It’s already February in a cold and snowy Staffordshire Moorlands, but are we hibernating? We are not!
First and foremost, a reminder for those of you have may have missed it in the Christmas rush: we have for your delectation and delight a collection of short fiction from a master of the form. Tell No Lies by John Grant is a fabulous volume of twelve stories to thrill you and chill you and to take you on journeys of the fantastic!
- It is an easy enough mistake to make – the most natural mistake in the world.
- Cello is hooked up to the machine, but whose dreams does she experience?
- The house is suddenly infested, but with … what?
- At the Edinburgh Fringe he meets Kristie. She seems to be exactly what he needs.
- The books Philip buys contain a signature that has no right to be there.
- In a West Country village petrol is ridiculously cheap. Where does it come from?
- Caught in a blizzard he finds himself in Memoryville … where he meets an old acquaintance…
- Ginfalcio Beeswax and Truculence Fish are all that stand between the monsters from the blackness of outer space and the end of mankind. But are issues closer to home more frightening than multi-tentacled aliens?
- Christopher – their miracle child.
- Nick’s lives are … haunted, but by whom?
- The artist is dead but her art lives on.
- It’s Benjy’s birthday – and he wants his own universe.
Review copies are still available in the e-format of choice.
Moving on to forthcoming books, you will be pleased to know that the Alchemy Manor pipeline is awash with new titles ready to hit the shelves in 2015.
From the man who brought you Damian Paladin and the Robo Kidd we have Give Me These Moments Back, a collection of short fiction by Mike Chinn:
- Welcome to the Hotel Marianas: I stepped to one side and flicked a switch. A ring of external spotlights flared to life, revealing the floor of the Mariana Trench just a few metres below us. The backwash filled the observation room with a cold grey light, just enough for us to make each other out. As one, they gasped at the sight. I didn’t blame them – even though I’d seen it dozens of times, it still caught the back of my throat.
- Be Grateful When You’re Dead: Donnie could feel himself beginning to shake. Suddenly he wanted to be back at the bar, knocking down more beers. He clenched his fists, fighting the tremors. For a moment, he back-flashed to October thirty-first last year: River Phoenix, on a Hollywood sidewalk, dying. No resurrection from the flames that time: no one was reviving dead movie stars.
- Kami Ga Kikoemasu: The storm bounced theOji-Maru across the ocean like a toy boat. Waves taller than its masts broke across its beam. Sky and sea were black; the only light came from the ship’s navigation lamps. Ishimaeru could barely make out the bows and harpoon gun: faint patches in the boiling darkness. From somewhere aft, he heard the sound of shattering glass. It reared out of the dark, vast and … and wrong. Nothing but bones…
And more … eighteen stories that range from the depths of the Pacific, the cruel charms of Venice, the price of immortality, to the Appalachian Mountains…
And there’s Dead Water & Other Weird Tales, eighteen stories of horror, fantasy and science fiction from award-winning editor and writer David A. Sutton:
- From weirdness on the Welsh coast: Whatever it was, the object was too large for a bird, too slim for a boat, too streamlined for flotsam… She pressed her face closer to the glass, fascinated and terrified at the same time. In the net … bilious white, flesh that might have been partly consumed by some predator.
- A rare visit to Lovecraft’s Innsmouth: My eyes could not block out the sight of the shapes, flopping, wading, barking as they inexorably massed in my direction… the texture of their skins bore the suggestion of the final stages of gangrenous flesh.
- On board Venturer, about to land on Mars: The texture of Mars, the texture of its red facade, the subliminal texture of its history and mythology and the baggage of the many fictions. Mars was larger than itself… The three of them had sat in the rec. area and watched as Earth’s dark soul was lit up again.
And many more…
And Leinster Gardens and Other Subtleties, the ghost stories of Jan Edwards. Twelve short stories from the back catalogue, including the BFS award short-listed ‘Ortterburn’, plus a previously unpublished tale.
- Concerning Events at Leinster Gardens: He handed the maid his hat and replaced it with a coronet of silk holly leaves and tinsel. She gave him only the smallest raise of an eyebrow. ‘Ghost of Christmas Present,’ he said…
- The Waiting: She picked up the hem of her night-dress and ran the length of the gallery. She wanted to race them to the door, to greet her father. Why, then, did a tiny part of her hesitate? Why should she be afraid? From the landing she heard the doors of the great hall being flung open…
- The Ballad of Lucy Lightfoot: This had been in the planning for a very long time, for centuries – to the where and the when that the Wite had sent her. Across an entire continent to the edges of the Ottoman lands, to a place and time long before the Lightfoot name had ever begun. Her children, and her children’s children, for more generations than she could count, were dust. Only she remained.
Pre-publication uncorrected review proofs will be available in various e-formats on request.
Then later in 2015 we have collections due from Paul Kane, Marion Pitman, Anne Nicholls and James Brogden… Keep an eye open for future developments.
In other news
- “Grendel’s Lair” by Paul Finch, first published way back in 2003 by the late, great Joel Lane in his Alchemy Press anthology Beneath the Ground, has finally made it onto audio, courtesy of Whole Story Audiobooks. And very nicely read, it is too, by actor Jonathan Keeble.
- Alchemy author Zen Cho has won the Crawford Award. For the first time in its 30-year history, the William Crawford Fantasy Award selection has resulted in a tie. The co-winners are the collection Spirits Abroadby Zen Cho (Buku Fixi) and the novel The Angel of Losses by Stephanie Feldman. See more at Locus:
- Bryn Fortey’s fabulous collection Merry-Go-Round continues to garner great reviews: see The New Beatnik.
And lastly – should you need to fill gaps in your library, here’s a reminder of the 2014 publications from The Alchemy Press:
- Kneeling in the Silver Light edited by Dean M Drinkel
- Merry-Go-Round and Other Words by Bryn Fortey
- Nick Nightmare Investigates by Adrian Cole
- Tell No Lies by John Grant
- The Alchemy Press Book of Pulp Heroes 3 edited by Mike Chinn
- The Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic 2 edited by Jan Edwards and Jenny Barber
- Touchstones by John Howard
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Thanks for reading
Peter & Jan