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.
Only one remained on the Isle of Wight who remembered Lucy Lightfoot. He was the reason she had returned, and the reason she stood in the church porch, debating on whether seven hundred years was long enough. She hesitated, glancing toward the setting sun, and then retreated to her house, just along the street. She wondered yet again why returning to her old home, and this island, was so important. She had prepared well, and she felt she had a very good chance of success, but the stakes were so damned high.
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).
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)
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.)
The darkness in these stories is subtle, a hulking, half-seen shape moving about in the shadows just to the left or right of the very edge of our perception. This is what makes them so good and memorable. Some of the tales will be in my head for a long time. I just can’t quite shake the things I’ve read in these pages. Many of the tales made me shiver.
Leinster Gardens is available for the Kindle (DRM free) and as a print book from Amazon etc, etc.
As I don’t plan stories in advance, and seldom know the ending in anything more than hazy ideas, I tend to inhabit the skins of main protags and watch the story unfold through them. For me writing is more fun if I am surprised by what comes next.
Last Saturday we were in Leominster’s Grange, a gorgeous historic building close to the town centre. We’re pleased to say that our Sat Nav negotiated the narrow streets to perfection — unlike friend Malcolm Havard’s, which sent him down a cul de sac.
The Alchemy Press table was shared with the Penkhull Press, which publishes Malcolm’s First Book of Gabriel, a humorous take on world creation (and many other things!). Both Jan Edwards (Leinster Gardens and Sussex Tales) and Malcolm read extracts during the afternoon.
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 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).
Leinster Gardens and Other Subtleties by Jan Edwards receives a five-star review on Amazon:
This is a clever assortment of spooky, mysterious, folk, supernatural, historic and ultra-modern urban stories. There are stories for many tastes, and my favourite has to be the one that includes a letter in it (to find out which one it is, one would have to read them all!). This short story is… well, short, but it feels so personal; and it is surprising how the author managed to tell something so touching within such a limited number (only nine) of pages. It could be easily adapted for the screen. At the end of the book the writer recollects how each of the stories evolved, giving an intimate angle to this delightful collection. Highly recommended!
The reviewer Nelli Rees‘s novel Ghost Love is also available via Amazon.