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The Lost Film and Other Bits

Posted by Chris on January 25, 2016 at 17:52
Posted in: Book News, General, Reviews

On Sunday 31st January, Stephen Bacon and Mark West’s shared collection of novellas The Lost Film will have its long-awaited ebook release:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

As this new review rightly points out, typos did creep into the original publication… but it has been re-proofed and (touch wood) all errors have been eradicated. And the ebook can be yours for 99p.

In other news, the ebook release of Paul Kane’s Dalton Quayle and the Bric-a-Brac Man is pending and still reading for the last two slots from the open period last year. I was looking to do this annually, but these four will fill the schedule for the next two years quite nicely, especially since I have two novellas already agreed with Terry Grimwood and despite my protestations about no more anthologies, I seem to be stumbled into agreeing to publish a quite stupendous book of six long-short stories, very much like We Fade to Grey and Visions Fading Fast (but not in any way a sequel to either).

More news in due course, except to say that Sharon Ring has agreed to co-edit this book with me and that it is penciled in for late 2017 – and you will absolutely love it; the contributors are the finest in horror/supernatural fiction.



… 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…)


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.

I’ll buy that for a dollar… ish!

Posted by Chris on September 23, 2014 at 12:05
Posted in: Book News, General, Reviews

Calling all fans of Mark West outside the UK – or even fans of gritty, crime novellas: you can now download the DRIVE ebook for $1.25 here. Can you afford not to check out this most gripping of tales?

If you don’t believe me, Mark has collated a list of much love for it.

In fact, UK fans of Mark or gritty, crime novellas can download the book for a meagre 77p here.

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. :)

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…

Some excellent news!

Posted by Chris on February 19, 2013 at 1:21
Posted in: Book News, General, Reviews

Nathan Ballingrud’s story “Wild Acre” that appears in the anthology Visions Fading Fast has been selected by Ellen Datlow for inclusion within her The Best Horror of the Year anthology. Although I am biased being the publisher it is indeed one of the very best tales I read last year; it centres not so much on the horror aspect, but that of a typical, hard-working blue-collar father in North America.

Visions Fading Fast: a review!

Posted by Chris on July 31, 2012 at 11:25
Posted in: Book News, Reviews

Courtesy of This is Horror – of which I must add a caveat to dispel any hint of nepotism considering the links between myself and the organisation and the reviewer.

Nevertheless, an absolutely cracking review… and if you do wish to purchase hardcover edition then perhaps the McMahahon Selection (under Special Deals) would be better value for you, the discernible reader?

McMahon writes about VFF

Posted by Chris on July 16, 2012 at 21:06
Posted in: Book News, General, Reviews

Over at This is Horror, Gary McMahon writes about this his second anthology has editor.

Unfortunately, there are no more signed copies left… but you can still have a numbered hardcover – and paperback of course (but the hardcovers are much, well, nicer to behold.)

… and, a review of Mark West’s The Mill (which originally appeared in We Fade to Grey). If like the reviewer you would prefer to read the story within a collection, then of course copies of the numbered/signed hardcover still available. :)

Kingston to Cable: first review

Posted by Chris on July 13, 2012 at 8:48
Posted in: Book News, Reviews

Just discovered the first review of Gary Greenwood’s latest short-novel, Kingston to Cable:

“Even if you don’t like the idea of westerns, I’d still recommend the book as one to pick up. 8/10”

EDIT: Actually, this is the first review – which I missed – courtesy of Jim @ Ginger Nuts of Horror.

Again, a damned fine review!

EDIT AGAIN: Bugger… now this is embarrassing… just discovered this review, from the Impossible Podcast – though this time, from an ARC as opposed to an actual finished copy.

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