There are four events for people to watch out for in coming weeks; firstly, author B. John Shaw Liddle will be signing books at the Wellfield Book Shop (Wellfield Road, Cardiff) on October 15th from 1.30-2.30pm as part of the Made in Roath festival, then the Deadstar team will be at the Mercure Hotel in Bristol on Saturday 22nd exhibiting at BristolCon. Next up we have a launch party on November 2nd for The Pride, one of our new comic book titles. and finally Deadstar Publishing are returning to Leeds ThoughtBubble festival on the 19th and 20th of November.
We’d love to see you there, and more details will be posted on our Facebook page as each event draws nearer.
The keen eyed amongst you might have noticed that our website is not quite the same as it was last week. As part of our consolidation with Leaf Books and our desire to improve the website, we have moved away from the Flash based solution used previously and this… this is the result.
We hope you like it and everything works well for you. If you have any questions, comments or problems, please let us know by leaving a comment.
‘Is this thing on? What do you mean of course it’s on, it’s a blog, you’re typing it? Geoffrey, fetch me the combobulator! We’ll see who’s laughing after that!
So you’ve probably heard I’ve been asked to provide you wannabe experts in the field of experimental-physical-molecular-faux science a simple guide to taking over / destroying the world. So I present to you; Dr Deadstar’s 12 Step Guide to Global Domination.’
Step 1 – Picking the Name
‘You can’t have a good plan without having a good name to go with it, you’ve all heard that the suit makes the man, well a name is like a suit for a plan. After all Dr Huben Von Stikenmos did not become famous overnight by creating the slightly annoying sound generator. No, he made the hypersonic death dispenser and invaded the moon! So names are important and here are some handy tips to help you out when trying to name your schemes.’
-Make it sound grander than it actually is. No one ran in terror from a mild injury ray.
-Make it easy to remember. Dr Finkle was forgotten after creating the ornithopic re-animating resulting in a large explosion machine. If no one can remember what brought about the downfall of humanity it might as well not have happened.
-Use alliteration where possible. The classics never die, we’ve all heard of the doomsday device.
-Finally, make sure the name lets people know vaguely what your plan entails, or what your invention does but keep them guessing too. Suspense adds to the fear and awe of your creation, but if they have no idea what is going on then you will generally be ignored.
‘So there you have it, step one to joining the ranks of the great men and women attempting to change the world. Until next time!’
‘…Geoffrey, how do I turn this off? Pass me that spanner!’
The Oxfam readings in Bridgend, Pontypridd and Tonypandy were a great success with a receptive attendance. Well done to both Jaque Thay and Lynda Nash who did an excellent job in helping this good cause.
To see some pictures from these events, click here to go to our facebook page.