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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 Many moons ago, I published Mark’s debut novel The Reef¬†(long since out of date, but Mark did release an ebook¬†– well worth downloading, but then I am biased!)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!

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. :)

Drive (A)Live

Posted by Chris on August 11, 2014 at 11:20
Posted in: Book News, General

It’s official – Pendragon Press’ first official ebook. I’m finally getting on down with the kids, daddio. You can now purchase Mark West’s novella for the Kindle.

I consider this the start of something…

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.

Packing and Special Offer

Posted by Chris on July 17, 2014 at 14:55
Posted in: Book News, General

Sorting out the ol’ convention sack for EdgeLit in Derby this weekend where I will “theoretically” by launching Mark West’s new novella Drive. Alas, no actual copies will be on sale – except for the proof copy – but Mark will be busy signing the bookplates for the actual books when they rush off the printer.

Further to this… any hardback purchased between now and the publication of Stuart’s collection (scheduled for FantasyCon in September) will net the buyer a copy of Mark’s novella, Stuart’s collection and Neil Williams’ debut novella The Derelict.

Hope to see some of you in Derby this Saturday on what is forecast to be the hottest and wettest day of the year.

Driven!

Posted by Chris on June 26, 2014 at 19:16
Posted in: Book News, General

… and now, the excellent noir-esque final cover by Mark for his novella, Drive.

Coming soon: a trailer!

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…

Hardcover blow-out

Posted by Chris on December 3, 2012 at 15:40
Posted in: Book News, General

From now until the end of the year, prices for the remaining stock of Silversands, Feral Companions and We Fade to Grey hardcovers have been reduced.

Though the latter two are signed, the signed copies of Silversands have long since sold out.

In other news, a Review of 2012 is forthcoming…

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