Telos Publishing Newsletter – 24 February 2013

Welcome to another newsletter from Telos Publishing.

 Yesterday I learned, with sadness and a heavy heart, that Telos’ good friend Raymond P Cusick died from a heart attack last week, on Thursday 21st February. Ray was one of the original designers to have worked on the Classic series of Doctor Who, and by far his greatest achievement was the design of the Daleks – agurably without his iconic visualisation, the show itself may not have survived to be fifty this year. There are several tributes and news reports across the web at the moment, but here’s one which seems to cover his career best:

http://www.doctorwhonews.net/2013/02/raymond-cusick-230213232008.html

And on YouTube, a copy of the DVD extra where Ray attended the BBC’s design workshops for the new series is available to watch (a visit that I suggested and facilitated even though I didn’t get to go myself!):

Our book celebrating Ray’s work – The Raymond P Cusick Signature Collection – should still be published, but we are, out of courtesy, checking with Ray’s family on that to ensure that there are no unforseeen issues in this regard. Ray had also completed the signature plates for the book, so we will be able to offer the limited hardback as a special signed edition as planned, again subject to the family being OK with this.

Onto happier news, and there’s a slew of news about new titles to announce, some of which we have more details on than others.

NEW ARRIVALS

Wiped! Doctor Who’s Missing Episodes: Second Edition
by Richard Molesworth
PUBLISHED: March 2013

In the 1960s, the BBC screened 253 episodes of its cult science fiction show Doctor Who, starring William Hartnell and then Patrick Troughton as the time travelling Doctor. Yet by 1975, the Corporation had wiped the master tapes of every single one of these episodes. Yet by 1975, the Corporation had wiped the master tapes of every single one of these episodes. Of the 124Doctor Who episodes starring Jon Pertwee shown between 1970 and 1974, the BBC destroyed over half of the original transmission tapes within two years of their original broadcast.

In the years that followed, the BBC, along with dedicated fans of the series, began the arduous task of trying to track down copies of as many missingDoctor Who episodes as possible. The search covered BBC sales vaults, foreign television stations, overseas archives, and numerous networks of private film collectors, until the tally of missing programmes was reduced to just 106 episodes.

For the first time, this book looks in detail at how the episodes came to be missing in the first place, and examines how material subsequently came to be returned to the BBC. Along the way, those people involved in the recovery of lost slices of Doctor Who‘s past tell their stories in candid detail, many for the very first time. This second edition updates the story with details of the recent episode discoveries from ‘Galaxy 4’ and ‘The Underwater Menace’ as well as general updates, corrections and revisions throughout.

No more rumours, no more misinformation, no more fan gossip. The truth about Doctor Who‘s missing episodes can now be told in full!

‘A labour of love that’s clearly involved an immense amount of painstaking research’ SFX

‘This is a cracker of a book that lays to rest many myths (and confirms many more).’ Total SciFi Online

‘Exhaustively researched and fascinating’ SciFi Online

‘If you want to know the full story behind the lost Doctor Who stories and how they were got back then this is the authoritative book to own and should be on your reading list. A brilliant study.’ SF Crowsnest

500pp. A5 format book.
ISBN 978-1-84583-080-9 (pb) £15.99
ISBN 978-1-84583-081-6 (hb) £30.00
For ordering details: http://www.telos.me.uk/category.php?id=6#141

TELOS MOONRISE

After much consideration and planning, we are delighted to announce the launch of Telos Moonrise, a new digital and POD imprint for Telos, which we hope will expand to cover a wider variety of fiction than we are currently able to undertake in the more traditional publishing lines. Titles are planned to be made available in ebook formats for Kindle, Kobo and Nook, and for those who still love books, all the titles will also be available as print on demand paperbacks via Amazon.

Consultant and editor for the imprint is Sam Stone, herself an acclaimed and award-winning author, and she will be commissioning and looking for titles in all four of the initial lines which are planned:

o ‘Steampunk Visions’: Explore alternate worlds, past, present and future in our exciting new Steampunk range. There will be action, adventure and, of course, superb gadgets.

o ‘Criminal Pursuits’: Look into the darkest depths of the criminal mind and explore the darker side of humanity with our Crime and Thriller titles.

o ‘Dark Endeavours’: Delve into the supernatural, urban and dark fantasy, or the darkest horror imaginable. Or simply explore fantasy realms and alternate worlds where anything can happen from myth and magic to sword-wielding warriors.

o ‘Sinful Pleasures’: Brings sexual fantasies, love or simply unbridled lust, with good strong stories, believable characters and a large helping of erotica in all its forms.

Telos Moonrise launches with a ‘Dark Endeavours’ title: Absinthe and Arsenic, a collection of dark, mysterious and comedic tales by award winning dark fantasy and steampunk author Raven Dane.

Details of publication dates and other details will be available as soon as they are confirmed. We will make submission guidelines available on the Telos site as soon as they have been finalised, and when the range is opened for unsolicited submissions. Please keep an eye on the Telos news page, and the Telos Facebook page for details.

COMING SOON

Available now to pre-order on the Telos site are the following titles. Please note that payment is taken at the time of ordering, but that if the prices subsequently rise, then you will not be asked for more money. If the price of the final book is less than you paid, you will be offered a refund.

Still The Beast Is Feeding: Forty Years of Rocky Horror
by Rob Bagnall & Phil Barden

PUBLISHED: end April 2013

‘The stage show is a theatrical phenomenon, and the movie adaptation a cult classic,’ says Stephen James Walker, ‘and we at Telos Publishing are proud to add this title to our roster. We are known for our books on cult television and film, and this seems like a logical subject for us to be covering.’

Born in a tiny attic theatre on a dark and stormy night in the Summer of 1973, The Rocky Horror Show was an immediate hit with audiences and critics alike, and a much-needed shot in the arm for London’s jaded theatre-scene.

Four decades on, Richard O’Brien’s hilarious cross-dressing tribute to trashy B-movies, ’50s sci-fi, sexual liberation, gothic horror and rock ’n’ roll has been seen in over 30 countries and translated into more than 20 languages, and it continues to pull in the crowds and attract legions of new fans, while the 1975 film version – now the longest continually playing theatrical release in cinema history – generated an unparalleled cult following which took the concept of audience participation to unheard of levels of immersive enthusiasm.

Exhaustively researched, this book chronicles the extraordinary history, continued evolution and enduring legacy of this immortal tale of a sex-crazed transvestite scientist, extra-terrestrial subterfuge, corruption of the innocent and the creation of life.

Incorporating a wealth of archival material, personal memories and new interviews with contributors and participants from every era of Rocky Horrorhistory, the authors explore the show’s origins and influences; the creation of the original London stage production; the numerous national and international revivals; the making of the movie; and the fanatical fishnet following which continues to define the Rocky Horror experience.

So, ‘throw open the switches on the Sonic Oscillator’, and celebrate a monstrous musical milestone as The Rocky Horror Show turns forty.

500pp approx. A5 paperback book. ISBN 978-1-84583-082-3 (pb) £15.99
For ordering details: http://www.telos.me.uk/category.php?id=2#142

River’s Run: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Doctor Who 2011
by Stephen James Walker
PUBLISHED: end May 2013

River’s Run is the comprehensive guide to Series Six of Doctor Who – the second to feature Matt Smith as the eleventh Doctor, with his companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill).

All 13 episodes plus the Christmas special, ‘The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe’, are discussed in depth. Also covered are all the associated major news stories, press releases, casting announcements and public response to the episodes. The menace of the Silence; the shock of Amy’s pregnancy; the revelation of the true identity of River Song (Alex Kingston); the mystery of the Doctor’s ‘death’ – all these things and more are recalled within the pages of this exhaustive guide.

The book also details all other significant events that occurred in the Doctor Who world during 2011, presenting all the facts and figures, behind-the-scenes notes, press reaction and detailed and insightful analysis.

River’s Run is an essential read for all fans of the show, and continues Telos’s critically-acclaimed, unrivalled coverage of Doctor Who.

300pp approx. A5 format book.
ISBN 978-1-84583-078-6 (pb) £15.99
ISBN 978-1-84583-079-3 (hb) £30.00
For ordering details: http://www.telos.me.uk/category.php?id=6#139

The Television Companion: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Doctor Who
by David J Howe and Stephen James Walker
PUBLISHED: end July 2013

Everything you ever wanted to know about the cult BBC Television series Doctor Who(1963-1996).

On its first publication in 2002,The Television Companion was hailed as possibly the best guide ever to the BBC’s cult science fiction show Doctor Who. Now Telos re-issues their own edition of the book in a revised and updated version spanning two volumes, which remains the definitive guide to the television worlds and adventures of the Doctor and his companions.

Every story from 1963 to 1996 is covered in depth in all aspects of production, including plot details, cast and crew lists, episode endings, transmission dates, memorable quotes and popular myths. In addition there is a comprehensive analysis of every adventure, utilising reviews both contemporary and retrospective from a wide variety of sources.

This is the essential companion for every trip you will ever take into the TV universe of classic Doctor Who.

‘The bible …’ SFX Magazine

‘Another superior effort from what I consider to be the finest Doctor Whohistorians around. It is quite a hefty and involved read, and contains (almost) everything you’d want to know about the best SF Tv series ever.’ Reviewer on Amazon.co.uk.

‘If you’re looking for a Doctor Who episode guide, then you can stop looking as this is by far the best book you can buy about the television series.’ Sean Brady on Amazon.co.uk

‘What is most memorable aboutThe Television Companion is the fact that every story is given a balanced analysis – it’s not decreed that ‘Timelash’ is bad, for example, rather the authors draw upon a wide variety of opposing reviews spanning the years to present a genuinely interesting study of every story – which is altogether far more interesting than cut-and-dried opinions. The Television Companion is indispensable to all fans of the television series, especially because of the detail in which the Hartnell and Troughton stories are studied. The emphasis is no more in-depth than any other era of the show, but seeing as many of their stories no longer exist, it’s highly rewarding and an admirable asset to a potentially video-biased read.’ Brad Schmidt in TSV (#56, October 1998)

VOLUME ONE (Doctors 1-3): 400pp approx A5 paperback. ISBN 978-1-84583-076-2. £15.99
VOLUME TWO (Doctors 4-8): 400pp approx A5 paperback. ISBN 978-1-84583-077-9. £15.99
SPECIAL OFFER: Volumes One and Two: Paperback @ £25.00
For ordering details: http://www.telos.me.uk/category.php?id=6#140

PLANNED TITLES

We have a slew of new titles coming in 2013, and while we don’t have firm dates or ordering details for them as yet, we wanted to let people know what was coming. Some of these were announced at the 2013 Galaxyfest convention in Colorado Springs, and at the 2013 Gallifrey convention in LA. So in no particular order:

THE RAYMOND P CUSICK SIGNATURE COLLECTION: The same format as our celebration of the Doctor Who design work of Barry Newbery, this title features an extensive selection of Doctor Who photographs from BBC designer Raymond P Cusick’s extensive collection. Paul Smith is again handling all the layout and digital clean-up of the images. The book should be available in limited, signed hardback, and paperback editions.

DOCTOR WHO FILMS (title TBC) by Charles Norton: A detailed analysis and background to all the attempts to make a cinematic version of Doctor Who. From the sixties Dalek films, through Tom Baker and Ian Marter’s Scratchman, Douglas Adams’ Krikketmen and up to the more recent BBC films announcements, every element of these scripts, pitches, productions and releases is covered.

MERVYN HAISMAN’S THE INTELLIGENCE: A script book of writer Mervyn Haisman’s film script, The Intelligence, covered in our Doctor Who Films book, and being a reworking of the script for the television story ‘The Abominable Snowmen’ for the big screen.

ROBERT HOLMES BIOGRAPHY (title TBC) by Richard Molesworth: The first ever biography of one of Doctor Who’s most acclaimed writers and script editors.

THAT ANGEL LOOK by Mike Ripley: the next in our series of reprints of Mike’s popular ‘Angel’ series of comic crime novels.

BOOTLEGGED ANGEL by Mike Ripley: another in Mike’s ‘Angel’ series of comic crime novels.

CELTIC SPELLS by Allison Beldon-Smith and Mary Baker: a small gift book in A6 format, featuring a spell every week to keep your mind clear and good fortune coming your way.

SONGS FOR EUROPE: THE UNITED KINGDOM AT THE EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: VOLUME 2: THE SEVENTIES by Gordon Roxburgh. Volume 2 of this acclaimed work which chronicles everything you need to know about the United Kingdom’s involvement in the Eurovision Song Contest.

NOW SOLD OUT

The following titles and editions have now unfortunately sold out. There are no current plans to reprint them:

THE BARRY NEWBERY SIGNATURE COLLECTION hardback
BEAUTIFUL MONSTERS
THE TARGET BOOK
TORMENT (Hank Janson)

OTHER NEWS

HORROR ON AUDIO

Sam Stone’s acclaimed Horror collection ZOMBIES IN NEW YORK AND OTHER BLOODY JOTTINGS is now available to buy as an audio book. The stories in the collection are available individually or as a bundle, and are available on download from the AudioGo website (www.audiogo.com), Audible.com, and everywhere else that AudioGo’s products can be obtained from.

The link to all Sam’s stories on the AudioGo website is:http://www.audiogo.com/uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=Sam+Stone

TIME HUNTER ON AUDIO

Fantom Films have now released the final three audio-books in the Time Hunter range, and the entire series is now available to listen to. These audios are tremendous, and the readers bring great life and vitality to the adventures in time and space of Honore Lechasseur and Emily Blandish.

They can be ordered from the Telos site here: http://www.telos.me.uk/category.php?id=1

Or there are download and multiple order discount offers available from the Fantom Films website here: http://www.fantomfilms.co.uk

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Until next time,

David, Steve and the Telos Team.

 

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