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TTA Press / TTA Press E book editions
« on: November 01, 2011, 11:57:41 am »
I've started posting E book versions of Interzone and Black Static to Fictionwise (again) and Smashwords.
Once an issue uploaded it takes around 2 or 3 weeks to 'go live' on Fictionwise but it is 'live' immediately on Smashwords. However Smashwords also sell though other sites like Apple, Sony, Barnes & Noble etc and issues take 2 or 3 weeks to 'go live' on those external sites. Those timings assume I've made no layout errors in the uploaded files otherwise we go round the loop again.

Both sites offer Kindle versions as well as other E book formats. Our files are DRM free.
Recent additions are Interzone 231 & 232 plus Black Static 19 & 20.
The free version of Interzone 230 is still available on Smashwords if you want to check how they look.

TTA Press / Free E edition of Interzone 230
« on: September 03, 2011, 07:23:08 pm »
You can download a free copy from here and the reason why is here. All e readers and pcs catered for afaik.

Promote Your Projects / The Joy of Technology by Roy Gray
« on: August 27, 2011, 04:32:30 pm »
It's a horror story, it's SF, it's rude and it's a chapbook due out from Pendragon Press at Fantasyson 2011. Merely £3, even less if you buy more than two chapbooks from Pendragon, or more than 2 copies.
Here is the cover image

TTA Press / TTA Authors
« on: December 08, 2010, 12:17:22 pm »
Interzone July 2009, the Dominic Green Interzone special issue (#223), did its job and brought him some recognition from publishers. Dominic, one of Interzone’s top ten fiction contributors with over 20 stories in the magazine - including three in that special, now has his first novel “Smallworld” out this month. Fingerpress will publish it in time for Christmas.

Matt Stephens, of Fingerpress, told me "The special issue actually introduced me to Dominic's writing (I'd heard of him before that but hadn't read his stories), and was what prompted me to contact him... "

Four of Dominic's Interzone stories have been picked for the prestigious Year's Best Science Fiction Anthologies since 1999 and his The Clockwork Atom Bomb (read it here) was nominated for the 2005 Hugo Award. Listen to the podcast here. . The 2010 edition of TheYear's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Seventh Annual Collection  contains his Butterfly Bomb from that special issue. This story is set in Dominic’s Proprietor’s Universe as is Smallworld.

For a pre Christmas laugh try his Sherlock Holmes pastiche The Adventure of the Lost World appears on the BBC Cult TV website.

Plus check out the podcast of his "That Thing Over There" (Interzone June 1998 and Year's Best SF 4, 1999) at Transmissions from Beyond.

Latest issue of Interzone.

BFS Events / TTA in Waterstones!!!
« on: November 02, 2010, 10:52:38 am »
If you are in the Liverpool area on 26 Nov we are having a Black Static Showcase at Waterstone's Liverpool One. This will be the second in their Twisted Tales horror fiction readings and TTA authors Graham Joyce, Paul Finch and Simon Kurt Unsworth will provide the chills.

I'll be there with the magazines so it's a rare opportunity to buy them in Waterstones and we hope to do more such events if we are anywhere near as successful as that Halloween event.

Start 6 pm, end 8 pm

TTA Press / A silver anniversary for Nick Lowe's Mutant Popcorn.
« on: August 27, 2010, 12:08:15 pm »
News of Interzone's current issue, #230, which celebrates the silver anniversary of Interzone's specialist film review column Mutant Popcorn authored by Nick Lowe.
Read, or reread, its very first entry from Autumn 1985: Brazil, Night of the Comet, Trancers, Ghoulies. There’s an interview with Nick by Jonathan McCalmont entitled In the Future, We'll Have Summer All Year Round plus Nick’s latest views on Inception, The Last Airbender, Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Predators, Splice, Toy Story 3, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore and contributions from Kim Newman, Christopher Fowler, Gary Couzens.

Plus the fiction, the reviews, the news, the illustrations, the..

Books / Daverana Enterprises (Author opportunities)
« on: August 11, 2010, 12:28:36 am »
Janrae Frank of Daverana Enterprises suggests that, if you have stories and novels bouncing around homeless, her company is an alternative market.

Daverana publish Flashing Swords magazine, and novels, collections, and short books. Ebook and print.

Horror and it's ilk should go to Natalie - editor (at) daverana (dot) com ditto for genre comedy

Fantasy goes to Neve - submissions (at) flashingswords (dot) com
Janrae for SF and cross genre, so she can decide whether it is more appropriate for the SF editor Steve or Edo the newest member of the editorial team..

Janraefrank (at) daverana (dot) com

TTA Press / TTA 'Events'
« on: June 19, 2010, 11:37:37 pm »
For those of you living in or near England's Northwest around June 25 and 26 weekend there will be readings and performances at this year's Manchester Independent Publishers' Book Market in St Ann’s Square central Manchester. Among the Saturday readers will be TTA regulars Nick Royle, Conrad Williams and Tim Lees. My apologies to any whose names I didn't recognise in the list.
TTA will be there with a stall full of Interzones, Black Statics,  a few Cern Zoos, some The Harms, Alisons, Islington Crocodiles etc
Round of 16 match 1C v 2D which might yet feature England is on at 8:30 Saturday evening, as I read the FIFA timetable, and the market will have been long closed by then.

TTA Press / The Campaign for Real Fear
« on: March 09, 2010, 02:32:34 pm »
The Campaign for Real Fear is launching at the blog of Black Static author and columnist Christopher Fowler.

Post the recent 'Women in Horror' own goal by SFX magazine, Chris and Maura McHugh will be taking positive action to redress some of the imbalance within the genre.

And there's a chance for writers to be published in Black Static, so watch that space for more details.

TTA Press / TTA Press
« on: February 26, 2010, 03:32:32 pm »
TTA will publish the Gary MCMahon's novelette The Harm in time for WHC 2010.

Cover by Ben Baldwin

Link to more about The Harm

Other Media / ...and on stage
« on: January 07, 2010, 12:23:27 pm »
Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre staging an SF (and horror?) classic.
24 February 10 - 27 March 10
Nineteen Eighty-Four
George Orwell's classic novel adapted and directed by Matthew Dunster and designed By Paul Wills

WORLD PREMIERE of Matthew Dunster's sensual and sensitive adaption

War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength.

Winston Smith rewrites history for the Ministry of Truth, but when he's handed a note that says simply 'I love you' by a woman he hardly knows, he decides to risk everything in a search for the real truth. In a world where cheap entertainment keeps the proles ignorant but content, where a war without end is always fought and the government is always watching, can Winston possibly hold onto what he feels inside? Or will he renounce everything, accept the Party's reality and learn to love Big Brother?

Promote Your Projects / Necromantra by Phil Emery
« on: November 06, 2009, 12:00:31 pm »
Necromantra was published by Immanion who are taking it out of print in one month but copies still be purchased from them until then so go for it. It will make a good Christmas present.

Arnold Bennett's five towns expand to the nightmare 'Hundred-Towns' in Emery's Smog Punk novel 'Necromantra' from Immanion.

Stoke born and raised writer, dramatist and Keele University tutor Phil Emery's novel more than redresses Arnold Bennett's reduction of Stoke-on-Trent's six towns to five. Phil's novel 'Necromantra' takes place in his alternate and fantasy potteries; 'The Hundred-Towns'. Phil describes his novel as Arnold Bennett meets Edgar Allen Poe in Burslem. 'Necromantra' is a gothic adventure where the dead are returned to life, ghosts haunt gravediggers and nameless forces lie in wait deep beneath the cobbled streets in a murky nineteenth century world of pot-banks, pits, and canals.

Stoke on Trent, The Potteries, famed for their tableware, yes, but porcelain also receives your used food. Emery's novel is set in a nasty, squalid, exaggeration of its model, and quoting Storm Constantine, "heaving with smog and phantoms and arcane terms for machinery and mining - and a host of debilitating conditions and diseases!"

Emery's 'Hundred-Towns' are also a bureaucracy where records can't be wrong so when someone dies they are gone and there are rectifiers to ensure no documents need be disturbed if they return to life. Obviously rectification would not be necessary in normal times but times are not so normal and Jem is a frighteningly effective rectifier despite a mining accident leaving him minus an arm.

"Jem looked out over the Hundred-Towns - over the smoggy terraces, pitheads, manufactories, slaughterhouses, workhouses, shardrucks, the black swellings of other slag heaps. Over the furry points of streetlamp light. Over the ruddy patchwork of furnaces toiling to power countless engines, all night, all day, every night, every day. Over the thousands upon thousands of chimneys. Town after town, all grouted into one with grime."

Jem is an efficient rectifier but falling for a girl who raises the dead is not a good career move. His mission to save her takes them through the canals, hospitals, streets and mines of his fantasy potteries; polluted cities, set under murky skies in dank northern climes, (so no change there then) and enveloped in fog and the stench of spoil tips. The hacking coughs of its disease ridden citizens echo across kiln shadowed cobblestones, its beggars are crippled by terrible industrial accidents, its animals are cruelly used, its hospitals are horrifyingly unclean and its mines are abandoned to ghosts. As its author admitted "So not too many laughs," but an exciting story that kept me up far too late just to finish reading.

And a great cover from Vincent Chong

Books / Chris Beckett's 'The Turing Test'
« on: July 05, 2009, 01:01:59 am »
Interzone regular Chris Beckett won the 2009 Edge Hill Short Story Prize and the associated reader prize for his collection “The Turing Test”. Chris was in competition with established literary exponents of the short story such as Booker winner Anne Enright, who came second, and Ali Smith. Many congratulations to Chris on a well-deserved victory and Andrew Hook of Elastic Press who had Faber, Random House and Hamish Hamilton as opposition.
Short notice but the winner will do a reading at the Blue Coat in Liverpool between 12 noon and 2 pm later today, Sunday 5th July

2 hours, 2 readings, by 2 winners; this year's - Chris - and last year's - Claire Keegan.  With an interval and a bar.

TTA re-published the interview from the Chris Beckett special issue of Interzone (#218, Oct/Nov 2008)

Promote Your Projects / Manchester Independent Book Market
« on: July 02, 2009, 03:35:51 pm »
Once again the Manchester International Festival (2-19 July 2009) will feature the Manchester Independent Book Market – this brings together small and regional publishers and features a variety of niche and specialist publications.

This year will be the second Manchester Book Market; I'm informed the last market, in 2007, was very successful and garnered its share of media coverage. Again the market will be staged in St Ann’s Square, just outside the Royal Exchange Theatre, one of Manchester’s central squares. It will take place over the final three days (17-19 July) of the 2009 Manchester International Festival. In a special café area, some of the North West’s leading live literature/spoken word artists will perform throughout each day

TTA Press along with Interzone, Black Static, Crimewave etc. will be there, we should even have an author - Tim Lees - or two, involved in the readings. Conrad Williams who has appeared in TTA and Black Static will also be reading.  It is a market but for authors this should also be a networking opportunity.
Parking at Boddingtons car park in Gt Ducie St M3 1PU behind the MEN Arena. £3 a day and £1 on Sunday and just under 3/4 mile from the Square. The old brewery chimney is a landmark.
There is closer parking by Victoria Station (0.5 mile) at £4.50 and £3.50 on Sundays and even closer if you pay more, much more.
There are also free buses from Victoria and Piccadilly Stations.

TTA Press / Podcast Fiction
« on: January 22, 2009, 08:06:10 pm »
"We all have our dark side".
Andrew Humphrey reads a 15 minute excerpt from his debut novel, Alison, from TTA Press.

Read by the author. Originally published by TTA in February 2008.

You can still buy this from the TTA shop at �9.99 and as an E book from Fictionwise.

All the podcast (MP3) stories on Transmissions From Beyond are free to download. They include SF, Crime, Fantasy and Horror.

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