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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.

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.

Shirley Jackson Nominee

Posted by Chris on May 3, 2013 at 18:47
Posted in: Awards, Book News, General

I can now confirm and announce that Nathan Ballingrud's novelette "Wild Acre" (from Visions Fading Fast) has been nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award!

Now, don't you think you should buy a copy of the limited numbered hardback?

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.

Bite: front cover

Posted by Chris on February 9, 2013 at 20:44
Posted in: Book News, General

Due later this year, the debut novella "Bite" by Gardner Goldsmith – whom many of you will know from this appearances on both sides of the Convention circuit. Cover art courtesy of the supremely talented Ben Baldwin:

Bite by Gardner Goldsmith

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.

Competition time!

Posted by Chris on January 14, 2013 at 11:31
Posted in: Book News, General

Ten copies of Stuart Young's The Mask Behind the Face up for grabs if you can answer the following question: who wrote the introduction to this collection?

First ten folk to join the Pendragon mailing list by this Friday and confirm their answer via email to chris at pendragonpress dot net will receive a copy – unfortunately, I'll have to invoice folk from overseas postage costs.

EDIT: Winners contacted; copies to be mailed out. :)

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