Alan Garner's Boneland by Tom Pollock
FantasyCon 2012 & Book Snaffling

Strange wolves, the old pulp and other happenings

Lupus RexThe Rebellion crew (behind Abaddon and Solaris) have entered young adult territory with the launch of the Ravenstone imprint. It looks like their goal is quality, not quantity - they're projecting one book a season, but the launch title, John Carter Cash's Lupus Rex, sounds fantastic. Watership Down (by way of Brian Jacques) with quail battling the wolf who would be king.

Meanwhile, Strange Horizons have begun their annual fund drive. This year, they've added a Kickstarter-style approach - if you donate at certain levels, you'll see the tangible results of your donation in the form of 'sponsored' reviews, articles or stories. Strange Horizons is one of the internet's most insightful publications - home to intelligent, articulate and provocate reviews and fiction. Definitely a cause worth supporting.

And another event close to my heart: The Paperback and Pulp Bookfair will be on Sunday, 28th October (10 am - 3 pm, The Park Plaza Hotel, 239 Vauxhall Bridge Road, SW1V 1EQ). This is my favourite book sale every year, with thousands of vintage paperbacks and lost treasures all on display. Crime, SF, Romance, Fantasy, Westerns... all well-represented in an infinity of cardboard boxes. (It isn't the largest venue, but it is stuffed to the gills.)

This year, the organisers have also begun bringing in some of the modern pulp & paperback gurus as well, and there will be booths from some of the best small press publishers and signings by Stephen Jones, Les Edwards and more.

And... for your diaries:

Wednesday - Joe R. Lansdale at Forbidden Planet (6 - 7 pm); Iain M. Banks at Waterstones Piccadilly (7 pm)

Thursday - Lavie Tidhar and Osama (interviewed by Sophia McDougall) at Foyles (6.30 - 7.30 pm)

Tuesday (9 October) - Michael Chabon at Foyles (6.30 - 7.30 pm); Ben Aaronovitch and Samit Basu at Waterstones Piccadilly (7 pm) 

Saturday (13 October) - Cult Publishing Expo

Thursday (18 October) - Joe Abercrombie and Red Country at Waterstones Piccadilly (7 pm)

Friday (19 October) - Joe Abercrombie and Red Country at Forbidden Planet (6 - 7 pm)

Wednesday (31 October) - Erin Morgenstern at Waterstones Piccadilly (7 pm)

Much more than that going on, but, hey, that's a start.

(Coming November - our next event for The Kitschies and the launch night for A Town Called Pandemonium. Saddle up...)