Welcome to the latest newsletter from the British Fantasy Society
In 2 days time FantasyCon will have officially started.. so here's the last newsletter before the event with a few last minute announcements you may have missed...

Scheduled for 18-20 September, at the Britannia Hotel, Nottingham with Guests of Honour BRIAN CLEMENS (creator or the TV show The Avengers), JASPER FFORDE (the Thursday Next books) and American author GAIL Z MARTIN.

FantasyCon is pleased to announce that SEBASTIAN PEAKE will be attending the convention as our Special Guest, where he will speak about his father, MERVYN PEAKE, artist, poet and author of the magnificent Gormenghast trilogy.

The Master of Ceremonies is the acclaimed British SF writer Ian Watson.

The programme has been posted on the Fantasycon website -- where you'll also see details on the venue, banquet, etc.


The BFS is planning to launch the first of the previously announced commercial ventures for the society, a fascinating book of interviews - the first in a trilogy of such books, each focusing on a different genre. Volume one, looking at horror, sees the creator of the project, James Cooper, interview an impressive list of horror authors: Ramsey Campbell, Tom Piccirilli, Greg F. Gifune, Conrad Williams, Joe R. Lansdale, Gary McMahon, Brian Keene, Stephen Gallagher, Jeffrey Thomas, Peter Crowther, Tim Lebbon, Ray Garton, Mark Morris, Gary Fry, Graham Joyce and Norman Partridge.

The book is 256 pages and, like The British Fantasy Society Yearbook, a demy-sized PPC hardback. The book retails at £15 but members of the BFS will be able to buy a copy for £10, a third off.

The next volume will concentrate on fantasy authors while the final book will look to sci-fi, they will both be published over the next eighteen months.





Apology - The above news item is taken from the September edition of PRISM, the BFS Newsletter... a poor print run of Prism has sadly delayed this months BFS mailing (which contains Dark Horizons 55, Prism, & a FREE paperback copy of SLIGHTS by Karron Warren from the kind hearted folks over at The Angry Robot). However, members who are unable to collect a copy of the BFS YEARBOOK 2009 at FantasyCon this coming weekend, will also receive their copy in the September mailing.

FantasyCon: Onlne Registration

We are still receiving registrations online, which is very good and we appreciate that you wish to come to FantasyCon. However, after midnight tonight (15/09/09) we can't take anymore pre-registrations.

This is so we can get all the paperwork prepared before Thursday and that pre-registrations are not missed in the last minute excitement.

So if you want to come to FantasyCon (and why wouldn't you?) and you haven't yet paid, simply come along and pay on the day. The registration desk opens at 4.00 pm Friday and 9.30 am Saturday (times may vary a bit).

Chapbooks: From Smith & Fletcher

These two chapbooks are due to be launched at Fantasycon.

'What Happens When You Wake Up in the Night'
by Michael Marshall Smith

An exclusive short story by the author of the novels Only Forward, Spares and many more, and short story collections What You Make It and More Tomorrow. 12pp b&w plus full-colour cover. Published in a limited edition of 300 copies, each one numbered & signed. £3.

'The Safe Children' by Tom Fletcher

An original short story by an acclaimed new writer whose work has appeared in anthologies from Flax Books and Comma Press and whose first novel, The Leaping, will be published in the UK by Quercus in May 2010. 16pp b&w plus
full-colour cover. Published in a limited edition of 200 copies, each one numbered & signed. £3

Moxyland: A Short Story Competition

We had previously announced that the winners of the Moxyland short story competition will be announced at FantasyCon.
Well, we've just learned that the closing date has been extended to 25 September. This means, short of time slips, that there will be no announcement this coming weekend.

Murky Depths: Available in the Dealer's Room at FantasyCon

"What I love most about [Murky Depths] is the way it embraces storytelling in all its forms, an eclectic collection of styles, genres and presentation sealed inside one of the most professional packages I have had the pleasure to hold in my hands." Gary Charles

"There's a sense of excitement to [Murky Depths], a willngness to do things differently and stand out from the crowd, as witness the comic book size, instead of the more usual A4, and the wealth of interior artwork including graphic stories. It may be the new kid on the block but it's one of the best looking." Peter Tennant

"It's always seemed to me that a SF/fantasy/horror magazine should err on the side of eccentricity. Such a magazine is part of what -- when it's at its best -- is something of a maverick, black sheep, or plain disreputable genre. As such, Murky Depths has an awful lot going for it, especially the extremely original combination of graphic strips, short stories, and articles." Richard Calder
British Fantasy Awards 2010: Recommendations

From September up until January 31 you can make recommendations online for the British Fantasy Awards 2010. The form will go live shortly after FantasyCon, once we've taken into account any rule changes introduced at the AGM. If you prefer to send recommendations by email, the address is bfsawards@britishfantasysociety.org
Future events:

The British Fantasy Society is holding its annual convention, FantasyCon 2009, in Nottingham, UK, over the weekend 18-20 September.

BFS Open Night:

Mark your calendars for the infamous yuletide BFS Open Night, due to take place on Friday 4th December @ The George, The Strand, London.

The British Fantasy Society Yearbook 2009:

The British Fantasy Society is proud to present the first in its series of exclusive, annual anthologies. Twenty writers -- from seasoned award-winners
to rising stars -- offer twenty never before published tales.

Offering a broad sample of stories with imagination the
only limit.Nearly three hundred, hard-bound pages,100,000 words of the best in
speculative fiction from:



With an introductory essay from Gail Z. Martin.

The only way to own a copy is by being a member of the British Fantasy Society, it is given away exclusively to members and will never appear for sale.

To sign up now -- at only £30.00 a year for UK residents -- please visit the website for further details.

We hope to launch this exciting new anthology at FantasyCon 2009 - with many of the contributing authors gathered under one roof and available to sign copies of the book - how can you afford to miss the opportunity to own such a unique publication?
where you can pay by cheque or online via PayPal.

Why Should I Join the BFS?

Every year, members receive the following Publications...

Four issues of Prism, the society’s news magazine.

A combination of news, reviews and articles, everyissue also features columns from Ramsey Campbell, Mark Morris, James Barclay and Eric Brown.

Two issues of Dark Horizons, the critically acclaimed journal of the society.

A thick magazine publishing  fiction, poetry, articles and interviews.

Two issues of New Horizons, the sister magazine to Dark Horizons, dedicated to promoting and showcasing the newer names in
fantasy, horror and sci-fi.

The British Fantasy Society also has a publishing arm, each year members will receive an exclusive, full-length anthology featuring some of the brightest and most exciting names in the business.

Discounts & other Benefits:

Members receive a deep discount (typically 30%) off the commercial publications produced by the society.  

£10 off the registration fee for the society’s annual convention, Fantasycon.  

Free entry in the BFS Short Story Competition.

Members of the BFS are entitled to submit a link to the BFS links library.

Add promotional links for book sales through the online shopping facility.

All links will be assessed and checked for suitability.

We are also securing exclusive discounts with various other publishers whose work may be of interest to our members, more details to follow.

News you may have missed on the BFS website:

HORNS: A Joe Hill limited edition from PS Publishing

FESTIVE FEAR - a bloody good Christmas gift

DELIRIUM BOOKS - Open to Submissions

Warehouse 13 (Pilot)

Michael Shea's COPPING SQUID - Pre-orders available

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