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BFS Publications / Re: BFS Horizons #1
« on: October 14, 2015, 04:42:11 pm »
Pleased to receive my copy of “BFS Horizons 1”, which contains a poem from yours truly and, more importantly, the three winning stories from last year’s BFS Short Story Competition.
I’ve been advised not to say anything but that’s not my style, so here goes: the front cover is embarrassing. What is it meant to be – Mills and Boon in Space? The guy’s photoshopped pert arse is laughable. The simple question one needs to ask is: would this make you want to pick it up on a display table or in a bookshop? When the PDF went round to contributors there was a much better image but that was apparently just a filler.
Sorry to moan but for our flagship fiction and poetry publication we need to do better and be more appropriate.

Announcements and Suggestions / BFS Short Story Competition 2015
« on: June 08, 2015, 11:09:00 am »
I am once again privileged to be judging this year’s British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition. Entrance closes soon - 30 June 2015. Details here:
In the meantime, to give you an idea of what works for me in the short form, have a look at my article “Impress me With Your Story”, which was published a few weeks ago as a guest spot at Deborah Walker’s website and is now up on my own website.
Direct link here:

BFS Events / Re: Open Nights and similar events
« on: June 07, 2015, 03:34:31 pm »
A big thank you to everyone who attended the BFS London Open Night last Friday (5 June). It was good to see some new faces there as well as the familiar friends.
For what it’s worth, I think I now hold the record for the longest unbroken attendance at these events. Sad claim to fame, but there you go…!

Promote Your Projects / Anthology Closing Soon
« on: May 22, 2015, 05:54:38 pm »
Just a quick reminder to all you authors out there: I am editing an anthology entitled “Creeping Crawlers” for David Sutton’s Shadow Publishing. Submissions close at midnight on 31 May 2015. Looking for brand new stories on theme 1000 to 6000 words. Full details at:

Don’t delay.

FantasyCon / Re: FantasyCon 2015 Souvenir Book
« on: April 10, 2015, 04:49:39 pm »
Hi Peter,
That's great news that you are producing the souvenir booklet.
Regarding the BFS Competition: It closes on 30 June and, to be honest, I don't start reading the stories until the school holidays - Late July, early August. That may well prove too late for you.
In the meantime, I would be very happy to write something for the booklet. Maybe something on keeping poetry alive in our genre...? Or anything else you want to commission. Respond to me here or via one of my many email addresses.

Good luck with this venture, Caroline. Always great to hear of a new press.

Introductions / Re: New press and member
« on: March 20, 2015, 11:39:02 pm »
Hi George, Good to meet you at the BFS Open night a couple of weeks back. Always happy when I can put a face to a name. Echoing Andrew - good luck with your Unsung publishing adventure. Also, keep me in the loop regarding a night of short stories - I would be interested in being involved or could put you in touch with people.

BFS Events / Re: London Open Night, Friday 6 March 2015
« on: March 09, 2015, 11:58:48 pm »
A big thank you to everyone who attended the BFS Night last Friday. We had a terrific launch for "Sensorama" with loads of the authors there. And, as always, it was great to see familiar faces and meet up with and chat with some newbies as well.

BFS Events / London Open Night, Friday 6 March 2015
« on: March 04, 2015, 11:42:41 am »
Sensorama Launch Confirmed
I am thrilled to announce that we have now set a launch date for the anthology “Sensorama: Stories of the Senses” edited by me, Allen Ashley, and published by David Rix’s Eibonvale Press and that we are honoured to say that this launch will take place as part of the British Fantasy Society Open Night on the evening of Friday 6 March 2015. The venue is: The Blacksmith & The Toffeemaker pub, St. John’s Street, London, UK. In terms of transport: you are recommended to take the tube to Angel station (Northern Line). For those of you travelling from outside London, Angel is one tube stop from King’s Cross St Pancras.
Timings are fluid – BFS nights usually run from about 7pm to 11pm. Our official launch is likely to occur around about 8pm.
We will have extra hardback copies of the book available at the launch at a guide price of £15 on the night; we are also expecting to have cheaper paperback copies available as well. Each purchase will guarantee the buyer a raffle ticket which offers the chance to win David’s original framed artwork for the front cover!
BFS Nights are friendly, welcoming and a great chance to put faces to names within the genre. This is also an opportunity to meet and chat with the contributors. Eibonvale has previously held successful BFS launches for my anthology “Where Are We Going?” and for “Tallest Stories” by Rhys Hughes.
Further details including the cover image and contents list are at the Eibonvale Press website:
Look forward to seeing you there. Come up and say hello.

General Discussion / Re: Writer's Groups
« on: January 18, 2015, 08:28:05 pm »
che2000, I would invite you to join my advanced SF/F/H group Clockhouse London Writers but, as you might guess from the name, we meet in London. We have a strong publication record and a couple of openings at the moment if anybody is interested in joining us.

Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: Andrew Hook
« on: December 26, 2014, 03:06:41 pm »
Congratulations, Andrew. Is "Your Golden Hands" that story from "Postscripts" a little while back?

British Fantasy Awards / Re: AGM 2014 and awards proposals
« on: December 23, 2014, 06:52:16 pm »
I think that we can all use some common sense in our definition of an independent press.
Pete Crowther said to me that it was when he was on the phone one morning to Stephen King that he started to think maybe PS wasn't a small press anymore.

FantasyCon / Re: FantasyCon 2015
« on: December 05, 2014, 01:52:10 pm »
Just booked Fantasy Con 15 membership and hotel rooms for me and Sarah. See you all there… or, indeed, this evening at the BFS Open Night.

FantasyCon / Re: FantasyCon 2015
« on: November 03, 2014, 10:27:02 am »
Going to throw in my tuppenceworth:
Sarah Doyle and I run jazz-poetry events in north London. These are maybe once a quarter where we put on a two and half hour show. The amount of preparation necessary to achieve this is enormous. I’ve also been involved in the planning and delivery of local literary festivals: Greenacre Writers Festival 2013 and Finchley Literary Festival 2014. Again, there is so much prep to get right before the event. The sooner one attends to it, the better all round. Then you’ve got enough energy to fight fires on the day – a guest can’t turn up, readings are over-running, there appears to be nobody running the bar…
So, like many of you, I’m hoping to see some news about F Con 15 very soon.
Yes, the hotel is on the edge of Nottingham and well away from the range of restaurants people got to know when we were at the Britannia. I suggest we all carry a list of local mini cab numbers.

Announcements and Suggestions / Re: Appointment of a new BFS chair
« on: November 03, 2014, 10:10:39 am »
Congratulations, Phil. I will be bending your ear about the Short Story Competition soon.

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