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… 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!

 

On the Edge

Posted by Chris on June 17, 2015 at 17:24
Posted in: Book News, Conventions, General

With a little over three weeks (or just under a month) to go before Edge Lit4 in Derby (organised by the unflappable Alex Davis), I shall be there huddled behind my table, enticing those climbing the stairs to the various panel discussions to stop off for a brief moment.

I think this will be my third year at the day-long Convention and I have to say it has become quite a date to keep in your calendar if you’re a fan of horror, fantasy or science fiction – especially if you’re a new writer. This year, Alex has tried something different and each panel discussion is sponsored by a particular group – in Pendragon’s case, it is the opener “Into the Grimdark” with Mark Charan Newton, Sophie Sparham, Adrian Tchaikovsky and Adele Wearing. Many moons ago, I published Mark’s debut novel The Reef (long since out of date, but Mark did release an ebook – well worth downloading, but then I am biased!)

I was hoping to launch a new title on the day – Paul Kane’s Dalton Quayle follow-up to Rides Out entitled “and the Bric-a-Brac Man” – but there has been a delay with the cover art, so this will more than likely be pushed back to FantasyCon in October, launched alongside Stephen Bacon and Mark West’s double-novella collection, The Lost Film. Both books will be a signed, limited edition of 100 paperbacks with an ebook to follow. You can pre-order Paul’s book now, with details of Stephen and Mark’s to follow.

If you’ve never been to FCon, then I urge you to dip your toes with Edge Lit first – Conventions are a curious and expensive beast, and best to spend a day first than a weekend away.

In other news, the recent free giveaway for Stuart Young’s new ebook collection was Pendragon’s most successful yet, and the price is now at the usual £1.99 on Amazon – if you have grabbed yourself a copy, then all I ask – if you are so inclined – is to jot a couple of words on the book’s Goodreads page. Thank you.

And this is, as they say, a rap for this month. Hopefully see some of you in Derby next month!

Updates….

Posted by Chris on July 30, 2014 at 18:14
Posted in: Book News, Conventions, General

Proofed and with the bookplates all signed, Mark West’s DRIVE is in production and should be with me any day now, with the ebook due to enter production following…

Neil Wiliams’ THE DERELICT is on track for a FantasyCon launch and has just received a superb quote from William Meikle, “… a spooky nautical tale worthy of William Hope Hodgson himself. Atmospheric and genuinely chilling. I loved it.”

Closing the year, I’m hoping to launch Stuart Young’s collection REFLECTIONS IN THE MIND’S EYE in London in December.

Talking of FantasyCon, Pendragon shall be there in the dealer’s room albeit with a limited number of titles – no driving this year, I shall be allowing the train take the strain. Arriving on Thursday and staying until the Monday, looking forward to spending a day or two wandering around York.

Just to re-iterate the special offer in the previous post: any hard cover purchased between now and FantasyCon (which gives you a month) will net not just the hardback itself but also a copy of Mark, Neil and Stuart’s books.

In other news, it is more than likely that Uther Books will be launched next year. Taking the form of a new imprint for electronic-only chapbooks, open to all for download to your Kindle and any other device you can think of. Still thrashing out the finer details, but watch this space.

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.

Thomas Usher

Posted by Chris on September 18, 2012 at 20:54
Posted in: Book News, General

Today, I approved the cover proof of Gary McMahon’s collection To Usher, the Dead – a collection that has been talked about for many a year, the delay being all mine. Featuring the eponymous Thomas Usher, a “psychic detective” who featured in the two-book series Pretty Dead Things and Dead Bad Things

I can’t remember where I read his first appearance, but when Gary asked me about the collection the first book wasn’t yet published. He stated that it would contain a new novella called “The Other Tenants” and since I love novellas and didn’t really relish reading every story I asked him just to send me that – I knew the stories would be good anyway.

I think it was less than a week when I said yes to the collection – and so the wheels turned, and for me very slowly (anyone who has dealt with me, past present and future will testify to this). It was around this time that I also noticed Paul Mudie’s cover work on Charles Black’s series of horror anthologies and thought he would be the perfect artist. He agreed.

I can’t explain why I took so long to publish this collection – money probably – but all I can say is that I’m glad it is now coming to fruition and in my cold hands next Friday, 28th September.

As a consequence of getting this book ready, Gavin Salisbury’s short-novel Fade-Out won’t be making the party – but will be available later in October – and the much fabled Nasty Snips Project will too be available (or at least the first couple of instalments) around Hallowe’en.

Just when enthusiasm for the business and industry wane, I get a jerk of adrenaline from what is I believe – and I say this without apology – a very important book for not just Pendragon but the horror/supernatural genre.

I just hope I can do Gary and Thomas some justice.

Born Free

Posted by Chris on November 29, 2011 at 14:23
Posted in: Book News, General

What has the 60s film with the lovely Matt Monro song got to do with Pendragon Press? Nothing really…

2011 is drawing to a close… a month left and it must be said that this year has been full of ups and downs: unfortunately more downs. Probably my least favourite year in this ten years of publishing madness – again, in awe at fellow indie presses who have families, and the occasional folk who do this for a living: it has been tough.

As a consequence of this, I cannot afford to attend the British Fantasy Society Open Night in London in two weeks – which also means Visions Fading Fast (Volume One) won’t be launched at this event. It is though winging its way to the printer for a delivery date in the New Year. Initially it was decided that all 100 hardback copies would be signed by Gary McMahon (the editor) but unbeknownst to me the printer no longer inserts signing sheets (which makes things much easier on a purely logistical level for me). Therefore, only *pre-ordered* copies will be flat-signed by Gary – though all copies will be numbered.

Since I have many patient pre-orderers already (but still copies left…) of which I am extremely grateful, as I thank you to them I will post a copy of the next Pendragon chapbook free of charge.

The schedule for 2012 is yet to be finalised (yes, this may have been my least favourable year but I’m still hanging on in there… I told you this publishing lark is madness, but addictive!) but I will be posting it to the website before the year is actually out.

In other news, chapbook subscriptions are progressing well – and again very welcome – and the number of acceptances for Nasty Snips II is quite low. In fact, the number of submissions have been quite limited: remember, the closing date is end of January 2012 but if we don’t receive an influx soon then it may well be extended… I’m looking at an e-anthology of thirty-something stories.

As always, a big thank you to all past and present customers – it is because of good honest folk such has yourself (who don’t scream and shout asking where their book is…) that I continue onwards trying to get good writers out there into the open. I’ve now written that line, and this has crept into my mind: Matt Monro – Born Free.

Before I descend into more schmultz, hope you all have a happy Christmas/holiday and remember: a book is for life, not just an electronic file.

From Kingston to Updates

Posted by Chris on July 29, 2011 at 19:53
Posted in: Book News, General, Reviews

With a ludicrously kick turnaround – I only accepted the proof copy on Wednesday – I have now taken delivery of Gary Greenwood’s Kingston to Cable. Pre-ordered copies will be posted henceforth and forthwith – though of course there are plenty more copies available for sale! :)

In other news, I am looking at my schedule for FantasyCon and decided to push-back the publication of Visions Fading Fast to December to coincide with the annual Open Night in London – in the meantime, I will be readying three more chapbooks for publication in Brighton: The Joy of Technology by Roy Gray, Isabel Jane by Catherine Dale and Allegro by Clifford Royal Johns.

Lastly, David has pointed me in the direction of a rather welcome review of popCult! by Paul Magrs:

I’ll just urge you to seek it out from Pendragon press. It’s like anthony Burgess teaming up with the Mighty Boosh to write a science fiction thriller.

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!

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.

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