Best New Horror 19 - Joe Hill "Thumbprint"

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Best New Horror 19 - Joe Hill "Thumbprint"

Postby Paul_Campbell on Fri Sep 26, 2008 6:18 am

As with last year at FantasyCon, once again editor Stephen Jones snaffled several boxes of the latest edition of his
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror from his publishers (wherein is Joe Hill's 10,000 word novelette "Thumnprint"). The launch was on Saturday, 20th - one week before its official launch in the US and over three weeks before its UK release. Last year 6 of the contributors were on hand to sign copies -

- this year there were 12 of them! :shock:

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http://www.amazon.com/Mammoth-Book-Best ... 007&sr=8-1

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mammoth-Book-Be ... 058&sr=8-1

However, the biggest success story of the convention weekend was newcomer Allyson Bird, who sold more copies of her debut collection than Best New Horror 19! :o The 1st printing ws of only 200 copies and now only a few remain (of course is does help when you have Vincent Chong doing the cover art!). The book is going back to the printers for a reprint next month.

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http://www.birdsnest.me.uk/bibliography.htm

The convention had a personal note for me, too, as the British Fantasy Society, which runs the convention, released the latest issue of their long-running fiction magazine Dark Horizons. I'm proud to say that little ol' me has a story in it, "Timeless" (as discussed on The Remainder Bin An Excercise in Extreme Editing thread).

Alas, you have to sign up to the BFS to get a copy but, as I said over on that thread, I have a PDF file if anyone cares to read my humble tale. Just PM me and I'll email over a free copy. :D

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I've been lucky to have attended quite a number of conventions over the past 15 or so years - but I have to say, FantasyCon is the best!

http://fantasycon.org.uk/
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Re: Best New Horror 19 - Joe Hill "Thumbprint"

Postby Barry_Wood on Fri Sep 26, 2008 3:28 pm

Thanks, Paul, I have my reading for the weekend. Can't wait to read Timeless.
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Re: Best New Horror 19 - Joe Hill "Thumbprint"

Postby Barry_Wood on Sat Sep 27, 2008 9:14 am

Paul has woven a good tale with Timeless. It kept my attention throughout which is not an easy task. While reading, I noticed that the use of adjectives and adverbs were kept to a minimum--a very good sign of a good writer. Thank you for sharing it, Paul.
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Re: Best New Horror 19 - Joe Hill "Thumbprint"

Postby Paul_Campbell on Sat Sep 27, 2008 2:01 pm

Also last weekend at FantasyCon the Glasgow writer Ian Hunter (a regular contributor to Dark Horizons) made mention to me about some festival or other taking place in Glasgow city centre the following Saturday.

Well, it wasn't until this morning that I made a serious effort to track it down on the internet and discovered that what he made mentioned to was this:

http://www.merchantcityfestival.com/cms ... &orderkey=

I instantly recognized the name of Andrew J. Wilson of the Writers Bloc Edinburgh performance group

http://www.writers-bloc.org.uk/

and when I saw it was 'open mike' I thought, "Yeah, why not!"

It started at 12 noon so my wife and I popped in. I explained to Andrew that my story from Dark Horizons 53 was long. He reckoned it would take 25 minutes. Having never read out loud in public before, I personally didn't know, as I had no idea what kind of 'rhythm' my voice would settle into.

Um, it turned out to be 40 minutes. :oops: :roll:

Still, I was miked and everyone could hear me clearly apparently.

But next time - yeah, definitely something shorter! :lol:

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And, no, I'm not short: that chair is HUGE

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Re: Best New Horror 19 - Joe Hill "Thumbprint"

Postby Barry_Wood on Sat Sep 27, 2008 2:20 pm

The lucky listeners who got to hear your story from your own voice, Paul. Cool photographs. The big chair reminded me of Alice in Wonderland.
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