News From The Abyss – 28/6/11

The recently published shortlist for The British Fantasy Society Awards 2011 has just been released and it includes many familiar names to readers of The Black Abyss. Congratulations to all the nominees on a list which appears to be dominated by horror and dark fiction, quite rightly too given the breadth of talent in the genre at the moment. Here is the full list with my personal choices in bold:-


A History Of Horror With Mark Gatiss – Mark Gatiss – BBC
Being Human – Toby Whithouse – BBC
Doctor Who – Steven Moffat – BBC
Sherlock – Steven Moffat – BBC
True Blood – Alan Ball – HBO


Alice In Wonderland – Tim Burton – Walt Disney
Inception – Christopher Nolan – Syncopy Films
Kick-Ass – Matthew Vaughn – Lionsgate
Monsters – Gareth Edwards – Vertigo Films
Scott Pilgrim vs The World – Edgar Wright – Universal Pictures


Black Static – Andy Cox – TTA
Cemetery Dance – Rich Chizmar
Murky Depths – Terry Martin – The House Of Murky Depths
Shadows And Tall Trees – Michael Kelly – Undertow Publications
Strange Horizons – Susan Marie Groppi


Atomic Fez – Ian Alexander Martin
Gray Friar Press – Gary Fry
Pendragon Press – Christopher Teague
Telos Publishing – David J Howe and Stephen James Walker
TTA Press – Andy Cox


Clint – Mark Millar – Titan
Grandville Mon Amour – Bryan Talbot – Jonathan Cape
Neonomicon – Alan Moore & Jacen Burrows – Avatar
The Mountains Of Madness – Ian Culbard – Self Made Hero
Unwritten Vols 1 & 2, The – Mike Carey & Peter Gross – Titan Books


‘Beautiful Room, The’ – R B Russell – Nightjar
‘Fool’s Gold’ – Sam Stone – NewCon
‘Lure, The’ – Nicholas Royle – Solaris
‘Otterburn’ – Jan Edwards – Estronomicon
‘Something For Nothing’ – Joe Essid – PS Publishing


Altered Visions: The Art Of Vincent Chong – Telos
Cinema Futura – Ed. Mark Morris – PS Publishing
Fantastic TV: 50 Years Of Cult Fantasy And Science Fiction – Steven Savile – Plexus
M P Shiel: The Middle Years 1897-1923 – Harold Billings – Roger Beacham
Shrieking Sixties, The – Darrel Buxton – Midnight Marquee


Full Dark, No Stars – Stephen King – Hodder & Stoughton
Gravedigger’s Tale: Fables of Fear, The – Simon Clark – Robert Hale
Last Exit For The Lost – Tim Lebbon – Cemetery Dance
One Monster Is Not Enough – Paul Finch – Gray Friar
Walkers In The Dark – Paul Finch – Ash Tree


Back From The Dead: The Legacy Of The Pan Book Of Horror Stories – Johnny Mains – Noose & Gibbet
End of the Line, The – Jonathan Oliver – Solaris
Mammoth Book of Best New Horror Volume 21, The – Stephen Jones – Robinson & Constable
Never Again – Allyson Bird & Joel Lane – Gray Friar
Zombie Apocalypse! – Stephen Jones – Robinson & Constable


1922 – Stephen King – Hodder & Stoughton
Humpty’s Bones – Simon Clark – Telos
Ponthe Oldenguine – Andrew Hook – Atomic Fez
Sparrowhawk – Paul Finch – Pendragon
Thief Of Broken Toys, The – Tim Lebbon – ChiZine


Ben Baldwin
Daniele Serra
Les Edwards
Paul Mudie
Vincent Chong


Apartment 16 – Adam Nevill – Pan McMillan
Demon Dance – Sam Stone – The House Of Murky Depths
Leaping, The – Tom Fletcher – Quercus
Pretty Little Dead Things – Gary McMahon – Angry Robot
Silent Land, The – Graham Joyce – Gollancz

Of course you need to be a member of the BFS to vote but given they have just published the latest journal and this is the excellent content list, why wouldn’t you want to join?


Chairman’s Chat by David J Howe
BFS News

Editorial by David A Riley
Ramsey’s Rant by Ramsey Campbell
Book Reviews edited by Jan Edwards and Craig Lockley
Graphicky Quality edited by Jay Eales
Media Reviews edited by Mathew F Riley
The Mark of Fear by Mark Morris
Profondo Probert Column 5 by John Llewellyn Probert
Mary Danby Interviewed by Lou Morgan

In The House of Answers by Allen Ashley
Grey Magic For Cat Lovers by Jan Edwards
The Sound Down By The Shore by Douglas J Ogurek
Beached by Eric Boman
The Hawthorne Effect by Adrian Stumpp

Heaven & Helvetica by Gavin B Nash
Late in the Day by Adam Walter
Mostly in Shadow: Lesser-known Writers of Weird Fiction, Part 2 by Mike Barrett
Ten Things We’re Going to Have to Live Without After the Apocalypse by Allen Ashley
The Pet Peeve by Rick Kleffel
Cellar by J R Salling
‘Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite’ by Clint Smith
A Guttering of Flickers by Michael Kelly
The Secret in the Village of Dragonsbreath by Annie Neugebauer
The Last Dance of Humphrey Bear by James Brogden

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3 responses to “News From The Abyss – 28/6/11

  1. Ben

    Monsters looks intriguing, but I can’t seem to figure out if it’s available in the States. Do you know if it is?

    • admin

      Hi Ben

      Not sure if there is a region 1 DVD out but you can rent it on itunes, it’s definitely worth a look.



  2. Ben

    Hmmm. I don’t use iTunes but it’s good to know that it’s available here. I’ll look into other options. Thanks!

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