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Tor Triple Signing at Forbidden Planet

Adam Nevill, Adrian Tchaikovsky and Mark Charan Newton will be signing and meeting readers at Forbidden Planet, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR

Saturday 15th October 1pm – 2pm

For further details, see

Adam Nevill will also be taking part in the following events to celebrate the paperback publication of The Ritual:

A Twisted Tales night of occult horror with Ramsey Campbell and John Reppion

On Thursday 27th October, 7pm - 9.30pm at Halton Lea Library, Runcorn

This is a free event. 

A Twisted Tales House of Fear event with Nicholas Royle and Lisa Tuttle

On Friday 28th October, 6pm – 8pm at Waterstone’s Liverpool One

Tickets £2.

A Halloween Horror Night with Gary McMahon and David Moody

On Monday 31st October, 7.15pm at Warwick Arts Centre

Tickets £8, conc. £6.

Peter F Hamilton will be talking about and signing his first short story collection in 13 years, Manhattan In Reverse, at the following events:

Thursday 6th October, 6pm – 7pm

Signing at Forbidden Planet, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR

For further details, see

Friday 7th October, 7 - 9pm

Peter will be guest of honour at Everybody’s Reading Festival’s SF evening

He joins Professor George Fraser, Director of the Space Research Centre at the University of Leicester, to discuss the vision of science fiction vs. the reality of science

Leicester Central Library, Bishop Street, Town Hall Square, LE1 6AA

This is a free event.
Wednesday 12th October, 7 - 8pm

Reading, talk and signing at Waterstone’s, High Street, Lincoln, LN2 1AF

Tickets are £3 and available in store

Friday 14th October, 12 - 1.30pm

Signing at Waterstone’s, 28 Market Street, Leicester, LE1 6DP

 Friday 28th October, 1-2pm

Signing at Waterstone’s, West Mall, Castlepoint, Castle Lane West, Bournemouth, BH8 9UY

 Friday 28th October, 6.30pm

Reading, talk and signing at Waterstone’s, 69 Above Bar, Southampton, SO14 7FE

Tickets £3, available in store and redeemable against Peter’s books

Saturday 29th October, 1pm

Reading, talk and signing at MCM Expo, Excel, London

 China Miéville My Graphic Greats at the French Institute’s BD & Comics Passion Festival

Friday 7th October, 6.30pm. Tickets £10, conc. £8

The multi-award winning author of The City & The City, Kraken, and Embassytown has a keen interest in comic books. China will talk about a few of his favourite - sometimes neglected - creators and his relationship to graphic novels.


SEPTEMBER 28, MILWAUKIE, OR—As anticipation grows for what has become the fastest-growing comic show in the country, Dark Horse gives fans the first taste of what to expect at this year’s New York Comic Con!

The full schedule of Dark Horse programming can be found below:

Friday, October 14

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

Room 1A15


Join Dark Horse’s senior managing editor, Scott Allie, and director of public relations, Jeremy Atkins, for a look at all that the publisher has on tap for the coming year. In addition to news about all of the hot new fall titles, like Orchid, The Strain, and House of Night, we look to 2012 for a sneak peek at what fans can expect in not only the company’s flagship anthology Dark Horse Presents, but also Star Wars, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and more! Guests include Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Orchid), Brian Wood (DMZ, Northlanders, The Massive), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), Rick Remender (Fear Agent, Uncanny X-Force, The Punisher), Jerome Opeña (Fear Agent, The Punisher), Tony Moore (Fear Agent, The Walking Dead), and more!

Saturday, October 15

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Room 1A15


Dark Horse Comics invites you to attend a special panel highlighting the growing number of comics featuring vampires! In addition to the highly successful Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics, we introduce you to other titles, like Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden’s Baltimore, P. C. and Kristin Cast’s House of Night, and Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s The Strain! Join Dark Horse’s managing editor, Scott Allie, director of public relations, Jeremy Atkins, and Angel & Faith’s writer Christos Gage and artist Rebekah Isaacs, as well as a few surprise guests, for a panel you can really sink your teeth into. If that’s not enough, every attendee will receive a free copy of Angel & Faith #1!

4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Room 1A24


With comics, novels, movies, and a third game on the horizon, Mass Effect has become one of the largest science-fiction franchises in the world. Join Mass Effect lead writer Mac Walters, along with Dark Horse’s director of public relations, Jeremy Atkins, and director of custom programs, Nick McWhorter, for an exploration of what makes Mass Effect so special! Fans will get a firsthand look at the upcoming comics series Invasion and the art book The Art of the Mass Effect Universe, as well as a taste of Mass Effect 3! With announcements to be made, surprise guests, prizes, and giveaways, we couldn’t give you more reasons to attend!

5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Room 1A03


With Hellboy dead, and the B.P.R.D. and the world at large in shambles, what’s next for this elite team of paranormal investigators? Enter the mind of creator Mike Mignola for a spirited discussion of the future of Hellboy, the B.P.R.D., Lobster Johnson, Edward Grey, and a world that has spawned television, novels, video games, and more. Attendees will be rewarded with exclusive insight, announcements, and even a special giveaway!

6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Room 1A24


Discuss the new Dark Horse Creepy series, the classic age of the Warren Creepy and Eerie magazines, and all the exciting things coming up in the Creepy universe with a bone-chilling panel including Louise Simonson, Joe Harris (“The Curse” from Creepy #1–#3), and a number of other special guests. Moderated by New Comic Company’s twin engines Dan Braun (Creepy) and Josh Braun (A History of Violence). Plus, there will be Creepy trivia questions with swag and prizes!

Watch the Dark Horse blog for further announcements on signings, in-booth events, green-screen photo ops, and so much more!


SEPTEMBER 28, MILWAUKIE, OR—As part of the Marvel Syrocos program that debuted at San Diego Comic-Con International in July, it is announced today that Dark Horse will be releasing another exclusive Spider-Man statue for New York Comic Con!

New York Comic Con attendees will have a very significant opportunity to acquire a special statue released just for the show. Much like the previously released and long-sold-out SDCC exclusive, a very limited number of this statuette is being offered. It is packaged in the same litho-printed tin box that is the hallmark of the Dark Horse Syrocos, and is destined to be a bona fide hot item, both at the show and far beyond the exhibit hall. It will be sold at the normal retail price of $49.99, with a limit of four per customer.

“We wanted to evoke New York with our very special exclusive Spider-Man,” said Dark Horse’s VP of Product Development, David Scroggy. “Unfortunately, space constraints made a rooftop water tower or fire escape impossible, but we still hope fans can sense the city in this piece.”

The Marvel Syrocos program kicked off earlier this month with two alternating series: Classic Marvel Characters and the Fantastic Four. This new line will be deliberately different than the common modern Marvel collectible sculpture, with features like a rougher surface texture, visible seam lines, and other slightly distressed aspects, such as the method of paint application.

These special New York Comic Con exclusives will be available at four p.m. on Thursday, October 13. Don’t miss your chance to own one of these fantastic statues!

Flesk Publications exhibiting at APE this October 1-2 at the Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco

Art book publisher Flesk Publications will be exhibiting at APE (Alternative Press Expo) on October 1-2 at the Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco, booth number 212 and 213B, next to our friends at Stuart Ng Books.

Flesk will have copies of their entire line of books including exclusive titles, Flesk Prime, showcasing the art of Craig Elliott, Gary Gianni, Petar Meseldžija, Mark Schultz and William Stout, and the signed chapbooks Mysterious Islands by Gary Gianni, Mark Schultz: Blue Book, and the 16-page teaser for the upcoming Naughty and Nice: The Good Girl Art of Bruce Timm.

Also available will be recently released titles Al Williamson Archives volume two and Mark Schultz: Various Drawings volume five.

Craig Elliott will be at the booth for the duration of the show, promoting his upcoming Flesk collection, The Art of Craig Elliott. The book focuses on Craig’s fine art celebrating the female form, collected in a single volume for the first time. Craig’s lush imagery combines his meticulous understanding of design with his intensely emotional approach to color and form. Elliott works in the animation industry as a visual development artist, character designer and concept artist, collaborating on such hit films as Bee Movie, Treasure Planet, Rio and The Princess and the Frog. Craig will have original art, prints and jewelry on hand.

Free fliers and catalogues will be available for all 2011 Flesk Offerings.

Publisher, John Flesk, will be in attendance to offer insight into our upcoming titles and what is in store in the future.

We look forward to seeing you at the show!

Flesk Publications' focus is on comic, fantasy, fine and illustration art, and graphic novels. Our goal is to continue promoting the arts through quality collections. Our publications showcase the talents of James Bama, Craig Elliott, Gary Gianni, Petar Meseldžija, Steve Rude, Mark Schultz, Jim Silke, William Stout, Bruce Timm, Al Williamson, and more.

Full details and sample pages for these books and for all Flesk Publications titles, plus the most recent news can be found at Additional information can be read on publisher John Fleskes’ blog at

Conventions and events / Tharg the Mighty meets Dragons’ Den!
« on: September 27, 2011, 12:38:59 PM »
Tharg the Mighty meets Dragons’ Den!

Announcing the first official 2000 AD® convention portfolio session in years –
culminating in a Dragons’ Den-style show off!

2000 AD has teamed up with the annual Thought Bubble convention to create a very special event for budding comic book artists.

Thought Bubble is the UK’s largest annual event which celebrates sequential art in all its forms, including everything from superheroes to independent and small press comics. Thought Bubble 2011 will take place in Leeds with a centre-piece two day convention on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th.

Tharg demands that budding artists prove their worth before he will let them enter the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic – and this special portfolio session is not for the faint-hearted!

To take part in the first Tharg’s Thrill Challenge, artists should view the free sample five-page script – the Terror Tale ‘Patch Pea Podlings’ by Arthur Wyatt – available on the Thought Bubble website, draw their own version of it, and bring their efforts to the Saturday portfolio sessions being held at the 2000 AD stall.

The six best efforts chosen by Tharg himself will then go before a panel on the Sunday, where some of 2000 AD’s top-name talent will pass judgement in front of a live audience!

Only the brave-hearted need apply, earthlets – dare you bring your wares before the searing gaze of Tharg the Mighty?!



Diary Date: Saturday 15th October 1 – 2pm

FORBIDDEN PLANET are delighted to be hosting a triple signing with Adam Nevill, Mark Charan Newton and Adrian Tchaikovsky on Saturday 15th October at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2h 8JR.
 ADAM NEVILL is a graduate of the University of St Andrews Masters programme and the author of Banquet for the Damned, an original novel of supernatural horror inspired by M. R. James and the great tradition of the British weird tale. In his working life he’s endured a variety of occupations, including both nightwatchman and day porter in the exclusive apartment buildings of west London.
 Adam will be signing the new paperback of THE RITUAL.
 MARK CHARAN NEWTON was born in 1981, and holds a degree in Environmental Science. After working in bookselling, he moved into editorial positions at imprints covering film and media tie-in fiction, and later, science fiction and fantasy. He lives and works in Nottingham.
 Mark will be signing the third book in the sensational RED SUN series, THE BOOK OF TRANSFORMATIONS.
 ADRIAN TCHAIKOVSKY studied psychology and zoology at Reading. He subsequently ended up in law and has worked as a legal executive in both Reading and Leeds, where he now lives. Married, he’s a keen live role-player and occasional amateur actor, has trained in stage-fighting, and keeps no exotic pets of any kind, possibly excepting his son.
 Adrian will be signing the new paperback of the seventh book in the SHADOWS OF THE APT series, HIERS OF THE BLADE.
 Forbidden Planet is the largest store of its kind in the world. The biggest names in Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Comics have visited us for signing events, including: Guillermo del Toro, Sam Raimi, Terry Gilliam, Simon Pegg, Christopher Lee, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett and Stephen King.

Sarah Pinborough, Christopher Priest, Paul Meloy

and more launch this autumn’s scariest read

Foyles, Charring Cross Road, London – Tuesday 27th September, from 6.30pm

Tomorrow, something scary will be haunting Foyles book shop on Charing Cross Road, London!

The writers and editors of the upcoming House of Fear anthology of haunted house stories will be celebrating its launch and we'd like you to join us.

House of Fear is the new anthology of haunted house stories featuring terrifying tales by nineteen scribes of terror: Lisa Tuttle, Stephen Volk, Terry Lamsley, Adam L.G. Nevill, Weston Ochse, Rebecca Levene, Garry Kilworth, Chaz Brenchley, Robert Shearman, Nina Allan, Christopher Fowler, Sarah Pinborough, Paul Meloy, Christopher Priest, Jonathan Green, Nicholas Royle, Eric Brown, Tim Lebbon and Joe R. Lansdale.

You can RSVP and spot who'll be there at the Facebook page, but don't forget to reserve your free ticket through the Foyles website!


Feedback / Daisy sentient sentences
« on: September 25, 2011, 12:15:45 PM »

I don't know if this will work, simply because so many lurk and not enough add replies, but let's see if there are any creative juices out there.

What happens is I type in a creative sentence and see what you think is the next line. Someone else follows and so on. Occasionally, I'll look in and add one of my own to what has gone before.

This particular subject matter should be able to be kept going as long as there's a little co-operaton from you, the enlisted.

The sentence:-

Paradoxically, things are back to front depending on how you look at something.

Good hunting

Feedback / As an SF fan do you see yourself as an obsessive on the subject??
« on: September 24, 2011, 11:43:09 AM »
So are SF fans really obsessive. Let's confuse the non-believers with the truth.

SEGA® of America, Inc. and After Dark Films have partnered up for an exciting giveaway. Ten copies of the newly released game, Rise of Nightmares, for your Xbox 360® with Kinect™ is up for grabs on our Facebook page and Twitter account (one game per winner).
If you can’t wait to have the Rise of Nightmares game now, we don’t blame you!!! Please visit to purchase.

This exclusive giveaway runs from Thursday, September 22nd to Wednesday, September 28th @ 11:59pm on Facebook and Twitter.  Five Facebook winners and five  Twitter winners will be notified via e-mail by October 5th for a total of ten winners.  Here are the details:
Go to our After Dark Films Facebook page, and if you haven’t done so already, be sure to “like” us.  On the Rise of Nightmares tab you will find the sweepstakes rules, and the email address where to enter. On the subject line please write: Rise of Nightmares Giveaway. Five winners will be randomly selected by Oct 5th. 
To win, first make sure you're following us on Twitter. Then, tweet a response to this question:  What is your worst nightmare?
Be sure you include @afterdarkfilms and the URL  Limit one (1) entry per person and/or per Twitter account. You must be following us on Twitter to win. Five winners will be randomly selected by Oct 5th. One tweet per day.
Here’s a sample tweet:
@afterdarkfilms My worst nightmare was when all my ADF movies were destroyed

Press Releases / Multiple Signings at Forbidden Planet
« on: September 22, 2011, 12:44:56 PM »
It’s all happening at Forbidden Planet!

We have one our busiest and most exciting months for signings ever – with some fantastic names coming to see us.
 Make a note in your diary and make sure you don’t miss: -
 Peter F Hamilton signing Manhattan in Reverse
Peter F Hamilton, master of space opera and top-ten bestselling author will be signing his short story collection MANHATTAN IN REVERSE at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Thursday 6th October 6 – 7pm.
 American McGee signing The Art of Alice: Madness Returns
Legendary games designer American McGee will be signing: THE ART OF ALICE: MADNESS RETURNS at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Saturday 8th October 1 – 2pm.
 John Landis signing: Monsters in the Movies
Top director John Landis will be signing MONSTERS IN THE MOVIES at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Tuesday 11th October 6 – 7pm.
 Warwick Davis signing Size Matters Not
Actor Warwick Davis will be signing his fantastic biography Size Matters Not at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Wednesday 21st April 6 – 7pm.
 Triple Signing with Paul Cornell, Gareth L Powell and Justina Robson

In anticipation of BristolCon, we’re delighted to be hosting a triple signing with Paul Cornell, Gareth L Powell and Justina Robson on Friday 21st October at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, Clifton Heights, Triangle West, Bristol BS8 1EJ.
 Richard Morgan signing The Cold Commands in Bristol and in London
Richard Morgan, the King of noir SF will be signing THE COLD COMMANDS, the follow-up to the sensational THE STEEL REMAINS at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, Clifton Heights, Triangle West, Bristol, BS8 1EJ on Friday 21st October from 2:30 - 3:30pm and at at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Saturday 22nd October 1 – 2pm.
 Forbidden Planet is the largest store of its kind in the world. Some of the biggest names in Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror have come to our London Megastore for signings including: Guillermo del Toro, Sam Raimi, Edgar Wright, Jonathan Ross, Neil Gaiman, Terry Gilliam, Simon Pegg, William Gibson and Stephen King.
 For more news about our signings please go to:

« on: September 21, 2011, 12:47:05 PM »
Diary Date: CAMBRIDGE: Saturday 1st October 1 – 2pm
 LONDON: Wednesday 5th October 6 – 7pm

Forbidden Planet is pleased to announce two signings by NICK SPENCER for Morning Glories Volume 2. He will be at the CAMBRIDGE store on Saturday 1st October from 1 – 2pm and the LONDON MEGASTORE on Wednesday 5th October from 6 – 7pm.
 Morning Glory Academy is one of the most prestigious prep schools in the country... but something sinister and deadly lurks behind its walls. When six gifted but troubled students arrive, they find themselves trapped and fighting for their lives as the secrets of the academy reveal themselves! Collecting the second story arc of the smash series in one volume, here you learn some of the secrets in the Glories' lives as the stories delve into their past and show how it affects their present. Each chapter focuses on a different Glory while maintaining the narrative and moving the mystery forward.
 Nick Spencer is a comic book writer known for his creator-owned titles at Image Comics. While in college, Nick wrote three pitches to Marvel Comics soon after the Marvel Knights imprint launched in 1998. According to Spencer, ‘Joe [Quesada] didn’t like the first two but the third one was a Black Cat pitch that was a Jackie Brown kind of Tarantino-esque thing. He said he liked that one but they weren’t going to do anything with anybody new at the time.’ Nick went on to work in other fields, including politics and music, before he successfully pitched Existence 2.0 to Jim Valentino of Image Comics. The first issue was released in July 2009. Nick has also written THE INFINITE VACATION, ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN, CLOAK & DAGGER, VICTOR VON DOOM, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS and THIEF OF THIEVES.
 Forbidden Planet is the largest store of its kind in the world. Some of the biggest names in Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Comics and Cult Entertainment have come to our London Megastore for signing events, including: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Terry Gilliam, Simon Pegg, William Gibson, Mark Millar, Guillermo Del Toro, Brian Froud and Stephen King.


 Meet the creators of some of the newest titles at Image ComIcs with BLUE ESTATE’s Viktor Kalvachev and the team from BENAROYA PUBLISHING: MARKSMEN's David Baxter, RED SPIKE's Jeff Cahn & SAMURAI’S BLOOD's Owen Wiseman!!!
 The Benaroya Publishing and Blue Estate event will take place in Los Angeles at Golden Apple Comics on September 21st, 2011 from 6-8 P.M. at 7018 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood. For more information, please call 323-658-6047.
Golden Apple Comics has been the premier comic book & pop culture store in Los Angeles for over 30 years.Always cutting edge & proactive in the community, Golden Apple views this as a great opportunity to attract new readers to our thriving industry. A place in LA for anything groundbreaking in the comic world.

With art and design credits ranging from DMZ, The Nocturnals and Penthouse to video games like The Incredibles: Escape from Nomanisan Island, Viktor is also the creative force behind the graphic novel Pherone and the massively multiplayer online virtual world, VIE.

Founded by Michael Benaroya in 2009, Benaroya Publishing is a comic book and graphic novel production company dedicated to thrilling and compelling storytelling. A subsidiary of Benaroya Pictures, Benaroya Publishing is based in Los Angeles, California and launches their debut titles this Spring under the Image Comics label. With David Elliott (FALL OUT TOY WORKS and co-founder of RADICAL PUBLISHING) at the helm as in-house Editor-in-Chief, Benaroya Publishing promises to bring fresh new ideas, and uniquely told stories to the comics literary world. For more information, visit

David Baxter is a writer/producer whose first feature film, Shooting Lily, won the 1996 SXSW Film Festival. Dave is making his comic book debut with Benaroya Publishing and Image Comics on the title MARKSMAN. Dave is also the recipient of the 2004 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation/Tribeca Film Institute screenwriting grant for two science themed film projects he currently has in development.

Owen Wiseman writes graphic novels, screenplays, and prose. Owen was raised by hippies in the Pacific Northwest, and fed a steady diet of appropriate books and inappropriate movies. In seventh grade, he was accidentally put into a Japanese class, and the venerable Furado-sensei convinced him to stay. He taught Owen about the language, culture, and fascinating history of this complex and beautiful island nation, and Furado-sensei’s passion for the Japanese culture triggered Owen’s love for it as well.

After graduating from Pomona College, Jeff Cahn returned to his hometown of New Orleans, where he interned on the set of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button for Digital Domain’s Oscar winning visual effects team. Once the shoot wrapped, he returned to Los Angeles and now works at Benaroya Pictures and Publishing as a story developer and writer of both screen and comics.

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