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Simon Bestwick (Simon_b)
Username: Simon_b

Registered: 10-2008
Posted From: 86.24.209.217
Posted on Friday, May 13, 2011 - 01:24 am:   

Finished the first draft about ten minutes ago!

Feel drained, teary, bereft and triumphant.

None of which will last long once the rewrites start.

Now I'm ordering pizza.
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Jamie Rosen (Jamie)
Username: Jamie

Registered: 11-2008
Posted From: 99.241.220.139
Posted on Friday, May 13, 2011 - 05:08 am:   

Huzzah! Sadly, the pizza-induced indigestion will probably last, judging by my personal experience with draft-finishing meals. :-)
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Frank (Frank)
Username: Frank

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 85.222.86.21
Posted on Friday, May 13, 2011 - 06:44 am:   

Congrats, Simon.
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Allybird (Allybird)
Username: Allybird

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 210.185.13.86
Posted on Friday, May 13, 2011 - 07:18 am:   

Congratulations, Simon!
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Joel (Joel)
Username: Joel

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 2.24.29.70
Posted on Friday, May 13, 2011 - 09:00 am:   

Good work, Simon! Everything you've told me about this project sounds ambitious and serious. I think it will mark a step-change in your reputation.
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Ramsey Campbell (Ramsey)
Username: Ramsey

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 92.5.66.13
Posted on Friday, May 13, 2011 - 09:36 am:   

Hurrah!
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Zed (Gary_mc)
Username: Gary_mc

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 81.96.253.77
Posted on Friday, May 13, 2011 - 10:00 am:   

Cool. Now stop patting yourself on the back and cut out 100,000 words.
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Jonathan (Jonathan)
Username: Jonathan

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 91.143.178.131
Posted on Friday, May 13, 2011 - 10:16 am:   

Bloody hell. That man is a writing tornado! Very much looking forward to it sir.
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Simon Bestwick (Simon_b)
Username: Simon_b

Registered: 10-2008
Posted From: 86.24.209.217
Posted on Friday, May 13, 2011 - 10:36 am:   

Um... just re-read the MS and its seems to consist of the words 'we buy any car dot com' written over and over and over again for about 500 manuscript pages...

Oops.
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Simon Bestwick (Simon_b)
Username: Simon_b

Registered: 10-2008
Posted From: 86.24.209.217
Posted on Friday, May 13, 2011 - 10:39 am:   

Just kidding. Thanks, guys!
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Gary Fry (Gary_fry)
Username: Gary_fry

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.27.30.64
Posted on Friday, May 13, 2011 - 10:47 am:   

Well done, Simone. You must redraft while wearing a tutu.
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Weber (Weber_gregston)
Username: Weber_gregston

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 194.176.105.37
Posted on Friday, May 13, 2011 - 11:42 am:   

Did you know that in The Shining (Kubrik's version) when we see the manuscript consisting solely of "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy", it genuinely was 5 or 600 pages of the same liine typed over and over. Some film makers would have had about 20 and just stuck a blank ream of A4 under it.

And this was in the days before it was possible to just print it out en masse easily. They were genuinely hand typed pages.
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Simon Bestwick (Simon_b)
Username: Simon_b

Registered: 10-2008
Posted From: 86.24.209.217
Posted on Friday, May 13, 2011 - 11:52 am:   

Ah, but I bet he wasn't wearing a tutu when he typed it.

Some projects just require tutul dedication on the part of the artist.

(I'll get me coat.)
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Weber (Weber_gregston)
Username: Weber_gregston

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 194.176.105.47
Posted on Friday, May 13, 2011 - 11:54 am:   

I hope it's a long coat. The sight of you in a Tutu would probably scare people more than anything in your books
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Simon Bestwick (Simon_b)
Username: Simon_b

Registered: 10-2008
Posted From: 86.24.209.217
Posted on Friday, May 13, 2011 - 12:00 pm:   

It could be worse. At least I'm not a Chris De Burgh fan...
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Mark West (Mark_west)
Username: Mark_west

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.154.42.5
Posted on Monday, October 10, 2011 - 01:35 am:   

And here's a teaser trailer for "The Faceless"...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82a9EjD1vc4
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Stevie Walsh (Stephenw)
Username: Stephenw

Registered: 03-2009
Posted From: 194.32.31.1
Posted on Monday, October 10, 2011 - 11:25 am:   

It could be worse. At least I'm not a Chris De Burgh fan...

That would be a fate worse than anything you chaps could possibly dream up <shudder>
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Simon Bestwick (Simon_b)
Username: Simon_b

Registered: 10-2008
Posted From: 86.24.166.73
Posted on Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 11:15 am:   

And it's finished at last. Final length: 100,476 words. It's gone off to Solaris and I'm off to Wales for a week. Result!
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Gary Fry (Gary_fry)
Username: Gary_fry

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 82.26.114.108
Posted on Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 11:31 am:   

Took your fucking time about it.
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Weber (Weber_gregston)
Username: Weber_gregston

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.144.33.11
Posted on Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 12:04 pm:   

he had to find a tutu to fit him. The redraft only took a day.
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Gary Fry (Gary_fry)
Username: Gary_fry

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 82.26.114.108
Posted on Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 05:11 pm:   

Ah, right. Understood.
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Simon Bestwick (Simon_b)
Username: Simon_b

Registered: 10-2008
Posted From: 86.129.134.198
Posted on Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 10:28 pm:   

Absolutely. Most tutu suppliers don't cater to chaps of my dimensions.

(Stevie... I'm now planning a new horror story: we've had the Woman In Black... now meet the Lady In Red.)
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Gary Fry (Gary_fry)
Username: Gary_fry

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 82.26.114.108
Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 09:29 am:   

:-)
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Skip (Wolfnoma)
Username: Wolfnoma

Registered: 07-2010
Posted From: 216.54.20.98
Posted on Monday, October 17, 2011 - 01:53 pm:   

-And it's finished at last. Final length: 100,476 words. It's gone off to Solaris and I'm off to Wales for a week. Result!-

That's a whole lot of words! CONGRATS!
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Simon Bestwick (Simon_b)
Username: Simon_b

Registered: 10-2008
Posted From: 86.24.166.73
Posted on Saturday, November 26, 2011 - 03:28 pm:   

Following on the heels of Mark's teaser trailer, the new book trailer for The Faceless, by Anna Taborska:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFYetGJfw-o

Tis really rather good.
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Gary Fry (Gary_fry)
Username: Gary_fry

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.25.0.77
Posted on Sunday, November 27, 2011 - 09:03 am:   

That's quietly accumulative, mate.
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Simon Bestwick (Simon_b)
Username: Simon_b

Registered: 10-2008
Posted From: 86.24.166.73
Posted on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 08:22 pm:   

My author copies just arrived today.

They are gorgeous, beautiful, fandabidozi and rather nice.

Mr Oliver is a mensch and a very cool dude to boot.

I am rather happy.

I believe that pretty much covers it.

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Joel (Joel)
Username: Joel

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 2.24.14.74
Posted on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 08:49 pm:   

Even in its current excited state?

Great news Simon. Getting your author copies of a new book is a high like no other. And it's legal currently.
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Zed (Gary_mc)
Username: Gary_mc

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 81.96.253.77
Posted on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 09:05 pm:   

But how will you read them on your new Kindle?

(Ducks for cover)
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Rosswarren (Rosswarren)
Username: Rosswarren

Registered: 11-2009
Posted From: 81.158.3.239
Posted on Friday, January 06, 2012 - 09:45 pm:   

I have a review copy :-)
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Simon Bestwick (Simon_b)
Username: Simon_b

Registered: 10-2008
Posted From: 86.24.166.73
Posted on Friday, January 13, 2012 - 02:30 pm:   

First advance review of The Faceless is up... it's a really good one. Feel quite stunned and dizzy, in the best possible way. :-)

Many quoteable quotes, but 'The Faceless is an excellent horror novel,' pretty much sums things up.

Off now to potter vaguely around the house with a rather big stupid grin on my face...

http://www.graemesfantasybookreview.com/2012/01/faceless-simon-bestwick-solaris. html
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Rosswarren (Rosswarren)
Username: Rosswarren

Registered: 11-2009
Posted From: 217.39.68.85
Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 09:14 pm:   

Reading this for review and actually had to put it down last night as I was it was giving me the creeps. Partly down to a lack of heating due to boiler malfunction but still the last novel to actually effect me enough to make me put it down was Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill. ( The old guy with the scratched out eyes in a rocking chair, if you happen to have read it)
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Simon Bestwick (Simon_b)
Username: Simon_b

Registered: 10-2008
Posted From: 86.24.166.73
Posted on Thursday, February 02, 2012 - 10:44 pm:   

The Faceless has now been released in the UK. It came out in the US on the 31st.

I have celebrated with a very large Chinese takeaway.

I will now try to shut up about it.

That is all.

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Rosswarren (Rosswarren)
Username: Rosswarren

Registered: 11-2009
Posted From: 81.157.139.177
Posted on Friday, February 17, 2012 - 10:10 pm:   

My review is now up at This Is Horror

http://www.thisishorror.co.uk/read-horror/book-reviews/the-faceless-by-simon-bes twick/
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Gary Fry (Gary_fry)
Username: Gary_fry

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.29.124.77
Posted on Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 03:14 pm:   

Nice one, Ross. You're a trooper and your reviews are appreciated.
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Mick Curtis (Mick)
Username: Mick

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.180.123.7
Posted on Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 11:29 pm:   

Finally got around to ordering The Faceless. Very much looking forward to reading it.
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Simon Bestwick (Simon_b)
Username: Simon_b

Registered: 10-2008
Posted From: 213.106.77.123
Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 05:44 pm:   

Earlier this year, I read an extract from The Faceless at the Manchester Book Fair. For anyone who wants to be horrified by the author rather than the contents, here's a video of it...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=H_HfUvCZYuQ
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Weber (Weber_gregston)
Username: Weber_gregston

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.129.61.16
Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 01:41 am:   

The Faceless is number 2 on my TBR pile after Adam Nevill's Last Days.

Only 100 pages left of Under the Dome so hopefully I'll be starting on that by the weekend.

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