There’s a rather wonderful review of The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors in the latest issue (number 9) of Phantasmagoria Magazine:
…It is definitely one of the best anthologies I have come across for quite some time and I would highly recommend it… If the stories weren’t enough, the book is also illustrated throughout with finely drawn headers for each of the stories by the talented Jim Pitts, adding that extra touch of quality to this book…
Read the full review here (scroll down the page to read it).
What factors help us to decide to try a new author? Reviews and recommendations from friends help but I have also found that hearing someone speak and enjoying what they say can be a good (albeit not infallible) pointer to a writer worth investigating. As some of you may remember, James Brogden is a local writer who was a guest at the BSFG in March 2013. Since that appearance he has published two further novels (Tourmaline and The Realt, both published by Snow Books) and this short story collection, Evocations. I must confess that I have not read his novels but have enjoyed some of his short stories in previous anthologies.
Evocations is a collection of sixteen of James’ short stories, most previously published elsewhere with a couple of new additions. The stories all contain an element of the fantastical but are also rooted in the real (and mostly modern) world. Some of the stories also verge into horror.
Music From the Fifth Planet, the new collection from Anne Nicholls, has been reviewed on The Book Lover’s Boudoir:
Music from the Fifth Planet is an excellent collection of stories. I don’t often read speculative fiction so this collection made an interesting change from the stuff I usually read. Nicholls is an excellent writer. Story after story took me somewhere surprising. I enjoyed “By Right of the Stars”, “The World of Silver Winter”, “Bride of the Sea”, “Wishbone” and “Eyes of Day, Eyes of Night” the most. I’d highly recommend Music from the Fifth Planet.
Music From the Fifth Planet is now available from Amazon, etc. An e-book version will be available shortly.
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.
There’s a new, 10/10 review of Paul Kane’s Monsters on the Clive barker Podcast website:
It’s obvious from the first story Paul has a wonderful grasp of the monster genre and knows his shit when it comes to telling a good story. There’s not a tale in this collection that I didn’t like […] Paul Kane’s Monsters promises exactly what the title says. If you love monsters then you’ll love this book. You get zombies, werewolves, vampires, demons, possessed tongues and so much more. This book is a winner and it will definitely make my best of 2015 list at the end of year. — Rob Ridenour
Monsters is available via Amazon, etc, as a paperback, but was also published as a very limited hardcover — just a couple of these are still available from The Alchemy Press (only £25). Contact us for payment details.
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).