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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2008 8:56 am 
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Richard Calder's Lord Soho stories in Interzone, a few years ago, always stirred up a bit of controversy. Readers either loved his tales or hated them. His trilogy Dead Girls, Dead Boys, Dead Things has picked up a bit of a cult following and helped inspire one of my Murky Depthseditors, who is gaining some success in the podcast and film genres. What's this leading up to? You may or may not know that Calder's agent is Christopher Priest, a name that's been at the forefront of British SF for quite a while - not least recently through The Prestige, and he is pretty choosey who he promotes.
Anyway, here's Calder's comments recently:
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I've been really impressed by the look and feel of Murky Depths#2. It's always
seemed to me that a SF/fantasy/horror magazine should err on the side of
eccentricity. Such a magazine is part of what -- when it's at its best -- is
something of a maverick, black sheep, or plain disreputable genre. As such,
Murky Depthshas an awful lot going for it, especially the extremely original
combination of graphic strips, short stories, and articles.

His graphic strip (his first one I hasten to add) Death and The Maiden has been appearing in Murky Depthsand has received a similar response from our readers as did IZ, but this time the critics are also slating his artwork as being dated (completely missing the retro point). And yet there are others whose favourite story in each issue has been Death and The Maiden. In Episode #3, coming soon in Issue #3 you'll have the low down on The Maiden and in Episode #4 (breaking away from Murky Depthsto be the first standalone comic to be published by The House of Murky Depths imprint) we learn of Death's past life.

£24 for a year's subscription to Murky Depths isn't going to break the bank; and is available directly from the website. The 28-page full-colour comic Death and The Maiden 4 will also be available soon for £3.50.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2008 2:03 pm 
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Issue #3 will be available very soon

Cover: Richard Calder
What's Yours Is Mine Pike Stephenson [Art: Dylan Williams]
Evention Mike Webster [Lucas Hinchley]
The Suicide Bar Montilee Stormer [Jag Lall/Denis Pacher]
Nine-tenths Of The Law Edward Morris [Wayne Blackhurst]
In This the Era of the Great Wilting Jeff Archer-Burton [Jason Beam]
Death and the Maiden 3 Richard Calder [Richard Calder]
Shit New World Martin Hayes [James Cameron]
Maimed Hazel Marcus Ong [Glen James]
SPOILS Stan Nicholls [Johnny Lee]
The Dark Gospel 2 Luke Cooper [Luke Cooper]
Speak Ill Of The Dead Ian Faulkner [Mark Bell]
Zombie Diva Glynn Barras [Lucas Hinchley]
The Love Ship Guide to Seduction in Zero Gravity Steve Pirie [Denis Pacher]
Sprawl and Brawl: Five Reasons Why Cyberpunk Sustains Article by Matt Wallace
An Interview with Stan Nicholls

You can pre-order at the website or take out a subscription.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 9:43 pm 
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. . . was sent out to all the subscribers and contributors this week, so most everyone who ordered (or earned) a copy should have theirs by now. So watch the blogs for a general reaction.

Death and The Maiden #4, the comic, is now available from the website or, if you are in the States, direct from IndyPlanet (it'll be cheaper to order it from there).

Just heard as well that Asimov's will be reviewing Murky Depths #1 very soon.

And Vinny Chong's cover illustration for Murky DepthsIssue #4 (out in May) looks absolutely lush!

There's other good news on the horizon too. But that can wait . . .


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2008 2:24 pm 
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A review of Issue #2 by Peter Tennant can be found here


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2008 2:27 pm 
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A review of Issue #3 by Gareth Jones can be found here


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2008 10:49 pm 
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Whispers need to pay their ISP bill. (Link says "Account suspended...") I wanna show these reviews to my new agent so he can let me out of the basement. My food dish is empty. What I want is a view. I want to see a tree. Or even water. I want to be in a Federal institution...

All right, enough Thomas Harris for one afternoon. In all seriousness, I hope Whispers goes back up on line soon. ---ed.

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Whispers is back.

We don't know why it went away, and neither do the tech people at the ISP:-

I can not see any reason for the account to be suspended so i have put the account back online again.

Shit happens, I guess.


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Kinda sorry I looked. Jesus. Sorry I invaded your clubhouse.

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Edward Morris wrote:
Kinda sorry I looked. Jesus. Sorry I invaded your clubhouse.


Mmmm. Pete was a bit harsh on Nine Tenths of The Law.


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I try to be nice, but I am a bad person :cry:


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I get into a lot of trouble taking my day out on the nearest reviewer who panned my work. Arguing with reviewers about one's one work is kind of like running in the Special Olympics. No matter who wins,... (everybody knows the end of that particular platitude.)

A while back, some reviewer just tore 'Imagine' to pieces, and it was the first review I saw of my first semi-pro publication... I found his email and wrote him back, and told him basically that if he couldn't actually criticize something tangible about the work, to have a Coke and a smile and shut the f--- up. Very unprofessional of me.

That kind of thing works for Harlan Ellison, but I ain't him. It's a free country, everyone's entitled to their opinion, etc. etc. ... and there is really no such thing as bad publicity.

I just get wound up when I hear about declining readership, people wanting something tangible that they can be spoon-fed and don't have to think about, etc. ... I wonder why. If [insert any off-the-beam author I will not compare myself directly to] were getting started now, their work wouldn't sell in a million years.

And if I hear "The innovative construction might throw some readers" from Tangent one more time I am going to start puking blood clots fifty yards at a hurl.

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Life's a beach and we're all washed up :lol:


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Indeed. I'm thinking of that great Ballard story where the dead giant washes up on the beach and every yob in Blackpool cuts off a piece, then they sell the bones to the circus. :evil:

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And seems I'm the one who trots home with the finger. Cool. I'll put it in the trophy cabinet with all the others :lol:


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 10:41 am 
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Think what you will of Warren Ellis, his Whitechapel discussion boards do get a lot of visits.

If you're not averse to taking a trip there, you could save yourself £2 on a subscription to Murky Depths. Click on the "Shush! Don't tell anyone . . ." link and order away.
But you've only got until the end of the Bristol International Comic Expo (Sunday, 11 May, 2008) to save yourself two quid.


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