What’s your star sign? Is our fate pre-determined by the constellations and the position of the planets? Can astrology really present an alternative vision to the apparent certainties of science, politics, religion and celebrity culture? Or should its claims of determinism, fate, fortune and personality profiling perhaps be taken with a large pinch of salt?
Astrologica: Stories of the Zodiac edited by Allen Ashley is on its way to becoming out of print. If you want to lay your hands on Astrologica, copies are still available from Amazon and other online bookstores.
Alchemy Press anthologies are available in print and eBook (Kindle) formats. Click on the titles for the relevant links — and fill your eReader with excitement, wonder, myth, horror and pulp heroics.
Alchemy Press titles are available online from Amazon and other dealers. But if you are keen to avoid Amazon and its associated companies take a look at Wordery, a UK book seller. As you can see via this link, they have a nice array of our titles all ready to purchase. (Note, the site muddles up Alchemy Press titles along with similarly named imprints.)
David Turnball’s story “Aspects of Aries” from the Alchemy Press book Astrologica: Stories of the Zodiac (edited by Allen Ashley) has been reprinted in Best British Fantasy 2014, edited by Steve Haynes. We at Alchemy Towers are very pleased for David and Allen. You can buy both books via Amazon — click on the title links.
All – or almost all – contributors to this year’s three Alchemy Press anthologies answered a few not-very probing questions about their contributions to the books. It’s now the turn for the editors to have their say. First up is Allen Ashley, editor of Astrologica: Stories of the Zodiac.
Give us a little bit of background on your writing and editing career.
I have been in and around the British fantasy and science fiction scene for a very long time now. My first real breakthrough was when Stephen Jones and David Sutton published, and later reprinted, my story “Dead to the World” in their much-missed Fantasy Tales. I suppose that I really “took off” – into a very low orbit, mind – when The Third Alternative magazine came along in the 1990s and I started writing regularly for that. This was followed by a happy association with Andrew Hook’s Elastic Press, for whom I did a debut collection of short stories – Somnambulists (2004) – and my first two full-length editing projects – The Elastic Book of Numbers (2005) and Subtle Edens (2008). I was lucky enough to win the BFS Award for Best Anthology with Numbers in 2006 and that’s given me the impetus to just keep going ever since. Don’t tell anybody but I probably enjoy editing even more than writing these days.
As well as fiction, I am also a prize-winning poet; a poetry host; a singer; and have been and continue to be a cultural commentator for places such as TTA, Midnight Street and The BFS Newsletter. I wrote for Time Out (London) for many years under a different name and also wrote extensively during the golden age of football fanzines back in the late 1980s through into the mid-late 1990s. Recently, I have been focusing on my work as a writing tutor and currently have five groups running, including the advanced group Clockhouse London Writers.