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Tales from the Smoking Room

Posted in Bits and pieces, Tales of Horror with tags , , on June 23, 2009 by craigherbertson

I’m delighted to announce the publication of a 40 page A4 Homebrew Zine of Victoriana horror and steampunk by the Hand of Danjou press. Edited by Benedict J Jones and V C Jones and with cover art from Will Jacques


The Strangled Garden – Stephen Bacon

Room Three – Matthew Crossman

The Iron Ape – Mike Harding

The Decent Thing – VC Jones

Parlour Games – Mike Chinn

Serendipity – Trudi Topham

and a happy little Daniel Mulholland story:

A Game of Billiards – Craig Herbertson

Available here Tales from the Smoking Room

The Fourth Black Book of Horror: Dark Fiction Review

Posted in Bits and pieces with tags , , on May 23, 2009 by craigherbertson

“The reader is guaranteed to find something to send shivers down the spine.'”

Charles Black’s latest anthology recieved its first review – very favourable. Unable to pick a winner, the  Dark Fiction Review picked out a few random tales including my offering. The reviewer said some nice things:

“…Soup…written by Craig Herbertson. It’s a wickedly dark tale of a secret society and the nefarious goings-on as one society meeting draws near. Reminiscent of traditional ghost stories (with a little dash of M.R.James) in its writing style, it’s a sumptuously told tale that is a fine start to the book

The quality of the contents forces me to adopt a similar policy so here’s a random selection.

Johhny Main’s ‘With Deepest Sympathy’ is a sharply told and cleverly conceived tale which would sit well with the classic Pan Horror anthologies.  Little gems like  ‘ She’s dead? oh well – that is fantastic news!’ contrast with shivery moments of classic terror.

‘A Cry For Help’ by Joel Lane is a creepy, modernist tale with the sentiment of Dickens and a style not unlike P.K. Dick. Had me guessing until the last line.

I admit I was one of the few readers who thought that ‘The Crimson Picture’ by Daniel McGachey in ‘The Second Black Book of Horror’a story which received superlative reviews – was a good rather than great tale. I happily concede that McGachey’s ‘And Still Those Screams Resound…’  is a scorcher of a story; beautifully conceived and constructed. It’s setting, the central concept, the characterisation make it one of those unforgettable classics.

Welll it was a random selection. There are other tales of equal merit but I hope it’s enough to get you out there on the web scrabbling for a copy.

Fantasy Writing. A Set of Tips and Admonitions to the Unwise. No6/ Yet more things to avoid

Posted in Bits and pieces on December 8, 2008 by craigherbertson

Don’t ‘thee’ and ‘thou’ unless you have read Marlowe and Chaucer and enjoyed them both

Fantasy Writing. A Set of Tips and Admonitions to the Unwise. No5/ Yet more things to avoid: The Map

Posted in Bits and pieces, Fantasy Writing with tags , , on November 26, 2008 by craigherbertson

There are only a few good maps of fantasy lands. Each dull map, with its hastily squiggled in mountains, clumsy nomenclature and bunched up forests should at least bear some resemblance to a plausible geographical landscape.

Third Black Book Shortlisted for British Fantasy Awards 2008

Posted in Bits and pieces with tags , , , , , , , on October 13, 2008 by craigherbertson

Third Black Book of Horror reviewed and shortlisted for the British Fantasy Awards 2008

Loads of people have been saying marvelous things about this anthology – which was short-listed  for the British Fantasy Awards 2008.

‘The Black Book of Horror series stands tall as a masterful and most of all enjoyable, collection of some of the best that the field has to offer…’

said Lee Medcalf of Pantechnicon

And I got a bit of a kick from this on my humble offering

“The extraordinary carving of the characters, the smooth narrative style and a touch of black humour make the story a superb piece of fiction to be savoured word by word.”

Mario Guslandi
on Synchronicity in the Third Black Book of Horror


Posted in Bits and pieces on February 5, 2008 by craigherbertson
1 Feb 2008 20:00
Murphies Recklinghausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen
2 Feb 2008 20:00
Celtic Inn Burgdorf
8 Feb 2008 20:00
Jameson Distillery Muelheim, Nordrhein-Westfalen
9 Feb 2008 20:00
Finnegans Witten, Nordrhein-Westfalen
14 Feb 2008 20:00
Kulturclub biebrich Wiesbaden
16 Feb 2008 20:00
Limericks Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen
21 Feb 2008 20:00
Shamrock Siegen, Nordrhein-Westfalen
22 Feb 2008 20:00
Bistro City Winterberg
23 Feb 2008 20:00
Blackwater Winterberg
25 Feb 2008 20:00
Duesseldorf Messe Duesseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen
5 Apr 2008 20:00
Celtic Inn Burgdorf
18 Apr 2008 20:00
Jameson Distillery Muelheim,, Nordrhein-Westfalen
19 Apr 2008 20:00
Blackwater Winterberg
25 Apr 2008 20:00
WareHouse No 1 Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen
10 May 2008 20:00
Petruskirche Berlin, Berlin
14 May 2008 20:00
Club Heiligenhaus Heiligenhaus b. Velbert
15 May 2008 20:00
Mausefalle Bonn
16 May 2008 20:00
Charivari Wattenscheid
17 May 2008 20:00
Charivari Wattenscheid, Nordrhein-Westfalen

Some venues  I’ll be playing in the next few months. Few more in the pipelinebut concentrating heavily on finishing the CD ‘A Health to the Ladies’ in time for the party.

Craig Herbertson