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Conventions and events / James Herbert to appear at FantasyCon 2012.
« on: September 05, 2012, 02:02:26 PM »
FantasyCon 2012 is delighted to announce a special appearance by best-selling author JAMES HERBERT on the Saturday only.

James Herbert’s The Rats was published in 1974 with a first printing of 100,000 paperback copies (for the record, Stephen King’s Carrie was published a few months later). Within weeks that first printing was completely sold out, and the book has never been out of print since.

Since then he has reigned as Britain’s undisputed #1 author of chiller fiction, with more than twenty best-selling novels to his credit, including The Fog, The Survivor, Fluke, The Spear, Lair, The Dark and The Jonah, Shrine, Domain, Moon, The Magic Cottage, Sepulchre, Creed, Portent, ’48, Others, Once, Nobody True and The Secret of Crickley Hall (set to air as a three-part drama on BBC1 this Hallowe’en).

With world-wide sales of more than fifty million copies, James Herbert is one of the world’s most popular novelists. His books are translated into more than thirty-five languages, including Russian and Chinese.

James Herbert will be signing his latest novel, Ash, from Noon until 1:00 pm on Saturday, September 29th. Ash is the eagerly awaited third volume in the trilogy featuring psychic investigator David Ash, which began with Haunted and The Ghosts of Sleath.
And don’t forget to go to http://www.fantasycon2012.org/ghoststory.php and vote for your favourite ghost story of all time. Just fill-out the electronic form and submit it. No novels or novellas please, just short stories. One vote per person, and you cannot nominate your own work (otherwise your choice will not be counted).

We will then tabulate all the votes and the winning short story will be announced during a panel at the convention on the Saturday evening. A carefully selected group of experts will discuss their own favourite ghost stories and what it is that makes a classic spooky tale before acclaimed author Ramsey Campbell reads the winning entry as the clock strikes the Witching Hour of midnight!

This poll is open to EVERYONE – you do not have to be a member of the convention to vote. The more people who participate, the more representative the winner will be. So don’t delay – vote today!

FantasyCon 2012 is being held at the Royal Albion Hotel in the historic seaside town of Brighton, East Sussex, over September 27-30, 2012. We now have fewer than 60 memberships remaining, so if you haven’t joined up yet, then please do so now. All you have to do is go to the "How to Join" page on the website (www.fantasycon2012.org/join.php), submit the form with your details and then pay via the PayPal buttons. Alternately, you can print out the form and mail it with a cheque to the address given. A limited number of Saturday-Only memberships are also now available.
Our Author Guests of Honour are legendary Texas "Mojo Story Writer" JOE R. LANSDALE, broadcaster and novelist MURIEL GRAY and New York Times best-selling fantasy author BRENT WEEKS.

Special Editor Guest is MARY DANBY, famous for her work on The Fontana Book of Great Horror Stories and other anthology titles, while our Special Media Guests are Sherlock and Doctor Who writer and actor MARK GATISS and ROBIN HARDY, the writer and director of the original The Wicker Man and the recent follow-up, The Wicker Tree.

Our esteemed Master of Ceremonies is another New York Times best-selling writer, TIM LEBBON.

With numerous other authors, editors, publishers, artists and actors attending FantasyCon 2012, this is one convention you cannot afford to miss!
Most of the information is now up on the website, but do please keep checking online for updates, and we look forward to seeing you all again in Brighton at the end of September!

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Conventions and events / Expert Masterclasses at FantasyCon 2012.
« on: September 04, 2012, 12:08:39 PM »
FantasyCon 2012 is pleased to announce that, as usual, we will be holding a series of Expert Masterclasses on Saturday, September 29. These events will run for approximately one hour each, and cost just £5:00 per person per session. Among those taking part are Marc Aplin, Mark Gatiss, Will Hill, M.D. Lachlan, Will Francis, Gillian Redfearn and Tony Lee, and the topics covered include how to run a popular blog, how to construct a novel, how to write for TV, how to work with an editor, how to get an agent, how to write successfully for comics, and how to come up with a young adult novel.

Seating is limited to fifteen (15) people per session, so book now to avoid disappointment! All the details can be found on the FantasyCon 2012 website at www.fantasycon2012.org/masterclass.htm.

We will also be presenting a number of Entertainments throughout the convention. These range from the "Poetry Event" hosted by Allen Ashley, the "FantasyCon Quiz" with question masters Joe Abercrombie and Sarah Pinborough, and the always-popular "Just a Minute" chaired by Paul Cornell, to the "Fabulous FantasyCon Raffle" presided over by the dapper John L. Probert and Guy Adams, and "FantasyCon’s Evening Emporium of Entertainment" featuring everything from recitations by Reggie Oliver, a short play by Stephen Volk, and the see-it-to-believe-it "Burlesque" performed by Alessa Dark. And don’t forget that Gollancz will be hosting the "FantasyCon Disco" on Saturday night with deejays Guy Adams and Rio Youers spinning the hits! For full details of what’s on offer, go to www.fantasycon2012.org/entertainment.htm.

Please remember that we need your help. We would be grateful if you could donate a prize (or, even better, prizes) to support the Fabulous FantasyCon Raffle. All donations – and we really do mean "all"! – are always welcome, and the presenters will do their best to name-check as many people and publishers as possible who have donated prizes in the time available. Please e-mail us on [email protected] if you have something to donate, and go to http://www.fantasycon2012.org/raffle.htm for more information.

And don’t forget that the grand finale of FantasyCon 2012 will be the Awards Banquet on the Sunday afternoon, at which the British Fantasy Society will announce the winners of this year’s prestigious British Fantasy Awards.

Banquet tickets are selling fast now, and places are extremely limited. All bookings must be received no later than September 9th. All the information can be found at http://www.fantasycon2012.org/banquet.php, and publishers and individuals who wish to pre-reserve a table should e-mail [email protected] and supply a list of the ten (10) people that they will have on their table. Each person should have a meal booked and paid for before the table reservation is made.

FantasyCon 2012 is being held at the Royal Albion Hotel in the historic seaside town of Brighton, East Sussex, over September 27-30, 2012. We now have fewer than 60 memberships remaining, so if you haven’t joined up yet, then please do so now. All you have to do is go to the "How to Join" page on the website (www.fantasycon2012.org/join.php), submit the form with your details and then pay via the PayPal buttons. Alternately, you can print out the form and mail it with a cheque to the address given. A limited number of Saturday-Only memberships are also now available.

Our Author Guests of Honour are legendary Texas "Mojo Story Writer" JOE R. LANSDALE, broadcaster and novelist MURIEL GRAY and New York Times best-selling fantasy author BRENT WEEKS.

Special Editor Guest is MARY DANBY, famous for her work on The Fontana Book of Great Horror Stories and other anthology titles, while our Special Media Guests are Sherlock and Doctor Who writer and actor MARK GATISS and ROBIN HARDY, the writer and director of the original The Wicker Man and the recent follow-up, The Wicker Tree.

Our esteemed Master of Ceremonies is another New York Times best-selling writer, TIM LEBBON.

With numerous other authors, editors, publishers, artists and actors attending FantasyCon 2012, this is one convention you cannot afford to miss!

Most of the information is now up on the website, but do please keep checking online for updates, and we look forward to seeing you all again in Brighton at the end of September!

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Sliding Void / Sliding Void - free on Barnes and Noble.
« on: September 04, 2012, 04:00:16 AM »
Hey, you want space opera novella Sliding Void free on Barnes and Noble? You got it, readers.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sliding-void-stephen-hunt/1112407511?ean=2940044736795

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News / Re: Luke Scott Loom’s large over scifi movies.
« on: August 30, 2012, 02:04:58 PM »
Sounds like Luke is a chip off the old block when it comes to scifi film making.

Hope the family are doing as well as can be expected following what happened to Tony Scott. Very sad. And from an outsider's perspective, rather baffling too.

Best wishes to all of them.

 :(

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News / Storage 24 is Gremlins meets a John Carpenter siege film.
« on: June 30, 2012, 06:29:46 AM »
Horror director Johannes Roberts on the influences of Spider-Man, John Carpenter, Alien and Gremlins in Noel Clarke’s sci-fi horror movie Storage 24, in cinemas now.

http://www.scifinow.co.uk/interviews/storage-24-is-gremlins-meets-a-john-carpenter-siege-film/

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Conventions and events / Remembering AE van Vogt.
« on: May 02, 2012, 10:25:20 AM »
Last week, pioneering science fiction author A.E. van Vogt would have turned 100, and hardly anyone took notice. Yet van Vogt was a major figure in sci-fi's 'Golden Age' and his works anticipated many later hits, from Alien to Star Trek.

http://boingboing.net/2012/05/01/remembering-ae-van-vogt-pione.html

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Conventions and events / What’s On At May’s Comic Con?
« on: May 02, 2012, 06:19:33 AM »
Britain’s biggest pop culture festival, MCM Expo London Comic Con returns to ExCel London on 25-27 May with an awesome line-up of movie, videogame, sci-fi, comics, anime and cosplay content ready to entertain the show’s 60,000 plus visitors. Here are some highlights from our first wave of announcements!

•    MCM Expo London Comic Con's title sponsor is Universal Pictures' The Lorax, starring Danny DeVito. An animated comedy from the creators of Despicable Me, The Lorax is based on the much-loved children's book by Dr. Seuss.

•    London Comic Con has also teamed up with Universal Pictures to give fans the chance to attend the world premiere of upcoming fantasy blockbuster Snow White and the Huntsman at London's Leicester Square, 14 May. The competition opens at noon on Friday 4 May on www.londonexpo.com

FILM AND TV GUESTS

•    Comic Con visitors will get a sneak peek at the next generation of turtles, as Nickelodeon previews its upcoming CG-reimagining of the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animation with an exclusive presentation and Q&A. Taking place in the MCM Theatre from 11:30 am on Saturday 26 May, the special panel stars Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman and Nickelodeon Senior Vice President, Current Animation Rich Magallanes.

•    Crystal Reed, who plays female lead Allison Argent on hit supernatural drama Teen Wolf, will be attending the show as a special guest.

•    Upcoming Universal Pictures sci-fi horror movie Storage 24 to host Q&A panel featuring director Johannes Roberts and writer Noel Clarke.

•    Falling Skies stars Seychelle Gabriel, who plays Lourdes, and Sarah Carter, who plays Margaret in the Steven Spielberg-produced sci-fi drama following a group of resistance fighters in the aftermath of an alien invasion will be guests.

•    Cult favourite horror hostess Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, will be signing autographs and promoting her upcoming DVD, Elvira's Haunted Hills.

•    Pascale Hutton, who stars as Abby Corrigan in popular sci-fi show Sanctuary, will be meeting fans and answering questions about the series.

•    Top voice actors Michael Sinterniklaas (One Piece, Naruto Shippuden) and Stephanie Sheh (Naruto Shippuden, Bleach, K-On!) will be hosting a Q&A to promote the worldwide exclusive of anime film Welcome To The Space Show, as well as signing for free on the Manga Entertainment stand.

•    Film, TV, anime and videogame voice actress Ali Hillis, who stars as main character Lightning in Final Fantasy XIII and its sequel Final Fantasy XIII-2.

      VIDEOGAMES

•    UK first playable of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s stylish new zombie-hunting Xbox 360 and PS3 actioner, Lollipop Chainsaw.

•    First UK playable of Aliens: Colonial Marines multiplayer, SEGA’s highly anticipated first person shooter coming out on Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U and PC.

•    First UK playable of three top Nintendo titles: action RPG Kingdom Hearts’ much anticipated 3DS debut; Wii music game Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise and 3DS ‘augmented reality’ horror title Spirit Camera. In addition, Nintendo will be bringing Mario Tennis Open and innovative action RPG Heroes of Ruin for the 3DS, as well as survival horror sequel Project Zero 2 on the Wii.

•    Capcom titles confirmed for MCM Expo include mech battler Steel Battalion: Heavy Armour and open world action RPG Dragon’s Dogma.

•    Tecmo Koei to show a playable demo of upcoming fighter Dead Or Alive 5, including a tournament in their booth on Saturday. Other titles show visitors can get hands-on with will include Warriors Orochi 3 and Ninja Gaiden 3.

•    Jagex to bring MMO RuneScape to MCM Expo for the first time with an exclusive voice acting panel, live concept art demos, event-exclusive t-shirts and a chance to try out the game. Jagex will also be bringing Transformers Universe, the as-yet-unreleased MMO based on the popular Hasbro brand.

•    Gamespot UK return with their dedicated games stage; hosting panels and presentations, and giving show visitors sneak peeks at the hottest new titles.
 
       ANIME, MANGA, COMICS & COSPLAY

•    Namco Bandai is bringing its ShiftyLook artists and writers to Comic Con, including Matt Moylan (Bravoman), Dax Gordine (Bravoman), Jim Zub (Wonder Momo), Ben McCool (Dirk Davies), Dean Haspiel (Dirk Davies), Marv Wolfman (MCM-announced title), and Rob Pereyda (Editor-in-Chief).

•    Namco Bandai's ShiftyLook will also be hosting an action-packed chat show for MCM visitors featuring stand-up comedy, thrilling guests and live music. The Saturday evening show will be held at the nearby Crowne Plaza Hotel.

•    In a worldwide exclusive, MCM Expo visitors will have a sneak peek of the English dub of anime movie Welcome To The Space Show, followed by a Q&A with two of the film's voice talents, Michael Sinterniklaas & Stephanie Sheh.

•    Kazé UK and Manga Entertainment will present exclusive footage from exciting new anime movie Berserk: The Golden Age Arc – Egg of the King, to be followed by a Q&A with Kaze UK’s Andrew Partridge and voice actor Michael Sinterniklaas, plus a free signing of Berserk posters at Manga's booth.

•    Early bird visitors to the Manga Entertainment stand will get the chance to receive an exclusive, limited edition copy of the Manga Entertainment 'Know Your Anime' comic book along with a free DVD.

•    MCM Expo once again plays host to the prestigious Eagle Awards. Introduced in 1976, the Eagles are the comics industry’s longest established awards.

•    Our Comic Village shows off the talents of some of the UK’s top comic creators, including Rufus Dayglo, Emma Vieceli, Tony Lee, Marc Ellerby and many others – for the full list, see www.londonexpo.com/comicvillage

•    Letraset is hosting a Manga Alley Art Competition, giving artistically-inclined visitors of all ages the chance to win over £120 worth of Letraset products.

•    London Comic Con is easily the UK’s largest cosplay event and the centrepiece is the Masquerade, held in front of a packed MCM Theatre audience. This May’s Cosplay Masquerade will see the selection of Britain’s entrant for the EuroCosplay Championship, a competition spanning more than 20 countries.

•    The MCM Expo also boasts the Totally Cosplay zone, hosting workshops, a photography area and its own stage for panels and performances.

       ...AND GET THE T-SHIRT TOO!

•    The official MCM Expo T-shirt available for pre-order from the geek chic gurus at Genki Gear until 21 May from www.genkigear.com

To buy tickets to the MCM London Comic Con at Excel London on 25-27 May, please visit: https://www.mcmexpostore.com/store/

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Superman; Spiderman, Captain America… Sergeant Bacon? Genki Gear celebrates the not-quite-so-super heroes of the world with their ace new Fairly Average Hero Squad design, the official T-shirt of May’s London Comic Con.

Created exclusively for the MCM Expo London Comic Con, the limited edition design will only be available on pre-order from 20 April to 21 May at GenkiGear.com. Available in both men’s and women’s sizes price £16.99, the Fairly Average Hero Squad T-shirts can be collected direct from the Genki Gear stall at the 25-27 May show or posted on to you after the event.

To check out Genki Gear’s great range of clothing, visit www.genkigear.com

To buy tickets to the MCM London Comic Con at Excel London on 25-27 May, please visit: https://www.mcmexpostore.com/store/

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News / Toxicity by Andy Remic.
« on: May 02, 2012, 06:17:46 AM »
Utopia crumbles on May 29th (US & Canada) and 7th June (UK)

£8.99 (UK) ISBN 978-1-78108-003-0
$8.99/$10.99 (US & CAN) ISBN 978-1-78108-004-7

Andy Remic returns to the world of the Anarchy with another brash, no-holds-barred action!

Welcome to Manna – the utopian galaxy where all races exist in harmony. Ruled by perfect alien machines, Manna is a place of wisdom, technology and art. But on the edge of the galaxy, far away from romantic holiday cruises, hides Toxicity, a reprocessing planet where The Greenstar Company deals with all Manna’s waste. ALL of it.

But ECO terrorist Jenni Xi is fighting a cleanup war against The Company. Yet when a sabotage goes horribly wrong, she learns the future of the planet – and it’s far worse than she ever dreamed. Along with swashbuckler and bon viveur Svoolzard Koolimax and a torture model Anarchy Android known simply as The Dentist, Xi must survive on this polluted world long enough to ensure that the fate of Manna changes forever…

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News / Judge Dredd Case Files 19.
« on: May 02, 2012, 06:16:46 AM »
Grant Morrison, Mark Millar, Garth Ennis, John Wagner, John Smith - some of the greatest writers in the industry, penning tales of the ultimate British comic book icon, Judge Dredd.

Judge Dredd Case Files 19 continues the collected adventures of the Lawman of the Future from the pages of seminal British comic book, 2000 AD.

From the return of anti-pop hipster serial killer Marty Zpok and the future weird of Judge Tyrannosaur, to the full-throttle violence of Inferno, as rogue Judges return from their hellish prison world to wreck revenge on Mega-City One, this full-colour collection is a bloody, hardcore romp of 22nd Century law enforcement. With art from Carlos Ezquerra (The Boys), Greg Staples (Magic: The Gathering), Brett Ewins (Johnny Nemo), Dermot Power (Harry Potter), and Ron Smith.

The Case Files series reprints every Judge Dredd story in order, from 2000 AD Prog 2 in 1977 to the stories from the Judge Dredd Megazine, and includes work from some of the biggest names in comic books in the world today.

The multi-million dollar Dredd film, written by 28 Days Later scribe Alex Garland, and starring Karl Urban as the eponymous lawman, is due to hits screens this September.

Written by: John Wagner, Garth Ennis, Grant Morrison, Mark Millar, John Smith. Art by: Carlos Ezquerra, Greg Staples, Brett Ewins, Ron Smith, Mick Austin, Dermot Power, Paul Marshall, David Millgate.

ISBN: 978-1-907992-96-4
Published: 10th May 2012

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The countdown which has been running at www.2000adonline.com came to an end earlier today and the site has closed, replaced with a single image bearing the legend ‘THEY ARE HERE’.

Readers have been tantalised over the past month by a series of teaser images published through Comic Book Resources (below left), which began as oblique symbols before slowly revealing the impending return of the terrible threesome. They must now wait to see what will be unveiled...

As part of the on-going Day of Chaos mega-epic, Judge Dredd co-creator John Wagner has unleashed Judge Fear, Judge Fire, and Judge Mortis onto a Mega-City One already reeling from the Chaos Bug epidemic, mass civil revolt, and terrorist attacks. In a storyline described by SFX as “both gripping and very compelling. It’s like watching news of a reallife crisis unfolding on TV”, the multi-faceted plotline offers current, lapsed, and new readers a rollercoaster of thrills.

Warped parodies of the Judges of Mega-City One, the Dark Judges are undead superfiends from a dimension where all life has been declared a crime. Originally led by Judge Death, who has since been sucked into Purgatory by the souls of his victims, the Dark Judges were created by John Wagner and Brian Bolland.

With a stunning cover by Henry Flint, this has been the most keenly anticipated 2000 AD event in years.

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News / Blake's 7: The Merchandise Guide by Mark B Oliver.
« on: May 02, 2012, 06:14:59 AM »
In 1978, Blake's 7, a new science fiction show, debuted on BBC television, and viewers became enthralled by the adventures of Blake, Avon, Jenna, Vila, Gan and Cally, aided by the computer Zen, as they battled against the might of the Federation, represented by the villainous Servalan and her right hand man, Travis. Merchandise followed, and here, for the first time, Mark B Oliver presents a collector's guide to everything produced in relation to the show, and several items which never made it to the shops.

The book documents the background to the merchandise, detailing the highs and lows, and explores the history of Blake's 7 merchandise from it's very beginning. Included are full colour photographs of just about every item, plus interviews with some of those involved in the production of the ranges.

Blake's 7: The Merchandise Guide is both a fascinating tour through the many ways that Blake's 7 has been presented in merchandise and an entertaining guide to the world of Blake's 7 collecting. The book covers Blake's 7 merchandise around the world, including items released in America, Australia and Argentina, as well as the many UK-produced items.

192pp approx. A5 paperback book. Illustrated in full colour throughout.
ISBN 978-1-84583-059-5 (pb)
Paperback rrp £19.99

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Anomalies, a collection of short fiction by Gregory Benford, Nebula Award Winning author of more than 20 Science Fiction novels, to be released by publisher Lucky Bat Books.

The stories of Anomalies —in true Benford fashion — challenge concepts of time, space and science. Including several stories chosen for "best of" anthologies, Anomalies presents Gregory Benford's short science fiction, in stories ranging from comic to apocalyptic.

And all the while, Benford's characters capture the reader. There's Claire, the hard-boiled, randy spacecraft hack – "Do I look like a people person?" – and her heroic efforts, all in the name of a fast buck in The Worm In the Well and its sequel, The Worm Turns.

Anomalies also includes other popular short fiction by Benford: The Man Who Wasn't There, Lazarus Rising, Applied Mathematical Theology and Doing Lennon —17 stories in all, with the title story, Anomalies,  topping the list.

Benford excels at taking the known into unknown realms.

One of the inner circle of smart science fiction writers, Benford, a physics professor at the University of California and author of more than two  hundred academic papers on the subject, applies his in-depth knowledge of physics to all of his science fiction stories, pushing the edges of science and imagination.

Taking Science into Inspired Realms

An award-winning SF author, Benford has scooped up Science Fiction's top awards, twice winning the Nebula Award. He has also won the John W. Campbell Award, the Australian Ditmar Award, and the 1990 United Nations Medal in Literature.

Benford explores the world through his creative, informed lens. In Anomalies, he asks a physics-shattering question: what happens if there is a computational error in reality? If, in fact, the moon shifts its position? It's the sort of question that both tickles and challenges.

The collection of short fiction includes new Afterwords and insights by Gregory Benford into his writing methods, sometime quite idiosyncratic —and into the stories behind the stories in Anomalies.

Published by Lucky Bat Books, Anomalies is available this spring in trade paperback and ebook editions, including Kindle, Nook, iBook, Kobo and Sony - formatted versions. Find all versions on Gregory Benford's website, GregoryBenford.com, and in online bookstores everywhere.

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Conventions and events / JAMES WHITE AWARD ANNOUNCES 2011 WINNER.
« on: May 02, 2012, 06:11:28 AM »
The James White Award is pleased that the winner of this year’s short story competition for new writers is “Invocation of the Lurker” by Colum Paget.

Colum’s story won in a year in which the James White Award attracted a record number of entries and against a very strong shortlist. Colum wins a £200 cash prize and his story will be published in a future issue of Interzone.

This year’s panel of judges, the authors Jon Courtenay Grimwood and Juliet E McKenna and Interzone editors Andy Cox and Andrew Hedgecock, also took the decision to award a special commendation to a second story “Train in Vain” by Tori Truslow.

This has happened only once before in the history of the James White Award, in 2001 – the year of the award’s inception – and reflects the high standard of the stories on the shortlist. The judges commented...

Jon Courtenay Grimwood: “Having judged short story awards before I was impressed by the quality of the shortlist - and it was harder than we thought to pick the winner. This says a lot about the strength of the whole list. The winning story, for me, stood out for the vividness of its world and its ability to make the hero's danger feel real. I liked the mix of dialogue and atmosphere, and particularly liked the way it gave us enough information to build a world but not so much the story stuttered or we were buried beneath data.”

Juliet E McKenna: "‘Invocation of the Lurker’ updates classic SF reflection on humanity’s relationship to technology and its unforeseen consequences with an eerie cyber-voodoo that’s wholly of the moment. Dialogue and dialect establish character and setting with immediate effect, so essential in shorter fiction, while the conclusion is both satisfying and thought-provoking.

Overall the shortlist was of impressive quality with each story showing individual merit as a piece of short fiction and more than that, indicating real promise in these writers. I look forward to seeing all the finalists’ names cropping up in future publication."

Andy Cox... "The Interzone team were impressed with the quality and variety of this year's shortlist - there was enormous diversity in terms of theme, form, style, motif and setting.  There was lively but civilised debate about the merits of the shortlist and we feel this reflects the fact that there are a number of promising new writers on the shortlist.

Tori Truslow’s ‘Train in Vain’ is a compelling tale of exotic intrigue and intricate automata, told in breathlessly vivid and evocative prose.  There is no let up in narrative pace in this highly believable blend of fantasy and adventure.  There’s wit too, and a hint of darkness amid the exotic imagery.  We were desperate to know how the story would be resolved and we’re convinced others will be as well."

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It’s time to make your voice heard as the two finalists of the Huntsman’s Challenge new comics talent competition go head-to-head to win a prestigious Eagle Award.

Inspired by upcoming Universal Pictures movie Snow White And The Huntsman, the competition challenged comic creators to come up with a fully finished, coloured and lettered five page story with a plot relevant to the film’s dark fantasy setting.

The panel of judges – Titan Publishing senior editor Steve White, bestselling writer Tony Lee and Eisner-winning artist Mark Buckingham – have selected ‘Land of All Sorts’ in the Best Story category and ‘A Life of Death’ for Best Art and Design.

Now you can read both comics on www.eagleawards.co.uk and let us know whether ‘A Life of Death’ or ‘Land of All Sorts’ should win the MCM Expo Award For New Visionaries at next month’s Eagle Awards ceremony at MCM London Comic Con.

“It’s wonderful to see so many talented comic creators taking up the Huntsman's Challenge,” commented MCM co-organiser Paul Miley. “The artwork and writing of the entries has been of an amazingly high standard, so it’s a great achievement for Land of All Sorts and A Life of Death to make the final pair.”

“I'm thrilled by the enthusiasm the participants have shown and the quality of the work submitted,” added Eagle Awards chair Cassandra Conroy.

Both stories will also be printed in the MCM Expo London Comic Con show programme, be invited to the ceremony and after-party on the Friday of the event and receive industry passes and signing slots for the full London Comic Con weekend.

‘HUNTSMAN’S CHALLENGE’ COMPETITION JUDGES’ SHORTLIST

BEST STORY                         BEST ART

1. Land of All Sorts                 1. A Life of Death
2. Sleeping King                     2. Land of All Sorts
3. The Edge Of The Village    =3. Time of Reflection
=4. A Life of Death                =3. Long Live The Emperor
=4. Time of Reflection             5. Flint Tinder

To buy tickets for the MCM London Comic Con at Excel London on 25-27 May, please visit: https://www.mcmexpostore.com/store/

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