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Tag Archive: Young

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."

The Mask Behind the Face – signed poster!

Posted by Chris on April 24, 2012 at 15:19
Posted in: Book News, General

Hidden away in a tube since the book's launch, I've found an A3-sized poster of the front cover signed by Ben Baldwin (the artist) along with Stuart Young (the author) and myself. The first person to order a copy of this novella will receive it.

By the way, did I mention that his book beat Joe Hill to win the British Fantasy Award for best novella? No? Well, it did. :)

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.)

We Fade to Grey

Posted by Chris on December 15, 2007 at 19:59
Posted in: Book News

Thought it would be pertinent to unveil news of a forthcoming anthology of novelettes edited by the critically-acclaimed Gary McMahon, due to be launched at next year's FantasyCon event in September.

Five tales of terror and suspense from Paul Finch, Stuart Young, Mark West, Simon Bestwick and McMahon himself; five extraordinary tales of fancy that no self-respecting fan of horror/supernatural/wierd fiction will want to miss.

It will also feature an introduction from an author who you will all recognise (though their name won't be published until they have time to write it…) and will probably be published as the very first PP hardback.

No price information yet, but keep your eyes peeled.