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Tom_alaerts (Tom_alaerts)
Username: Tom_alaerts

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 81.244.58.169
Posted on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 08:48 pm:   

Hi all,

I thought this was worth posting as I am sure a number of you have it since quite a while on pre-order from Ex Occidente: "The Man Who Collected Machen & Other Stories" by Mark Samuels has today arrived at my doorstep.
I have not yet read anything in it but will do so very soon, and I just wanted to convey that it's a lavishly produced book, as nice as the last few Ex Occidente releases, perhaps with even nicer heavy paper.
The Bulgakov homage is coming next, I believe.
I crave an iPad, yet this sure feels (and smells) a lot better in the hand!
Soon feedback on the contents.
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Craig (Craig)
Username: Craig

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 75.5.2.69
Posted on Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 01:14 am:   

I'm gonna write a short story and call it: "The Man Who Machen Collected."
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Des (Des)
Username: Des

Registered: 06-2008
Posted From: 86.172.184.103
Posted on Friday, May 21, 2010 - 12:38 pm:   

It has arrived in UK. It looks lovely.

I'm sure to do a real-time review at some stage. :-)
des
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Zed (Gary_mc)
Username: Gary_mc

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 195.166.117.210
Posted on Friday, May 21, 2010 - 01:53 pm:   

I hope mine arrives soon - preferably before I move house in seven weeks.
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Martin Roberts (Martin_roberts)
Username: Martin_roberts

Registered: 06-2008
Posted From: 86.5.239.91
Posted on Saturday, May 22, 2010 - 11:07 am:   

I hope mine arrives soon (after yours Gary) I'm not moving house.
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Mark_samuels (Mark_samuels)
Username: Mark_samuels

Registered: 04-2010
Posted From: 86.142.169.99
Posted on Monday, May 24, 2010 - 06:30 pm:   

I hope my copies arrive soon as well.

The photo on my blog was one Dan sent me.

Mark S.
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Gary Fry (Gary_fry)
Username: Gary_fry

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.31.239.78
Posted on Monday, May 24, 2010 - 08:46 pm:   

Mark S, your tale in the latest Best New Horror is superb.
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Mark_samuels (Mark_samuels)
Username: Mark_samuels

Registered: 04-2010
Posted From: 86.142.169.99
Posted on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 12:05 am:   

Glad you enjoyed it Gary. There's another sinister train story in the Ex-Occ book.

Yesterday I got back from a weekend tramping around parts of Devon (my feet and knees are killing me) on a tour of churchyards, wherein are buried Lovecraft's paternal English ancestors. Whilst there I also had a trip on the South Devon heritage steam railway. I kept whistling the theme tune to Horror Express on the journey.

Mark S.
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Des (Des)
Username: Des

Registered: 06-2008
Posted From: 86.158.58.28
Posted on Thursday, June 03, 2010 - 08:25 pm:   

I've just finished my review of this book here:
http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/the_man_who_collected_machen__other_stories.htm
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Mark_samuels (Mark_samuels)
Username: Mark_samuels

Registered: 04-2010
Posted From: 86.142.169.99
Posted on Friday, June 04, 2010 - 02:52 am:   

You should be my agent, Des.

Thanks for that: you're a star!

Mark S.
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Zed (Gary_mc)
Username: Gary_mc

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 195.166.117.210
Posted on Friday, June 04, 2010 - 10:53 am:   

You have an agent? Where can I get one of those things?
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Mark_samuels (Mark_samuels)
Username: Mark_samuels

Registered: 04-2010
Posted From: 86.142.169.99
Posted on Friday, June 04, 2010 - 12:02 pm:   

Zed

Only Des. No other agent will touch me with a bargepole. I approached several once and the resulting indifference was staggering.

Mark S.
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Zed (Gary_mc)
Username: Gary_mc

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 195.166.117.210
Posted on Friday, June 04, 2010 - 12:09 pm:   

Yeah, I've hear you: I've hada similar experience. It seems that mass market book deals don't even get them interested. Sigh.
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Des (Des)
Username: Des

Registered: 06-2008
Posted From: 86.158.58.28
Posted on Friday, June 04, 2010 - 12:13 pm:   

I wouldn't have me as an agent. I couldn't even sell a Samuels story to 'Nemonymous'!
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Rhysaurus (Rhysaurus)
Username: Rhysaurus

Registered: 01-2010
Posted From: 212.219.233.223
Posted on Friday, June 04, 2010 - 12:20 pm:   

I've got an agent and I'm completely unmarketable! Maybe I'm his punishment for sins committed in a previous life?
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Zed (Gary_mc)
Username: Gary_mc

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 195.166.117.210
Posted on Friday, June 04, 2010 - 12:27 pm:   

Is he a secret agent, like Derek Flint?
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Mark_samuels (Mark_samuels)
Username: Mark_samuels

Registered: 04-2010
Posted From: 86.142.169.99
Posted on Friday, June 04, 2010 - 12:34 pm:   

I want an agent in their mid-thirties; some super-hot blonde babe with fantastic business acumen and titanic intelligence.

Oh hang on. Maybe it's a girlfriend that I'm after.

Mark S.
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Rhysaurus (Rhysaurus)
Username: Rhysaurus

Registered: 01-2010
Posted From: 212.219.233.223
Posted on Friday, June 04, 2010 - 12:43 pm:   

I think it's my likely that I'm his secret client...

Might as well plug him though...
http://www.johnjarrold.co.uk/about.html

Nice guy. Efficient, honest. Made me 500 in my first week. My own fault I haven't allowed him to make me similar sums in subsequent weeks!
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Rhysaurus (Rhysaurus)
Username: Rhysaurus

Registered: 01-2010
Posted From: 212.219.233.223
Posted on Friday, June 04, 2010 - 12:46 pm:   

*more likely
is what I meant...
Bah!
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Zed (Gary_mc)
Username: Gary_mc

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 195.166.117.210
Posted on Friday, June 04, 2010 - 12:52 pm:   

The trouble is, agents need something to sell...I've already sold my somethings and won't have any new somethings until late next year. It's a vicious circle, baby.

I want an agent with nice breasts and lax morals.
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Rhysaurus (Rhysaurus)
Username: Rhysaurus

Registered: 01-2010
Posted From: 212.219.233.223
Posted on Friday, June 04, 2010 - 12:54 pm:   

> The trouble is, agents need something to sell...

Well yes, it's something of a catastrophic hindrance if you don't have anything spare.
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Zed (Gary_mc)
Username: Gary_mc

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 195.166.117.210
Posted on Friday, June 04, 2010 - 12:56 pm:   

Indeed, sir. Indeed.

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