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Brighton bites!

Posted by Chris on November 11, 2013 at 16:56
Posted in: Book News, Conventions, General, Reviews

Well, this time last Sunday I was winding down from the whirlwind that was World Fantasy in sunny (!) Brighton. A full-on weekend which also included a trip into Eastbourne to collect two books that were to be launched during the event: "Fade-Out" and "Bite".

This year, I promised myself that I would not be sitting behind a dealer's table. This year I would put my money behind a single launch event and then have time to meet up with folk… but the lure of the dealer's table was too strong and yes, you've guessed it, I spent the vast majority of the days sat behind Steve Upham's Screaming Dreams' table – well, apart from the Friday dash to Eastbourne to pick up said books.

In fact, special praise must go to Gard Goldsmith for doing a sterling job in selling "Bite" – the man is just a force of nature! If you haven't pre-ordered or picked up a copy last weekend then Gard signed a handful of extra copies and if you're quick then you can nab one. To whet your appetite, the first review has already been posted here.

Now that the WFC dust has settled, work has continued on with John Probert's collection of film essays ("Little Book of House of Mortal Cinema") which will include some very special illustrations courtesy of Mr Upham.

In other news, the submissions window could well be re-opening soon…

What's new?

Posted by Chris on October 3, 2013 at 19:44
Posted in: Book News, Conventions, General

Well, it has been almost four months since the last update… so what's been happening in Pendragon Towers? Well, I haven't died… yet. Just resting.

I can't believe though that World Fantasy Convention in Brighton is a scant four weeks away – when did this creep up on me?

If you are going, then pop along to the Atomic Dragon Brunch on the Friday morning where I (alongside the proprietor of Atomic Fez, Mr Ian Alexander Martin – who will be there in spirit) plan to launch "Sleepless Knights" by Mark Williams (from Fez) alongside "Bite" by Gardner Goldsmith and "Fade-Out" by Gavin Salisbury (from myself). It was planned to launch the upcoming John Llewellyn Probert first non-fiction collection, "The Little Book of House of Mortal Coil" but we have special plans afoot to create a film book with some pretty unique images to accompany most if not all of the films reviewed. Anyway, this will be launched later in the year… either Cardiff or London.

In fact, the weekend before WFC I shall also be at Scardiff and hopefully Gard to promote "Bite" – this should be fun.

As you can probably see, the pre-order page for "Bite" is now online and for the respectable price of a penny under £5 – all pre-ordered copies will be signed by Gard and Ben Baldwin (the artist) if I can grab him in Brighton.

In other news: I think it is pretty much safe to say that the much-fabled "Nasty Snips Project" is on indefinite hiatus. This effectively means that all accepted authors are free to submit their tales anywhere else, if they haven't done so already. I do plan on publishing NSP – and I do have grand plans for it – but I need to think things through just a little bit more…

… and finally: until further notice, any one who purchases a copy of the Maginn/Fry collection, "Feral Companions" will also receive a copy of Gardner Goldsmith's "Bite". Yes, I have officially gone mad. And both for £10…? Of course.

Futura

Posted by Chris on June 13, 2013 at 20:27
Posted in: Book News, Conventions, General

Just to remind you that this Saturday I will be making the journey north to Wolverhampton to attend the one-day convention, Futura.

It's a new event, but if you're someone branching out into writing and/or wondering what all these conventions are on about, then I'd definitely recommend you give it a whirl.

Not only will I be in the book dealing area, but also on a panel at 3pm: Independent publishing in science-fiction.

Look forward to seeing you there.

For Your Consideration

Posted by Chris on February 7, 2013 at 21:24
Posted in: Book News, Conventions

Despite the fact I personally screwed up last year, there are still two Pendragon titles worthy of your consideration for the British Fantasy Awards:

Best Anthology
Visions Fading Fast, ed. Gary McMahon

Best Collection
To Usher, the Dead by Gary McMahon

Best Artist
Tomislav Tikulin (for VFF)
Paul Mudie (for Usher)

… and from Visions Fading Fast, the five individual tales are also eligible for the Best Novella category:

"Blues before Sunrise" by Joel Lane
"Wild Acre" by Nathan Ballingrud
"Dancer in the Dark" by Reggie Oliver
"The History Thief" by Kaaron Warren
"Night Closures" by Paul Meloy

I thank you.

FantasyCon Write-Up

Posted by Chris on October 3, 2012 at 14:16
Posted in: Book News, Conventions

I am often asked if attending this event is worthwhile financially… and to be bluntly honest with you, I do sell a few books (which helps) and if it were any other Convention I would think twice, but since FCon was my very first event way back in 2000 I have a connection with it and the folks involved and those who attend year-in, year-out.

I don't attend with a view to cover the costs, since I love the weekend away too much – in fact, I think the only time I've covered costs was when Clive Barker and Neil Gaiman attended the Nottingham gig.

I don't have a solid enough memory to write a detailed journal of my five day stay in Brighton – I've even tried selling a copy of To Usher, the Dead today to someone who already purchased a copy last weekend. Embarrassed, me? Yes, very much so. :(

In fact, it is only since attending FCon that I've become more sociable – not that I'm someone whom you could consider a master of conversation, but I try…

Anyway, if you have never attended FCon before then it is easily the friendliest event for convention virgins – and a great place in these days of Facebook friends and Twitter followers to say hello face-to-face and share a drink, many drinks.

Attending FCon for me, though, on a business level is a means of building a shop-front: online sales out-number cold, hard cash… but seeing someone hand-over cash is much more rewarding (and gives me an excuse to exercise my mental arithmetic).

As stated, I've been going to FCon since 2000 and missed three – two one-day events in London and when my nan died – and last weekend was quite possibly the best: drank too much, slept too little, ate great food (just love The Sussex pub) and thoroughly enjoy some wonderful conversation with some great people.

Thanks to those who persevered and waited for my entrance at the To Usher, the Dead launch (and apologies to Gary and Mia for my tardiness) – and equal thanks to those who stopped by the dealer's table.

I would also like to apologise to anyone who caught a glimpse of me dancing on the Saturday night, and to Emily McMahon and her foot who I've just realised I stepped on during "One Step Beyond". :(

No FCon next year (World Fantasy instead) – I've been to a few Cons now and I'm quite apprehensive about WFC (it's huge) – therefore, I'd wait until 2014 for the return of FCon (up north insofar has I am aware) if you are at all intrigued…

Back to the grindstone now – got those Usher pre-orders to post…

Fade in October

Posted by Chris on July 6, 2012 at 19:00
Posted in: Book News, Conventions, General

FantasyCon has always been a time to launch new books, and this year Pendragon has two: the first, previously stated, is the long-awaited Gary McMahon collection "To Usher the Dead", the other is a debut novella that is quite different; a "slipstream"-style tale from Gavin Salisbury called "Fade Out".

It's a hard story to pigeon-hole which is one of the reasons why I enjoyed reading it so much; and I hope some of you also take a chance on it too.

Nasty Snips II is Open… and a Personal Statement

Posted by Chris on October 6, 2011 at 15:30
Posted in: Book News, Conventions

After much thinking, and deliberation, you can send in your short, sharp and shocking tales for consideration in this, the very first Pendragon Press e-anthology!

On Monday I returned from the fun in Brighton sun that was FantasyCon feeling revitalised – I still over-spent and sales were on the slow-side (but I was expecting that), but it was just the kick I needed to push me out of a recent malaise I was feeling with publishing: it was quickly becoming a chore; I wasn't getting that excited really. I won't bore you with financial pressures of running a business – yes, this is a business with accounts and tax-returns – since you too are also under the same strain (we all are, apart from a very select few) but prior to FantasyCon I came very close, very close indeed to saying, "fuck it" and closing up altogether, contacting authors, customers and printers, that sort of thing.

But, last weekend changed all that: it put a vim and a va-va-voom back in my step.

Of course, the recent controversy of that weekend did dampen my spirits a little but I am still in a fun mood…

Since returning from the weekend, I have received a number of orders for the three hardcovers and in a move to try and help customers out, I have slashed the price of said hardcovers by 50% – but only until the end of October. That's Silversands, Feral Companions and We Fade to Grey for £6 each.

As always, I thank you for your continued custom and here's to the future!

The Joy of Isabel!

Posted by Chris on September 13, 2011 at 13:37
Posted in: Book News, Conventions

This morning, proof copies arrived for the two chapbooks launched at FantasyCon – and rather lovely they look too!

Both Roy and Catherine will be in attendance at the Convention, and the launch event on Saturday afternoon!

EDIT: Due to the vagaries of book production, it turns out that Isabel Jane – though a chapbook – is a little thin to feed through the printer's binder, therefore it will also include an original story from Catherine called "Teething".

Alt-Fiction

Posted by Chris on May 18, 2011 at 19:02
Posted in: Conventions, General

Just confirmed Pendragon's attendance at Alt-Fiction this year – missed the last couple (just like Eastercon) but the first two I attended always had a good time. If you're going be sure to pop around to the Pendragon table in the dealer's room and say "hi!" I promise not to empty your pockets of cash. Well, maybe a little bit… ;-)

Closed

Posted by Chris on April 25, 2011 at 16:01
Posted in: Conventions, General

See you next Wednesday, unless I see you here.

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