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.

Talking to Strangers reviewed

TALKING TO STRANGERS AND OTHER WARNINGS by Tina Rath has been reviewed by John Gilbert in Phantasmagoria magazine issue 15.

When people try to ridicule the horror and fantasy genres as lightweight and frothy or gory and gratuitous puff, I just point them in the direction of authors such as Tina Rath. Dr Rath is truly a renaissance woman; an academic with a fascination for supernatural literature and folklore, an actress, Queen Victoria impersonator, poet, and librarian; she has a formidable intellect and ferocious wit. Oh, and according to Gail Nina-Anderson’s ‘Introduction’ to Talking to Strangers, Tina’s latest short story collection, she is a part-time vampire.

The twenty-nine supernatural tales in her brand new ‘best of’ collection range from the dark and forbidding to the gently humorous, many of them distilling a sense of unease from everyday items in contemporary settings with a hefty sting in the tale. The best stories in the collection demonstrate Dr. Rath’s deep knowledge of classic and contemporary supernatural fiction. Alien encounters is the theme of ‘Talking to Strangers in Finsbury Park’; ‘A Visit to Blastings Manor’ is a superb Christmas ghost story; in ‘This is How It Happened’, a classic fairy tale is given a modern setting. A young cleaner gives a hospital ward an unusually deep clean in ‘Ilona’ and in ‘A Beautiful Boy’, a handsome young man appears to bring out the best and youthfulness renewed in an old folks’ home.

A newcomer at St Walburga’s school shows herself as no geek and no pushover for the bullies in ‘Scruffy The Vampire Slayer’ and a lodger proves more difficult to get rid of than originally anticipated in ‘Sitting Tenant’. ‘Diversion’ takes bus passengers on anything but a magical mystery tour whilst ‘A Trick of The Dark’ poses the fateful question, “What kind of job finishes just at sun-set?”. ‘“It’s White and It Follows Me”’ is a ghostly lament; ‘The Fetch’ in a tale of a ghostly guest first published last year in a collection to commemorate the life of R. Chetwynd-Hayes; in ‘The Bus’, Mrs Fortescue waits for eternity and in the ‘Fifth Sense’ the author engages in some clever lycanthropic olfaction (the lengths to which I go in order to hide spoilers).

Packed full of supernatural fun and surprises, Talking to Strangers… demonstrates the great breadth and depth of Tina Rath’s talent as a writer of supernatural fiction, collecting together the very best of her output during thirty-seven very productive years and four stories which were specially written for this book. Entertaining, dark, perplexing and humorous, the stories will keep horror fans enthralled during many a day in lockdown and beyond.

Talking to Strangers is published by The Alchemy Press and is available from Amazon and other online dealers.

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While we’re here, I thoroughly recommend Phantasmagoria magazine, published by Trevor Kennedy several times a year. Available from Amazon in print and Kindle formats.

 

 

Two new novellas

Two novellas are now available from The Alchemy Press:

A Small Thing for Yolanda by Jan Edwards

The Métro Murder is one of the most famous unsolved crimes of the 1930s. Who was Laetitia Toureaux? What were her links within the murky world of spies and secret political movements? All of those things remain shrouded in mystery, despite the fact that her movements on her final day are well documented. How was she stabbed to death in an apparently empty Métro carriage? And by whom? A Small Thing for Yolanda offers one potential solution.

Les Vacances by Phil Sloman

Monasteries rising and falling. Heretics and stakes and fire. There were rebellions and revolution and tales of abundance and happiness and new beginnings. Within the book there were also lies and omissions and fallacies all designed to gloss over a dark past many had long forgotten. Many but not all. The vacation of a lifetime.

Both novellas are available in print and eBook formats (Kindle, Kobo, Apple).

Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic there appears to be issues with the books appearing as in-stock on sites such as Amazon. Also, the prices may be incorrect. Both should be £5.99 each (print) and 99p as an eBook.

 

Two new books launched tonight

Tonight at 7.00 p.m. (UK time) we launch two new books, Talking to Strangers and Other Warnings by Tina Rath and The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors 2 edited by Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards. Because of the covid-19 lock-down it is an online launch on Facebook.

Tina Rath’s twenty-plus tales exhibit an innate sense of structure that allows for a satisfying conclusion – and often a sting in the tail. These are unashamedly entertaining stories, dark fantasy with a touch of humour, that display a deftness of touch inviting us to enjoy the words on the page. They don’t outstay their welcome or labour their points because they don’t need to – Tina Rath knows how a story works. And they work well. Very well indeed. With an introduction by Gail-Nina Anderson.

Strange stories and weird tales and all of the creeping horrors in between. Horrors 2 features seventeen fabulous writers, including Sarah Ash, Paul Finch, John Grant, Nancy Kilpatrick, Garry Kilworth, Samantha Lee … to lead you on a spine-tingling tour from seaside towns to grimy cities, to the lonely and secret places, from the fourteenth precinct to Namibia … and so many places in between.

We’ll also be showcasing two novellas due at the end of April: Les Vacances by Phil Sloman and A Small Thing for Yolanda by Jan Edwards.

Join us on Facebook here for the event and quiz — there will be prizes!

 

eLaunch for Alchemy Press books

Talking to Strangers and Other Warnings by Tina Rath

The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors 2 edited by Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards

The Alchemy Press was intending to launch a couple of titles at this year’s Stokercon later this month. But it is not to be. Alas, Stokercon has been postponed — it’s that cursed covid-19 virus to blame.

And so it’s IT to the rescue. If you are on Facebook pop along to the online launch event and say hello to some of the books’ contributors. There will even be a prize or two…

Visit the Facebook events page for details.

Les Vacances

The Alchemy Press is delighted to publish Les Vacances by Phil Sloman, as a stand-alone novella. Due at the end of April.

Monasteries rising and falling. Heretics and stakes and fire. There were rebellions and revolution and tales of abundance and happiness and new beginnings. Within the book there were also lies and omissions and fallacies all designed to gloss over a dark past many had long forgotten. Many but not all. The vacation of a lifetime.

Talking to Strangers

Talking to Strangers and Other Warnings

The new collection from Tina Rath due on 16th April.

Tina Rath’s twenty-plus tales exhibit an innate sense of structure that allows for a satisfying conclusion – and often a sting in the tail. These are unashamedly entertaining stories, dark fantasy with a touch of humour, that display a deftness of touch inviting us to enjoy the words on the page. They don’t outstay their welcome or labour their points because they don’t need to – Tina Rath knows how a story works. And they work well. Very well indeed.

With an introduction by Gail-Nina Anderson

Available for pre-order from Amazon.co.uk and other stores.

Horrors 2 reviewed

THE ALCHEMY PRESS BOOK OF HORRORS 2: STRANGE STORIES & WEIRD TALES Edited by Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards

The short fiction market continues to be a tough sell. Few of the magazines that took submissions in the golden ages of genre fiction now exist and those that do are inundated by new authors who believe that writing a short story is easy and quicker than penning a novel. In fact, the short story is no easier to write than a novel or poem and writing a good one demands talent as well as perseverance.

Fortunately, the market for genre short fiction still thrives in the professional publishing arena with publishers such as Jo Fletcher Books, Titan and PS Publishing holding the torch aloft, but it is often in the independent/small press field through which the very life blood of the horror and fantasy genres flows. The writers who appear in small press collections may not have the PR power of Stephen King but their fiction is no less honed and polished for eager readers.

The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors 2 continues this tradition…

Read the full review here.

Horrors 2: cover reveal

Here’s an early peek at the cover for The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors 2, due spring 2020:

Cover art and design by Peter Coleborn. And a reminder of the ToC:

  • Gail-Nina Anderson          Henrietta Street
  • Sarah Ash                        I Left My Fair Homeland
  • Debbie Bennett                I Remember Everything
  • Mike Chinn                       Digging in the Dirt
  • Paul Finch                        What Did You See
  • Sharon Gosling                Every Bad Thing
  • John Grant                       The Loneliest Place
  • John Howard                    The Primordial Light
  • Tim Jeffreys                      Black Nore
  • Eyglo Karlsdottir               Footprints in the Snow
  • Nancy Kilpatrick               Promises
  • Garry Kilworth                  Lirpaloof Island
  • Samantha Lee                 The Secret Place
  • Pauline Morgan               Beneath Namibian Sands
  • Thana Niveau                  The Hate Whisperer
  • John Llewellyn Probert    Hydrophobia
  • Peter Sutton                    We Do Like to Be Beside

Once again internal artwork by Jim Pitts.

 

 

 

Horrors 2 — table of contents

We are delighted to announce the contents for the forthcoming Alchemy Press Book of Horrors 2, the follow up to last year’s acclaimed anthology. Alphabetically:

  • Gail-Nina Anderson           Henrietta Street
  • Sarah Ash                          I Left My Fair Homeland
  • Debbie Bennett                  I Remember Everything
  • Mike Chinn                         Digging in the Dirt
  • Paul Finch                          What Did You See
  • Sharon Gosling                 Every Bad Thing
  • John Grant                         The Loneliest Place
  • John Howard                      The Primordial Light
  • Tim Jeffreys                        Black Nore
  • Eyglo Karlsdottir                 Footprints in the Snow
  • Nancy Kilpatrick                 Promises
  • Gary Kilworth                     Lirpaloof Island
  • Samantha Lee                   The Secret Place
  • Pauline Morgan                 Beneath Namibian Sands
  • Thana Niveau                    The Hate Whisperer
  • John Llewellyn Probert      Hydrophobia
  • Peter Sutton                      We Do Like to Be Beside

Once again internal artwork by Jim Pitts.

The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors 2, edited by Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards, is scheduled for a spring 2020 publication.