Announcing a New Alchemy Press Anthology

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THE ALCHEMY PRESS BOOK OF HORRORS 3: A MISCELLANY OF MONSTERS

 

Monsters are many things. They come in all forms, shapes and sizes: from to the tiny to the titanic; from amorphous blobs to many limbed (or tentacled) monstrosities; from supernatural demons to man-made terrors. They come from any place and time: from under the bed to the woodshed; from the icy wastes to the darkest jungles; from the depths of the ocean to outer space; from the past, the future, the now!

Many things. Any things.

We are looking for stories featuring monsters for The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors 3: A Miscellany of Monsters to be edited by Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards. To get a flavour of the type of writing we prefer, we suggest you check out volumes 1 and 2 of the series, available in print and eBook formats from Amazon and other sellers.

Check the above link for further details.

 

Roll Call

The thirty-nine steps books

 

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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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The BFS Monster Awards

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The short list for the 2016 British Fantasy Society Awards has been released and I am delighted to see The Alchemy Press nominated in two categories: Monsters by Paul Kane for Best Collection; and the press itself in the Best Independent Press category. Both are up against stiff competition … but fingers crossed. The awards will be announced in September at FantasyCon by the Sea.

Be afraid. Be incredibly afraid…because the Monsters are here! One man starts to suffer from a strange affliction, as another seeks knowledge of the future – with dire consequences. A young boy gets more than he bargained for when he receives a unique Christmas present, while a lonely man battles creatures that live in the darkness. And as a rescue expedition finds strange animals in the jungle, one man’s wife returns from the grave to be with him once more… Vampires, werewolves, zombies, witches, this collection from the imagination of award-winning and bestselling author Paul Kane has them all! Including the first reprint of ‘Dracula in Love’ in over a decade, the original short story the movie Weeping Woman was based on and all three parts of the ‘Life Cycle’ trilogy (begun in the late ‘90s and concluding with the brand new ‘Lifetime’), plus an introduction by Nicholas Vince (who portrayed Chatterer Cenobite in the Hellraiser movies and Kinski in Nightbreed) and cover art by the legendary Clive Barker, this is one book you really should be afraid to miss!

Monsters can be ordered via Amazon and other good dealers. Also available for the Kindle.

 

A Christmas Demon…

Christmas morning.

And Jacob Campbell was up at six a.m. He’d been too excited to stay in bed, and had only managed a couple of hours sleep at most. Though he was getting a bit too old to believe in Santa at almost nine years of age, he could have sworn he’d heard something at about midnight last night. The whole house had shaken; could it really have been down to that famous sleigh landing on the roof of the house?

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Monsters reviewed

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Monsters by Paul Kane recently received a five-star review on Goodreads:

All in all this is a must buy for all that love horror stories you will not be disappointed.

Read the full review here. Monsters is available from Amazon and other good online bookstores.

 

 

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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Monsters reviewed

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There’s a new, 10/10 review of Paul Kane’s Monsters on the Clive barker Podcast website:

It’s obvious from the first story Paul has a wonderful grasp of the monster genre and knows his shit when it comes to telling a good story. There’s not a tale in this collection that I didn’t like […] Paul Kane’s Monsters promises exactly what the title says. If you love monsters then you’ll love this book. You get zombies, werewolves, vampires, demons, possessed tongues and so much more. This book is a winner and it will definitely make my best of 2015 list at the end of year. — Rob Ridenour

Read the full review here.

Monsters is available via Amazon, etc, as a paperback, but was also published as a very limited hardcover — just a couple of these are still available from The Alchemy Press (only £25).  Contact us for payment details.