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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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Alchemy’s 2014 titles

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Last weekend at FantasyCon in Nottingham the winners of the British Fantasy Society awards were announced. Although we didn’t win the Best Independent Press category, we are delighted to have been short listed. The winner was Fox Spirit Books — many congratulations go to them!

The above photo shows our output from 2014. From the top left clockwise: Merry-Go-Round, Kneeling in the Silver Light, The Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic 2, Touchstones, Nick Nightmare Investigates (which did win for Best Collection!), The Alchemy Press Book of Pulp heroes 3, Tell No Lies and again (the hardcover this time) Merry-Go-Round. 

 

Alchemy Offers

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We have reduced the prices of some of our limited edition titles so now is the time to buy the book you’ve been meaning to. For details of the lower prices click on the book title and scroll down the page and take advantage of the PayPal button….

Merry-Go-Round and Other Words by Bryn Forty — collects the best from the author’s oeuvre, from his first horror story publication to stories appearing here for the first time. The contents range from across the horror and science fiction fields, with a bit between.Merry-Go-Round also includes his heart-felt poetry. This limited edition hardcover comes with a moving tribute by Johnny Mains and an extra, brand new story. An essential collection.

Invent-10n by Rod Rees — Greetings Gate, let’s Agitate. Look over your shoulder. Do you see the camera? Then dig that even as you read these words of sedition and denial you are being watched by the ever e-quisitive National Protection Agency. The National Protection Agency – omnipresent, omniscient and most ominous – which runs PanOptika, the spider at the centre of the Web.

Rumours of the Marvellous by Peter Atkins — “…it’s a real treat to have these stories side by side as they stretch back from 2011 to 1992. I won’t spoil your enjoyment by highlighting particular ones, suffice to say that you are in the hands of one of the best and most original writers of horror and dark fantasy to come along in the last twenty years; but Atkins is also a great stylist with a truly original voice, so be prepared to be entertained, enlightened and educated in the fine art of short story writing.”

Don’t forget, Kim Newman’s Where the Bodies are Buried is still on offer — Meet Rob Hackwill, folk demon. A blackmailer killed by his victims, returning to expose what they are really made of. Or so the script goes. But then Hackwill slithers out of film into reality. Where the Bodies are Buried is a heady brew of pulp horror, political satire and twisted technology. These four stories deconstruct the myths of the late twentieth century – with a hatchet. Prepare to laugh. Prepare to shudder. Prepare to find out Where the Bodies Are Buried.

If you wish to buy two or more titles contact us and we’ll quote a price to save on postage.

Paperback editions of Merry-Go-Round and Invent-10n are available from Amazon and other online dealers.

 

Buying Alchemy books

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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.)

 

Bryn Fortey interviewed

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Bryn Fortey (the mastermind behind Alchemy Press’ Merry-Go-Round and Other Words) answers a number of questions on Your One Phone Call website:

Why do you write?

I have always had an interest in words on paper. At school I could never tell a verb from an adjective but always got good marks in English because of my compositions. So a long-standing relationship is a given. As to why do I write now, well…

Read the full article here. The website also includes a poem by Bryn, “Smokestack” — just to show how great a poet he is.

Merry-Go-Round is available from Amazon US and UK and other online stores. A limited edition is also available directly from The Alchemy Press.

 

 

 

April/May Newsletter

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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 by Paul Kane, with an introduction by Nicholas Vince (with fabulous cover art by Clive Barker).
  • Evocations by James Brogden, a collection of this fine writer’s horror and weird tales.

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).

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Merry-Go-Round reviewed

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Bryn Fortey‘s Alchemy Press collection, Merry-Go-Round and Other Words, receives an in-depth review by Pauline Morgan on the SF Crowsnest website.

[T]hese stories have variety but the best of them show how a range of ideas can be meshed together to form small gems. Not everyone will like all the stories but it is worth savouring the best and trying to figure out how Fortey manages to juxtapose the impossible and make it work.

Merry-Go-Round is available in paperback (from Amazon and all the usual suspects) as as a limited edition hardcover, available via The Alchemy Press.

 

 

Reasons to be Merry

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In case you’ve forgotten: Merry-Go-Round and Other Words by Bryn Fortey collects the best from the author’s oeuvre, from his first horror story publication to stories appearing here for the first time. The contents range from across the horror and science fiction fields, with a bit between.Merry-Go-Round also includes his heart-felt poetry. The 350-page book comes with a moving tribute by Johnny Mains. An essential collection.

Available in paperback and limited editions. Click on the links for further details.

 

 

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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