An Interview with Peter Atkins and Glen Hirshberg

Just discovered this interview with Peter Atkins and Glen Hirshberg. Peter is, of course, the author of the fabulous Alchemy Press collection, Rumours of the Marvellous.

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Glen Hirshberg (L) and Peter Atkins (R) founded the Rolling Darkness Revue in 2004. Glen Hirshberg (L) and Peter Atkins (R) founded the Rolling Darkness Revue in 2004.

Fresh from the PstD vault! The following is excerpted from a transcribed interview with Glen Hirshberg and Peter Atkins, conducted by Sean Moreland and James Greatrex on October 24, 2010. Atkins and Hirshberg had just performed as the Rolling Darkness Revue at the Mayfair Theatre the night before, as part of that year’s Ottawa International Writer’s Festival. This interview originally appeared in our inaugural issue, Postscripts to Darkness Volume 1. We owe a great deal to these gentlemen for the inspiration. Read more about how the Rolling Darkness Revue helped ignite our project.

Peter Atkins was part of Clive Barker’s The Dog Company in 1970s Liverpool. He is an actor, composer, and novelist, and is perhaps best known for his work as a screenwriter. Credits include the Hellraiser and Wishmaster series. He has twice…

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Alchemy anthologies

Alchemy Press anthologies are available in print and eBook (Kindle) formats. Click on the titles for the relevant links — and fill your eReader with excitement, wonder, myth, horror and pulp heroics.

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  • The Private Life of Elder Things (Kindle edition coming soon)
  • Something Remains (Kindle edition due in September)

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Something Remains blogged

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Lynda E. Rucker, whose story “The Other Side” features in Something Remains, comments on the collaborative process:

It was an enormous honor to work on this and also an extremely moving experience. I had selected the fragment that spoke to me the most personally, and worked hard to get into a mindset that would produce a story that was truly a collaboration between Joel and me. As someone who had only a passing acquaintance with Joel personally (but who has loved his work since the 1990s), it was surprising how close I felt to him over the course of writing the story.

Something Remains will be launched this September at FantasyCon by the Sea.

 

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Two contributors to Something Remains — John Grant and Rosanne Rabinowitz — have posted blogs about their involvement in the project. John says:

The hugely talented writer Joel Lane, best known for his dark fantasy, died far too young in 2013. He left behind him scattered notes for a myriad of stories that he’d never gotten around to writing, and it occurred to Pauline Dungate that a suitable memorial to him might be a charity anthology in which other writers used Joel’s notes as the basis for new, preferably Joel-esque stories. I was highly honored when The Alchemy Press’s Peter Coleborn asked me to be a contributor to the anthology, and even more so when my story was accepted.

And Rosanne comments:

This unique and moving collaboration differs from any book I’ve contributed to in the past. When Joel Lane died in 2013 he left many handwritten fragments of writing behind. Some were sketches, others closer to complete stories. Peter Coleborn and Pauline E Dungate teamed up to edit an anthology based on these fragments. Various friends and associates of Joel’s selected pieces that sparked their imaginations. Out of this emerged a collection of stories, poems and reflections on Joel’s poetry and critical work.

Read the full blogs on their respective websites: John Grant and Rosanne Rabinowitz.

Something Remains will be launched at FantasyCon by the Sea this September. Many contributors will be on hand to sign the book. The book will also be available from Amazon and the usual suppliers.

 

 

Jessica Salmonson GOH at Diversicon

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Jessica Amanda Salmonson — whose The Complete Weird Epistles of Penelope Pettiweather, Ghost Hunter — is Guest of Honour at Diversicon 24, which takes place on 29-31 July at the Best Western Hotel, St Paul, Minnesota — in other words, very soon!

The Complete Weird Epistles of Penelope Pettiweather, Ghost Hunter: fourteen stories — or epistles, rather — detailing Penelope’s quest to understand the nature of ghosts. Full of the rich history and landscape of Salmonson’s northwest USA, these quiet tales will appeal to the fan of the traditional ghost story.

Available from Amazon and many other online book sellers.

 

 

Penelope Pettiweather reviewed

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The Complete Weird Epistles of Penelope Pettiweather, Ghost Hunter by Jessica Amanda Salmonson has been reviewed on the The Book Lover’s Boudoir website:

The Complete Weird Epistles of Penelope Pettiweather, Ghost Hunter is a hugely enjoyable collection of stories. My favourite type of supernatural fiction is the ghost story. Sinister presences, strange noises, spooky events, bad omens and a sense of foreboding do more for me than blood and gore . . . The collection reminded me of the work of Arthur Conan Doyle and M.R James. ‘The Hounds of the Hearth’ opens the collection with a bang. This is an excellent story . . . The Complete Weird Epistles of Penelope Pettiweather, Ghost Hunter is a must for fans of ghost stories.

The Complete Weird Epistles is available in print from Amazon and other online dealers. Also available for the Kindle.