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TV and Film / Re: Dexter
« on: November 17, 2007, 07:52:28 pm »
I'm interested to see where the second season goes in terms of story, as it was pretty contained.

I've watched the first 4 episodes of the second series so far, and can confirm that this is every bit as good as the first, with some excellent twists and even more excellent slices of humour, especially of the black kind. Without giving away any spoilers, one of my favourite lines so far is: "I must not kill my sister. I must not kill my sister. I must not kill my sister." You'll appreciate this when you see it. I promise!


TV and Film / Dexter
« on: November 16, 2007, 01:32:43 pm »
I don't know whether this is the correct place to discuss a TV program, but what the hell.

Has anyone here had the chance to watch this TV series yet?  Like many new series these days it's really more of a serial.

This has got to be one of the best TV series since the Sopranos, loosely based on the novels by Jeff Lindsay, Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Dearly Devoted Dexter and Dexter in the Dark.

Unfortunately in the UK it was only aired on a fairly obscure cable channel. Nor is it available here in DVD, though a region 1 copy is available from the States.

Check out the official site for a program which it is a criminal shame hasn't been shown over here on one of the major channels. Perhaps it will be rescued from relative obscurity like Heroes was. Hopefully it will.


Announcements and Suggestions / Re: Lack of News
« on: November 12, 2007, 08:52:45 am »
Many thanks Lee.

I'm surprised more committee members don't regularly look at the forum. If it was used properly, it would be a useful tool for the BFS to discuss matters of importance to the organisation - and perhaps air grievances too, which would help it to keep hold of those members who may have issues they are not happy with.

I appreciate that we can all contact individual committee members about things, but I don't think anything benefits an organisation more than these issues being debated publicly in a non-aggressive manner.

As I mentioned in my opening message on this thread, virtually everyone is on the internet now and I cannot conceive of anything that would help to make the BFS a lively organisation than for a site like this to be fully utilised by everybody.


Announcements and Suggestions / Re: Lack of News
« on: November 11, 2007, 10:52:26 pm »
Thanks for responding Caroline. I was beginning to wonder if I was dropping stones into a bottomless well.


Promote Your Projects / Re: Voyeurs of Death collection
« on: November 10, 2007, 09:55:46 pm »
It's a brilliant collection, Shaun, and fully justifies a good review like that.

Announcements and Suggestions / Lack of News
« on: November 10, 2007, 01:55:03 pm »
Now there may be a perfectly logical reason for this, but I find the lack of any news being published on this website a bit disappointing.
Nothing new has been added since the BFS Awards were announced on the 23rd September.
Lack of anything being added there does take away a lot of the reason for looking at this site - perhaps evidenced by how quiet this forum is too by comparison to other sites I visit.
These days, with virtually everyone on the internet, it would have struck me as essential for an organisation like the BFS to keep its site as lively and up-to-date as possible, especially when mailings of its periodicals are quite well spaced out.

TV and Film / Re: Goblins!
« on: November 07, 2007, 03:52:52 pm »
I would love to have seen that if they were.

BFS Publications / Re: Dark Horizons 51
« on: November 07, 2007, 02:41:45 pm »
Look forward to seeing this, in particular for the Reggie Oliver story. I have heard quite a lot of goods things about him lately and haven't, to my knowledge, ever read anything by him yet.

TV and Film / Re: 30 Days of Night
« on: November 06, 2007, 07:05:06 pm »
I agree with you, Chris, about vampires.

Romanticised anti-heroes are just not how I see them.

The best vampires to me are either elemental forces, as in Lovecraft's The Shunned House (one of the best vampire stories ever) or, usually cinematically, intelligent but savage psychopaths.

I look forward to seeing this film. Sounds more than interesting.


The BFS is a welcoming place, but there is a hierarchy within it that is implicit. It is not self-serving, but it is self-sustaining within that hierarchy.
Like any organisation this is only if you allow it to be.

If you believe what you believe in strong enough stand up for your beliefs and stop making excuses.

I was a UK member of the HWA for only a few months and ended up a trustee. That's a US based organisation with a strong US bais.

The BFS is a UK organisation and you come from the UK. Be vocal enough and you'll make a diference.

Believe me or not.


As one of the founding members of the BFS I am surprised at the suggestion that horror has no place in it - and that SF has.
When the BFS started there was - as there still is - an organisation specifically there to promote science fiction - the BSFA, which holds its own conventions.
Most of the early members of the BFS were predominantly from the horror genre, including the organisation's president, Ramsey Campbell.
At that time fantasy, like horror, was far from welcome in the BSFA. They both co-existed quite amicably, though, in the BFS.
I think most members of the SF community would reject outright any suggestion that it is an offshoot of fantasy. And I would agree. Fantasy, with its reliance upon magic and the supernatural, is much more akin to horror. Indeed, it could be better argued that horror is an offshoot of fantasy, though I would not wish to persue that argument too far myself.
There will perhaps always be a certain amount of disgruntlement between some adherents of fantasy and horror - as with any other genres, however near related - but I cannot see why the BFS canot be a broad enough church to encompass both.  I cannot believe that it would be beneficial for the BFS to see either genre expunged from its ranks. The BFS is still small enough as it is. To suggest splitting it into two, for either the horror side or the fantasists to go off and form their own society, would be senseless and self defeating.

Surely it all depends on what you want out of conventions.
The size of Fantasycon at the moment is large enough to attract a lot of well known writers yet small enough to be intimate and friendly.
A larger one would only increase in size by appealing to people who by and large are there to see the Big Names and could very easily become far more impersonal and commercialised in the process.
I haven't been to one for several years, but the one in October struck me as having a reasonably good balance.
Of course, for small press publishers a bigger convention would drastically increase potential sales of books - which would not be a bad thing at all, especially at a time when the small presses are providing a greater lifeline than ever before as horror, in particular, becomes less commercially attractive to mainstream publisher. Not something which appears to be much of a problem for fantasy writers, though.


General Discussion / Re: Frankenstein
« on: October 25, 2007, 04:40:28 pm »
That would be something, Chris.

Oh for the days when we had top quality series like Tales of Mystery and Imagination, with adaptations of M. R. James, Robert Louis Stevenson, Stoker, Shelley, etc.


TV and Film / Re: horror films
« on: October 23, 2007, 06:48:23 pm »
I'm not great fan of the original Halloween, so I went to see Zombie's remake more or less with an open mind.

I found the first half, involving the young Myers the best part. Compared to the hulking, virtually faceless and silent adult in the second half, the young Myers was genuinely scary. The second half  was just a slasher film by numbers and, for me, totally boring. Whatever character was developed for Myers in the first half was totally lost when he becomes an adult.  A big disappointment, especially since I must admit to having like House of 1000 Corpses and Devil's Rejects.


BFS Events / Re: October Open Night in York
« on: October 17, 2007, 08:44:29 am »
I was disappointed to have to cancel  going to this first Open Night at York (my wife was too ill to go), but Allyson's idea for a ghost story evening sounds splendid.
A fee of ?1 per person sounds incredibly reasonable for something like this.  I don't think anyone seriously thinking about going would object to something more - if only to make sure the total costs were covered.

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