Friday, 14 September 2012

Updates from Greyhart Press

Greyhart Press is the ebook/print publisher run by our own Tim C Taylor. Some new books due out shortly are of particular interest to the group.

First up, we have "The Cookie Tin" from Nigel Edwards:

The Cookie Tin Collection will be published later this month in paperback and eBook editions. Copies will be available at FantasyCon later this month.

Next up is a new collection from Paul Melhuish called "Unauthorized Contact"

2 novelettes and 3 short stories by Paul Melhuish and set in the same Skyfire universe as his debut novel, Terminus. All stories are original to this collection.

This superb little timeline is a great addition!

Thursday, 6 September 2012

What Gets Left Behind, by Mark West

Information about What Gets Left Behind, the forthcoming chapbook from Spectral Press (due in September, but long since sold out), by Mark West.

This was critiqued by the group, in its third draft.

More information can be found here, including the book trailer

Hauntings, from NewCon Press

(a personal opinion piece from Mark West)

Saturday was the Small Press Expo, organised by Danie Ware and held at the flagship Forbidden Planet store on Shaftesbury Avenue in London. I was there, chuffed as could be, as part of the NewCon Press contingent (thanks to “Fog On The Old Coast Road”, which appears in the Hauntings anthology).

Ian Whates mans the NewCon Press table

I to the book department of FP for 12.30 as specified. I met Danie (we’re Facebook and Twitter friends, but this was the first time we’d properly met), saw Ian Whates and his partner Helen, got my name-badge (superbly designed by Sarah Anne Langton, another FB/Twitter friend I was meeting for the first time) and then we were off. The area we were in was packed with writers and visitors, I chatted with Donna Scott, Andy West and Paul Melhuish from my writing group, met Theresa Derwin and her sister, signed 30 or so books and had an absolutely fantastic time. I mean, how could I not? I was in Forbidden Planet, in London, doing a book signing! How cool is that?

Afterwards, the merry NewCon band retired to the Spice Of Life pub, where I had a great conversation with Greg James and Ben Baldwin before heading home.

Donna Scott, me and Andy West, all members of the Northampton SF Writers Group

The whole Hauntings experience has been great fun, from the live readings (see post here) to seeing the finished product but the signing was the icing on the cake. It was a great day, superbly well organised and it was a real thrill to be surrounded by some great writers and some vibrant small presses. Good stuff. And thanks, once again, to Ian and Adele Wearing who organised the anthology and asked me to get involved - I really appreciate it.

This is the wraparound cover, created by Ben Baldwin and I think you’ll agree, it’s a thing of beauty.

The limited signed hardack (I signed the plates one night at an NSFWG meeting) will be launched at FantasyCon later this month in Brighton.

Purchase from the NewCon site here, in both hardback and paperback editions