Welcome to Urban Fantasist's new home. You'll find all your old favourites here on this site, as well as the latest blog postings, book news and Grievous Angel poetry and flash fiction. Our FAQs section explains everything else you need to know ...Charles Christian
Clarke Award submissions for 2015 announced
Tom Hunter, the director of the Clarke Awards, has just announced the full list of all the books now being considered by this year's judging panel. This year there are a total of 107 books submitted by 36 publishing imprints. A shortlist of 6 titles will be announced later this month with the winner being announced on 6th May 2015. Our mutual friends at SCI-FI-LONDON have a handy Excel spreadsheet containing the full submissions list. Click HERE
Three New Poems to End the Week
We've three new poems for you today, from two different writers, covering sci-fi, dark fantasy and mythical creatures. We start off with After and The Selkie by Beth Cato, who makes a return to Grievous Angel after we first encountered her in July last year. Then we have Keys by Edward Palumbo, a poem about a femme fatale who is nothing if not fatale. Click this link.
Make a Diary Note: Our 48hr Flash Fiction Challenge is back - starts 11th April
SCI-FI-LONDON and URBAN FANTASIST are once again setting you an exciting challenge during the SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival 2015: a 48 hour flash fiction competition on a sci-fi or fantasy theme. The full rules and explanation can be found HERE but the key things you need to know are: entry is FREE + you need to register by 10th April + between 11th April & 13th April you need to write and submit a flash fiction story of no more than 1500 words + winners will be announced during the Festival (28 May to 6 June). Now go take part!
Update Your Email Address Book Now!
Due to factors outside our control, aka our ISP has gone TITSUP (= Total Inability To Support Usual Performance) and opened the floodgates to SPAM, we have had to change our email address to firstname.lastname@example.org
Something fans of the King in Yellow will appreciate
New animation: Tie Fighter
The film was created by Paul Michael Johnson who asks "What if there was an Empire focussed short Star Wars animation, drawn with the crazy detail and shading of classic 80s anime that's all but vanished from Japan nowadays?" We also like the 80s style soundtrack.
I totally agree!
Buy & Read The 12 Rules
Only available on Amazon Kindle as an ebook from £0.99p / $1.50
Do you write genre fiction? Or love reading it? This book reveals the 12 rules that writers of science fiction, fantasy, crime and horror must never break when building believable imaginary worlds for their readers.
What the reviews say...
"What a brilliant book! Rule 13: Read this book. It can only help you write better genre stories. What's to lose?" ...Vanessa Gebbie, award-wining author and editor of Short Circuit: A Guide to the Art of the Short Story
"It's the ideal go-to source for the basic rules and principles of genre fiction writing... it's a thoroughly enjoyable read and easy to dip into in the future for recaps... best of all, it's solid, practical advice."
"With this book, CC has pretty much nailed what to do and not to do."
"This is the book I will keep referring to, it is concise and informative, a useful tool particularly for beginners."
"Serves new and experienced writers... a useful addition to my reference collection."
"The 12 rules are great guidelines that every fiction writer needs to know."
"In my collection, this is one of the Best writing references I have. Insightful, Detailed, Concise, and helpful writing tips. Highly recommended to all writers!"
"A quick and witty read (some great examples are given), this book is well worth returning to at greater length to savour the author's knowledge and analysis of a wide range of fiction and the spin-off films. A short book that packs a punch!"
"This great little book gives aspiring writers a dozen common sense rules for crafting fiction.. it's also well worth the attention of more experienced writers."
"Straight to the point. Gave me great insights. I will be using this every time I need a good reference."
"Excellent and inspirational... relit my creative fire."
"If I had read this book first, maybe I would not be on my fifth rewrite!"
"It's the sort of book I wish I'd had ten years ago, when I started working on my first novel. The price is great and the advice is sound."
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00MELTC84
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MELTC84
35 weeks in the Amazon Kindle Top #20 Education/Reference and Writing Skills Bestseller Lists