Submissions closed

The submissions’ window for The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors 3 is now closed. We extended it long enough to capture all those living on Pacific islands who might wish to submit something. Actually, no one from such an island sent us a story but we did receive manuscripts from the USA before noon on 1st February, so they made it okay. Everyone who submitted a story should have received an acknowledgment – let us know if you’ve not heard from us. 

We have received over 350 submissions! That’s many more than we anticipated. The proposed anthology will have around a dozen stories, maybe a few more. That means there will be a lot of disappointed writers. Judging by the submissions, the quality of stories in Horrors 3 will be high. Which is of course a good thing.

We have already started reading submissions and are shortlisting those for a further re-read. We aim to start letting people know of our decisions in four-six weeks. Please be patient.

 

Awesome Adventures now available

The Awesome Adventures of Poppy and Amelia would never have happened if it hadn’t been for lockdown.

In those first couple of months, like so many writers, I found working on my current book very slow going.  A day’s work felt like ploughing through porridge. Very little got done and what I did write had somehow lost its flow.

The impetus to write had also faded and most days I found it almost impossible to get going. Nothing much seemed to matter. While other people re-decorated, caught up with DIY or re-modelled their gardens I let the time slip past.

Except for my four times a week Skype lessons with granddaughter Maddy.

Read more of Misha’s article on her blog, here.

The Awesome Adventures of Poppy and Amelia is available from Amazon and other online websites.

Special offers

It is still three months to Christmas but not too early to think about buying presents. And what better presents can there be for family and friends … but books. Or a gift for yourself. We at The Alchemy Press wish to assist you in this task. For the next month or so we have several books, fabulous anthologies and collections, all desperately looking for a new home – your home. But stocks of some titles are low so act fast. Check out our special offers page for full details and prices.

Also on offer, limited edition hardcovers::

Nick Nightmare Investigates by Adrian Cole. In this frenetic collection of stories taken from the files of Nick Nightmare, Private Eye, the intrepid pulp hero is thrown into a murky world of crawling horrors, spawned by the Old Ones as they seek to rise up from their primordial oceanic depths, ‘when the stars are right.’ Just £15 including p&p in the UK.

Rumours of the Marvellous by Peter Atkins. “Rumours of the Marvellous is a superb collection of short stories by Peter Atkins that fall in the borderland between SF, fantasy, horror and the super­natural.” — David V Barrett, £15 including p&p in the UK.

Where the Bodies Are Buried by Kim Newman.  “Meet Rob Hackwill, folk demon. A blackmailer killed by his victims, returning to expose what they are really made of. Or so the script goes. But then Hackwill slithers out of film into reality. Where the Bodies are Buried is a heady brew of pulp horror, political satire and twisted technology. These four stories deconstruct the myths of the late twentieth century – with a hatchet. Prepare to laugh. Prepare to shudder. Prepare to find out Where the Bodies Are Buried.” £15 including p&p in the UK.

Listed Dead

The Alchemy Press’ Jan Edwards — co-editor of The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors volumes 1 and 2 — has a new novel out: Listed Dead.

Claude Naysmith’s fatal car crash occurs on the borders of the Perringham Estate and Bunch Courtney can hardly avoid being drawn into events. When the body of Penelope James is found just a few miles away, clutching a list of names that includes both herself and Naysmith, Bunch and Wright are left wondering. Could this be a hit list? Is it sheer coincidence? Since neither Bunch nor DCI Wright believe in coincidences they must throw their combined efforts into the investigation before any more of those names wind up on the mortuary slab.

For further information pop over to the Listed Dead page at The Penkhull Press.

A Small Thing for Yolanda reviewed

“This is a superb novella and Jan Edwards packs a multitude of delights into its eighty-six pages. The sense of place is brilliantly done, evoking both the glamour and the intrigue of the Parisian entre-deux-guerres epoch, while still retaining a wry contemporary sensibility. Letitia/Yolanda is an appealing and fascinating creation and her double life nicely sets the tone for a tale where most of the other characters have alter egos and/or hidden agendas. The shift from the world of espionage, political unrest and the emerging struggle between fascists and communists, towards a hidden conflict between occult forces and creatures is tensely and subtly done and while the experienced horror reader may predict a certain direction when Yolanda finds a box of silver bullets, Edwards is too well versed in the supernatural to confine her tale to lycanthropy alone, although, fittingly for a tale set in France, the legend of the Loup-garou does indeed feature.”

Reviewed by Con Connolly in Phantasmagoria 15. Check out the full review on the books page, here.

 

Horrors 2 reviewed

Reviewed on the Runalong the Shelves website

Horror like any genre has some extremes. It could a gentle scare to full-on bloodbath. Sometimes reading helps you work out where your boundaries are or how far into the deep waters I’m prepared to go before turning back. The second Alchemy Press Book of Horrors managed to do just that as many of the stories were brilliantly done but blimey there were often chilling.

So if you’re feeling ready for rich darkness here are a few of the tales in the collection I got struck by ‘Beneath Nambian Sands’ by Pauline E Dungate. This is a atmospheric tale of someone trying a rescue mission in the desert. Its clear something weird has happened but Dungate winds up tension to the last possible moment. And then bloodily unleashed.

‘Promises’ by Nancy Kilpatrick. This story in the collection that tells of love, loss and Whitstable. Horror movie fans may recall it’s famous resident. Melancholy and strange with a haunting ending.

‘The Secret Place’ by Samantha Lee. A mother and her daughter move to a old house or a writing retreat. The daughter left to her own devices make a new friend but tragedy is coming, This story is dark and unfair and chilling all at once. You’ll feel a shiver in the end.

‘Lirpaloof Island’ by Garry Kilworth. This story is dark comedy tale of an office prank that goes awry with deadly consequences. It mixes the absorb and the horror skilfully.

‘The Hate Whisperer’ by Thana Niveau. A really cold story where a young woman investigates how certain people when photographed experienced a massive and deadly change in their personalities. Nasty events spiral and the end is shocking and bloody.

‘We Do Like To Be Beside’ by Peter Sutton. A summer horror holiday that covers a nasty nightmare and that plays with the desire to be free of our families in a very unpleasant way. Great sense of building horror for the incident child experiencing events.

‘Footprints in the Snow’ by Eyglo Karlsdottir. This tale mixes a weird world event with family grief. The dead can return when it snows and now snow can happen at any time. A mother finds her dearest wish can be deadly. Unsettling and bittersweet.

A collection with many strands of horror in there and I think gives a variety of experiences but when it wants to get its teeth into you it does. A set of tales I think seasoned horror fans will enjoy a lot.

For more info on this anthology check out the Horrors 2 page. The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors 2 is available in eBook and print formats from the usual suspects.