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Calenture
07-18-2010, 09:20 AM
Filthy Creations 6 is the largest issue so far, with 84 pages, 10 stories, and two serials beginning this issue.

I'm very interested in hearing from people who would be interested in reviewing this magazine. It was never the intention to make money from it - let's face it, there's less work involved in most paid employment. FC was always a labour of love.

If you prefer to buy the magazine, there's a PayPal link at the end of this post. But primarily we're interested in feedback.

Filthy Creations is proud to present the serialisation of David A Riley's novel Sendings. David has described this as "a mixture of two influences at the time it was originally written, H P Lovecraft and Dennis Wheatley!" Sounds good to me. And if a creepy mansion housing an artist's community on grounds previously occupied by a baby-sacrificing cult gives you an appetite, possibly you'll agree.

Also beginning this issue, Craig Herbertson's novel The Death Tableau. This one's already gained the attention of a couple of the larger 'names' in the horror field. Dr Peralis' work takes her into the world of the drop-outs and down and outs, where young Kennedy introduces her to a silent giant. And a mysterious Mr Bowers wants Peralis' advice on an even more mysterious artefact.

Both these writers have had previous stories published in the now-legendary Pan Books of Horror. And they're both brilliant at what they do.

Besides Riley and Herbertson, the magazine includes:

Robert Mammone
Penni McLaren Walker
D F Lewis (two stories)
Colin Leslie
Franklin Marsh
Charles Black
James Stanger
Stephen Bacon
Rog Pile

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4042/4578202146_341076bee1.jpg

Above, illustration for Robert Mammone's The Devil At Your Heels, a story of death on the road... and hell on wheels. Robert's previous credits include a story in Dr Who Magazine, an audio presentation The Copse at Psudopod.org, and he had the cover story in Encounters Magazine 2 from Black Static, Along Came a Spider..


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The illustration above is for Penni McClaren Walker's Easy Money. Penni's established a name for herself as a singer-songwriter, and Easy Money has the feel of one of those portmanteau tales beloved of Amicus.

Filthy Creations 6 and The Thinking Man's Crumpet 4 cost 2.25 (including p&p) or 3.50 when bought together:

You can get them here (http://filthycreations.yolasite.com/fc6.php)

Or PM me if you're interested in receiving the magazines for review.

One or two more posts will follow.

Odalisque
07-18-2010, 09:51 AM
I especially like the illustration with two birds, Rog. Your work?

Calenture
07-18-2010, 10:30 AM
I especially like the illustration with two birds, Rog. Your work?

Thanks, Peter. Yes, my own sketches. There are more in the magazine, two of them for D F Lewis's stories. Sometimes I think it would be interesting if Des' put out an Illustrated Lewis, but that's probably a subject for a whole new thread.:D

One of my own stories published in Charles Black's Second Black Book of Horror (I suppose I should say this if it helps engender interest in the magazine) was selected by Ellen Datlow to include in her list of top 50 best horror stories of '09 (I'm well aware there are others here who've had similar recognition).

Stephen Bacon might be a familiar name to some here, as he had stories in the final three volumes of Nemonymous.

As I said above, feedback is what's sought more than anything else for this magazine.

Calenture
07-18-2010, 04:01 PM
Thinking back aways, people rarely paid for small-press magazines. You wrote a letter of comment and got the next magazine free. Life's blood to the people who wrote the thing.

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This one is for Rage by D F Lewis. Rage is one of those perfect straight-faced miniatures that Des does so well. A little while after reading it I started chuckling. Coral wondered what I might have taken. Then she read it, and she started giggling, too.

Craig Herbertson (http://www.heavenmakers.com/?p=177): "Rage deals with the solution to a macabre jigsaw puzzle and the The Fat Shrike simply abounds with unforgettable lines..."

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For A Solace of Winter Rain by Stephen Bacon. Using the trappings of the smoking-room tale, this one has a discomfiting end which almost places it in another genre. Stephen has had stories in the final three volumes of Nemonymous, The Sixth Black Book of Horror, Where the Heart Is and others.


You can get them at this link (http://filthycreations.yolasite.com/fc6.php)

Odalisque
07-18-2010, 08:42 PM
Here's another of your illustrations, Rog.

http://www.ligotti.net/picture.php?albumid=25&pictureid=2179

I've used it (without permission) as a frontispiece in both of the Odalisque volumes:

Odalisque Volume 1 by P F Jeffery in Science Fiction Fantasy (http://www.lulu.com/content/hardcover-book/odalisque-volume-1/9011100)

Odalisque Volume 2 Fantasy (http://www.lulu.com/content/hardcover-book/odalisque-volume-2-tuerqui-again-early-work/9011180)

I hope that's OK. :o

Calenture
07-19-2010, 06:28 PM
Here's another of your illustrations, Rog.

I've used it (without permission) as a frontispiece in both of the Odalisque volumes:

Odalisque Volume 1 by P F Jeffery in Science Fiction Fantasy (http://www.lulu.com/content/hardcover-book/odalisque-volume-1/9011100)

Odalisque Volume 2 Fantasy (http://www.lulu.com/content/hardcover-book/odalisque-volume-2-tuerqui-again-early-work/9011180)

I hope that's OK. :o

That's a big compliment as far as I'm concerned, Peter. I'm happy that you liked it.

I'm never entirely happy with my own drawings because the mistakes jump out at me when it's too late. Still, y'know what they say about people who never make mistakes.:)

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4024/4693293631_5d791f1ba3.jpg

My first attempt at a colour cover, from James Stanger's Crocodile Tears: "Streetlights were eerie and parked cars would take the form of hunched beasts, and the doors of houses become howling, gaping mouths."

Then I read Colin Leslie's equally paranoid Bad Manners (which defies illustration) and the houses seemed to gain staring eyes or watchers.

This copy of FC is dedicated to D F Lewis. After having stories printed in about 1500 publications, Des no longer submits work to magazines. But of course, his stories are all over cyberspace. I loved The Fat Shrike, which struck me as two stories in one: One is about a couple who live out a strange and poignant fantasy life, the other an evocation of a typically British landscape where death lurks behind the counter of the local corner shop.

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For The Fat Shrike by D F Lewis

Other stories are by Charles Black (and about time too), Franklin Marsh (the nation demanded it) and some guy they'll never take seriously (thank God) with a name like Rog Pile. Consultative nagging by Coral King.

The Thinking Man's Crumpet 4 includes:

Inner Demons by Anthony Watson.

Horror writer Ross Warren wrote: "you should read Inner Demons by Anthony Watson in the Thinking Man’s Crumpet – It’s simply brilliant," this quote lifted from a reply by Ross Warren here (http://stephenbacon.co.uk/2010/07/12/filthy-creations-6/#comments)

Interrogation - Stuff not for faint hearts by Anna Stephens, one of our more sadistic writers. A couple of the grimmer stories I’ve read recently have come from Anna Stephens in TTMC and Anna Taborska in The Fifth Black Book of Horror.

So much for the weaker sex. Hah!

In Peter Tennant’s The End of a Strange Affair, a misogynist’s revenge on his stripper girlfriend goes ironically wrong, while David Thorpe’s bittersweet verse Till When? tells of an unemployed couple who create their own diseased corner of heaven in a stolen Mondeo under the Watford intersection.

You can get them at this link (http://filthycreations.yolasite.com/fc6.php)

Or, as I said, let me know if you're interested in receiving review copies.

Odalisque
07-20-2010, 06:03 AM
Here's another of your illustrations, Rog.

I've used it (without permission) as a frontispiece in both of the Odalisque volumes:

Odalisque Volume 1 by P F Jeffery in Science Fiction Fantasy (http://www.lulu.com/content/hardcover-book/odalisque-volume-1/9011100)

Odalisque Volume 2 Fantasy (http://www.lulu.com/content/hardcover-book/odalisque-volume-2-tuerqui-again-early-work/9011180)

I hope that's OK. :o

That's a big compliment as far as I'm concerned, Peter. I'm happy that you liked it.



That's a relief! :)

If you click on one of my links, and then on "Preview" (just below the cover picture) you can see the page with Rog's illustration.