Just received an acceptance for a reprint of a science fiction story that first appeared in Fear magazine, edited by John Gilbert in 1989. Winter on Aubarch 6 will next appear in The Martian Wave edited by Tyree Campbell in the States.
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Monday 29 March 2021
Sunday 28 March 2021
Swords & Sorceries: Tales of Heroic Fantasy Volume 2 - opens for submissions from the 1st of April till the 30th April
THE ESSENCE OF DUST by Mike Chinn
HIGHJACKING THE LORD OF LIGHT by Tais Teng
OUT IN THE WILDLANDS by Martin Owton
IN THE BELLY OF THE BEAST by Edward Ahern
Payment is £25 per story regardless of length, plus a contributor's copy. The book will be published as a paperback and ebook. If a hardcover version is published we will pay an additional £25. Contributors can also buy additional copies of the book through us at cost price.
Please send your submissions to:
Please keep formatting as simple as possible, but we are not fussy. Just don't make it unnecessarily fancy or complicated. We just want an easy to print-off copy we can read.
There is no limit on the size of submissions.
Any stories accepted will be reformatted by us anyway for publication.
Please send your story as an attachment, headed "Submission - Swords & Sorceries 2"
And good luck!
To get a better idea of the kind of stories we are likely to publish in this anthology check out volume 1:
The contents of Volume One are:
INTRODUCTION - David A. Riley
THE MIRROR OF TORJAN SUL - Steve Lines
THE HORROR FROM THE STARS - Steve Dilks
TROLLS ARE DIFFERENT - Susan Murrie Macdonald
CHAIN OF COMMAND - Geoff Hart
DISRUPTION OF DESTINY - Gerri Leen
THE CITY OF SILENCE - Eric Ian Steele
RED - Chadwick Ginther
THE RECONSTRUCTED GOD - Adrian ColeThe cover and all the interior artwork is by Jim Pitts.
Saturday 20 March 2021
Tried to watch Fall of a Kingdom last night but was put off by dull, characterless acting and an even duller script which possibly gave the actors little with which to work. I'm sorry, but a good historical drama needs more than choreographed sword fights to make it interesting. It needs characters who have a semblance of being real people and not cliched cardboard cutouts. Gave up after half and hour to watch a rather brutal if better acted British film called Concrete Plans. I wouldn't call this a classic movie but it did keep me enthralled - and appalled!
Wednesday 10 March 2021
There is now a great review for After Nightfall & Other Weird Tales on the Hellnotes site by regular reviewer Mario Guslandi.
"A prolific and well respected British horror writer, David A Riley repurposes a bunch of his short stories in a new collection where each tale is graced by dark (and sometimes outright disquieting) illustrations by artist Jim Pitts, which produce further shivers along the reader’s spine..."
To read the full review click on this link.
Tuesday 9 March 2021
Yesterday I received my copy from amazon of Dave Carson's magnum opus, Called by Cthulhu, which contains probably all of his artwork for the past 50 years or more, much of it in the Lovecraftian Mythos vein for which he is so well known. In fact, a framed A3 print of Dave Carson's depicting H. P. Lovecraft is proudly hung on my office wall (see below).
Measuring 10 x 6 3/4 inches and 384 pages long, Called by Cthulhu is a large soft cover book with hundreds of Dave's distinctively styled black and white pictures, including, I was pleased to find, the illustration I commissioned from him for issue 1 of Beyond magazine which I edited and published in 1995 for Karl Edward Wagner's story Gremlin. It was one of the last stories Karl ever wrote and sadly wasn't published until after his untimely death.
This is an excellent book, and I am pleased to see Dave Carson's work collected like this. My copy now sits alongside books of John Stewart and Jim Pitts on my bookshelf where it rightfully belongs.
|Dave Carson's illustration for Gremlin by Karl Edward Wagner
Sunday 7 March 2021
One of the most fascinating series we have been watching recently on TV has been on Youtube: They Got Away With Murder, created and presented by writer and artist Mark John Maguire. The wealth of details he brings to each story is fantastic, including old photographs, mini-biographies, and I especially like that he follows through with details of the culprits' lives afterwards up until to their eventual deaths, often many years later.
One of the most horrifying stories is that of Dr John Bodkin Adams, who is probably Britain's most prolific murderer. He not only received protection from people in authority (such as Assistant Chief Constables) but made a vast fortune out of his murders too, persuading many of his victims to include him in their wills. This story has to be watched to be believed. Unlike Harold Shipman this man got away with it to die of natural causes many years later in his eighties.
Saturday 6 March 2021
My review was originally published in Phantasmagoria magazine #17. If you would like to read it now follow this link: Book Review - Bloody Britain.
Thursday 4 March 2021
The Ever More Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts is developing well, with great sections of new illustrations for M. R. James, H. P. Lovecraft, William Hope Hodgson, Clark Ashton Smith, Adrian Cole's Elak: King of Atlantis, The Fantastic Fiction of Hans Bok, Robert E. Howard, and Phantasmagoria magazine. Others are in the process of being included - details soon.
The Ever More Fantastical Art of Jim Pitts will be a fitting sequel to the first volume, published in hardcover and packed with brand new black and white and full-colour illustrations.
All pre-ordered copies will be signed by Jim Pitts and will include 5 black & white or colour prints (please select from here) and will be posted as soon as the book is published.
If you have any queries please contact us at email@example.comTo pre-order a copy click on the following link to our Pre Order page: Pre Orders
Stargirl, even though I thought initially I would hate it. Why did I like it? The acting was great, the storylines were intererestingly original, and the villains were realistically evil to the nth degree. I must admit it isn't a series I would have expected to like, especially given that some of the central characters were teenage girls (!) Maybe it was helped along a lot by actors like Trae Romano who played Stargirl's stepfather and sounded a hell of a lot like Nicolas Cage. The humour in it was helpful too, contrasting with the violence and deaths that littered the stories. And there were some excellent special effects and a great giant robot.
Watched an absolutely astonishingly good film on amazon prime last night, Deception (outside the UK known as The Best Offer) directed by Giuseppe Tornatore and starring Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess, Sylvia Hoeks, and Donald Sutherland. I had never even heard of this film before but it is now one of my favourite films ever, fabulously directed, acted and written, with some of the most stunning sets ever created. Thoroughly recommended.