The BFS Monster Awards

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The short list for the 2016 British Fantasy Society Awards has been released and I am delighted to see The Alchemy Press nominated in two categories: Monsters by Paul Kane for Best Collection; and the press itself in the Best Independent Press category. Both are up against stiff competition … but fingers crossed. The awards will be announced in September at FantasyCon by the Sea.

Be afraid. Be incredibly afraid…because the Monsters are here! One man starts to suffer from a strange affliction, as another seeks knowledge of the future – with dire consequences. A young boy gets more than he bargained for when he receives a unique Christmas present, while a lonely man battles creatures that live in the darkness. And as a rescue expedition finds strange animals in the jungle, one man’s wife returns from the grave to be with him once more… Vampires, werewolves, zombies, witches, this collection from the imagination of award-winning and bestselling author Paul Kane has them all! Including the first reprint of ‘Dracula in Love’ in over a decade, the original short story the movie Weeping Woman was based on and all three parts of the ‘Life Cycle’ trilogy (begun in the late ‘90s and concluding with the brand new ‘Lifetime’), plus an introduction by Nicholas Vince (who portrayed Chatterer Cenobite in the Hellraiser movies and Kinski in Nightbreed) and cover art by the legendary Clive Barker, this is one book you really should be afraid to miss!

Monsters can be ordered via Amazon and other good dealers. Also available for the Kindle.


Where the Bodies Are Buried


We’ve reduced the price of Kim Newman’s Where the Bodies Are Buried on Amazon to just £8.00 plus postage. Or you could buy a copy directly from us for £10.00 including p&p in the UK). If you are rich you could always buy one for over £200 (as listed!)  … but that’s silly, buy a new copy from us directly or via Amazon.

“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.”

Where the Bodies Are Buried won the Best Collection Award from the BFS — so you know it’s got to be good. The book is signed by all contributors and numbered.


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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Success at the British Fantasy Awards


Today, at FantasyCon 2014 in York, the British Fantasy Society announced its Fantasy Awards. I am thrilled to report that The Alchemy Press won the award for Best Independent Press. I truly did not think we would – the competition was very high. However, on the off chance we were fortunate I penned a few words beforehand, so that I didn’t just stand at the podium looking stage-struck. These are them, expanded to ensure they include all I had intended to say:

The Alchemy Press started life in 1998 with a National Lottery grant – so all those who play the Lottery supported fantasy in the UK. Our first publication was a slim booklet – The Paladin Mandates (and by now everyone in the world probably has a copy!). Now, 16 years on, we are publishing a fabulous range of collections and anthologies, including our signature titles, The Alchemy Press Books of…

I wish to thank my editors (Jan Edwards, Jenny Barber, Mike Chinn and Allen Ashley) and all 2013 contributors (Adam Craig, Adrian Cole, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Alison Littlewood, Andrew Coulthard, Anne Nicholls, Ben Baldwin, Bob Covington, Bob Lock, Bryn Fortey, Cate Gardner, Chico Kidd, Christopher Golden, David McGroarty, David Turnbull, Daniele Serra, Doug Blakeslee, Gaie Sebold, Ian Hunter, Ian Whates, Jaine Fenn, James Brogden, Jet McDonald, Joel Lane, Jonathan Oliver, Joyce Chng, Kate Griffin, Les Edwards, Marion Pitman, Mark David Campbell, Martin Gately, Megan Kerr, Mike Barrett, Mike Resnick, Neil Williamson, Nigel Robinson, Pauline E Dungate, Ralph Robert Moore, Ramsey Campbell, Robert William Iveniuk, Rod Rees, Storm Constantine, Stuart Young, William Meikle, and Zen Cho); I wish to thank Stephen Jones for his inspiration; I wish to thanks BFS members who voted for us; and especially I wish to thank my wife, Jan, for without her The Alchemy Press wouldn’t exist.

I am convinced that this award is recognition of our efforts to produce excellence, and this year we’ve tried harder with even more titles. Thank you.

— Peter Coleborn

Short-listed for the BFS Awards

We are well pleased to be short-listed for the British Fantasy Society’s Awards in three categories:

Short Story: “Family Business” by Adrian Tchaikovsky from The Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic

Non-fiction: Doors to Elsewhere by Mike Barrett

And the whole Press in the Small Press Award category

The full list is available on the BFS website.