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Mick Curtis (Mick)
Username: Mick

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.179.197.176
Posted on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 - 10:54 pm:   

Now I know the above literary master is on this board nowadays, but I feel it would be unfair to ask him what I should read of his next, but I just finished reading "Stains" and thought it was very good indeed, and I want to read more of the man's stuff, but I don't know what (or, indeed, what there is of his out there).
Any recommendations?
I bought "Stains" by accident ("we've come on holiday by mistake"!) as a couple of years ago I ordered the same book from GF twice, and Gary asked if I wanted my cash back, or to try a book instead; I plumped for Mr Finch's collection, but forgot about it until recently.
Good stuff though, and highly recommended.
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Gcw (Gcw)
Username: Gcw

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 81.155.105.158
Posted on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 - 10:56 pm:   

I don't think I have had the pleasure of Mr.Finch yet.....

Have to rectify that!

gcw
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Mick Curtis (Mick)
Username: Mick

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.179.197.176
Posted on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 - 11:49 pm:   

Got a copy of "Stains" you can borrow if you like!
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Michael_kelly (Michael_kelly)
Username: Michael_kelly

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 174.88.55.175
Posted on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 - 11:57 pm:   

Typically great Finchy tale, Men of Old, in a recent anthology called Apparitions. Bunch of other great stuff in that one, too, by the likes of McMahon, Lane, Bestwick, and Duffy. Oh, the Duffy!
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John Llewellyn Probert (John_l_probert)
Username: John_l_probert

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 88.202.210.68
Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 07:42 am:   

Mick - I can vouch for Paul giving you your money's worth with any and all of his collections. Most recentlt I've read Groaning Shadows - four novellas from Gray Friar Press, and Ghost Realm - his new collection from Ash Tree, and those are both excellent. His first Ash-Tree collection, After Shocks, is what turned me onto him in the first place and is great. Then there's Cape Wrath from Telos, Darker Ages from Sarob...

Can you tell I'm a fan?
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Karim Ghahwagi (Karim)
Username: Karim

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 193.89.189.24
Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 08:37 am:   

I recently read the excellent 'Bethany's Wood' from the anthology 'Inferno'.
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Mick Curtis (Mick)
Username: Mick

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 194.106.220.19
Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 09:25 am:   

Looks like I'm going to have to start at one end and keep going 'til I reach the other! Thanks for the suggestions, folks...
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Mick Curtis (Mick)
Username: Mick

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 194.106.220.19
Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 09:35 am:   

Ok, just ordered Groaning Shadows, Cape Wrath & Ghost Realm. Mr Finch, you will be having turkey this Christmas!
Cold Tonnage doesn't currently have After Shocks in stock so I may order direct from Ash Tree.
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Zed (Gary_mc)
Username: Gary_mc

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 213.219.8.243
Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 09:45 am:   

Cape Wrath is truly brilliant - one of my favourite novellas.
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Mark West (Mark_west)
Username: Mark_west

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 217.39.177.173
Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 09:59 am:   

Mr Finch appears in "We Fade To Grey" but for my money, "Cape Wrath" is probably one of the best things he's ever done.
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Allybird (Allybird)
Username: Allybird

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 80.47.125.246
Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 10:18 am:   

Adore his work and the man.
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Weber_gregston (Weber_gregston)
Username: Weber_gregston

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 194.176.105.56
Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 06:50 pm:   

If he was a chav he'd be a chaffinch

I'm bored
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Paul_finch (Paul_finch)
Username: Paul_finch

Registered: 11-2009
Posted From: 195.93.21.74
Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 07:18 pm:   

Shucks fellas, I'm speechless.

What can I add other than: "You're all absolutely right!"
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Steve Bacon (Stevebacon)
Username: Stevebacon

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 90.204.111.246
Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 09:29 pm:   

I thought his novella in the BFS anthology, Houses on the Borderland, was superb too.
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Mick Curtis (Mick)
Username: Mick

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.181.11.80
Posted on Saturday, November 28, 2009 - 06:10 pm:   

A flock of Finches arrived today!

hjf
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Gcw (Gcw)
Username: Gcw

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 81.155.105.158
Posted on Saturday, November 28, 2009 - 06:11 pm:   

Mick..You gotta read some before you buy more!

gcw:-)
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Mick Curtis (Mick)
Username: Mick

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.181.11.80
Posted on Saturday, November 28, 2009 - 06:53 pm:   

Read? Huh? Aren't they just for looking at on a shelf?
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Paul_finch (Paul_finch)
Username: Paul_finch

Registered: 11-2009
Posted From: 195.93.21.74
Posted on Sunday, November 29, 2009 - 04:46 pm:   

Hope you enjoy them, Mick. Thanks for buying.
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Huw (Huw)
Username: Huw

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 218.168.178.68
Posted on Sunday, November 29, 2009 - 06:22 pm:   

I don't have Groaning Shadows yet, but Stains, After Shocks and Ghost Realm are all definitely worth buying.
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Mick Curtis (Mick)
Username: Mick

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 194.106.220.83
Posted on Monday, November 30, 2009 - 08:34 am:   

Mr Finch, sir - I don't suppose you still have a spare contributor's copy of "After Shocks" that you could sell me?
Despite what it says (or said) on Ash Tree's site, it's actually oop now, and I would like to get hold of a copy.
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Paul_finch (Paul_finch)
Username: Paul_finch

Registered: 11-2009
Posted From: 195.93.21.74
Posted on Monday, November 30, 2009 - 10:08 am:   

Sorry Mick, I only have my own. Have you tried the usual suspects - Amazon, Ebay, etc?
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Mick Curtis (Mick)
Username: Mick

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 194.106.220.83
Posted on Monday, November 30, 2009 - 11:47 am:   

No problem - I'd only tried Andy Richards and he found out from Chris Roden that it's out of print. I'll take a look around...
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Mick Curtis (Mick)
Username: Mick

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 193.109.254.19
Posted on Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 03:29 pm:   

Whoo-hoo - my copy of After Shocks arrived yesterday, bought from an American dealer via Abebooks. It's second hand but in superb condition, and including p&p cost me around 27, which is a lot less than the 45 everyone else on Abebooks is asking for it.
Hurrah for me!

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