The latest Estronomicon has just come out, my fiends. Once again it’s free and is packed with stories, including a short, sharp punch from GSFWC member Graeme Stevenson. Steve Upham’s artwork continues to astound: this issue has one of the most disturbing covers that I’ve ever seen. I think it reminds me of someone…
FantasyCon 2009 is taking place between 18th-20th September (next weekend) in the Britannia Hotel, Nottingham. It is the annual bash for the British Fantasy Society where awards will be awarded, books will be launched, beer will be drunk and nets will be worked. This year’s guests of honour are Gail Z. Martin, Jasper Fjorde and Brian Clemens, and the MC is Ian Watson, but you won’t be able to move without bumping into authors and publishers. It is highly recommended to anyone interested in the field. The dealers’ room will be packed as well (I particularly recommend the TTA Press and Screaming Dreams stalls, of course, and Waterstone’s has also been known to carry the odd intriguing title as well).
I won’t be there (because it is career suicide for me to appear in public) but there should be a strong Glaswegian contingent in attendance.
The shortlist for the British Fantasy Awards has been announced. Screaming Dreams and TTA Press are listed in the PS Best Small Press catagory, Nick Lowe’s Mutant Popcorn (from Interzone) and Bookzoner Paul Kincaid’s What It Is We Do When We Read Science Fiction are in the Best Non-Fiction catagory, and Interzone itself is in the Best Magazine catagory.
If you’re a member of the British Fantasy Society, remember to vote before the 1st of August. If you’re not a member, join here and then vote. The winners will be announced at FantasyCon, 18th-20th September.
The Progress 2009 Estronomicon is available as a free PDF from Screaming Dreams. It has fiction from Jane Frank, Bob Lock, John T. Carney, J.W. Bennett, Andrew Marshall, Mark Lewis, Benedict J. Jones, Tom Sykes, and Neil Burlington, art by B.A. Bosaiya and Dirk Holzenhaur, and a film feature from the inexhaustible Tony Lee.
David A. Sutton’s The British Fantasy Awards 1972-2008: A Listing is available as a free PDF from Screaming Dreams. It’s got all of the winners and short-listed runners-up listed. Novels, films, comics, short stories, artists, small presses, newcomers, non-fiction, anthologies, disturbing pictures of the trophies – they’re all in here.
It’s a pretty good guide to the best in weird fiction over the past three or four decades but, just like any other list of awards, you’ll be puzzled at some of the choices.