Late last year Jan, Misha and I went to Keele Hall where two distinguished writers read out their stories — hi there A Leslie and R Shearman. A very enjoyable time. Spooky, too, as it should be. After, as we were getting back in the car, I noticed that the eerily lit Hall would make a perfect eerie picture. Here it is — edited a bit to double the atmosphere.
Golly gosh, my previous post was from before moving house. Nearly five months ago. The move was stressful at times but in the end all went well. Most importantly, all (well, almost all) the books are now in the house and not in the garage, where they were initially stored until shelves had been erected. Now we’re waiting on a new kitchen and bathroom. Once they are done, it’ll be time to decorate.
In the meantime Jan and I have been receiving submissions for The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors, due later this year. In fact, we’ve received over 250 stories — a lot of reading and shortlisting to get on with now the sub window has (almost) closed.
In addition, I am receiving stories from Bryn Fortey for his second collection, which will come from The Alchemy Press, also later in 2018.
I’ve also edited and prepared the layouts for a new novel from Misha Herwin, Shadows in the Grass. This isn’t my usual type of reading material but nevertheless it proved to be a most engaging read, about three generations of a family as they escape from early 20th century Poland to the relative safety of Bristol. The novel is only available as a Kindle book at the moment — the print version should be available shortly. The brilliant cover is from a painting by Misha’s sister Anuk Naumann.
I’ve also been photozapping images again. Here’s one I did previously:
I wish you all a (belated) happy 2018. May it be successful and peaceful.
I have uploaded nearly 50 images of writers, editors, artists and publishers, taken at various conventions over the years, to my Flickr gallery — click here to take a peak. I will be adding further photos when time allows.
I have always preferred black and white photography for portraiture — it reduces distracting colours, especially those in the background, and, I believe, allows the personality to show through.
The above photo is of the late and very great Tanith Lee. I took this at an Eastercon a few years back.
I have uploaded a handful of new “zapped” images to my Flickr gallery. As usual, most of these are available to use as book covers, etc. Just drop me a message if you are interested. I am able to do slight edits on the images if necessary (eg hue, size, etc).
The British Fantasy Society used one of my pictures for a recent issue of the BFS Journal. The journal’s editor has selected another of my images for a future edition, I’m happy to say. I’ll post the cover here when it appears.