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The Horrors Is Coming

This spring the World Horror Conventions ups sticks and moves to Europe for the first time in its history. Calling itself Brighton Shocks, the con will be located on the South coast and will be attended a wide range of authors and publishers interested in the genre. It’s also the year when I’ll be returning […]

‘On The Loose’ Chosen As Top Mystery

Publishers Weekly has named B&M ON THE LOOSE as one of their top Mystery books of 2009 – one of just seven mysteries on their top 100 list. Jump-the-gun celebratory drinks are happening tonight at HQ, in the anticipation that it will translate into sales. The old boys done good! And interesting to compare US […]

Bloomsbury In The Country

Charleston was the home and country meeting place for the writers, painters and intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Group. The interior of the house was painted by the artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, and together with their collection forms a unique example of their decorative style. Charleston runs a May festival, and also the […]

Small Wonder This Weekend

The Small Wonder Short StoryFesival is now on, and I’ll be there tomorrow trying not to get thrown out of a dirigible in the 2:00PM Great Balloon Debate. It’s at Charleston, Virginia Woolf’s beautiful abode in Sussex – for details visit here.

The Horrors

For your attention, coming in 2010 to coincide with the World Horror Convention, is ‘The Best of Best New Horror’, for which editor Stephen Jones has dug out my old story ‘Norman Wisdom And The Angel Of Death’, a tale that will mean absolutely nothing to anyone from outside England and Albania, a country which […]

Horror Wants Women To Scream II: Response

This came in from Guy Adams, who commissioned the BFS book discussed in the post below; ‘Our new book, In Conversation: A Writer’s Perspective, Volume 1: Horror, edited by James Cooper, has come under justifiable flak for its all-male line up of interviewees. When James brought the manuscript to me with a view to our […]

‘I Have To Get To A Library – Fast!’

Bookshop shelves are currently stuffed with Mr Brown’s ‘The Lost Symbol’ and the hunt is on for the silliest dialogue line – something that will top the one above from The Da Vinci Code. It’s second only to ‘That man there! He’s got the map to the Holy Grail!’ (shouted by Sir Ian as he’s […]

Black Static

For a number of years now the publishers of Interzone have been running great magazines like this one, Black Static (formerly The Third Alternative), which you should try if you have any interest in the fantastic. You can find out more about them here.

Thank You Nottingham!

I’m back from Fantasycon, the annual beano hosted by the British Fantasy Society, which was one of the best events for several years, and had a great turn-out. I had some wonderful moments and the great pleasure of hearing Brian Clemens, writer of The Avengers, talk about his work. Expertly hosted by Steve Jones, this […]

Horror Wants Women To Scream But Not Talk

Among other things, Maura McHugh writes horror and dark fantastic fiction. This is from her blog today: ‘This weekend the British Fantasy Society is hosting its annual convention, Fantasy Con. I noticed the cover of a new book the BFS is launching at the convention: a collection of interviews with writers (the first in a […]