What’s in Horrors?

There was an avalanche of stories submitted to The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors – especially in the final month of the submission’s window. To be honest, we didn’t expect to receive around 310 manuscripts seeking a home in this anthology. We were worried that we’d have too few submissions.

We read the stories as soon as possible after receiving them (but as indicated, January was a particularly busy month), maintaining a database of comments in order to narrow down to a shortlist.

Yet we managed it quickly – and then the shortlist itself needed to be pruned, and even so we couldn’t cut back to the original idea: an anthology containing a dozen stories. So we succumbed and settled on 25 stories. Without further ado, in alphabetical order (alphabetically by first name that is!), here’s what you’ll be reading in the latter part of 2018.

  • Adrian Cole: Broken Billy
  • Cate Gardner: The Fullness of Her Belly
  • Debbie Bennett: The Fairest of them all
  • Gail-Nina Anderson: An Eye for a Plastic Eye
  • Gary McMahon: Guising
  • James Brogden: The Trade-Up
  • Jenny Barber: Down Along the Backroads
  • John Grant: Too Late
  • Keris McDonald: Remember, Remember
  • Madhvi Ramani: Teufelsberg
  • Marie O’Regan: Pretty Things
  • Marion Pitman: The Apple Tree
  • Mike Chinn: Her Favourite Place
  • Peter Sutton: Masks
  • Phil Sloman: The Girl with Three Eyes
  • Ralph Robert Moore: Peelers
  • Ramsey Campbell: Some Kind of a Laugh
  • Ray Cluley: Bluey
  • Samantha Lee: The Worm
  • Stan Nicholls: Deadline
  • Stephen Laws: Get Worse Soon
  • Storm Constantine: La Tenebreuse
  • Suzanne Barbieri: In the Rough
  • Tina Rath: Little People
  • Tony Richards: The Garbage Men

In addition, the book will be garnished with a range of Jim Pitt illustrations. We aim to make this book one you’ll treasure.

 

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No, not that type of sub.

The submission window for The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors is now closed. We have received 297 submissions to wade through (sorry, to read), make shortlists, and then finalised the table of contents. We hope to start contacting folk in a few weeks. Please be patient.

 

 

Horrors — Notes

Further information regarding the submission details for The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors:

  • We accept stories from anywhere in the world (the galaxy, even) if written in English
  • We only accept email submissions
  • We are looking for new stories although reprints may be considered
  • Please present your manuscript as a Word document (or RTF or similar) using standard formatting (double spacing, etc).
  • And you must include your name and contact email on the manuscript itself.

 

New Anthology Announced

2018 sees the re-launch of the Alchemy Press Book Of… anthologies with a brand new title: HORRORS, edited by Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards. We are looking for horror stories … but tales that can be described as “weird”, “strange”, “amazing” and “peculiar”: stories that would have found a home in Weird Tales, Unknown Worlds, Fantastic and Fantasy Tales among other illustrious publications.

For the full guidelines visit the Alchemy Press of Horrors submissions page.

BFS Awards Short List

The short list for the 2017 British Fantasy Society Awards has been released and we are pleased to note the following nominees: The Alchemy Press (Independent Press category); Something Remains, edited by Peter Coleborn and Pauline E Dungate (Anthology); “Charmed Life” by Simon Avery from Something Remains (Short Story). The results will be announced at FantasyCon this September.

 

Best anthology of 2016

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The Dark Musings website has selected its best horror books of the year. We are honoured to be chosen as the best anthology with Something Remains:

My choice as the best anthology of 2016 however, goes to Something Remains, a book dedicated to the memory of Joel Lane who died three years ago. The stories within are inspired by, and based on, notes left by Joel and each individual author has done a remarkable job in creating them in such a way that you would believe Joel had written them himself. It’s a superbly produced book and I can think of no better way to honour his memory.

What better recommendation?

 

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