Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Last batch of books for FantasyCon by the Sea arrived today

Arriving in good time, the last batch of books for FantasyCon by the Sea were delivered today.
Adverts all booked and paid for, book launch organised, and the dealer's table booked and paid for too. Now all we need to is get there for Thursday the 22nd.
Looking forward to meeting some of our authors who'll be at FantasyCon, including Adrian Cole, Paul Lewis, Steve Lockley, and Ezeiyoke Chukwunonso, as well as my old friend, the artist Jim Pitts, who did the cover for Adrian Cole's Tough Guys and a splendid frontispiece for Fishhead: The Darker Tales of Irvin S. Cobb.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Five-star review of The Return

It was great to come across another 5-star review of my novel, The Return, on amazon.

"A gritty noir novel that combines the best elements of crime fiction with genuinely frightening Lovecraftian horror."

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Robert Aickman Comes to Fantasycon

This is an article I wrote for an anniversary anthology devoted to Robert Aickman. As the book has been delayed for quite some time and it's by no means certain it will ever appear, I am publishing the article here as something that I hope may be of at least some slight interest

Robert Aickman Comes to Fantasycon

Robert Aickman's letter accepting the invitation to be GoH



I have now been informed by the editor and publisher of the book that it should be out by Christmas and would prefer it if I didn't publish this article yet. Therefore I have deleted what I wrote. If the book isn't published by the end of the year and it doesn't look like it will ever appear, I'll reinstate the article on my blog at a later date. Hopefully, the Aickman book will be published. I've read the rest of it and it's a fantastic book with some utterly fascinating articles in it, well worth reading. 
Fingers crossed!!!!!

The Book is  
CELEBRATING ROBERT AICKMAN, AN ANTHOLOGY OF UNSETTLED DUST 
Edited by JOHNNY MAINS. 
To be published in a limited edition hardback by Noose & Gibbet Publishing. 



This is the TOC:

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION JOHNNY MAINS
AN AFTERNOON WITH AICKMAN TED KLEIN
THE HOUSE THAT MOVED NEXT DOOR STEPHEN VOLK
READING AICKMAN REECE SHEARSMITH
THE VESTIGE LYNDA E. RUCKER
THE FLOWER UNFOLDS SIMON STRANZAS
HOLIDAY ROMANCE MARK MORRIS
EUMENIDES (THE BENEVOLENT LADIES) ADAM NEVILL
ROBERT AICKMAN COMES TO FANTASYCON DAVID A. RILEY
ADAPTING AICKMAN JOHN L. PROBERT
FURTHER RECOLLECTIONS OF AICKMAN RICHARD DALBY
ON ROBERT AICKMAN'S 'LETTERS TO THE POSTMAN'
PHILIP CHALLINOR
THE ROOMS ARE HIGH REGGIE OLIVER
AMONG THE TOILING MASSES PHILIP CHALLINOR
WHEN YOU'RE NOT LOOKING STEVE RASNIC TEM
A CHOICE OF WEAPONS: ROBERT AICKMAN AND TOM ROLT SONIA ROLT
THE CLOSURE CONRAD WILLIAMS
‘THE CICERONES’: EPISCOPUS PUERORUM ROGER CLARKE
THE SWANS RAY CLULEY
BOBBO ROBERT SHEARMAN
NOT MEETING MR AICKMAN LISA TUTTLE
IN CONVERSATION WITH RAMSEY CAMPBELL