Tuesday, 8 October 2013

THE BOOKFAIR IS NO MORE


THIS YEAR'S BOOKFAIR IS CANCELLED AND UNLESS THERE IS SOMEONE WHO WILL TAKE OVER THE MANAGEMENT AND RUNNING OF THE FAIR - IT IS SAFE TO SAY THAT THE 2012 BOOKFAIR WILL HAVE BEEN THE LAST.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN HOSTING A BOOKFAIR, PLEASE GET IN TOUCH AND I WILL HAND OVER THIS BLOG TO YOU TO USE AS YOU WISH.

JOHNNY MAINS

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Round-Up

This year's bookfair was a great success, a massive thank you to everyone who came - first and foremost - to Bob Wardzinski and to all of the dealers, without whom, there would be no fair. Thanks also to Stephen Jones, Les Edwards, Adrian Cole, Jo Fletcher Books and support. But the biggest thanks of all go to YOU - the fan, collector, casual browser - you may have been coming to the fair year on year, or even for the first time - but if it wasn't for your continued support, this bookfair would not have continued for so long. The good news is that we will be back next year!

                        PLEASE PUT THIS DATE IN YOUR DIARY 

Sunday October 27th 2013. It will be at the PARK PLAZA HOTEL, 239 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, SW1V 1EQ (next to London Victoria Station). For information about booking dealers tables, please contact Bob Wardzinski on wardzinskiAThotmailDOTcoDOTuk (replace with @ and . as usual) or phone on 01202 849212.

"Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed the Paperback & Pulp Bookfair. It was the first one I’ve attended – the first of many, I hope. Everything about it was so impressive. The atmosphere was friendly, the selection of books astonishing – much more than could possibly be digested in one visit.
Already looking forward to next year’s fair!"

Regards,
Nigel Taylor (“Paperback Fanatic'” reader/contributor)

"Thanks very much for organising the show. I had a great show and my best takings ever. The only downside was that I didn't get a chance to scope out the other dealers. Anyhow, it saved me money and I was there to sell rather than spend."

Best regards,

David


Adrian Cole signing


Les Edwards signing


Browsers


Pulp magazines!




Eager buyers

                                                                 "What's in the box..."


Jo Fletcher and Adrian Cole

                                                                    
                                               Stephen Jones, Les Edwards and Adrian Cole







                                   Photographs are the copyright of Stephen Jones 2012 and may not be used without permission.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Jo Fletcher Books




JO FLETCHER BOOKS AT LONDON PAPERBACK AND PULP BOOK FAIR
 
Jo Fletcher Books, an imprint of Quercus, will be selling books at the 23rd annual Paperback and Pulp Book Fair, which will be held on Sunday October 28th 2012, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at The Park Plaza Hotel, 239 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 1EQ.
 
Among the books available from the JFB table will be copies of the new anthology A Book of Horrors and the complete collection Curious Warnings: The Great Ghost Stories of M.R. James, both of which can be signed by award-winning editor Stephen Jones and acclaimed artist Les Edwards from 1:00 – 2:00 pm. Also signing is British fantasy author Adrian Cole, who will have a number of his own books available at special prices.
 
As usual, a wide range of leading UK dealers will be offering 1,000s of SF, Horror, Crime, TV and Film-related and Western paperbacks, pulp magazines, comics and more! Admission on the door is only £3.00.
 
All Enquiries: Tel: 01202 849212 / E-mail:
wardzinski@hotmail.co.uk

Monday, 15 October 2012

A gentle reminder!


The 23rd annual Paperback and Pulp Book Fair will be held on Sunday October 28th 2012, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at The Park Plaza Hotel, 239 Vauxhall Bridge Road, SW1V 1EQ. Admission on the door is only £3.00.
 
As usual, a wide range of leading UK dealers will be offering 1,000s of SF, Horror, Crime, TV and Film-related and Western paperbacks, pulp magazines, comics and more! Along with rare Penguins, Pans, ephemera and guides, for the first time we also plan to have some contemporary publishers selling new titles.
 
Our signing session at 1:00 pm will feature award-winning horror editor Stephen Jones (A Book of HorrorsCurious WarningsThe Mammoth Book of Best New Horror etc.), acclaimed artist Les Edwards (A Book of HorrorsCurious Warnings and The Fontana Book of Great Horror Stories etc.) and one of Britain’s finest fantasy authors, Adrian Cole(Madness EmergingMoorstones and the Dream Lords trilogy etc.), with other guests to be announced.
 
Dealers’ tables are only £50.00 each.
 
All Enquiries: Tel: 01202 849212 / E-mail:
 
Website:  

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

3rd Signing Guest




The third person who will be signing is ADRIAN COLE. Adrian (b 1949 in Plymouth, Devon) is a resident of Devon and is the author of 25 novels and numerous short stories, writing in several genres: science fiction, fantasy, sword & sorcery and horror. His first books were published in the 1970s, THE DREAM LORDS trilogy (US) and he went on to write, among others, the OMARAN SAGA and the STAR REQUIEM series as well as writing 2 young adults’novels, MOORSTONES and THE SLEEP OF GIANTS.
More recently he has had several books published by Wildside Press in the US, including the VOIDAL trilogy, which collects all the original short stories from the 70s and 80s and adds new material to complete the saga. Wildside have also published the novel NIGHT OF THE HEROES, an affectionate celebration of the world of pulp fiction as well as YOUNG THONGOR, which Cole has edited, being the previously uncollected short Thongor stories of Lin Carter.
Cole’s latest novel and most powerful to date is THE SHADOW ACADEMY, a science fiction work, which is forthcoming from Edge Books – there is also to be an audio version from Audible. His latest  short story, The Chaos Blade will be in the Fedogan and Bremer collection WORLDS OF CTHULHU, due to be published shortly.
His short stories have been reprinted in YEAR’S BEST FANTASY and YEAR’S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR and he has written and performed a number of parodies of the genres he loves at various conventions in the past (but please don’t hold that against him – he means well).

2nd Signing Guest





The second guest who will be signing is LES EDWARDS. Les was born in 1949 in Walthamstow, East London. He began his illustration career immediately on leaving the notorious Hornsey College of Art in 1972. In the years that followed he became a stalwart of the UK illustration scene, acknowledged for both his versatility and his professionalism. He has worked for all the major UK publishing houses and for many in the US, and his work has also encompassed advertising, gaming, record and CD covers, and movie posters.

He has illustrated two graphic novels based on stories by Clive Barker—Son of Celluloid, about an ambulatory cancer, and Rawhead Rex, which tells of the adventures of a baby-eating monster and has absolutely no connection to his own views on children. Both books were critically acclaimed.

Although best known for his fantasy and horror images, he has in fact worked in a variety of genres and still seeks to do as wide a variety of work as possible. His paintings are to be found in private collections worldwide.

While he began his career working in gouache, Les swiftly abandoned this medium in favour of oil paint, which he found to be both more flexible and subtler. He applies the paint to a smooth, gessoed board and uses various media to aid rapid drying. He does not use an airbrush—an instrument that he describes as "the work of the devil". There is a good deal of preparatory work involved in the form of drawing, not only to establish a composition but, also to define character, if that is necessary. His fascination with the human figure and portraiture clearly permeates all his work and he pursues this interest with regular attendance at a life class. Les seeks to create pictures with an immediate eye-catching impact, often eschewing the ever more elaborate style of some of his contemporaries in favour of simpler, more direct images. This is an approach emphasised by his formal compositional sense.

In recent years Les has also taken to painting under the pseudonym "Edward Miller" in order to do a different kind of work and use a more romantic style. This work has also become popular, and Les now pursues both careers with equal enthusiasm.

Les has been a fan of M.R. James since childhood.  He was delighted when Jo Fletcher Books offered him the chance to illustrate the most feted author of supernatural fiction in the English language.  Curious Warnings:The Great Ghost Stories of M. R. James was one of the most enjoyable, if daunting, projects in which he has been involved.  The ten black and white full page paintings constitute some of his most personal and heartfelt work.

In 1995 he was Artist Guest of Honour at the World Science Fiction Convention and in 2010 he was Artist Guest of Honour at the World Horror Convention held in Brighton, UK.  He has been voted Best Artist by the British Fantasy Society on seven occasions and has been nominated in that category every year since 1994.  He has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award for Best Artist five times (his alter-ego, Edward Miler, won it in 2008).  He has been nominated for five Chesley Awards.


Photograph is copyright Peter Coleborn 2010

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

1st Signing Guest



The first guest who will be signing is STEPHEN JONES, one of Britain’s most acclaimed anthologists of horror and dark fantasy. He has more than 120 books to his credit, including collections by M.R. James, Rudyard Kipling, Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith and H.P. Lovecraft, and has won numerous awards for his work, including three World Fantasy Awards and four Bram Stoker Awards. You can visit his web site at www.stephenjoneseditor.com.

Photograph is copyright Peter Coleborn 2007.