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Category Archive: Conventions

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… and the dust settles.

Posted by Chris on November 3, 2015 at 16:21
Posted in: Book News, Conventions, General, Reviews

Well, it’s been just over a week since I’ve returned from FantasyCon and as usual it was a great weekend of good (but could be better) book sales, too much alcohol drunk, some dubious dancing and a curry where we waited longer than Hadrian had to wait for a wall to be built.

I won’t do a Con run-down since I spent most of it tucked away in the bowels of the dealer’s room (and there’s more than enough FCon convention diaries around on line), but one of the highlights being the launch of Stephen and Mark’s collection “The Lost Film” which went extremely and wonderfully well: there was even a queue of folk waiting for their books to be signed! In fact, the book almost sold out during the launch. :)

I would though like to thank a few folk for the weekend:

Mark and Stephen for their sterling work during the launch, and entrusting me with their words;

Charlotte for the muffins;

The organising committee and Red Shirts/Cloaks for the whole convention;

Fiona for the hugs;

Brian and his evil vodka-infused gummy bears;

Jim for being a hitherto unknown dancing queen;

Phil for the curry which the restaurant royally screwed;

Pixie for turning up!;

Alex, Roy and every other dealer in the room; and everyone else who I chatted with, and/or purchased a book or two. Here’s to Scarborough and if you’re around then SledgeLit in three weeks time.

In the meanwhile, read the first two reviews of “The Lost Film” and then head off and buy a copy…

(If you prefer Kindle, then the ebook will be officially launched during SledgeLit…)



Posted by Chris on October 21, 2015 at 16:53
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… until Tuesday 27th October. If you’re attending FantasyCon this weekend, don’t be shy and say hello.

The Lost Film Launch Event

Posted by Chris on October 19, 2015 at 17:30
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This Friday at 5pm during FantasyCon, myself, Stephen and Mark cordially invite you to attend the official launch for THE LOST FILM.

There will be free drinks available, and although no book purchase is necessary it will be greatly appreciated.

Come and join us.


The Lost Film

Posted by Chris on September 14, 2015 at 15:52
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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!


“Cash or card?”

Posted by Chris on July 7, 2015 at 21:18
Posted in: Conventions, General

This weekend at EdgeLit, this is what I’ll be asking prospective customers in Derby – courtesy of a blue dongle connected to my ‘phone. Don’t worry, it is all perfectly legit.

From what I understand, the actual convention is almost sold out – which makes me and the authors not too mention the organiser, Alex Davis, happy. :)

In other news: checking the Gmail account for submissions and thus far there are 32 novellas vying for attention. A couple of names I recognise, mostly men, but not enough women. I’m a little embarrassed that Pendragon hasn’t published many female writers, not that I believe in that old “affirmative action” nonsense, but if you’re a female author with a novella on the dark side then you’ve still got time to send it in.


On the Edge

Posted by Chris on June 17, 2015 at 17:24
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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!

Posted by Chris on September 10, 2014 at 17:22
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Well, returned from another excellent weekend at FantasyCon in York. I don’t write reports any more since I invariably spend most of my time in the dealer’s room so take a gander at Mark West and Jim Mcleod‘s musings on the weekend for a full-rundown which echoes my own thoughts.

Sadly though (and very similar to what happened last year at World Fantasy in Brighton when Joel Lane died a couple of days later) it was reported that Graham Joyce, one of the nicest people you could possibly meet, died from cancer. It has dampened the general positivity that is post-Convention smiles but the outpouring of love and memories on social media just cements how well liked Graham was by fans, writers and publishers alike. He will be missed, but next year we will all drink to his memory for Graham rarely if ever missed a Fantasycon.

Time though does march on…

Back from FCon with signed bookplates for Neil Williams’ The Derelict and pre-ordered copies packed up and en route to their respective destinations. The ebook will go into production at the end of the month for a publication later in October.

See you soon!

Posted by Chris on September 4, 2014 at 8:38
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If you’re in York, see you this weekend otherwise Pendragon re-opens on Monday 8th September – although to be on the safe side, probably 9th.


Posted by Chris on July 30, 2014 at 18:14
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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.

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