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Out of the Woodwork 181. November 2011
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Welcome to our newsletter, it contains up to the minute news and gossip as well as awards details and items requiring help from the collective consciousness. If you wish to contribute please do so! We welcome your thoughts, your news items and any gossip!


Amazon retroactively replaces Reamde, repelled readers revolt, the perils of the Kindle eh?
The British Fantasy Society's internal problems continue - David Howe steps down.
The Crime Writers’ Association has announced the shortlist for this year’s prestigious Ellis Peters Historical Award
'Superhero' Phoenix Jones: 'I'll keep Seattle safe' but ends up in court!
Lost C. S. Forester book The Pursued to be published.
Family Guy star working on spoof Star Wars TV series
JRR Tolkien's unseen Hobbit art to be published
The Crime Writer's Association have announced that their Debut Dagger competition is now open
Lost notes of Bram Stoker found in attic
Crime authors compete for Dundee morgue prize - what a macabre story
The World Fantasy Awards winners have been announced - we've the full details
US space agency Nasa has funded a study of "tractor beams" to gather samples for analysis
Roald Dahl Funny Prize won by Cats Ahoy!
British Fantasy Society Meeting Regarding the British Fantasy Awards - it seems to be close to resolution
Return To Ribblestrop winsGuardian Children's Fiction Prize
Doctor Who 'to be made into Hollywood feature film' - why does that fill me with deep despair?
Ken Russell's "The Devils" set for first official DVD release
Gamburtsev 'ghost mountains mystery solved' - an extraordinary story

Goodreads - our ongoing feature so you can see what's being read here at Fantastic HQ, and add to it if you wish by sending us your reviews. Or join us on Facebook and get lots of up to date news direct from Fantastic HQ. New stock updates a speciality!

One for the Collective consciousness. Still no joy with this one. Can you help?

Obituaries: Richard Gordon: Film producer and doyen of the horror and exploitation genres.
Department of Smug Self Satisfaction - what our kind customers have to say about the fantastic experience.
Silly Stuff. Some amazing news about Tom Cruise playing Jack Reacher. Independent crossword with some more genre clues!! And a lovely parody of "Shaun of the Dead" from Mongrels. - You really have to see this!
Latest new arrivals - just in time for Christmas, we have "We are for the Dark" by Robert Aickman and Elizabeth Jane Howard, limited edition (Tartarus Press) "It Knows where you Live" by Gary McMahon, signed limited edition (Grayfriar Press) "William F Nolan, a miscellany" signed limited edition, edited and signed by Jason V Brock and "Vultures of the Void Legacy" signed by Phil Harbottle (Cosmos Press)

External Blinks:

Zombie craze continues to infect popular culture - BBC Feature
Why is dystopia so appealing to young adults? - Guardian
Arkham House: Home to Horror, SF Writers - radio piece from NPR
Publishers Weekly best SF/Fantasy/Horror books of 2011
Publishers weekly best Mystery/Thriller books of 2011
Daily telegraph SF review include Jim Butcher and Kelley Armstrong


You can also join our facebook blog to keep abreast of our news, including new stock updates. Fantastic Literature

Amazon remade its Kindle edition of Neal Stephenson’s new novel Reamde, and is now getting reamed by disgruntled readers, GalleyCat and CNet report. The e-book had been pulled from the Kindle store on Tuesday, October 4th, and customers who had bought it received a cryptic (and ungrammatical) email from Amazon advising them that “the version you received had Missing Content that have (sic) been corrected.”

The manner in which this correction was applied has upset customers such as Cynthia Ewer, who was 400 pages into the over-1,000-page novel, or cdale77 who was 500 pages in. They were not upset at obvious typos in the book that they found so much as they were put out by Amazon’s high-handed notification that told them there had been “Missing Content” but gave them no idea exactly what or where that “Missing Content” was. (Even Amazon’s phone support people couldn’t say.) Also, the replacement wiped out any highlights, bookmarks, and notes made in the previous version, as well as the place-keeping bookmark noting the furthest location read.

One reader produced text copies of both the old and new versions (undoubtedly having to crack DRM illegally to do so) and ran them through the diff comparison tool to find out what had been changed, and it turned out that the changes were not major: a few missing words here and there had been corrected, the spelling of the cover artist’s name had been fixed—and in one case, a new typo was introduced! Teleread

More woes for the British Fantasy Society. Following the controversy over his possible conflict of interest regarding some winners of the British Fantasy Awards, David Howe has resigned his position as Chairman of the British Fantasy Society.
Statements from both BFS President Ramsey Campbell and now-acting BFS Chairman Graham Joyce followed the resignation. Campbell’s statement exonerates Howe of any wrongdoing.

Following the recent public allegations made regarding this year’s British Fantasy Awards, The British Fantasy Society Committee would like to state for the record that it is our firm belief that no corruption or wrongdoing took place during the administration of the British Fantasy Awards, and that in this respect all awards should still stand as presented. We confirm that the summation of the votes cast was performed electronically and once the results were checked they were confirmed and verified by another member of the committee. BFS

The Crime Writers’ Association has announced the shortlist for this year’s prestigious Ellis Peters Historical Award.

The six books on the shortlist are:
Rory Clements Prince
Sam Eastland The Red Coffin
Gordon Ferris The Hanging Shed
Andrew Martin The Somme Stations
RN Morris The Cleansing Flames
Imogen Robertson Island of Bones

CWA chair Peter James said: “Historical fiction remains as popular as ever and has seen the creation of some of crime writing’s most enduring characters. This year’s books continue that fine tradition.“


A self-styled superhero known as Phoenix Jones has been unmasked in a Seattle court as he waits to see if he is charged with a pepper spray attack. Police say Phoenix Jones - real name Benjamin Fodor - attacked four people who had left a Seattle nightclub. The 23-year-old, who leads the Rain City Superhero Movement, said he was trying to break up a fight. The clubgoers insisted to police they were not fighting. As the court hearing ended, he tore off a dress shirt to reveal his black and yellow superhero costume. BBC story

The Pursued - a crime novel written in 1935 by Horatio Hornblower creator CS Forester that was thought lost - is to be published for the first time. It was lost after the English author decided not to publish it so he could concentrate on a follow-up to the first Hornblower novel, The Happy Return. But a copy of the text surfaced at an auction in London in 2003 when it was bought by enthusiasts. BBC story

Family Guy star Seth Green is working on an animated sitcom based on the Star Wars saga, according to the head of licensing at Lucasfilm. Howard Roffman said the series would premiere "within the next two years" but refused to be drawn on details. Taboo-busting animation Family Guy has already created three one-off specials based on the first Star Wars trilogy. Roffman added that inspiration had also been drawn from French And Saunders' spoof of The Phantom Menace. BBC story


Previously unseen sketches and paintings by The Hobbit author JRR Tolkien are to be published for the first time. The artworks, which were not used when the novel was published in 1937, were recently discovered in the Bodleian Library in Oxford. It includes ink sketches and paintings. Next year marks The Hobbit's 75th anniversary. Director Peter Jackson is making a two-part movie adaptation, the first part of which is due out in 2012. BBC story

The Crime Writer's Association have announced that thier Debut Dagger competition is now open
The Debut Dagger is open to anyone who has not yet had a novel published commercially. The first prize is £700 plus two tickets to the CWA Awards. Most winners and many shortlisted authors go on to achieve publication.

Contestants have 13 weeks (until 21 January) to submit the first 3000 words of their crime novel. More information, including comprehensive advice and guidance, on the Debut Dagger pages of this website. CWA

Bram Stoker bore a startling resemblance to one of his most famous characters, Jonathan Harker, the troubled solicitor at the centre of the 1897 horror novel Dracula, according to previously unseen notebooks belonging to the author. British publisher Biteback will launch The Lost Journals of Bram Stoker next year. The notebooks detail Stoker's time in Dublin in 1871 and 1881, and were recently rediscovered in the attic of one of the writer's great-grandsons. Independent

Ten leading crime writers are competing for the honour of having a new morgue at Dundee University named after them. Crime fiction fans can vote for their favourite author online - with each vote contributing £1 to the appeal. Dundee University has committed £1m to the project, but another £1m needs to be raised. The new morgue will adopt a "revolutionary" way of embalming - called the Thiel method - which keeps bodies flexible for longer. This gives medics and researchers a more realistic way of testing techniques and practising procedures, as well as developing new equipment and approaches. Authors taking part in the "Million for a Morgue" campaign are: Tess Gerritsen, Kathy Reichs, Lee Child, Harlan Coben, Mark Billingham, Jeffrey Deaver, Jeff Lindsay, Stuart MacBride, Peter James and Val McDermid. BBC story

The World Fantasy Awards winners were announced at this year’s World Fantasy Convention, held October 27-30, in San Diego CA. (Lifetime Achievement winners are announced in advance of the event).
Winners are:
Best Novel
•Who Fears Death, Nnedi Okorafor (DAW)
•Zoo City, Lauren Beukes (Jacana South Africa; Angry Robot)•The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
•The Silent Land, Graham Joyce (Gollancz; Doubleday)
•Under Heaven, Guy Gavriel Kay (Viking Canada; Roc; Harper Voyager UK)
•Redemption In Indigo, Karen Lord (Small Beer)
Best Novella
•“The Maiden Flight of McCauley’s Bellerophon”, Elizabeth Hand (Stories: All-New Tales)
•Bone and Jewel Creatures, Elizabeth Bear (Subterranean)
•The Broken Man, Michael Byers (PS)•The Thief of Broken Toys, Tim Lebbon (ChiZine Publications)•“The Mystery Knight”, George R.R. Martin (Warriors)•“The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window”, Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Summer 2010)
Best Short Fiction
•“Fossil-Figures”, Joyce Carol Oates (Stories: All-New Tales)
•“Beautiful Men” , Christopher Fowler (Visitants: Stories of Fallen Angels and Heavenly Hosts)
•“Booth’s Ghost”, Karen Joy Fowler (What I Didn’t See and Other Stories)
•“Ponies”, Kij Johnson ( 11/17/10)
•“Tu Sufrimiento Shall Protect Us”, Mercurio D. Rivera (Black Static 8-9/10)
Best Anthology
•My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me, Kate Bernheimer, ed. (Penguin)
•The Way of the Wizard, John Joseph Adams, ed. (Prime)
•Haunted Legends, Ellen Datlow & Nick Mamatas, eds. (Tor)
•Stories: All-New Tales, Neil Gaiman & Al Sarrantonio, eds. (Morrow; Headline Review)
•Black Wings: New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror, S.T. Joshi, ed. (PS)
•Swords & Dark Magic, Jonathan Strahan & Lou Anders, eds. (Eos)
Best Collection
•What I Didn’t See and Other Stories, Karen Joy Fowler (Small Beer)
•The Ammonite Violin & Others, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Subterranean)
•Holiday, M. Rickert (Golden Gryphon)
•Sourdough and Other Stories, Angela Slatter (Tartarus)
•The Third Bear, Jeff VanderMeer (Tachyon)
Best Artist
•Kinuko Y. Craft
•Vincent Chong
•Richard A. Kirk
•John Picacio
•Shaun Tan
Special Award, Professional
•Marc Gascoigne, for Angry Robot
•John Joseph Adams, for editing and anthologies
•Lou Anders, for editing at Pyr
•Stéphane Marsan & Alain Névant, for Bragelonne
•Brett Alexander Savory & Sandra Kasturi, for ChiZine Publications
Special Award, Non-Professional
•Alisa Krasnostein, for Twelfth Planet Press
•Stephen Jones, Michael Marshall Smith, & Amanda Foubister, for Brighton Shock!: The Souvenir Book Of The World Horror Convention 2010
•Matthew Kressel, for Sybil’s Garage and Senses Five Press
•Charles Tan, for Bibliophile Stalker
•Lavie Tidhar, for The World SF Blog
The World Fantasy Awards Lifetime Achievement Winners for 2011 are Peter S. Beagle and Angélica Gorodischer. The awards are presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the fantasy field.

Nasa examines 'tractor beams' for sample gathering:- US space agency Nasa has funded a study of "tractor beams" to gather samples for analysis in future missions. The $100,000 (£63,000) award will be used to examine three laser-based approaches to do what has until now been the stuff of science fiction. Several tractor-beam ideas have been published in the scientific literature but none has yet been put to use. Nasa scientist Paul Stysley says the approach could "enhance science goals and reduce mission risk". "Though a mainstay in science fiction, and Star Trek in particular, laser-based trapping isn't fanciful or beyond current technological know-how," said Dr Stysley of Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Center, whose group was awarded the research funding. BBC story

A rhyming picture book about pirate cats has won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, which honours humorous books for children. Cats Ahoy!, written by Peter Bently and illustrated by Jim Field, was named funniest book for children aged six and under. Liz Pichon's The Brilliant World of Tom Gates also won the prize in the seven to 14 age category. Both winners were presented with a £2,500 cash prize at a London ceremony. BBC story

The travails at the BFS seem to be reaching a head. Acting chair Graham Joyce has announced an Extraordinary General Meeting of the British Fantasy Society to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, December 9, 2011 at the Mug House near London Bridge. The meeting will consider a proposal to reorganize the BFS Awards and will elect new officers to the BFS Committee. BFS

Author Andy Mulligan has won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize for his novel Return To Ribblestrop, set in a dilapidated boarding school. The book is the second in a planned trilogy, and finds the school invaded by a truck load of circus animals. Judges said the story had "just the right combination of warmth, originality and, above all, hilarity to give it the edge". Mulligan describes his setting as "a magical place" but dismisses any comparisons to JK Rowling's Harry Potter. "Any elf would be stamped on and barbecued very quickly," he says. BBC story

Doctor Who 'to be made into Hollywood feature film' Cult BBC TV show Doctor Who is set to be made into a Hollywood movie, a leading director has said. David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter films, told Variety magazine he is working on developing a feature film with the BBC. He said the film would take a fresh approach to the show, which first appeared on TV in 1963. Yates said it would take "two to three years to get it right" as the show needs "quite a radical transformation". BBC story

Director Ken Russell's controversial 1971 film The Devils is to be officially made available on DVD for the first time, it has been announced. The film, which contains sexual content and religious imagery, will be released in March by the British Film Institute's (BFI) video publishing arm. Starring Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave, the movie was cut before it could be given an adult 'X' rating. Film critic Mark Kermode has called it Russell's "most incendiary work". BBC story.

Scientists say they can now explain the existence of what are perhaps Earth's most extraordinary mountains. The Gamburtsevs are the size of the European Alps and yet they are totally buried beneath the Antarctic ice. Their discovery in the 1950s was a major surprise. Most people had assumed the rock bed deep within the continent would be flat and featureless.

It is a story that starts just over a billion years ago, long before complex life had formed on the planet, when the then continents were drifting together to create a giant landmass known as Rodinia. The resulting collision pushed up the mountains, and also produced an underlying thick, dense "root" that sat down in the crust. Over the course of hundreds of millions of years, the peaks would have gradually eroded away. Only the cold root would have been preserved. Then, about 250-100 million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the planet, the crust started to pull apart in a series of rifting events close to the old root. This rifting warmed and rejuvenated the root, giving it the buoyancy needed to lift the land upwards once more to re-establish the mountains. Further uplift still was achieved as deep valleys were later cut by rivers and by glaciers. And it would have been those glaciers that also wrote the final chapter some 35 million years ago, when they spread out and merged to form the East Antarctic Ice Sheet, entombing the Gamburtsevs in the process.

BBC story

One for the collective consciousness:- still struggling with this one

Here's the old one:-

Looking for a book ?70's I am looking for a science fiction book I read years ago, and would love to read again. But I have forgotten its author and title. It is a story about a space journey using gates that are tarot like symbols that only the 'navigator' can decipher in order to pass through them. I think they find a lost book which has symbols that will lead back to an ancient 'lost'/mythological planet...Earth? Do you know the name and author of the book, or whom I could contact to help me. Thankyou. Jerry Haworth. - email us if you can help


Richard Gordon, film producer: born London 31 December 1925; died New York 1 November 2011. Exploitation cinema of the 1950s was infested by vampires, voodoo practitioners, ancient tribes revivified by their sacred territories being violated, and weird monsters caused by nuclear accidents or mad scientists meddling with nature. It was a producer's genre, as they insisted on low budgets, tight schedules and enough (or promises of enough) violence and nudity without unduly upsetting the censors. Meanwhile they devised bizarre, eye-catching marketing campaigns. Some of the most notable of these films were produced by Richard Gordon. Independent

Department of Smug Self Satisfaction.

1. Dear Laraine & Simon :

In the past, I've thanked you both for excellent Fantastic Literature service, and left it at that. But it's about time I also told you how much I enjoy the monthly Newsletters as well. Particularly this latest number. Which is chock-full of interesting, even exciting, news bits culled from across the media. This time it's : George R.R.Martin, Kindle Millionaire. Connie Willis winning the Robert A. Heinlein Award. P.D.James writing a Jane Austen murder mystery. NASA's discovery of a Tatooine-like planet orbiting a double star. Tantalizing details about the forthcoming Dr. Who special. And much more.

So, thanks not only for my monthly subscription issue of INTERZONE, but also for the latest news from the sf/fantasy/mystery, etc fields. Much of usually much more interesting than most of what's posted daily on either the front pages of either the venerable London or New York editions of the TIMES. Which, yes, I do take.

Joe Wrzos

2. Habe das Buch bereits am 13. Oktober (aus England !) erhalten. Es war überaus gut verpackt. Bei nächster Gelegenheit kaufe ich hier wieder. (Amazon de)

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Silly stuff:

Here's one for the SF/Horror/Thriller Crossover genre (if there is one) : apparently Tom Cruise has been cast as the hero in a film of one of the Jack Reacher books - playing a man described as 6'5" & heavily-built. It's a poor effort, & I'm sure one of your readers can do better, but will the character be renamed "Jack Cantreachathing"? Hugh

Independent crossword 2nd Nov. Authors agent receiving a manuscript on time. (4,6)

Mongrels "Shaun of the Dead"


Good luck to anyone and everyone raising money for Children in Need this Friday!

New arrivals for your delectation:-

WE ARE FOR THE DARK by Robert Aickman & Elizabeth Jane Howard (Tartarus Press) limited edition of 350 copies.
We Are for the Dark is a remarkable collection, and one that can be said to have kick-started the ‘Aickmanesque’ short story. Credit for the genesis of this sub-genre of the ghost story should be given jointly to Robert Aickman and his collaborator in We Are for the Dark, Elizabeth Jane Howard. Contributing three tales each, the authors were not identified with their own stories when the book was first published in 1951.We Are for the Dark contains six stories: ‘The Trains’, ‘The View’ and ‘The Insuffi-cient Answer’ are by Robert Aickman, while ‘Three Miles Up’, ‘Left Luggage’ and ‘Perfect Love’ are by Elizabeth Jane Howard. For order information and price click on the image
IT KNOWS WHERE YOU LIVE by Gary McMahon (Grayfriar Press) signed limited edition of 100.
The modern world is a place ripe with fears. The city, the suburbs, and even the fringes of the countryside: all present opportunities for unease. The way people act when they are together, or when they are alone; the beats, the pauses, and the words we use to communicate reveal a primal darkness at the heart of the modern human experience.And whatever this darkness is, it knows where you live . . .In these fifteen tales, acclaimed horror author Gary McMahon casts a light into the shadowy corners of contemporary life, and brings those fears to the page. For order information and price click on the image
William F Nolan: A Miscellany (Cycatrix Press) signed limited edition of 250.
Edited and designed by Jason V Brock. Only 250 copies. Features a rare, uncollected short story titled "Strippers Have To Die", and essay on Golden Age comics and superheroes titled "The Men in the Trick Suits"(both published only once in the 1960s and never reprinted), and a select fiction bibliography of Nolan's publications.
For order information and price click on the image
VULTURES OF THE VOID: LEGACY by Phil Harbottle (Cosmon Press) signed.
An earlier, very much shorter version of this book was published as VULTURES OF THE VOID in 1992 by Borgo Press. Now the compiler and editor of those books, Philip Harbottle, here presents the result of his further and ongoing researches into British science fiction publishing history. This greatly expanded version includes entirely new coverage of the generic hardcover titles that briefly and paradoxically flourished alongside the indigenous British paperbacks of the early 1950s, spearheaded by an influx of outstanding American science fiction.
For order information and price click on the image
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