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Drive Review

Posted by Chris on August 18, 2014 at 19:55
Posted in: Book News, General, Reviews

The first post-publication review is in, and it is a cracker:

"[O]nce I started to read, I found it difficult to stop… a great tale, atmospheric and exciting."

Have you still not read it?

Of course, if you prefer your book physical then signed copies are also still available. :)

Drive (A)Live

Posted by Chris on August 11, 2014 at 11:20
Posted in: Book News, General

It's official – Pendragon Press' first official ebook. I'm finally getting on down with the kids, daddio. You can now purchase Mark West's novella for the Kindle.

I consider this the start of something…

Updates….

Posted by Chris on July 30, 2014 at 18:14
Posted in: Book News, Conventions, General

Proofed and with the bookplates all signed, Mark West's DRIVE is in production and should be with me any day now, with the ebook due to enter production following…

Neil Wiliams' THE DERELICT is on track for a FantasyCon launch and has just received a superb quote from William Meikle, "… a spooky nautical tale worthy of William Hope Hodgson himself. Atmospheric and genuinely chilling. I loved it."

Closing the year, I'm hoping to launch Stuart Young's collection REFLECTIONS IN THE MIND'S EYE in London in December.

Talking of FantasyCon, Pendragon shall be there in the dealer's room albeit with a limited number of titles – no driving this year, I shall be allowing the train take the strain. Arriving on Thursday and staying until the Monday, looking forward to spending a day or two wandering around York.

Just to re-iterate the special offer in the previous post: any hard cover purchased between now and FantasyCon (which gives you a month) will net not just the hardback itself but also a copy of Mark, Neil and Stuart's books.

In other news, it is more than likely that Uther Books will be launched next year. Taking the form of a new imprint for electronic-only chapbooks, open to all for download to your Kindle and any other device you can think of. Still thrashing out the finer details, but watch this space.

Packing and Special Offer

Posted by Chris on July 17, 2014 at 14:55
Posted in: Book News, General

Sorting out the ol' convention sack for EdgeLit in Derby this weekend where I will "theoretically" by launching Mark West's new novella Drive. Alas, no actual copies will be on sale – except for the proof copy – but Mark will be busy signing the bookplates for the actual books when they rush off the printer.

Further to this… any hardback purchased between now and the publication of Stuart's collection (scheduled for FantasyCon in September) will net the buyer a copy of Mark's novella, Stuart's collection and Neil Williams' debut novella The Derelict.

Hope to see some of you in Derby this Saturday on what is forecast to be the hottest and wettest day of the year.

Driven!

Posted by Chris on June 26, 2014 at 19:16
Posted in: Book News, General

… and now, the excellent noir-esque final cover by Mark for his novella, Drive.

Coming soon: a trailer!

Dereliction of Duty

Posted by Chris on June 23, 2014 at 20:20
Posted in: Book News, Conventions, General

Well, not quite, but when you lose a steady Internet connection for nigh on two months it does tend to set you back a little…

I'm hoping with luck and fortitude to have DRIVE ready for launch at Edge-Lit in Derby next month – purely because I know Mark will definitely be there.

In the meanwhile, feast your eyes on the final wraparound cover design courtesy of Neil Williams for his own novella ("The Derelict") which – along with Stuart Young's Reflections in the Mind's Eye – will be launched at FantasyCon in York.

Hagglin'?

Posted by Chris on June 10, 2014 at 15:49
Posted in: Book News, General

Many years ago, Radiohead made headlines for selling an album to their fans for what the fan thought it was worth. It was, though, the last time such an experiment was used (insofar as I am aware).

Well, I'm going to give it a try: I effectively need to clear stock and so Pendragon are open to offers. If you're interested, drop me an email to orders at pendragonpress dot net with what you'd like and how much you're offering.

There are though a couple of caveats: first and foremost, it must be stressed that any offer must cover postage costs. Also, this offer is only available – at the present time – to all hardcover editions.

So, if for example, you live in the UK and fancy a copy of Feral Companions and To Usher, the Dead for a tenner… well, drop me a line and tell me and I'll get back to you with a Paypal invoice.

The decision, they say, is up to you.

Neil Williams' Derelict

Posted by Chris on April 2, 2014 at 20:24
Posted in: Book News, General

Neil Williams was already a gifted graphic designer with several chapbooks under his belt (notably from Spectral Press) before he agreed to do some design work for me. It wasn't though until I read his story in "Ill at Ease", a collection of tales written with Mark West and Stephen Bacon that I knew he was a writer of note too.

When he asked me to read this manuscript, I already knew that he was very much in the "quiet horror" style of writing but this tale was just outstanding and I would be foolish not to say yes.

Many, many years ago I read a chapbook collaboration between John B Ford and Simon Clark which was billed as a homage to William Hope Hodgson called "The Derelict of Death" – I hadn't read any Hodgson (and still haven't) but I loved Ford and Clark's tale and this is exactly what Williams' novella reminded me of; a gripping and genuinely unsettling account of something untoward happening at sea.

Over the years, Pendragon has published several debut works of long-fiction from authors who have gone on to greater and bigger things in publishing… and I'd like to think that this novella is easily capable of continuing this trend for Neil.

Reflections of Stuart Young

Posted by Chris on March 25, 2014 at 21:05
Posted in: Book News, General

I think I've known Stuart (or Stu) Young for as long as I've known Mark West. In fact, I think the first time I met Stu I asked him if he was the Stuart Young who wrote *that* story in Nasty Piece of Work back in the late 90s. He said he wasn't. He lied. It was though a particular nasty story.

I first published Stuart's The Mask Behind the Face which did Pendragon well: it won the British Fantasy Award for best novella beating many other fine works including something by Joe Hill. Whatever happened to him?

In fact, Mask was also the professional book design debut for Ben Baldwin who again returns with a stunning cover layout for Stu's second collection for Pendragon, Reflections in the Mind's Eye.

Unlike Mask, Reflections though is very much science fiction orientated – although the stories still have a dark edge to them, and due to Stuart's rather fine sense of humour, they're occasionally funny too.

So, if you're not too keen on horror but want to discover why Stu is such a fine writer then give Reflections a go.

Coming soon: DRIVE

Posted by Chris on March 24, 2014 at 20:49
Posted in: Book News, General

I've known Mark West for a long-time now – since his story in Tourniquet Heart (2002) – and it is safe to say that I like his writing. When I first read the manuscript to this, a novella which I believe is very much his strength as a writer, I understandably enjoyed it but moreso the fact it is very different to his usual horror stuff; in fact, there are no horror tropes – it is a pure, unadulterated gritty urban crime drama.

The book though has been languishing in the Pendragon "to be published" pile and fair play to Mark he hasn't badgered me too much… but I'm glad to say the day has arrived, well… technically, that day is in July during Edge-Lit in Derby but I'm officially announcing it available for pre-order since only 100 paperback copies will be printed, but a mass-market ebook will be available closer to the time.

So, without further ado, check out book page and pre-order your copy before it sells out. And I know it will…

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