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Out of the Woodwork 208 May 2014
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Welcome to our newsletter, it contains up to the minute news and gossip as well as awards details and items that sometime require help from the collective consciousness. If you wish to contribute please do so! This is a big newsletter, there's an awful lot been going on in the past month. All of these stories and images have appeared previously on our Facebook page which is usually updated daily - when we take a break from cataloguing the books!

Contents:-

Monster movie Godzilla has topped the UK box office in its opening weekend, taking £6.4 million for the 3-D reboot
Fancy riding a Star Wars Hoverbike, well you will be able to in 2017, but at a price!
Ray Bradbury's home in Cheviot Hills up for sale
The 2013 Nebula Awards were presented Saturday 17th May at the Science Fiction Writers of America’s 49th annual event Saturday in San Josa, Ca
Ten years on from the events of Monsters, and the ‘Infected Zones’ have spread worldwide. Looks pretty damn hot. - we've a clip
'Biggest dinosaur ever' discovered and by big! We mean big!
Comedian Frank Skinner is to take a guest star role in the forthcoming series of Doctor Who.
The Great War was world's first sci-fi war, says Pat Mills
Justice League: DC superhero team film confirmed featuring both Batman and Superman
JK Rowling's Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is to be made into a film trilogy

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Obituaries:.Radu Florescu was a Romanian-born professor and philanthropist who gained worldwide renown in 1972 for co-authoring the book In Search of Dracula. Patrick James Woodroffe (b. 1940 Halifax, West Yorkshire, died 10 May 2014) was an English artist, etcher and drawer, who specialised in fantasy science-fiction artwork, with images that bordered on the surreal. The author Leslie Thomas, best known for his comic novel The Virgin Soldiers, has died aged 83.


Department of Smug Self Satisfaction - what our kind customers have to say about the fantastic experience!
Silly Stuff. Some of the entertaining images we've found during the last few weeks - plenty more on our facebook page.

Latest new arrivals . Well we've got some little belters for you. For a start there's Wormwood 22 edited by Mark Valentine from Tartarus Press, The Moon King by Neil Williamson and Strange Visitors by Eric Brown from Newcon Press. From the TTA stable we've Interzone 252, Black Static 40 and Cold Turkey by Carole Johnstone (TTA Novella) and finally from Swan River Press The Dark Return of Time by R B Russell and last but not least The Green Book 3 editied by Brian J Showers.


External Blinks:

Five lessons in creativity and crime writing by the one and only - Jo Nesbo
The Guardian has a fascinating piece on crime and fantasy fiction - well worth a read
SF reviews from the Guardian


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Help needed for a client from the USA - Anyone know which horror novel this might be: The best clue is the cover design of what looks like an infant,a baby naked,on it's back but the head is that of a man bald except for brown hair on the sides and he has little devil horns on his head. He may be smiling. It wasn't an image,if I remember correctly,that took up the entire cover design. It is a novel

If you might cast a light on this please email us - simon@fantasticliterature.com


Monster movie Godzilla has topped the UK box office in its opening weekend, taking £6.4 million for the 3-D reboot. Starring Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen, it knocked last week's number one Bad Neighbours into second place. The Seth Rogan and Zac Efron comedy took £1.4m, while The Amazing Spider-Man 2 dropped into third place in its fifth week of release. Godzilla also topped the weekend's US box office with $93.2m (£55.4m). BBC


It isn’t a hoverboard, but it is the next best thing: Californian company Aerofex is now taking down payments for the Star Wars-like Aero-X hoverbike. Priced at $85,000 the Aero-X certainly isn’t cheap, but if it actually comes to market as promised in 2017, I don’t think the price tag will be an issue for early adopters. The Aero-X, if it performs as advertised, will be capable of carrying up to 140 kilos (310 lbs), at an altitude of 3.7 meters (12 feet), at speeds of up to 72 kph (45 mph). Extreme-tech


The Cheviot Drive home where Ray Bradbury lived and wrote for 50 years has been listed for sale at $1.495 million. It's your typical Cheviot Hills 4-bedroom, 3-bath with 2,400 square feet and a decent backyard. His writing room in the basement is billed as the place where Bradbury wrote his most famous works, including "Fahrenheit 451," "The Martian Chronicles" and others. That is, when he wasn't typing "Fahrenheit 451" on pay-by-the-minute typewriters in the UCLA Library Full details


The 2013 Nebula Awards were presented Saturday at the Science Fiction Writers of America’s 49th annual event Saturday in San Josa, Calif.

Gravity won the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, beating out the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special “The Day of the Doctor,” Europa Report, Her, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Pacific Rim for one of the top honors awarded specifically to sci-fi movies and TV episodes.

The top novel was Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice, beating out Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane, among others. Full list on nominees and winners here


Ten years on from the events of Monsters, and the ‘Infected Zones’ have spread worldwide. Looks pretty damn hot.

 

 


Fossilised bones of a dinosaur believed to be the largest creature ever to walk the Earth have been unearthed in Argentina, palaeontologists say. Based on its huge thigh bones, it was 40m (130ft) long and 20m (65ft) tall. Weighing in at 77 tonnes, it was as heavy as 14 African elephants, and seven tonnes heavier than the previous record holder, Argentinosaurus. Scientists believe it is a new species of titanosaur - an enormous herbivore dating from the Late Cretaceous period. BBC story



Comedian Frank Skinner is to take a guest star role in the forthcoming series of Doctor Who. Skinner will appear in one episode of series eight - the first with Peter Capaldi playing the Doctor. The Room 101 presenter, a longtime fan of the show, said he was "beyond excited" at being given the role. BBC story


Charley's War was a comic strip set in World War One that ran for many years in Battle, a British comic published in the 1970s until the late 80s. Written by Pat Mills and illustrated by the late Joe Colquhoun, it follows young Londoner Charley Bourne's fight to survive in the trenches of the Western Front. After starting his career with Dundee-based publisher DC Thomson, Mills co-created Battle with fellow comic book writer John Wagner and also launched British science-fiction/fantasy comic 2000AD. Here Mills gives an insight into writing Charley's War and why he believes how mechanised warfare - machine guns, zeppelins and planes - made WW1 the world's first science-fiction war. Full BBC article


A film in which Batman and Superman will team up with other superheroes from the DC Comics stable has been confirmed by the Warner Bros studio. It follows widespread speculation that a film about the so-called Justice League will follow the previously announced Superman vs Batman film. "It will be a further expansion of this universe," said Greg Silverman, Warner Bros president of worldwide production. Zack Snyder will direct the film, the Wall Street Journal has reported. BBC


JK Rowling's Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is to be made into a film trilogy. The book, published in 2001, was originally billed as one of Harry Potter's Hogwarts textbooks. Warner Bros chief Kevin Tsujihara persuaded author Rowling to adapt the book for the big screen. Last week, he told the New York Times there would be a trilogy of films based on the book, which follows a "magizoologist" named Newt Scamander. BBC story


 

Obituaries:


A famous historian who made the link between Dracula and Romanian prince Vlad the Impaler has died. Radu Florescu was a Romanian-born professor and philanthropist who gained worldwide renown in 1972 for co-authoring the book In Search of Dracula. He died aged 88 on Sunday 18th may in Mougins, France, from complications connected to pneumonia, his son John Florescu said.

Patrick James Woodroffe (b. 1940 Halifax, West Yorkshire, died 10 May 2014) was an English artist, etcher and drawer, who specialised in fantasy science-fiction artwork, with images that bordered on the surreal. His achievements include several collaborations with well-known musicians, two bronze sculptures displayed in Switzerland and numerous books

The author Leslie Thomas, best known for his comic novel The Virgin Soldiers, has died aged 83. Thomas, born in Newport, south Wales, was brought up in a Barnardo's home from age 12, and was a Fleet Street reporter before he began novel writing. In 2004 he was appointed an OBE for services to literature having sold millions of books worldwide. He died at his home near Salisbury in Wiltshire on Tuesday6th May after a lengthy illness.


 

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5. Absolutely AWESOME service. The books are as new, and they got to me in less than 4 days how cool is that. Thanks SO MUCH. Can't wait to get reading. (Amazon UK)


Silly stuff; Some of the more amusing pictures and jokes we've found on the internet over the past month.

When Disney meets Star Wars

 


New arrivals for your delectation:- 

THE DARK RETURN OF TIME by R B Russell (Swan River Press) signed edition

The past doesn’t always stay where it should. It is as though somebody, or something, is forever trying to bring it painfully into the present. Flavian Bennett is trying to leave his past behind when he goes to work in his father’s bookshop in Paris. But a curious customer, Reginald Hopper, is desperate to resurrect his own murky origins. Hopper believes that a rare and mysterious book, The Dark Return of Time, may be the key to what happened before he arrived in Paris..

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THE GREEN BOOK 3 edited by Brian J Showers (Swan River)

Aimed at a general readership and published twice-yearly, The Green Book features commentaries, articles, and reviews on Irish Gothic, Supernatural and Fantastic literature.

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COLD TURKEY by Carole Johnstone (TTA Press)

All Raym wants to do is give up smoking. So why is his entire life falling apart? Why are new mistakes and old terrors conspiring against him? Why is he being plagued by the very worst spectre from his childhood? And why does giving up suddenly -- horrifyingly -- feel much, much more like giving in?
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INTERZONE 252 edited by Andy Cox (TTA)

The May–June issue of the 2013 British Fantasy Award winning magazine contains new stories by Neil Williamson, Katharine E.K. Duckett, Val Nolan, Oliver Buckram, Claire Humphrey, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam. The cover art is by Wayne Haag, and interior colour illustrations are by Richard Wagner, Martin Hanford, Wayne Haag, Warwick Fraser-Coombe. .

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BLACK STATIC 40 edited by Andy Cox (TTA)

The May–June issue has new horror and dark fantasy fiction by Tim Casson, Chris Barnham, Sarah Read, Stephen Hargadon, Steve Rasnic Tem, and a new Quay-Endula novella by Paul Meloy. The wraparound cover art is by Ben Baldwin, and interior illustrations are by Ben Baldwin, Richard Wagner, David Gentry..

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STRANGE VISITORS by Eric Brown (Newcon Press) signed limited ed

Eric Brown has been writing first rate science fiction for more than a quarter of a century, with over a hundred and twenty short stories, twnety-odd novels, several collections and no few novellas to his credit. Here are nine of those stories, never previously collected plus a brand new piece written especially for this collection.

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THE MOON KING by Neil Williamson (Newcon Press) signed limited ed.

The stunning debut novel from one of genre fictions most exciting new voices. All is not well in Glassholm. Life under the moon has always been so predictable: day follows night, wax phases to wane and, after the despair of every Darkday, a person's mood soars to euphoria at Full. So it has been for five hundred years, ever since the Lunane captured the moon and tethered it to the city. Now, all that has changed

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WORMWOOD 22 edited by mark Valentine (Tartarus Press)

Contents include: In Memoriam: Four Friends of Wormwood by Mark Valentine Bittersweet Mysteries: The Supernatural Tales of A.C. Benson by Tim Foley Henry C. Mercer by Peter Bell
M.R. James and the Antiquarian Origins of ‘Canon Alberic’s Scrapbook’ by Emily Foster
George Gissing: Classicist Manqué, Harlot Lover, Visionary Pauper by Adam Daly
Beauty and Tragedy: On the Poetry of James Elroy Flecker by Phillip A. Ellis
Under Review by Reggie Oliver

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