December 2016 Newsletter

 

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It’s almost the end of 2016, time for reflection. The Alchemy Press has had a relatively quiet year with just three titles under our belt: The Complete Epistles of Penelope Pettiweather, Ghost Hunter by Jessica Amanda Salmonson; The Private Life of Elder Things by Adrian Tchaikovsky, Keris McDonald and Adam Gauntlett; and Something Remains edited by Peter Coleborn and Pauline E Dungate, an anthology of stories based on the notes left by Joel Lane after his untimely death. Click on the titles to read more about these titles, or visit the Alchemy website to discover our complete range of books.

From a personal perspective, Peter has experienced the ups and downs of the NHS as he underwent a series of investigations for cancer, culminating in surgery soon after our return from FantasyCon, which was held in Scarborough this year (and which, by the way, we both thoroughly enjoyed despite the hiccups one usually encounters at such events). It’s too soon to know just how successful the surgery was – hopefully we’ll learn more by mid-January 2017.

Time to cheer up. Time for a bit of festive fun! Here’s something to occupy you over the Christmas holiday: unscramble the following anagrams, all are of writers who have graced the pages of Alchemy Press titles:

AN ADVISORY HAT KICK

AN UP LEAK

CLASH ON LINEN

LACE IN ROAD

MAD SEA JAILS MASONS CANON

REAP KITTENS

After you’ve rearranged these send your answers to us using this form before midnight 31st December 2016. The first three will have the choice from any of our limited editions: Nick Nightmare Investigates by Adrian Cole; Rumours of the Marvellous by Peter Atkins; Where the Bodies are Buried by Kim Newman; Merry-Go-Round by Bryn Fortey; or Invent-10n by Rod Rees (state your choice along with your answers). Please note that overseas prizes will be sent surface mail.

Finally, we wish you all a very happy Christmas, Yule, or whatever you choose to celebrate. Have fun. Let’s hope 2017 is a good year for all. And keep buying and reading books. Lots of books.

Hugs and love

Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards

 

 

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December Newsletter

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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.

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August Newsletter

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).

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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)

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July Newsletter

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Here we are, coming up to the end of July and as always it is all systems go here at Alchemy Manor. First up is the short list for the British Fantasy Society Awards, which were announced this week. We are tickled pink to see the Alchemy Press nominated in no less than four categories, namely:

Also, Alchemy editors Jan Edwards and Jenny Barber are pleased so see short-listed for Best Short Story ‘A Change of Heart’ by Gaie Sebold, from their Wicked Women anthology, edited for Fox Spirit.

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April/May Newsletter

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Sorry, we’re a bit late this time. Blame the balmy spring weather (well, it’s not raining today). When we can drag ourselves away from the garden and the (occasional) sunshine there are many books in the Alchemy Press edit/production room, to be added to the list over the following months. Imminent are:

  • Monsters by Paul Kane, with an introduction by Nicholas Vince (with fabulous cover art by Clive Barker).
  • Evocations by James Brogden, a collection of this fine writer’s horror and weird tales.

Monsters will be published in two editions – the hardcover coming with a special gift! These books will be launched at Edge Lit in Derby this coming July

Also in the pipeline for 2015 are collections from Anne Nicholls, Marion Pitman and others (real goodies in the line up, we promise).

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March Newsletter

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Friday the thirteenth. Lucky 13. What better day to launch our three latest titles? On that day we officially launch:

Dead Water and Other Weird Tales by David A. Sutton, with an introduction by David A. Riley and interior art by Jim Pitts.

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.

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.

Eighteen stories of horror, fantasy and science fiction from award-winning editor and writer David A. Sutton:

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January/February Newsletter

It’s already February in a cold and snowy Staffordshire Moorlands, but are we hibernating? We are not!

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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.

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