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Books / Re: What are you currently reading..?
« on: September 15, 2013, 11:32:02 am »
I agree with you Stephen on Locke & Key, I'm getting it monthly (Now, now stop thinking that.) and the 3rd quarter was solid but nothing special. It picks up towards the end as the  revelations start to come together and the darkness really hits the fan. last issue is due out soon.

It Came from Titan is a 50's UK Invasion comic, I like this but at times it's too knowing. The 50's sensibility sometimes goes awry & too modern at times. It's a thin line between the sensibilities and chauvinism of the 50's and modern irony & this does not always get it. Still enjoyable hokum.

Reading Ash by James Herbert, I'm not as fast reading as you & Josh. I'm enjoying it, not his best but far from his worst. A solid read with some good scares with plenty of conspiracy theories thrown in. There are is also mass attack by animals which Herbert as always done so well. In a way it's full circle, like the Dark meets the Rats with his character Ash.

You know Josh I've never really thought of the use of adverbs in books.


BFS Publications / Re: BFS Journal Spring 2013 issue
« on: August 19, 2013, 12:25:14 am »
Any news on when the Spring Journal is due?

or are we going to get the book & 2 journals in one pack?


BFS Publications / Re: BFS Journal Spring 2013 issue
« on: July 14, 2013, 06:56:27 pm »
Any update as I've still not had a mailing?


FantasyCon / Re: Poetry Event with Allen Ashley at FCon 2012
« on: November 05, 2012, 12:49:56 am »
Glad to see it went well Allen and when we return we will be there,

I enjoyed 2011 poetry reading and I know Nadia did, sorry we were not at the FCon this year.


BFS Events / Re: AGM?
« on: November 05, 2012, 12:30:26 am »
Crikey I miss my first AGM in ages and it seems to have been a busy one.

I seem to remember in the past things have been changed at EGMs anf then ratified at the AGM.

I hope your able to stay on board Stephen.


British Fantasy Awards / Re: Suggestions for 2012 awards?
« on: February 29, 2012, 01:11:07 am »
Wake Wood from Hammer was a good film, small scale horror.

Anthology Zombiesque was fun from DAW 'Zombie Camp' by Richard Lee Byers an excellent tale from said book.

The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan was a disappointment. I guess is my unrecommendation.

The 8th Black Book was fun and I do like the Paul Mudie cover, Paul also did some illustrations for a german version of Lovecraft tales, he was talking about it on the British Horror Film Forum in the arty farties section of Your Creations.

Shame there is no radio, Weird Tales (Radio 4.) and The Man in Black (Radio 4 Extra.) series were all worthy of mention, Also on Radio 4 Saturday Play: Something Wicked This Way Comes. Excellent BBC play. US series Bradbury 13: on Radio 4 Extra was good The Ravine was a corking episode. I really liked Alice’s Wonderland but it was canned after the 1st episode, if anyone knows why post or e-mail me. A surreal Alice in a modern, darkly comic, shopping world.


British Fantasy Awards / Re: Voting opens for British Fantasy Awards
« on: February 29, 2012, 12:22:33 am »
Oh good grief was doing the same as david when I shut down the form in error, too many open tabs.

I'd have another go when i have time.


TV and Film / Re: What was the last movie you watched?
« on: February 28, 2012, 11:32:04 pm »
Finally saw Ghost Rider which wasn't as bad as I'd been lead to believe, infact I quite enjoyed it, with reservations.

The Woman in Black, I liked it and so did Nadia. Not like the book though. A number spanish horror films seem to have influenced this, which is no bad thing in my book.


TV and Film / Re: Woman in Black
« on: February 28, 2012, 11:24:51 pm »
It's not like the book, tv or radio version. Still not seen the the play.

For a start he's not due to get married, in the film he's a widower.

In all I enjoyed it. Some nice creepy moments.


British Fantasy Awards / Re: Should we abolish the BFS awards?
« on: February 28, 2012, 09:44:05 pm »
Well I guess this time the arguements really exploded due to the last awards.

To be honest getting the membership to vote is the hardest thing.

Me, I'm in favour of the awards, the bring a light to the field and to the society. Hey we even made the national press, even if it was in a bad way.

I even voted for the new rules, like Stephen I have my doubts but it more a 'seen to be doing something' type of situation.

As for a jury have a look at the Booker to see how that creates even more problems.

Remember there is no such thing as bad press, being totally ignored will and was killing the society.


Announcements and Suggestions / Re: Book Reviews Editor
« on: October 06, 2011, 05:13:51 pm »
I echo Des's comment , Get well soon Jan.

Thanks  for the sterling work, just enjoying the latest BFS blockbuster.


FantasyCon / Re: FantasyCon 2011 -- comments
« on: October 06, 2011, 05:07:51 pm »
Very enjoyable as ever, didn't go to as many as the things I wanted too, I didn't stay at the hotel so can't really comment.

But the reading room 134, now that was a sauna.

Being in a town does mean you can get out and I've had fun Brighton and Nottingham. in Brighton did enjoy The Black Dove pub.

Hope to see you all next year but it depends on baby sitters, Nadia hopes to come as the bump meant she could drink this year.


Announcements and Suggestions / Re: BFS Short Story Competition 2011
« on: October 06, 2011, 04:15:24 pm »
Crikey Jen well done to you and the other readers,

Congrats to the winners.


I've not seen the face book thing but I can some of the people who started it. It's a small community and most people know each other, so a lot of the bitterness can be personal mixed in with professional jealousy. Whose work gets into an anthology can really cause some nasty rivalries.

As to the bias of horror over fantasy, I agree, but it's down to the membership. Although for years Michael Moorcock was the daddy of the awards.

The Jury system would not solve the problem, and as Emma said it would make it worse. Not only accusations of bias on how the panel is picked, but bias of the panel too (Industry people would be accused of backing their own product.) and then you have arguments and fallings out in the jury itself, listen to the rubbish that comes out around the Booker prize.

No long list and short list open to FantasyCon & BFS members is the best way.

As to changing it, put it to the vote at the next AGM, even if the committee don't like it the members there get the final vote. BFS and awards rules & regs are linked on the main website for all to see.

Just sorry I missed the AGM this year, anything happen?


British Fantasy Awards / Re: BFS Awards 2011 - Shortlist Announced
« on: July 31, 2011, 01:08:13 pm »
Well thanks for the links but things have been a little busy and I've not read any of the novellas so I've not voted in that cat. I have voted now and so has my wife. Good luck to you all.

I should have said sooner I'm actually one f the contributors to The Shrieking 60's which covers all British Horror films from the 60's. I real labour of love from Darrell which took a number of years. I did 3 reviews of the many. The Blood Beast Terror is one guilty pleasure.

The book has gone so well he is putting together a book on the 80's. I have agreed to review The Comic amongst others, anyone who has seen this will now pity me.

Ten Years of Terror by Harry Fenton was the inspiration and covers the 70's. A new addition is due but exactly when nobody is sure.


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