Blade Red Press

Australian Shadows Awards announced

April 15, 2011 4:38 pm

Dark Pages, our anthology of dark fiction, was nominated in the best edited works category, but sadly didn’t win. However, guest judge, Rocky Wood, had this to say about the book:

Dark Pages 1 (and let’s hope there are more) is a treat – a collection of dark fiction ranging outside the horror genre (including science fiction) and including authors from outside Down Under. Marty Young’s neat little “Clip Notes” has the classic Twilight Zone feel to it and is but one example of what makes this anthology a deeply satisfying read.

Get your copy now!


Honorable Mentions in Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year

March 15, 2011 4:55 pm

We are very proud to announce another few accolades for Blade Red Press books. Not only is Dark Pages currently nominated for an Australian Shadows Award, but no less than six of the stories in that anthology have scored an Honourable Mention on Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year list. You can find the full lists here and here.

The stories included are:

Lucien E.G. Spelman – “The Stain of the Psychopomp King”
Naomi Bell – “Dust”
Joel L Murr – “The Franchise”
Aaron Polson – “Cargo”
Derek Rutherford – “Yellow Water Pike”
Robert Neilson – “Nightwork”

Our congratulations go out to all those writers. Thanks for making Dark Pages such an awesome book. If you haven’t got your copy yet, get it here!

Also mentioned on the list is:

Bill Congreve – “The Traps of Tumut”, which originally appeared in Aurealis 43. That story is reprinted in Bill’s collection, Souls Along The Meridian, which is another Blade Red Press book. You can get that one here.

So congratulations to Bill too!


Read an ebook week

March 6, 2011 6:14 pm

March 6th to 12th is Read An Ebook Week. You may or may not enjoy ebooks already and we’re not here to convert you. But, in celebration of the week, our two anthologies – Souls Along The Meridian by Bill Congreve and Dark Pages 1 edited by Brenton Tomlinson are available for half price. Also, Alan Baxter noir sci-fi novella, Ghost Of The Black, is free for the week.

All you need to do is go to the relevant page and purchase the book and then use the code RAE50 at checkout to apply the discounts. Direct links below. Go get ‘em:

Ghost Of The Black.

Souls Along The Meridian.

Dark Pages 1.


Dark Pages shortlisted for Australian Shadows Awards

February 24, 2011 4:08 pm

Dark PagesBlade Red Press is insanely proud to announce that our first anthology of dark fiction, Dark Pages, has been nominated for an Australian Shadows Award. These Awards are the premier dark fiction awards in Australia and well respected around the world.

Huge congratulations to our fantastic editor, Brenton Tomlinson, and to all the great authors in this collection. This is your accolade, all of you.

Full details of the Awards shortlists are here.

If you haven’t got your copy of Dark Pages yet, why the hell not? It’s been nominated for an award, after all. Get it here!


Souls Along The Meridian reviewed at Scary Minds

January 8, 2011 4:09 pm

Fresh off the back of making the Horrorscope recommended reading list for 2010, Bill Congreve’s excellent collection, Souls Along The Meridian, has received a 9/10 scored review at Scary Minds.

There are probably a few weaker stories with Bill Congreve’s name on them in the bottom draw of his desk, but since they aren’t included you are left with the impression that Congreve started his career strongly, hasn’t missed a beat, and has maintained a high standard down the years…

Souls Along The Meridian is an exemplary collection that strides purposely out of the genre swamp and lays claim to being one of the best releases of any genre in 2010.

Read the full review here.

And if you haven’t got it yet, buy your copy right here!


Souls Along The Meridian makes Horrorscope Recommended Reading list

January 2, 2011 6:25 pm

We’d like to congratulate Blade Red Press author Bill congreve on his collection, Souls Along The Meridian making the Horrorscope 2010 Recommended Reading List. A very well deserved accolade in our opinion.

If you haven’t got a copy of this great collection yet, all you need to know is here. Print and ebook versions are available, so whatever your preference, get yourself a copy now.


Souls Along The Meridian instore signing

November 22, 2010 4:48 pm

Souls Along The Meridian author Bill Congreve will be appearing at Infinitas Bookshop in Parramatta on Saturday, 27th November to sign copies of his book. He’ll also be signing copies of the fifth annual Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, of which he is the editor.

Come along and join in the fun:

Infinitas Bookshop
Shop 22 Civic Arcade, 48-50 George St
Parramatta, Australia

From 11am. Tell your friends!


Great review of Dark Pages on Goodreads

2:48 pm

There’s nothing like a reader review, especially a good one. This is a 4 star review from a Goodreads user:

An exceptional collection of dark fiction. Its only real weakness is the amount of territory the selected stories cover–but that was the point of the collection in the first place, and it answers very well. So… well, that doesn’t sound like much of a weakness, does it?

Personal favorites for me were “Nepenthe” by Felicity Dowker and “Cargo” by Aaron Polson–both of which felt very short and packed a punch, but in completely different ways. Modern fairy tale and honest post-apoc respectively. There were one or two that I wasn’t sure about when I started reading them, but really hooked me hard by the end, too: “Surveying the Land” by BD Wilson and “Blood on Green” come to mind in that category.

There’s not a sleeper in the book, though–I could think of something great to say about each of them, from pretty prose to brilliant execution to cool concepts. It’s just more of a something for everyone kind of antho. Sci-fi to fantasy to just plain weird.

Haven’t got your copy yet? Rectify that here!


Souls Along The Meridian reviewed at TISF podcast

November 17, 2010 7:19 pm

Bill Congreve’s awesome short story collection, Souls Along The Meridian, has been reviewed in episode 25 of the Terra Incognito Speculative Fiction podcast. There’s also a short story, read by Simon Petrie, which precedes the review.

Check it out now.

Or you can read a trascript of the review right here.


Souls Along The Meridian now available as ebook

October 26, 2010 5:18 pm

Bill Congreve’s awesome short story collection, Souls Along The Meridian, is now available as an ebook. You can get the Kindle edition here and a variety of ebook formats from Smashwords here.

All the details and other purchase options for the book can be found here.

Please share this news, tell your friends and family and let’s get Bill’s fantastic work noticed by a wider audience.