Ancient Wonders soon to go OOP

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The Alchemy Press Book of Ancient Wonders, edited by Jan Edwards and Jenny Barber, is soon to be out of print. If you haven’t bagged yourself a copy now is the time to do so. In a year used copies may be worth £££ or $$$.

“When we think of a wonder, our minds go most often to the great buildings of the past – the pyramids, the Taj Mahal, Stonehenge – but the human mind can make almost anything wondrous. We walk with wonders every day, through the power of curiosity and imagination and our human tendency to make stories about what we fear, what we desire, what we wish to understand. This collection offers new glimpses into the wonder we all feel.” – Kari Sperring

Discover standing stones, burial mounds, ruined castles or sunken cities: the ancient sites that litter our landscapes; the ancient wonders that possess a mysterious appeal that cannot be denied.

Check out the great contents via this link. The book is available via Amazon and other online dealers.

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Ancient Wonders update

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Discover standing stones, burial mounds, ruined castles or sunken cities: the ancient sites that litter our landscapes; the ancient wonders that possess a mysterious appeal that cannot be denied.

When we think of a wonder, our minds go most often to the great buildings of the past – the pyramids, the Taj Mahal, Stonehenge – but the human mind can make almost anything wondrous. We walk with wonders every day, through the power of curiosity and imagination and our human tendency to make stories about what we fear, what we desire, what we wish to understand. This collection offers new glimpses into the wonder we all feel. – Kari Sperring

… Too often, short stories are just tasters which leave the reader unfulfilled – almost all of these contain a complete narrative, a satisfying set-up and resolution (although some intriguing aspects inevitably retain their mystery – as they should!). An entertaining escape into ‘what if’ worlds. I’ll look out for other compilations from this publisher in future. 8/10.” — Rowena Hoseason

The Alchemy Press Book of Ancient Wonders will cease to be available in print from the end of March 2016 — it will remain available as an eBook. If you want a copy pop over to Amazon US, Amazon UK or another online seller.

 

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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Tanith Lee RIP

Tanith Lee

We at The Alchemy Press are saddened by the death of Tanith Lee (she passed away last Sunday). Her short story “The Mermaid” featured in The Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic 2, edited by Jan Edwards and Jenny Barber.  In his review of the book in Interzone, Ian Hunter describes this story as “…beautifully written and quite, quite shudderingly horrible.” Tanith was interviewed by us last September:

Tell us a little about yourself and your writing. How long have you been writing and how did you get started?

I’ve been writing since the age of 9 – about 57 years. Being slightly dyslexic (something unrecognised in my childhood) the school couldn’t teach me how to read. My father stepped in and taught me in a few months. About a year later, by then reading as a locust feeds, I began – as if logically – to write.

Read the full interview here.

We’ve met Tanith several times over the years. She was a lovely person, always charming and supportive. She is survived by her husband John Kaiine.

 

Urban Mythic 2 reviewed

Urban Mythic 2

Ian Hunter has reviewed The Alchemy Press Book of urban Mythic 2  for the latest issue of Interzone (# 258). It’s a fantastic, complimentary review, one that ends with his asking for volume three. Can’t be bad.

Of Tanith Lee’s story: “…beautifully written and quite, quite shudderingly horrible.”

Of K T Davies’ story: “…opens with some of the best writing I’ve read in a long time.”

Of Adrian Tchaikovsky’s tale: “What is really enjoyable about this story is the voice…”

And of Sarah Ash’s story: “…so well written you hope both of them will get together…”

And more…

Urban Mythic 2, along with the first volume, is available via Amazon and other good online stores.

 

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.