Announcing a New Alchemy Press Anthology

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THE ALCHEMY PRESS BOOK OF HORRORS 3: A MISCELLANY OF MONSTERS

 

Monsters are many things. They come in all forms, shapes and sizes: from to the tiny to the titanic; from amorphous blobs to many limbed (or tentacled) monstrosities; from supernatural demons to man-made terrors. They come from any place and time: from under the bed to the woodshed; from the icy wastes to the darkest jungles; from the depths of the ocean to outer space; from the past, the future, the now!

Many things. Any things.

We are looking for stories featuring monsters for The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors 3: A Miscellany of Monsters to be edited by Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards. To get a flavour of the type of writing we prefer, we suggest you check out volumes 1 and 2 of the series, available in print and eBook formats from Amazon and other sellers.

Check the above link for further details.

 

Roll Call

The thirty-nine steps books

 

Horrors 2 reviewed

THE ALCHEMY PRESS BOOK OF HORRORS 2: STRANGE STORIES & WEIRD TALES Edited by Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards

The short fiction market continues to be a tough sell. Few of the magazines that took submissions in the golden ages of genre fiction now exist and those that do are inundated by new authors who believe that writing a short story is easy and quicker than penning a novel. In fact, the short story is no easier to write than a novel or poem and writing a good one demands talent as well as perseverance.

Fortunately, the market for genre short fiction still thrives in the professional publishing arena with publishers such as Jo Fletcher Books, Titan and PS Publishing holding the torch aloft, but it is often in the independent/small press field through which the very life blood of the horror and fantasy genres flows. The writers who appear in small press collections may not have the PR power of Stephen King but their fiction is no less honed and polished for eager readers.

The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors 2 continues this tradition…

Read the full review here.

Horrors 2 ready to pre-order

Now available to pre-order from Amazon and other book dealers. The book will be launched at this year’s Stokercon horror convention, held in Scarborough, UK, in April.

The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors volume 2

Strange Stories & Weird Tales

Edited by Peter Coleborn & Jan Edwards

Strange stories and weird tales and all of the creeping horrors in between. Horrors 2 features seventeen fabulous writers, including Sarah Ash, Paul Finch, John Grant, Nancy Kilpatrick, Garry Kilworth, Samantha Lee … to lead you on a spine-tingling tour from seaside towns to grimy cities, to the lonely and secret places, from the fourteenth precinct to Namibia … and so many places in between.

 

Best Horror of the Year

Every year sees a new volume in the Ellen Datlow-edited Best Horror of the Year series. The 2019 edition (volume 11), with a terrific cover by Audrey Benjaminsen, features work first published in 2018.

There are over 20 stories in this volume including “Masks” by Peter Sutton, from the pages of The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors. In her introduction, this is what Ellen says of Horrors:

In addition, Ellen lists the full recommended reading list on her blog (it’s in four parts). It includes nine stories from Horrors!

 

Horrors 1 reviewed on Goodreads

This review seemed to have passed us by — it appeared earlier this year on Goodreads. Pamela Scott says: “This collection (The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors) contains some of the best horror fiction I’ve read in ages … It’s great to read an anthology where you love every story in it. There tends to be a mixture of brilliant stores, good stories, okay ones and a couple that aren’t so good. I loved every story in this collection. The stories all fit into the ‘horror’ category, more or less. I loved how diverse and different the stories are. There are no two alike. I especially enjoyed Down Along The Backroads by Jenny Barber, Guising by Gary McMahon, Masks by Peter Sutton and The Trade-Up by James Brogden.”

 

Horrors 1 reviewed by the BFS

The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors gets a lovely review on the British Fantasy Society’s website. The reviewer, H T Scott, says:

The thing about anthologies is that you get a plethora of diversity, which in my humble opinion is no bad thing. The Alchemy Press book of horrors doesn’t disappoint, with contributions from well-known names such as Ramsey Campbell, Samantha Lee, Mike Chinn, and Peter Sutton, there are also a few authors there that I have never read before. Anthologies are a good way to dip your toes in the shallows of someone’s writing, giving the reader, us, an idea of what to expect.should we want to read more of their work One thing is for sure, Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards have brought together some very talented people and every story in the book 100% deserves to be included.  Unthemed this collection takes the reader to some very dark places.

The full review can be found on the BFS website.

For more information on this book, click here.

 

Horrors 2: cover reveal

Here’s an early peek at the cover for The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors 2, due spring 2020:

Cover art and design by Peter Coleborn. And a reminder of the ToC:

  • Gail-Nina Anderson          Henrietta Street
  • Sarah Ash                        I Left My Fair Homeland
  • Debbie Bennett                I Remember Everything
  • Mike Chinn                       Digging in the Dirt
  • Paul Finch                        What Did You See
  • Sharon Gosling                Every Bad Thing
  • John Grant                       The Loneliest Place
  • John Howard                    The Primordial Light
  • Tim Jeffreys                      Black Nore
  • Eyglo Karlsdottir               Footprints in the Snow
  • Nancy Kilpatrick               Promises
  • Garry Kilworth                  Lirpaloof Island
  • Samantha Lee                 The Secret Place
  • Pauline Morgan               Beneath Namibian Sands
  • Thana Niveau                  The Hate Whisperer
  • John Llewellyn Probert    Hydrophobia
  • Peter Sutton                    We Do Like to Be Beside

Once again internal artwork by Jim Pitts.

 

 

 

Horrors 2 — table of contents

We are delighted to announce the contents for the forthcoming Alchemy Press Book of Horrors 2, the follow up to last year’s acclaimed anthology. Alphabetically:

  • Gail-Nina Anderson           Henrietta Street
  • Sarah Ash                          I Left My Fair Homeland
  • Debbie Bennett                  I Remember Everything
  • Mike Chinn                         Digging in the Dirt
  • Paul Finch                          What Did You See
  • Sharon Gosling                 Every Bad Thing
  • John Grant                         The Loneliest Place
  • John Howard                      The Primordial Light
  • Tim Jeffreys                        Black Nore
  • Eyglo Karlsdottir                 Footprints in the Snow
  • Nancy Kilpatrick                 Promises
  • Gary Kilworth                     Lirpaloof Island
  • Samantha Lee                   The Secret Place
  • Pauline Morgan                 Beneath Namibian Sands
  • Thana Niveau                    The Hate Whisperer
  • John Llewellyn Probert      Hydrophobia
  • Peter Sutton                      We Do Like to Be Beside

Once again internal artwork by Jim Pitts.

The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors 2, edited by Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards, is scheduled for a spring 2020 publication.

Horrors on offer

The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors is available from Amazon for the remarkably low price of £6.42. Not sure how long it will stay at this level — so get over there quick by clicking here.

Twenty-five tales of horror and the weird, stories that encapsulate the dark, the desolate and the downright creepy. Stories that will send that quiver of anticipation and dread down your spine and stay with you long after the lights have gone out.

Who is Len Binn, a comedian or something worse? What secrets are locked away in Le Trénébreuse? The deadline for what? Who are the little people, the garbage men, the peelers? What lies behind the masks? And what horrors are found down along the backroads?

With stories by Ramsey Campbell, Storm Constantine, Stephen Laws, Samantha Lee, Stan Nicholls, Tony Richards and many, many others.