Roll Call

The thirty-nine steps books


Astrologica soon to go OOP

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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 anthologies

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.

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Buying Alchemy books

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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.)


In “Writing Magazine”


The Alchemy Press received a nice little write-up in the September issue of Writing Magazine — on page 93 in the news section. The piece was accompanied by a few cover reproductions; we certainly do publish some lovely books!

Best British Fantasy 2014

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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.


Allen Ashley interviewed

Allen AshleyAll – 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.

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Ralph Robert Moore interviewed

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“The Yellow Fruit” (for the sign of Leo) by Ralph Robert Moore appears in Astrologica: Stories of the Zodiac.

Give us a little bit of background on your writing career.

I’ve been writing since childhood. I discovered writing was a great way to learn about the world around me, by trying to recreate it on paper, and of course over time you learn it’s also a great way to learn about yourself. I started selling stories in the mid-Eighties, but my output didn’t really take off until the mid-Nineties when word processors and the Internet came along, making everything so much easier. My fiction has since appeared in a variety of literary and genre magazines and anthologies both here in America and overseas.

What appealed to you about the Astrologica project?

I’ve worked with Allen Ashley (the editor) a number of times before and have always enjoyed the experience. So once I learned Allen would be editing Astrologica, I wanted to be part of the project. And the theme, focusing on star signs, intrigued me.

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Mark David Campbell interviewed

Mark David Campbell 02Mark David Campbell’s “The Fishman” (for the sign of Pisces) appears in Astrologica: Stories of the Zodiac.

Give us a little bit of background on your writing career.

My background is in anthropology, so I spent years writing academic papers for presentation at congresses and publication in various academic journals. I found academic writing too restrictive and after graduate school I began to explore creative writing and fiction.

For the past two years I have been writing a monthly column for The American titled, “That’s Queer” which focuses on the everyday absurdities, difficulties and humour of trying to live as an openly gay man in Italy.

I have just completed two manuscripts, that are as of yet unpublished, which draw on my anthropological background and our struggle to understand homosexuality.

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Doug Blakeslee interviewed

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Here’s a Q&A with Doug Blakeslee, author of “Broken Horn” (for the sign of Capricorn) in Astrologica: Stories of the Zodiac edited by Allen Ashley.

Give us a little bit of background on your writing career.

I’m a newcomer to the business, having submitted to my first call, a novella, back in August of 2011. It was also my first rejection. My first sale was a short story in May 2012 and “Broken Horn” is the third one to be published. I’ve dabbled in writing since high school but it wasn’t until a friend of mine really pushed me to get serious and it’s been a fun ride so far.

What appealed to you about the Astrologica project?

The myths behind star signs and astrology. It gave me a chance to play with the symbols and approach it in a unique way. The lure of writing an urban fantasy/semi-horror story also helped.

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