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Joel (Joel)
Username: Joel

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 217.37.199.45
Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 02:02 pm:   

More self-publicity I'm afraid, but this one is my best shot 13 years went into it.

I'm very happy to tell you that my book Where Furnaces Burn will be launched by PS Publishing at Fantasycon in late September.

WFB collects together a series of 22 supernatural crime stories, all set in the West Midlands. It's my attempt to blend the occult detective and urban noir traditions, revealing the myths and terrors buried within the industrial landscape.

Four of these stories have appeared or are forthcoming in 'year's best' horror or crime anthologies. Six appear in this book for the first time.
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Zed (Gary_mc)
Username: Gary_mc

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 217.156.210.82
Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 02:06 pm:   

Can't wait for this one, Joel. I hope you'll personalise a copy for me at Fcon.
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Ramsey Campbell (Ramsey)
Username: Ramsey

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 92.8.19.117
Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 02:42 pm:   

Hurrah! We'll be signing new books together.
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Zed (Gary_mc)
Username: Gary_mc

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 217.156.210.82
Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 02:52 pm:   

And I'll be giving Pete Crowther all my money...
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Simon Bestwick (Simon_b)
Username: Simon_b

Registered: 10-2008
Posted From: 213.106.77.123
Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 08:45 pm:   

So will I, most like. I've been waiting on this one a looong time- looking forward to seeing it at last! You can never have enough of Joel's stuff...
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Simon Bestwick (Simon_b)
Username: Simon_b

Registered: 10-2008
Posted From: 213.106.77.123
Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 08:45 pm:   

Um... that came out sounding a bit wrong, didn't it?
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Carole Johnstone (Carolej)
Username: Carolej

Registered: 04-2010
Posted From: 94.0.72.39
Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 02:30 pm:   

Hey, that's great, Joel Big congratulations.
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Karim (Karim)
Username: Karim

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 193.89.189.24
Posted on Friday, July 13, 2012 - 10:45 am:   

Looking forward to this!
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Joel (Joel)
Username: Joel

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 2.24.5.178
Posted on Friday, August 10, 2012 - 11:31 pm:   

I've now seen the cover illustration (in the form of the signing sheets) and it looks wonderful.

Correction to earlier notes: there are 26 stories, a total of 72,000 words.
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Mick Curtis (Mick)
Username: Mick

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.181.208.239
Posted on Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 12:29 am:   

Hurrah! I want mine NOW!
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Joel (Joel)
Username: Joel

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 2.24.5.183
Posted on Friday, September 07, 2012 - 10:56 am:   

Just seen the finished cover design:

http://www.pspublishing.co.uk/where-furnaces-burn-hc-joel-lane-1415-p.asp

Is that nice or what?
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Tony (Tony)
Username: Tony

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 217.42.48.249
Posted on Friday, September 07, 2012 - 11:10 am:   

I like the art, but the fonts are sort of lazy on all these pics.
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Protodroid (Protodroid)
Username: Protodroid

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 109.79.44.198
Posted on Friday, September 07, 2012 - 12:48 pm:   

Very nice cover painting. Is it oil? Acrylic? Digital?
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Zed (Gary_mc)
Username: Gary_mc

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 217.156.210.82
Posted on Friday, September 07, 2012 - 03:21 pm:   

Joel, I love it. Can't wait to pick up a copy at FCon.
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Protodroid (Protodroid)
Username: Protodroid

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 147.252.230.148
Posted on Friday, September 07, 2012 - 03:41 pm:   

On reflection I think Tony's right about the fonts, they do look too neat, but this is an industry-wide phenemenon. Surely the artist should be allowed to hand-paint the fonts and the publisher can then manipulate them on a digital transparent layer as they see fit. Maybe the publishers want to maintain that control, though.
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Weber (Weber_gregston)
Username: Weber_gregston

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 82.145.211.40
Posted on Friday, September 07, 2012 - 05:46 pm:   

The website gives details of the painting used - on the left of the screen. It's not an original piece of art designed for this book. The writing has been added in. I must say i think it looks rather spiffing.
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Mbfg (Mbfg)
Username: Mbfg

Registered: 09-2010
Posted From: 212.219.63.204
Posted on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 11:39 am:   

Congratultions Joel. I'll be picking up my copy, most definitely.
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Steve Bacon (Stevebacon)
Username: Stevebacon

Registered: 09-2008
Posted From: 90.209.108.212
Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 09:25 pm:   

I can't wait for this book. Looks great.
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Hubert (Hubert)
Username: Hubert

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 178.116.62.5
Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 09:30 am:   

I like the cover - very classy. Nothing wrong with the lettering as far as I can see.
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Tony (Tony)
Username: Tony

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 217.42.48.249
Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 02:57 pm:   

It just struck me as a little schizophrenic. If it had stuck with one or a similiar font to the other it would have worked better.
But this is my arty eye speaking - it's still a book out, and that's good.
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Joel (Joel)
Username: Joel

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 2.24.27.134
Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 03:34 pm:   

Fonts are the most contentious issue in the universe. The UN has long been powerless to bring about talks between the serif and sans serif factions. A treaty was drawn up, but representatives of the two sides came to blows over whether it should be in Ariel or Palatino.

I fondly recall a news report from The Onion a decade ago regarding the 46th International Font Awards (or 'Fontys' as they are known among the page layout community) in Pittsburgh. The journal reported that over 500 typesetters and graphic designers had gathered to celebrate innovation and creativity in the font world. The highlight of the evening was when the much-coveted Font of the Year Award was won by Times New Roman for the 46th successive year.
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Tony (Tony)
Username: Tony

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 217.42.48.249
Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 05:29 pm:   

Ha!
Thing is, these things ARE important. I've not bought books because little details were wrong, misjudged. I like to feel care has been taken, the spell fully carried out to the nth degree.
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Joel (Joel)
Username: Joel

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 2.24.5.130
Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 11:33 pm:   

I would say the WFB cover combines archaic and modern visual elements, matching the approach of the book.

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