Machen Walk & Readings: Caerleon & Sor Valley 7th July 2013


Click here for a selection of images presumed lost, taken during this fantastic walk through the spectacular countryside surrounding Caerleon.

Green Book Launch: Dublin 28th May 2013

I had the pleasure of meeting Brian Showers (Swan River Press) at one of the many BFS Open Nights I ran in London. I told him that if he ever ran an event in Dublin – a location both Helen & I had always wanted visit – I would attend, as it was only fair after all, especially now that he had made it to the ON.


This first set of images (here) are taken from the day after the launch, when Brian very kindly acted as our tour guide, retracing many of the footsteps he took when researching Literary Walking Tours of Gothic Dublin. This excellent book reveals the interaction of Irish writers – Charles Maturin, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu & Bram Stoker – with the city of Dublin, including their former lodgings and places influential to their fictions.

The Green Book looks to be a logical continuation / expansion of this earlier work, throwing its net to catch a wider range of writers of Irish Gothic, Supernatural and Fantastic Literature. Part of the evenings festivities included a entertaining talk – with slides – from Gwilym Games from the Friends of Arthur Machen (FOAM), discussing the links between Ireland and Arthur Machen. Images from the evening can be viewed (Coming Soon). © Photographs: Helen Hopley and Martin Roberts

Friday 7th December: BFS London Open Night 6-11pm

I’m hosting the next BFS ON, which just happens to be the one where we celebrate Christmas…at the moment the Mug House (London Bridge) is booked but I’m always on the look out for alternative venues. No guests to announce just yet, but this one will have the usual mini-raffle and more importantly, a chance to socialise with friends, authors, publishers and artist’s etc. without the need of a technological interface.

Email for details etc.

LONDON Open Night Friday: 4th October GUEST Frazer Lee

Photo of Frazer Lee

After the cancellation of the August 2nd Open Night, I’m pleased to announce a NEW BFS London Open Night from 6pm on Friday 4th October, at a new venue with a new guest, Frazer Lee.

Help celebrate the launch of Frazer’s latest novel from Samhain Publishing.

HE’S IN THE TREES, HE’S COMING in ebook & paperback OCTOBER 1st, 2013 Jack in the Green, and you can read a short excerpt below, followed by non-fiction from newsletter regular Allen Ashley.

Join us at The Green Man, 36 Riding House Street, London, W1W 7EP on Friday 4th October from 6pm in The Orchard Room upstairs. (Northern Line) walk along Goodge Street untill you reach Nassau Street, turn right along here (we are on the first corner).

By tube: Oxford Circus (Central, Bakerloo and Victoria Lines) walk up Regent Street and turn right on to Riding House Street untill you reach us. Goodge Street

By train: Euston Station is about 10 minutes walk away.

Nine draught ciders, three real ales on tap and freshly cooked, seasonal pub food, visit the following link for more information about The Green Man.

The Lamplighters Frazer LeeJack in the Green Frazer LeeThe Lucifer Glass Frazer Lee

Frazer’s fiction is published by Samhain Publishing (Bram Stoker Award® nominated novel The Lamplighters and the forthcoming novel The Jack in the Green and novella The Lucifer Glass), All2gethr Industries for the #1 Amazon Horror/Thriller movie novelization Panic Button (he co-wrote the screenplay), and Bloody Books (in the acclaimed Read By Dawn series) and others.

Frazer is the writer/director of the award-winning movies On Edge and Red Lines starring Doug Bradley who is best-known as Pinhead from the Hellraiser movie series. He was named one of the Top 12 Directors on (from over 1,000 entrants) by an industry panel including representatives from Fox, Film4 and Vertigo Films. His new short film The Stay is in post-production and he has a number of film directing projects in development. The award winning short film Simone is also available on unrated DVD from 386 Films.

Saturday 27th October
: Terror Scribes, Bradford ~ 13.00 – 16.00 hours
Lloyds No 1 – The Turls Green Unit D, Centenary Square, BD1 1HY

It will be held upstairs at the Turls Green. It will be the All Black Halloween Terror Scribes Meeting, all must wear something black. At 18.00 we will all go for something to eat, venue unconfirmed as yet.

Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th November: The Halifax Ghost Story Festival 2012
Dean Clough, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX3 5AX

 Jimmy Plush – International Superstar

Scream Quietly [jhc] A collection of Charles L. Grant stories, edited by Stephen JonesJimmy visited the 2011 Christmas Open Night that I organised on behalf of the British Fantasy Society.

PS Publishing (Peter & Nicky Crowther) together with editor Stephen Jones launched Scream Quietly, their tribute to Charles Grant, and many glasses were raised in festive tradition.

We also helped celebrate the launch of editor Dean Drinkel’s Phobophobia from Dark Continents.

It is often said a picture is worth a thousand words, I could argue that this may not always be the case due, in part to the examples below.

Jimmy Plush is the star of Garrett Cook’s novel Jimmy Plush, Teddy Bear Detective.

Paul Kane, Stephen Jones & Jimmy
Jimmy says…do I have a story in Best New Horror next year?
Jay Eales, Selina Lock & Jimmy
Jimmy says…can I have a peep at that Girlie mag now?
Simon Marshall-Jones & Jimmy
Jimmy says…snuggles are nice but I don’t wish to smudge the ink!
Barbie Wilde & Jimmy
Jimmy says…I know, my suffering will be legendary even in London!
Lee Harris & Jimmy
Jimmy says…Lee please tell me why your robot is so angry?
Tony Richards & Jimmy
Jimmy says…Did you buy me an ice cream in Tokyo last summer?
Ben Baldwin & Jimmy
Jimmy says…Are you sure this liquid helps you to paint better?
Johnny Mains & Jimmy
Jimmy says…and you promise to include my story in your next anthology?
Dean Drinkel & Jimmy
Jimmy says…I fear man nor beast only Johnny Mains!
Scott Andrews & JImmy
Jimmy says…Do you really know Duncan McLeod of the clan McLeod?
Peter Mark May & Jimmy
Jimmy says…Are you sure you don’t write crime novels?
John Forth, Esther Sherman & Jimmy
Jimmy says…You guys look normal, adopt me…whisk me away from this madness!

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