


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