I was sad to learn that the quality small press digest Necrotic Tissue has been forced to close its doors, chiefly for financial reasons: unfortunately a familiar picture. Details here on their blog. Their last issue will be #14, out in April, which contains my story “The Narcslaag” and will be my 3rd publication with them. I wish Scott, the editor, all the best with his other endeavours.
On a brighter note, Craig Clarke is running a little contest over at his blog Somebody Dies to coincide with Oscar season. You can very easily win an ebook copy of “Living After Midnight” as well as other Acid Grave Press goodies. Whadda you waiting for?
Zoe E Whitten, talented and slightly insane genre soldier, has her short novel “Zombie Punter” available at Smashwords and it’s well worth a read. I reviewed it a while ago at the Hellforge, so clickety-click here if you want to hear about how great it is.
Some of these were actually 2009 releases, but it wasn’t their fault they were adrift somewhere in the middle of my eternally towering to-be-read pile for a year or so.
So in no particular order, my top 10 genre reads of 2010 were…
- The Harm – Gary McMahon
- Nekropolis – Tim Waggoner
- Warrior Wolf Women of the Wasteland – Carlton Mellick III
- Mostly Monochrome Stories – John Travis
- Taste of Tenderloin – Gene O’Neill
- Null Immortalis: Nemonymous #10 – Various Authors (Edited by DF Lewis)
- The Seventh Black Book of Horror – Various Authors (Edited by Charles Black)
- Tide of Souls – Simon Bestwick
- In Sickness – LL Soares and Laura Cooney
- One Monster Is Not Enough – Paul Finch
Forced to pick, my overall favourite has to be Paul Finch’s “One Monster Is Not Enough”. It’s an exceptional collection, which made it onto this list before I was even half way through.
I was sad to learn that prolific French erotic-horror film-maker Jean Rollin died on December 15th after a long illness.
The few films I’ve seen of his were pleasingly stylish as well as lurid, and “Fascination” summed it all up for me. Set in a beautifully-shot French castle, it features period costume, theatrical dialogue and a cast of blood-drinking lesbian killers.
The image of a semi-naked Brigitte Lahaie, stalking a victim across the castle moat with a scythe is one that refuses to be forgotten.
RIP Jean. May your heaven be full of nudey vampire girls.
For fans of Tim Waggoner’s Nekropolis world, he has set up a sharp and entertaining blog written by our favourite zombie private eye, Matt Richter. Check it out here.
Thanks to Allyson Bird, the British Fantasy Society have opened a section on their forum entitled Ask the Author and Artist.
Each author has a thread, and people like Tim Lebbon, Gary McMahon, Simon Bestwick, Allyson Bird, Conrad Williams, Vincent Chong, Weston Ochse, Ramsey Campbell and too many other wonderful folks to name have already signed up. You can read updates on their work, ask them whatever you like, or just chat over a beer. Sadly, you have to provide the beer yourself.
Pop along, register, and if you’re an author, bag a thread yourself. You don’t have to be a member of the BFS, although they’re a very cool bunch.