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X Marks the Spot: Celebrating 10 Years of NewCon Press edited by Ian Whates

January 16, 2017 - 9:08 pm No Comments

X MARKS THE SPOT: Celebrating 10 Years of NewCon Press edited by Ian Whates. NewCon Press, Cambs, UK. £6.99 (UK), $10.99 (US) paperback. 75 pages. ISBN: 978-1-910935-22-4

Reviewed by Pauline Morgan.

What does a publishing house do when it has a birthday? It throws a party and publishes a book. NewCon Press began ten years ago, almost by accident. The NewCon convention made a sufficient profit for the organisers to decide to put the money into an anthology. The independent press grew from there. Since then it has hatched a good number of professional looking books which include a plethora of excellent authors within their pages. This book, which was given to all who attended the celebratory party, provides a sample of the excellence NewCon strives for.

‘The Circle Drawer’ by Paul Melhuish is a chilling story containing the elements that make a supernatural story work. It begins quietly with everyday activities. The narrator works for the housing department of the local council. He is the one who has too check out empty properties before they can be relet. For a reason he doesn’t quite understand, he puts an X on each of the letters he finds in a couple of the properties, ones that are unlikely ever to be read. On being called back due to complaints that people had been heard moving around the empty properties, he finds that a circle has been drawn around all of his Xs. Nothing much to worry about so far, but he tests it out and finds that someone is circling his Xs, however inaccessible he makes them. From here, the tension escalates.

X or ten, needs to be a feature of all the fiction here. Rosanne Rabinowitz approaches it in a very different way and ‘Not a Through Tree’ has a surreal element to it. It is the kind of story that is generated by an observed oddity, in this case a sign on a tree. Karen is on holiday in Berkley, a place an old friend she has since lost touch with, told her about. She is exploring the picturesque back streets when she sees the tree in the middle of the road with the sign. She finds it intriguing but has no idea what it means. Neither can she interpret some of the other things she sees on her walk.

‘Recursitopia’ by Adam Roberts is either a logic problem or a fractal sequence. One method of creating the conditions necessary to build a Utopia is to utilise modern technology to develop a virtual model the desired society. As the model doesn’t have the model factored into the set-up, the accuracy of the predictions begins to drift, so a new model has to be created within the first but….

Donna Scott’s poem ‘Life on Mars’ is an observation on the call for people to join a one way trip to Mars. It is a poem that starts well but because of the rhyming structure, it gets little strained towards the end.

The fin al fictional piece is a collaboration of ten authors. Ian Whates set up the scenario of an inspection in a storage facility. The Inspector accidentally, or otherwise, opens all the doors and lets out a batch of spider bots. The caretaker and the inspector have to round them up. This allows each author free rein to explore the contents of a room. Imagination runs wild until Whates pulls the story together at the end. It is a neat way to write a collaborative story without compromising the style or imagination of any of the participants.

The remainder of the book is both an archive and a vote of thanks to all the authors and artists who have contributed to the on-going success of NewCon Press over the past ten years. All are listed. And where their contributions can be found.

Congratulations to NewCon and let’s hope they can continue for another decade.


Newcon Press Merry Christmas

December 11, 2015 - 5:26 am No Comments

Dear All

A message from NewCon Press this Silly Season.

Weaver of Wondrous Words.

I’d just like to draw your attention to the fact that, ahem… NewCon Press has a brand new website:

To celebrate the site’s launch, I’m unveiling special offers on a whole raft of titles. Since this is Christmas, a fantastic time of year, the more fantasy-orientated of NewCon’s titles are being discounted for a limited time only — from now until December 20th… Sort of NewCon’s very own 12 Days of Christmas. There are heavy discounts on some older titles, but several of the latest releases are also included, in the spirit of the season.

(If you click on ‘Books’ at the top of the site, you’ll see a ‘Special Offers’ option, where all titles that feature in the offer are.

Thank you, and for those I don’t see in the meantime…

Merry Christmas!! (in a purely non-faith specific have a fabulous time sort of way…)



Hauntings Book Launch

June 23, 2012 - 3:51 pm No Comments

Hauntings Book Launch

Come and join us at the Small Press Expo! @ Forbidden Planet for the Hauntings book launch, in which my story ‘The Things I See’ appears. A whole host of us will be there to celebrate the event and have some fun. In the meantime, if you can’t make it you can always come to Fantasycon. See this note from Ian Whates below.

Dear All,

Against all expectation, Helen and I will be pitching up at Fantasycon this year, though only on the Sunday.

I’m delighted to say that the organisers (thanks Marie and Paul!) have agreed to squeeze in a launch event for the signed limited edition of Hauntings (the paperback will be available too, of course). This will take place between 11.00 and 12.00 on Sunday morning. It would be great if those of you attending the con were able to be there, and, at any time between now and then, please feel free to broadcast the fact to the world! Details of the launch and of the book will be appearing on the Fantasycon website shortly.

I appreciate that the first half hour coincides with the end of the BFS AGM, and that some will be delayed as a result, but trust that those affected will be able to hurry across for the second half.