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GARETH ROBERTS will be signing the Doctor Who  novel, SHADA (BBC books) at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Wednesday 14th March from 6 – 7pm.

Based on the scripts for the original television series by the legendary Douglas Adams, SHADA retells a Tom Baker era adventure of the Doctor that never made it to the screen in 1979, due to industrial action.

The Doctor's old friend and fellow Time Lord Professor Chronotis has retired to Cambridge University - where nobody will notice if he lives for centuries. But now he needs help from the Doctor, Romana and K-9. When he left Gallifrey he took with him a few little souvenirs - most of them are harmless. But one of them is extremely dangerous.

Gareth Roberts has written a huge number of Doctor Who spin off titles and has also written scripts for the TV Series and The Sarah Jane Adventures.


Forbidden Planet is the largest store of its kind in the world. Some of the biggest names in SF, Fantasy and Cult Entertainment have come to our London Megastore for events, including Jonathan Ross, Kevin Smith, Sam Raimi, Guillermo del Toro, John Landis, Terry Gilliam, Christopher Lee, Simon Pegg, William Gibson, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, and Stephen King.

For more about our signings please go to: 





DAN ABNETT will be signing the latest title in the HORUS HERESY series, KNOW NO FEAR (Black Library) at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Saturday 25th February from 1 – 2pm.

The next book in the epic and million-selling Horus Heresy series, following The Outcast Dead, Deliverance Lost and many others! Know No Fear focuses on the Battle of Calth, one of the most iconic engagements in the Horus Heresy, which scattered the Ultramarines fleet and slaughtered all who stood in the way of the Bearers Legion Action does not get better than this!

Dan Abnett is a novelist and an award-winning comic book writer. He’s written 25 novels for the Black Library, including the acclaimed Gaunt's Ghosts series and the Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies, and with Mike Lee, the Darkblade cycle. His Black Library novel Horus Rising and his Torchwood novel Border Princes (for the BBC) were both bestsellers. He lives and works in Maidstone, Kent.

Forbidden Planet is the largest store of its kind in the world. Some of the biggest names in SF, Fantasy and Cult Entertainment have come to our London Megastore for events, including Jonathan Ross, Kevin Smith, Sam Raimi, Guillermo del Toro, John Landis, Terry Gilliam, Christopher Lee, Simon Pegg, William Gibson, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, and Stephen King.

For more about our signings please go to: 

Feedback / Choosing Internet servers - do you really believe the adverts?
« on: February 09, 2012, 04:15:18 PM »
Hello everyone

Now this has to be a question you can all answer, especially if you're in the UK.

You see an advert on TV offering a deal on moving to a new Internet server. Usually its a cheap deal for a few months before going up to the full wack and it often doesn't include the phone rental bill, so you end up having to pay two different places when one might do and so there is no overall benefit.

So, let's see if I've given enough choices for you to choose from. If I haven't let me know and I'll add any extra choices.

It's something that affects us all so you must surely have an opinion on the subject.


ROK Delivers ‘Viz’ iPhone App For Dennis Publishing
9th February 2012
ROK Global PLC, the mobile and web technology, applications and
services company, has announced its latest mobile application, a
highly innovative iPhone application featuring characters and content
from the hugely popular adult comic ‘Viz’, has been launched on the
iPhone App Store.
Developed for Dennis Publishing, the Viz Strip Teaser iPhone
application will provide customers with all the latest Viz characters
and content. One issue is included in the free download, with
subsequent issues priced at £1.49.
“Viz is a national institution in the UK so we’re delighted to have
been chosen to develop the magazine’s iPhone app which we’re confident
will prove very popular indeed.” Said Jonathan Kendrick, Chairman of
ROK Global.
ROK Global is the parent company of ROK Comics (,
publishers of Team M.O.B.I.L.E. ( and the
digital edition of Britain's adventure anthology STRIP Magazine for
Listed on the Open Market of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, ROK Global
PLC was co-founded by US Billionaire John Paul DeJoria and UK-based
serial technology-specialist entrepreneur, Jonathan Kendrick.
In addition to being the co-founder of ROK, John Paul DeJoria is
Chairman and CEO of John Paul Mitchell Systems and is also co-founder
of Patron Tequila, the world’s leading premium tequila brand.
ROK has pioneered many new technologies and services in the rapidly-
evolving mobile and web space including high quality mass-market
Mobile TV (which can be streamed, live and on-demand, over 2.5G as
well as 3G and Wi-Fi) which it licenses to Mobile Operators, revenue-
generating applications available direct to consumers via the leading
application stores, mobile security technologies which it licenses to
law enforcement agencies and multi-language text-to-speech
technologies which it licenses to website owners.
Check out <>

Feedback / Comedic scenes in Science Fiction TV and films
« on: February 01, 2012, 02:12:52 PM »
OK, folks.

Here's something you must all have favourites in. Comedy scenes in Science Fiction TV and films. I'm not looking for scenes from comedy shows like Red Dwarf, Futurama, etc where comedy is its key thing. If you have a UTube link to show off the relevant scene, so much the better.

I'll give an example.

One of my favourite comedic scenes is from the first season on Babylon 5 at the start of the episode 'Babylon Squared', where at breakfast time, Ivanova isn't used to eternal night and Sinclair hushabys her to sleep and he and Garibaldi convince her she slept through breakfast. Totally priceless and beats the 'socks' gag further in but both are funny.

Now let's see what hits your funny button.


Press Releases / Nov8rix launches Renegade Arts Entertainment App
« on: February 01, 2012, 04:48:41 AM »
Nov8rix launches Renegade Arts Entertainment App

Renegade and Nov8rix Partner to deliver graphic novels, audio books, previews and more!

If you’re a fan of John Bolton (Batman: Manbat, Evil Dead), Alan Grant (Batman,Judge Dredd), Lovern Kindzierski (Animal Man, Sandman) and Doug Bradley (Hellraiser), it’s now even easier to find their titles published by Renegade Arts Entertainment. Renegade, partnering with Nov8rix, have launched their first official iPad Bookstore app.

Comic readers who download the app, available via iTunes, will have access to titles such as Shame: Conception from Lovern Kindzierski and John Bolton, Shades of Grey: 24 Hours in London from Alexander Finbow and William Simpson (Batman, Aliens), Granny’s Attic from Liz Dodsworth and Turning Tiger from Richmond Clements and Alex Moore, Channel Evil from Alan Grant and Shane Oakley (Albion, Cthulhu Tales) and a preview comic of the upcoming The Loxleys and the War of 1812 from Alan Grant, Claude St. Aubin (R.E.B.E.L.S., Batman: Turning Points) and Lovern Kindzierski.

In addition to the above titles, the Renegade Arts Entertainment app will soon offer Doug Bradley’s Spinechillers, classic horror audiobooks and movies, narrated by genre legends Doug Bradley, Robert Englund and Jeffrey Combs, as well as The Spine Chillers comedy web comic strips, written and illustrated by Ben Clark.

"Renegade Arts Entertainment is passionate about their work. The caliber of writing, storytelling, and artwork is excellent - which demonstrates their commitment to creating the highest quality content. We are thrilled that the Renegade team selected our iPad Publisher platform to power the Renegade App on the iPad. Their content translates beautifully and is a pleasure to experience on the iPad." said Manish Sehgal, CEO of Nov8rix.

Alexander Finbow, Editor in Chief of Renegade, adds, “We are very excited to be able to offer our titles for the iPad through our own bookstore app. It gives our readers who want the digital experience an easy place to find all our stories on a great platform. Our app lets you read them wherever you are in the world, instantly.”

 The Renegade Arts Entertainment App is available now for download via the iTunes app store and at

About Renegade Arts Entertainment

We are a creator owned publisher of comic books, but only a few and we are very discerning with our choices. Our mix so far has been from experienced A list writers and artists and newer blood who pitched projects just too good to turn down.

Some of our projects have come from within Renegade itself, like Alan Grant and Shane Oakley's Channel Evil and Alexander Finbow and William Simpson's Shades Of Grey. We only publish comic books that our creators are 100% passionate about and all of us at Renegade believe are of the highest quality. For more information, please visit us at


About Nov8rix

Based in the media capital of New York City, Nov8rix was founded to answer the need of businesses and individuals seeking to publish content on mobile devices.To date, Nov8rix has released 200+ apps for iOS and Android and continue to focus on creating great products and providing world class service to clients.

For more information please visit or

Award winning composer Christopher Young will be at the Dark Delicacies storefront this Sunday, January 29, 2012 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, along with fellow composers Philip Pope, Rolfe Kent, William Stromberg, Cliff Eidelman, and Nigel Morgan. Dark Delicacies is located at 3512 West Magnolia Blvd Burbank, CA 91505.
Among horror composers, Christopher Young is known for his versatility. He will be at Dark Delicacies, Burbank's "home of horror", to meet with fans and discuss his work on his horror film scores, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Drag Me To Hell, and The Grudge, among his many other horror credits.

January 27-29, 2012
(Los Angeles, CA) January 24, 2011- Film and television composer Daniel Licht will receive Composer of the Year at the Third Annual Russian Horror Film Awards this week on January 28, 2012 in Moscow. Supported by the Russian Ministry of Culture and the Russian Cinematography Union, this event honors both native and foreign films, actors, directors, and composers within the horror genre. Past honorees include Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and Jeffrey Combs (The Re-Animator). Daniel Licht will be honored with Composer of the Year for his repertoire within the horror genre, which includes Thinner, Children of the Corn, Dexter and the upcoming videogame Silent Hill: Downpour score.
Daniel Licht’s scoring approach has solidified him as one of a kind. Licht’s eccentric techniques create an anxious and fearful environment for his most notable work, Emmy Award winning Dexter. Licht’s scoring, described as “eerie”, employs his most diverse techniques- playing instruments upside down, sideways, and with human bones. The show follows Dexter Morgan, a serial killer turned executioner. Unable to be traced, he continues to kill only those that have committed murder themselves. In January, Showtime will be conducting a score remix contest of Daniel Licht’s “Blood Theme” from Dexter.
Daniel Licht enters new territory with his original score for the videogame Silent Hill: Downpour. Downpour will explore new territory the previous Silent Hill games have not yet ventured. Licht stated at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, “I’m inspired by the mood and the story. I try to come up with a sound world that I feel like will amplify and augment the player’s experience. I incorporated piano, industrial sounds, and the mandolin. Composing for videogames takes me back to the form of the music because it doesn’t always have to fit the visuals”.
Daniel Licht’s composing techniques are not limited to horror. He scores weekly ABC’s Body of Proof, a show following a medical examiner, giving way to the day to day turmoil she goes through- creating a feeling of apprehension and hardship. His most recent film, Dumbstruck, is a documentary about five ventriloquists and their “dummies” at the annual Vent Haven Convention in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky. Dumbstruck DVD and soundtrack are now available.
Daniel Licht got his musical start in independent films with Stephen King’s Thinner. After scoring Splendor for Gregg Araki, he went on to score Cowboy Up for Academy Award winning director Xavier Koller. He has also worked with director Alex Cox and was commissioned to work with actor and producer Ben Stiller.

The Third Annual Russian Horror Film Awards support the developing Russian horror industry and the Russian film service. The three day event includes a film festival, master classes, and an autograph signing event. Other honorees this year include director Stuart Gordon (Stuck), director AJ Annila (Sauna) and actress Jodelle Ferland (Twilight Saga: Eclipse).

Press Releases / Dark Horse wants your sprogs
« on: January 24, 2012, 04:49:38 AM »


January 23, MILWAUKIE, OR—Do you or someone you know have a penchant for the supernatural? Do you like spending time in the great outdoors? Are you between the ages of 9 and 17? Will you be in Portland, Oregon, from July 16 to July 20? If so, Trackers Earth has the ultimate summer-camp experience for you!


Dark Horse Comics is proud to announce a partnership with Trackers Earth offering officially licensed B.P.R.D. and Hellboy camps, made possible through the generous permission of Mike Mignola, creator of B.P.R.D. and Hellboy.


“Trackers Earth is part of what makes Portland such an interesting place to live, and the most fun place in the country to raise a kid. This year my 6-year-old did Trackers camps focusing on forest ninja skills and stealth archery, and attended a school of magic. I wish he were old enough for B.P.R.D. camp, and I can’t wait to participate myself,” said B.P.R.D. editor Scott Allie. 


Trackers Earth is looking for a few good recruits that have got what it takes to join an elite team of paranormal investigators combating the forces of darkness from all across the globe. They immerse you in tactical training of all forms, including survival skills in any environment (both earthly and non), martial arts and self-defense specific to preternatural entities, hand-to-hand weaponry (foam swords, bows, and more) and forensic investigation. All these are key skills that every agent must have; plus, you will be steeped in the history of the Bureau and the legacy of paranormal research.

Call to Action

Recruits get actual field time during the entire camp. Learning is hands-on, with essential survival skills such as shelter building, stealth, and tactical and martial-arts training.

Younger Recruits

Ages 9–10: Younger recruits train in survival and field skills in local green spaces. They also spend their day investigating the haunted history of our city, piecing together the larger mystery revolving around the legend of Adolph Aschoff.


Older Recruits

Ages 11–13 and 14–17: Older recruits also investigate nearby “haunts,” then finally travel to Camp Trackers near Sandy, Oregon, to investigate reports of dark figures and strange happenings at the remnants of the old, defunct town of Marmot. Here they search for a legendary and lost pioneer cemetery (true story) to ask local specters and spirits about the town’s history and the legend of Adolph Aschoff, the man who is said to have sealed away an ancient evil upon the founding of the town.


Wednesday–Friday Overnight: Older recruits culminate their week with a two-night stay at Camp Trackers’ outdoor wilderness site in Sandy, Oregon. This is the perfect opportunity to focus on many of the skills taught at the camp.


The B.P.R.D. Training Camp includes:

• Tactical training
 • Survival in any environment
 • Martial arts and self-defense specific to preternatural entities
 • Hand-to-hand weaponry (foam swords, bows, and more)
 • Investigation and forensics
 • Folklore and mythology
 • Potions and charms 101
 • Telepathy training
 • Gadgets of the occult: EMF detectors, polarized lenses, and other paranormal investigative gear
 • Comparative analogy and physiology of monsters
 • Construction of your own quality foam swords and training weapons
 • Meeting with the artists of the comic book that documents the adventures of the B.P.R.D.
 • Bureau history and paranormal research

“It’s good to be a kid in Portland. Which other camp teaches you not only survival skills but also telepathy.”—Bleeding Cool

To find out more about B.P.R.D. Camp (AKA Hellboy Camp), head over to the official website:


About Trackers Earth

Tony and Molly Deis founded Trackers Earth in 2004. Tony based Trackers on his personal work in outdoor education since 1992 while teaching and developing programs with the Audubon Society of Portland, Metro Regional Parks and Greenspaces, Portland State University and many more. Since then, referrals from both parents and students has grown Trackers into one of the largest and most well respected camp and outdoor programs in Portland, Oregon and beyond.

About Dark Horse Comics

Since 1986, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists.  In addition to publishing comics from top talent like Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Gerard Way, Will Eisner, and best-selling prose author Janet Evanovich, Dark Horse has developed such successful characters as the Mask, Timecop, and the Occultist. Additionally, its highly successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan the Barbarian, Mass Effect, Serenity, and Domo. Today, Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic-book publisher in the United States and is recognized as both an innovator in the cause of creator rights and the comics industry’s leading publisher of licensed material.

News / PS roadshow end of Jan 2012
« on: January 23, 2012, 01:59:21 PM »
PS Roadshow, featuring me and Ramsey Campbell and Paul Kane. So let's start again, shall we. Here's the note with the details correct. Ramsey Campbell, Paul Kane and I are appearing on a (very!) mini PS carnival tour of the cream of the northwest’s Waterstone’s outlets next weekend and we’d love to see you (especially if you buy some books). We’re at Liverpool on Friday 27 and Lancaster on Saturday 28 (kicking off at 6 pm for both), reading and talking and signing (and then drinking and laughing and eating which, as everyone surely knows by now, we’re rather good at). Check here:   AND

email here  [email protected] for the number of tickets you'd like to reserve. They're absolutely free and there's no commitment; the guys at the stores just need to know how many seats to set out. Here's a link to the blog post with more details:

News / Arcanna Free Comic Day
« on: January 19, 2012, 05:11:00 AM »
Arcana is proud to be participating in another Free Comic Book Day this year, but this time we're doing things quite different. We're kicking off an AMAZING company-wide crossover called INTRINSIC, which will blow you away. We can't give a lot away now, but we can provide a sneak peak of the cover to INTRINSIC above, plus a description below. Be sure to ask your local comic book shop to get you a copy of INTRINSIC! You won't want to miss it... trust us! For the price of free, you can't go wrong.


ARCANA COMICS' - 25% off at the Arcana Store!

VANCOUVER (Jan 16, 2012) - We're neart the tail end of our Winter Sale over at the Arcana Store. We are still offering 25% off of all purchases from the Arcana Store from now through the end of January! Just head over to, add some books to your cart, and use code "ARCANAWINTER" (case sensitive) at checkout for 25% off!

There are a bunch more books up on the site, so browse through and pick up a few!

We're 175 Graphic Novels and 227 Characters strong and growing every month!


Arcana Studios, Inc. is a transmedia company that has aggressively pursued establishing brands through engaging storytelling and compelling art. With a strong foothold in the print publishing world, Arcana continues to be a premier content provider. Arcana owns one of the world’s largest libraries of graphic novels and comics, and has adapted this library into live action feature films, stereoscopic 3D animated features, episodic television series and toys.

Arcana Studios, Inc. remains independent of major entertainment studio affiliation. Arcana Studios is currently in production of the stereoscopic 3D animated feature, The Clockwork Girl. Arcana is also partnered with Gale Ann Hurd (“Terminator”, “Aliens”) on Gearhead, Alexandra Milchan (Sylvestor Stallone’s “Head Shot”) on Blade of Kumori, Hans Rodinoff and Hollywood Media Bridge (“Lost Boys: The Tribe”) on Raise Kane, Scott Milam (“Mother’s Day”) on Gauze, Ben Magid (“Hack/Slash”) on Trout, Jar Productions (“Hidden Howie”) on Philosopher Rex, Terry Dougas (“The Invention of Lying”) on The Tower, Doc Wyatt (“Napoleon Dynamite”) on 100 Girls, JC Spink (“The Hangover”) on Continuum, Adrian Askarieh (“The Hitman”) on Amnesia and also is producing a three slate at Codeblack/Universal for Light’s Out, Ant and Blam!

Feedback / Live in the UK and fancy yourself as a reviewer??
« on: January 12, 2012, 01:57:30 PM »
Hello everyone

Well, not quite everyone, this is for you who live in the UK.

Fancy your chances at becoming a reviewer with SFCrowsnest, then follow the routs off the SFC main page as to requirements and email me a sample review.

If you're extra-terrestrial will need proof.


PS If you're into fantasy then you've hit the sweets jar.

Forbidden Planet are delighted to welcome back one of favourite SF writers – Alastair Reynolds will be signing in London on Saturday 20th January, from 4 – 5pm.
With e-book success sensation Amanda Hocking earlier in the day, it promises to be a Saturday to remember!
You can find  a full list of our events on our site, here:

Independent publishers and their writers might want to look in on the Rubery Book Award link:-

and see if you're qualified to submitting a review copy.

Closing date: 31st March 2012

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