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Tag Archive: Awards

… and now, the reading starts.

Posted by Chris on August 5, 2015 at 17:06
Posted in: Awards, Book News, Conventions, General

Well, Pendragon’s first open submissions window for original novellas in many a year has ended with forty manuscripts from primarily male writers from the US and UK. There are six female authors, two of whom I have previously published – one way-back in Nasty Snips.

I had to delete one purely on the basis that it wasn’t original – in that it is currently available as an ebook/Createspace paperback.

Out of these forty, the aim is to pick four for publication next year. With this in mind, mathematics will tell you that there is every likelihood of a male-only line-up, but we’ll soon see.

Ross, Robert and myself will start the deliberation this week and hopefully get back to the successful authors in the next few weeks.

In other news, and this is a biggie: Mark West’s Drive has been nominated for a British Fantasy best novella Award – if he wins in October at FantasyCon, this will make the third in six years for Pendragon (the previous being Stuart Young’s The Mask Behind the Face and Paul Finch’s “Kid” from Choices – now out of print). I have to say though that I do not envy the judging panel: the quality of writing in the category is extremely high.

Safe to assume that I’m rather chuffed about this, and not to toot my own trumpet too much, but testament that I know a good novella when I read one – even if my business and financial skills are lacking by comparison!


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.

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.

I Believe in Father Christmas

Posted by Chris on December 23, 2011 at 20:31
Posted in: Awards, Book News

Just a shameless plug to link to my all-time favourite Christmassy-song, and the only one I can realistically listen to:

Greg Lake

Just one snippet of news before closing-down for the Christmas weekend: two chapbooks (“Angel of Silences” and “Legend of False Dreaming”) have been nominated in the chapbook category in the This is Horror Awards. Splendid!

And that’s it, for now. I hope you all have a great time with your family and friends this weekend.

Take care.

The Places Between: reviews which slipped through…

Posted by Chris on June 12, 2011 at 15:59
Posted in: Book News, Reviews

Simon did tell me, but my memory has more leaks in it than a colander with very large holes. Anyway, this is his review of Terry Grimwood’s fabulous debut novella which is also long-listed for the British Fantasy Novella Award.

In addition, a review by Nathaniel Tapley of In the Gloaming who rather liked We Fade to Grey:

“The collection as a whole feels, in the best possible way, grim. No one gets out of it alive. Or at least, if they do, they’re bleeding heavily. . . This is British horror, and a great book, from an exciting small press.”

And, another review of We Fade to Grey from Matthew Fryer:

“[S]ets the bar high from the off and doesn’t pause for breath. . . All five authors weave genuine human pathos with blood and don’t then go and spoil everything with a happy ending. Brilliant. Grab one while you can.”

(. . . and it is also available has a limited edition, signed by all contributors.)

BFA 2011 Long-List Nominations

Posted by Chris on April 15, 2011 at 19:41
Posted in: Awards, Book News

The following titles have been nominated the novella categorically, and via Issuu you can read them online and until voting ends:

Sparrowhawk by Paul Finch

Open publication – Free publishingMore christmas

The Places Between by Terry Grimwood

Open publication – Free publishingMore fantasy

The Red House by David J Thacker

Open publication – Free publishingMore chapbook

Thanks to the authors for their permission, and you can naturally purchase the paperback version of these tales. As always, please respect their copyright.

Happy reading!

Some good news….

Posted by Chris on April 6, 2011 at 15:27
Posted in: Awards, General

… which I cannot tell you about, just yet, but it’s made a rather glorious day!

EDIT: the British Fantasy Awards 2011 long-list has been announced… with three nominations in the Best Novella category, plus two artists in the Artist list and a personal one for Best Small Press, which I’m always pleased to see but pretty much know that someone else will win it – just hoping either Paul, Terry or David pick up the Novella gong.

If any BFS members are reading this, then contact me for a free PDF reading copy of any of the nominated titles.

British Fantasy Awards 2011 – Nominations

Posted by Chris on February 14, 2011 at 21:55
Posted in: Awards, Book News

… if anyone is inclined, and you have until midnight tonight, there are a number of PP titles eligible from last year:

Best Novel

Silversands by Gareth L Powell

Sparrowhawk by Paul Finch

The Places Between by Terry Grimwood

Best Novella

Rattus by Simon Maginn

The Invisible Architect of Psychopathy by Gary Fry

The Red House by David J Thacker

Best Artist

Vincent Chong for Silversands

Steve Upham for Feral Companions and The Red House; James Higgins for Sparrowhawk

Ben Baldwin for The Places Between

With regard to the three novels, they could technically be considered novellas since they are long novellas.

Before Cthulhumas…

Posted by Chris on December 18, 2008 at 21:07
Posted in: Uncategorized

… a term which I’ve seen sprinkled across the interweb (notably on Gary Greenwood’s blog and PS’s new-site) I’ve just realised that the BFS are inviting recommendations for the award’s long-list next year – from now until end of January 2009. Such recommendations are open, but only members of the society and/or FantasyCon can actually vote.

Therefore, in an attempt at self-promotion, the following Pendragon titles are eligible for recommendation:

Best Novel (the August Derleth Award)
The Reef by Mark Charan Newton

Best Short Fiction
Late Runners by Gary McMahon
Nothing is Forever by Stuart Young

Best Novella
Gingerbread by Paul Finch and Brian Finch
The Mill by Mark West
Heads by Gary McMahon
Bliss by Stuart Young
The Narrows by Simon Bestwick
The Pumping Station by Paul Finch

Best Anthology

We Fade to Grey ed. Gary McMahon
Gingerbread: The Fantasy2008 Pendragon Sampler ed. Christopher C Teague

Best Artist
Darius Hicks
Mark West

Best Small Press

Looking at this list, it does seem like I’m a fully paid-up member of the Finch/McMahon/Young fan-club but hey! I can’t help but use writers I like. :)

Anyway, I’d be pretty damn ecstatic if The Reef and We Fade to Grey win their respective awards… but the field is pretty damn open this year…

In other news, visited the Big Smoke earlier this month for the BFS Christmas Open Night and had a blast – as usual; took a couple of shots, though not a lot since I neglected to bring any spare batteries:





Also met a few bods from the SFX Forum which was an unexpected surprise.

Anyway, enough for now… have a splendid festivities – regardless of your indoctrination – and I shall see you back you in January with Triquorum all rearing to go…