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2004 News
Novenber 2004

STEPHEN JONES to be Guest of Honor at ARCANA 35, October 7-9, 2005

Stephen Jones will be Guest of Honour at the small but perfectly formed Arcana 35, "A Convention of the Dark Fantastic", being held over October 7-9 2005 at the Holiday Inn Express, Bandana Square, St. Paul, MN 55108, USA.

Previous GoHs have included Dennis Etchison, Ramsey Campbell, Gahan Wilson and Tim Powers, and it is hoped that a number of Stephen Jones's friends and colleagues will also be able to attend. Rare British editions of a number of Stephen Jones's anthologies will be available at the Arcana auction, along with signed copies of "The Mammoth Book of Stephen Jones", a 200-edition tribute produced for Stephen Jones's 50th birthday by PS Publishing and featuring exclusive contributions by Stephen King, Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman and many, many others.

Membership for the whole weekend is just $25.00 through Labor Day 2005 ($35.00 at the door). Membership can be paid via PayPal to rekal@prodigy.net (please include contact information and mention "Arcana" in the accompanying note).

For further information contact: Arcana 35, PO Box 8036, Lake Street Station, Minneapolis MN 55408, USA or e-mail EHeideman@mplib.org

website: http://pages.prodigy.net/rekal

 


September/October 2004

THE SISKEL AND EBERT OF EERIENESS ARE BACK!

Following their collaborative commentary on the DVD of David Cronenberg's THE DEAD ZONE, the Laurel and Hardy of Horror—writers Kim Newman and Stephen Jones—are back with rollicking commentaries on the special "Collectors Editions" of Sanctuary Visual Entertainment's AMITYVILLE II: THE POSSESSION and AMITYVILLE 3-D.

AMITYVILLE II also includes an extended "Lost Souls" scene, cast and crew profiles, five unique lobby cards and a twenty-page booklet telling the true story behind the movie, with real-life crime scene photos and an exclusive foreword by Ric Osuna, author of THE NIGHT THE DEFEOS DIED.

For the first time, Richard Fleischer's AMITYVILLE 3-D is presented on a 2-disc set that includes BOTH the "flat" widescreen version (AMITYVILLE: THE DEMON) and the original 3-D version, complete with two pairs of 3-D glasses! The set also comes with cast and crew profiles, another five unique lobby cards and an exclusive sixteen-page booklet.

But the fun doesn't end there! The Abbott and Costello of Creepiness can also be found on Sanctuary's new "Collectors Edition" of Fleischer's CONAN THE DESTROYER, as Newman and Jones conduct a freewheeling interview/discussion with actress Sarah Douglas, who portrays the scheming Queen Taramis in the film.

The widescreen DVD also comes with a Conan Quiz, cast and crew profiles, an original trailer, five more unique lobby cards and a twenty-page booklet featuring rare and original photos, an essay by Paul M. Sammon, and an exclusive foreword about the life of Conan creator Robert E. Howard by Stephen Jones.

All the Sanctuary discs have no regional restrictions.

And because it's "that" time of year again, Anchor Bay's bumper Box Set of HALLOWEEN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION contains all eight HALLOWEEN films. Newman and Jones, the Travolta and Newton-John of . . . (okay, you get the idea by now), can also be heard on the commentaries for HALLOWEEN II and HALLOWEEN III, and both discs also include detailed production essays written by Jones.

It's just like having Kim Newman and Stephen Jones on the sofa with you, talking all the way through the movie you're trying to watch . . .

All discs are in stores now. Happy Hallowe'en!

For more information:
www.sanctuarygroup.com
www.the-associates.co.uk

 


HALLOWEEN 2004 SIGNINGS

STEPHEN JONES will be signing at the following venues on the West Coast:

October 29: World Fantasy Convention, Tempe Mission Palms Hotel, Tempe, Arizona. Guests of Honor include Gwyneth Jones and Ellen Datlow.

November 5: NecroComicon, Spooky House Haunted Theme Park, Topanga Canyon Blvd., Los Angeles, California. Stephen Jones and Peter Atkins will be signing THE HELLRAISER CHRONICLES (Titan Books) and other items. Other guests include Julie Adams and Ben Chapman (from THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON), Forrest J Ackerman, Marv Wolfman and Lynn Lowry.

November 6: Dark Delicacies, 4213 West Burbank Blvd., Burbank, California.
Tel: 818-556-6660. 1:00pm onwards. Stephen Jones, F. Paul Wilson, Peter Atkins, Jo Fletcher, Nancy Holder and various other contributors will be signing copies of THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF VAMPIRES, THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST NEW HORROR #15, THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF NEW TERROR (all Carroll & Graf), GREAT GHOST STORIES (Cemetery Dance hc/Carroll & Graf tpb), THE HELLRAISER CHRONICLES (Titan Books) along with other new titles.

November 7: Borderlands Books, San Francisco. Tel: 415-824-8203. Prior to this date, you can pre-order signed or personalized copies of Stephen Jones' new books from the store with a credit card.

 


August 2004

THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST NEW HORROR

Stephen Jones has announced that he is now reading for the sixteenth volume of THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST NEW HORROR, which will be published as a trade paperback in the UK by Robinson and in the USA by Carroll & Graf in 2005.

This is a REPRINT anthology. He is looking for horror and dark fantasy stories and novellas, either supernatural or psychological, which were FIRST PUBLISHED between December 2003 and December 2004. Electronic publication is acceptable, but all submissions should be either in manuscript (preferably), galley or photocopy format. No e-mail submissions.

Space in the book is obviously limited and the competition is tough, so only the most exemplary fiction will be chosen. Do not send copies of everything you've had published during the year, only what you consider to be your very best work. Even if you think it may have already been seen by the editor, if in doubt send another copy anyway.

Include a brief covering letter with your name and address, giving your personal bio/bibliographical information and details of publication. Also include an e-mail address if you want to be notified when the book is full. All material received will be considered disposable. The deadline for receiving stories is February 1st, 2005. You will be contacted after that date if your story has been accepted. Payment is on publication.

THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST NEW HORROR also includes an extensive annual overview of the previous year in horror. To be aware of material published (especially from the small press), the editor needs to have seen it. This includes novels, collections, anthologies, poetry, art books, reference works, magazines and chapbooks covering fiction, non-fiction and films. All appropriate titles received will get a mention in the "Introduction", and publishers may also be listed in the book's "Useful Addresses" section.

All material for inclusion should be sent to: "The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror #16", c/o 130 Park View, Wembley, Middx HA9 6JU, England. The editor and publishers are not responsible for any material that goes missing.

In case anyone sees the British comic 2000 AD, issue #1404 (25 August, 2004) features the story "Caballistics, Inc.: Creepshow" that includes a spoof (with my permission) entry for THE QUINTERMAN XPERIMENT from my 1999 reference book THE ESSENTIAL MONSTER MOVIE GUIDE.

 


July 2004

The British Fantasy Society presents BRITISH FANTASY AWARDS—SHOWCASE

I will be hosting a talk/discussion/Q&A during this event about the worth of awards (and how they are decided) at

THE TAPPIT HEN, 5 William IV Street, London WC2N 4DN (nearest tube: Charing Cross)

on FRIDAY 16th JULY from 6:00 p.m. (talk starts around 7:00 p.m.)

I will also hopefully be speaking with past and present nominees during the evening to get their opinions and insights.

Samples of this year's nominated material will be on show during the evening, along with some of the authors, editors and publishers responsible for it.

This year's awards will be presented at the British Fantasy Convention (FantasyCon04) in September.

Hope you will be able to make it along . . .

 


June 2004

THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST NEW HORROR VOLUME FIFTEEN

STEPHEN JONES has delivered THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST NEW HORROR VOLUME FIFTEEN and THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF NEW TERROR to Robinson Publishing in the UK and Carroll & Graf in the USA.

Both volumes will be published towards the end of this year in trade paperback.

The fifteenth volume of the multiple award-winning BEST NEW HORROR series contains more than 200,000 words of short stories, novellas and non-fiction by Ramsey Campbell, John Farris, Christopher Fowler, Neil Gaiman, Paul McAuley, Joyce Carol Oates, Michael Marshall Smith, Gene Wolfe, Simon Clark, Gemma Files, Glen Hirshberg, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Marc Laidlaw, Jay Lake, Tim Lebbon, Steve Rasnic Tem and others.

THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF NEW TERROR is a follow-up volume to Jones' 1991 anthology THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF TERROR, and includes classic reprints and new fiction from Ramsey Campbell, Dennis Etchison, Christopher Fowler, Neil Gaiman, Charles L. Grant, Tanith Lee, Brian Lumley, Kim Newman, Michael Marshall Smith, Graham Masterton, Karl Edward Wagner, F. Paul Wilson and others.

 


May 2004

THE HELLRAISER CHRONICLES BACK IN PRINT!

After being out of print for nearly a decade, Titan Books has reissued THE HELLRAISER CHRONICLES, edited by Stephen Jones with an Introduction by Clive Barker.

A full-colour look at the first three HELLRAISER movies written by Peter Atkins, Clive Barker and Stephen Jones, with photography by Murray Close, Tom Collins and Keith Payne, the oversized softcover also features an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how the Cenobites were created.

For every HELLRAISER fan it's once again "Time to play!".

THE HELLRAISER CHRONICLES
Edited by Stephen Jones
Titan Books
ISBN 1-85286-423-0
UK: 12.99 pounds
USA: $14.95
Can: $19.95

For more information contact Titan Books. www.titanbooks.com

 


THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF VAMPIRES

This Spring, Robinson Publishing (UK) and Carroll & Graf (USA) are reissued THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF VAMPIRES with thirteen additional stories and novellas by Neil Gaiman, Harlan Ellison, Tanith Lee, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Nancy Kilpatrick, Michael Marshall Smith, Christopher Fowler, Kim Newman, Paul McAuley and others.

To celebrate the launch of the expanded New Edition, Stephen Jones and numerous contributors (old and new) signed copies in London and on the West Coast of the USA. More here—THREE WEEKS WITH THE UNDEAD.

 


April 2004

LIFE-LONG DREAM FULFILLED

Thanks to movie memorabilia collector Bob Burns, Stephen Jones fulfilled a life-long dream and got to hold the original 1933 skeletal armature of King Kong at the Ray Harryhausen signing at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, California, on April 18th, 2004.
 
Photo © 2004 Mandy Slater
original skeletal armature for the 1933 King Kong
Thanks to Bob Burns, Stephen Jones achieves the dream of a lifetime and actually gets to hold the
original skeletal armature for the 1933 King Kong (Dark Delicacies, April 18th, 2004)

(Please send a copy or tear-sheet of any magazine this photo appears in to
130 Park View
Wembley
Middx
HA9 6JU
England. Thank you.)

 


March 2004

ATTENTION VAMPIRE FANS!

This Spring, Robinson Publishing (UK) and Carroll & Graf (USA) are reissuing
THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF VAMPIRES with thirteen additional stories and novellas by Neil Gaiman, Harlan Ellison, Tanith Lee, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Nancy Kilpatrick, Michael Marshall Smith, Christopher Fowler, Kim Newman, Paul McAuley and others.

Along with revised and updated story introductions, this edition also
includes added interior illustrations by Randy Broecker and stunning new
cover artwork by Les Edwards.

Robinson - ISBN 1-84119-926-5—7.99 pounds
Carroll & Graf—ISBN 0-7867-1372-8—$12.95
630pp

For more information contact: enquiries@constablerobinson.com

To celebrate the launch of this expanded New Edition, multiple award-winning editor Stephen Jones and numerous contributors (both original and new) to the anthology will be signing copies in London, England, and on the West Coast of the USA during April:

THURSDAY, APRIL 1:

8:00 pm—10:00 pm
Moot With No Reflection: The Mammoth Book of Vampires Launch:
Templars Restaurant, (above The Devereux Pub),
Devereux Court, London WC2
(Opposite the Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand—extreme eastern end, where it becomes Fleet Street—between Essex Street and Middle Temple
Lane)
(Nearest tube: Temple)
Contact: Stephen Wilson: steve.sethur@virgin.net
Entrance fee: £2.50 or £1.00 plus the price of the book
Book signing and Q&A with Editor STEPHEN JONES (The Mammoth Book of Vampire Stories by Women; The Mammoth Book of Dracula; The Illustrated Vampire Movie Guide), SYDNEY J. BOUNDS (The Best of Sydney J. Bounds), BASIL COPPER (The Vampire in Legend, Fact and Art), CHRISTOPHER FOWLER (Roofworld), TANITH LEE (The Silver Metal Lover), BRIAN LUMLEY (the "Necroscope" series; A Coven of Vampires), PAUL McAULEY (White Devils), KIM NEWMAN (the "Anno Dracula" series), TINA RATH (Conventional Vampires), and cover artist LES EDWARDS (all appearances subject to commitments).


SATURDAY, APRIL 3:

6:00 pm—10:00 pm
The Dracula Society AGM
The Victoria Pub
10A Strathearn Place, London W2
(On the corner of Strathearn Place and Sussex Place, near Gloucester Square)
(Nearest tube: Paddington or Lancaster Gate)
Contact: Julia Kruk: juliakruk@hotmail.com
Entrance fee: £2.00
Book signing and Q&A with Editor STEPHEN JONES (The Mammoth Book of Vampire Stories by Women; The Mammoth Book of Dracula; The Illustrated Vampire Movie Guide), SYDNEY J. BOUNDS (The Best of Sydney J. Bounds), CHRISTOPHER FOWLER (Roofworld), KIM NEWMAN (the "Anno Dracula" series), TINA RATH (Conventional Vampires), BRIAN STABLEFORD (The Empire of Fear), and cover artist LES EDWARDS (all appearances subject to commitments)


TUESDAY, APRIL 6:

7:00 pm—8:00 pm
Borderlands Books
866 Valencia Street,
San Francisco, CA 94110
(between 19th and 20th Streets in the Mission District)
Contact: Alan Beatts/Cary Heater: cheater@borderlands-books.com
or Tel: 415-824 8203
Book signing and Q&A with Editor STEPHEN JONES (The Mammoth Book of Vampire Stories by Women; The Mammoth Book of Dracula; The Illustrated Vampire Movie Guide) and CHELSEA QUINN YARBRO (the "Chronicles of St. Germain" series). All appearances subject to commitments.


SATURDAY, APRIL 10:

5:30 pm—6:30 pm
World Horror Convention 2004
Publishers Debut Table, Hotel Lobby,
Embassy Suites Phoenix North,
2577 W. Greenway Road, Phoenix, AZ 85023
Contact: Mike Willmoth: whc2004@otsp.com
or Tel: 602-375 1777
Book signing (sponsored by Dark Delicacies) and Happy Hour with Editor Guest of Honour STEPHEN JONES (The Mammoth Book of Vampire Stories by Women; The Mammoth Book of Dracula; The Illustrated Vampire Movie Guide), RAMSEY CAMPBELL (Told by the Dead), NANCY KILPATRICK (the "Power of the Blood" series) and possibly others to be announced. All appearances subject to commitments.

Exclusive illustrated bookplates will be available with each book purchased on a first-come, first-served basis, signed by (provisionally) Sydney J. Bounds, Randy Broecker, Basil Copper, Les Edwards, Christopher Fowler, Neil Gaiman, Tanith Lee, Brian Lumley, Paul McAuley, Kim Newman, Tina Rath, Michael Marshall Smith, Brian Stableford and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro.


SATURDAY, APRIL 17:

2:00 pm—4:00 pm
Dark Delicacies
4213 W. Burbank Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505
Contact: Sue & Del Howison: darkdel@darkdel.com
or Tel: 818-556 6660
Book signing with Editor STEPHEN JONES (The Mammoth Book of Vampire Stories by Women; The Mammoth Book of Dracula; The Illustrated Vampire Movie Guide), NANCY HOLDER ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel" novelizations), RICHARD CHRISTIAN MATHESON (Dystopia), DAVID J. SCHOW (Zombie Jam) and possibly others to be announced. All appearances subject to commitments.

Exclusive illustrated bookplates will be available with each book purchased on a first-come, first-served basis, signed by (provisionally) Sydney J. Bounds, Randy Broecker, Ramsey Campbell, Basil Copper, Les Edwards, Christopher Fowler, Neil Gaiman, Nancy Kilpatrick, Tanith Lee, Brian Lumley, Paul McAuley, Kim Newman, Tina Rath, Michael Marshall Smith, Brian Stableford and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro.

 


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