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Archive for June 26th, 2008

The Burley Observer: Vault Newsdesk

Posted by demonik on June 26, 2008

Boring Site news: a double dose of Castor oil for yers!

READING IS FUN!

Reading is fun!

illustration: Chrissie Demant

1. The Burley Observer.

As any ‘news’ items were fast swamped under a tidal wave of anthology posts with the inevitable result that nobody got to suffer them, I figured it would be best to give them a stand-alone section, hence The Burley Observer. Events, new & forthcoming publications, works in progress, etc. Little, if anything, that’s not already appeared on here, but the ‘site’ seems to attract a slightly different audience to the board and perhaps it will become a useful promo tool. Items already added include Paperback Fanatic 7, 3rd Black Book Of Horror, The Thinking Mans Crumpet, Pantechnicon 7, details of the BFS meeting at Ye Olde Cock Inn, Fleet Street on Sat. 19th July, One Eyed Grey 5, Basil Copper: A Life in Books, Peter Normanton’s Mammoth Best Horror Comics, Robert Tinnell & Adrian Salmon’s delightful graphic novel The Faceless and Paul Gravett’s Mammoth Best Crime Comics.

If you’ve not already spontaneously combusted with excitement, those of you who’d like details of your own current & forthcoming books, magazines, WIP’s and what have you to be included, email me and we’ll see what we can come up with. This service, I should point out with as much tact as I am capable, is primarily, but not exclusively for regular contributors to the Vault of Evil forum and the friends and supporters of same. Leaving a solitary post or two on here or the board of the dreaded “Great site! I am the webmaster of blah, blah, blah and my great book/ site/ limerick will be the ultimate work on blah blah f**king blah ” variety is hardly in keeping with the spirit of whatever it is Vault is about, so I thank you in advance for reserving such for your MySp*ce and Face-Ache hourly bulletins.

2. New English Library

Hopefully of more interest: I’ve been working on the NEL section of the site on-off for a few months now, trying to select the best reviews by a variety of desperadoes from both this and the dead suddenlaunch board. It’s nowhere near ready to go ‘live’ yet and with Justin’s NEL horror overview set to continue in the next Paperback Fanatic, I’ll continue to keep it private until …. well, Halloween is always good for a launch and that leaves plenty of time to mess it up!

Thanks, as ever, for your kind support.

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Charles Black – 3rd Black Book Of Horror

Posted by demonik on June 26, 2008

Charles Black (ed.) – 3rd Black Book Of Horror (Mortbury Press, June 2008)

3rd Black Book Of Horror. Cover by Paul Mudie

Cover: Paul Mudie

Rog Pile – The Scavenger
Gary McMahon – Takashi’s Last Symphony
David A. Riley – A Sense Of Movement
Joel Lane – Last Night
Paul Newman – Widows Weeds
Christine Mortimer – Out Of Her Head
Steve Lockley & Paul Lewis – Family Ties
Sean Parker – Death-Con 1
Mike Chinn – Like A Bird
John Mains – The Spoon
Franklin Marsh – The Lake
Craig Herbertson – Synchronicity
Paul Finch – In The Thicket
John Llewellyn Probert – John And Jenny And The Lump: A Cautionary Tale
Frank Nicholas – In An Old Overcoat
Julia Lufford – The Looker
Gary Fry – What We Cannot Recall

Ha! I see we have your attention! Available now, the latest volume in Charles’ BFS award nominated Black Books. Several of the contributors will be familiar to you from Vault (although not necessarily under names their mothers would recognise them by). Charles is a huge anthology fan with a particular fondness for Herbert Van Thal’s Pan Book Of Horror series and the Black Books are an attempt at taking up where Bertie left off. All involved are playing a blinder, not least cover artist Paul Mudie. “Top your work for #2!” they demanded. Paul obliged. Hope to be getting my copy soon, so you’ll probably get a review in about three years if my recent form is anything to go by. Don’t wait!

See also Vault’s 3rd Black Book of Horror thread.

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