December 2016 Newsletter

 

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It’s almost the end of 2016, time for reflection. The Alchemy Press has had a relatively quiet year with just three titles under our belt: The Complete Epistles of Penelope Pettiweather, Ghost Hunter by Jessica Amanda Salmonson; The Private Life of Elder Things by Adrian Tchaikovsky, Keris McDonald and Adam Gauntlett; and Something Remains edited by Peter Coleborn and Pauline E Dungate, an anthology of stories based on the notes left by Joel Lane after his untimely death. Click on the titles to read more about these titles, or visit the Alchemy website to discover our complete range of books.

From a personal perspective, Peter has experienced the ups and downs of the NHS as he underwent a series of investigations for cancer, culminating in surgery soon after our return from FantasyCon, which was held in Scarborough this year (and which, by the way, we both thoroughly enjoyed despite the hiccups one usually encounters at such events). It’s too soon to know just how successful the surgery was – hopefully we’ll learn more by mid-January 2017.

Time to cheer up. Time for a bit of festive fun! Here’s something to occupy you over the Christmas holiday: unscramble the following anagrams, all are of writers who have graced the pages of Alchemy Press titles:

AN ADVISORY HAT KICK

AN UP LEAK

CLASH ON LINEN

LACE IN ROAD

MAD SEA JAILS MASONS CANON

REAP KITTENS

After you’ve rearranged these send your answers to us using this form before midnight 31st December 2016. The first three will have the choice from any of our limited editions: Nick Nightmare Investigates by Adrian Cole; Rumours of the Marvellous by Peter Atkins; Where the Bodies are Buried by Kim Newman; Merry-Go-Round by Bryn Fortey; or Invent-10n by Rod Rees (state your choice along with your answers). Please note that overseas prizes will be sent surface mail.

Finally, we wish you all a very happy Christmas, Yule, or whatever you choose to celebrate. Have fun. Let’s hope 2017 is a good year for all. And keep buying and reading books. Lots of books.

Hugs and love

Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards

 

 

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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Jessica Salmonson GOH at Diversicon

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Jessica Amanda Salmonson — whose The Complete Weird Epistles of Penelope Pettiweather, Ghost Hunter — is Guest of Honour at Diversicon 24, which takes place on 29-31 July at the Best Western Hotel, St Paul, Minnesota — in other words, very soon!

The Complete Weird Epistles of Penelope Pettiweather, Ghost Hunter: fourteen stories — or epistles, rather — detailing Penelope’s quest to understand the nature of ghosts. Full of the rich history and landscape of Salmonson’s northwest USA, these quiet tales will appeal to the fan of the traditional ghost story.

Available from Amazon and many other online book sellers.

 

 

Penelope Pettiweather reviewed

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The Complete Weird Epistles of Penelope Pettiweather, Ghost Hunter by Jessica Amanda Salmonson has been reviewed on the The Book Lover’s Boudoir website:

The Complete Weird Epistles of Penelope Pettiweather, Ghost Hunter is a hugely enjoyable collection of stories. My favourite type of supernatural fiction is the ghost story. Sinister presences, strange noises, spooky events, bad omens and a sense of foreboding do more for me than blood and gore . . . The collection reminded me of the work of Arthur Conan Doyle and M.R James. ‘The Hounds of the Hearth’ opens the collection with a bang. This is an excellent story . . . The Complete Weird Epistles of Penelope Pettiweather, Ghost Hunter is a must for fans of ghost stories.

The Complete Weird Epistles is available in print from Amazon and other online dealers. Also available for the Kindle.

 

 

Weird Epistles now available

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The Complete Weird Epistles of Penelope Pettiweather, Ghost Hunter from Jessica Amanda Salmonson.  Fourteen stories — or epistles, rather — detailing Penelope’s quest to understand the nature of ghosts. Full of the rich history and landscape of Salmonson’s northwest USA, these quiet tales will appeal to the fan of the traditional ghost story.

The good news is: the book is now ready to order via Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com — and other online stores to follow.

Also available — the Kindle edition.

 

 

Weird Epistles

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Coming very soon from The Alchemy Press: The Complete Weird Epistles of Penelope Pettiweather, Ghost Hunter from Jessica Amanda Salmonson.  Fourteen stories — or epistles, rather — detailing Penelope’s quest to understand the nature of ghosts. Full of the rich history and landscape of Salmonson’s northwest USA, these quiet tales will appeal to the fan of the traditional ghost story.

Theo squatted down. He heard his knees crack. The fire itself was strangely quiet. He stared into the blaze, mesmerized by the weird beauty of the hounds. Then the fire flared again. It seemed the hounds had leapt across the hearth! Theo started to stand, shouting but they bore him down. Their snarling was the sound of an inferno. They fastened to his neck and right arm. The flashlight went rolling. He choked out one more shout, then burning fangs tore out his vocal cords.

Jessica Amanda Salmonson is a recipient of the World Fantasy Award, ReaderCon Certificate, and Lambda Literary Award. Her previous books include What Did Miss Darrington See?: Feminist Supernatural Stories of the 19th and 20th Century from the Feminist Press at CUNY; two volumes of Tales by Moonlight from Tor Books; The Encyclopedia of Amazons from Paragon House, and Anchor Doubleday; Anthony Shriek, set in the streets of Seattle, from Dell Abyss Books, and the Centipede Press; Amazons! and Amazons II from DAW Books; The Swordswoman from Tor Books and the Science Fiction Book Club; The Tomoe Gozen Saga in three volumes from Ace Books, and Open Road Media; The Death Sonnets from Rainfall Books; and Pets Given in Evidence of Old English Witchcraft and Other Bewitched Beings from the Sidecar Preservation Society.

We can supply pre-publication eBooks for reviewers — please contact us stating which format (EPUB, MOBI or PDF) and for which website/magazine you review.

The book will be available via Amazon and other good dealers in print and Kindle format. Or contact us (at the above link) for details.

Cover art by Stephen Cooney

 

 

December Newsletter

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It has been a busy autumn at Alton Towers. I mean Alchemy Towers (the other Towers is about three miles further into the Peak District). At FantasyCon, held in a posh hotel at Nottingham University, we learned that Nick Nightmare Investigates by Adrian Cole (co-published with Airgedlámh Publications) won the coveted Best Collection Award presented by the British Fantasy Society. Copies are still available.

Congratulations to all concerned, to Adrian, his editor Mike Chinn (who also co-wrote one of the stories – where Nick Nightmare and Damian Paladin join forces to combat the forces of evil!), artists Jim Pits and Bob Eggleton, and Michael Marshall Smith, Stephen Jones and David Sutton.

The Alchemy Press was also short listed in the Best Anthology, Best Non-Fiction and Best Independent Press categories. So not a bad indicator of what we’re up to.

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