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Offline shep5377

British Fantasy Society
« on: October 27, 2012, 12:31:12 AM »
Hi all,

Is anyone here a member of the BFS?

I'd like to join, but it doesn't sound like you get an awful lot for your money. I can get great reviews/reccomendations from this site and the conversation is usually quite good as well. :)

I know you need to be a member of BFS in order to get Fantasycon tickets, but is there more to it than that and the quarterly magazine?

Cheers guys,

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Re: British Fantasy Society
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2012, 09:19:53 PM »
I'm surprised no one is!

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Re: British Fantasy Society
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2012, 12:06:53 AM »
From my experience, the BFS is a very top-down organisation. I signed up a couple of years ago and only ever received the quarterly magazine.

I think the BFS is very good at promoting itself to dedicated fantasy fans. ie. people who are already highly self-motivated  and attend conventions, etc. But they are decidedly poor at reaching out to the wavering masses and getting them on board.
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Re: British Fantasy Society
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2012, 03:58:04 PM »
Thanks for that, it's how it appeared from the outside. I don't know if I'll bother.

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Re: British Fantasy Society
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2012, 05:41:43 PM »
The benefit is basically the journal (and other publications that sometimes trickle through). FantasyCon, you save a few quid on (£5? if you're a member), but is open to everyone. Same with the BFS Open Nights, which are generally good fun, but, as they say - they're open to everyone.

If you want to be involved in the BFS, there are a lot of opportunities - from helping out with the journal to assisting with the publicity efforts to... whatever.

Traditionally, the BFS has been focused on horror (the irony) and the membership has been small-presses and professionals. This has changed a bit of late, but mostly just enough to keep everyone on edge. It may return to being a  society of small presses and horror focus or it may turn into being something, er... bigger and more commercial.

My 2-cents, as a member of everything (mostly). If you're after fun discussions of fantasy with fantasy fans: FF is the  best place by FAR. And £30 will get you multiple copies of the anthology, too!

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Re: British Fantasy Society
« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2012, 07:10:58 PM »
I'm surprised they don't advertise those open nights more!
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Re: British Fantasy Society
« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2012, 08:14:27 PM »
Thanks Porno, I think I'll stick to FF for now, it's got everything I need!

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Re: British Fantasy Society
« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2012, 10:31:30 PM »
I was going to echo what Porno said - I have been a member and I don't think I got THAT much out of it - I think if I'd been a horror writer I might have benefited a lot more from joining.  The money off FantasyCon is a bonus, but again, FantasyCon is very horror-inclined...
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