August comes around and plenty to talk about here at Alton Towers. I mean Alchemy Towers (easy mistake – Alton Towers is about four miles away from here).
We are always ready to drop keyboards and spring into action to support events in striking distance of the Moorlands – and one such date was Saturday 22 August, when the Alchemy Press attended the Stafford Indoor Market for the Stafford Book Fair. We had all our current titles on sale, including the recently published Monsters by Paul Kane and Evocations by James Brogden, along with Dead Water and Other Weird Tales by David A Sutton, Give Me These Moments Back by Mike Chinn, Leinster Gardens and Other Subtleties by Jan Edwards, Tell No Lies by John Grant and our backlist (see the website for full catalogue)
Monsters was launched as a paperback as well as a super limited edition hardcover, signed by Paul Kane. There are just three copies left of the special edition! To grab a copy contact us via here to order one and we’ll send a PayPal invoice – first come, first served. The limited Monsters is £25.00 including p&p in the UK.
Forthcoming books include Music in the Bone by Marion Pitman, to be launched at FantasyCon 2015 in Nottingham; Anne Nicholls’s Music From the Fifth Planet, with cover art by world renowned SF artist David Hardy, and to be launched at Novacon; The Compleat Weird Epistles of Penelope Pettiweather, Ghost Hunter by Jessica Amanda Salmonson; and Johnny Mains’s A Little Light Screaming. All due out this year so get the combination locks on those wallets ready for action!
We hit the magazine racks with an article in Writing Magazine. This is a nice looking article that has already attracted many ideas for new projects:
A few reviews have come to our attention recently: “The darkness in these stories is subtle, a hulking, half-seen shape moving about in the shadows just to the left or right of the very edge of our perception. This is what makes them so good and memorable. Some of the tales will be in my head for a long time” (Leinster Gardens by Jan Edwards); and “The tales in this collection are creepy, atmospheric, unsettling and disturbing, the kind of tales to keep you awake at night, huddled under the covers and clutching a brightly lit torch for dear life while something slivers in the shadows” (Dead Water by David A Sutton). “A good storyteller is able to be convincing while being a master of misdirection. The reader is sucked in to the power of the tale before realising that everything is not how they expected it to be. In some cases this leads to a ‘groan effect’ as a twist is revealed that, although unexpected, is provided without the clues that on looking back were present. A subtle bard leaves the reader with a feeling of satisfaction. John Grant belongs to the latter school.” Tell No Lies by John Grant). If you come across any reviews of Alchemy Press books do let us know.
Right now on our website we have a special offers some of our limited edition hardcovers: Merry-Go-Round and Other Words by Bryn Fortey; Invent-10n by Rod Rees; and Rumours of the Marvellous by Peter Atkins. Also on sale while stocks last is Where the Bodies are Buried by Kim Newman. You can read all the details here.
We are co-hosting a reading event on the afternoon of 31 October: Ghosts at the Gladstone. Local writers will be reading out spooky stories to send shivers up and down your spine. And if you haven’t heard, The Alchemy Press is up for awards in four categories in this year’s British Fantasy Society Awards – details here. Fingers crossed. Keep up to date with news on our events and titles on our website; we are also on Facebook and Twitter.