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Out of the Woodwork 174. March 2011
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Raymond Chandler remains joined by wife's ashes on Valentine's day - just missed this last time around
George R.R. Martin & Parris McBride have tied the knot - we've all the details
Nebula Award nominations for 2010 - the final ballot
Competition winner announced - did you win?
Video trailer for "At the Mountains of madness" directed by our old chum Guillermo del Toro
Fantasycon 2011 update - news of the first Special Guest - who might that be then?
The 2010 Stoker Award nominees have been announced and a very interesting list it is as well!
Stephen King has announced the details of his new book: 11/22/63, a suspense/horror novel, the full synopsis below!
UFO files reveal 'Rendlesham incident' papers missing.
'Tractor beam' is possible with lasers, say scientists
Mystery tale wins Blue Peter book prize - we've got the low-down
The six titles on the 2010 Arthur C. Clarke Award shortlist have been announced
The Royal Mail have released a Magical Realms Stamps Set and did you catch the Gerry Anderson set in January?
The first Spiderman Comic was sold in 1962 for just 12 cents - so what do you think one sold for recently?

Letters - Susan Reeves contacted us about the death of Ariana Franklin, and we've an interesting question from Dennis O'Sullivan and a belter of an appeal to the Collective Consciousness - I love these!

Obituaries: Producer Perry Moore dies at the age of just 39. David F. Friedman, a horror film producer, 87. Doctor Who 'Brigadier' Nicholas Courtney dies aged 81. Writer Lisa Wolfson, 47, who wrote young-adult novels as L.K. Madigan, died February 23, 2011

Department of Smug Self Satisfaction - what our kind customers have to say about the Fantastic experience.
Silly Stuff: and any contributions welcomed. Independent crossword clue for Pratchett fans.....
Latest new arrivals - "Various temptations" by William Sansom and the " The Sense of the Past" by Henry James, both back in stock from Tartarus Press, and about to go out of print!

External Blinks:

The Independent has a fascinating story "My role in Stieg Larsson's success, by partner who was left with nothing"
The Independent again with a feature on the new "Doctor Who Experience"
The Guardian considers: The Booker prize judges have yet to acknowledge the flowering of British SF and fantasy. Will 2011 be a breakthrough year?
BBC has an article on "Oscars: Why doesn't sci-fi win best picture?"
The Independent has an astonishing article : As Hollywood banks on sequels, Warner is planning to make Blade Runner 2. Tom Peck gets a glimpse of the future. (how can anyone think of making a sequel?)


You can also join us on facebook to keep abreast of our news and reviews. Simon Gosden

The ashes of Raymond Chandler's wife have been buried over his casket in a Valentine's Day ceremony in San Diego. It had been the crime thriller writer's wish to be buried alongside Cissy Chandler, who died in 1954. But because he left no instruction for what to do with her ashes after his death in 1959, it has taken more than five decades to bring them together. BBC story

George R.R. Martin & Parris McBride, his partner of 30 years, were married on February 15, 2010 at their home in Santa Fe NM, among a small group of friends and loved ones. Pictures of the happy couple here and at George R R martin's website

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have released the final ballot for the 2010 Nebula Awards:

The Native Star, M.K. Hobson (Spectra)
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit UK; Orbit US)
Shades of Milk and Honey, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
Echo, Jack McDevitt (Ace)
Who Fears Death, Nnedi Okorafor (DAW)
Blackout/All Clear, Connie Willis (Spectra)

The Alchemist, Paolo Bacigalupi (Audible; Subterranean)
‘‘Iron Shoes’’, J. Kathleen Cheney (Alembical 2)
The Lifecycle of Software Objects, Ted Chiang (Subterranean)
‘‘The Sultan of the Clouds’’, Geoffrey A. Landis (Asimov’s 9/10)
‘‘Ghosts Doing the Orange Dance’’, Paul Park (F&SF 1-2/10)
‘‘The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window’’, Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Summer ’10)

‘‘Map of Seventeen’’, Christopher Barzak (The Beastly Bride)
‘‘The Jaguar House, in Shadow’’, Aliette de Bodard (Asimov’s 7/10)
‘‘The Fortuitous Meeting of Gerard van Oost and Oludara’’, Christopher Kastensmidt (Realms of Fantasy 4/10)
‘‘Plus or Minus’’, James Patrick Kelly (Asimov’s 12/10)
‘‘Pishaach’’, Shweta Narayan (The Beastly Bride)
‘‘That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made’’, Eric James Stone (Analog 9/10)
‘‘Stone Wall Truth’’, Caroline M. Yoachim (Asimov’s 2/10)

Short Story
‘‘Arvies’’, Adam-Troy Castro (Lightspeed 8/10)
‘‘How Interesting: A Tiny Man’’, Harlan Ellison® (Realms of Fantasy 2/10)
‘‘Ponies’’, Kij Johnson ( 1/17/10)
‘‘I’m Alive, I Love You, I’ll See You in Reno’’, Vylar Kaftan (Lightspeed 6/10)
‘‘The Green Book’’, Amal El-Mohtar (Apex 11/1/10)
‘‘Ghosts of New York’’, Jennifer Pelland (Dark Faith)
‘‘Conditional Love’’, Felicity Shoulders (Asimov’s 1/10)

Ray Bradbury Award
Despicable Me
Doctor Who: ‘‘Vincent and the Doctor’’
How to Train Your Dragon
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Toy Story 3

Andre Norton Award
Ship Breaker, Paolo Bacigalupi (Little, Brown)
White Cat, Holly Black (McElderry)
Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins (Scholastic Press; Scholastic UK)
Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword, Barry Deutsch (Amulet)
The Boy from Ilysies, Pearl North (Tor Teen)
I Shall Wear Midnight, Terry Pratchett (Gollancz; Harper)
A Conspiracy of Kings, Megan Whalen Turner (Greenwillow)
Behemoth, Scott Westerfeld (Simon Pulse; Simon & Schuster UK)

Final ballots are due March 30, 2011 (only active SFWA members are eligible to vote). Winners will be announced at the Nebula Awards Banquet on May 21, 2011, during the Nebula Awards Weekend (May 19-22, 2011) at the Washington Hilton, Washington DC.

Competition Winner was: Peter Jeavons from Cwmbran in lovely Wales and we shipped the books to him on the 28th Feb. Hopefully we will get some feedback about the novels in due course.

FantasyCon 2011's first Special Guest is multiple award-winning author Brian Aldiss. Author of more than eighty novels, both mainstream and science fiction, including Frankenstein Unbound,The Helliconia Trilogy and Harm to name just a few; and innumerable short stories, including 'Super-Toys Last All Summer Long,' which was filmed as A.I. Brian has also edited many anthologies, acted in performances of his plays, and is also an artist.

Brian will be attending on the Saturday and Sunday of the Convention ( 1st and 2nd October) and joins Guests of Honour John Ajvide Lindqvist and Gwyneth Jones, as well as M.C. Sarah Pinborough. Fantasycon 2011

The 2010 Stoker Final Ballot has been released:
Superior Achievement in a Novel
•Horns, Joe Hill (William Morrow)
•Rot and Ruin, Jonathan Maberry (Simon & Schuster)
•Dead Love, Linda Watanabe McFerrin (Stone Bridge Press)
•Apocalypse of the Dead, Joe McKinney (Pinnacle)
•Dweller, Jeff Strand (Leisure/Dark Regions Press)
•A Dark Matter, Peter Straub (DoubleDay)
Superior Achievement in a First Novel
•Black and Orange, Benjamin Kane Ethridge (Bad Moon Books)
•A Book of Tongues, Gemma Files (ChiZine)
•Castle of Los Angeles, Lisa Morton (Gray Friar)
•Spellbent, Lucy Snyder (Del Rey)
Superior Achievement Long Fiction
•The Painted Darkness, Brian James Freeman (Cemetery Dance)
•Dissolution, Lisa Mannetti (Deathwatch)
•Monsters Among Us, Kirstyn McDermott (Macabre: A Journey through Australia’s Darkest Fears)
•The Samhanach, Lisa Morton (Bad Moon Books)
•Invisible Fences, Norman Prentiss (Cemetery Dance)
Superior Achievement in Short Fiction
•“Return to Mariabronn”, Gary Braunbeck (Haunted Legends)
•“The Folding Man”, Joe R. Lansdale (Haunted Legends)
•“1925: A Fall River Halloween”, Lisa Mannetti (Shroud Magazine #10)
•“In the Middle of Poplar Street”, Nate Southard (Dead Set: A Zombie Anthology)
•“Final Draft”, Mark W. Worthen (Horror Library IV)
Superior Achievement in an Anthology
•Dark Faith, Maurice Broaddus & Jerry Gordon, eds. (Apex)
•Horror Library IV, R.J. Cavender & Boyd E. Harris, eds. (Cutting Block)
•Macabre: A Journey Through Australia’s Darkest Fears, Angela Challis & Marty Young, eds. (Brimstone Press)
•Haunted Legends, Ellen Datlow & Nick Mamatas, eds. (Tor)
•The New Dead, Christopher Golden, ed. (St. Martin’s Griffin)
Superior Achievement in a Collection
•Occultation, Laird Barron (Night Shade Books)
•Blood and Gristle, Michael Louis Calvillo (Bad Moon Books)
•Full Dark, No Stars, Stephen King (Simon & Schuster)
•The Ones That Got Away, Stephen Graham Jones (Prime Books)
•A Host of Shadows, Harry Shannon (Dark Regions)
Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction
•To Each Their Darkness, Gary A. Braunbeck (Apex)
•The Conspiracy Against the Human Race, Thomas Ligotti (Hippocampus)
•Wanted Undead or Alive, Jonathan Maberry & Janice Gable Bashman (Citadel)
•Listen to the Echoes: The Ray Bradbury Interviews, Sam Weller (Melville House)
Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection
•Dark Matters, Bruce Boston (Bad Moon Books)
•Wild Hunt of the Stars, Ann K. Schwader (Sam’s Dot)
•Diary of a Gentleman Diabolist, Robin Spriggs (Anomalous Books)
•Vicious Romantic, Wrath James White (Needfire Poetry)
Winning titles will be announced at the Stoker Weekend in Long Island NY, June 16-19, 2011. HWA

Stephen King announces his new novel:-

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas,
President Kennedy died, and the world changed.

If you had the chance to change history, would you?
Would the consequences be worth it?

Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of the students—a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk.

Not much later, Jake’s friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane—and insanely possible—mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake’s life—a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.

(whoops - almost forgot to mention the poor old boy is being sued for plagiarism over some parts of Duma Key - full details)

Stephen King

Intelligence papers on a reported UFO sighting known as the "Rendlesham incident" have gone missing, files from the National Archives reveal. The missing files relate to a report of mysterious lights from US servicemen at RAF Woodbridge in Suffolk in 1980. The disappearance came to light with the release of 8,000 previously classified documents on UFOs. Officials found a "huge" gap where defence intelligence files relating to the case should be, the papers show. BBC story

A laser can act as a "tractor beam", drawing small objects back toward the laser's source, scientists have said. It is known that light can provide a "push", for example in solar sails that propel spacecraft on a "wind of light". Now, in a paper on the Arxiv server, researchers from Hong Kong and China have calculated the conditions required to create a laser-based "pull" BBC story.

Dead Man's Cove, a tale about an orphaned 11-year-old who turns amateur sleuth, has been named the Blue Peter book of the year. Lauren St John, who also wrote best-selling novel The White Giraffe, said winning was a "huge honour". Deputy Blue Peter editor Joe McCulloch called the story "an absolutely enthralling and entertaining read". BBC story

The six titles on the 2010 Arthur C. Clarke Award shortlist have been announced:
•Zoo City, Lauren Beukes (Angry Robot)
•The Dervish House, Ian McDonald (Gollancz)
•Monsters of Men, Patrick Ness (Walker)
•Generosity, Richard Powers (Atlantic)
•Declare, Tim Powers (Corvus)
•Lightborn, Tricia Sullivan (Orbit)
This year’s judges were Jon Courtenay Grimwood and Martin Lewis for the Britih Science Fiction Association, Phil Nanson and Liz Williams for the Science Fiction Foundation, and Paul Skevington for SF Paul Billinger was chair of judges. Arthur C Clarke Award

The Royal Mail Magical Realms Stamps Set - released 8th March 2011
Most of these tales, whether ancient or modern, involve more than one magical character so we decided to look at the myths and legends of King Arthur, the Narnia stories of CS Lewis, JK Rowling's Harry Potter series and the Discworld of Sir Terry Pratchett.

Stingray, Joe 90, and Captain Scarlett - just some of the ground-breaking TV shows devised by Gerry Anderson in the 1960s, and now set to feature on a set of six stamps released in January 2011.

The first comic book to feature Spider-Man has been sold for $1.1m (£679,000) at a US auction, nearly half a century after it was published. Skip related content The 1962 copy of the Marvel comic book, in near-mint condition, shows Spidey swinging from a high building with a man under his right arm. Five decades ago, the comic was sold for just 12 cents. The sale, to an undisclosed buyer, comes a year after Superman's debut comic book from 1938 sold for $1.5m - or £926,000.

Hello Simon,

I always enjoy your newsletter and often wonder where else I would find out about the many things that interest me, and, that thankfully, you print in "Out of the Woodwork. Concerning one such item - I was very sad to hear the news of author Ariana Franklin (Diana Norman). Her "Mistress of the Art of Death" novels were exceptionally good and having just recently read the last one "A Murderous Procession", I can say I will certainly miss these books. This author was a fabulous historical mystery writer and I am sure there will be many who will miss her.

As always, best wishes to all at Fantastic Literature from the heart of the prairies in Canada.




From Dennis O'Sullivan

Hi, I was wondering if you'd know the supplier of large size prints for old New English Library book covers, specifically Hook: Whirlpool of Stars. If you know of anyone I'd be extremely grateful.

Regards Dennis O'Sullivan

EMail us if you can help Dennis


Hello Simon

I was wondering if you would put this "lost" novel out to the Collective Consciousness.

This is about an SF novel that was accidentally shelved in the children's section of my library when I was a kid because it had a cover with a cartoon spaceship on it and the blurb made it sound like a Heinlein juvenile on the style of "Have Spacesuit Will Travel". I get the distinct feeling that it was deliberately done as a Dark and Adult subversion of that kind of story. I can only remember the bit of it that really disturbed me and I now want to know what book it was (I don't think this was specifically porn).

There was a decadent "hive of scum and villainy" type planet or space station that did gladiatorial fights to the death for entertainment. And one of the "speciality" combats involved two combatants with remote-control squirming dildo-type things inserted up their arses, the opponent having the control, and the idea was to be the first person to guide your remote-controlled dildo-thing a certain distance up the other guy's anus, at which point it would explode and blow them to bits (literally, with gruesome anatomical description) below the waist.

I have a weird idea that it might have been published by a feminist press. This was in the UK in the early eighties.

Memorable, isn't it? Does anyone know what the novel was?


Philip (email us if you can help)


Perry Moore, a co-producer of The Chronicles of Narnia film franchise and the author of a novel about a gay superhero, has died aged 39. Police said he was found unconscious in the bathroom of his Manhattan home on Thursday and died later in hospital. Foul play is not suspected. He produced all three Narnia films and wrote an illustrated book to accompany the first. BBC

David F. Friedman, a film producer who cheerfully and cheesily exploited an audience’s hunger for bare-breasted women and blood-dripping corpses in lucrative low-budget films like “Blood Feast” and “Ilsa: She-Wolf of the S.S.,” died on Monday 14th February in Anniston, Ala. He was 87. New York Times

Veteran Doctor Who actor Nicholas Courtney, best known for playing Brigadier Alastair Lethbridge-Stewart, has died at the age of 81. The actor appeared on screen opposite five different Doctors and worked with two more - David Tennant and Paul McGann - on Doctor Who audio stories. BBC

Writer Lisa Wolfson, 47, who wrote young-adult novels as L.K. Madigan, died February 23, 2011 of cancer in Portland OR. Her first novel Flash Burnout (2009) is non-speculative, but second book The Mermaid’s Mirror (2010) is fantasy.

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Silly stuff:

Independent Crossword: Senior Teacher introducing a branch of knowledge, one invented by Terry Pratchett (9)

Answer: Headology (clever, very clever)

Just about to go out-of-print titles from Tartarus Press:-

THE SENSE OF THE PAST - The Ghost Stories of Henry James (Tartarus Press) limited edition. Collects seventeen supernatural stories, including the unfinished novel 'The Sense of the Past': ten-page introduction by Glen Cavaliero. Subtle ghostly stories, representing the sum total of Henry James's supernaturalist fiction, 656 pages. 300 copy limited edition.

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VARIOUS TEMPTATIONS by William Sanson (Tartarus Press) Limited edition, 2002. 'For William Sansom, every aspect of the commonplace could be seen from a changed and utterly strange perspective. The Surrealists had got it right, . . . that is how the world is. People and objects interested him equally, and in his work their qualities are often intermingled, so that the inanimate has a sinister sentience and the individual seems transfixed by a nightmarish and inescapable fate.’—So Mark Valentine introduces us to the twenty-five stories of Various Temptations, representing the best of William Sansom’s fantastic and macabre short fiction.For order information and price click on the image
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