New Project

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.

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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.

ISBN:     TBD
Author:  Andrew Screen
Published 2018
Paperback

Forthcoming from Pencil Tip Publishing

We here at Pencil Tip love to read and publish books.  With that in mind, we have a whole hosts of new books lined up for publication over the next two years, including…

THE BOOK OF BEASTS
Andrew Screen
A critical look at the making of Nigel Kneale’s seminal 1970s horror anthology series
Publication TBA

STAR ONE COMPENDIUM
Various Authors/Edited by Bob Furnell
Star One was a short-lived fan magazine dedicated to the BBC television series, Blake’s 7. This special publication will feature many of the articles from the original issues – updated and revised – including brand new material, and material intended for publication but ultimately unused.
Publication 2017

TARGET TRAWL
Nick Mellish
One man’s journey to read, and critically assess, every Target Doctor Who novel published.
Publication TBA

TELLYVISION COMPENDIUM
Various Authors/Edited by Bob Furnell
Tellyvision (2001-03, 2010) was a popular fan magazine dedicated to classic British, American and Canadian television. This special publication will feature many of the articles from the original issues – updated and revised – including brand new material, and material intended for publication but ultimately unused.
Publication 2017

TEMPORAL LOGBOOK II
Various Authors/Edited by Robert Mammone, Bob Furnell & J.E. Remy
Follow-up short-story collection to 2015s The Temporal Logbook
Publication 2017

* Titles are provisional and may change by publication

Submissions Day Thank You

Thank you to all of you who submitted story proposals for Temporal Logbook II on our Open Submissions Day.  The day was a roaring success and we received far more submissions than we had anticipated.  We’ll be reading every submission over the next few days.  Due to the large number of submissions we have to read through, please note that this may take a while to complete.  Not to worry, we will be in touch with each of you as soon as we can.  Thanks.

Temporal Logbook II: Open Submission Day – July 31st

Pencil Tip Publishing will be holding an Open Submission Day on July 31st for their new short-story collection, The Temporal Logbook II.

The Temporal Logbook II, is a Doctor Who themed short-story collection and the follow-up companion to 2015s highly successful collection The Temporal Logbook.
As with the original short-story collection, this new volume will feature twelve original stories by new and up-in-coming writers. All twelve television incarnations of the Doctor will be featured with a story dedicated to that particular incarnation.

The editors are seeking story proposals for the latest collection. To contribute a story proposal all you have to do is:

  • Submit a 1-2 page outline detailing the basic plot of your story and the characters featured
  • Provide your full name and email, and
  • Include a brief bio telling us a bit about yourself

** The full Submission Guidelines can be found at: thetemporallogbook.wordpress.com

The editors will be accepting proposals on Sunday, July 31, 2016 from 12:00 pm Pacific to 12:00 am Pacific only.

The Temporal Logbook II will be published by Canadian publisher Pencil Tip Publishing, with proceeds from the publication being donated to the charity of our choice (N.B. recipient charity to be determined soon). The editors for The Temporal Logbook II are Rob Mammone, Bob Furnell and Jeremy Remy.

Publication has been set for 2017.

Announcing: The Temporal Logbook II

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Pencil Tip Publishing is pleased to announce The Temporal Logbook II, a Doctor Who themed short-story collection and the follow-up companion to 2015s highly successful short story collection The Temporal Logbook.

Doctor Who has one of the most flexible formats in television drama. With the basic premise of an alien who travels throughout space and time in a box that is bigger inside than out, and which is disguised as a 1960s police public call box, it can’t get much simpler than that. One week the show can be a gothic horror, the next a comedic satire, or a base-under-siege thriller – the possibilities are endless.

As with the original short-story collection, this new volume will feature twelve original stories by new and up-in-coming writers. All twelve television incarnations of the Doctor will be featured with a story dedicated to that particular incarnation.

The Temporal Logbook II will be published by Canadian publisher Pencil Tip Publishing, with proceeds from the publication being donated to the charity of our choice (N.B. recipient charity to be determined soon).

Publication has been set for 2017.