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British Fantasy Awards / Re: Proposing an award named for Joel Lane
« on: December 06, 2013, 04:37:31 pm »
Stephen - with all due respect, I think it's rather inconvenient to throw up the issue of gender imbalance in awards when talking about Joel Lane in the same breath. I think Joel was splendidly vocal on this matter on many occasions. You have chosen an odd time to show concern about how the BFS might be perceived towards women authors in the genre, especially after failing to react so many times before. But that is another conversation for another time. I understand that you personally don't want this award, as is your right to say so. But surely the rusty etiquette and protocol of what is permittable and what isn't can be put aside to honour Joel's name. What's the point in having the BFS, if you can't name an award after a man like Joel. Everybody but a few people want this. Nobody in their right mind is going to question gender imbalance if you name the award after Joel. My God, he was at the forefront of arguing more female inclusion. I can't imagine there is one female author or reader who knew of Joel who would not want this.

Other Media / Re: What have you been listening to?
« on: June 14, 2012, 12:49:51 pm »
How acceptable are a person’s views on this forum to either allow inclusion or exclusion?  I was prompted to write this after reading about the racist ‘Green Pen’.  It was heartening to see him quickly chased off, but this drew me back to David Riley. I realize he has some standing in the genre community, but I fail to see how this shouldn’t be addressed once again. I’ve been informed that Riley’s views are kept off the forum, and that he’s a good writer. Are there requirements in establishing what constitutes an acceptable racist? No, of course not, so why has the subject been run into the ground time and time again. I have a lot of respect for many people who post here and elsewhere in the horror and fantasy community, but I am saddened that Riley’s views are somehow tolerated among people who themselves by admission are completely aghast at such beliefs. I do admit that there are many people who have spoken out about this, but there are also plenty of people who would wish this matter wasn’t brought up. I have always, perhaps naively, believed in the genre and its writers as people who would never compromise their beliefs in order to maintain some illusory state of agreement. So, should I just bugger off , or will there be any attempt made to address this matter? With respect, Frank Duffy.

This is to Mr. Howe or anybody in a position to be forthcoming with such information: May I ask which of the books that came first and second had only one vote separating them? May I also ask for confirmation in understanding the following (to clarify I have fully understand the proceedings) - The winners were simply those who others thought were worth voting for, rather than having read all the entries. Forgive my stupidity if I have misunderstood this.

BFS Publications / Re: The New BFS Journal
« on: January 19, 2011, 10:04:05 pm »
I think 'somebody' needs to address the matter of writing reviews under different names, especially if the same person wrote both reviews. I think remaining silent on the subject will only fuel speculation, though I'd currently place my bets on Mr. Riley having written both. Of course I may be completely wrong and talking out my proverbial, but I think certain parties have ONCE AGAIN deliberately targeted Allyson Bird. It is wholly unprofessional, especially coming from a fellow writer. Everybody is entitled to express their views and opinions on the subject of  novel/novella/collection, etc, but, but to do so in the manner of which this has seemingly been conducted, smacks of cowardice, childishness, and extensive subterfuge. And any attempts to accuse 'us' of stifling free speech via cronyism, is made redundant by reviewing under two names.

There are quite a number of 'us' waiting to see what paltry excuses are offered this time round. To say we are agog with astonishment is rather an understatement. To say we are shocked and angered does not go far enough to amply describe the situation. 

BFS Publications / Re: The New BFS Journal
« on: January 19, 2011, 08:56:52 am »
It has been pointed out to me that it seems a bit odd that while using my first name only, I talk of pen names. Fair play. My full name is Frank Duffy.

BFS Publications / Re: The New BFS Journal
« on: January 18, 2011, 10:25:58 pm »
This is an interesting little link.
I must say the plot thickens!

BFS Publications / Re: The New BFS Journal
« on: January 18, 2011, 10:09:20 pm »
David - with regards to the person writing under a 'pen name'...doesn't sit quite right, now, does it. Why would you let somebody write a review under a different name which you yourself have used before? I don't understand. Is it because it's not true? And if it is, and you're telling the truth, then do us the courtesy, and the magazine of which you're editor, by explaining why this is so? Do you really want people thinking you write under one name, and denigrate under another? Everybody's free to make criticisms, but surely two under two different names seems to be rather sly, designed for specific reasons, and with a specific agenda, not to mention that it's totally untrustworthy.

Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: David Price
« on: March 13, 2010, 01:35:47 pm »
Hi Dave.
I think I remember Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque. I may even have a copy somewhere, I think. Any plans on starting it up again? Welcome.

Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: Stephen Bacon
« on: March 12, 2010, 11:24:14 pm »
I champion that. Steve's definitely someone I'd spend my cash on. Never spoken to Steve myself, but Steve Jensen speaks highly of him, so I don't need anything more than that to convince me the guy's as good a writer as he is a gent.

Sorry, Steve, don't mean to speak about you as if you're not there  :o

Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: Frank Duffy
« on: March 12, 2010, 10:41:39 pm »
Hey Steve. Cheers, mate. All the best to you. Keep up the sterling work.

Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: Ellen Datlow
« on: March 12, 2010, 10:39:36 pm »
My household is large  ;)

Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: Ellen Datlow
« on: March 12, 2010, 10:09:55 pm »
Hi Ellen,
It's a bit strange being up on the same board as you, considering you've been one of the few defining names in the industry that is, and I hate to use this term, 'a household name' to me.

Frank :)

Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: Barry J House
« on: March 12, 2010, 10:07:45 pm »
Hi Barry.
I have no idea what you must be feeling, but my thoughts are with you, and obviously with your wife and family. Take care, buddy. Wishing you all the postivity I can send you.


Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: Aliette de Bodard
« on: March 11, 2010, 09:09:30 pm »
Hi Aliette,
Great intro, it made me laugh.

Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: Frank Duffy
« on: March 11, 2010, 08:39:43 pm »
As Steve Bacon has already mentioned, it's somewhat intimidating to be here posting about my work.

I've had over twenty stories published both in Britain and the States. My debut collection, 'The Signal Block and Other Stories' will be out next year by Sideshow Press. I'm also waiting to see if my second collection, 'Between These Pages, These Places' will be picked up for publication. I'm currently working on my debut novel 'A History Of Writers', which has generated some interest, but which I'll refrain from saying anything further until I know more. No point in getting ahead of myself just yet.

I also share a website, 'The Journal', with my good friend/writing partner Steve Jensen. The website can be found here:

That's it for now.

Many thanks, Ally.  :-*

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