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Promote Your Projects / Re: The Short Story Society
« on: August 08, 2008, 02:23:51 pm »
Not feeling too angry, then Chris ;D

Promote Your Projects / Re: The Short Story Society
« on: August 08, 2008, 12:44:21 pm »
Thanks for the details Andrew. To be honest, I didn't get past the ?89 figure before returning to the Google homepage. I'm appalled by the SSS's actions.

Announcements and Suggestions / Re: Is the BFS biased?
« on: August 08, 2008, 12:36:54 pm »
the latest Dark Horizons cover - spider crawling out of a screaming mouth,

Actually, Joshua, the cover of the last Dark Horizons did not feature a spider crawling out of anyone's mouth. Ugh! If you check it out, you'll see SF (rocket, etc), fantasy (the 'knight') and horror (ravens) elements. Rather all encompassing, I'd say.

I also should thank the artist Dan Skinner for producing several drafts of the cover illustration before we came up with the excellent picture finally used.

As for contents: fantasy (de Lint interview, Star-Changer), SF (Keep off the Grass), horror (Withered, The Bequest), and stuff somewhere in between all this (The Gentleman Assassin, Flies); plus poetry (including a new poem by Robert Holdstock). A good balance? (But maybe could do with more artwork!)

Promote Your Projects / Re: The Short Story Society
« on: August 07, 2008, 09:29:58 am »
Ho hum!

I popped over to their website just now and this is what I gathered, and it all looks dubious to me. You submit a story to the SSS and if it's accepted you pay ?89 for the privilege of having it published in their anthology, which you then can buy at a discount. Isn't there a word for this?

Promote Your Projects / The Short Story Society
« on: August 07, 2008, 09:23:53 am »
I have just received information on the Short Story Society, which may be of interest to the vast numbers of writers in the BFS. They have launched a competition for chidren's fiction (probably stories written for children). Their website is

BTW, I have no involvement in this society. If anyone has, perhaps they could tell us what the society offers.

Announcements and Suggestions / Re: Is the BFS biased?
« on: August 04, 2008, 09:41:08 pm »
Agreed, Des. Of course, most of us who were involved with the BFS at its inception were more into horror than fantasy, even though, strangely enough, most of the early novels that won the August Derleth Award were fantasy - usually written by Michael Moorcock.


Actually, David, when I first joined the BFS I'd say the balance  between horror (HPL and classic ghost and horror stuff, as I recall) and fantasy (Moorcock, the reprints of REH's Conan, Jack Vance, etc) was about equal. LOTR was also popular due to its one volume paperback edition available at that time. And Ballantine was starting to publish their adult fantasy series, edited by Lin Carter, which presented a rich, eclectic range of fiction, both fantasy and horror -- wonderful stuff. I do not recall complaints about BFS imbalance in the 70s and 80s (if there was, it blew over my head).

Other Media / Re: Best Short Stories?
« on: August 04, 2008, 09:22:22 pm »
Many thanks. I'm surpised by the author though as I've never managed to get into his longer stuff - ths sheer physical weight puts me off to start with!

Debbie, try Fevre Dream by GRRM -- one of the best vapire novels you'll read. No cute, fluffy vampy nonsense we get so much of nowadays

I can't think of many short stories off the top of my head except:

Jeffty is Five -- Ellison
The Mist -- King (can I include novellas?)
Scounting for Boys -- Brenchley
Sandkings, Nighflyers, and almost anything else by early George RR Martin (not so keen on his Tuf tales)

And now my mind's gone blank. I can't remember specific titles.

Talking of novellas: because I recently read so much stuff from 2007, I am happy to state that the novella is alive, well, and doing brilliantly.

British Fantasy Awards / Re: BFS Awards 2008 - Nominees
« on: July 27, 2008, 06:41:36 pm »
Jen is quite correct -- in the past both BFS and Fantasycon (this year and the previous one) members were eligible to vote.

General Discussion / Re: George Budge and Mike Wathen
« on: June 24, 2008, 08:00:39 pm »
I can deal with this, Vicky.
--- Peter

BFS Events / Re: March Open Night - Swansea?
« on: March 19, 2008, 06:44:21 pm »
Chris, how's the Swansea Open Night progressing?

BFS Events / Basil Copper
« on: March 19, 2008, 06:43:34 pm »
If you've not seen it, hop over to PS's website to read Pete Crowther's report on the Basil Copper book launch / Open Night. There are also a few photos by yours truly.

--- Peter

BFS Publications / Submission address
« on: March 15, 2008, 12:52:44 pm »
I am still receiving DH submissions. Please note that I have stepped down as editor -- so please do not send mss to me. Check out the BFS website (DH pages) for the correct submission address.
--- Peter

BFS Publications / Re: Dark Horizons 52
« on: February 27, 2008, 05:10:14 pm »

DH52 is ready for mailing -- apparently Vicky has boxes of the magazine cluttering her home.

Changes are afoot. Jan and I have resigned as editors of Dark Horizons. Keep an eye on these boards and on the BFS website for details of the new editor. In the interim, please do not send submissions to me.

BFS Publications / Re: Dark Horizons 52
« on: February 25, 2008, 07:52:00 pm »


Dark Horizons has been printed and is on its way to Vicky, nice and early for the next BFS mailing.

General Discussion / Re: PLR petition
« on: February 14, 2008, 04:44:07 pm »
When I signed, I mistyped my surname -- fat finger syndrome. I'll have Special Branch after me, next...


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