It has been a busy autumn at Alton Towers. I mean Alchemy Towers (the other Towers is about three miles further into the Peak District). At FantasyCon, held in a posh hotel at Nottingham University, we learned that Nick Nightmare Investigates by Adrian Cole (co-published with Airgedlámh Publications) won the coveted Best Collection Award presented by the British Fantasy Society. Copies are still available.
Congratulations to all concerned, to Adrian, his editor Mike Chinn (who also co-wrote one of the stories – where Nick Nightmare and Damian Paladin join forces to combat the forces of evil!), artists Jim Pits and Bob Eggleton, and Michael Marshall Smith, Stephen Jones and David Sutton.
The Alchemy Press was also short listed in the Best Anthology, Best Non-Fiction and Best Independent Press categories. So not a bad indicator of what we’re up to.
We launched Marion Pitman’s collection Music in the Bone at FantasyCon (sharing launching honours with the Allen Ashley-edited Creeping Crawlers anthology, published by Shadow Publishing); the Pitman collection has already gained a plethora of cracking reviews!
Then came Novacon , also in Nottingham (but a different, more compact venue). Here, we shared a party with NewCon Press to launch books by the convention’s Guests of Honour, Stan and Anne Nicholls. Our collection of Anne’s short fiction, Music From the Fifth Planet, went down a storm — as did Stan’s NewCon book, Orcs: Tales of Maras-Dantia.
We also put in an appearance at Sledge-Lit in Derby to round off November, at which we showcased our 2015 titles (along with our back catalogue):
- Give Me These Moments Back by Mike Chinn
- Dead Water and Other Weird Tales by David A Sutton
- Leinster Gardens and Other Subtleties by Jan Edwards
- Monsters by Paul Kane
- Evocations by James Brogden
- Music In the Bone by Marion Pitman
- Music From The Fifth Planet by Anne Nicholls
To view our full catalogue pop over to the Alchemy Press website; and while there check out the savings on our limited edition books:
We had high hopes to publish a couple of other titles this year but family matters intervened (ill health, long drives up and down the country) and so we’ve postponed these until 2016. So next year look out for The Complete Weird Epistles of Penelope Pettiweather, Ghost Hunter by Jessica Amanda Salmonson; a Lovecraft-theme anthology from Adrian Tchaikovsky; and a new collection by Pauline Dungate.
We are also going to launch at FantasyCon 2016 – in Scarborough, no less! – Something Remains, an anthology involving posthumous collaborations between the late (and very badly missed) Joel Lane and countless others.
And as for 2017: we are thinking more Urban Mythic and more Pulp Heroes. What do you think?
Now out of print:
- Shadows of Light and Dark by Jo Fletcher
- Beneath the Ground anthology edited by Joel Lane
But … The Paladin Mandates by Mike Chinn, which we previously listed as OOP, continues to breed in dark corners! We found five copies nestling in the bottom of a box of other titles. So if you have not purchased it as yet it is not too late.
We have just one copy in stock of the limited, signed, hardcover edition of Monsters by Paul Kane. The paperback edition, however, remains available via Amazon and other online dealers.
News on all events and titles can be found at our website, Facebook page and Twitter feed!
Finally: we at Alchemy Towers wish everyone a merry Solstice or Christmas or whatever you celebrate, and a very successful and happy 2016.