December 2016 Newsletter

 

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It’s almost the end of 2016, time for reflection. The Alchemy Press has had a relatively quiet year with just three titles under our belt: The Complete Epistles of Penelope Pettiweather, Ghost Hunter by Jessica Amanda Salmonson; The Private Life of Elder Things by Adrian Tchaikovsky, Keris McDonald and Adam Gauntlett; and Something Remains edited by Peter Coleborn and Pauline E Dungate, an anthology of stories based on the notes left by Joel Lane after his untimely death. Click on the titles to read more about these titles, or visit the Alchemy website to discover our complete range of books.

From a personal perspective, Peter has experienced the ups and downs of the NHS as he underwent a series of investigations for cancer, culminating in surgery soon after our return from FantasyCon, which was held in Scarborough this year (and which, by the way, we both thoroughly enjoyed despite the hiccups one usually encounters at such events). It’s too soon to know just how successful the surgery was – hopefully we’ll learn more by mid-January 2017.

Time to cheer up. Time for a bit of festive fun! Here’s something to occupy you over the Christmas holiday: unscramble the following anagrams, all are of writers who have graced the pages of Alchemy Press titles:

AN ADVISORY HAT KICK

AN UP LEAK

CLASH ON LINEN

LACE IN ROAD

MAD SEA JAILS MASONS CANON

REAP KITTENS

After you’ve rearranged these send your answers to us using this form before midnight 31st December 2016. The first three will have the choice from any of our limited editions: Nick Nightmare Investigates by Adrian Cole; Rumours of the Marvellous by Peter Atkins; Where the Bodies are Buried by Kim Newman; Merry-Go-Round by Bryn Fortey; or Invent-10n by Rod Rees (state your choice along with your answers). Please note that overseas prizes will be sent surface mail.

Finally, we wish you all a very happy Christmas, Yule, or whatever you choose to celebrate. Have fun. Let’s hope 2017 is a good year for all. And keep buying and reading books. Lots of books.

Hugs and love

Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards

 

 

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Going for a song…

Some of The Alchemy Press’s limited edition hardcovers are going for a song via Amazon. Okay, not a song, as such … but we are selling brand new copies at a heavy discount. Now is a good time to buy the book you’ve been intending to read!

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Don’t forget, these are all limited, signed hardcovers. And a warning: some of these books are in short supply so order them soon.

 

 

 

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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An interview with Peter Atkins and Glen Hirshberg

Just discovered this interview with Peter Atkins and Glen Hirshberg. Peter is, of course, the author of the fabulous Alchemy Press collection, Rumours of the Marvellous.

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Glen Hirshberg (L) and Peter Atkins (R) founded the Rolling Darkness Revue in 2004. Glen Hirshberg (L) and Peter Atkins (R) founded the Rolling Darkness Revue in 2004.

Fresh from the PstD vault! The following is excerpted from a transcribed interview with Glen Hirshberg and Peter Atkins, conducted by Sean Moreland and James Greatrex on October 24, 2010. Atkins and Hirshberg had just performed as the Rolling Darkness Revue at the Mayfair Theatre the night before, as part of that year’s Ottawa International Writer’s Festival. This interview originally appeared in our inaugural issue, Postscripts to Darkness Volume 1. We owe a great deal to these gentlemen for the inspiration. Read more about how the Rolling Darkness Revue helped ignite our project.

Peter Atkins was part of Clive Barker’s The Dog Company in 1970s Liverpool. He is an actor, composer, and novelist, and is perhaps best known for his work as a screenwriter. Credits include the Hellraiser and Wishmaster series. He has twice…

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Rumours — price reduction

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We’re lowering the price of Rumours of the Marvellous, the marvellous collection from Peter Atkins. Short-listed for the British Fantasy Award in 2012.

Rumours of the Marvellous is a superb collection of short stories by Peter Atkins that fall in the borderland between SF, fantasy, horror and the supernatural.” — David V Barrett, Fortean Times, November 2012 issue.

Rumours is a beautifully produced book … and will no doubt reach out to the collector demographic, but for those of us who worship content … its core appeal lies in the author’s undoubted ability to tell a story and to tell it well.” – Peter Tennant, Black Static 30

You can buy it now via Amazon for just £10 plus p&p.

We haven’t had a chance to change the PayPal tags yet so if you wish to buy directly from us send a message and we’ll in turn send a PayPal invoice.

 

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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Rumours of the Marvellous

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We have reduced the price of Peter Atkins fabulously wonderful collection, Rumours of the Marvellous, to just £12 if you order via Amazon (from “thealchemypress”). This is a fantastic opportunity to buy the perfect |Festive gift for the discerning reader.

To order your copy simply click here.

Rumours of the Marvellous by Peter Atkins includes fourteen of the writer’s best stories and is limited to 250 signed and numbered copies, features an introduction by Glen Hirshberg, a cover painting by Les Edwards. Co-published by The Alchemy Press and Airgedlámh Productions.

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Contents:

  • King of Outer Space
  • Stacy and Her Idiot
  • Between the Cold Moon and the Earth
  • Doctor Arcadia
  • Intricate Green Figurines
  • The Cubist’s Attorney
  • Prisoners of the Inferno
  • The Girl in the Blue Volcano
  • The Show Must Go On
  • The Mystery
  • Aviatrix
  • The Last of the Invisible Kings
  • Frumpy Little Beat Girl
  • Dancing like We’re Dumb (original to this collection)

“Rumours of the Marvellous is a superb collection of short stories by Peter Atkins that fall in the borderland between SF, fantasy, horror and the super­natural.” — David V Barrett, Fortean Times

Note: if you wish you can order directly from The Alchemy Press.