Gemmell Awards 2016 all set for FantasyCon


The David Gemmell Awards For Fantasy enter their eighth year in 2016, once again recognising and rewarding the very best in fantasy fiction and artwork. 2016 also marks the tenth anniversary of the untimely death of bestselling author David Gemmell, in whose memory the awards were created.

2016’s Gemmell Awards presentation will take place at FantasyCon, the UK’s longest-running fantasy fiction convention. This year, FantasyCon will be held in Scarborough between 23rd and 25th September, with the Gemmell Awards ceremony staged at 8pm on Saturday 24th September.

The David Gemmell Awards For Fantasy embrace three categories. The Legend Award honours the best fantasy novel, the Morningstar Award the best debut and the Ravenheart Award the best fantasy cover art. The awards are determined by an open vote and 2015 saw a record total of 36,759 votes cast.


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FantasyCon is the British Fantasy Society’s annual conference and has been part of the UK scene since its inception in 1972. Past guests include Joan Aiken, Clive Barker, Terry Brooks, Ramsey Campbell, Raymond E Feist, Jasper Fforde, Joanne Fletcher, James Herbert, Robert Holdstock, Tom Holt, Sarah Pinborough, Graham Joyce, Tanith Lee, Anne McCaffrey, George RR Martin, Michael Marshall Smith and Tad Williams.

This years Guests of Honour are leading US author Scott Lynch, Costa Book Award winner Frances Hardinge and leading British horror author Adam Nevill, with more to be announced in due course.

Stan Nicholls
Stan Nicholls

Stan Nicholls, Chair for the Gemmell Awards, said: “FantasyCon is a popular and much-loved highlight in the speculative fiction community’s calendar, and a perfect fit for the Gemmell Awards. We look forward to contributing to the UK’s premier fantasy event.”

James Barclay, President of the British Fantasy Society says: “The BFS is delighted to be hosting the Gemmell Awards at FantasyCon 2016. It’s always a special occasion, and one that’s very close to my heart.”

Alex Davis, the Chair for FantasyCon By The Sea (2016), said: “Over the last eight years the Gemmell Awards have become one of the most popular and respected prizes in the field, and it is a hugely exciting addition to our programme and a genuine honour to be hosting this prestigious event at FantasyCon.”

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Military SF writer PP Corcoran docks at Tickety Boo Press

Paul P Corcoran
Paul P Corcoran

Northumberland-based publishers Tickety Boo Press have announced the signing of military science fiction-writer and British Army veteran Paul P Corcoran, author of the Amazon best-selling ‘Saiph’ novels.


Paul is coming aboard as Editor of Tickety Boo’s Space Dock imprint, which is dedicated to finding and publishing new and established authors writing Space Opera, Military SF, Post-Apocalyptic, Time Travel and ‘Alien Worlds’ tales. Paul is, say the publishers, “…perfectly situated to bring exciting, hard-hitting, character-driven novels to a constantly growing market.”

The Scotsman joined the British Army in 1985 and went on to join their elite parachute force, 5 Airborne Brigade, spending four years there until moving on to various intelligence and signals units for the remainder of his twenty-two year’s service. After serving in many areas of operations including: Africa, the Balkans, Central America, Northern Ireland, the Middle East and South East Asia, Paul returned to  civvy street but continues to work in the security field in a private capacity.

Tickety Boo Press (TBP) said “Paul Corcoran is ideally suited to running Space Dock­ – not only has he served in the military in various roles, including security and intelligence, but his knowledge of the military and his love of Science Fiction have already combined into becoming a full-time career as a writer of action-packed SF.”

Dave de Burgh, Acquiring Editor for Tickety Boo Press, went on, “Paul brings a wealth of expertise and experience to Tickety Boo Press, and I’m looking forward to revealing all the wonderful authors he’ll discover.”

Gary Compton, Managing Director of TBP, said, “I think when you are a fan of someone as a writer and a person, to then work with them is amazing. With Paul’s contacts and fans, I have no doubt he will be a great asset to Tickety Boo Press Ltd.”

Paul had the following to say regarding his appointment to Editor for the Space Dock Imprint:

“I’m really excited about the prospect of finding new up and coming talent and, with the help of the team at Tickety Boo Press, introducing their work to a worldwide audience.”

The Space Dock Imprint is currently open to submissions, see here.

For more information about Tickety Boo Press, check out their website:

For more about Paul Corcoran, see:

Alchemy Press latest to launch at FantasyCon

Hot off The Alchemy Press!
Hot off The Alchemy Press!

Saturday 24 September 2016 will see the launch of  two new titles from The Alchemy Press: The Private Life of Elder Things and Something Remains. The launch takes place at 12 noon, during the Saturday programme at FantasyCon, which this year takes place ‘by the sea’ in Scarborough. Besides these two titles, say the publishers, there will be wine and, all being well, “…some other freebies”.

The Private Life of Elder Things is a collection of related tales “…from the expert hands and mercurial minds of Adrian Tchaikovsky, Adam Gauntlett and Keris McDonald”.

From the wastes of the sea to the shadows of our own cities, we are not alone. But what happens where the human world touches the domain of races ancient and alien? Museum curators, surveyors, police officers, archaeologists, mathematicians; from derelict buildings to country houses to the London Underground, another world is just a breath away, around the corner, watching and waiting for you to step into its power. The Private Life of Elder Things is a collection of new Lovecraftian fiction about confronting, discovering and living alongside the creatures of the Mythos.

Adrian Tchaikovsky and Keris McDonald will be on hand during the launch to autograph books.  Adam Gauntlett is sadly unable to attend, being “…stuck far away in Bermuda, which just on this occasion isn’t as fun as Scarborough”, say the publishers.

Something Remains, edited by Peter Coleborn and Pauline E Dungate, collects over 30 stories based on and inspired by the notes left behind after respected and popular author Joel Lane’s sad and sudden death in 2013. The 400+ page book also includes verse and essays about the sorely missed man.

The premise of Something Remains is this: friends and colleagues of Joel selected story ideas from the wealth of notes he left. The stories are not intended to be slavish pastiches, but tales inspired by Joel’s fertile imagination.

Among the contributors expected to be attending the launch are Tim Lebbon, Simon Bestwick, Lynda E Rucker, John Llewellyn Probert, Gary McMahon, Thana Niveau and Alison Littlewood, as well as Ramsey Campbell who penned an Afterword.

The Alchemy Press dealer’s table at FantasyCon will also stock the recently published The Complete Weird Epistles of Penelope Pettiweather, Ghost Hunter by Jessica Amanda Salmonson as well as the publisher’s back catalogue.

The Complete Weird Epistles of Penelope Pettiweather, Ghost Hunter comprises fourteen stories — or epistles, rather — detailing Penelope’s quest to understand the nature of ghosts. Full of the rich history and landscape of Salmonson’s northwest USA, these quiet tales will “…appeal to the fan of the traditional ghost story”.

The Alchemy Press is an award-winning small press publisher located in Cheadle, Staffordshire, and is headed by publisher and editor-in-chief Peter Coleborn and co-publisher and editor Jan Edwards.

Check out www.alchemypress, for the full run down of Alchemy Press titles.


Information and images courtesy The Alchemy Press