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Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: David A. Riley
« Last post by David A. Riley on Today at 04:55:22 pm »

Started the process to get A Distasteful Horror Story by Johnny Mains published within the next few days. Providing there are no unexpected glitches the book should be available in paperback on amazon later this week, priced Ł11.99.

"A darkly humorous, satirical look at the tight-knit world of horror writers - and their fans. Contains no scenes of violence against actual books, only their authors”

Johnny Mains has been prominent in the horror genre ever since his 2010 debut anthology, Back from the Dead: The Legacy of the Pan Book of Horror Stories, which won the British Fantasy Award in 2011 for best anthology. Mains has been at the forefront of the UK’s new wave of horror, editing Best British Horror (Salt Publishing and NewCon Press), Dead Funny: Horror Stories by Comedians (edited with Robin Ince), and The Screaming Book of Horror.
Mains has also written several collections of his own stories: With Deepest Sympathy (2010), Frightfully Cosy and Mild Stories for Nervous Types (2012) and A Little Light Screaming (2015).
Mains has also written the introduction to Stephen King’s 30th anniversary edition of Thinner, and has discovered ‘lost’ works of fiction by Algernon Blackwood, Edith Nesbit and Daphne Du Maurier.
"Johnny Mains is the Herbert van Thal of our age" - The Independent
"Mains' knowledge of fantastical fiction is enormous" - Robin Ince
"Mains is the Minister For Horror" - Charlie Higson"

TV and Film / Tomb Raider 2
« Last post by david_heath on June 25, 2019, 01:35:16 pm »
Yes, there will be a sequel to the 2018 TOMB RAIDER movie starring Alicia Vikander:

I accept that not everyone regards this as ‘fantasy’ in the pure sense of the genre. After all, these are billed as action-adventure movies. But I think the Tomb Raider franchise includes enough ‘fantastical’ elements to warrant a thread here!
Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: David A. Riley
« Last post by David A. Riley on June 16, 2019, 05:21:24 pm »

As well as two great reviews for my novels The Return and Into the Dark, I also have a lengthy interview in the current issue of Phantasmagoria Magazine.

Check out my blog for the interview.

BFS Publications / BFS Horizons #9
« Last post by Rolnikov on June 15, 2019, 11:21:03 am »
Thanks to Shona, Tim and Ian for BFS Horizons #9, which arrived in the post today. It includes the fiction and poetry of David Hartley, Andrew Wallace, Angie Rega, Phil Dyer, C.B. Droege, Val Nolan, Allen Ashley, Richard Berry, Zoe Mitchell, Tomas Furby, Alessio Zanelli, Dan Coxon, Linda Neuer, James Rhodes, Cardinal Cox, Cam Rhys Lay, Martin Schwarz, Melanie Smith, Arran Bedford, Jessica Malen, Jack Westlake, Maz Hedgehog and Andrew Wallace. The cover art is by Sophie E. Tallis, and there is an editorial by Tim Major.

If other BFS members would like to add it to their reading lists, it's up on Goodreads:
TV and Film / Re: Game of Thrones Prequel
« Last post by david_heath on May 15, 2019, 10:35:04 am »
From the Mail Online:

"Game Of Thrones prequel 'has the working title Bloodmoon' as stars shoot new series in Belfast ahead of hotly-anticipated season eight finale":

"A brilliant techno-thriller, full of suspense, with rich and detailed characters. Beautifully edited and boasting an amazing level of realistic-sounding scientific detail. Fans of crime, medical, and supernatural thrillers should all enjoy this book, particularly those who like the more science-oriented works of Dean Koontz. With this book, Johan Fundin has established himself as a definite talent to watch in the thriller genre."
—, Official Review


« Last post by Johan Fundin on April 27, 2019, 09:29:52 am »
"A fast-paced, suspenseful read that brings up questions of reality and perception. The author’s idea to explore this through a medical lens is an interesting twist."
The US Review of Books


Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: David A. Riley
« Last post by David A. Riley on April 20, 2019, 08:50:46 pm »
Below is my review of The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors which has been published in the current issue of Phantasmagoria Magazine.

Edited by Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards

Anthologies like this used to be commonplace once, back in the day when they were a regular part of the output by major publishers like Pan, New English Library, Sphere Books and Corgi, etc., often by editors like August Derleth, Peter Haining, Kurt Singer, Michel Parry and others. Today it is virtually only the small independent presses that keep the flag flying, though few come close to The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors for giving us such a bumper crop in nearly 400 pages of 25 outstanding stories. Congratulations must be offered to the editors for achieving this!

It would, I’m afraid, be too lengthy a task to discuss every single story, and some worked for this reader better than others, though I would vouch for there not being a single dud amongst them, so I will just highlight a few that I particularly liked. Ramsey Campbell reliably opens proceedings with Some Kind of a Laugh, which is different to but inevitably brings to mind his brilliant novel The Grin of the Dark, where laughter becomes menacing and the make-believe world of entertainment hides a terrifying horror. Samantha Lee goes visceral with a vengeance with The Worm, which would have been a worthy entry into any of the old Pan Books of Horror (of which she was once a contributor!) Marie O’Regan’s Pretty Things very soon belies its name, where masks play a key, sometimes gut-wrenching part. I’ve always enjoyed Mike Chinn’s stories, and Her Favourite Place, which is SF horror,  is one of his best, set in an undersea farm. Tony Richards’ The Garbage Men has an engrossingly claustrophobic nightmare effect and a great climax. It’s a while since I read anything new from Stephen Laws but Get Worse Soon is a cleverly plotted tale about an overly thrifty pound shop customer who literally gets more than he bargained for! It’s a very cleverly told tale. Scarecrows are often frightening creations, and Adrian Cole’s Broken Billy uses one to great and horrifying effect. John Grant’s Too Late shifts reality and perception of what is going on to great effect – and has a truly grand guignol twist at the end. These are just a few of the stories which for me stood out, though the standard throughout is consistently high. It is definitely one of the best anthologies I have come across for quite some time and I would highly recommend it.

If the stories weren’t enough, the book is also illustrated throughout with finely drawn headers for each of the stories by the talented Jim Pitts, adding that extra touch of quality to this book, which concludes with an informative set of Contributor Notes.

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