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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
Posted in: Book News, General

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

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.

Stock Reduction #2

Posted by Chris on May 24, 2013 at 9:14
Posted in: Book News, General

Why not indulge yourself in a numbered hardcopy edition of Gareth L Powell's Silversands along with Noel Hannan's debut sf collection Shenanigans for the princely sum of less than £10 – including UK postage.

… surely, you can see the logic in this? Two superb pieces of science fiction – one hardback, the other a paperback, for less than a tenner.

RIP Mr Harryhausen

Posted by Chris on May 7, 2013 at 18:52
Posted in: General

I don't often use the Pendragon site to make personal statements not related to publishing (the last one was when Rick Wright, keyboard player of Pink Floyd, died) but terribly sad to hear of the passing of one of my greatest childhood heroes: Mr Ray Harryhausen.

About ten years ago I discovered an arts cinema in Cardiff were showing Jason and the Argonauts on the "big screen": there was no question of not attending this screening. I fell in love with Harryhausen's work the moment I first saw the film when I was about 10 one Sunday afternoon.

Off I went and dutifully sat waiting for the film to start. The picture was grainy and jumpy, the sound terribly distorted, but I felt myself being transported back to that day twenty five or so years ago. I looked around the auditorium – not many were watching, but I noticed a mother in the front row whose son clutched onto her when the skeletons appeared on screen. It made me smile – Ray's work was timeless. That lad must be a teenager now, I hope he grows up just like I did with the love of all things fantastic.

RIP Mr Harryhausen.

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