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    ^Ha, how appropriate. I dig both covers, but I do like the UK one more. And both make Revival look like a joke, though it did that on its own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucian Poll View Post
    And I suppose we can't really talk Joe Hill without mentioning this:


    Mr Mercedes by Stephen King (UK Hardcover) by lucian.poll, on Flickr

    I don't know why, but I really like the cover to this book. Maybe it's the cool glossy rain effect when you hold it up to the light...


    Mr Mercedes by Stephen King (UK Hardcover with cool glossy rain effect!) by lucian.poll, on Flickr
    Love this!!!!
    "now youes can't leave"
    A Bronx Tale
    directed by Robert De Niro.

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    Here's another cool item for any fantasy fans, with an eyecatching cover of an implausibly fiery battleaxe by Dominic Harman:


    Legends - Stories in honour of David Gemmell: limited edition hardback cover. by lucian.poll, on Flickr

    This was launched to help fund the Gemmell Awards and many of the authors were in attendance. I thought the limited edition hardback was a tidy piece of work and so stumped up a little extra for it:


    Legends - Stories in honour of David Gemmell: signature sheet signed by Joe Abercrombie, James Barclay, Storm Constantine, Jonathan Green, Tanith Lee, Juliet E. McKenna and Anne Nicholls. by lucian.poll, on Flickr


    Legends - Stories in honour of David Gemmell: signature sheet signed by Stan Nicholls, Gaie Sebold, Jan Siegel, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Sandra Unerman and Ian Whates. by lucian.poll, on Flickr
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    A recent splurge on magazines has seen one's collection swell further. Here's a heads-up of what may be a theme to my collection thread in the near future:



    What you see here are 211 issues of Interzone, a UK sci-fi and fantasy fiction magazine that's been on the go for over thirty years and has published stories from a ton of established names. I managed to buy a job lot of 155 issues a few weeks ago, with only three early issues missing. I have a lot of reading ahead!
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    I also extended my Cemetery Dance collection, finding a batch of issues that neatly preceded mine. Here they are, fresh from the box:







    Even more fine reading ahead!
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    Nice grab on both sets. Missing a few of those Cemetery Dance magazine's myself. Have fun reading.

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    Thanks, Tom. They should keep me going for a few years.
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    To mark the return of Doctor Who next week, here are a trio of books by Mark Gatiss featuring the wonderfully icy Lucifer Box.

    Mark Gatiss' Lucifer Box trilogy: The Vesuvius Club; The Devil in Amber and Black Butterfly. by lucian.poll, on Flickr

    The first two books feature entertaining endpapers:


    Front endpaper from the hardback edition of The Vesuvius Club by Mark Gatiss. by lucian.poll, on Flickr


    Front endpaper from the hardback edition of The Devil in Amber by Mark Gatiss. by lucian.poll, on Flickr

    The author held a reading/book signing for The Vesuvius Club in Norwich circa 2004, shortly before Doctor Who was relaunched. It was standing room only and the evening was great fun, due perhaps in part to him flying three sheets to the wind.


    The Vesuvius Club title page signed by Mark Gatiss. by lucian.poll, on Flickr

    One's better half then very kindly bought me a signed copy of the follow-up:


    Black Butterfly title page signed by Mark Gatiss. by lucian.poll, on Flickr
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    Love the covers and endpapers on those books.

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    Yea the end papers are great. Nice adds.

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    Thanks, guys. Am I the only one who would pay good money to read "The Corpse That Wouldn't Die"? Still gives me a chuckle!
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    great style to those books, love the endpapers and cover art. Legends is a nice anthology too.

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    Good evening, Dancesters. Having recently returned from FantasyCon 2014 I have all sorts of purchases and signed stuff to show off.

    First up here is a shot of the assorted free books gleaned at registration and some of the assorted shindigs:


    Freebie books from FantasyCon 2014, including The Alloy of War by Brandon Sanderson, The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie, The Armageddon Rag by George R. R. Martin, Extinction Game by Gary Gibson, plus 7 others. by lucian.poll, on Flickr

    (Having one's better half in attendance helped!)
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    The convention hosted a number of book launches. One of the most popular ones was for this little number:


    The Spectral Book of Horror Stories, purchased at launch at FantasyCon 2014. by lucian.poll, on Flickr

    The line-up made this a no-brainer purchase for me. A lot of the contributors were in attendance to sign copies of the book too. First up, Mark Morris:


    The Spectral Book of Horror Stories' introduction, signed by Mark Morris at FantasyCon 2014. by lucian.poll, on Flickr

    Aaaaaaand then these fine writers:


    Title page of The Spectral Book of Horror Stories, signed by Ramsay Campbell, Conrad Williams, Stephen Laws, Stephen Volk, Alison Moore, Reggie Oliver, Vincent Chong, Gary McMahon, Rob Shearman, Alison Littlewood and Helen Marshall at FantasyCon 2014. by lucian.poll, on Flickr
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    Adam Nevill was also there to launch his upcoming novel, due for release at the end of October:


    No One Gets Out Alive by Adam Nevill by lucian.poll, on Flickr

    He stressed to me that this was by far his grimmest story yet - I guess with a title like that...


    Title page of No One Gets Out Alive, signed by Adam Nevill at FantasyCon 2014. by lucian.poll, on Flickr
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    The home of your least humble servant, Mr Poll: http://lucianpoll.com
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    The most notable absence from FantasyCon 2014 was Graham Joyce, whose illness had taken a turn for the worse in the run-up to the event. Despite this, it was a sad shock to learn yesterday of his passing. I really enjoyed The Year of the Ladybird (released in the US as The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit). I've come relatively late to his work, so I'm looking forward to reading this handsome collection of his short fiction, recently launched by PS Publishing, and reading more of the stories he has left behind.


    25 Years in the Word Mines - The Best Short Fiction of Graham Joyce (PS Publishing hardcover) by lucian.poll, on Flickr
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    Just as poignant would be my purchase of Cemetery Dance's The Century's Best Horror Fiction. I spotted both volumes on a dealer's table at FantasyCon and was immediately drawn to them. It was only when I picked them up that I realised the whole table comprised books once owned by Joel Lane, who passed away towards the end of last year. His family were selling his books to help raise money for his mother. The purchase of these two volumes was never in doubt, and yet it felt wrong to pay for them and simply dash off without a chat. I'm glad I stayed, if 'glad' is the word. The bittersweet recollections, combined with the dignified yet still-raw emotions in which they were told, will stay with me for some time.

    Given that one of Joel's stories features in the second volume of this collection, I have an uneasy feeling I may have purchased the contributor's copy he would have received from Cemetery Dance. Either way, these are two books I'll be taking extra-special care of.


    Volumes 1 & 2 of Cemetery Dance's The Century's Best Horror Fiction, as purchased from the late Joel Lane's collection at FantasyCon 2014. by lucian.poll, on Flickr
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    Some super additions to your collection. I have but not yet read The Century's Best. It is a huge collection. One I really like and look forward to reading myself. Seems like you had a great time. Despite some of the sadness overshadowing the event. .....By the way how is your next project coming along?

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    Thanks, Tom. A good time was had. It was nice to put more faces to names and to meet up again with those who attended last year's World Fantasy Convention.

    Re: projects - barring the odd short story spilling out of me here and there I've been tinkering with a sci-fi detective story, which is coming along slowly but shaping up nicely. (I shelved last year's NaNoWriMo effort as it needs a rethink.)
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