Announcing: Chromakey

PENCIL TIP PUBLISHING is pleased to announce our very first magazine, Chromakey.

Following in the tradition of past classic TV-related publications as: Timescreen, The Frame, DWB and Action TV, Chromakey will be an updated, modern, twenty-first century version.

Each issue will feature a variety of written material including: articles, reviews, opinion pieces, interviews, analysis, features, etc.  that is informative, in-depth, detail orientated and retrospective.  While material will be of a more serious-tone, the magazine will endeavour to remain entertaining and informative – you won’t find material that is lightweight, frothy, irrelevant, overly dry or scholarly.  Articles will be not only of interest to the archive television enthusiast, but also to the general fan of television as well. Contributors will be encouraged to ‘speak their mind’ or offer an unpopular opinion on a subject.  Our subject matter will be treated with respect and seriousness.

Chromakey will be published twice per year, and edited by Richard Peevers and Bob Furnell.

The editors will be seeking contributions for the first issue very soon, so keep tuned to the Chromakey site for further details and publication of our submission guidelines.

For further information please visit the Chromakey site here.


Temporal Logbook II Update

It’s been a while since the last update on the second Temporal Logbook but we wanted to assure readers that the short story collection will be published very soon – we’re aiming for a spring publication date. Unfortunately this volume has been subject to a few delays beyond our control – sadly some of our authors had to drop out due to other commitments – but we’ve now got a solid lineup of 15 all new stories (one for each Doctor, one for the War Doctor, and two bonus stories) for your reading enjoyment. We’re currently in the final story editing stage and once that’s done, work can begin on the publication layout and then copy editing the proof copy.

The cover once again will be designed by John Swogger.

Keep tuned to this (as well as the Temporal Logbook) bloog, as we’ll be featuring more updates on the project in the coming days/weeks.

New Short-Story Collection for 2018

Pencil Tip Publishing is pleased to announce our latest Doctor Who-themed charity short-story collection, Sarah Jane Smith: Roving Reporter – an affectionate tribute to the character and the actress who played her.

Sarah Jane Smith is without a doubt, one of the most popular of the Doctor’s companions. An investigative journalist who traveled with the Doctor, she was confident, courageous, compassionate and inquisitive. She had a sharp mind and tongue, and was unabashedly feminist – the perfect strong female character, and a positive example to young girls everywhere.

Elisabeth Sladen was the talented actress who brought the character of Sarah Jane Smith to life supporting the third (Jon Pertwee) and fourth (Tom Baker) Doctors from 1973-76. Sladen’s character later set of on her own in K9 and Company (1981), Downtime (1995), and the Sarah Jane Smith audio series (2002-06), produced by Big Finish Productions. Her performance gained her a multitude of adoring fans, loved wherever Doctor Who has aired, and extending across new generations through her popular performance of the character in The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007-11).

This special publication will feature a selection of new adventures for Sarah Jane as written by a selection of Doctor Who fandom’s best original writing, artwork, and more.

All net proceeds from this publication will be donated in support of the British Columbia Cancer Foundation, the fundraising partner of the BC Cancer Agency and the largest charitable funder of cancer research in this province. The BCCF enable donors to make contributions to leading-edge research that has a direct impact on improvements to cancer care for patients in British Columbia.

Page Count: TBD, Paperback
Published 2018

You can find more information, including submission guidelines, on Facebook and on the SJS: Roving Reporter blog.

Forthcoming: The Cuckoo In Winter

A brand new ghost story by Craig Charlesworth

When a young doctor endures a family tragedy, he attempts to leave his troubles behind him by taking a job in a remote mansion on the moors. There he finds a dying man, an eccentric servant, and… something else. Followed by a presence who’s nature he can barely guess at, he must unravel the mysteries of Fetch House before he is overcome by them. Or perhaps it’s already too late?

Just what is it that knocks on doors of in the middle of the night? Who is the mysterious young girl in rags who creeps around the nearby town? And what secrets are hidden in the walled garden? In the hallways of this monstrous house, something is waking and beginning to stir. And with friends few and far between, it may just claim our hero’s sanity.

Cover by Jon-Wesley Huff

ISBN:     978-0-9953195-1-6
Author:  Craig Charlesworth
Published Fall 2017


Forthcoming: Target Trawl

One man’s journey to read every single Target Doctor Who novel

For many, the words Doctor Who and Target novelization go together like jelly and baby, or hiatus and charity record. In a time where recording TV was often impossible, these novelizations offered fans a chance to relieve the very best the show had to offer, and Timelash. No more would a story be here today and gone tomorrow: now they were permanent features on your bookshelf.

Sometimes these novelizations were slavishly accurate to what had been transmitted; sometimes they were anything but. In this age of streaming, DVDs, BluRays and repeats, are they still essential reading today?

Join writer, fan and crazed man Nick Mellish as he reads them all, and writes the works ‘Terrance’ and ‘Dicks’ more than any many rightly should.

Will he fall in love with the show all over again, or will a little reading prove to be a dangerous thing…?

Target Trawl takes you from Skaro to San Francisco with all manner of trips in-between, and even a few side steps along the way.

Based on the highly popular column by Nick Mellish from Whotopia Magazine.

Author: Nick Mellish
Published 2018

Forthcoming: The Book of Beasts

An unofficial and unauthorized guide by Andrew Screen to Nigel Kneale’s television series Beasts

In 1976 Nigel Kneale, creator of Quatermass, wrote six plays for ATV under the title and theme of Beasts. Each play, according to series publicity at the time, was linked by the “mystifying influence of animals, usually malevolent and menacing, in eerie circumstances.”

Since it was first broadcast Beasts has grown in reputation for presenting some of the most memorable and terrifying tales seen on British television…

  • During Barty’s Party – rampaging rats attack and terrorize an isolated couple in a cottage.
  • Special Offer – terror stalks a supermarket as one strange incident follows another. Is an unseen animal on the loose or is it a poltergeist?
  • Buddyboy – can a dolphin become a ghost? Terrifying events in a vacant dolphinarium seem to indicate such a spirit has returned to haunt a prospective buyer.
  • The Dummy – terror grips a film studio when an actor playing a movie monsters suffers a mental breakdown and is completely taken over by the creature he portrays.
  • Baby – what are the strange mummified animal remains found within the walls of a renovated cottage and what power do they exert on an expectant mother?
  • What Big Eyes – was Little Red Riding Hood’s grandmother eaten by a wolf or did she turn into a wolf? An eccentric scientist carries out experiments on his self to try and change into a wolf.

Also featured is Murrain, an episode of the earlier anthology series Against The Crowd, also written by Kneale, which can be seen as a backdoor pilot for Beasts.

Each episode is covered in detail with an in depth review that includes biographies and filmographies for the cast and crew, a critical appraisal of the episode and details about the production itself. The career of Nigel Kneale is documented in another section which also examines the recurring motifs and themes found in his body of work and how these are encapsulated within Beasts.

The book also presents a two part history of television anthology horror covering English and American TV series. Part one covers up to the broadcast of Beasts with the second part documenting the period post-Beasts up to the present day. This study looks at how the evolution of television production and storytelling and how this has shaped the genre of TV horror anthologies from humble beginnings, as single camera live transmissions, to the modern diverse and slickly produced programming of current times.

This critical appraisal of the series will examine where Beasts sits within the history of anthology horror TV series and within the body of Nigel Kneale’s work, how it is a key text of folk horror and how it has influenced modern horror creative’s.

Author:  Andrew Screen
Published 2018