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2005 News
December 2005


For the first time in its seventeen-year history, The World Horror Convention is being held outside the United States.

With a theme exploring "The Diversity of Horror", World Horror Convention
2007 will take place over March 29-April 1 in the heart of downtown Toronto, Canada.

"I am absolutely delighted that the 2007 convention has been awarded to Toronto," says Chairperson Amanda Foubister. "Toronto is a major international city—like London, Paris and New York—and holding it here will have all the benefits of those locations. Our programme will be multinational, but we will also bring a uniquely Canadian flavour to the World Horror Convention."

The first Guest of Honour to be announced is British writer Michael Marshall Smith, the multiple award-winning author of such novels as SPARES, ONLY FORWARD, ONE OF US and the best-selling THE STRAW MEN trilogy (under the byline "Michael Marshall"). His acclaimed short fiction has been collected in the International Horror Guild Award-winning MORE TOMORROW & OTHER STORIES. "I've always wanted to visit Toronto," says Smith, "and this will be a fantastic opportunity."

More guests from both sides of the Atlantic will be revealed in the coming months, when the membership rates will also be set.

For more information, please contact:


October 2005


At 10:00 p.m. on Friday, November 4th, 2005 Minneapolis publisher Fedogan & Bremer is launching WEIRD SHADOWS OVER INNSMOUTH edited by STEPHEN JONES at a party at the World Fantasy Convention in Madison, Wisconsin.

Written in 1931, H.P. LOVECRAFT's 'The Shadow Over Innsmouth' forms a major link in the author's renowned "Cthulhu Mythos", featuring a race of ichthyoid Deep Ones which over the years have inter-bred with humans in strange and terrifying ways.

Following on from his World Fantasy Award-nominated anthology SHADOWS OVER INNSMOUTH, editor Stephen Jones returns to Lovecraft's decaying Massachusetts seaport as such established writers as RAMSEY CAMPBELL, HUGH B. CAVE, BASIL COPPER, JOHN GLASBY, CAITLÍN R. KIERNAN, RICHARD A. LUPOFF, KIM NEWMAN, PAUL McAULEY, MICHAEL MARSHALL SMITH and STEVE RASNIC TEM once again relate a fictional history of Innsmouth and its batrachian inhabitants.

The book also includes a discarded draft of Lovecraft's seminal story about that foetid, forsaken New England fishing port, with its sparkling treasure and loathsome denizens, along with a major new Lovecraftian novella by international best-selling author BRIAN LUMLEY, written especially for this volume.

In these stories, as the decades pass, Dagon's scaly spawn continues to spread out from America's east coast to cast its malignant influence over the rest of the world. Meanwhile, mankind finally discovers the true nature of the unspeakable evil that lies hidden beneath the waves out beyond the reef, biding its time until it is ready to rise once again . . .

Featuring a spectacular wraparound dust jacket painting by acclaimed artist BOB EGGLETON, the book is illustrated throughout by RANDY BROECKER, LES EDWARDS and ALLAN SERVOSS.

Editor STEPHEN JONES, author STEVE RASNIC TEM and artists RANDY BROECKER and ALLAN SERVOSS are expected to be at the launch party on November 4th, and will be available to sign pre-ordered copies and books sold on the night.

ISBN: 1-878252-43-7
Trade hardcover: $35.00
Limited slipcased edition (signed by all living contributors): $120.00


October 7-9, 2005

Arcana is one of the best-kept secrets in the horror field. Held around late September or early October in St. Paul, Minnesota, this small, inexpensive yet very friendly "Convention of the Dark Fantastic" has been going since the early 1970s, when a group of H.P. Lovecraft/Weird Tales fans started hanging out together at annual gatherings.

Now called Minn-Con, the group started meeting in hotels in 1987, and seven years later changed its name to Arcana. A list of past Guests of Honor reads like a "who's who" of horror, including such prestigious names as Karl Edward Wagner, Robert Bloch, Ramsey Campbell, Dennis Etchison, Neil Gaiman and Gahan Wilson, amongst others.

Photo © 2005 David Christenson
Stephen Jones, Dwayne H. Olson and Bob Garcia discuss Print on Demand publishing Stephen Jones, Dwayne H. Olson and Bob Garcia discuss Print on Demand publishing

Which is why I was proud to be invited as Guest of Honor to the 2005 event, held at its long-tern venue, the Holiday Inn Express, Bandana Square. Built on the site of an historic railroad station (and retaining the original tracks running through the lobby), the hotel's rooms are spacious and comfortable and the building also boasts an indoor swimming pool. On the down side there is no restaurant or bar on site, although the hotel does offer a complimentary continental breakfast.

To offset this drawback, Arcana hosts a fine Hospitality Suite and "Undead Dog Party" that would put bigger conventions to shame. Also, of the Friday evening, local independent publisher Fedogan & Bremer sponsored an excellent publishing party complete with their own bar and exotic cocktails.

The lively and full program included talks and panels on such diverse and engaging subjects as "The State of Horror & Fantasy Fiction Today", "Stephen King's Dark Tower Series", "Clive Barker: Master or Menace?", "Erotic Horror Fiction", "It Came from the Slush Pile", "Kong & Co.: Apes in Fact, Folklore, Fiction and Film", "In a Dark Room: The Films of Val Lewton", "Is Print on Demand Ruining the Marketplace", "The Quiet Virtuoso: Remembering Robert Wise 1914-2005, "Recent Asian Horror Movies" and "It's Only Worth Money if You Sell it".

Although I found myself participating in the majority of the back-to-back program items – along with a career interview and autographing session – I still found time to look around the compact dealers" room where I was tempted by many collectible items, including books, pulps, fanzines, rare film memorabilia and original artwork. 

However, like most attendees, I was holding out for the famed "Minn-Con Auction", held on the Saturday evening. Luckily, as co-auctioneer, I was still allowed to bid, and after an exhausting three-and-a-half hours I came away with many choice items. These included a rare monster board game from the early 1960s, along with various books, DVDs and videos that I managed to pick up for ridiculously low amounts.
Where else could you get a signed and inscribed August Derleth volume, a complete set of Universal Monster fridge magnets or a ceremonial sword for such modest bids? Overall, the auction made an impressive $1,100 from the donated items, which went towards the convention expenses.

Photo © 2005 David Christenson
Convention chairman Eric M. Heideman and Stephen Jones talk about Val Lewton Convention chairman Eric M. Heideman and Stephen Jones talk about Val Lewton

And if none of the above tempted you, then there was also an extensive movie program that this year was themed around my favorite monster, King Kong, and the films of Val Lewton. This was definitely my kind of convention.

The weekend also gave me the welcome opportunity to socialise with a number of old friends, including artist Andrew Smith, publisher Philip J. Rahman, editor and ace auctioneer Dwayne H. Olson, packager/designer Bob Garcia, bookseller Greg Ketter and keen collectors Scott F. Wyatt and Roger Lasley, while at the same time introducing me to many new faces.   

Overall, it was a delightful event, and my only regret is that more people do not know about Arcana and are regular attendees.

Next year's convention will be held over September 29-October 1 at the same location. Tor Books editor David G. Hartwell is the Guest of Honor (see, I told you they attracted some Big Names). Membership is a ludicrously low $25 through to Labor Day 2006, or just $35 at the door. If you live in or around the Twin Cities, or happen to be in the area at that time, I urge you to go along. You will not be disappointed.

For more information go to:


July 2005

NOW WE ARE SICK: An Anthology of Nasty Verse Edited by NEIL GAIMAN and STEPHEN JONES

World Fantasy Award winners Neil Gaiman and Stephen Jones have gathered together a unique collection of funny, frivolous and frightening poems by thirty of the world's best known science fiction, fantasy and horror authors. You are guaranteed to scream with laughter and chuckle in fear as you enter the warped imaginations of these masters of the macabre, for better or verse.

NOW WE ARE SICK: An Anthology of Nasty Verse Edited by NEIL GAIMAN and STEPHEN JONES

Poems by: Brian Aldiss, Sharon Baker, Robert Bloch, Ramsey Campbell, Simon Ian Childer, Storm Constantine, Galad Elflandsson, Jo Fletcher, John M. Ford, Stephen Gallagher, David Garnett, John Grant, Colin Greenland, James Herbert, Richard Hill, Diana Wynne Jones, Garry Kilworth, Harry Adam Knight, R.A. Lafferty, Samantha Lee, Alan Moore, Kim Newman, Ian Pemble, Terry Pratchett, Jessica Amanda Salmonson, Jody Scott, S.P. Somtow, Alex Stewart, David Sutton and Gene Wolfe.

With artwork by Andrew Smith, Clive Barker and Gahan Wilson.

Available again in a new paperback edition from DreamHaven Books on August 1st, 2005.

ISBN: 1-892058-10-3


The Val Lewton Horror Collection

Warner Home Video have announced the Region 1 DVD release of The Val Lewton Horror Collection for 4th October 2005. Val Lewton, a famous RKO Radio Pictures producer, redefined the horror genre with low-budget, high-box office films. Now available are nine of these horror classics on DVD in the all new Val Lewton Horror Collection. Exclusive to the collection are a new documentary on the producer and 3 of the 9 films.

Across 5 discs you will find 9 films, they are: The Cat People, Curse of the Cat People, I Walked With a Zombie, Body Snatcher, Isle of the Dead, Bedlam, The Leopard Man, Ghost Ship and The Seventh Victim.

6 of those films will be available separately on three double-feature releases, with The Cat People/Curse of the Cat People, I Walked With a Zombie/Body Snatcher and Isle of the Dead/Bedlam priced at $19.97 SRP each.

The complete Val Lewton Horror Collection will retail at $59.92 SRP.

Features include:
Audio Commentaries:
Greg Mank with Simone Simon on Cat People and Curse of the Cat People Kim Newman and Stephen Jones on I Walked With a Zombie Steve Haberman with Robert Wise on The Body Snatcher Tom Weaver on Bedlam Steve Haberman on The Seventh Victim Shadows In The Dark: The Val Lewton Legacy—New Documentary on the producer Theatrical Trailer


The British Fantasy Society Awards Showcase

On SATURDAY, JULY 9th, The British Fantasy Society will be holding an Awards Showcase evening from 6:30 p.m. onwards at:

The Upstairs Restaurant
The Devereux Pub
Devereux Court, London WC2
(Opposite the Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand—extreme eastern end, where it becomes Fleet Street. Nearest tube: Temple)

Those individuals who have been recommended for the 2005 British Fantasy Awards are encouraged to bring their work along to discuss and show it to other attendees. The event is open to anyone who is interested.

A complete list of the recommendations follows. If you have been recommended and wish to attend the event, or want to send material for display (non-returnable) please contact Vicky Cook on:

Please do not "reply" to this e-mail.

A list of nominees attending the event will be posted online.

Voting forms will be going out with the next BFS mailing, and voting is also possible online. Please see for details. The deadline for voting is 1 August 2005.

2005 British Fantasy Awards Recommendations:

James Barclay, Demonstorm (Gollancz) Clive Barker, Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War (Voyager) Stephanie Bedwell-Grime, Fallen Angel (Telos Publications) K.J. Bishop, The Etched City (Tor UK) Ramsey Campbell, The Overnight (PS Publishing) Mark Chadbourn, The Queen of Sinister (Gollancz) Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (Bloomsbury) Sarah Crabtree, Terror from Beyond Middle England (ENC Press) Patricia Elliott, Murkmere ( Hodder Children's Books) Jasper fforde, Something Rotten (Hodder & Stoughton) Christopher Fowler, The Water Room (Doubleday) Gary Gibson, Angel Stations (Tor UK) Nick Gifford, Flesh and Blood (Puffin) Sam Hayes, Out of Mind (Bluechrome) Andrew Hook, Moon Beaver (ENC Press) Guy Gavriel Kay, The Last Light of the Sun (Simon & Schuster) Stephen King, The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower (Hodder & Stoughton) Stephen King, Song of Susannah (The Dark Tower) (Hodder & Stoughton) Paul McAuley, White Devils (Simon & Schuster) Ian McDonald, River of Gods (Simon & Schuster) Michael Marshall, The Lonely Dead aka The Upright Man (HarperCollins/Jove) Graham Masterton, The Devil in Gray (Leisure) Adam L.G. Nevill, Banquet for the Damned (PS Publishing) James Newman, Midnight Rain (Earthling Publications/Leisure) Lucius Shepard, Trujillo (Trujillo and Other Stories, PS Publishing) Steph Swainston, The Year of Our War (Gollancz) Tad Williams, Shadowmarch (Orbit)

Claire Bott, Time Hunter: The Clockwork Woman (Telos Publications) Kealan Patrick Burke, The Turtle Boy (Necessary Evil Press) Matt Cardin, The God of Foulness (Delirium Books) Suzy McKee Charnas, "Peregrines" ( Simon Clark, The Dalek Factor (Telos Publications) Michael Cobley, "Travelling in the Dark" (Iron Mosaic, Immanion Press) Paul Finch, "The Blood Month" (Darker Ages, Sarob Press) John B. Ford, The Haunted Ocean (Rainfall Books) Christopher Fowler, Breathe (Telos Publications) John Grant, "Has Anyone Here Seen Kristie?" (The Third Alternative #38) Glen Hirshberg, "Safety Clowns" (Acquainted with the Night, Ash-Tree Press) Tim Lebbon, Dead Man's Hand (Necessary Evil Press) Steve Lockley & Paul Lewis, The Ice Maiden (Pendragon Press) Kim Newman, "Soho Golem" (Scifiction, October 2004) Tony Richards, Postcards from Terri (Sarob Press) Jay Russell, Apocalypse Now, Voyager (Earthling Publications) Michael Shea, "The Growlimb" (F & SF, Jan 2004) Lucius Shepard, "Hands Up! Who Wants to Die?" (Night Visions 11, Subterranean Press/Trujillo and Other Stories) John Skipp, "Conscience" (Conscience, Friendly Firewalk Press) Lisa Tuttle, My Death (PS Publishing) Nicholas Waller, "Enta Geweorc" (Interzone #195) Conrad Williams, Game (Earthling Publications) Sean Wright, Twisted Root of Jaarfindor (Crowswing Books)

Marion Arnott, "Alsiso" (The Alsiso Project) Paul Blake, "Time Thorn" (Scheherazade #26) Michael Cobley, "The Dance of Shiva" (Iron Mosaic, Immanion Press) Gary Couzens, "Out Stack" (Midnight Street #1) Melanie Fazi, "The Cajun Knot" (The Third Alternative #40) Paul Finch, "My Day Dying" (The Extremist, Pendragon Press) Karen Fishler, "Someone Else" (Interzone #194) Eugie Foster, "Running on Two Legs" (The Third Alternative #40) Susan Fry, "Father Gregori's Relic" (The Third Alternative #39) Neil Gaiman, "The Problem of Susan" (Flights: Extreme Visions of Fantasy) Jeff Gardiner, "A Glimpse of the Numinous" (Fusing Horizons #4) Joe Hill, "The Black Phone" (The Third Alternative #39) Joe Hill, "You Will Hear the Locust Sing" (The Third Alternative #37) Andrew Hook, "50 Fountain Street" (Frothing at the Mouth #3) Paul Kane, "Guilty Pleasures" (Demonology: Grammaticus Demonium, Double Dragon Press) Joel Lane, "Facing the Wall" (The Third Alternative #38) Tim Lees, "Relics" (The Third Alternative #37) Graham Masterton, "Edgewise" (Horror Express, Winter 2004) Paul Meloy, "Black Static" (The Third Alternative #40) Steve Mohn, "Song of the Earth" (Interzone #194) Marie O"Regan, "Alsiso" (The Alsiso Project) David Penn, "The Condition" (Midnight Street #2) Heather Richardson, "The Walled-In Room" (Fusing Horizons #3) Adam Roberts, "Roads Were Burning" (Postscripts #1) Iain Rowan, "Lilies" (Postscripts #2) Joanne Shemmans, "Frozen" (Horror Express #3) Vandana Singh, "Thirst" (The Third Alternative #40)

Kelly Burnell, ed., When Darkness Comes (Crystal Serenades Publications) R. Chetwynd-Hayes & Stephen Jones, eds., Great Ghost Stories (Carroll & Graf/Cemetery Dance) Ellen Datlow and Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant, eds., The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror: Seventeenth Annual Collection (St Martin's Press) John B. Ford & Paul Kane, eds., Terror Tales 2 (Rainfall Books) Andrew Hook, ed., The Alsiso Project (Elastic Press) Stephen Jones, ed., The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror Volume 15 (Robinson/Carroll & Graf) Stephen Jones, ed., The Mammoth Book of New Terror (Robinson/Carroll &
Graf) Garret Peck & Keith Gouveia, eds., Small Bites (Coscom Entertainment) Barbara & Christopher Roden, eds., Acquainted with the Night (Ash Tree Press) Robert Silverberg, ed., Legends II (HarperCollins) Jeff Vandermeer & Mark Roberts, eds., The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric and Discredited Diseases (Tor UK)

Allen Ashley, Somnambulists (Elastic Press) Michael Cobley, Iron Mosaic (Immanion Press) John Connolly, Nocturnes (Hodder & Stoughton) Quentin S. Crisp, Morbid Tales (Tartarus Press) Paul Finch, Darker Ages (Sarob Press) Stephen Gallagher, Out of His Mind (PS Publishing) Richard Gavin, Charnel Wine (Rainfall Books) M. John Harrison, Things That Never Happen (Gollancz) Brian Howell, The Sound of White Ants (Elastic Press) Rhys Hughes, A New Universal History of Infamy (Ministry of Whimsy/Night Shade Books) Lucius Shepard, Trujillo and Other Stories (PS Publishing) Lucius Shepard, Two Trains Running (Golden Gryphon) Robert Silverberg, Phases of the Moon: Stories of Six Decades (Subterranean
Press) Jeff Vandermeer, Cities of Saints and Madmen (Tor UK)

Lara Bandilla
David Bezzina
Michelle Blessemaille
Randy Broecker
John Coulthart
Bob Covington
Les Edwards (Edward Miller)
Donato Giancola
Gary Gianni
Richard Gray
Dean Harkness
Allen Koszowski
Paul Lowe
David Magitis
Richard Marchand
Carlton Mellick III
Edward Noon
J.K. Potter
Steve Rawlings
Robert Sammelin
Ian Simmons
Jason Van Hollander
Brian Waugh

The Alien Online (ed. Ariel) All Hallows (ed. Barbara & Christopher Roden) Crowswing Books (Sean Wright) Dark Horizons (ed. Debbie Bennett) Delirium Books Earthling Publications Elastic Press Ghost Story Society Here and Now (ed. Jenny Barber) Horror Express (ed. Marc Shemmans) Midnight Street (ed. Trevor Denyer) Night Shade Books Pendragon Press Postscripts (ed. Peter Crowther) PS Publishing Rainfall Books Sarob Press Savoy Press Scheherazade (ed. Elizabeth Counihan) Small Beer Press Tartarus Press Telos Publishing The Third Alternative (ed. Andy Cox)


June 2005


Stephen Jones has delivered THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST NEW HORROR VOLUME SIXTEEN to Robinson Publishing (UK) and Carroll & Graf (USA) for publication around Halloween, as usual.


Jones is now considering stories and novellas FIRST PUBLISHED between December 2004 and December 2005 for BEST NEW HORROR VOLUME SEVENTEEN. He is also interested in looking at novels, collections, anthologies, magazines, art books and graphic adaptations, which will be mentioned in the comprehensive overview of the year in horror.

Please send all material (no electronic submissions) to:

The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror #17
c/o 130 Park View
Middx HA9 6JU

The deadline is February 2006. Include a s.a.e. (plus two International Reply Coupons if outside the UK) or an e-mail address if you require notification of when the book is full.


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