Archive for September, 2009

Hand

Posted in Non-Fictions on September 27, 2009 by Tom Fletcher

I saw this a while ago, but was reminded of it recently. I think it’s pretty incredible. And not a little scary.

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Floating Bull

Posted in Non-Fictions on September 26, 2009 by Tom Fletcher

The eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed that the link to Barking at the Rain has vanished, but a link to Floating Bull has appeared. (It’s over there, somewhere on the right.)

I’m not saying you should all go and look at it or anything. Don’t get me wrong. I’m just letting you know.

Post-Launch

Posted in Non-Fictions on September 20, 2009 by Tom Fletcher

THE SAFE CHILDREN is now launched! And there’s a review of it here: http://bookmunch.wordpress.com/2009/09/18/nightjar-is-going-to-become-an-essential-imprint-what-happens-when-you-wake-up-at-night-by-michael-marshall-smith-the-safe-children-by-tom-fletcher/. It’s my first ever solo review and, thankfully, it’s a good one.

If you’d like a copy, order it here: http://nightjarpress.wordpress.com. Don’t feel obliged though.

Just got back from FantasyCon today. I really enjoyed it – will update more fully in the near future. Possibly with some photos of the terrifying carpets.

Beth in the Wasteland

Posted in Dreams on September 17, 2009 by Tom Fletcher

I have dreams in which I, or somebody else, is watching a film or playing a videogame. There is never any sense of a screen though, or any kind of division between the fiction and the viewer/player.

I had a dream that Beth was playing a game and I was watching. She was alone – completely alone – on the outskirts of a wasteland. She was lost. And then she was no longer playing a game; Beth herself was lost, and alone, amidst some brown and blasted landscape with no edges. I was still an observer only; I could not communicate with her. She had no weapons but we both knew that the place was habitat to vicious creatures and wild, sadistic people. Beth was afraid. I was afraid for her.

She starts moving forwards, and this action prompts a message to appear in the air. It is a warning. It warns her that out here, in this particularly remote vicinity, there are legends of some strange and massive entity that preys on wanderers who are lost and alone. It doesn’t quite kill them. Nobody knows what it does. The entity is known only as ‘The Home’.

I didn’t want this. I am terrified for my wife.

Nightjar Press

Posted in Non-Fictions on September 2, 2009 by Tom Fletcher

This is very exciting.

My industrious friend, Nicholas Royle (alternatively – Nicholas Royle)  has set up a new independent publisher called Nightjar Press. Nightjar Press is publishing my first ever not-in-an-anthology published work, if that makes sense. The Safe Children. (Many thanks to Antonio Lulic for letting me adapt a line from one of his short stories for the title.)

I won’t say too much about it, because I would just be repeating information taken from the Nightjar Press site itself. One thing definitely worth a mention though is the admirable focus on short stories. 

Go and have a look. You will absolutely positively love it.