Horrors 2 reviewed

Reviewed on the Runalong the Shelves website

Horror like any genre has some extremes. It could a gentle scare to full-on bloodbath. Sometimes reading helps you work out where your boundaries are or how far into the deep waters I’m prepared to go before turning back. The second Alchemy Press Book of Horrors managed to do just that as many of the stories were brilliantly done but blimey there were often chilling.

So if you’re feeling ready for rich darkness here are a few of the tales in the collection I got struck by ‘Beneath Nambian Sands’ by Pauline E Dungate. This is a atmospheric tale of someone trying a rescue mission in the desert. Its clear something weird has happened but Dungate winds up tension to the last possible moment. And then bloodily unleashed.

‘Promises’ by Nancy Kilpatrick. This story in the collection that tells of love, loss and Whitstable. Horror movie fans may recall it’s famous resident. Melancholy and strange with a haunting ending.

‘The Secret Place’ by Samantha Lee. A mother and her daughter move to a old house or a writing retreat. The daughter left to her own devices make a new friend but tragedy is coming, This story is dark and unfair and chilling all at once. You’ll feel a shiver in the end.

‘Lirpaloof Island’ by Garry Kilworth. This story is dark comedy tale of an office prank that goes awry with deadly consequences. It mixes the absorb and the horror skilfully.

‘The Hate Whisperer’ by Thana Niveau. A really cold story where a young woman investigates how certain people when photographed experienced a massive and deadly change in their personalities. Nasty events spiral and the end is shocking and bloody.

‘We Do Like To Be Beside’ by Peter Sutton. A summer horror holiday that covers a nasty nightmare and that plays with the desire to be free of our families in a very unpleasant way. Great sense of building horror for the incident child experiencing events.

‘Footprints in the Snow’ by Eyglo Karlsdottir. This tale mixes a weird world event with family grief. The dead can return when it snows and now snow can happen at any time. A mother finds her dearest wish can be deadly. Unsettling and bittersweet.

A collection with many strands of horror in there and I think gives a variety of experiences but when it wants to get its teeth into you it does. A set of tales I think seasoned horror fans will enjoy a lot.

For more info on this anthology check out the Horrors 2 page. The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors 2 is available in eBook and print formats from the usual suspects.

Horrors 2 ready to pre-order

Now available to pre-order from Amazon and other book dealers. The book will be launched at this year’s Stokercon horror convention, held in Scarborough, UK, in April.

The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors volume 2

Strange Stories & Weird Tales

Edited by Peter Coleborn & Jan Edwards

Strange stories and weird tales and all of the creeping horrors in between. Horrors 2 features seventeen fabulous writers, including Sarah Ash, Paul Finch, John Grant, Nancy Kilpatrick, Garry Kilworth, Samantha Lee … to lead you on a spine-tingling tour from seaside towns to grimy cities, to the lonely and secret places, from the fourteenth precinct to Namibia … and so many places in between.

 

Best Horror of the Year

Every year sees a new volume in the Ellen Datlow-edited Best Horror of the Year series. The 2019 edition (volume 11), with a terrific cover by Audrey Benjaminsen, features work first published in 2018.

There are over 20 stories in this volume including “Masks” by Peter Sutton, from the pages of The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors. In her introduction, this is what Ellen says of Horrors:

In addition, Ellen lists the full recommended reading list on her blog (it’s in four parts). It includes nine stories from Horrors!

 

Horrors 2: cover reveal

Here’s an early peek at the cover for The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors 2, due spring 2020:

Cover art and design by Peter Coleborn. And a reminder of the ToC:

  • Gail-Nina Anderson          Henrietta Street
  • Sarah Ash                        I Left My Fair Homeland
  • Debbie Bennett                I Remember Everything
  • Mike Chinn                       Digging in the Dirt
  • Paul Finch                        What Did You See
  • Sharon Gosling                Every Bad Thing
  • John Grant                       The Loneliest Place
  • John Howard                    The Primordial Light
  • Tim Jeffreys                      Black Nore
  • Eyglo Karlsdottir               Footprints in the Snow
  • Nancy Kilpatrick               Promises
  • Garry Kilworth                  Lirpaloof Island
  • Samantha Lee                 The Secret Place
  • Pauline Morgan               Beneath Namibian Sands
  • Thana Niveau                  The Hate Whisperer
  • John Llewellyn Probert    Hydrophobia
  • Peter Sutton                    We Do Like to Be Beside

Once again internal artwork by Jim Pitts.

 

 

 

Horrors 2 — table of contents

We are delighted to announce the contents for the forthcoming Alchemy Press Book of Horrors 2, the follow up to last year’s acclaimed anthology. Alphabetically:

  • Gail-Nina Anderson           Henrietta Street
  • Sarah Ash                          I Left My Fair Homeland
  • Debbie Bennett                  I Remember Everything
  • Mike Chinn                         Digging in the Dirt
  • Paul Finch                          What Did You See
  • Sharon Gosling                 Every Bad Thing
  • John Grant                         The Loneliest Place
  • John Howard                      The Primordial Light
  • Tim Jeffreys                        Black Nore
  • Eyglo Karlsdottir                 Footprints in the Snow
  • Nancy Kilpatrick                 Promises
  • Gary Kilworth                     Lirpaloof Island
  • Samantha Lee                   The Secret Place
  • Pauline Morgan                 Beneath Namibian Sands
  • Thana Niveau                    The Hate Whisperer
  • John Llewellyn Probert      Hydrophobia
  • Peter Sutton                      We Do Like to Be Beside

Once again internal artwork by Jim Pitts.

The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors 2, edited by Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards, is scheduled for a spring 2020 publication.

Horrors – pre-order now

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The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors is now available to pre-order. The book will be launched at this year’s FantasyCon and then will be on general sale on 1st November. Available from Amazon and other online booksellers.

Twenty-five tales of horror and the weird, stories that encapsulate the dark, the desolate and the downright creepy. Stories that will send that quiver of anticipation and dread down your spine and stay with you long after the lights have gone out.

Who is Len Binn, a comedian or…? What secrets are locked away in Le Trénébreuse? The deadline for what? Who are the little people, the garbage men, the peelers? What lies behind the masks? And what horrors are found down along the backroads?

Check out the book’s page to see who are the 25 writers.

 

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.