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FantasyCon / Re: Fantasycon By The Sea
« on: March 05, 2016, 07:13:55 am »

Hi Paul,

Sorry about the delay in responding to the forum. I don't get to spend much time on here these days.

I replied to your email on 31st January 2016 at 10:59am, 2 1/2 hours after your email arrived at 08:19.

I added Audrey then, but messed up and did not approve the new user. I also emailed you yesterday, letting you know I had rectified the error and also requesting an email address for Audrey. So I apologise unreservedly for messing that up.

Further to your email to Alex, I have issued your refund, and I am sorry we will not be seeing you at Fantasycon By The Sea.



I have not received any email on the 31st of January, and I clearly gave the same email address on the registration form for the both of us. There have been no refunds yet credited to my PayPal account.

FantasyCon / Re: Fantasycon By The Sea
« on: March 01, 2016, 08:35:09 am »
... and I'm still waiting.

That's a month, 3 different points of contact and not a single reply to any of them.

Is this at all symptomatic of anyone making any kind of enquiry of the convention?!

So who is it I see about demanding a full refund?

I'm not paying 100 for one membership...

FantasyCon / Re: Fantasycon By The Sea
« on: February 19, 2016, 07:57:43 am »
Directly via the Fantasycon by the Sea website I emailed del[at]fantasyconbythesea at the very start of the month to point out that my name was on the list of members, but my wife Audrey's was not, despite paying for 2 memberships at the beginning of December last year, order #1262.

I did not receive a reply.

I then, via my yahoo account, emailed enquiries[at]fantasyconbythesea on the 9th of this month to point out the ommission of my wife's name.

I have not received a reply.

I'm now posting on this forum.

So that's 3 times I've reached out.

If I've to make it a 4th time it'll be to request a full refund of the 100 we gave the society 2 months ago.

Introductions / Re: NEW MEMBER
« on: December 07, 2014, 02:14:57 pm »
Actually, I couldn't Google you, as (unless I'm being daft and missing something obvious) I couldn't find your name apart from "Becca LL". Give us a clue?  ;)

Hmm... reckon 've found it: narrowed the Google search to 'Past Year' and got this -

Add 'Re' to the beginning of Becca and 'oyd' to the end of Ll  ;)

FantasyCon / Re: FantasyCon 2015
« on: November 30, 2014, 03:30:06 pm »

The venue was picked before I came on the scene but I know a lot of time and energy was spent in looking at various places before going for this one

So why then isn't the BFS sharing the fruits of all that energy? If the BFS has indeed meticulously looked at all the details why, 3 months after Fcon'14, is it not posting said details?

FantasyCon / Re: FantasyCon 2015
« on: November 30, 2014, 09:18:52 am »

Phase 2 of Nottingham's tram system is going to cut through the university campus, which will make it dead easy to get into the city centre (Phase 1 is brilliant). But I'm not sure when the route will be operational.

Yeah, and you've still got to walk from the train station to wherever the tram leaves from, wait for said tram, and then it's - what? - 20 minute tram journey to the campus, then another walk to the venue? All whilst Audrey and I as carrying luggage? So, with the walking and waiting and tram journey we're looking at 40mins, all that after spending a three-trains-trip from where we live to Nottingham. Nah... it would be a taxi. So add the cost of a taxi there on the Friday and back again on the Sunday afternoon to the price of the room per night and, yep, you're just a smidgen off what Audrey and I paid per night to stay in a double in the Royal York.

So if that's meant to be a special offer con rate then it doesn't bode well for other prices...

Because we will all effectively be 'stuck' at the hotel due to its location, then folks ought to be made privy beforehand to the following details:

Venue bar prices

Food selection and prices at the venue

Average taxi fare from venue to town centre

Oh, I dare say we could all do the leg work ourselves and find out this stuff - by why should we? After all, it wasn't us who picked the venue, and these are the kinds of things that should have been taken into account when the venue was chosen anyway.

FantasyCon / Re: FantasyCon 2015
« on: November 29, 2014, 03:57:08 pm »
I've just checked the prices. A double costs 105 per night.

Seriously? Over a hundred pound a night to stay in Nottingham, and not even the town centre at that but the outskirts. Nope, ain't happening: I'm not paying that amount to stay in Nowhere Nottingham. Heck, the deal the Royal York offered me and Audrey for staying seven nights worked out not much more than that per night.

And what gives telling folks they can book the hotel when the BFS hasn't even posted the con membership fee yet -

- or, come to that, got the con website up and running even though it's now three months since Fantasycon 2014.

FantasyCon / Re: FantasyCon 2015
« on: November 03, 2014, 01:44:03 pm »
Out of curiosity (wanted to see what prices would come up so as I could compare them to the convention rates as and whenever the Society bothers to post them) I typed in the dates for next year and got this:

Your chosen venue is not available for your selected dates
East Midlands Conference Centre & Orchard Hotel
Beeston Lane, The University of Nottingham, Nottingham

More info


We have no availability for your chosen dates

Alternative venues nearby

Tried said alternative venues and, yip, I could book those - but not the East Midlands Conference Centre & Orchard Hotel.

FantasyCon / Re: FantasyCon 2015
« on: November 02, 2014, 10:46:24 pm »
Here it is Mike:

But, hey, don't quote me on it - the Society hasn't bothered to even officially announce it yet -

- indeed, Stephen will probably come right along and delete it from my post for that very reason; so be quick!

Oh, and thanks for the list of the convention booklet sizes, Stephen: be sure to convey my congratulations to Lee for putting together the smallest programme - 20 pages - since 1975!

As regards quibbling about definitions - i.e. book, magazine what have you - fair point Stephen. But you know what else, no where on the internet are you going to see a 'magazine' defined as 20 pages. This year's programme was not a chapbook, booklet, magazine -

- it was a brochure. The kind of glossy puff piece my employer's parent company puts out once in a while.

Can I ask where you're getting this information from that Fantasycon 2012 was non-BFS funded? If not funded by the BFS or the takings from the previous year's con, then by whom?

One final point, an experiment:

Google the phrase 'Fantasycon 2015'

Only one single relevant hit comes up - this forum.

FantasyCon / Re: FantasyCon 2015
« on: November 01, 2014, 09:40:05 am »
When it was pointed out at the AGM in York that the Society had not taken advantage of the buzz people feel whilst at a con by having forms available to sign up to the following year's event, Lee assured those in the room that such would be emailed out to all con attendees within a few weeks.

Fantasycon 2014 was two months ago.

So much for capturing people's wallets whilst they were still in the glow of the con that just ended.

This year's con at York was so invisible (in terms of branding) that it was as if the Society had deliberately gone out of its way to be as utterly unobtrusive as possible upon the hotel, to the point where one ordinary hotel guess - not part of the con - thought the freebie books in the corridor was some kind of Sunday church group selling stuff for charity. In 20 years of attending cons, never have I seen a con have so little impact upon the hotel hosting the event. As one young woman commented, we could have arranged this ourselves on Facebook - and saved ourselves the 40 quid or more we gave to the Society as a membership fee.

By the way, does anyone else realise that  - other than telling a few folk at York - the Society has never officially announced the actual hotel at which the event is being held next year? Told everyone it's in Nottingham, sure, but only a handful actually know which hotel it's at.

It's been two months, guys. This silence does not bode well. In fact, it distinctly gives the impression that most things are going to be left to the last minute before being thrown together... a bit like this year's 20 page souvenir 'book'.

Books / ToC Best New Horror 25
« on: September 09, 2014, 10:35:09 am »
For those interested, I noticed this morning that editor Stephen Jones has posted the Table of Contents for the 25th Anniversary Edition of Best New Horror (which, according to Amazon, will be released on 16th October for the UK edition and the 4th November for the US edition:

DEAD END by Nicholas Royle
ISAAC'S ROOM by Daniel Mills
THE BURNING CIRCUS by Angela Slatter
HOLES FOR FACES by Ramsey Campbell
THE MIDDLE PARK by Michael Chislett
INTO THE WATER by Simon Kurt Unsworth
THE BURNED HOUSE by Lynda E. Rucker
FISHFLY SEASON by Halli Villegas
DOLL RE MI by Tanith Lee
A NIGHT'S WORK by Clive Barker
THE SIXTEENTH STEP by Robert Shearman
STEMMING THE TIDE by Simon Strantzas
THE GIST by Michael Marshall Smith
GUINEA PIG GIRL by Thana Niveau
WHITSTABLE by Stephen Volk

Here's the link to the page [scroll down to the second item]:

FantasyCon / Re: FantasyCon 2014
« on: July 01, 2014, 04:51:55 pm »
Well, not the last time I checked yesterday, I've been checking for 3 weeks.

But, yep, her name's now there.

And, what, they couldn't drop a line saying, "Hey, all fixed!"

Instead, you've got to trawl the addentee list for 3 weeks...

FantasyCon / Re: FantasyCon 2014 - silence
« on: July 01, 2014, 04:41:28 pm »
Anyone else tried to contact Fantasycon recently?

They emailed out the attendee list on 6th June, asking folks to email    
fantasycon2014 [at] if there were any issues.

I took out a joint 70 non-BFS membership on 8th December, but only my name appears on the list, not my wife Audrey's.

So I emailed them.

Waited one week.

No reply.

Emailed them again.

Waited another week.

Again, no reply.

So I emailed chair [at] on Sunday 22nd June.

That was over a week ago.

Guess what? Yep, more tumbleweeds down Main Street.

You know, it's precisely this wall of silence that prompted me to initiate a PayPal claim 18 months ago and stop being a BFS member.

In the PayPal Special Instructions box for the joint Fantasycon membership, I put mine and Audrey's name - but then (as with the PayPal claim 18 months ago) probably no one read it.

Look, I get that it's a voluntary organisation (I volunteer myself the first handful of F'Cons I attended) but in the end you're still taking people's money. We're still paying for a service. Besides, you guys are the ones providing the email addresses urging people to get in contact!

And I ain't paying 70 for one F'Con membership.

I've met a few folks who've been to York and really loved it and, so - as with Brighton - Audrey and I are going for a week and plan to make a proper holiday out of it.

We're sure to have a good time. Irrespective of Fantasycon.

But if F'Con's going the same way as the BFS, then this will be my last Fantasycon.

BFS Publications / Re: BFS Journal -- Winter 2012/13 issue
« on: March 23, 2013, 06:23:24 am »
Paul, there is no reason why you should chase up this issue by contacting individuals -- after all, you've had a response from the Chair already. But have you contacted the stockholder?

There have always been hiccups in the BFS -- delays, missed posts, etc. It's just a pity that now when we have "instant" communications these things aren't dealt with promptly.

Hi Peter! If you look again at my PayPal message claim you'll see that the second person I emailed was the stockholder. No reply.

Woke up this morning to a message from PayPal saying the dispute was now closed as I've been credited a full refund. Fine. But no personal message from the BFS -

- and, remember, that refund was for my membership renewal, covering the Spring 2013 BFS Journal onwards. It doesn't address the fact that I have already paid for the Winter 2012/13 BFS Journal with my previous 35 membership fee!

So that's it then, is it?! No personal message from the BFS? So, in other words, yes Paul you were a mug because for your previous 35 membership fee all you got were 3 issues of the Journal. Which works out at 11.67 each. The Journals are 200 pages each. I could buy a 600 page Robinson Mammoth title for 8 - but I've just paid 35 for 600 pages. Not impressed.

BFS Publications / Re: BFS Journal -- Winter 2012/13 issue
« on: March 22, 2013, 08:22:14 am »
Just received an issue of the Journal in the post. The Autumn 2012 edition, that is. The same one that I received at the end of last summer. I know I said I'd only received 3 issues of the Journal for my previous membership fee, and I guess technically you could say that I've now received 4 - but, er, I wasn't planning on 2 of them being a duplicate  ???

No note inside the envelope, so no idea who sent it. Underneath my address, and printed in brackets, it says 'Pre-March Journal'. Yeah, very pre-March!  ::)

I fully appreciate that the Society is voluntarily run (I've volunteered myself at many of my first FantasyCons before my wife Audrey started attending cons with me) and that we've all got full time jobs, but 35 is 35: I hadn't planned on it being a charitable donation. 2 days since my PayPal claim was filed. No reply. I've got until the beginning of April, PayPal instructs me, and then I'll need to escalate the dispute if I still want a refund.

It used to be that Special Pubilcations were the norm: it's been 2 years since the last one (the 40th Anniversary anthology) and even then that was diligently put together by one man in 6 months who was subsequently embarrassed out of the Society for the crime of being naive. Between September 2006 (when I became a member) and September 2011 there were 7 Special Publications (8 if you include the In Conversation horror interview book which could be purchased outwith your membership). Those Special Publications added a great deal of extra value for money for your membership fee and thus worth while taking one out. But now, paying 35 for just the Journal itself... ?

Every time the Journal does come out there's a change of personnel, reflecting just how squeezed for time the Society is during this 5 year global recession. Other than organizing FantasyCon once a year I just don't see the Society being able to do much else in the future, and the Journals I think will eventually peter out. Lee's a lovely man, but he's full time editor of the Angry Robot imprint, as well as editor of the Hub ezine. Just how much longer will it be before Lee, too, has to bow out from Chair duties due to work commitments?

Hey, talking of lovely guys, is Stephen Theaker still there?! Do me a favour mate, willya? Blag a copy of the Winter 2012/2013 BFS Journal and bring it with you to World Fantasy Convention - looks like the only way I'm gonna get a bleeding copy of the damn thing!  ;)

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