Alchemy collections

Here is a round up of Alchemy Press collections. As you can tell from the range of anthologies and collections we’ve published, we are a great fan of short fiction. Click on the image for further information on each title.

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  • Tell No Lies by John Grant
  • Merry-Go-Round and Other Words by Bryn Forty

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  • Evocations by James Brogden
  • Monsters by Paul Kane

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Kami Ga Kikoemasu

Each wave reared higher than the Oji-Maru’s rails. Hooked fingers of white spume reaching for the whale-chaser before they collapsed back into the grey sea. Ishimaeru’s guts clenched every time, leaving him shaking and hollow with fear. The next time that clawing foam might hide the gleam of bone, or the time after that, or the time after—

“Oy!”

The yell shook Ishimaeru from his thoughts. He pushed himself back from the scarred bow and turned to face Hoshi Kōatsu: the Oji-Maru’s acting captain. The man’s square face was pale and sweating. “You’re not paid to moon around up here—!”

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Give Me These Moments Back reviewed

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The Book Lover’s Boudoir has reviewed Give Me These Moments Back by Mike Chinn:

Give Me These Moments Back is an excellent collection of short stories. I’ve never read the author before, not to my knowledge anyway. One or two of his stories may have been in anthologies I’ve read. The stories are all pretty dark but well-written and highly enjoyable. I liked the range and diversity of the stories; no two stories were alike or dealt with the same subject matter. Each story took me somewhere unexpected. I have a few favourites. Welcome to the Hotel Marianas is one of the best stories in the collection and is brilliant and creepy as hell. I loved the twisted take on Beauty & The Beast that I found in All Beauty Must Die. The Appalachian Collection is a stand-out story. Just the Fare Back Home and Harbour Lights were both unsettling. I’d highly recommend Give Me These Moments Back for fans of dark stories.

Give Me These Moments Back is available from Amazon — also available as a DRM-free Kindle e-book.

 

 

August Newsletter

August comes around and plenty to talk about here at Alton Towers. I mean Alchemy Towers (easy mistake – Alton Towers is about four miles away from here).

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We are always ready to drop keyboards and spring into action to support events in striking distance of the Moorlands – and one such date was Saturday 22 August, when the Alchemy Press attended the Stafford Indoor Market for the Stafford Book Fair. We  had all our current titles on sale, including the recently published Monsters by Paul Kane and Evocations by James Brogden, along with Dead Water and Other Weird Tales by David A Sutton, Give Me These Moments Back by Mike Chinn, Leinster Gardens and Other Subtleties by Jan Edwards, Tell No Lies by John Grant and our backlist (see the website for full catalogue)

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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.)

 

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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Give Me These Moments Back reviewed

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Mike Chinn‘s Give Me These Moments Back has received an excellent review on the SF Book Reviews website:

This is a substantive collection of short stories from Alchemy Press, varying in setting, premise and idea but all focusing around the concept of a moment in time as mentioned in the title. These moments are all pivotal and memorable, life defining and changing in each case… As an introduction to Michael Chinn’s work, Give Me These Moments Back is a treat.

Give Me These Moments Back is available from Amazon (as print or eBook editions) and other quality online bookstores — or catch us at one of the events we’re attending.

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Here are eighteen stories that range from the depths of the Pacific, the cruel charms of Venice, the price of immortality, to the Appalachian Mountains… Give Me These Moments Back by Mike Chinn is now available.

A ring of external spotlights flared to life, revealing the floor of the Mariana Trench a few metres below us. The backwash filled the observation room with a cold grey light… As one, they gasped at the sight. I didn’t blame them – even though I’d seen it dozens of times, it still caught the back of my throat.

 

March Newsletter

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Friday the thirteenth. Lucky 13. What better day to launch our three latest titles? On that day we officially launch:

Dead Water and Other Weird Tales by David A. Sutton, with an introduction by David A. Riley and interior art by Jim Pitts.

Whatever it was, the object was too large for a bird, too slim for a boat, too streamlined for flotsam… She pressed her face closer to the glass, fascinated and terrified at the same time. In the net … bilious white, flesh that might have been partly consumed by some predator.

My eyes could not block out the sight of the shapes, flopping, wading, barking as they inexorably massed in my direction… the texture of their skins bore the suggestion of the final stages of gangrenous flesh.

Eighteen stories of horror, fantasy and science fiction from award-winning editor and writer David A. Sutton:

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Give Me These Moments Back available for the Kindle

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Give Me These Moments Back by Mike Chinn is now available for the Kindle. The DRM is not set so you can reformat the book for an EPUB reader using free software such as Calibre.

For three days — starting Friday 13 March — the book can be downloaded for free.

Then it reverts to the normal price (the price of a cup of coffee in Cafe Nero).

A ring of external spotlights flared to life, revealing the floor of the Mariana Trench a few metres below us. The backwash filled the observation room with a cold grey light… As one, they gasped at the sight. I didn’t blame them – even though I’d seen it dozens of times, it still caught the back of my throat.

Donnie could feel himself beginning to shake. He clenched his fists, fighting the tremors. For a moment, he back-flashed to October last year: River Phoenix, on a Hollywood sidewalk, dying. No resurrection from the flames that time: no one was reviving dead movie stars.

The storm bounced the Oji-Maru across the ocean like a toy boat. Sky and sea were black; the only light came from the ship’s navigation lamps. Ishimaeru could barely make out the bows and harpoon gun. From somewhere he heard the sound of shattering glass. It reared out of the dark, vast and … and wrong. Nothing but bones…