Celebrating the careers of more than 450 individuals who made significant contributions to the horror, science fiction and fantasy genres during their lifetimes. Compiled by award-winning writer and editor Stephen Jones, this first volume in a new annual series includes tributes to a trio of Hollywood legends . . . possibly the last star of silent pictures . . . the screen’s best James Bond . . . a pair of British actresses who were both “Bond girls” and Avengers . . . two British actors who played — but did not voice — iconic Star Wars characters . . . an author who did for crustaceans what James Herbert did for rodents . . . and a forgotten pioneer of “sword and soul” fantasy . . . all illustrated with numerous photographs and associated images.
This is not only a welcome reference volume, but also an informative and entertaining tribute to those we lost in 2020 and who left their mark on books, movies and popular culture in unusual and often fascinating ways.
The submissions’ window for The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors 3 is now closed. We extended it long enough to capture all those living on Pacific islands who might wish to submit something. Actually, no one from such an island sent us a story but we did receive manuscripts from the USA before noon on 1st February, so they made it okay. Everyone who submitted a story should have received an acknowledgment – let us know if you’ve not heard from us.
We have received over 350 submissions! That’s many more than we anticipated. The proposed anthology will have around a dozen stories, maybe a few more. That means there will be a lot of disappointed writers. Judging by the submissions, the quality of stories in Horrors 3 will be high. Which is of course a good thing.
We have already started reading submissions and are shortlisting those for a further re-read. We aim to start letting people know of our decisions in four-six weeks. Please be patient.
The year 2020 has been a bad time for all of us. Now Christmas is approaching fast. A number of vaccines are promised — perhaps the best Christmas gift. So, wishes for all and let’s hope things return to some kind of normal in 2021.
It is still three months to Christmas but not too early to think about buying presents. And what better presents can there be for family and friends … but books. Or a gift for yourself. We at The Alchemy Press wish to assist you in this task. For the next month or so we have several books, fabulous anthologies and collections, all desperately looking for a new home – your home. But stocks of some titles are low so act fast. Check out our special offers page for full details and prices.
Also on offer, limited edition hardcovers::
Nick Nightmare Investigates by Adrian Cole. In this frenetic collection of stories taken from the files of Nick Nightmare, Private Eye, the intrepid pulp hero is thrown into a murky world of crawling horrors, spawned by the Old Ones as they seek to rise up from their primordial oceanic depths, ‘when the stars are right.’ Just £15 including p&p in the UK.
Rumours of the Marvellous by Peter Atkins. “Rumours of the Marvellous is a superb collection of short stories by Peter Atkins that fall in the borderland between SF, fantasy, horror and the supernatural.” — David V Barrett, £15 including p&p in the UK.
Where the Bodies Are Buried by Kim Newman. “Meet Rob Hackwill, folk demon. A blackmailer killed by his victims, returning to expose what they are really made of. Or so the script goes. But then Hackwill slithers out of film into reality. Where the Bodies are Buried is a heady brew of pulp horror, political satire and twisted technology. These four stories deconstruct the myths of the late twentieth century – with a hatchet. Prepare to laugh. Prepare to shudder. Prepare to find out Where the Bodies Are Buried.” £15 including p&p in the UK.