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It's dark out there…

Posted by Chris on November 16, 2008 at 7:46
Posted in: Book News, Reviews

Well, it is 6:30 and I've been up for an hour – working nights for a certain large retailer does wreck havoc with your sleeping pattern on your shifts off, but I digress…

This rather spiffing review of We Fade to Grey – which I hasten to add was from a purchased copy – has given me the impetus to offer the following:

Anyone who orders a copy of the hardback from now until last post for Christmas will also receive a free "subscription" to the first three chapbooks within the relaunched Triquorum series next year.

The three in question are, and all published in February:

The Red House by David J Thacker: a 13,500 word dark fantasy on a past childhood between three friends and a secret they share… this is this author's first ever story acceptance (he's since placed a story in the recent SFX magazine competition book), and if I do say so myself he's a talent to watch – very Graham Joyce-like, the fusing of a mainstream story with a fantastical edge.

Allegro by Clifford Royal Johns: an sf tale of 13,700 words where the entire population have a great turn of speed.

"Cross the River" by Jeff Crook: a 16,000 word supernatural tale concerning a group of American Civil War re-enactors.

… back to a digression: Cape Fear – Martin Scorcese's remake of the Mitchum/Peck original – it has been ages since I last watched it but picked up the dvd for a bargain price on Friday and it is just superb: to my shame I've not watched the original, but De Niro would take some beating as Max Cady.

The ironic thing I noticed with Scorcese's version is the fact that it almost looks like it was directed by Hitchcock, compounded by Bernstein's adaptation of Herrmann's original score, yet the original was directed by J Lee Thompson – not Hitchcock.

(Being a bit of a film geek there is another tenuous Hitchcock link – not the Saul Bass credit sequence or Bernard Herrman: the first to guess it by 1st December will also receive any other Pendragon book, if they order the hardback of We Fade to Grey).

Distant Dreamer

Posted by Chris on November 10, 2008 at 21:25
Posted in: Book News, General, Reviews

Apologies for the lack of communication – two months since an update; one or two things cropped up, not to mention a lack of enthusiasm crept in, which I've kicked into touch for the foreseeable future (insofar I can see the future…)

Anyway, I never made NewCon – but I will be making next month's BFS Christmas Open Night: if I only get to London once a year, then I always make the effort for this. :)

In other news, a review has surfaced for Paul Kane's "rather silly" Dalton Quayle Rides Out. Still waiting for more reviews of We Fade to Grey – hopefully, there should be one in next month's Black Static.

Also, Triquorum III is now in the typesetting phase – should be going to print very soon, and then from next year, it will become a chapbook publisher of three chapbooks every three months. If I can keep up that schedule, then I'll eat me hat – but I'll try (and if I fail, then mine's a fedora with a spot of English mustard…)

As for the brief mention of future, 2010 will see the World Horror Convention come to this side of the Pond and in particular the South Coast: Brighton. I've never been, but I will be, and to celebrate the forthcoming Simon Maginn/Gary Fry double-novella collection it will debut there. Some of you may remember Simon from the "glory days" of UK horror during the early-90s and whereas Gary should be no stranger… no price yet, but I'm thinking limited hardcover and paperback edition.

As for this post's title, I've become quite a fan of Duffy – her debut album ("Rockferry") has a very Burt Bacharach/Dusty Springfield vibe going through it, with the title referring to the last track on the album which is just stunning. Just to re-affirm my 1970s prog-rock roots, I also picked up David Gilomour's Live in Gdansk live CD/DCD combo. What puzzles me with this, along with DG's previous album, the cover denotes that he is the voice and guitar of Pink Floyd… surely, we know that, or are the individual members of Floyd that reclusive?

Anyway, that's it for now… TTFN.