Alchemy: other books

Besides anthologies and collections The Alchemy Press has been honoured to publish the following titles. Click on the images for further information on each title.

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  • Touchstones: Essays on the Fantastic by John Howard
  • Doors to Elsewhere by Mike Barrett

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Nick Nightmare Investigates


The Alchemy Press is delighted to announce that Nick Nightmare Investigates by Adrian Cole is due for publication this autumn — we aim to launch at FantasyCon. Nick Nightmare will be available in three editions: paperback, e-book and limited hard-cover. Ace editor Mike Chinn is currently going over the manuscripts and he and Adrian promise something special for the hard-cover.

The wraparound cover is by Jim Pitts. The above illustration is a rough of the cover. Final typeface, etc, is still be to decided.



Doors to Elsewhere reviewed

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Jim McLeod has selected Doors to Elsewhere by Mike Barrett as one of his “must-read” non-fiction books of 2013. Here are his comments (reprinted with permission from The Ginger Nuts of Horror website):

“The world of horror fiction review is full of writers who are far better qualified to review this rather than little old me. Doors to Elsewhere by Mike Barrett collects his essays on late 19th/early 20th century horror and fantasy writers such as Fritz Leiber, Clifford Ball, Theodore Sturgeon, and MP Shiel. It also includes a comprehensive overview of Arkham House.

Like the other books featured here [in McLeod’s roundup of 2013],Doors to Elsewhere has one very important factor that is common to all. And that is readability; this collection of essays could very easily have been a dry read. However Mike Barrett is a very gifted reviewer, and each and every one of these essays gives an engrossing look into the work of some of the genre’s founding fathers. This is an indispensable reference work that all fans of the genre, and in particular all of us who review horror fiction, should read. Intelligent, compelling and above all enlightening, Doors To Elsewhere is a must read.”

Doors to Elsewhere now available

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The Alchemy Press is delighted to announce that Doors to Elsewhere by Mike Barrett, with an introduction by Ramsey Campbell is now available via Amazon.

Arkham House! Weird Tales! Leiber! Sturgeon! Moore! Dunsany! Names that conjure much of the history of modern fantasy and horror fiction. Those who haven’t encountered them yet have a feast of treats ahead. Mike Barrett has written celebrations of these together with essays on other important writers. This collection is a fine guide for folk who are eager to broaden their reading, and a useful reappraisal for those who think they know the fields.