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2000 News

December 2000


I am currently reading for THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST NEW HORROR VOLUME TWELVE. The latest volume in the World Fantasy Award and British Fantasy Award-winning series will be published in the UK by Constable Robinson and in the US by Carroll & Graf around Halloween 2001. I am looking for PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED horror stories which appeared in print between December 1999 and December 2000. Any stories not published during this period, or which are reprints from earlier sources will not be considered.

I will only read a standard hardcopy manuscript (no electronic submissions or tear-sheets) with a brief covering letter and/or bibliographic information about the author. Please indicate where and when the story originally appeared on the first page of the manuscript. Unsolicited submissions are restricted to ONE STORY PER AUTHOR (unless previously agreed). So only send me what you consider to be your very best story of the year. You are welcome to query if I have seen any other of your stories—but do not automatically assume that I have. Despite being the only "Year's Best" horror volume published on both sides of the Atlantic, most publishers or small press imprints still do not send me copies of their books or magazines, even though it guarantees them a mention in the introductory essay. Web publication is acceptable.

Include a current e-mail address, s.a.e. (in the UK) or two International Reply Coupons (outside the UK) if you want to know when the final contents has been selected (usually when the book has been delivered to the publisher, around May).
Please send all submissions to:
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 12
c/o 130 Park View, Wembley,
Middx HA9 6JU. England.

Deadline for unsolicited submissions is February 1st, 2001.


November 2000


STEPHEN JONES will be signing his latest books, THE ESSENTIAL MONSTER MOVIE GUIDE (Billboard Books $19.95), THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF BEST NEW HORROR 11 (Carroll & Graf $11.95) and import copies of DARK TERRORS 5: THE GOLLANCZ BOOK OF HORROR (Victor Gollancz) at:
4213 W. Burbank Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505
on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10th 2000 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Subject to committment, also signing on the night will be FORREST J ACKERMAN, DENNIS ETCHISON, MICK GARRIS, ROBERTA LANNES, RICHARD CHRISTIAN MATHESON and DAVID J. SCHOW, with copies of Best New Horror additionally pre-signed by F. PAUL WILSON. Many other celebrity guests are also expected to attend, including writer/director CLIVE BARKER and author/screenwriter PETER ATKINS.

For more information or to pre-order signed copies, contact Dark Delicacies
on: Tel: (818) 556-6660 or e-mail:


October 2000


The 9TH UK PAPERBACK & PULP BOOKFAIR will be held on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15TH from 10:00am—5:00pm at The Victoria Thistle Hotel, London SW1 (behind Victoria Station, in Buckingham Palace Road). Numerous dealers will be selling rare books, pulps, magazines and other print collectibles all day. You can also bring along books to get signed. At around 12:30pm, authors SYDNEY J. BOUNDS and LIONEL FANTHORPE plus Pan Books cover artist SAM PEFFER ("Peff") will be signing. Later, at 2:00pm, authors BASIL COPPER, KIM NEWMAN and MICHAEL MARSHALL SMITH, plus editor STEPHEN JONES, will sign.
Admission at the door is £ 2.50.
For more information, contact:



Edward Waterman's interview with STEPHEN JONES about Millennium's new 'Fantasy Masterworks' collection of THE CONAN CHRONICLES by Robert E. Howard (ISBN 1-85798-996-1- £ 6.99 UK, 548pp) is now available on The Barbarian Keep web page:



Stephen Jones has now delivered volume eleven of The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror to Robinson Publishing in the U.K. and Carroll & Graf in the United States. At 220,000-plus words, this latest edition of the multiple award-winning anthology contains twenty-one stories, including four major novellas, and is set to be published this autumn on both sides of the Atlantic.

Along with a major overview of Horror in 1999, a detailed Necrology and a list of Useful Addresses, this volume also includes the following fiction:

'Halloween Street' STEVE RASNIC TEM (from The Magazine of F&SF)
'Others' JAMES HERBERT (from Others)
'Growing Things' T.E.D. KLEIN (from 999)
'Unhasped' DAVID J. SCHOW (from White of the Moon)
'The Emperor's Old Bones' GEMMA FILES (from Northern Frights 5)
'The Entertainment' RAMSEY CAMPBELL (from 999)
'Harlequin Valentine' NEIL GAIMAN (from World Horror Convention 1999 Program Book)
'The Stunted House' TERRY LAMSLEY (from Subterranean Gallery)
'Just Like Eddy' KIM NEWMAN (from Interzone)
'The Long Hall on the Top Floor' CAITLÍN R. KIERNAN (from Carpe Noctem)
'Lulu' THOMAS TESSIER (from Lulu and One Other)
'The Ballyhooly Boy' GRAHAM MASTERTON (from Encre Noire)
'Welcome' MICHAEL MARSHALL SMITH (from White of the Moon)
'Burden' MICHAEL MARANO (from Gothic.Net)
'Naming the Dead' PAUL J. McAULEY (from Interzone)
'Aftershock' F. PAUL WILSON (from Realms of Fantasy)
'A Fish Story' GENE WOLFE (from The Magazine of F&SF)
'Jimmy' DAVID CASE (from Brotherly Love)
'White' TIM LEBBON (from White)
'Pork Pie Hat' PETER STRAUB (from Pork Pie Hat)
'Tricks & Treats One Night on Halloween Street' STEVE RASNIC TEM (from The Magazine of F&SF)



STEPHEN JONES has delivered two volumes on THE CHRONICLES OF CONAN to editor Jo Fletcher at Victor Gollancz/Millennium. Each volume, to be published in Millennium's new 'Fantasy Masterworks' trade paperback series, includes all of Robert E. Howard's Conan stories in the author's original versions, along with his essay 'The Hyborian Age', a new map by Dave Senior and extensive Afterwords about Howard and his barbarian character.

VOLUME I: THE PEOPLE OF THE BLACK CIRCLE will appear in August, with VOLUME II: THE HOUR OF THE DRAGON due early in 2001.

JONES has also delivered to publisher Robert Hale, via agent Dorothy Lumley of the Dorian Literary Agency, a volume of twenty-one previously uncollected stories of ghosts and horror by R. Chetwynd-Hayes. Titled PHANTOMS AND FIENDS, the summer hardcover will include a Foreword by Charles Grant plus a new short story, a new novella and an Afterword by the author.

Titan Books has sold American rights to JONES' acclaimed reference volume THE ESSENTIAL MONSTER MOVIE GUIDE to Senior Acquisitions Editor Bob Nirkind at New York publisher Billboard Books. Introduced by the legendary Forrest J Ackerman, the massive guide to a century of creature features on film, TV and video is appropriately scheduled to appear in a slightly revised and updated edition this coming Halloween.

Finally, JONES has completed his work as Creative Consultant on 'An Age of Wonders', the pilot episode of the proposed H.P. Lovecraft-inspired TV show ROUGH MAGIK. Written and Produced by Stephen W. Parsons, who co-created the show with Bob Lawrie, and directed by Jamie Payne, the 42 minute pilot stars Paul Darrow (BLAKES 7, THE STRANGERERS etc) and features CGI effects created by Alan Marques (THE BORROWERS, LOST IN SPACE etc).


Photo © 2000 Mandy Slater
launch of Dark Detectives in London. February 4th 2000
Left to right: (standing) Basil Cooper, Jay Russell,
Brian Lumley and editor Stephen Jones.
(sitting) Kim Newman
and artists Les Edwards & Randy Broecker
at the BFS launch of
Dark Detectives in London (February 4th 2000)

BRITISH FANTASY SOCIETY OPEN NIGHTS present a signing for DARK DETECTIVES: Adventures of the Supernatural Sleuths (Fedogan & Bremer Mystery, £19.99/$29.00 hc)

The Upstairs Bar,
The Princess Louise Pub,
208 High Holborn,
London WC1

DARK DETECTIVES collects together for the first time some of the greatest psychic detectives and phantom fighters who have ever confronted the supernatural. From William Hope Hodgson's Carnacki and Manly Wade Wellman's John Thunstone to Clive Barker's Harry D'Amour  and R. Chetwynd-Hayes' Francis St. Clare.

Future BFS Open Nights in London:
March 11, June 10, September 2, and December 16.


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