Wednesday 22 August 2012

Audio Deal with AudioGO

This is the press release for my recently announced sale of audio rights to AudioGO.
Zombies Hit AudioGO
Alexandra Arlango, Commissioning Editor - Original Content at AudioGO Ltd in London, has acquired world rights to an audio edition of Sam Stone's first collection, Zombies in New York and Other Bloody Jottings.

The book was published by Telos Publishing Ltd in 2011, and went on to win great acclaim from readers. Horror author Graham Masterton said in his introduction to the print version: 'Sam Stone without doubt is a mistress of the grisly and the gluti
nous. She is one of the few horror writers who makes you feel when you have finished her stories that you need to wash your hands. Twice. I believe that we can look forward to seeing Sam Stone develop into a major influence in the realm of blood and shadows and things that wake you up, wide-eyed, in the middle of the night.'

Alexandra said of this deal: ‘We are very excited to be working with Sam. She is a fresh and unique voice in horror and her short stories weave deliciously dark tales involving vampires, werewolves and clowns.’

AudioGO is the home of BBC Audiobooks and manages all the Doctor Who audio releases among their 10,000 catalogue items. Their clients include books by P D James, J K Rowling, Ruth Rendell and Bernard Cornwall. Their horror catalogue includes work by Bram Stoker, Rachel Caine, M R James, Stephanie Meyer, James Herbert and Fangoria's Dreadtime Stories. For more information, visit

Sam Stone’s first novel, Killing Kiss, won the silver award for Best Horror Novel in ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year competition, and her subsequent novels and short stories have gained her much acclaim, including winning the British Fantasy Award. She holds an MA in Creative Writing and is a noted public speaker and lecturer. Sam’s website is at, Telos Publishing is at

About AudioGO Limited

AudioGO is the new name for BBC Audiobooks, the UK’s leading audiobook publisher and distributor. AudioGO was formed in July 2010 - its new owners, led by Michael Kuhn, have ambitious and exciting plans for growth and expansion. The company is the UK market leader. It also has a successful, rapidly growing business in the US and a thriving international business. It has a heritage stretching back over 20 years based on BBC Radio content, but has built on that with the acquisitions of Cover to Cover and Chivers, brand leaders in fiction and particularly well known in libraries. The company now has a catalogue of thousands of audiobooks and established relationships with retailers and distributors around the world. AudioGO plans to expand its catalogue, its distribution channels, and to better exploit web and other emerging online retail opportunities.

About Telos Publishing Limited

Telos Publishing is a friendly independent press with bags of enthusiasm and a love of publishing and books. Set up in 2000 by David J Howe and Stephen James Walker, they won the 2006 World Fantasy Award in the best Non-Professional category for their publishing work, and several of their titles have won literary and design awards over the years. They specialise in Non-Fiction Guides to cult film and television, and also publish occasional fiction, mainly in the horror and crime genres.

Thursday 9 August 2012

Gallifrey One - Appearance Update

GALLIFREY CONVENTION, 15-17 Feb 2013, Los Angeles
David J Howe, Sam Stone and Frazer Hines are among the many esteemed guests attending this year's convention to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who.
Address: Marriott Los Angeles Airport Hotel, 5855 West Century Boulevard, Los Angeles, USA.
Date: 15-17 Feb 2013

For further information: GALLIFREYONE

Monday 6 August 2012


Delighted to announce that David J Howe and I will be joining the line-up for the SCI-FI WEEKENDER at Hafan Y Mor Holiday Park, North Wales.

The event takes place from 1st-3rd March 2013.

Guest line-up announced so far includes Robert Rankin, Brian Blessed, Craig Charles, Peter Davison, Richard Madden, Jerome Flynn ... and many more to be announced shortly.

For more information on how to book : SCI-FI WEEKENDER

This is the advert that will be going in SFX Magazine's next edition.

Looking forward to it ... It's going to be a very busy year next year.

Wednesday 1 August 2012

Guest Blogger - Poet Cardinal Cox

Getting away with Genre Poetry
Im Cardinal Cox and I fully understand if youve never heard of me, after all, Im a poet. I have been published in both Britain and North America, won a couple of prizes and had a couple of residencies. The reason though why Sam kindly asked me to be a guest contributor to her blog is that Im also a genre poet, writing a lot of verse in the Lovecraftian tradition. (I also write steampunk poetry and Ive lectured English degree students on SF poetry at my local University centre, but those are subjects for different articles). Again, Ill understand if you dont immediately think of poetry when you consider Lovecraftian fiction, but Ill argue that is essential if you want to fully appreciate the weird fantasy of H.P. Lovecraft and his circle.

Indeed, let me start by quoting something to you:-

Lo! Death has reared himself a throne
In a strange city lying alone
Far down within the dim West,
Where the good and the bad and the worst and the best
Have gone to their eternal rest.
There shrines and palaces and towers
(Time-eaten towers that tremble not!)
Resemble nothing that is ours.
Around, by lifting winds forgot,
Resignedly beneath the sky
The melancholy waters lie

That is from the poem The City in the Sea by Edgar Allan Poe and I contend that it is the major source for Lovecrafts image of Cthulhu and Rlyeh. Poe was heavily influenced by Byron (going as far as to emulate his heros swimming feat) and in turn influenced the French poet Charles Baudelaire and thus the whole decadent movement of the end of the nineteenth century and thence the surrealists of the early twentieth. Just as importantly (in my opinion) is the influence of Poe upon Lovecraft and his circle.

Between Poe and Lovecraft though there were other poets in the weird fantast field, for instance both Ambrose Bierce and the Anglo-Irish author Lord Dunsany had volumes of poetry published.

H.P. Lovecraft had a large number of poems printed in Weird Tales and it is possible to find collections of his verse. For instance Halloween in a Suburb published by Stanza in 2010. Other members of his circle of fellow writers were also active poets including Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard (both of whom also had volumes from Stanza) and Frank Belknap Long. Subsequent authors in the field who have penned verse include the Brits Ramsey Campbell and Brian Lumley.

Looking back at my own interest in H.P. Lovecraft I started reading him in the late 1970s and in the early 1980s my then band recorded on a demo-cassette somewhere a track called When The Space Gods Come. Forward to 2003 when I was the Council-appointed Poet Laureate for my home city (Peterborough) a couple of the projects I wrote included a cycle of poems for the local comic-shop (The House on the Borderland, now only trading on-line) and as Poet-in-Residence of a mad Victoriana-convention in Ireland (They Came and Shaved Us, guests included Robert Rankin and David Lloyd). Both of those included overtly Lovecraftian poems.

Since 2009 Ive been writing Lovecraftian verse regularly and produced a handful of pamphlets that have picked-up good reviews in Britain and North America. So there is a small specialist market for these, but dont discount the more mainstream market if you too write such poetry. Depending on what you write, you can get published in those too (though its not easy) if youre willing to claim the mood pieces are either metaphors or ironically post-modernist.

As I said, Ive had a couple of residencies, including for a local cemetery (the audience wasnt great, but they never walked out on me, but I did get a piece in the Times Saturday Magazine out of it) for three years and Im currently a third of the way through a year-long post at a 15th Century Gothic church. In both of these posts, although I seldom have need to discuss in rhyme the gibbering madness that lurks in the outer darkness, I feel my poetry is all the stronger for having an unseen foot (possibly cloven) in the terrible shadows.

If you have an interest in genre verse, be it Fantasy, SF or Horror, check out the lists of previous winners and nominees for the award given by the Horror Writers Association
and have a look at the website of the SF Poetry Association
If you live in Britain, consider sending an SAE for information to either (or both) Data Dump c/o Hilltop Press, 4 Nowell Place, Almondbury, Huddersfield West Yorkshire HD5 8PB and Handshake c/o Dunnock Press, 5 Cross Farm, Station Road North, Fearnhead, Warrington WA2 0QG.