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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…

Cuttin' Me Own Throat Time

Posted by Chris on February 14, 2014 at 15:29
Posted in: Book News, General

The annual Pendragon stock take has taken place and it is time to start reducing numbers and make room for new titles later this year.

If you haven't picked up a copy of THE PLACES BETWEEN, NO-MAN AND OTHER STORIES or NEW WRITINGS IN THE FANTASTIC yet then these three are now down to less than half-dozen copies;

DALTON QUAYLE is barely above a dozen copies, along with KINGSTON TO CABLE and the paperback edition of WE FADE TO GREY.

POPCULT! doesn't even reach double-figures.

The signed edition of VISIONS FADING FAST is barely half-dozen in number.

Can you really wait any longer? Like everyone, I appreciate a bargain when I see one and I've seriously cut the prices of these older titles as low as I can go: remember, postage in the UK is included.

Mele Kalikimaka!

Posted by Chris on December 20, 2013 at 20:33
Posted in: General

Just a quick posting to thank you for all your support in 2013 and hope that you and your families will have a splendid festive period, and no ills in 2014.

As a gift from me to you, I will select five names randomly from the mailing list on 24th December and post a book of their choice totally and utterly free of charge anywhere in the world.

So… if you haven't signed up by now…

2013

Posted by Chris on December 11, 2013 at 11:21
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Well, the year that is 2013 is almost at an end and what can be said? It took most of it to put right the mess that I made of 2012 and just when I get things more or less on an even keel an altogether more pressing matter kicks the family into touch – and we shall remain there for much of 2014.

But, I hope that won't curtail Pendragon too much.

Early next year will see the eventual publication of John Probert's collection of film essays "The Little Book of House of Mortal Cinema" (along with Stuart Young's collection "Reflections in the Mind's Eye") which will be launched in February to coincide with a little one-day Cthulu-esque Convention in Swansea. Early days yet, but it is looking promising.

And then, my friends, that will be the last hardcover published by Pendragon for sometime: I will concentrate all publishing efforts on the short form in paperback and ebook with at least three novellas already ear-marked, two "lost film" tales from Mark West and Stephen Bacon, "The Derelict" by Neil Williams (his debut) and later in the year a collection of horror hospital tales from Shaun Hamilton.

Oh, and I still have plans to resurrect the Nasty Snips Project too…

With regard to Lord Probert's forthcoming collection, this will be a limited and signed hardcover. If you would like to reserve your copy, then all you need to do is send £2 (via Paypal) to chris at pendragonpress dot co dot uk – the final price has not quite been finalised but it will be approximately £15-£20. Alternatively, if you would like to purchase any previous Pendragon hardcover title then you will automatically reserve your copy.

And that is, as they say, that. All that remains is to wish you a Happy Christmas and Pleasant New Year (or depending on your religious belief delete as applicable) and hope to see you all in 2014.

Nadolig Llawen!

Chris

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