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Promote Your Projects / Re: Parallel Universe Publications
« Last post by David A. Riley on October 21, 2017, 02:48:50 PM »
Parallel Universe Publications has three great titles for anyone who wants to pep up Halloween with some vintage ghost stories and weird tales:
Things That Go Bump in the Night; Classic Weird; and Classic Weird 2.

Check out their contents:

Things That Go Bump in the Night:

The Ghoul Sir Hugh Clifford
The House of the Nightmare Edward Lucas White
The Voice in the Night William Hope Hodgson
The Thing from Outside George Allan England
For the Blood is the Life F. Marion Crawford
The White Wolf of the Hartz Mountains Frederick Marryat
The Room in the Tower E. F. Benson
His Unconquered Enemy W. C. Morrow
The Late Mrs. Fowke Amyas Northcote
Xélucha M. P. Shiel
A Narrow Escape Lord Dunsany
Thurnley Abbey Perceval Landon
The Black Stone Robert E, Howard
Werewolf of the Sahara G. G. Pendarves
The Devil of the Marsh Henry Brereton Marriott Watson
Fishhead Irvin S. Cobb
The Black Statue Huan Mee
The Pool of the Stone God Abraham Merritt
The Sea-Witch Nictzin Dyalhis
The Lady’s Maid’s Bell Edith Wharton

Classic Weird:

The Monster-Maker by W. C. Morrow 
The Man Who Went Too Far by E. F. Benson 
The Interval by Vincent O'Sullivan
The Doll's Ghost by F. Marion Crawford
The Dead Smile by F. Marion Crawford 
The Ghost-Ship by Richard Middleton 
The New Catacomb by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 
The Lost Stradivarius by John Meade Falkner 
The House of the Dead Hand by Edith Wharton 
A Wicked Voice by Vernon Lee 
Phantas by Oliver Onions

Classic Weird 2:

J. Sheridan Le Fanu (An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street)
E. F. Benson (The Judgement Books)
Vernon Lee (Oke of Okehurst)
Vincent O'Sullivan (When I was Dead)
Edith Wharton (The Eyes)
W. C. Morrow (A Story Told by the Sea)
Irvin S. Cobb (The Unbroken Chain)
Edith Nesbit (From the Dead)
Robert Murray Gilchrist (Witch In-Grain)
Amyas Northcote (The Downs)
J. H. Riddell (The Uninhabited House)

Buy Classic Weird and Classic Weird 2 and we will send you a copy of Things That Go Bump in the Night free.

To order these books just follow this link:
Ask the Authors and Artists! / Gerge R.R. Martin rates me "criminally underrated"
« Last post by hapthorn on October 11, 2017, 11:30:49 AM »
Came across this on George R.R. Martin's Not a Blog.

"Today is. . . publication day for THE BOOK OF SWORDS  . . . There's an impressive table of contents, including brand new stories by giants of the genre like Robin Hobb, Ken Liu, the criminally underrated Matthew Hughes, Scott Lynch, Daniel Abraham, Cecelia Holland, Lavie Tidhar, and many more."

So I'm one of the "giants of the genre," and "criminally underrated," according to George.  From his lips to the readers' ears.

Patreon says I should keep reminding people that I now have a Patreon account.  So consider yourself reminded.  Here's a link:
On Thursday, this week, I’m going to be participating in an Ask Me Anything event on the discussion group to promote The Book of Swords.

In case you’ve missed my several mentions of it, The Book of Swords, is a new anthology edited by Gardner Dozois that was officially published today and is already ranked number nine in fantasy anthologies on Amazon.  The consensus of critics is that it’s going to be one of the top sff anthos of the year.

The AMA launches late morning, Central Time.  I’m right now on UK time (about six hours later) so I’ll probably connect about then and be available for a few hours, if anyone wants to ask me anything.  If you’re not already a member of, it takes only seconds to join the group.

In other news, my Patreon page has attracted more than two dozen Heroes of the Archonate since I launched it five days ago.  If you’d like to join the ranks of heroes, here’s where to go: 
Calls for Submissions / The Alchemy Press Book Of Horrors
« Last post by Peter Coleborn on October 09, 2017, 04:11:20 PM »

2018 sees the re-launch of the Alchemy Press Book Of… anthologies with a brand new title: HORRORS, edited by Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards. We are looking for horror stories … but tales that can be described as “weird”, “strange”, “amazing” and “peculiar”: stories that would have found a home in Weird Tales, Unknown Worlds, Fantastic and Fantasy Tales among other illustrious publications.

Full details here:
Alchemy Press / The Alchemy Press Book Of Horrors
« Last post by Peter Coleborn on October 09, 2017, 04:08:49 PM »

Coming your way in 2018 -- just need some new stories first. Check out:
General Discussion / Why do we need monsters?
« Last post by Djibril on October 07, 2017, 06:06:42 PM »
Thought some BFS types might be interested in attending this public event on monsters, run by the Institute for Classical Studies at Senate House in central London, Tuesday October 17th.

The Beveridge Hall, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Today we worry about chimaeras - organisms created by combining genes from more than one species - and science fiction writers imagine bizarre aliens on other planets, just as nineteenth-century novelists placed them in the Centre of the Earth, on Lost Worlds or in Lands that Time Forgot. Almost every society has imagined monsters, often as hybrids of humans and beasts. This free public event brings together some of the most interesting researchers on ancient monsters and invites us to reflect on what purpose these nearly humans serve in societies ancient and modern.

This is a free event but booking is essential.
  • Prof David Wengrow, UCL, ‘What is a monster, and do we really need them?’
  • Dr. Dunstan Lowe, University of Kent, ‘Real monsters in ancient Rome’
  • Dr Liz Gloyn, Royal Holloway, ‘Why does the ancient monster survive in the modern world?’
  • Dr Valeria Vitale, Institute of Classical Studies, ‘Making Monsters’
There's also a book giveaway and people posting images of their favorite monsters on Twitter and FB using the hashtag #ICSmonsters.
Ask the Authors and Artists! / Patreon so far
« Last post by hapthorn on October 07, 2017, 03:05:57 PM »
It's a little less than 48 hours since I announced my Patreon page on Facebook, Twitter, and other venues, and I've attracted 21 patrons who have pledged $130 (less the fees Patreon and Paypal charge).

That's a very heartening beginning.

My thanks to all the Heroes of the Archonate (and one Friend of Filidor) who have pledged.
Ask the Authors and Artists! / I've created a Patreon account
« Last post by hapthorn on October 05, 2017, 04:21:27 PM »
Well, I've done it.

I've created a Patreon account so that people who like my work and want me to keep on producing can support the effort with a dollar or a few each month.

In return for which they will not only get my sincere gratitude, but all kinds of rewards.

If you're interested, here's where to go:
Promote Your Projects / Re: The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts - signed editions
« Last post by David A. Riley on October 05, 2017, 01:41:59 PM »
After Fantasycon we now have a limited number of copies of The Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts signed by those contributors who were at the convention. These are: Jon M. Harvey, Peter Coleborn, David A. Riley, Jim Pitts, Ramsey Campbell, and Stephen Jones. They can only be ordered from Parallel Universe Publications direct and will be sent out on a first come, first served basis.

Normally, copies will be signed by the artist Jim Pitts, and his publisher David A. Riley.

To order a copy now (priced £35.00 plus postage and packing) please follow this link:

Would overseas buyers please note there is a dropdown menu and that they must choose the correct link for their location.

Calls for Submissions / Angry Robot Open Door 2017 (deadline December 31, 2017)
« Last post by Rolnikov on October 01, 2017, 10:57:15 AM »
From November 1 to December 31 authors without a literary agent can submit unpublished novels to Angry Robot during an open door period.

Science fiction and/or fantasy, full manuscripts only, 70,000-130,000 words.
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