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December 2004

Paul is to try his hand at a Hellraiser fiction story. The untitled short will be firmly situated within the Hellraiser mythos. More details about when and where this will appear in future news sections.

There have also been some exciting developments on Paul's Hellraiser book front, but nothing that can be reported until things have been finalised.

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An article Paul wrote about his experiences in the literary world is due to appear in a book about writing sometime in the near future. In his piece Paul talks about his influences, starting out as a professional writer and current projects. Once again, there will be further details about this in upcoming news sections.

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Paul outside the Princess Louise

Paul will be at the BFS Christmas Open Night on Friday 3rd December from 6:00 pm onwards, at the Princess Louise pub in London. If you're attending be sure to say hello, if you're not - why not? The bash is always good fun and extremely well attended

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Guest writer for this month is Open the Box author Andrew Humphrey with his excellent story 'Time Bleeds On'. Enjoy.

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Finally, Paul wants to wish all visitors to the site a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. See you all again in 2005 for more of the same only different…

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November 2004

The second of the 'Q-Files' series has now been released in E-Book format by Creative Guy Publishing. The Dalton Quayle novella: Temple of Deadly Danger - which was first published in FunnyBones - sees Paul's detective duo battling to save the world from the evil Professor Siphilati. This from the CGP press release:

'Return again to the chase with intrepid detective and adventurer Dalton Quayle and his mate, er...partner, er...very close friend and nothing more, Doctor Humphrey Pemberton. In this next adventure, they race against time to recover the stolen Stones of Bukardi Brueaza before they can be used in a nefarious ceremony to summon the hideous (and overly ripe) Rimbulus creature.

Meet an entirely new cast of supporting characters, among them the bullwhip-brandishing Harrison Wrong. Gasp in awe and wonder as Quayle outwits deadly (and suspiciously familiar) traps and pitfalls, all the while managing to refrain from smacking the befuddled Pemberton.

Before you can say, "Please for the love of God, no more, my belly," Paul Kane will have you laughing out loud and embarrassing yourself on the bus. IMPORTANT: Do not read while drinking milk.'

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Meanwhile, Don Muchow, Editor of Would That it Were, 'The Internet's Premier Magazine of Historical SF' had this to say recently about the series:

'Dalton Quayle and Humphrey Pemberton are the next best thing to Sherlock Holmes and Watson. Author Paul Kane's stories manage to inject into the classic "Penny Dreadful" a simultaneous dose of humor, mystery, punnery and schlock horror, conjuring up the best parts of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H. P. Lovecraft, and P. G. Wodehouse. From the cigar-smoking soon-to-be widow Mrs. Meadows to the buxom and befuddled assistant Mrs. Hudsucker, even the supporting characters in Kane's tales have a certain magical quality...not unreminiscent of circus midgets, two-headed snakes or the famed bearded lady.

A genuine joy to read, Kane's stories bring back the grand tradition of armchair detectives while restoring a chuckle to oft-dry Victorian-style fiction.'

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And if you like horror and a good laugh, Paul recommends that you visit the official Garth Marenghi website - home to some of the best horror writer spoofery of all time. Just click here and prepare for your sides to hurt.

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Second major announcement this month is that Paul has been asked to contribute to a very special film book. Cinema Macabre will be a collection of essays about some of the industry's favourite horror movies. Edited by best-selling author of Fiddleback, Mark Morris, it will feature contributions from such well-known authors/editors/artists as Peter Atkins (writing about Orphée), Ramsey Campbell (Lost Highway), Les Edwards (I Walked with a Zombie), Ed Gorman (Invasion of the Body Snatchers), Stephen Jones (King Kong), Peter Crowther (Something Wicked This Way Comes), China Miéville (Razorback), Kim Newman (Let's Scare Jessica to Death), Mark Chadbourn (Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me), Marie O'Regan (The Changeling), Stephen Laws (Plague of the Zombies), Martin Roberts (Braindead) Tim Lebbon (Alien), Christopher Fowler (Witchfinder General), Michael Marshall Smith (Halloween), Lisa Tuttle (Repulsion), Simon Clark (The Blackbird), Neil Gaiman (The Bride of Frankenstein), Muriel Gray (The Thing), Jo Fletcher (Carousel), James Lovegrove (The Omega Man) and many others.

The book will also feature essays by famous Science Fiction author Brian - Frankenstein Unbound - Aldiss, Stephen King biographer Douglas E. Winter and writer-star of the massive Brit-flick Rom-zom-com Shaun of the Dead, Simon Pegg (pictured above). Paul will be writing about, as if you couldn't guess, Hellraiser.

The book will be available in three states from PS Publishing - a paperback copy; a trade hardcover; and a slipcased hardcover signed by all the contributors. Keep checking for more announcements about this major project.

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Speaking of Hellraiser the new DVD boxed set has just been released by Anchor Bay in the UK. It comes in the shape of the Lament Configuration box and contains never before seen versions of the first three films, with extras and commentaries, plus Clive Barker's early shorts Salome and The Forbidden. The set also comes with a booklet which includes a brand new introduction from Clive (who also introduced the BFS' 2005 Calendar, co-edited by Paul) and an essay by Paul's friends over at the Revelations site: Phil and Sarah Stokes.

To order this highly recommended collection just click here.

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Paul is pleased to announce that two of his favourite stories of all time will be included in the upcoming Zombie anthology he is co-editing. Christopher Fowler's 'Night After Night of the Living Dead' was first published in his Flesh Wounds collection and revolves around an essay one boy writes after the death of his grandfather. And Simon Clark's 'The Burning Doorway', which previously saw publication in the first Scaremongers anthology, is about a night-shift worker at a local crematorium.

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The pics from Hinckley and Ellesmere Port have been added to the Events section here, and the pictures from this year's FantasyCon have been added here.

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This month's Guest Writer is Nelson Stanley, with his unusual tale 'We Die Young'. To check it out just click here.

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Once again Paul was out and about at Halloween time, investigating one or two haunted locations in Derbyshire, talking to locals and enjoying a few spirits of a different kind.

Paul hopes all visitors to the Shadow Writer site had a great Halloween, and have a very safe Bonfire Night on November 5th. More news next month.

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October 2004

The interview with Oktober and White Bizango author Stephen Gallagher Paul conducted a few months ago has now been added to the Interviews section. You can read this by clicking here.

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The pictures from the Hinckley Scribes gathering and FantasyCon 2004 (see previous news section) will be uploaded either later this month or at the beginning of November. Paul reports that both were very enjoyable events and the highlight had to be meeting Muriel Gray, who is - to quote Paul - "A total star." Just to whet your appetites here is a picture of Paul with Muriel.

Keep checking back also for a report on FantasyCon.

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The theme of the anthology Paul is co-editing for an Italian and German readership has been revealed this month. The book will focus on that horror mainstay, The Zombie, and will feature stories from new and established writers, as well as a non-fiction essay on the subject by Paul and an Introduction by Nailed by the Heart and Blood Crazy author Simon Clark, a man who knows more than a bit about zombies. More details about this project soon.

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Paul has started to put together the third volume of his popular Shadow Writer series, which features all the Guest Writers from the site over the past year.

This month in the GW section we bring you a special treat. Not one, but two stories from the legendary D.F. Lewis as part of his online web story experiment (click here). To read the 'Between' tales just click here.

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Paul started back teaching at Chesterfield College last month, taking on an additional writing class this term. He was very much looking forward to this as his students in the past have shown great potential to be future authors and poets.

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Finally Paul has also been busy with his paints this past summer. You can find a couple of samples of this work below, with more to come in the Paintings Section soon.

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September 2004

News this month of the Assembly of Rogues documentary. You can view details of the DVD over at the Purple Rage Productions site here. The page shows pictures of all the 'Rogues' involved, including Ramsey Campbell, Graham Joyce, Carol Anne Davis, Mark Morris, Mark Chadbourn, John B. Ford, Derek Fox, Tim Lebbon, and of course Paul. Martin - a BBC award nominee - was recently interview by The Alien Online about this project (click here), which has garnered interested from some of the top genre magazines

On the site you can also find details of the short film Confidence which Paul wrote and which Martin is directing. Click here for that link.

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In the Interviews section you can now find a new entry: Paul's chat with Bite Me editor Arlene Russo. To go straight to it, just click here.

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Paul is due to attend three major gatherings this month. The first is a BFS reading night on Friday 3rd September at Borders bookstore, in Ellesmere Port near Chester. Present at this one will be the authors Nicholas Royle (Director's Cut), Conrad Williams (Game), Ramsey Campbell (Midnight Sun) and Peter Crowther (The Longest Single Note).

Next up is Sue Phillips' book launch in Hinckley on September 4th. An old friend of Paul's, Sue is the former editor of the late, lamented Strix magazine. He'll be there from 3pm onwards to help her celebrate the launch of her new book The Waldorf Street Paradox. Events organised include a quiz and charity raffle where you could win signed copies of Paul's books.

Finally, FantasyCon is upon us again. Held at the Quality Hotel, Walsall, this year on 24th-26th September, it includes panels featuring top authors, editors and publishers, interviews, another raffle (last year's was in aid of Children in Need), 'Horror Idol', a banquet and the announcement of the British Fantasy Awards 2004 on the Sunday. Over 100 people have already registered, with more expected. The launch of the BFS's 2005 Calendar will be held on the Friday night. Expect a con report and pictures for this one soon.

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At FantasyCon, Paul is due to interview broadcaster and best-selling novelist Muriel Gray live on stage on Saturday night. Already well known for hosting such television programmes as The Tube and The Media Show, in the 1990s Muriel began producing horror novels. The Trickster was called 'a smashing debut gutsier than most authors could ever be' by The Daily Mail; Furnace was labelled 'pacy, energetic, violent entertainment whose flashes of intuition and glittery neurosis give it an idiosyncratic edge' by The Times; while Stephen King said of The Ancient, 'If you're going to read a single suspenser in 2001, make it this one!'

Muriel's company 'Ideal World' is the biggest TV production company in Scotland and she is also one of the judges in the BBC's 'Finish this' writing competition (click here), which features contributions from the likes of Ian Rankin, Fay Weldon and Ed McBain.

In addition to this, Paul is also due to interview the 2004 BFS Award Nominees on Friday night, including Stephen Jones, Les Edwards and Mark Chadbourn.

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You can find two contributions from Paul in this year's Fcon booklet too (another reason to attend, if any were needed). First up is an article about the history of robots in Science Fiction movies, from Maria in Metropolis right through to the new film this year I,Robot, starring Will Smith.

Secondly, there's a recent interview Paul conducted with popular SF author Neal Asher, whose latest book - Cowl - is out in hardback.

The stunning cover artwork was provided by Steve Lines of Rainfall Books.

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This month's Guest Writer is Elizabeth Peake with 'The Fear'. To read this horror short, which is guaranteed to blindside you, just click here.

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Finally, as promised, here are some pictures from the Ashover Exhibition Paul organised for his students at the end of July.

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August 2004

The line-up for Paul's first project as the British Fantasy Society's Special Publications Editor has now been announced. Their 2005 Calendar based on the Arthurian legend of Gawain and the Green Knight groups authors and artists into pairings for each month of the year. The cream of fantasy have gathered together to feature here and this is one item not to be missed.

The top name authors are: James Barclay, Kim Newman, Graham Joyce, Steve Lockley, Neil Gaiman, Cherith Baldry, Chaz Brenchley, Katherine Roberts, China Miéville, Juliet McKenna, Jon Courtenay-Grimwood and Mark Chadbourn.

The equally impressive artists are: Alfred Klosterman, Chris Leaper, Lara Bandilla, Michelle Blessemaille, Russell Dickerson, Dave Bezzina, Steve Lines, Tina Roberts, Bob Covington, Kathy Hardy, Ian Simmons and Sarah Zama.

(Please pass cursor over the names for links to author/artist websites)

The absolutely gorgeous cover art, pictured above, has been provided by multi-award winning artist Les Edwards, responsible for graphic novels such as Son of Celluloid and Rawhead Rex.

And, if that wasn't enough, Paul is very happy to announce that one of his favourite writers of all time has agreed to pen the introduction. A big thank you to Imajica and Coldheart Canyon author Clive Barker who has set time aside from his busy schedule to deliver the intro. 'This is obviously a dream come true for me,' said Paul. 'Clive is one of the reasons I'm doing what I'm doing today, so for him to be involved is a huge thing for me.' Clive's new book, the second in his Abarat series, is due out in September.

The calendar is being launched by Paul and co-editor Marie O'Regan at this year's FantasyCon, and another big thank you is owed to everyone who has worked so hard on the project. To pre-order copies of the calendar click here.

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Paul's 'Torturer' story, published recently in the When Darkness Comes anthology received an excellent review in well-known horror magazine The Dark Side (Issue 110, August-September).

James Whittington had this to say about the tale: 'The Torturer by Paul Kane is a wonderfully dark piece about a man who is constantly being tormented, violently assaulted and tortured by an unknown person. Kane's descriptions leave nothing to the imagination. The pain the main character endures is expertly depicted and leaves no headwound or fingernail rip undescribed. The eye removal sequence is incredibly toe-curling and the pay off is wonderfully dark and satisfying.'

All of which bodes well for two future projects: a graphic adaptation of 'The Torturer' illustrated by artist Ian Simmons (see previous news sections for details and pictures); and Paul's Signs of Life novella, to be published by the same company that produced When Darkness Comes, Crystal Serenades. Click here to buy copies of that anthology while you still can, as it's bound to become a collector's edition.

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Speaking of Signs… the introduction to this novella (which also includes two brand new long stories from Paul) has just been delivered by Oktober, Chimera and Down River author Stephen Gallagher. In this Stephen very kindly describes Paul as, 'A writer who adds touches of intelligence and grace, bridging the gap between archetypal narratives and recognisable life...people we can believe in, facing situations we can imagine, reacting in ways that are truthful...without ever betraying or losing faith in the underlying narrative form.'

Stephen's £2 ¼ million mini-series of Oktober, which he wrote and directed, has just been released in the UK on DVD (you can buy this title by clicking here).

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Paul reports that the BFS Awards bash on Friday 16th July was a lively affair. People also got their first chance to see a print of the Calendar cover.

Paul's FunnyBones book and Kindred Spirits story were on display alongside work from other authors/artists/editors recommended for awards.

Best New Horror editor Stephen Jones was MC-ing for the night and Paul found time to get the newly re-released Hellraiser Chronicles signed (below).

Paul was also able to hook up again with his good friend Christopher Fowler, whose new Bryant and May mystery The Water Room is available now.

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This month's guest writer is Christopher Fulbright who has 'Guts'. Click here for the full story if you have the nerve.

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At the end of July Paul was busy organising an exhibition of his students' artwork (like the oil portrait below by Ann Johnson). This was held in Ashover and received quite a positive response from all who attended. There will be more pictures next month in the news section.

Paul has now finished teaching for the summer, but attendance rates for his classes (both Drawing and Painting and Creative Writing) were on average around 90%.

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July 2004

News of Paul's Hellraiser project now. As many will have noticed the deadline for this book has been pushed back, with a new publication date to be announced in a future news section. Paul was delighted to receive the following praise from Peter Atkins - long-time Barker collaborator, scriptwriter on Hellbound: Hellraiser II, Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth and Hellraiser IV: Bloodlines. Peter is also a bestselling author in his own right, having penned the books Morningstar (below) and Big Thunder.

After reading the manuscript, Peter called the book: 'A significant piece of work and certainly the best sustained piece on the movie that anybody's yet done'. He commented that, 'Paul not only contextualises from fellow-travellers both literary and cinematic, he reads the frame. He's also particularly good on the Elektra-complex underpinnings of the Larry-Kirsty relationship.'

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Last month Paul attended a couple of writer bashes. The first was an evening with bestselling author Stephen Booth (Black Dog, Blood on the Tongue) which took place in Wingerworth, Derbyshire, as part of the county's month-long Literature Festival. Paul had a good time listening to Stephen's stories about the time he was almost mistaken for the Yorkshire Ripper, and about his early supernatural tales before he moved more into crime (writing!). Stephen's new book One Last Breath has just been published in hardback by HarperCollins.

Paul was also at the BFS Open Evening on 4th June in the Princess Louise in London, where Christopher Fowler was launching his new book from Telos, Breathe (see May's update for details). Also in attendance were Stephen Jones, David Howe, Marie O'Regan, John B. Ford (promoting his new hardback The Haunted Ocean), Mark Samuels, Quentin S. Crisp (fresh from his book launch at The Fantasy Centre), Bob Covington, Stuart Young, Sarah Crabtree and many more writers, artists and editors.

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Artist Ian Simmons has delivered his first pages of 'The Torturer' graphic story and they look stunning. Paul completed the script in May and Ian has been working on it since. As a taster here's another sneak preview of one of the illustrations based on this tale.

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Paul recently discovered that his short story 'Remote' (published in Redsine and also the title of his next collection) received an honourable mention in the 16th edition of the prestigious US publication The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, edited by Ellen Datlow.

His moving short story 'Kindred Spirits' (published in Darkness Rising) and his FunnyBones collection have also been recommended for British Fantasy Awards this year. Paul is due to attend a showcase for recommended artist/authors/editors at the Tappit Hen in London on Friday 16th July from 6pm onwards.

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This month's Shadow Writers are Steve Lockley and Paul Lewis with their haunting short story 'Lullaby'. To read it just click here.

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Finally Paul's story 'Guilty Pleasures' has just been published in the demon anthology Demonology: Grammaticus Demonium published in e-book and trade paperback format by Double Dragon Press in America. The story focuses on a Guilt Demon and his exploits during the course of one fateful day.

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June 2004

First up this month, the brand new Terror Tales anthology has just been released. TT2, featuring a cover painting of editor-demons Ford and Kane, contains fiction from the likes of Michael Marshall Smith, Stephen Gallagher, Gemma Files, F. Paul Wilson, Marie O'Regan, Jeff Thomas, Lisa Negus, Tim Meads, Peggy J. Shumate and others, not to mention a zombie Kane's Korner, a James Herbert retrospective and an exclusive extract from John Skipp's latest novel.

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Three major book recommendations for you now, written by Paul's friends and TT contributors. To begin with there's Michael Marshall's stunning follow-up to his Sunday Times bestseller The Straw Men, called The Lonely Dead (aka The Upright Man in the US). Here Mike continues the story of serial killers and conspiracy theories he set up in the first book, described by Stephen King as 'brilliantly written and scary as hell'. Published by HarperCollins you can buy the book online here.

Next Christopher Fowler is back with an awesome novella, Breathe. Well, everyone has to do it! A zombie story with a difference, this proves there really is something in the air at SymaxCorp. The book is being launched by Telos at the BFS Open Night in London on 4th June, which Chris and Paul will be attending.

Last but never least, double British Fantasy Award-winner Simon Clark's The Dalek Factor - also by Telos - presents a unique Dr Who tale where nothing can be taken for granted. It's time to hide behind the sofa again because the Daleks have returned and they're nastier than ever. Ordering details for the last two books can be found here while author websites can be found here, here and here.

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Pictures from the Crystal Serenades When Darkness Comes book launch in Wales 7th-9th May are now in the events section. Paul confirms that it was a fantastic weekend and a definite eye-opener. He even saw some genuine supernatural orbs! To access the pictures simply click here.

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After seeing the artwork for his 'Torturer' story in When Darkness Comes (pictured below), Paul has teamed up with artist Ian Simmons. Ian will work on Paul's new Signs of Life novella providing the cover and internal art, and also graphic novel adaptations of Paul's stories. To view more of Ian's stunning pictures, visit his website by clicking here.

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You can find an interview Paul conducted with Postcards from Terri author Tony Richards in the new BFS Magazine, Prism. This interview will be reprinted on the Shadow Writer site in the near future.

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June's Guest Writer is Stuart 'Spare Parts' Young - that's the name of his new collection and not a derogatory comment. To read his excellent story 'Waiting for the Call' just click here.

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To end on a fun note, Paul recently came across a great cartoon called 'The Exorcist in 30 Seconds (Re-enacted by Bunnies)'. It's quite possibly one of the funniest horror spoofs of all time and Paul was so impressed he contacted its creator and producer, Jennifer Shiman, to congratulate her. She told Shadow Writer that she was in the process of making another one, the results of which can be viewed here. Enjoy!

In a similar vein, one of Paul's Creative Writing students has come up with an umbrella term for the humorous horror stories he writes. With thanks to Colyn Broom for the new subgenre: 'Horredy'.

And in the words of the immortal Mr Porky Pig…that's all folks…for this month anyway.

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May 2004

On 17th April Paul got the chance to meet one of his favourite American authors, Jeff Vandermeer, at a book signing and reading at Ottakar's in Coventry.

Having been invited to the Gollancz publishing party but unable to attend, Paul grabbed this opportunity to have a chat and a tour round Coventry's historic sites with Jeff - thanks to a kind lift from Martin Roberts and Helen Hopley (filmmakers and inventors of the Indi-Chi take-away). Also attending were Paul's former agent Chris Reed (of BBR), The Human Abstract author George Mann and a rather vocal Dalek.

Jeff was there to promote his new book from Tor, City of Saints and Madmen.

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Guest Writer for this month is Tade Thompson who Paul met at last year's FantasyCon. A new writer with a very bright future ahead of him, you can read his story 'Swish' by clicking here.

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Paul has just delivered a commissioned story 'Lifelike' to a Dolls anthology, 'In The Back Of The Closet', that will be published in Germany and Italy. More details in future news sections about this, but the surreal tale revolves around a plastic family and their new, unique acquisition.

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Paul has been asked to interview author and screenwriter Stephen Gallagher, to coincide with the release of his Oktober mini-series on DVD. Stephen is the author of many bestselling books, including Valley of Lights and Chimera; he has written episodes of Dr Who, Bugs, Murder Rooms and Rosemary and Thyme (starring Felicity Kendall). Oktober revolves around a schoolteacher, played by Stephen Tompkinson (Drop The Dead Donkey & Ballykissangel), trying to get to the bottom of an international drugs conspiracy. More details of the interview as and when.

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Speaking of interviews, Paul's for the Crystal Serenades website has now been added to the permanent interview section. Read it by clicking here.

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April 2004

Sorry for the late update this month which was down to unavoidable technical problems. The first piece of news for April is that the documentary Paul took part in (above), Assembly of Rogues, is due out anytime on DVD. Featuring interviews with top authors such as Ramsey Campbell, Graham Joyce, Mark Morris, Mark Chadbourn and many others, the documentary was directed by BBC Award Nominee Martin Roberts. In addition to the DVD a book featuring contributions from the participating writers is due out soon.

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April's Guest Writer slot belongs to publisher and editor Christopher Teague with his story 'Speckled Jim'. To read this click here or visit the Guest Writer section.

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Paul is gearing up for the Wales event at the spooky Craig-Y-Nos castle on 7-9th May, recently the subject of Living TV's Most Haunted show. The mass gathering will be covered by television crews and Paul is due to give a reading of his story from the When the Darkness Comes anthology. There will also be ghost hunters, a live band and various psychics and tarot readers attending.

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That's it for this month. Have a very Happy Easter everyone and be back here again in a few weeks for another update.

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March 2004

The winners of last year's online 'Top International Horror' competition, as voted for by the public, have now been published in a trade paperback edited by John B. Ford and Paul. The competition was a huge success and unearthed some very promising new talent in the genre. More details can be found in the Kanography section of the site. Paul also contributed the photography for the front cover.

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Guest writer for March is the prolific Jeffrey Thomas with one of his very popular 'Punktown' stories, which you can read here. Also watch out for an interview with Jeff on the Shadow Writer site in the near future.

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Paul's books FunnyBones and Master of the White Worms have been gathering some good reviews recently. You can read all the quotes in the Kanography section on the site here. At the same time Shadow Writer Vol. 2 has had its first review from Mario Guslandi at Horror World. You can read the full version by clicking here.

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Last month Paul was offered the position of 'Special Publications Editor' of the British Fantasy Society and was delighted to accept the post. He takes over from Andy Cox, best known as editor of The Third Alternative (below, celebrating its tenth year), who has left due to work commitments. 

 

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February 2004

(Above: Paul with Rob Rowntree, Lisa Negus and Derek Fox)

You can now read Paul and Marie O'Regan's report on FantasyCon 2003 on the BFS website by clicking here. It includes new photographs like the one above, courtesy of Starburst and Alien Online's roving reporter Sandy Auden. You can secure your place at FCon 2004 by going to the webpage here.

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Last October's Guest Writer, Marie has also been interviewed for freelance journalist Sarah Crabtree's site (a former Guest Writer herself, with a story in SW2). As you'll see Paul is currently working on a film project with Marie following on from the positive response to her 'Suicide Bridge' script. To read the entire interview, click here.

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 This month's Shadow Writer is CWA award winner Marion Arnott with her story 'Sleepwalkers'. To read this gripping urban tale click here.

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Pictures from the successful Alsiso Project and Shadow Writer Vol. 2 launch in London last month can now be viewed in the events section. Just click here to check them out.

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The next volume in the Terror Tales anthology series is now in the final editing stages. Paul and John B. Ford are working hard to top the first book and have brought together an impressive collection of stories from big name and new authors. And the cover has to be seen to be believed! Watch out for more news about this soon.

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This month's BFS Newsletter features an interview Paul conducted with Postcards from Terri author Tony Richards, as well as reprinting the con report from above. It's also worth getting your hands on for Stuart Young's Ford interview. Finally watch out for the text of Christopher Fowler's fantastic FCon speech 'Moving On' which will appear in May's Newsletter.

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Paul is celebrating his birthday on the 15th February so I'm sure all the visitors to Shadow Writer will want to join us in wishing him many happy returns and every success for the future! Don't forget to make a wish Birthday Boy.

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January 2004

Happy New Year. And what a brilliant way to start 2004! Shadow Writers Volume 2 is now available from Rainfall Books. Edited by Paul it features all the stories from the site between Septermber 2002 and 2003. Authors included in the anthology are: Amy Grech, Paul Finch, Sue Phillips, Neal Asher, Suellen Luwish, Simon Bestwick, Sarah Crabtree, Joe Rattigan, Steven Deighan, Susanne S. Brydenbagh, Eddie M. Angerhuber and Steve Gerlach. The book is being launched in London on January 10th at the Cittie of Yorke pub alongside Elastic Press's fantastic new release The Alsiso Project. For more deatils of that book and to visit the Elastic Press website click here

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Paul's books, along with various other Rainfall Titles, are now available to buy through the BFS's Online Bookstore here.

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Speaking of the BFS, photos from their December 5th Christmas Open Night Party, which Paul attended, can now be viewed in the events section. You can go straight to these by clicking here.

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The Terror Tales website, which Paul co-founded with the writers John B. Ford and Simon Logan, has now been relaunched as a quartely web-zine, with Mike - Hertzan Chimera - Philbin at the helm. The first issue is devoted to body horror and contains interviews with names like Bruce (Evil Dead) Campbell and Frazer (On Edge) Lee, articles about Japanese horror, poetry, horror Heavy Metal music, fiction, horror computer games, book reviews and message board forums for small press writers.

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January's Guest Writer is talented Canadian newcomer Richard Gavin with his story 'In the Shadow of the Nodding God'. Read it by clicking here and find out why this writer is so unique.

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In December Paul started work on a couple of projects that will be translated into Italian and German and published in those countries. Paul is contributing a story to one anthology and co-editing the other, and both are themed. More details in the coming months about this.

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Information about the When the Darkness Comes book launch event have been added at the following link here. Paul's story 'The Torturer' is featured in this Crystal Serenades anthology and he is due to attend the spooky weekend gathering on 8th May 2004, held at the atmospheric Craig Y Nos Castle in Wales. There will be readings, ghost hunts and teams of paranormal investogators there too. All in all it looks like being a bash that will certainly raise a few spirits!

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