The Curse of Fanfic and Forgotten Lives — two charity collections from Obverse Books

The Curse of Fanfic

Obverse Books has revealed details for not one but two charity anthologies! Of these The Curse of Fanfic is the least Doctor Who, though gets points for the excellent title. It’s also available now. Forgotten Lives is all Doctor Who and available later this year. It’s very much (if unintentionally) set in a post-Chibnall Masterplan version of the show.

Full press release follows.

Curses and forgetting

The Curse of Fanfic

Obverse Books are delighted to announce the first of two new charity anthologies — THE CURSE OF FANFIC, raising funds for Parkinson’s UK.

Available to order now, with the usual limited window for ordering (until 1st September), in paperback.

Have you ever made up your own stories based on favourite telly shows, or wondered what would happen if two or more of your most loved characters came together in one great mash-up of an adventure?

Between these covers you’ll find such unexpected bedfellows as Basil Brush and Larry Grayson, Steve Zodiac and the Alien Facehuggers, Doomwatch and Tomorrow’s World, Inspector Gadget and the Cybermen, and many more.

Edited by Paul Castle, creator of legendary fanzine Shooty Dog Thing, with new fiction from the likes of Iain McLaughlin, Paul Magrs, John Dorney and many others!

Available for ordering until 1st September 2020.


A short story anthology from Obverse Books in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK

They say a person is the sum of their memories — a Time Lord even more so. But some people live so long that there is no longer room for all the memories; they find themselves diminished, whittled away piece by piece…

For many years, Doctor Who has implied that the Doctor William Hartnell played was the Time Lord’s first incarnation — but there has always been room for doubt. In 1976’s The Brain of Morbius, we were given glimpses of eight stern-faced men in assorted historical costumes — Doctors before the one we know as the first.

What were they like, these forgotten Doctors? What worlds did they visit, and what adventures did they have there? Who were their companions, and who were their enemies?
And perhaps just as interesting — what sort of stories would this forgotten prehistory of Doctor Who have told?

Forgotten Lives seeks to answer those questions, while raising money to benefit research into preventing and curing the loss of memory and identity that human longevity brings.

Featuring stories from Aditya Bidikar, Simon Bucher-Jones, Kara Dennison, Paul Driscoll, Andrew Hickey, Philip Purser-Hallard, and others TBC, and artwork by Paul Hanley

FORGOTTEN LIVES will be published in late 2020, with pre-orders open in the autumn!

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