There was an avalanche of stories submitted to The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors – especially in the final month of the submission’s window. To be honest, we didn’t expect to receive around 310 manuscripts seeking a home in this anthology. We were worried that we’d have too few submissions.
We read the stories as soon as possible after receiving them (but as indicated, January was a particularly busy month), maintaining a database of comments in order to narrow down to a shortlist.
Yet we managed it quickly – and then the shortlist itself needed to be pruned, and even so we couldn’t cut back to the original idea: an anthology containing a dozen stories. So we succumbed and settled on 25 stories. Without further ado, in alphabetical order (alphabetically by first name that is!), here’s what you’ll be reading in the latter part of 2018.
Adrian Cole: Broken Billy
Cate Gardner: The Fullness of Her Belly
Debbie Bennett: The Fairest of them all
Gail-Nina Anderson: An Eye for a Plastic Eye
Gary McMahon: Guising
James Brogden: The Trade-Up
Jenny Barber: Down Along the Backroads
John Grant: Too Late
Keris McDonald: Remember, Remember
Madhvi Ramani: Teufelsberg
Marie O’Regan: Pretty Things
Marion Pitman: The Apple Tree
Mike Chinn: Her Favourite Place
Peter Sutton: Masks
Phil Sloman: The Girl with Three Eyes
Ralph Robert Moore: Peelers
Ramsey Campbell: Some Kind of a Laugh
Ray Cluley: Bluey
Samantha Lee: The Worm
Stan Nicholls: Deadline
Stephen Laws: Get Worse Soon
Storm Constantine: La Tenebreuse
Suzanne Barbieri: In the Rough
Tina Rath: Little People
Tony Richards: The Garbage Men
In addition, the book will be garnished with a range of Jim Pitt illustrations. We aim to make this book one you’ll treasure.
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.
Two contributors to Something Remains — John Grant and Rosanne Rabinowitz — have posted blogs about their involvement in the project. John says:
The hugely talented writer Joel Lane, best known for his dark fantasy, died far too young in 2013. He left behind him scattered notes for a myriad of stories that he’d never gotten around to writing, and it occurred to Pauline Dungate that a suitable memorial to him might be a charity anthology in which other writers used Joel’s notes as the basis for new, preferably Joel-esque stories. I was highly honored when The Alchemy Press’s Peter Coleborn asked me to be a contributor to the anthology, and even more so when my story was accepted.
And Rosanne comments:
This unique and moving collaboration differs from any book I’ve contributed to in the past. When Joel Lane died in 2013 he left many handwritten fragments of writing behind. Some were sketches, others closer to complete stories. Peter Coleborn and Pauline E Dungate teamed up to edit an anthology based on these fragments. Various friends and associates of Joel’s selected pieces that sparked their imaginations. Out of this emerged a collection of stories, poems and reflections on Joel’s poetry and critical work.
We are waiting for Christopher to get home. Sipping wine around the kitchen table, Alice and I are just at the stage of starting to get worried. He’s all right, we say to each other occasionally, betraying our concern that there might be something wrong. He’s all right: Dick Charters will have picked Chris and Harry up okay from after-school drama practice, it being Dick’s turn this week to fetch the two nine-year-olds. Maybe the traffic’s hellish. Maybe Dick’s run out of gas – wouldn’t be the first time he’s done that – and even now they’re waiting for the rescue vehicles. Something like that.
John Grant’s Tell No Lies was reviewed in a recent post on the SF Crowsnest website (reviewed by Pauline Morgan).
Storytellers are good at lies. It is their stock in trade. A good storyteller is able to be convincing while being a master of misdirection. The reader is sucked in to the power of the tale before realising that everything is not how they expected it to be. In some cases this leads to a ‘groan effect’ as a twist is revealed that, although unexpected, is provided without the clues that on looking back were present. A subtle bard leaves the reader with a feeling of satisfaction. John Grant belongs to the latter school.
Read the full review here.Tell No Lies is available from Amazon and others, both in print and Kindle DRM free) formats.