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Steve Jensen (Stevej)
Username: Stevej

Registered: 07-2009
Posted From: 82.0.77.233
Posted on Tuesday, September 08, 2009 - 04:38 pm:   

A brief interview with the very gracious and talented Sarah Pinborough can be read on my grotty blog here, folks:

http://stevejensen.eu/an-interview-with-sarah-pinborough

She's not as well-dressed as JLP though...
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Frank (Frank)
Username: Frank

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 213.158.199.99
Posted on Tuesday, September 08, 2009 - 04:57 pm:   

She looks surprisingly positive for a horror writer. What ever happened to having moody, introspective back sleeve photographs illustrating the inner torment of the horror writer's burden? You only have to glance at photos of Prof and Zed and you can almost literally sense the weight slung about their poor possessed shoulders. No, their shoulders aren't possessed...forget it.
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Steve Jensen (Stevej)
Username: Stevej

Registered: 07-2009
Posted From: 82.0.77.233
Posted on Tuesday, September 08, 2009 - 05:03 pm:   

You're right, Frank - Sarah really should shave all her hair off & plaster her website
with fonts which appear to drip blood if she really wants to be the new Steve Jensen.
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Frank (Frank)
Username: Frank

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 213.158.199.99
Posted on Tuesday, September 08, 2009 - 05:22 pm:   

Steve - she could do that, mate, but I doubt you'll always be my number one Steve J.
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Steve Jensen (Stevej)
Username: Stevej

Registered: 07-2009
Posted From: 82.0.77.233
Posted on Tuesday, September 08, 2009 - 05:30 pm:   



Sadly, I'm destined to be the new - and the old - Steve Jensen.
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Frank (Frank)
Username: Frank

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 213.158.199.99
Posted on Tuesday, September 08, 2009 - 05:33 pm:   

Steve - how old is old, Steve? You're not a lady, so I can ask. Is that sexist?
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Steve Jensen (Stevej)
Username: Stevej

Registered: 07-2009
Posted From: 82.0.77.233
Posted on Tuesday, September 08, 2009 - 06:04 pm:   

44, chief. *begins to cry*
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Frank (Frank)
Username: Frank

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 213.158.199.99
Posted on Tuesday, September 08, 2009 - 06:07 pm:   

Steve - you're a mere baby. Me, I'm 38 and just shaved off my locks after a year of reliving my twenties. Can't decide which looks better, or which makes me feel younger. Considering neither of them do, it's a moot point.
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Steve Jensen (Stevej)
Username: Stevej

Registered: 07-2009
Posted From: 82.0.77.233
Posted on Tuesday, September 08, 2009 - 06:17 pm:   

Oh Christ, trust me to get lines crossed. I'm not actually bald (in fact, I'm in dire need of a haircut!).
There's a terrifying picture of me on my website's Bio page, if you want some target practice.
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Frank (Frank)
Username: Frank

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 213.158.199.99
Posted on Tuesday, September 08, 2009 - 06:24 pm:   

No, mate. I didn't think you were bald. Not that it matters, it's hardly as if we're internet dating.

I meant age has a funny way of persuading you to do things that might not seem so canny in hindsight. I grew my hair last year and had it cut off last week.

I might post a photo to show you what I meant.
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
Username: Carolinec

Registered: 06-2009
Posted From: 82.38.75.85
Posted on Tuesday, September 08, 2009 - 06:51 pm:   

>>I didn't think you were bald. Not that it matters, it's hardly as if we're internet dating. <<

Are you sure you're not? I mean, I can feel the electricity between you two from this distance.
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
Username: Carolinec

Registered: 06-2009
Posted From: 82.38.75.85
Posted on Tuesday, September 08, 2009 - 06:52 pm:   

When I say "are you sure you're not?" I was referring to internet dating, not being bald.

Oh dear, it spoils the joke when I realise I've been unclear and have to explain it ...
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Frank (Frank)
Username: Frank

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 213.158.199.101
Posted on Tuesday, September 08, 2009 - 06:57 pm:   

I got the joke, Caroline (: You're a bit like me in that respect, have to explain the joke because I think nobody gets it. Mind you, maybe it is because nobody gets it.
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Steve Bacon (Stevebacon)
Username: Stevebacon

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 90.209.108.231
Posted on Tuesday, September 08, 2009 - 10:16 pm:   

Caroline, it sounds like you're playing gooseberry...:-)
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Steve Jensen (Stevej)
Username: Stevej

Registered: 07-2009
Posted From: 82.0.77.233
Posted on Tuesday, September 08, 2009 - 10:26 pm:   

That's it, you're all fired! Even though you don't actually work for me...damn...

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Frank (Frank)
Username: Frank

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 213.158.199.87
Posted on Wednesday, September 09, 2009 - 05:47 pm:   

Why are you doing this to me, Steve? How can you pretend that after all the filing, indexing and admin I did for you that it doesn't count as work???

See, Caroline, see what you've done. You too Mr Bacon, shame on ye.
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Steve Jensen (Stevej)
Username: Stevej

Registered: 07-2009
Posted From: 82.0.77.233
Posted on Wednesday, September 09, 2009 - 06:45 pm:   

As a big-shot author, I don't have time to deal with disgruntled ex-employees like Frank, I'll have you all know;
I'm too busy opening new Kwik Save shops and the like.

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Frank (Frank)
Username: Frank

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 213.158.199.103
Posted on Wednesday, September 09, 2009 - 10:48 pm:   

I can't go on like this...I can't keep juggling one Steve on one thread, and another Steve/Stephen on another thread...it's too much...bloody typical since I was really making a play for Caroline (;
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
Username: Carolinec

Registered: 06-2009
Posted From: 82.38.75.85
Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 02:36 pm:   

Sorry, Frank, but I'm probably old enough to be your mum!

Signed:
Steve/Stephen/Stephanie/Caroline/Frank's mum
(delete as appropriate)
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Weber_gregston (Weber_gregston)
Username: Weber_gregston

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 194.176.105.47
Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 03:09 pm:   

Well he's been trying to chat up books off his bookshelves. I'm sure an old biddy or two is a step up the pecking order...
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Frank (Frank)
Username: Frank

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 213.158.199.68
Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 03:16 pm:   

Caroline - the older, the classier. At least that's what I tell myself when I look in the damned mirror.
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
Username: Carolinec

Registered: 06-2009
Posted From: 82.38.75.85
Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 11:16 pm:   

Weber, are you calling me an old biddy? Wanna fight, eh? Eh?
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Weber_gregston (Weber_gregston)
Username: Weber_gregston

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 194.176.105.47
Posted on Friday, September 11, 2009 - 12:55 pm:   

Would I do that to a dear frail old thing like you?
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Frank (Frank)
Username: Frank

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 213.158.199.77
Posted on Friday, September 11, 2009 - 03:33 pm:   

Weber - hey man, leave my lady alone or I'll take that sorry excuse for what you call humour and wrap it round yer lardy ass.
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Weber_gregston (Weber_gregston)
Username: Weber_gregston

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 194.176.105.47
Posted on Friday, September 11, 2009 - 03:46 pm:   

My ass is nice and pert these days thank you very much.
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Frank (Frank)
Username: Frank

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 213.158.199.77
Posted on Friday, September 11, 2009 - 03:50 pm:   

Ah, and now the real truth emerges. Nice and pert...you making a play for the lady also. Outside, now.

Caroline - I'll be back in a second, just got to have a quick word with Mighty Mouse and straighten things out.
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
Username: Carolinec

Registered: 06-2009
Posted From: 82.38.75.85
Posted on Friday, September 11, 2009 - 05:02 pm:   

>>>My ass is nice and pert these days thank you very much.<<<

Really? Let's have a look. Oh yes, you're right, it is.

Frank, sorry, it's been fun but you know how it is ...
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Frank (Frank)
Username: Frank

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 213.158.199.77
Posted on Friday, September 11, 2009 - 05:46 pm:   

Caroline - as somebody really asinine once said, tis better to have lost in love, then to never have loved at all....

Bollocks, really, isn't it?

Doing a Humphrey Bogart impression,'See you kid, perhaps we'll meet and do a five an dime in some run-down sleazy, beat up, good for nothin' dive...i.e. maybe we'll chat on another thread, rehash the good times, have a drink...shed a few tears (sighs, picks up revolver...goes looking for a certain someone with a nice and pert ass)

Oh, and Caroline, bet my ass is smaller, more pert than Mr Blobby's is.

Your loss.

Frank loses all self-control and respect...

(The sound of a gun going off...a fat ass wobbles into view...the gun enters left of frame...so does the hand clutching it...camera pans back...LOL...it's Craig holding the offending weapon...and I don't mean the revolver...da dum)
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
Username: Carolinec

Registered: 06-2009
Posted From: 82.38.75.85
Posted on Friday, September 11, 2009 - 08:15 pm:   

BTW I thought perhaps I'd better clarify - just in case someone reads my silliness on these threads and thinks "Heck, she must be a bit of a tart the way she messes around with these young fellas". In fact, I'm a respectable, middle-aged, married professional. Yes, I am. Honest.

And perhaps we'd better return this thread to SteveJ 'cos he's done a nice interview with Sarah Pinborough ...
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Steve Jensen (Stevej)
Username: Stevej

Registered: 07-2009
Posted From: 82.0.77.233
Posted on Friday, September 11, 2009 - 08:27 pm:   

And perhaps we'd better return this thread to SteveJ, even though he's an incredible twit...



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Carolinec (Carolinec)
Username: Carolinec

Registered: 06-2009
Posted From: 82.38.75.85
Posted on Friday, September 11, 2009 - 08:34 pm:   

No, Steve, you're twising my words there.

Actually I wanted to say to you, I'm quite envious of your interviewing ability - not to mention the speed with which you do them. I did a bit of interviewing over the last few years for an ezine, but it's come to a grinding halt now due to various other things getting in the way (life, eh?). I hope to get back to it one day as I really enjoyed it. But by the time I do, you'll probably have interviewed all the interesting people, you swine, you!
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Steve Jensen (Stevej)
Username: Stevej

Registered: 07-2009
Posted From: 82.0.77.233
Posted on Friday, September 11, 2009 - 08:46 pm:   

Gawd, honestly, Caroline, I'm really grateful to the writers for making the interviews interesting - I always feel that my questions are, well, drab and uninformed (this is not false modesty - ideally, I'd need to read a lot more books so that I could ask truly perceptive questions). Luckily, the writers never fail to 'get their personalities across' in the interviews. :-)
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
Username: Carolinec

Registered: 06-2009
Posted From: 82.38.75.85
Posted on Friday, September 11, 2009 - 09:27 pm:   

>>I always feel that my questions are, well, drab and uninformed (this is not false modesty - ideally, I'd need to read a lot more books so that I could ask truly perceptive questions).<<

That's just how I feel about my interviewing technique too!

It's an enjoyable thing to do, though, isn't it?
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Frank (Frank)
Username: Frank

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 213.158.199.88
Posted on Friday, September 11, 2009 - 10:49 pm:   

Without being a complete hussy, I think you both have wonderful technique. You two can interview me any time. Not that I have anything mildly interesting to say, which should have become blatantly obvious by now, but if you two ever need to interview someone with an inside knowledge of Dutch Elm disease in mid-season...then I'm your man. I'm also a reasonably cheap date. Bag o chips and a can of Fanta and I'm anyone's.
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
Username: Carolinec

Registered: 06-2009
Posted From: 82.38.75.85
Posted on Saturday, September 12, 2009 - 09:21 pm:   

Frank, you do make me giggle.
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Frank (Frank)
Username: Frank

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 213.158.199.91
Posted on Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 10:18 pm:   

Does that mean we're back on, or are you just playing with me again (;
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
Username: Carolinec

Registered: 06-2009
Posted From: 82.38.75.85
Posted on Monday, September 14, 2009 - 12:35 am:   

>>Does that mean we're back on, or are you just playing with me again (; <<

Just playing, Frank.
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Frank (Frank)
Username: Frank

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 213.158.199.88
Posted on Monday, September 14, 2009 - 07:02 pm:   

Caroline - that's okay. I've got a whole message-board of people just waiting to take your place (;

You know, if you're worried about your husband, why don't you turn Mormon? That way everybody's happy. You get a new husband, your husband gets an extra pair of hands to weed the garden and mow the front lawn, and your parents-in-law get something to talk about.
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Weber_gregston (Weber_gregston)
Username: Weber_gregston

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 194.176.105.47
Posted on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 11:11 am:   

Don't mormon's work it the other way round? The man can marry several wives but the women are only allowed one husband?
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Weber_gregston (Weber_gregston)
Username: Weber_gregston

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 194.176.105.47
Posted on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 11:13 am:   

AAAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHH!!!! greengrocer's apostophe. I'm sorry. I really am. I hang my head in shame and deduct 38 points from my IQ for the day.
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Joel (Joel)
Username: Joel

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 217.37.199.45
Posted on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 01:32 pm:   

If I could just drag this engaging soap opera back on-topic for a second or two, I'd like to recommend Sarah Pinborough's new novella THE LANGUAGE OF DYING without reservation. It's a quiet, thought-provoking, emotionally intense portrait of a woman trying to deal with bereavement in the context of a seriously dysfunctional family. There are weird and supernatural elements, but they're used sparingly and in unexpected ways. Pinborough's handle on the workings of the unconscious has always been her secret strength as a writer, and this novella explores troubled psychology to memorable effect.

OK commercial break over back to the RCMB virtual bedroom shenanigans.
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Zed (Gary_mc)
Username: Gary_mc

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 213.219.8.243
Posted on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 01:56 pm:   

Yes, I'm planning to buy a copy of this at FCon. Sarah's very critical of her own work (too critical, I think), but she thinks this is the best thing she's ever written. She's very proud of it.
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
Username: Carolinec

Registered: 06-2009
Posted From: 82.38.75.85
Posted on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 02:01 pm:   

>>OK commercial break over back to the RCMB virtual bedroom shenanigans.<<

Thanks, Joel. You know, an old biddy like me has to get her kicks somehow.

But seriously, I did try to get this thread back on track a while back. It isn't me, it's Frank who keeps going off track. I blame Frank - for this, for everything ...
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Weber_gregston (Weber_gregston)
Username: Weber_gregston

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 194.176.105.47
Posted on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 02:10 pm:   

For that rash...

sorry, I wasn't supposed to mention that was I?
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
Username: Carolinec

Registered: 06-2009
Posted From: 82.38.75.85
Posted on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 03:34 pm:   


Yes, I blame him for the rash as well. Prickly heat is a horrible thing to have.

Eh? That's not what you meant? Well, what other rash could you possibly be referring to?

*smiles innocently*
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Allybird (Allybird)
Username: Allybird

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 80.47.90.63
Posted on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 07:02 pm:   

'Yes, I'm planning to buy a copy of this at FCon. Sarah's very critical of her own work (too critical, I think), but she thinks this is the best thing she's ever written. She's very proud of it.'

I'll be picking up a copy too - without a doubt.
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Frank (Frank)
Username: Frank

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 213.158.199.88
Posted on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 08:06 pm:   

I've never heard of Sarah before, and feel pretty lousy that everybody else has. I think I must be the one person on the board who knows the least about what's going on ): I blame Caroline. She won't stop pestering me. She even accessed my password and keeps posting inappropriate messages as me. Is there such a thing as a Message Board restraining order?
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Carolinec (Carolinec)
Username: Carolinec

Registered: 06-2009
Posted From: 82.38.75.85
Posted on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 08:37 pm:   

Careful, Frank. Just like WeberCraig on another thread, people will start to realise soon that FrankCaroline is one and the same person.

Back to Sarah Pinborough ..
I've never read any of her stories but I've seen her readings at various events in the last few years. She seems like an excellent writer. I ought to look out more of her work really. It's great to see the ladies producing some excellent horror writing - like Sarah and our very own Ally too, of course.
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Allybird (Allybird)
Username: Allybird

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 80.47.90.63
Posted on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 09:30 pm:   

Thank you Caroline
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Steve Bacon (Stevebacon)
Username: Stevebacon

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 90.209.11.186
Posted on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 09:55 pm:   

I read this novella (The Language of Dying) recently, and I also thought it was excellent. Some parts were difficult to read, given the intimacy and detail involved of someone in the last moments of life, but the effort is well worth it. I didn't find it at all morbid; if anything, quite the opposite. Highly recommended.

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