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Promote Your Projects / Re: Dark Continents Publishing
« on: June 02, 2011, 10:40:29 am »
I'll be bringing some free copies of this antho to the open night tomorrow - only seven left.

Along with some nice pens and some beer mats.

Books / Re: What are you currently reading..?
« on: April 10, 2011, 02:44:09 am »
Just finished William Meikle's Berserker.

Vikings versus yetis (the latter referred to as Alma in the book); historical pulp action with some nice supernatural overtones.

Highly recommended.

Other Media / Re: What games have you been playing?
« on: April 09, 2011, 07:57:59 pm »
Rolnikov, I was left cold by the first Crysis on PC, so I wasn't tempted to buy the sequel. Hell, haven't I melted enough graphics cards?  :)
Interesting that they've included all the console platforms this time (as EA will be doing with the sequel to American McGee's Alice) but very revealing that the console version hasn't been that satisfying.

I'm nostalgic for the first FarCry now...

FantasyCon / Re: Fantasycon 2011
« on: April 09, 2011, 07:53:34 pm »
What's happening with Launch Parties? How do we book a space for a launch - via the BFS committee or the Royal Albion itself?

General Discussion / Re: British Horror Society?
« on: April 06, 2011, 08:35:09 pm »
I was worried that I was being a bit confrontational on that, but when money is being asked for such a little return...I see red.  >:(

Surely if they'd been open and said: 'look chaps, we're new to the scene, we've got plans and we need your support - so free membership for the first year.'

I'd like to know what a 'reasonably big interview' is as well.

BFS Publications / Re: BFS Journal Spring 2011
« on: April 06, 2011, 08:28:52 pm »
'Tis a lovely piece of work. Stunning cover from Daniele, and it makes sense to go for paperback. Looking forward to reading it - just need to clear the TBR list on the Kindle.

It's gonna be a nice change to read print again!   ;D

General Discussion / British Horror Society?
« on: April 06, 2011, 12:23:03 am »
Johnny Mains posted a link to this on Friendface a few days ago - I'd never heard of it until then, but there are a lot of red flags.

Anyway, they decided to spam the British Horror Novels group on Facebook, so I asked them a few questions. Sorry it's not that in depth, but I think it gives enough away:

Adrian Chamberlin
Who IS the society, Thomas? Who makes up your committee, do you have some big names in the British horror field? And why are you charging competition entrants for the chance to design your own logo?
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[b]Thomas Smith It is a well known fact that everything starts small, it is also a well known fact that there is no official British Horror Society, so yes this is a work in progress, so watch this space.
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Adrian Chamberlin I'm well aware that everything starts small - little acorns and mighty oaks, etcetera. But you've not answered my questions. A work in progress is one thing - charging people to become a part of that work in progress is something else. 'Watching this space' isn't good enough. Who are you, and what do you have to offer the British horror industry that the British Fantasy Society can't already supply?
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Thomas Smith What can we offer that the British Fantasy society can't, well first of all we are more genre specific to horror and secondly we are going to be setting up events all around the country that are very Horror specific.
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Adrian Chamberlin Very commendable. But surely you can be a bit more open about yourselves? Again, I must ask: who are you as a society? Who is on the committee?
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Thomas Smith At the moment there is just the two of us, myself and a guy called Raine evans but like I said everything starts small and as we expand so will the commitee and so will our reputation, I am already working on lining up some reasonably big interviews but will not reveal any details till they are confirmed.

At this point I gave up.

Books / Re: What are you currently reading..?
« on: March 25, 2011, 02:33:55 pm »
Iain Banks, Transition. Very enjoyable.

The Concern reminds me of Special Circumstances in The Culture in many ways...

Promote Your Projects / Re: My Review of John Prescott's Pray
« on: March 25, 2011, 02:32:34 pm »
Ah, thank you messrs French and McLeod. It's great to hear you're enjoying the work we're putting out.

Karmas will be given on BHN. ;D

TV and Film / Re: Being Human
« on: February 23, 2011, 01:19:23 pm »
I've started watching it, but I'm not overly impressed. True Blood on the other hand is excellent.  :)

I've lost interest in True Blood. It has - in the words of Monty Python - gone a bit silly. Werewolves, vampire kings and queens (lots of queens), all bearing their fangs at each other and posturing a lot. All the kinky sex and constant swearing can't disguise the whole thing's gone very childish.

I agree. I loved the first two series (I'm not gonna call them seasons!) and really enjoyed the plots with the Maenad and the right-wing religious cult, but this third series has left me cold.

Introductions / Re: Hello
« on: February 23, 2011, 01:16:34 pm »
Welcome, Neil! Nice to meet you.

Promote Your Projects / Re: Monk Punk - Call For Submissions
« on: February 23, 2011, 01:15:16 pm »
Shaping up to be a great antho.

Anyone here fancy a go? If you're stuck for ideas, read Terry Pratchett's Thief of Time or the hilarious Chow Yun-Fat film Bulletproof Monk.

See y'all in the monastery!  ;D

Announcements and Suggestions / Re: Use of BFS logo.
« on: February 20, 2011, 08:12:13 pm »
Absolutely perfect! Many thanks, Peter.  ;D

FantasyCon / Re: Horrorcon - I mean, Fantasycon!
« on: February 16, 2011, 01:03:43 pm »
Interesting. I guess this could lead on to a debate about what is horror, but we could be here all day for that one... ;D

I've only been to one FCon, enjoyed it immensely, but did notice that there were more horror writers than sci-fi/trad fantasy writers. I was happy with that (being a horror writer). As was pointed out above, lots of the horror writers who attended don't confine themselves to working within the horror genre

Horror itself has changed so much over the last thirty years - and works we see in the recent revival of the genre are pretty far removed from what we had in the 70s/80s - more fantasy, more literary styling, less pulp and far less guts'n'gore.

I've always preferred the term 'dark fantasy' to horror, for me it gives a clearer idea of what to expect from a very hard-to-define genre.

Announcements and Suggestions / Re: Use of BFS logo.
« on: February 14, 2011, 01:19:40 pm »
Thanks very much for your help, chaps! I'll send an email off to you now.

Thanks again.   ;D

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