Dark Horizons 37


After producing Chills (aka Winter Chills), Peter Coleborn teamed up with Mike Chinn and Phil Williams to edit and produce the British Fantasy Society’s Dark Horizons. Joel Lane was appointed as poetry editor. Issue 37 appeared in 1998. The cover price was £3.00.

DH37, although neatly produced, used a too-small font, which must have made it hard on the eyes. Dark Horizons 37 included both fiction and non-fiction:

  • “The Lake” by Linda D Acaster
  • “Para Dice by the Landing Light” by G W Greenwood. Illustrated by Dallas Goffin
  • “Worms Feed on Hector: the Gothic Novels of Simon Raven” (NF) by Howard Watson
  • “A Fence in Rohgate” by D Harrigon
  • “Terminal” by Simon MacCulloch. Illustrated by Janet Morris
  • “Heart of the Machine” by Rick Cadger
  • “Scapegoat” by Alan Casey
  • “Queue” (verse) by Brian Maycock *
  • “Scraps” by Paul Finch. Illustrated by Alan Hunter
  • “Roots of a Writer” (NF) by Storm Constantine. Illustrated by Bob Covington
  • “Jenna’s Home” by Rick Kleffel
  • “Looking Through the Glass” (verse) by Steve Sneyd
  • “Horrorscopes: a Lover’s Guide” by Peter Tennant
  • “Kwaidan Revisited” (NF) by John Paul Catton
  • “A Rather Improbable God” by David Andreas
  • “Bio” (verse) by Mark McLaughlin
  • “The Last Story in the Book” by D F Lewis

Cover art was by Bob Covington with additional artwork by Alan Casey.

Note: * denoted a reprint and NF is non-fiction.

Glancing through DH37’s pages, I note that the first Alchemy Press title, The Paladin Mandates, a collection of stories by Mike Chinn, had appeared that year. Meanwhile, FantasyCon FCXXII was held at the Albany Posthouse Hotel in Birmingham over the weekend 11-13 September 1998. The guests of honour were Freda Warrington and Jane Yolen. Ramsey Campbell was the master of ceremonies. And about this time websites were becoming more popular, with the BFS’ first site appearing on the Geocities server.