The Future Fire has now archived many of the Whispers of Wickedness stories. This includes The Fog Catcher, although the inverted commas seem to be missing at the moment. That’ll get fixed sometime soon, I’m sure.
A big thanks goes out to Djibril at The Future Fire for saving all of this stuff from oblivion.
… the Whispers of Wickedness website as it is closing down on 4th May. That’ll probably be sometime tomorrow, depending on datelines and stuff like that. The main site had over 96,000 views during its lifetime. The Myspace site will still be there, and the last issue of the magazine is due to be published in a week or two, and many of the reviews, interviews and fiction are being archived by The Future Fire and the British Fantasy Society. The ghost will remain.
The Cave of Little Beasties thread (over 4000 views, pop-pickers!) on the WoW forums will be going. It was the predecessor of The Cave of Doom so most of its later content was published here anyway. But I’m really, really going to miss the rest of the forums. They were inhabited by a fun crowd.
Can I give the Roy Batty speech now? “I have seen writers in flame, etc.”
There’s been a debate at the Whispers of Wickedness forums over a way to mark its demise on the 4th of May, and it’s been decided to create a final collaborative short story. Sneakily, it starts at the end to avoid any disappointment. I hope someone remembers to save it - one of the Christmas tales from 2007 was pretty good, if I recall correctly. Dozens weren’t, though.
And, curiously, it’s mostly editors who have taken part so far. Do you think that’s something to do with having to adhere to a strick word-count?
The Future Fire has archived nearly all of the Whispers of Wickedness reviews here. This means that there’s no proseless death when Whispers of Wickedness closes on 4th May. For the record, my reviews are of Polluto 2, Andrew Humphrey’s Alison, Charles Urban’s Brutal Spirits, Tiny Terrors 2, New Writings in the Fantastic, Triangulation, Cemetery Dance 57, Triquorum 2, Zencore, Sein und Werden 4, Jupiter 16, Apex Digest 8, and Neil Davies’ The Midnight Hour.