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New acquisitions

Posted by Chris on October 2, 2015 at 13:51
Posted in: Book News, General

The reading is still on-going, and the first acceptance was announced a couple of weeks ago on the Pendragon FB page but I neglected to mention it here (slaps wrist).

Therefore, *drum roll*:

Liam Ronan’s publishing debut will be the supernatural tale “Creeping Stick” set in a quiet Welsh coastal village, and how life will never be the same again when the enigmatic Raziel M. Spindle enters their little world…

The second acceptance is Adam Millard’s horrific tale of a married couple on a holiday of a lifetime, “Swimming in a Sea of Trees” set within the Aokigahara forest in Japan.

Thoroughly looking forward to getting these books out there!

The Lost Film

Posted by Chris on September 14, 2015 at 15:52
Posted in: Book News, Conventions, General

I do like stories about lost films – pretty evident since Pendragon has published Gary McMahon’s “Rough Cut” and David Barnett’s “popCult!” – which is why when Mark West mentioned many moons ago that he and Stephen Bacon were writing a novella each with a single collection centred around the theme of lost films I said yes.

Well, the time is almost upon us for an actual launch: in a little over a month’s time, you too will be able to read what they have written and if you love stories about film, especially pulpy horror from the 70s and 80s then I’m pretty sure you’ll love this. . . and what better place than FantasyCon?

Talking of FCon, Pendragon will also be launching Paul Kane’s latest Dalton Quayle escapade and on the Sunday we will discover whether or not Mark West’s “Drive” will be picking up the award for Best Novella from an extremely tough short-list.

In other news, the open submissions reading continues apace. Thus far, the first acceptance is Liam Ronan’s debut novella “Creeping Stick” – a tale of the supernatural, set in a quiet Welsh coastal village.

… and now, the reading starts.

Posted by Chris on August 5, 2015 at 17:06
Posted in: Awards, Book News, Conventions, General

Well, Pendragon’s first open submissions window for original novellas in many a year has ended with forty manuscripts from primarily male writers from the US and UK. There are six female authors, two of whom I have previously published – one way-back in Nasty Snips.

I had to delete one purely on the basis that it wasn’t original – in that it is currently available as an ebook/Createspace paperback.

Out of these forty, the aim is to pick four for publication next year. With this in mind, mathematics will tell you that there is every likelihood of a male-only line-up, but we’ll soon see.

Ross, Robert and myself will start the deliberation this week and hopefully get back to the successful authors in the next few weeks.

In other news, and this is a biggie: Mark West’s Drive has been nominated for a British Fantasy best novella Award – if he wins in October at FantasyCon, this will make the third in six years for Pendragon (the previous being Stuart Young’s The Mask Behind the Face and Paul Finch’s “Kid” from Choices – now out of print). I have to say though that I do not envy the judging panel: the quality of writing in the category is extremely high.

Safe to assume that I’m rather chuffed about this, and not to toot my own trumpet too much, but testament that I know a good novella when I read one – even if my business and financial skills are lacking by comparison!


On the Edge

Posted by Chris on June 17, 2015 at 17:24
Posted in: Book News, Conventions, General

With a little over three weeks (or just under a month) to go before Edge Lit4 in Derby (organised by the unflappable Alex Davis), I shall be there huddled behind my table, enticing those climbing the stairs to the various panel discussions to stop off for a brief moment.

I think this will be my third year at the day-long Convention and I have to say it has become quite a date to keep in your calendar if you’re a fan of horror, fantasy or science fiction – especially if you’re a new writer. This year, Alex has tried something different and each panel discussion is sponsored by a particular group – in Pendragon’s case, it is the opener “Into the Grimdark” with¬†Mark Charan Newton, Sophie Sparham, Adrian Tchaikovsky and Adele Wearing. Many moons ago, I published Mark’s debut novel The Reef¬†(long since out of date, but Mark did release an ebook¬†– well worth downloading, but then I am biased!)

I was hoping to launch a new title on the day – Paul Kane’s Dalton Quayle follow-up to Rides Out entitled “and the Bric-a-Brac Man” – but there has been a delay with the cover art, so this will more than likely be pushed back to FantasyCon in October, launched alongside Stephen Bacon and Mark West’s double-novella collection, The Lost Film.¬†Both books will be a signed, limited edition of 100 paperbacks with an ebook to follow. You can pre-order Paul’s book now, with details of Stephen and Mark’s to follow.

If you’ve never been to FCon, then I urge you to dip your toes with Edge Lit first – Conventions are a curious and expensive beast, and best to spend a day first than a weekend away.

In other news, the recent free giveaway for Stuart Young’s new ebook collection was Pendragon’s most successful yet, and the price is now at the usual ¬£1.99 on Amazon – if you have grabbed yourself a copy, then all I ask – if you are so inclined – is to jot a couple of words on the book’s Goodreads page. Thank you.

And this is, as they say, a rap for this month. Hopefully see some of you in Derby next month!

Free Reflection

Posted by Chris on June 1, 2015 at 11:13
Posted in: Book News, General

With the publication of the ebook edition of Stuart Young’s Reflections in the Mind’s Eye, you can now download it for free during the next 24 hours – so no excuses now to check out just why Stuart is a writer worth reading:

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Of course, the limited signed paperback is still available, but the choice is always yours.


Posted by Chris on March 31, 2015 at 18:26
Posted in: Book News, General

About a month ago, I made a decision.

For sometime now, my feelings for publishing have been on the slide; I had always assumed that by the time I hit 40 it would be my ‘job’ – although it has enabled me to at least drop a shift from my “day-job” so it’s not all doom and gloom.

Despite my building crisis in confidence, I enjoy this ‘hobby’ of mine – bizarre as it may sound – and although my stock cupboard was (and still is) at crisis point, I continued to siphon my own money to keep it going.

I published novels, novellas, collections, anthologies; hardback and paperback. The stock grew, and the sales trickled in, but it was becoming pretty apparent that one particular form of book was more popular than the others:

The paperback novella.

Last year, I published two novellas after two years or so of closed doors too new work. The relative success of DRIVE and THE DERELICT gave me back some faith, and after deliberation I made that decision:

Paperback and electronic novellas-only.

So, on 1st April 2015 the door will be open for #pendragonfoolsday: new, original and unpublished novella manuscripts for paperback and Kindle publication, and along similar lines, the new Pendragon imprint Uther Books will be looking for unpublished chapbooks.

Publishing has changed so much over the last fifteen years, and I have too admit to not capitalising on new ideas and technology; there are outfits out there who have been operating for a fraction of the time, and yet are leaps and bounds ahead of me – which allows a certain degree of professional jealousy too surface – but on the whole this is good, for it gives a benchmark for all indie publishers to aim for.

Whether I’ll have this new-found enthusiasm in twelve months or so I cannot say, but I’ll continue to enjoy the journey for as long as I can.

Anyway, enough nattering… ¬†look forward to reading your submission. And, remember:


Spotlight on Usher

Posted by Chris on February 19, 2015 at 20:57
Posted in: Book News, General

In a bid to boost the Pendragon coffers, have you checked out Gary McMahon’s To Usher, the Dead yet?

Slightly less than half price now.

Reflections on Novellas

Posted by Chris on February 19, 2015 at 20:52
Posted in: Book News, General

After some thought on where I think Pendragon is going after fifteen years – this included calling it a day once and for all and doing something else – I’ve decided to keep the Press going and concentrate solely on paperback and ebook novellas.

Part of my reasoning was this, the schedule for Tor’s new novella imprint; perhaps, with the resources that Tor has, readers can now re-discover the humble novella – and seek out other publishers and their output.

Like I stated, Pendragon will be solely novella only. Don’t assume though that I don’t like short stories, but I have to start thinking about business practicalities now and frankly novellas have been more successful for me than collections and anthologies. This is why Stuart Young’s Reflections in the Mind’s Eye will be the last collection for the foreseeable future – and awaiting the proof copy from the printer.

I don’t have a strict policy on what I want to publish – just check out the backlist and if you believe your manuscript ‘fits’ what Pendragon has already published, then send it in.

So, mark 1st April this year in your diary and I’m hoping to start a four-book schedule from 1st January 2016.

Oh, and don’t forget to check out the catalogue and buy a book. :)

Something for Nothing

Posted by Chris on January 12, 2015 at 16:11
Posted in: Book News, General, Reviews

I’m like you – I like a free book. So, for today and tomorrow only you can download Neil Williams’ debut novella THE DERELICT for free, and discover just how good it is. :)

Of course, you could easily get yourself a signed paperback copy – but the choice is, as they say, yours.

And I don’t mind what you decide, as long as you read it. And enjoy it, and if you feel so included, give some feedback.

Amazon US

Amazon UK 

What you could do when you’ve downloaded a copy, is check out Mark West’s own novella DRIVE – a book praised by many.

Nadolig Llawen

Posted by Chris on December 23, 2014 at 11:22
Posted in: Book News, General, Uncategorized

Well, I’ve been neglectful of late with Pendragon – thankfully, Mark West and Neil Williams have been keeping the fires burning with their own respective novellas Drive and The Derelict. In fact, you may not know this but from 1st January 2015 the e-editions of these two books will be increasing in price due to the new and ludicrous ruling made by the European Union on the sale of digital products within Europe.

2015 will herald the eventual release of Stuart Young’s Reflections in the Mind’s Eye (was hoping for the finished book to be ready this month, but the printer informed me that January was the very earliest) with Paul Kane’s new Dalton Quayle double-novella collection to follow and another double-novella collection from Mark West and Stephen Bacon.

In light of these pending publications and to further help the Pendragon coffers, I’ve reduced all hardcovers to half price and will remain so until the New Year.

Pendragon towers will be closed between 24th and 26th December – spending the time with the family, and as a consequence I’ve signed up to enter the 50th annual Porthcawl Christmas Day swim. In all honesty, I’m not doing it for charity per se – although I do have a JustGiving page set up – but it’s just something that is different to the usual Christmas morning.

So, without further ado, take care of yourselves and your families and hope that whatever your denomination, I wish you and your families all the best.

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