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Out of the Woodwork 170. November 2010
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The World Fantasy Life Achievement Award winners for 2010 have been announced - who won the award?
Charlotte's Web cover art sold at New York auction - how much do you think it went under the hammer for?
Guillermo del Toro is to make a big budget film of H P LOvecraft's "At the Mountains of Madness"
If you are looking for a Christmas present for a nephew or niece, son or daughter Gyzra may be the answer.
James Herbert receives his OBE and tells Prince Charles of his horror novel debut
Fantasycon goes to the seaside in 2011 - we've got all the details
The World Fantasy Awards winners for works in 2009 were announced at an awards banquet on Sunday, October 31
Rory Clements wins the CWA Ellis Peters Award - announced on November 4th
Mark Kermode on the remake of "Let the Right One in" - embedded video
The Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger competition kicks off - we've got all the details
Campaign builds to construct Babbage Analytical Engine - first envisaged in 1837
Star Wars 3D hologram technology becomes a reality - Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi...
At last some good news about "The Hobbit" - filming will start in February next year and a host of UK actors will star in it - we've got all the details. Martin Freeman and James Nesbit have major roles
Realms of Fantasy shuts down - a sign of the times? You can buy it for $1. Too late it's sold - we've all the details
Who won the first Hans Christian Andersen Literature Prize - you might like take a potter at a guess?
Harry Potter blamed for fuelling India owls' demise - you wouldn't believe this one!
Rare Darth Vader costume going under hammer - they reckon it could go for a pretty penny or two!
Walking With Dinosaurs
to be made into film and it's going to be in 3D - wow!
James Cameron: 3D conversion best for classic films and shouldn't be used for post production has released their 2010 Top Ten List for Science Fiction and Fantasy
One for the Collective Consciousness - the answer from last time - we hope! and Brad is after a rare book - aren't we all Brad!
Obituaries:.Australian bibliographer Donald H. Tuck, Scottish actor Graham Crowden, who turned down the role of Doctor Who. Eva Ibbotson A novelist who moved from adult romance to writing entrancing fantasies for children. Dutch writer Harry Mulisch has died at the age of 83. Glen Howard Goodknight III was born 1941 in Los Angeles CA, and founded the Mythopoeic Society in 1967. Dino De Laurentiis, legendary producer of such cult films as Flash Gordon and Dune, has died in Los Angeles aged 91, according to reports.

Department of Smug Self Satisfaction - what our kind customers have to say about the Fantastic experience
Silly Stuff: Anne Robinson's weakest link! and any contributions welcomed.
Latest new arrivals - We've Tartarus Press with Robert Aickman's Sub Rosa and a Graham Masterton/William Burroughs collaboration from Telos Press, the latest from Paperback Fanatic - which you just have to see, oh! and we've restocked four titles from Ex Occidente Press. I know we spoil you.....

External Blinks:

The Independent has Phil Harbottle's obituary of E C Tubb
BBC has Mark Gatiss' clever adaptation of "The First men in the Moon" on iplayer
Mark Gatiss (again) - a History of Horror 2 (BBC Iplayer)
Daily Telegraph's Peter Ingham rounds up the most recent selection of fantasy and science fiction novels, including an intelligent novel about zombies, and a supernatural noir thriller
The Washington Post asked scientists to identify lost SF classics - it's an interesting list
The Independent has a review of Iain M Banks latest novel
The Guardian reports more trouble for the Kindle as folk turn against some hefty price rises.
The Guardian again - has a review of Stephen King's new book by Neil Gaiman

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The World Fantasy Life Achievement Award winners for 2010 are Brian Lumley, Terry Pratchett, and Peter Straub.
The award is presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the fantasy field. Life Achievement winners are announced in advance; other winners will be announced at this year’s World Fantasy Convention, to be held October 28 – 31, 2010 in Columbus OH. World Fantasy Convention

The original 1952 cover art for children's book Charlotte's Web has sold for more than $155,000 (£97,000) at a New York auction. The artwork for EB White's book, about the friendship between a spider and a pig, was drawn by Garth Williams. It fetched more than five times its pre-sale estimate, scoring a record for the artist's work. BBC story

In an Independent interview Guillermo del Toro revealed that his set to make a huge-budget 3-D adaptation of HP Lovecraft's horror novella At the Mountains of Madness, del Toro is planning it with the backing of Avatar's James Cameron, who has come on board as producer. "Jim and I have been friends for 20 years and we've been very close. I've been in all his editing rooms. And we've given each other consultation and assistance on a friendly basis. But we have been very careful not to work together in the past."

It is evidently far more of a pet project than The Hobbit; del Toro has been trying to get the film made for 13 years. While Cameron first read his script eight years ago, it was only when the Jackson project fell apart that it felt like the right moment for them to launch their inaugural collaboration. "With Mountains, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to attempt a big-scale 3-D adventure – a cosmic horror in the Lovecraft style. But this is a movie that needs a scope. And we need to protect the three things that I think are essential to the narrative: keep it period, so don't make it a modern movie; keep it a hard R-rated [meaning an 18 certificate in the UK] movie; and make it a painful movie, without a happy ending." Full Independent article

If you are looking for a Christmas present for a nephew or niece, son or daughter then we may have the solution to your problem. We've just received a very nice Manga aimed at 13+ called "The Chronicles of Gyzra" by Sarah Childs. Volume 1 is out now and further details can be from Sarah at her website or by e-mail. It's beautifully penned and has a very clever story line.

Brighton-based horror writer James Herbert has been awarded an OBE by the Prince of Wales - and surprised the royal by telling him "you're in my new book". Herbert, 67, has frightened millions of readers with his novels featuring the supernatural or threats to mankind like nuclear war or flesh eating giant rats. During the 1970s a succession of novels like The Fog and Lair were must-read books which left readers with their hearts racing and he has hogged the best-seller lists ever since. The Argus

FANTASYCON 2011 will be held over the weekend of 30th September to 2nd October 2011 at the Royal Albion Hotel, Brighton; venue for the highly successful 2010 World Horror Convention.

The first two GUESTS OF HONOUR TO BE ANNOUNCED are: World Fantasy Award-winning author and critic GWYNETH JONES, also known as Ann Halam, and Swedish horror writer JOHN AJVIDE LINDQVIST, author of the best-selling LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, which was adapted into a movie first in his native Sweden and more recently remade in the U.S. as LET ME IN, starring Chloe Moretz from KICK ASS.

MISTRESS OF CEREMONIES is SARAH PINBOROUGH, British Fantasy Award-winning Author of The Language of Dying and A Matter of Blood. Other writers, artists, editors and publishers already registered as attending FantasyCon 2011 include: Guy Adams, Ramsey Campbell, Vincent Chong, Peter Crowther, Les Edwards, David J. Howe, Gwyneth Jones, Stephen Jones, Paul Kane, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Gary McMahon, Adam LG Nevill, Sarah Pinborough, PS PUBLISHING, Nicholas Royle, amongst many more…

Current cost of registration stands at £45 (£40 to BFS members), costs will increase incrementally between now and the convention. To book your ticket, and for more information about the Guests or MC, please visit the website:

The World Fantasy Awards winners for works in 2009 were announced at an awards banquet on Sunday, October 31, 2010 .
•The City & The City, China Miéville (Macmillan UK/ Del Rey)

•Blood of Ambrose, James Enge (Pyr)
•The Red Tree, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Roc)
•Finch, Jeff VanderMeer (Underland)
•In Great Waters, Kit Whitfield (Jonathan Cape UK/Del Rey)
•“Sea-Hearts”, Margo Lanagan (X6 )

•The Women of Nell Gwynne’s, Kage Baker (Subterranean)
•“I Needs Must Part, the Policeman Said”, Richard Bowes (F&SF 12/09)
•“The Lion’s Den”, Steve Duffy (Nemonymous Nine: Cern Zoo)
•The Night Cache, Andy Duncan (PS)
•“Everland”, Paul Witcover (Everland and Other Stories)
Short Story
•“The Pelican Bar”, Karen Joy Fowler (Eclipse Three)

•“A Journal of Certain Events of Scientific Interest from the First Survey Voyage of the Southern Waters by HMS Ocelot, As Observed by Professor Thaddeus Boswell, DPhil, MSc, or, A Lullaby”, Helen Keeble (Strange Horizons 6/09)
•“Singing on a Star”, Ellen Klages (Firebirds Soaring)
•“The Persistence of Memory, or This Space for Sale”, Paul Park (Postscripts 20/21: Edison’s Frankenstein)
•“In Hiding”, R.B. Russell (Putting the Pieces in Place)
•“Light on the Water”, Genevieve Valentine (Fantasy 10/09)
•American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny: From Poe to the Pulps/From the 1940s to Now, Peter Straub, ed. (Library of America)

•Poe, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Solaris)
•Songs of The Dying Earth: Stories in Honor of Jack Vance, George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, eds. (Subterranean/Voyager)
•Exotic Gothic 3: Strange Visitations, Danel Olson, ed. (Ash-Tree)
•Eclipse Three, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Night Shade)
•The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction: Sixtieth Anniversary Anthology, Gordon Van Gelder, ed. (Tachyon)
Collection (tie)
•There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried To Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby: Scary Fairy Tales, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya (Penguin)
•The Very Best of Gene Wolfe/The Best of Gene Wolfe, Gene Wolfe (PS /Tor)

•We Never Talk About My Brother, Peter S. Beagle (Tachyon)
•Fugue State, Brian Evenson (Coffee House)
•Northwest Passages, Barbara Roden (Prime)
•Everland and Other Stories, Paul Witcover (PS)
•Charles Vess

•John Jude Palencar
•John Picacio
•Jason Zerrillo
•Sam Weber
Special Award – Professional
•Jonathan Strahan for editing anthologies

•Peter & Nicky Crowther for PS Publishing
•Ellen Datlow for editing anthologies
•Hayao Miyazaki for Ponyo
•Barbara & Christopher Roden for Ash-Tree Press
•Jacob & Rina Weisman for Tachyon Publications
Special Award – Non-Professional
•Susan Marie Groppi for Strange Horizons

•John Berlyne for Powers: Secret Histories
•Neil Clarke, Cheryl Morgan, & Sean Wallace for Clarkesworld
•John Klima for Electric Velocipede
•Bob Colby, B. Diane Martin, David Shaw, and Eric M. Van for Readercon
•Ray Russell & Rosalie Parker for Tartarus Press
World Fantasy Convention

Rory Clements has won the £3000 CWA Ellis Peters Historical Award 2010 with Revenger, published by John Murray. The runner up was CJ Sansom, with Heartstone (Mantle).

CWA chair Tom Harper said: “The Ellis Peters Award has seen the judges given a really tough choice. The strength of the field confirms the robust health of historical fiction.” The judging panel added: “Two books were very close, which was unusual, and overall the standard was incredibly high.”

The other four books on the shortlist were highly commended:
Washington Shadow by Aly Monroe (John Murray)
Heresy by S J Parris (HarperCollins )
Anatomy of Ghosts by Andrew Taylor (Michael Joseph)
To Kill A Tsar by Andrew Williams (John Murray)

The judges also mentioned several more books that just missed out:
The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan Bradley (Orion)
Let The Dead Lie by Malla Nunn (Mantle)
Assassin’s Prayer by Ariana Franklin (Bantam Press)
A Razor in Wrapped Silk by R N Morris (Faber and Faber)


Mark Kermode on the remake of "Let the Right One in"

As you probably know, there's a Hollywood remake by the Cloverfield guy of my favourite film of last year, Tomas Alfredson's Let the Right One In. But how does it measure up? Can it measure up? And did you ever see an American remake of a European movie that did measure up?


The 2010/11 running of the CWA Debut Dagger kicked off on October 30th and will run till 5th February 2011. This competition for unpublished crime writers has launched the careers of a score or more of writers since its inception in 1998. The most recent example is Belinda Bauer, runner-up for the CWA Debut Dagger award for unpublished authors two years ago, who this year scooped the CWA Gold Dagger, the biggest prize in crime fiction.

The Debut Dagger is open to anyone who has not yet had a novel published commercially. If you fancy a stab at it you can submit the opening chapter(s) and a short synopsis of your proposed crime novel. For more detailed information on what to write and how to lay it out, visit the Debut Dagger pages.

All shortlisted entrants will receive a generous selection of crime novels and professional assessments of their entries. The first prize is £700, but it’s not the money, it’s the attention that winners and everyone on the shortlist get from top-notch agents that is the main benefit. CWA

A UK campaign to build a truck-sized, prototype computer first envisaged in 1837 is gathering steam. More than 1,600 people have pledged money and support to build Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine. Although elements of the engine have been built over the last 173 years, a complete working model of the steam-powered machine has never been made. The campaign hopes to gather donations from 50,000 supporters to kick-start the project. BBC story

It has long been a staple of science fiction films - the idea that you could send a moving 3D representation of someone to any location, even the far side of the galaxy. Now, US researchers claim this fantasy is very close to reality. BBC story

A University of Arizona team says it has devised a system that can make a holographic display appear in another place and update it in near real-time. The group tells the journal Nature that the development has huge potential.

"We foresee many applications, for example in manufacturing," said Professor Nasser Peyghambarian from Arizona's College of Optical Sciences. "Car manufacturers or airplane manufacturers could look at holograms and design their systems in real time. They could look at 3D models and make changes as they go. Also Princess Leia can appear from a robot!

After all the shenanigans that we reported in OotW 169 at last some good news about "The Hobbit"

Filming on The Hobbit is set to begin in February after it was finally given the go-ahead by film studio bosses. Warner Bros also announced that Peter Jackson, who directed the Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings trilogy, would helm the two-part prequel. The films, based on JRR Tolkien's book, had been delayed for months due to MGM Studios' - which owns half the project - ongoing financial woes. BBC story

Martin Freeman – who starred in TV's The Office – is reported to be favourite to land the role of Bilbo Baggins. Other names touted for major roles are former Cold Feet star James Nesbitt and Irish actor Michael Fassbender, from Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. It is believed that Sir Ian McKellen will reprise the role of Gandalf the Grey and that Andy Serkis will again play Gollum. Former Doctor Who star David Tennant has also been named as likely to appear according to the Independent

On October 27th it was finally agreed that the two movies based on The Hobbit will be filmed in New Zealand as planned, the country's prime minister has confirmed. The announcement follows two days of talks with Hollywood executives over whether the Lord of the Rings prequels should be shot in the country. Warner Bros and New Line had considered taking the production elsewhere after acting unions threatened to boycott the films in a row over wages. BBC

On October 29th New Zealand's parliament announved that it had passed legislation that will keep the production of two Hobbit films in the country. The government agreed to amend labour laws as part of a deal with Warner Bros to retain the $500m (£315m) project. Oh the power of big business...

James Nesbitt is the latest actor to join the cast of the Hobbit films. The 45-year-old Cold Feet star will play Bofur, "a disarmingly forthright, funny and occasionally brave dwarf". Director Peter Jackson said Nesbitt's "charm, warmth and wit are legendary as is his range as an actor in both comedic and dramatic roles". It was also announced that newcomer Adam Brown will play Ori. Martin Freeman will play Bilbo Baggins in the two-part Lord of the Rings prequel. BBC story

Realms of Fantasy is shutting down for financial reasons. Publisher Warren Lapine issued a farewell note on the magazine’s website, which reads in part:
“As things stand, I would need to invest another large amount of money simply to continue publishing the magazine at its current level — an investment that I do not believe would have any chance of ever repaying itself… Should there be any interest in purchasing the magazine I will gladly sell Realms to a responsible party for $1.00 and give them the finished files for the December issue.”
Lapine thanks fiction editor Shawna McCarthy, editor Douglas Cohen, and the rest of the staff “for being so professional and easy to work with. I’m very proud of what we accomplished in the last eighteen months.” Realms of Fantasy

According to SF Scope, publisher Warren Lapine has announced the sale of fiction magazine Realms of Fantasy to Damnation Books. As a result, the December 2010 issue of the magazine will now be in print instead of online only. The new owners will publish the magazine starting with the February 2011 issue, and hope to continue to produce “the same quality fiction magazine in print and to expand digital editions for e-book and desktop readers.

J.K. Rowling won the first Hans Christian Andersen Literature Prize, presented October 19, 2010 at Andersen’s home town of Odense, Denmark. Rowling accepted the award, which includes a plaque and a cash prize of 500,000 Kroner ($93,500).
The prize is given to a writer whose work can be compared to that of Andersen (1805-1875), who is best known for classic fairy tales including “The Ugly Duckling” and “The Little Mermaid”. Guardian

Indian Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh has blamed fans of boy wizard Harry Potter for their role in the dwindling number of wild owls. He said that Harry Potter books and films featuring his feathered friend Hedwig are popular in India and had contributed towards the demise of owls. Mr Ramesh said there had been an increase in people wanting to buy them from illegal bird traders. BBC Story

A rare Darth Vader costume made for Star Wars film The Empire Strikes Back is to be sold at auction next month. It is expected to fetch up to £230,000 when it goes under the hammer at Christie's in London on 25 November. Comprising a helmet, a mask, shoulder armour and shin guards, it is believed to be the first complete Vader costume ever to be offered at auction. BBC story

Emmy Award-winning BBC show Walking With Dinosaurs is to be made into a 3D movie, the corporation has announced. The teams behind hit films Happy Feet and Finding Nemo will be involved in the production. The project is the first part of a three-film deal with Indian company Reliance Big Entertainment. BBC story

James Cameron has taken a swipe at studios who add 3D to films in post-production, saying that 3D retro-fitting should only be used for classic movies like Jaws or ET. The Avatar director said it had been a "mistake" to attempt to add 3D to the latest Harry Potter film, the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. And he predicted that the practice of adding 3D to movies in post-production would end with the widespread take-up of 3D by TV broadcasters. BBC story

Amazon has released their 2010 Top Ten List for Science Fiction and Fantasy:
1.The Golden Age by Michal Ajvaz (Dalkey Archive)
2.How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu (Pantheon)
3.Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord (Small Beer)
4.The Half-Made World by Felix Gilman (Tor)
5.The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
6.The Orange Eats Creeps by Grace Krilanovich (Two Dollar Radio)
7.The Dream of Perpetual Motion by Dexter Clarence Palmer (St. Martin’s)
8.Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor (DAW)
9.The Fixed Stars: by Brian Conn (Fiction Collective 2)
10.Kill the Dead by Richard Kadrey (Eos)

One for the Collective Consciousness:

Ok, here is the gist of the story. Start with a planet that always faces it's star(tidal lock) and surrounding the planet at the terminator(I think that's the word) is a large wall that no one knows what is on the other side. Throw in a young man who determines that he will find out and spends his life in the pursuit of his dream to find out. I don't want to give away the end of the story cause it made quite an impression on me as a child.
Any ideas who wrote the story and it's name?

Cheers, Tim

John Boston was on it like a shot: Sounds like "Wall of Darkness" by Arthur C. Clarke
Richard Christou wasn't sure: On the collective consciousmess, I must admit this one has me stumped. The nearest i can come to it is Wall Around the World by Theordore Cogswell, but I dont think this quite fits the description.
Dennis Lien also responded - Isn't this "Wall of Darkness" by Arthur C. Clarke?

Help required - anybody?

I am looking for a rare children's book: Title: Stranger Than People Publisher: Young World Productions Year: 1968 Have been searching the world's book stores for the last 3 years. One came up for sale at Alibris about 3 weeks ago - and it was sold before I could get hold of it. Will pay well for it. I have also searched the world's libraries and it appears in only two libraries in the world: The University of Oxford, and the National Library of Scotland. Do you have it? Thanks, Brad.


Australian bibliographer Donald H. Tuck, 89, died October 11, 2010 in Melbourne. Tuck was born in Launceston, Tasmania on December 3, 1922. His comprehensive and exhaustive bibliographic work began with A Handbook of Science Fiction and Fantasy (1954; expanded and revised in 1959); the second edition received a Worldcon special award in 1962. His most significant work was The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy through 1968: A Bibliographic Survey of the Fields of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Weird Fiction through 1968 in three volumes, published in 1974, 1978, and 1983. The third volume won a Hugo Award, and the work remains valuable to SF scholars and historians, we use ours constantly. Encyclopedia of SF working text

Scottish actor Graham Crowden, known for his work on British radio, film and TV has died at the age of 87, his agent has confirmed. The actor is perhaps best known for his roles in BBC serials A Very Peculiar Practice and Waiting for God. Crowden turned down the role of Doctor Who after the departure of Jon Pertwee, eventually playing a villain opposite Tom Baker in The Horns of Nimon. BBC

Eva Ibbotson. The author for most of her working life of worldly adult love stories and irreverent fantasies for children, Eva Ibbotson came to late fame at the age of 76 with the publication in 2001 of her stirring Amazonian adventure story Journey to the River Sea. Written as a full-blooded romance for young readers, this new departure sold more than 200,000 copies and won the Smarties Prize Gold Medal. Died 20th October 2010. Independent

Dutch writer Harry Mulisch, author of The Assault (De Aanslag) and The Discovery of Heaven (De ontdekking van de Hemel), has died at the age of 83. Mulisch, considered by many a candidate for the Nobel Prize for Literature, died of cancer at his Amsterdam home. Prime Minister Mark Rutte called his death "a loss for Dutch literature and the Netherlands" Mulisch wrote more than 30 works, several with a World War II theme.. BBC news

Glen Goodknight, 69, died November 3, 2010 after several years of poor health.
Glen Howard Goodknight III was born 1941 in Los Angeles CA, and founded the Mythopoeic Society in 1967, later merging it with the Tolkien Society. The first Mythcon was held in 1970, and has continued every year since. He edited the society’s journal, Mythlore, for 78 of the 84 issues published from 1970-98 and was an expert on (and avid collector of) the works of Inklings J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Williams. Though Goodknight withdrew from his active role in the Mythopoeic Society in 1998, he began attending their conferences again with the 40th anniversary meeting in 2007, and remained active online until the end.

Dino De Laurentiis, legendary producer of such cult films as Flash Gordon and Dune, has died in Los Angeles aged 91, according to reports. He began his career in Italy working with Roberto Rossellini and Federico Fellini, winning an Oscar for producing the latter's 1954 film La Strada. After moving to the US in the 1970s, he oversaw films such as Serpico, Death Wish and the 1976 remake of King Kong. BBC story

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Silly stuff:

BRMB - Birmingham. Jo Russell: Which 1996 Leonardo di Caprio film was an adaptation of a famous Shakespeare play?

Caller: er....Titanic?

The Weakest Link. Anne Robinson. Which brutish people created by Jonathan Swift in Gulliver's Travels share a name with an internet search engine? Competitor: Google!

Independent Crossword - Oh! I used to be shaped like Quasimodo (7)

Latest new arrivals: Just to add we'v re-stocked four Ex Occidente press titles as well:

Ghetu Dam T (Editor) CINNABAR'S GNOSIS - A Homage to Gustav Meyrink - limited edition Ex Occidente Press fine hardcover copy in a fine dustwrapper, 2009 1st printing. Limited to 350 copies. Gustav Meyrink Cinnabar's Gnosis is the first Ex Occidente Press anthology in a series of homages dedicated to European lost masters and exquisite fantasts. FX10.771 59.95
Berguno George THE SONS OF ISHMAEL - limited edition Ex Occidente Press fine hardcover copy in a fine dustwrapper, 2010 1st printing. Limited to 150 copies. All of the characters in George Berguño’s first collection of short stories are spiritual sons and daughters of Ishmael. FX10.772 79.95
Ray Jean THE HORRIFYING PRESENCE and other tales - limited edition Ex Occidente Press fine hardcover copy in a pictorial boards, 2010 1st printing. Limited to 300 copies. Whether or not already familiar with the writings of Jean Ray, this new collection of short stories will not fail to impress, enchant and excite readers interested in weird fiction. FX10.773 99.95
Watt D P AN EMPORIUM OF AUTOMATA - limited edition Ex Occidente Press fine hardcover copy in a pictorial boards, 2010 1st printing. Limited to 150 copies. The tales gathered in An Emporium of Automata embrace collectors and obsessives whose passions corrode even the narratives that enact them. FX10.774 59.95

A VISUAL GUIDE TO NEW ENGLISH LIBRARY - Vol.1 by Justin Marriott (Paperback Fanatic).

The definitive visual guide to the legendary UK publisher!
Over 200 full-colour reproductions of pulp paperbacks, including-
Juvenile Delinquents- Hell's Angels, skinheads and hippies
Horror- devil worshippers, killer crabs and slime beasts
SF- Edgar Rice Burroughs and Tully Zetford
Historical adventure- trashy togas and whip-cracking slavers
Sleaze- out of control teenagers and thinly-veiled biographies
For order information and price click on the image

SUB ROSA by Robert Aickman (Tartarus Press) limited edition. British short story writer, critic, lecturer and novelist, Robert Aickman is considered by many to be one of the finest modern writers of ghost stories. But Aickman himself referred to his tales as "strange stories", for they are often open to more complex interpretations. The writing is subtle and poetic, presenting us with both psychological and more material terrors. Sub Rosa (first published 1968) is a collection of eight tales "Ravissante", "The Inner Room", "Never Visit Venice", "The Unsettled Dust", "The Houses of the Russians", "No Stronger Than a Flower", "The Cicerones", "Into the Wood"..For order information and price click on the image

RULES OF DUEL by Graham Masterton with William Burroughs (Telos Press).

Graham Masterton wrote Rules of Duel between 1964 and 1970, when he was friends with William S Burroughs, the creator of the literarily acclaimed intersection writing technique. Recently rediscovered, this is a thought-provoking, triumphant and poetic tribute to Burroughs. Rules of Duel is a clever and pervasive novel, which turns literature on its head, and makes the reader work to be part of the evolving plot.For order information and price click on the image
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