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General Discussion / Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
« on: February 05, 2010, 09:51:48 am »
WOW!!! This is shaping up to be a busy weekend - the WHC website lists 573 members!!!  :o

General Discussion / Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
« on: January 29, 2010, 11:01:46 am »
Ah, bummer Neil: Audrey and I were looking forward to seeing you again in Brighton, especially as I never got a chance to chinwag with you at Fantasycon last year.

General Discussion / Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
« on: January 15, 2010, 10:20:00 am »
As the 450 member limit was only ever mentioned verbally by the conrunners at Fantasycon 2009 (there is no print or web mention of it) I think it is safe to say that they'll lifted the limit on how many folk can attend: as of the 7th January the website lists 509 members - so looks like people can still sign up!  ;D

BFS Publications / Re: Dark Horizons 55
« on: January 12, 2010, 12:49:24 pm »
I just received the last issue of my Postcripts subscription from PS Publishing (and, alas, I will not be renewing as the sub has gone from £26 to £50 a year! Recession - what recession?) and it got me thinking about the BFS December mailing, the one with NH 4 and, I assume, two issues of Prism (September's and December's).

Have these been mailed out yet?!

General Discussion / Vote for which book Stephen King writes next!
« on: December 01, 2009, 12:22:20 pm »
That's right, if you go over to his official site

and scroll down until you see the message heading Vistor Poll the author is asking for readers to vote on what he writes next.

Now, he's got a book ready for next year, so this vote is for the one after that.

A new Dark Tower novel (although not directly related to the series main character, Roland)

Or a sequel to The Shining.

You don't have to be a member of the author's forum or anything: simply cast your vote on the home page!

Hey, you guys--I saw a lot of you Constant Readers while I was touring for Under the Dome, and I must say you're looking good. Thanks for turning out in such numbers, and thanks for all the nice things you've said about Under the Dome. There'll be another book next year. It's a good one, I think, but that's not why I'm writing. I mentioned two potential projects while I was on the road, one a new Mid-World book (not directly about Roland Deschain, but yes, he and his friend Cuthbert are in it, hunting a skin-man, which are what werewolves are called in that lost kingdom) and a sequel to The Shining called Doctor Sleep. Are you interested in reading either of these? If so, which one turns your dials more? Ms. Mod will be counting your votes (and of course it all means nothing if the muse doesn't speak). Meanwhile, thanks again for 2009.

Stephen King

Books / Re: For fans of THE SHINING....
« on: November 26, 2009, 05:01:43 pm »

King does rumor control on a sequel to The Shining:

'People shouldn't hold their breath'

On the heels of the news that best-selling horror master (and EW columnist) told the audience at a Toronto book signing that he was considering writing a sequel to The Shining, King tells that he’s got no immediate plans to revisit the character of Danny Torrance. “It’s a great idea, and I just can’t seem to get down to it,” says the author in an e-mail. “People shouldn’t hold their breath. I know it would be cool, though. I want to write it just for the title, Dr. Sleep. I even told them [at the book signing], ‘It will probably never happen.’” Still, King — whose most recent novel is this month’s Under the Dome — can’t quite shut the door on the Shining sequel, adding, “But ‘probably’ isn’t ‘positively,’ so maybe.”

General Discussion / Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
« on: November 25, 2009, 04:22:16 pm »
:'(  if that's the case i might not be making it then.

Good news (maybe!): looks like they are perhaps being flexible with that 450 limit. As of November 20th membership is 453. Of course, as I speculated above, that 450 might not include the 18 persons who make up the GoHs and the core conrunners. So, if I was you, I'd assume the attendance limit is not much more than 468. If possible, see if you can't beg, borrow or steal the funds to take out a membership!  ;D

Books / Drive-in: Joe R. Lansdale, hisownself...
« on: November 13, 2009, 04:06:19 pm »
Oh, getcha pre-orders in: for only £8.71 and for the first time ever, a triple-feature from the Terror From Texas hisownself -

Underland Press, May 2010

Collects together The Drive-In: a B-movie with blood and popcorn, made in Texas (1988), The Drive-In 2: not just one of 'em sequels (1989) and The Drive-In 3: the bus tour (2005).

Carroll & Graf packaged up the first two in 1997 as The Drive-In: a double-feature omnibus

But this new onmibus will mark the first time the 2005 limited edition Subterranean Press hardback of volume 3 has ever been reprinted.

General Discussion / Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
« on: November 13, 2009, 08:26:36 am »
By simply copying and pasting the list of Attending Members into a blank Mircosoft document and getting Word.doc to automatically number it, reveals that the World Horror Convention is already up to 443 members.

Assuming that the 450 cap limit on those who are allowed to attend is still in place, that means there are only 7 spaces left.

Now, even if you assume that 450 cap does not include guests and those directly running the con (18 in total) that still only means there are 25 spaces left -

- so anyone still sitting on the fence about attending better act quickly!

Oh, sweeeeet...

General Discussion / Re: Steampunk
« on: October 23, 2009, 09:05:06 am »
Love it! First caught the bug with Anti-Ice (1993) by Stephen Baxter, which then led me to the past delights of James Blaylock and Tim Powers.

At the beginning of the year the society's newsletter, Prism, published my review of Extraordinary Engines (2008) edited by Nick Gevers.

Also released last year was Steampunk, edited by Jeff and Ann VanderMeer.

And as these days if anything exists it's got a Wikipedia entry, here it is!

Books / Re: The Pan Book of Horror Stories (1959)
« on: October 20, 2009, 10:09:01 am »
Excellent news Johnny - well done sir!!!

As for sales, all depends on the cover they choose; everything retro is definitely in at the moment - it worked wonders for the two volumes of The Humdrumming Book of Horror Stories.

Well done Ally!

- and well done to Simon Bestwick whose novella "The Narrows" (originally published in is included in Datlow's anthology line-up, as well as his other novella, "The School House" from the BFS's own Houses on the Borderland,  being one of the fifty honourable mentioned listed at the back of the book.

General Discussion / Re: Reading area and Bookshelf showing off!
« on: October 04, 2009, 09:06:15 am »
"Bookshelf showing off"?

Really, Jen, that was the best thread title you could come up with?! I think you'll find that the correct technical term for it is "book porn"!  :D

So Paul of the Clan McCampbell said:
Oh, all right then! Is this better?   :D

But, dude, seriously, all that spare wall space and no shelves on them?!  Where are the messy stacks of the books that threaten to avalanche on the unwary visitor?    ;D

True, but then there are certain books which I like to give 'breathing space' to in order to show them off, such as my Stephen Jones books

And my Virgn Books

Why the Virgin Books? Well, shortly after I hosted the Glasgow Open Night back in July (where, as well as providing a buffet, I sold copies of all nine horror titles from Virgin) series editor Adam Nevill sent me a care package by way of 'Thank you' for promoting Virgin's Dark Fiction line. Inside? One copy each of all nine books. Ohhh-kay, thinks I, why is Adam sending me books I've already got?

Then I opened them to their title pages. They were signed. They were personally inscribed to me. ALL OF THEM.

Now, five of those books (the two Williams, two Campbell and the Nevill) anyone attending Fantasycon could get signed, as all three of those authors regularly go along to that event. But the other four - the two Ligotti, the Stephen Gregory and the Robin Baker?

So that's why I give those nine books pride of place: I'm probably the only person who owns the full set, all signed and all inscribed!

Next? Well, just more book porn guv, ain't it?

And, of course, the ubiquitous cupboard full of stuff!

General Discussion / Re: World Horror Convention 2010, Brighton
« on: October 03, 2009, 05:03:14 pm »
Well, it hardly sounds like a 'worldcon' sized event now...
What's the typical attendence for a WHC in USA?

That's what I first thought when I heard someone mention it at FantasyCon - that same source did say that the US WHC often doesn't get more than 700 attendees and that it wasn't like a World Fantasy Con event which attracts a lot more. Must admit it's disappointing though.

Remember, this is World Horror Con, not World Fantasy Con. A count of the membership listed on the website of the 2007 World Horror Convention held in Toronto reveals just under 400 attended.

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