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Joel (Joel)
Username: Joel

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 217.37.199.45
Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 02:17 pm:   

West Midlands poetry publisher are moving into fiction publishing with this crime fiction booklet, the first in their Hotwire series:

http://www.ninearchespress.com/donotpassgo.html

This is a 44-page stapled booklet with five short stories total length 10,000 words. Four of the stories have been published already (in Birmingham Noir, Bullet, Crimewave and Fusing Horizons).

Copies will be available via the Nine Arches Press website from mid-June.

If you'd like a personally inscribed copy, drop me a line. No need to include your address: we know where you live.
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Simon Bestwick (Simon_b)
Username: Simon_b

Registered: 10-2008
Posted From: 86.24.209.217
Posted on Monday, May 23, 2011 - 10:39 pm:   

Just (belatedly) spotted this... I'll be having this one.

Which stories are they, Joel? And... why's it called Do Not Pass Go?
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Zed (Gary_mc)
Username: Gary_mc

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 81.96.253.77
Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 12:03 am:   

Ooh, yes - I missed this first time round, too. Joel, I'll email you regarding getting a signed copy!
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Joel (Joel)
Username: Joel

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 2.24.10.197
Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 12:40 am:   

Simon, the stories are:

'This Night Last Woman'
'No More the Blues'
'The Black Dog'
'Blue Mirror' (first published as 'Vocal, Bass')
'Rituals'

Why the title? Because I won't collect 200.
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Allybird (Allybird)
Username: Allybird

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 49.227.85.92
Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 02:26 am:   

Yes, please!
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Karim Ghahwagi (Karim)
Username: Karim

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 193.89.189.24
Posted on Friday, May 27, 2011 - 09:51 am:   

I'd love a signed copy of this. Joel, I don't have your email, will the publisher forward my mail to you if I contact them?
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Joel (Joel)
Username: Joel

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 2.24.37.154
Posted on Friday, May 27, 2011 - 11:43 am:   

Thanks, Karim. Yes, please contact the e-mail address 'mail at ninearchespress.com' and they will forward it.
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Joel (Joel)
Username: Joel

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 2.24.30.41
Posted on Saturday, June 04, 2011 - 03:20 pm:   

A launch event for the booklet is now planned. See http://www.ninearchespress.com/events.html for details. I'll be reading together with acclaimed Birmingham short story writer Alan Beard.

Please note this is not a 'launch party' in the hedonistic sense of genre fandom events: there will be no alcohol or food at the venue (though some of us will go on to the pub afterwards). It is, however, a free event and all are welcome.

Rumours that my uncle Bill will in attendance should not be credited. Remember, though, that if you attend the launch you will not have seen me and I will not have seen you.
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Simon Bestwick (Simon_b)
Username: Simon_b

Registered: 10-2008
Posted From: 86.24.209.217
Posted on Saturday, June 04, 2011 - 08:17 pm:   

Anybody from oop North planning on going? I'm going to try and make it.
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Zed (Gary_mc)
Username: Gary_mc

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 81.96.253.77
Posted on Saturday, June 04, 2011 - 09:13 pm:   

I'd love to, but there's no chance - I have loads on in June and July, and can't afford to take the day off work anyway.

I hope it goes brilliantly, Joel.
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Joel (Joel)
Username: Joel

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 2.24.39.94
Posted on Sunday, July 10, 2011 - 03:02 pm:   

SPAM ALERT

This booklet is now available from the Nine Arches Press website. It's a 44-page booklet printed on some of the best paper you'll ever handle, with a card cover the shade of human blood (that design meeting was interesting).

Also to note that I'll be posting out some copies to a few people tomorrow, apologies for the delay.

END OF SPAM
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Protodroid (Protodroid)
Username: Protodroid

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 109.79.229.19
Posted on Sunday, July 10, 2011 - 03:13 pm:   

I do feel sorry for the Hormel Foods Corporation. These days, how do you market actual Spam?
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Joel (Joel)
Username: Joel

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 2.24.29.124
Posted on Sunday, July 10, 2011 - 03:57 pm:   

And how do you promote the real thing, Spam with a capital S, when generic versions of spam are proliferating in every low-price supermarket and grocery store chain?

Mind you, it wouldn't be the first time that a shoddy generic product cobbled together from multiple sources was hailed as a unique and classic brand and an influence on the next generation.
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Des (Des)
Username: Des

Registered: 09-2010
Posted From: 86.153.232.251
Posted on Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 10:10 pm:   

'Do Not Pass Go' arrived today. Delightfully a quality booklet publication of the old school small press.
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Mick Curtis (Mick)
Username: Mick

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.183.79.202
Posted on Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 11:23 pm:   

I've just ordered this and emailed the publisher regarding getting it signed - cheers Joel...
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Gcw (Gcw)
Username: Gcw

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 81.155.173.71
Posted on Saturday, July 16, 2011 - 05:09 pm:   

Got it a couple of days ago - The Paper is ideed of the highest quality, as I am sure the stories will be too!

gcw
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Stephen Theaker (Stephen_theaker)
Username: Stephen_theaker

Registered: 12-2009
Posted From: 92.232.184.206
Posted on Saturday, July 16, 2011 - 05:15 pm:   

Nine Arches sent me a copy this week - it's a very handsome little book. Their poetry chapbooks are very attractive too.
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Karim Ghahwagi (Karim)
Username: Karim

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 193.89.189.24
Posted on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 10:20 am:   

Mine arrived yesterday.It is indeed a cool chap with the black endpapers. Thank you for signing it Joel.
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Matthew Fryer (Matthew_fryer)
Username: Matthew_fryer

Registered: 08-2009
Posted From: 90.195.182.194
Posted on Friday, July 22, 2011 - 06:43 pm:   

Great book.
I reviewed it here:
http://matthewfryer.com/2011/07/22/do-not-pass-go-by-joel-lane/
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Joel (Joel)
Username: Joel

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 2.24.37.253
Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 - 11:23 am:   

Thanks, Matthew the attention to production quality in the review is particularly appreciated, as 9AP deserve more attention as a publisher (though they publish a lot more poetry than prose very good poetry I may add).

By the way, did the 'twist' in 'Blue Mirror' work for you? Some readers have found it elusive (the story first appeared in Gary Fry's excellent magazine Fusing Horizons as 'Vocal, Bass'). In theory the ending makes it all clear...
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Matthew Fryer (Matthew_fryer)
Username: Matthew_fryer

Registered: 08-2009
Posted From: 90.195.182.194
Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 - 01:16 pm:   

I confess there was a brief double take and a glance back before it fell into place. But it worked very well.
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Mick Curtis (Mick)
Username: Mick

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.184.137.136
Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2011 - 01:32 pm:   

Mine arrived today - cheers for signing it, Joel. The book looks lovely...
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Kate (Kathleen)
Username: Kathleen

Registered: 09-2009
Posted From: 81.158.78.71
Posted on Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 09:45 am:   

Just ordered it, Joel! We'll bring our copy along to Fcon for an inscription.
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Zed (Gary_mc)
Username: Gary_mc

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 81.96.253.77
Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 07:51 pm:   

Joel - I'm posting this here because I'm off work sick and can't access my only email account that seems to get on with yours.

My copy of this arrived today. Thank you, thank you, thank you...and the inscription made me smile.

I read it in the bath this afternoon, and absoltely loved it. 10/10. Utterly brilliant - even the couple of stories I'd read before seemed fresh and brand new. And "Rituals" is quite simply stunning.

Buy this. Buy it now. Not only is the fiction outstanding on every level, but the chapbook itself is gorgeous.
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Joel (Joel)
Username: Joel

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 2.24.13.143
Posted on Friday, July 29, 2011 - 01:22 am:   

Thanks Zed and get well soon! Hopefully when you're OK the pamphlet will still seem all right.
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Des (Des)
Username: Des

Registered: 09-2010
Posted From: 81.153.251.119
Posted on Friday, July 29, 2011 - 08:35 am:   

started a rtr of dnpg
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Steve Bacon (Stevebacon)
Username: Stevebacon

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 90.204.111.205
Posted on Friday, July 29, 2011 - 09:10 pm:   

I read this in one sitting the other night. What a fantastic collection of tales. Brilliantly unpretentious, superbly written, gorgeously produced. I'd recommend this wholeheartedly.

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