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 Many moons ago, I published Mark’s debut novel The Reef (long since out of date, but Mark did release an ebook – well worth downloading, but then I am biased!)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

Free Reflection

Posted by Chris on June 1, 2015 at 11:13
Posted in: Book News, General

With the publication of the ebook edition of Stuart Young’s Reflections in the Mind’s Eye, you can now download it for free during the next 24 hours – so no excuses now to check out just why Stuart is a writer worth reading:

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Of course, the limited signed paperback is still available, but the choice is always yours.

Reflections on Novellas

Posted by Chris on February 19, 2015 at 20:52
Posted in: Book News, General

After some thought on where I think Pendragon is going after fifteen years – this included calling it a day once and for all and doing something else – I’ve decided to keep the Press going and concentrate solely on paperback and ebook novellas.

Part of my reasoning was this, the schedule for Tor’s new novella imprint; perhaps, with the resources that Tor has, readers can now re-discover the humble novella – and seek out other publishers and their output.

Like I stated, Pendragon will be solely novella only. Don’t assume though that I don’t like short stories, but I have to start thinking about business practicalities now and frankly novellas have been more successful for me than collections and anthologies. This is why Stuart Young’s Reflections in the Mind’s Eye will be the last collection for the foreseeable future – and awaiting the proof copy from the printer.

I don’t have a strict policy on what I want to publish – just check out the backlist and if you believe your manuscript ‘fits’ what Pendragon has already published, then send it in.

So, mark 1st April this year in your diary and I’m hoping to start a four-book schedule from 1st January 2016.

Oh, and don’t forget to check out the catalogue and buy a book. :)


Posted by Chris on October 11, 2014 at 17:05
Posted in: Book News, General

As usual I’m slow on the tech uptake (which is ironic since I’m a self-confessed geek) but then when it comes to books I’m most definitely a dead-trees kind of bloke: you just can’t beat a couple of bookcases full to bursting of paperbacks and hardbacks, and a bedside cabinet overflowing with a TBR pile.

But… I joined the digital bandwagon a couple of months ago with Mark West’s DRIVE and it is a steady seller (and very thankful I am too) and now the second Pendragon e-title is now available pre-order: Neil Williams’ THE DERELICT. This edition isn’t available until 31st October but pre-order and it will be downloaded to your device automatically on that date:

Amazon US
Amazon UK

In other news: the next title about to be made ready for print is Stuart Young’s collection REFLECTIONS IN THE MIND’S EYE. Again, paperback first with an ebook in the New Year.

And then? Well, check 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.

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.

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. :)

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…

A Mask’d Review

Posted by Chris on June 4, 2012 at 20:10
Posted in: Book News, General, Reviews

Did you see what I just did there? Courtesy of thehorrificallyhorrifyingblog, just discovered this review by Gary Swindley who liked the book, liked it very much indeed.

“… a great little selection of short stories… [which] gives a a broad stroke to those sides of human nature we like to think don’t exist.”

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