The Alchemy Press is delighted to publish Les Vacances by Phil Sloman, as a stand-alone novella. Due at the end of April.
Monasteries rising and falling. Heretics and stakes and fire. There were rebellions and revolution and tales of abundance and happiness and new beginnings. Within the book there were also lies and omissions and fallacies all designed to gloss over a dark past many had long forgotten. Many but not all. The vacation of a lifetime.
“Circuses, especially their odder sideshow attractions, are a familiar ingredient in horror fiction. But here the colourful historic setting and the liveliness of the story make shenanigans in a mirror-maze seem fresh and interesting. There’s a clever twist involving said mirror, and the relationship between members of da Silva’s crew are nicely dramatised, as is the captain’s attitude to his family. There’s also a touch of horror-comedy, as a zombie disintegrates in combat but continues to try and get the job done. They had a proper work ethic in those days …Overall, The Komarovs is a well-balanced novella, packing in more material than a short story could hold but still short enough to read in one sitting.” — David Longhorn
Charley Zriny wished he hadn’t hired the Siamese twins. Sure, they were a great draw, but they acted as if they were queen of the damn carnival. And that’s just the start. Besides the zombie there is a werewolf, a necromancer and ghosts. A maze of mirrors. And more zombies. Captain da Silva is at the centre of this – and all he wanted was a day out with his family.