Surveying Our Readers

Question for everyone.

If Pencil Tip were to release a book of reviews, essays etc on the Gerry & Sylvia Anderson SF series UFO, would you:

a) contribute a review or essay to the collection? and

b) purchase a copy of the book when it was published?

Please reply in the comment box below.  Thank you.

Problems Ordering “Chromakey 4”?

Lulu recently overhauled their website. Users have reported problems with several of their publications not being listed. As a result of this, we recommend you use to order copies of Chromakey Issue 4.

Feeling Excited

Feeling excited today as some of our upcoming releases are finally coming to fruition.

Have seen the final version of the Tellyvision Companion – featuring a fantastic cover by Robert Carpenter, as well as the design template for our fan opinion series What The Fans Think created by the ever talented John Swogger. Also can’t wait to see the cover for our ghostly short-story collection Grave Warnings II: Hob House.

We can’t wait for you guys to see these.

Chromakey Issue 4 Released

It’s here!
Issue 4 of our magazine Chromakey is now out and ready for purchase.

Issue 4 includes:

Interview with Kathryn Leigh Scott (Dark Shadows)
Steve Eramo talks with the actress who played Maggie Evans in the original 1960s series.

Interview with Ed Bishop (U.F.O./Captain Scarlet)
**rare** interview with the actor from our archives

Interview with “Target Trawl” author Nick Mellish
Bob Furnell, Jez Strickley & Richard Peevers sit down for a chat with the author of the recently published “Target Trawl” book

Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons:  What If There Was A Series Two
Fred McNamara speculates on what a second season of the series might have been like

Battlestar Galactica (Original series)
David Johnson steps back in time and takes a look at the classic 1970s American sci-fi series

The Curse of Fatal Death
Dan Tessier delves in and examines the 1999 Comic Relief/Red Nose Day special featuring Rowan Atkinson and Julia Swahalia

Northern Exposure: A Return To Cecily
Michael Scott Phillips gets retrospective regarding this quirky 90s American series

Replay: Farscape Premiere 
Our review panel turns their attention this issue to the debut episode of the highly popular series

Forgotten Classics: The Mad Death
Andrew Screen spotlights this little known 1983 BBC Scotland series

Doctor Who: Tinker Tailor Soldier Timelord
Don Klees discusses the shared similairities between the Fifth Doctor’s era and the classic drama “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

From The Earth To The Moon
Matthew Kresal examines this landmark American television series

Doctor Who: A Hero In Time and Space – Part Two
David Johnson continues his in-depth examination of how the character of the Doctor changed over the years

Blake’s 7
Murray Smith reviews the episode “Project Avalon”

Zak Standridge asks if the series was merely a ‘Wagon Train’ to the stars

Columns, features and more

6×9 inch format | 100 pages
$9.99 CAD / $7.99 US / £6.00 UK / $11.25 AUD /€7.99 EUR
(P&P not included)

Pick up your copy today by visiting the Pencil Tip Publishing store on

Update on ‘What The Fans Think’ Projects

Updated May 1, 2020

The What The Fans Think page has been updated today to indicate the latest status of both the Blake’s 7 and Torchwood projects.


While we currently have five essays discussing various aspects of Blake’s 7, we’ll still accept additional essays discussing the series.  We’re especially looking for something on Blake.  If you’d like to contribute an essay, or if you’ve got an idea for one, please contact us.


Now that we’ve been able to finally catch up with our backlog of material, we’ve been able to turn our attention back to the previously submitted reviews and essays on Torchwood.

As of April 24, we’ve returned several reviews to writers for their revisions.

However, due to several writers dropping out of the project, or for various reasons no longer in contact with us, (as of May 1) we have three Torchwood episodes that we now find we need reviews of.  Those episodes are:

  • Adrift
  • Exit Wounds
  • Children of Earth: Day Four
  • Escape to L.A.
  • The Middle Man

If you’d like to review one of these stories, please get in touch with us.  We’re also looking for additional essays discussing any aspect of Torchwood.  If you’d like to contribute an essay, or if you’ve got an idea for one, please contact us.


If you have not received an email from us requesting edits, you can assume your review required no revisions, and that it’s ready for publication in the book.

Special Screening of Nigel Kneale Series “Beasts”

Join author of the forthcoming Beasts book, Andrew Screen, as he hosts an exclusive live tweetalong viewing of the rare 1970s Nigel Kneale penned series Beasts episode During Bartys Party this Sunday April 19 at 8:00 pm (UK)/12:00 pm (Pacific).

You’ll be able to watch along on Twitter During Bartys Party can be viewed at TV Series: Beasts (1976) Episode 2 – During Barty’s Party

Creator of some of the most outstanding television plays made in the last fifty years, Nigel Kneale (Quatermass, Nineteen Eighty-Four, The Year of the Sex Olympics) created, in Beasts, an anthology of six plays designed to showcase the breadth of his fertile imagination. Laden with suspense, drama and a thick vein of black humour, each play was a variation on the theme of civilized man in conflict with the primal, animal side of existence. This malevolent and menacing thread runs through all six terrifying stories, which feature outstanding performances from actors such as Martin Shaw (Judge John Deed), Simon MacCorkindale (Casualty), Glyn Houston (Inspector Morse), Michael Sheard (Grange Hill) and Pauline Quirke (Birds of a Feather).

“During Barty’s Party” (tx. 23/10/1976), in which a feuding middle-class couple are united in terror as they realize that their isolated rural home is under siege by a relentless army of rats.

A Message To Our Friends

We realize these are uncertain times, and with the COVID-19 virus running its course around the world, no one knows how long we will be in isolation. All of us at Pencil Tip Publishing want you and your loved ones to stay safe. While we’re sure many of you are trying to find ways to keep busy and/or entertained we hope we can play a small part by offering a special free giveaway.

Throughout the month of April readers will be able to download an expanded version of our ghost story short story collection, Grave Warnings free!

Five tales of the strange and weird from: Sarah Parry, Hamish Crawford, Jodie van de Wetering, Craig Charlesworth and Hannah Parry. Featuring bonus content – author interviews and an excerpt from Grave Warnings II: Hobb House.  Available in PDF format which can be read on your computer, tablet or e-Reader, click on the link below to download the free book.

No longer available

In addition to the above…

The entire catalogue of Pencil Tip Publishing books has been reduced 20-50% off the cover price.  From gothic horror to short story collections to reference works based on classic TV sci-fi, Pencil Tip Publishing has a whole array of agreeably niche content to keep you entertained.

But that’s not all!

Issues 1-3 of Chromakey, the journal of sci-fi and genre television, will be available for 15% off the cover price too!

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