Only the awarding of a Blue Peter badge can normally get me as excited as I am right now. You see, the shortlist for the BFS Fantasy Awards 2011 was released a short while ago, and it’s a giddy time for our beloved genre. Whilst it’s great indeed to see strong books, authors and tales being deservedly nominated, it’s still more than compelling to see who will walk away a winner in the various categories. So, down to business.
The five nominations for best novel, for the August Derleth fantasy award, are: Adam Nevill’s Apartment 16, Sam Stone’s Demon Dance, Tom Fletcher’s The Leaping, Gary McMahon’s Pretty Little Dead Things and Graham Joyce’s The Silent Land. I’ve not yet read Demon Dance, so I can’t pass comment, but a review of Pretty Little Dead things will be forthcoming later this week. I am scared to say which I prefer to win for fear of jinxing it, but I wish all nominees the best of luck. Click here to read more.. »
I love Brutalist architecture. Whilst many find the style cold, hard, and aggressive, I’ve always found it comfortingly progressive, exciting and daring to be different from the norm. Encompassing buildings such as the Trellick Tower and Royal Festival Hall, whether or not it’s your cup of tea, you can’t say the Brutalist movement has an inappropriate name.
Gary McMahon’s The Concrete Grove is a Brutalist horror novel. I’m not just referring to Le Corbusier’s terminology for the ‘concrete’ often used in this building style, that forms part of the book’s title. This book is hard, and at times given its subject matter it’s also veering toward the ugly, but it stands out strongly from the pack and grabs your attention. Click here to read more.. »
Julie Hitchinson’s life is torn apart when her husband Hut is murdered in what is a suspected serial killing. Almost immediately, patterns relating to the manner of his demise begin to rise to the surface in a manner clouded in enigmatic mystery.
Julie soon begins to question her grasp on reality, as well as her own sanity, as she begins to delve into her surroundings to try and piece together an answer for the strange things that have been occurring. Enlisting help in the form of a TV psychic, she sets off to unravel links between a long abandoned private psychical research centre named Daylight, and its place at the heart of the recent disruptions and turbulent strangeness in her life. Click here to read more.. »
If you go down to the woods today you’re sure of a big surprise. Author Adam Senft certainly gets more than he’d banked on when out one morning walking with his dog in the woodlands near to his house.
As he travels off of the well beaten path, in a manner almost guided by a mysterious force of nature, he comes upon a statue of a satyr brought to life by the interactions of a local girl, herself out jogging. Fleeing from the strange scene that unfolds, a continuation of weirdness pushes him deeper into a journey with darkest conclusions.
Adam can’t believe what he’s seen, and after a chat with his local buddies soon discovers there’s a lot more to the local area than he had imagined. He himself had a bad experience in the woods in his youth when out courting, and it soon becomes apparent that an area known as LeHorn’s Hollow may have something to do with the evil forces at play. Click here to read more.. »