Frankenstein in Brighton


A specially rewritten version of Harry Harrison’s short story ‘At Last, the True Story of Frankenstein!’ has been published in a new anthology, The West Pier Gazette, and Other Stories, edited by Paul Brazier, and published by Three-Legged Fox.

Published on 28th March 2008, this is Quercus issue one, the first in a proposed series (two per year) of themed volumes which are published in a limited hardback edition for subscribers, and then a paperback edition for general release.

The Quercus-SF project also has a website – limited access to non-members, which is linked to the Send Me a Story website where, for a modest fee, you can submit a short story and receive feedback on it from a professional. Paul Brazier, the man behind Quercus, has previously been a reviewer for the BSFA magazaine Vector and was production editor on Interzone for ten years.

Some bits of the websites don’t seem to have been updated for a while, and it’s a little dificult to find your way around (it may be easier for subscribers), but you can see some of the contents of the The West Pier Gazette here, where there is also a paragraph describing the theme of the first issue:

“Each issue of Quercus-SF will have a theme. However, the idea is to stimulate writers, not to constrain them, so if they don’t write to the theme but still come up with a good story, they will be included in the Other Stories section.

“The theme this time is Brighton’s infamous West Pier. It opened in the late nineteenth century and was the place for elegant promenading for the first half of the twentieth. It was used as a set for many films including Oh, What A Lovely War and Brighton Rock but fell into disuse and decay and was closed to the public in 1974.”

Thanks to Paul Brazier for sending me a copy of the first edition of The West Pier Gazette, and Other Stories.

You can purchase – for a limited time – copies of the hardback first edition for £20 (plus £3 postage UK, £5 postage surface mail rest of the world) from the publisher’s website.


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