British Fantasy Society

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(1) The Modern One[edit]

The modern British Fantasy Society, is an organization formed in 1971 as the British Weird Fantasy Society. It appears to have been unrelated (except, perhaps, in spirit) with the earlier one (#2, below.)

The BWFS was an organization "catering for all devotees of fantasy, horror and the supernatural" it had "a magazine, Dark Horizons, and a monthly Bulletin with news and information, free advertising and details of Society services. Other services include, a lending library (already quite extensive), a fanzine library where you can keep up with the latest fan-magazines, a magazine chain, circulating the professional magazines, an amateur writers circle..."

It was founded in 1971 by Keith Walker, Phil Spencer and Rosemary Pardoe. Pardoe was secretary and the first BWFS publication, The Bulletin, was edited by Walker. During 1971 two other publications were started: A Fanzine Newsletter and Dark Horizons, both edited by Pardoe. Other publications included the British Fantasy Society Journal, Mystique, and Shellings.

In 1972, the BWFS had its first general meeting, at the 1972 Eastercon, Chessmancon -- it took places in a crowded hotel room! At this meeting, the word "Weird" was dropped from the society's name — from now on it was the British Fantasy Society -- and the presidency of the society was made honorary. The first president was Ken Bulmer who was followed by Ramsey Campbell. It also began awarding the August Derleth Award (named after August Derleth, who suggested it.)

It sponsors Fantasycon was first held in 1975 in Birmingham, UK. It also awards the British Fantasy Award.

BFS also publishes a series of BFS Booklets of fiction and non-fiction.

For more information see “A History of the BFS.”


(2) The Early One[edit]

From Fancyclopedia 1, ca. 1944
The British Fantasy Society. The SFA, former head organization in Great Britain, suspended for the duration when war hit, but there continued to be considerable activity in British fandom, and new fellows coming in who had never joined the SFA. So Michel Rosenblum organized the BFS. It established a library of books and prozines, managed the circulating of chain letters in specialized fields, chains for circulating prozines, and cooperated in issuing some fanzines. By such means wartime difficulties to fan activities were surmounted.

Club 1940s
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