At Last, the VampSov ’38 Launch!

Published a few months ago, Daniel Ribot’s debut novel never had an official launch party at the time. We were sad.

As the first novel published by a Speculator, the occasion must be marked. And marked it shall be. With Monster Munch, no less.

Saturday 17th October 2015 at Phoenix Square, 4 Midland Street, Leicester LE1 1TG. Kick-off is at 7:30pm. Open to all-comers.


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Speculators in Print

Jay Eales

Doctor Who charity anthologies:

Perfect Timing 2, [co-edited with Helen Fayle] (1999)

Bell, Book & Candle, Walking in Eternity, [Editor/contributor] Factor Fiction (2000)

Walk A Mile In My Shoes, Missing Pieces (2001)

Tread On a Crack, Shelf Life, [co-edited with Adrian Middleton & David A McIntee] Factor Fiction (2008)


The Girly Comic #1-21, Publisher/contributor, Factor Fiction (2001-2010)

Violent! #1-20, Publisher/editor/contributor from #6 on, Factor Fiction (1999-2014)

Borderline – The Comics Magazine #1-20, [News Features Editor] MediaHall (2002-2004)

Service Not Included, comic strip with Peet Clack, American Splendor DVD (2004)

See a Penny, Pick It Up…, comic strip with Graeme Neil Reid, Negative Burn #6, Desperado Press/Image Comics (2006)

Outlaw Wu, comic strip with Toby Ford, The Mammoth Book of Best New Manga, Constable & Robinson (2006)

Made Men, comic strip with Charley Spencer, Robots, Accent UK (2008)

Last Suppers, comic strip, Predators, Accent UK (2011)

The Girly Comic Book Volume 1, Publisher/contributor, Factor Fiction (2008 hardback/2012 paperback)

The Girly Comic Book Volume 2, Publisher/contributor, Factor Fiction (August 2012 paperback)

Imaginary Kingdom comics adaptation with Krzysztof Ostrowski, Zombre, Borderline Press (November 2013)


Spare Change, Murky Depths #12, House of Murky Depths (2010)

ICU, The Speculator (2010)

Mightier than the Sword, Faction Paradox: A Romance in Twelve Parts, Obverse Books (2011)

Imaginary Kingdom, Alt-Zombie, Hersham Horror (2012)

Nine TenthsTerror Scribes, Doghorn Publishing (2012)

Faction Paradox: Burning With Optimism’s Flames, [Editor] Obverse Books (2012)

Born Among Briars, More Tales of the City, Obverse Books (2013)

The Five Faces of Fear (The Periodic Adventures of Señor 105 #8), Manleigh Books (2013)

Zeitgeist, Terror Tales Volume 2, #1, Rainfall Books (2014)

The Revenant, The Alchemy Press Book of Pulp Heroes 3, Alchemy Press (2014)

Nine Tenths, Kitchen Sink Gothic, Parallel Universe Publications (2015)

Death of the Artist, The Perennial Miss Wildthyme, Obverse Books (2015)

Made Me Do It, Final Masquerade, Lycan Valley Press (Canada/US) (November 2016/ 2nd Ed. June 2017)

Between Love and Hat, You Left Your Biscuit Behind, Fox Spirit Press (December 2016)

Everything’s Coming Up Roses, A Treasury of Brenda and Effie, Obverse Books (2017)

Selina Lock


The Girly Comic & The Girly Webcomic, [Editor] (2001–2011)

Kissability, illustrated by Graeme Neil Reid, The Girly Comic #1

When Toilets Attack!, illustrated by Toby Ford, The Girly Comic #4

Rescue Me, illustrated by Jenni Scott, Motodraconis & Debra Boyask, The Girly Comic #16

What Women Want, illustrated by Jane McGuinness, The Girly Comic #18

Pumpkin Coach, co-written with Allen Ashley, illustrated by Mayko Fry, The Girly Comic #21

Angela D’eath, illustrated by Dave Windett, Baddis #1, Westwind Forlag (2005)

War Canary, illustrated by INJ Culbard, War: The Human Cost, Paper Tiger Comics (2011)

Yesterday, all my troubles…, illustrated by Staticgirl, Sugar Glider Stories #2 (2012)

Lady of the Skies, illustrated by David O’Connell, Ink+PAPER #1 (2012)

A Guinea Pig’s Guide to Cancer Drug Clinical Trials, illustrated by Sarah Al Hazmi, Asteroid Belter: The Newcastle Science Comic (2013)

Go Home and Sit Still, illustrated by Arthur Goodman, To End All Wars, Soaring Penguin Press (2014)


Friends Like These, The Speculator, (2010)

Lone and Level Sands, Alt-Zombie, Hersham Horror (2012)

Light Fingers, Terror Scribes, Doghorn Publishing (2012)

The Great and PowerfulThe Alchemy Press Book of Ancient Wonders, Alchemy Press (2012)

Green Eyed and Grim (The Periodic Adventure of Seňor 105 #5), Manleigh Books (2013)

Death on the Euphrates, Iris Wildthyme of Mars, Obverse Books (2014)

Angels on a Hoverbike, Tales from the Civil War, Obverse Books (2017)

Brenda’s Bad Day, A Brenda and Effie Treasury, Obverse Books (2017)

Daniel Ribot

War of the World Builders, The Speculator (2010)

No Class, The Speculator (2010)

La Santa Muerte,  Faction Paradox: Burning With Optimism’s Flames, Obverse Books (2012)

VampSov 1938, Omnium Gatherum Media (2013)

A Gentleman’s Agreement, Phoenix Square, Phoenix Writers (2014)

James Worrad

Apocalypse Cliché (with Dan Gilbert), The Speculator (2010)

+1, The Speculator (2010)

The Strings, Faction Paradox: Burning With Optimism’s Flames, Obverse Books (2012)

Phillip Irving

The Last, The Speculator (2010)

Lucy Ann Wade

Tick, The Speculator (2010)

Will Ellwood

Two Out of Three, The Speculator (2010)

Walls Between Worlds, Flurb #13 (2011)

P.D. Rudman

The Rose, Lost and Found (June 2016)

Experiment 3, dramatised as part of the Story City festival (July 2016)

Tea, The Heroes Among Us (a charity eBook for LOROS)


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Online Member Publications

A selection of stories for your delectation:


Phillip Irving

Chapter Eight Short-Story.Net (2008)

Where I Choose to Wake Body Parts

Those Things We Cannot Change (2013)


James Worrad

+1 Daily Science Fiction

Eye-High Flurb #13 (2013)


Will Ellwood

Walls Between Worlds Flurb #12 (2011)


Jay Eales

Little Victories Amadeus (2014)

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‘Flawless’ to screen at CERN

Exciting news for Speculators James Worrad & Lucy Wade – co-writers of the short film ‘Flawless’ – the film will be screening at CERN as part of CineGlobe 2015.

Jim talks more about this news on his blog.


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States of Independence 14th March 2015

The Speculators are pleased to be part of this year’s States of Independence day.

States of Independence

Free of charge | 10.30am – 4.30pm | Open to all

Clephan Building, De Montfort University, Oxford Street, Leicester LE1 5XY

As part of the day members of the group will be giving a talk:

The Speculators – A Model for Tea Drinking and Writing
The Speculators is (are?) a writing group which meets once a week on Queens Road, Leicester. They have no formal membership structure and are organized on the basis of free association. In this session members of the group will talk about the reasons they write science fiction and fantasy, the reasons why they’re members, and a discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of groups like The Speculators with advice on forming similar groups.

There are also lots of other fab talks during the day including ones on “poetry, politics, Doctor Who, history, films, vinyl, steampunk, future fiction, zines, murder…

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The Speculator

It’s here, a bit odd, very stylish and free.

Contains 12 pages of Science Fiction and Fantasy from Leicester’s foremost speculative fiction writers group.

Download The Speculator issue 1 as a PDF from this link.

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The Speculator is a free broadsheet exclusive to Alt.Fiction 2010. It’s stuffed with stories and articles brought to you by… well, The Speculators, Leicester’s foremost–indeed, only known–SF and Fantasy writers group.

‘It is a showcase of our work, our imagination and our love of the craft of writing,’ says editor-in-chief Daniel Ribot. ‘I hope Alt.Fiction attendees will enjoy, comment and participate with us, perhaps going so far as buying a thirsty editor a well-deserved pint!’

Seventeen writers in all have contributed, their efforts accentuated by the feverishly dazzling handiwork of many genre artists. So that’s twelve–count ‘em–twelve pages of sheer mind-fondling, vision-injected 100% STORY for your delectation, all TOTALLY FREE!

Because we love you, people, really we do. No, really.


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