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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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The Cupboard of Winds

The first thing I noticed was when the radio cleared its throat. I don’t sleep well and tend to leave the radio on all night, so when I wake up at five in the morning it’s there. I was just wishing I could sleep for another couple of hours, when in one of those pauses between discs, I heard this throat-clearing. First I thought, That’s odd; then I thought, The presenter must have left the mic on, or not realised the piece has finished. Then a voice said, “Are you awake?”

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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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Music in the Bone reviewed

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Music in the Bone by Marion Pitman has received a favourable review over on the Iconomicon website:

Overall, Music in the Bone and Other Stories is a little hard to quantify, given the mix of styles, subjects and tones. It’s definitely worth a look for lovers of British folklore and folk music, although hardcore horror aficionados should look elsewhere.

We are pleased that the book’s stories are hard to quantify and that the horror element isn’t hardcore. But don’t get us wrong: we are very happy with this review and that the reviewer enjoyed the book.

 

Music in the Bone reviewed

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A new review on the Horror Blog:

Pitman has created an array of characters that you will love and detest in equal measures. Music in the Bone is a fabulous collection, easy to pick up on your lunch break and read a few stories, or as I did all in one sitting. It appeals to most audiences as the stories cross genres from horror into fantasy. They are simple stories that somehow cover every theme, you will finish this book with a head that is overflowing and a heart too big for your chest.

Music in the Bone is now available as an e-book for the Kindle (DRM-free).

 

 

Music in the Bone reviewed

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Marion Pitman’s new collection Music in the Bone receives a five-star review from The Book Lover’s Boudoir:

Music in the Bone and Other Stories is a great collection of stories. I thoroughly enjoyed […] every story in this collection. There’s a good mix of stories here. Some are downright chilly and unnerving (i.e. “Music in the Bone”, “Looking Glass” and “Overnight Bus”). Other tales were quite amusing but no less enjoyable (i.e. “Indecent Behaviour” and “The Cupboard of Winds”)  … The collection concludes with the author giving a little summary about where the inspiration for each story came from. I’m the kind of reader who loves this insight so this was a little treat after reading so many good stories.

Music in the Bone is available from Amazon and other good book shops.

 

 

Music in the Bone reviewed

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Alchemy Press’ latest book, Music in the Bone by Marion Pitman has received an excellent review:

Anthologies from Alchemy Press specialise in bringing myth to a contemporary setting and generally involve adult characters living adult lives. Music in the Bone is no exception to this. It’s quite a varied collection of Marion Pitman’s work from a number of different sources and spans a long career of writing. Within this collection we have twenty pieces; some very short, almost motifs and some poetry, but all clearly expressed… Music in the Bone is a lovely collection of diversions and adds a new tome to the Alchemy Press shelf of intelligent, adult, urban fantasy. There are messages to find here; characters to like, love and hate; places to remember and ideas to stir the mind.

Read the full review on the SFBook website.

Music in the Bone is available from Amazon and the like, with an eBook version due shortly.

 

Music in the Bone

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Coming later this month (we’re launching the book at FantasyCon 2015): Music in the Bone by Marion Pitman, where you’ll find stories poised to send you over the edge…

  • He had been looking for sunlight, and there wasn’t any. He was much too young to remember before the dust got between the earth and the sun…
  • Beneath the turbid ocean, the kraken slept with one eye open.
  • …the skin drawn tight on the skull. She smiled, and beckoned to me with a skeletal hand…
  • Sami had a theory: “Speed beyond a certain point isn’t natural. It upsets the waves of reality.”
  • But when I know – ah, then what shall I know?

(Marion Pitman’s) stories are about people who discover that the floorboards of reality are much thinner than they had supposed, and in some cases have been removed altogether. – John Dallman

The book will be available via Amazon and other online bookstores in print and Kindle formats.

 

 

Music in the Bone

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Here’s an early look at the cover for Music in the Bone and Other Stories. This will be the first collection from British writer Marion Pitman, a book that all dark fantasy/horror readers will want to read. Music in the Bone will be launched at FantasyCon 2015 in Nottingham this October — then via good online book sellers.