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"An excellent read - a real page turner throughout." From A Yellow House book reviews & features

"Creepy and captivating, a great story idea." NetGalley review

What readers are saying about the novels of Johan Fundin:

"Really exciting from beginning to end – a 'page turner'."

"What a shocker! It's really really good! Has everything a suspense novel needs; mystery, murder, red herrings, characters, love, and even a car chase!"

"It's very suspenseful. There's finesse in the train of thought and the use of language differs from that of other thrillers."

"Exciting, entertaining, vividly described, electrifying. I'm impressed. What a finish!"

"What a thrilling story! Impressive!"
Calls for Submissions / Making Monsters (deadline February 28th, 2018)
« Last post by Djibril on December 04, 2017, 02:41:02 pm » Publishing and the Institute of Classical Studies are looking for retellings or reimaginings of classical monsters in fantasy, horror or science fiction short stories, for a mixed fiction and nonfiction volume titled Making Monsters to be published in mid-2018, edited by Emma Bridges and Djibril al-Ayad. Classical monsters may include those from Greco-Roman mythology, ancient Egypt, the Near East, or any other ancient world cultures far beyond the Mediterranean.

Making Monsters will pay:
  • £50 for short stories (between 2,000-5,000 words)
  • £25 for flash stories (up to 1,999 words) or poetry
  • Maximum of 5,000 words fiction (with a preference for 3,000-5,000 words), or up to 50 lines poetry.
  • No reprints or simultaneous submissions. We are not seeking nonfiction or scholarship—essays have already been commissioned for this volume.
  • Please send fiction or poetry submissions as an attachment in .doc, .docx or .rtf format to, with your name, the story title, and the wordcount in the covering email.
  • Deadline for receipt of submissions is February 28, 2018.

Updates and other news in the full CFS at
BFS Events / Re: BFS Social London
« Last post by BFS_Events_Karen on December 04, 2017, 02:26:30 pm »
If you are in the London area, we hope you are joining us for the Xmas Social, it's a great time to meet up with wonderful people and celebrate the season.  Everyone is welcome, you don't need to be a BFS member.

This year we are in the Vintry pub, which serve a great selection of food and drink and have reserved us the conservatory for our meet up.

Eibonvale Press will be launching its new chapbook line and Brendan Connell’s unique and unclassifiable collection Pleasant Tales.  Filled with hints of horror and the weird, these stories also have a pop art glow to them and a deep sense of the strangeness of the mundane world. The first volume of the chapbooks will be Kristine Ong Muslim’s collection of sci-fi and horror miniatures The Drone Outside.

Snuggly Books will have a few new titles available, including a launch of The Emerald Princess by Félicien Champsaur and translated by Brian Stableford. An engagingly bizarre fantasy from 1928, full of lurid symbolism and harking back to the stylistic extravagances of the Decadent Movement, the title story is combined with five others, all presented in English for the first time.

The details:

Friday 8th December, 7pm

The Vintry

119 - 121 Cannon Street,


BFS Events / Re: BFS Social London
« Last post by Djibril on December 04, 2017, 11:22:37 am »
Is there any update on the BFS Social this Friday? (Is it still scheduled? What sort of event will it be?) I'll try to be there, so long as non-member friends are welcome…
British Fantasy Awards / Television eligibility question
« Last post by Rolnikov on November 27, 2017, 09:40:00 pm »
I'm thinking about what I'd like to add to this year's suggestions list, and I had a question about eligibility for the tv (and film) category.

Black Mirror season three was considered eligible for the 2017 awards, though it wasn't all by the same writer, and was made up of several separate stories, so for the 2018 awards, does that mean we should on the whole suggest television seasons, e.g. Game of Thrones season seven, or American Gods season one, etc, rather than specific episodes?

I think that would be great, especially for shows that are consistently really good without having particular episodes that really stand out, and also for those that have loads of great episodes that would split the vote, but I wanted to check because I wouldn't want to encourage votes for material that would later on be ruled ineligible. Thanks!
Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: Rhys Hughes
« Last post by rhysaurus on November 27, 2017, 04:16:33 pm »
Yule Do Nicely has just been published.

This book has been assembled in order to celebrate the festive season. It includes work from the span of the past quarter century. The first twenty-four tales form a weird advent calendar from December 1st to 24th. Then it is Christmas Day and time for the stocking and the twenty-eight little strange tales inside it. Merry Xmas!

This book is available as paperback and as an ebook from Amazon and elsewhere. It is priced very low. £2.99 for the print edition and 99p for the ebook. This is as it should be at this time of year...

I have added the title to the blog where I keep track of all my published books to date, where there is also information about the contents of each volume. This blog is called Aardvark Caesar and goes right back to my first published book, Worming the Harpy, more than twenty years ago.

Thanks for listening!
Promote Your Projects / Shadow Publishing News
« Last post by David A. Sutton on November 23, 2017, 11:51:05 am »
SHADOW PUBLSHING is pleased to announce that we have three new cover images by Peter Coleborn, for the 2nd editions of Tales of the Grotesque: A Collection of Uneasy Tales, by L. A. Lewis, The Female of the Species & Other Tales of Terror, by Richard Davis and Creeping Crawlers, edited by Allen Ashley

There's a special discount offer if you order all three.

“L. A. Lewis undoubtedly earns a high place among the best masters of supernatural and macabre literature that Britain has ever produced”. (Richard Dalby)

The eleven stories featured in The Female of the Species portray a writer well trained in the genre’s canons and literary tricks, providing many entertaining and pleasantly disquieting, shivering moments to the reader". (Mario Guslandi)

Editor Allen Ashley has a pleasing mix of new talent and the “usual suspects” in his line-up for CREEPING CRAWLERS, including several writers whose work will be familiar to readers from the pages of Black Static... in a story that starts slow and minatory, with Cole ('Running With The Tide') constantly raising the stakes until something both horrific and awe inspiring arises from the deep (Peter Tennant - Black Static magazine).
Ask the Authors and Artists! / Re: Rhys Hughes
« Last post by rhysaurus on November 21, 2017, 03:35:29 pm »
I am delighted to announce publication of my latest book, World Muses, a collection of linked fictions that are about inspirational women from eighty different countries and cultures.

Although it might be described as a story collection, in fact I regard it as more akin to an unorthodox novel. Indeed I personally see it as similar to Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities, but with women instead of cities.

And yet let's not misunderstand the purpose of my book. It is a celebration of diversity and difference rather than an array of libidinous exploits: each chapter (or story) generally features the woman as the victor, the active force, as well as the catalyst.

There is a limited edition deluxe hardback. There is also a paperback version and an ebook edition.

Thanks for listening!
« Last post by Dave Brzeski on November 20, 2017, 01:25:41 am »

A substantial anthology of new occult detective mysteries with real bite.

Some stories need space to breathe and develop – and sometimes there’s no easy solution to be wrapped up in a dozen pages. Not content with being limited to our usual magazine length fiction, this time we’re offering readers and writers a chance to really get their teeth into something.

For Occult Detective Quarterly Presents, we’ve carefully selected seven new stories of novelette to novella length from some terrific authors. We’ll be giving out more details as this campaign unfolds, but we can say that ODQ Presents features a wild Nick Nightmare novella by veteran, award-winning author Adrian Cole, exclusive to this anthology and full of mad adventure and the occult, risks and betrayals.

Don’t be fooled, though – we haven’t just played safe with established characters. We’ve gone for a great mix of characters and settings from six other contemporary horror, pulp, Gothic and supernatural authors, each with her or his own distinctive style. As an example, we also have Amanda DeWees, another award-winning author who specialises in Gothic mysteries! Whilst you’ll find some sort of occult detective in each of these stories, they may not always be what you expected.

The anthology will be over 250 pages of mystery, magic and malice, with settings that range from urban Scotland to early Judea, calling in at an English country house and smog-bound Los Angeles along the way. Gritty private eyes, stylish psychic sleuths and a rabbi’s assistant await you, in what we hope will be the first of a series of anthologies which will give our occult detectives the space to succeed – or die.

This is your chance to show there’s an appetite for longer fiction, and to get in from the start. The campaign offers some great deals, including both ODQ Presents and issues of ODQ magazine at special prices. If you like what you see, then those further anthologies will be one step nearer to reality, and we’ll be able to plan Open Calls so that more writers can deliver the goods.

Click below for more details and information on how to back this project.
TV and Film / Re: New Red Sonja movie?
« Last post by Rolnikov on November 19, 2017, 10:07:34 am »
Would be especially resonant if Rose McGowan was given the role now.
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