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Bestwick Cheer!

Posted by Chris on April 28, 2009 at 20:27
Posted in: Awards, Book News

From Simon Bestwick:

I heard this morning from Ellen Datlow. She's selected "The Narrows" for her Best Horror of the Year 2008 anthology.

Just scroll down a little and you can read said novelette/novella (which is also one of three long-listed in the novella category for the British Fantasy Award).

:))

J G Ballard: RIP

Posted by Chris on April 21, 2009 at 10:28
Posted in: Uncategorized

Compared to many, many people my knowledge of books and stories is rather tinny, and even though I've read just two novels (Crash, Concrete Island) and one collection (War Fever) by Ballard, the news of his passing is rather shocking.

I must admit to preferring the collection, though: there's not a single dud story – each and every word is pretty much pitch perfect within the context of that particular tale; even with my editor's hat on, I still couldn't find anything to nit-pick. :)

A true genius of British literature, and science fiction has lost one of the very few voices that a fan could counter when their choice of reading material would be derided has pulp nonsense by the less enlightened.

RIP Mr Ballard, may your spirit forever reside in Shepperton.

Do you have an issuu?

Posted by Chris on April 9, 2009 at 20:50
Posted in: Awards, Book News

I've only recently dabbled with this new site, so hopefully this link'll work, but click here to view the special edition of We Fade to Grey in Issuu format. Any problems, you know where I am…

Well, it didn't work… so I took each individual novella and converted them individually to Issuu:

Heads

The Mill

The Narrows

These files will be deleted once voting is completed. Enjoy. :)

The BFA 2009 Long-List

Posted by Chris on April 3, 2009 at 19:45
Posted in: Awards, Book News, Conventions

Click here for more information, but I'm very pleased to see that PP has amassed a clutch of nominations:

Best Anthology
We Fade to Grey, ed. Gary McMahon

The PS Small Press Award
Pendragon Press

Best Novella
Heads by Gary McMahon
The Mill by Mark West
The Narrows by Simon Bestwick
(all from We Fade to Grey)

Slightly disappointed that The Reef didn't make the list, but there's still time for a quick nomination before the short-list is announced. Not that I'm hedging my bets, of course…

Anyway, whatever the result, I shall still be in Nottingham in September for FantasyCon: will you?

EDIT: Right click and save the following link to download a special edition of the three novellas within We Fade to Grey that are eligible for the award. This file will be available now until the voting closes – enjoy, and don't forget that these stories are protected by copyright.

Also, as an aside, if any member of the BFS Committee are reading this… can I suggest Mark Charan Newton has a possible contender for this year's Sydney J Bound Best Newcomer award?

Good luck to all on the list…. :)