Bryn Fortey interviewed

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Bryn Fortey (the mastermind behind Alchemy Press’ Merry-Go-Round and Other Words) answers a number of questions on Your One Phone Call website:

Why do you write?

I have always had an interest in words on paper. At school I could never tell a verb from an adjective but always got good marks in English because of my compositions. So a long-standing relationship is a given. As to why do I write now, well…

Read the full article here. The website also includes a poem by Bryn, “Smokestack” — just to show how great a poet he is.

Merry-Go-Round is available from Amazon US and UK and other online stores. A limited edition is also available directly from The Alchemy Press.

 

 

 

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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Merry-Go-Round reviewed

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Bryn Fortey‘s Alchemy Press collection, Merry-Go-Round and Other Words, receives an in-depth review by Pauline Morgan on the SF Crowsnest website.

[T]hese stories have variety but the best of them show how a range of ideas can be meshed together to form small gems. Not everyone will like all the stories but it is worth savouring the best and trying to figure out how Fortey manages to juxtapose the impossible and make it work.

Merry-Go-Round is available in paperback (from Amazon and all the usual suspects) as as a limited edition hardcover, available via The Alchemy Press.

 

 

Reasons to be Merry

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In case you’ve forgotten: Merry-Go-Round and Other Words by Bryn Fortey collects the best from the author’s oeuvre, from his first horror story publication to stories appearing here for the first time. The contents range from across the horror and science fiction fields, with a bit between.Merry-Go-Round also includes his heart-felt poetry. The 350-page book comes with a moving tribute by Johnny Mains. An essential collection.

Available in paperback and limited editions. Click on the links for further details.

 

 

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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2014 publications

Here’s a reminder of last year’s output from The Alchemy Press. Click on the titles for further details:

Kneeling in the Silver Light edited by Dean M Drinkel

Merry-Go-Round and Other Words by Bryn Fortey

Nick Nightmare Investigates by Adrian Cole

Tell No Lies by John Grant

The Alchemy Press Book of Pulp Heroes 3 edited by Mike Chinn

The Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic 2 edited by Jan Edwards and Jenny Barber

Touchstones by John Howard

And keep an eye peeled for this year’s titles.

 

Merry-Go-Round reviewed

Here’s a fine review of Merry-Go-Round by Bryn Fortey:

… a very good book, and not just because of my long-standing friendship with the author. There’s science fiction in here, for Heaven’s sake. Anyone who can get me reading, and even enjoying, that has got to be worth a wider audience.

Read the full review at The New Beatnik.

Don’t forget, a signed limited edition is also available.