This review seemed to have passed us by — it appeared earlier this year on Goodreads. Pamela Scott says: “This collection (The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors) contains some of the best horror fiction I’ve read in ages … It’s great to read an anthology where you love every story in it. There tends to be a mixture of brilliant stores, good stories, okay ones and a couple that aren’t so good. I loved every story in this collection. The stories all fit into the ‘horror’ category, more or less. I loved how diverse and different the stories are. There are no two alike. I especially enjoyed Down Along The Backroads by Jenny Barber, Guising by Gary McMahon, Masks by Peter Sutton and The Trade-Up by James Brogden.”
The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors gets a lovely review on the British Fantasy Society’s website. The reviewer, H T Scott, says:
The thing about anthologies is that you get a plethora of diversity, which in my humble opinion is no bad thing. The Alchemy Press book of horrors doesn’t disappoint, with contributions from well-known names such as Ramsey Campbell, Samantha Lee, Mike Chinn, and Peter Sutton, there are also a few authors there that I have never read before. Anthologies are a good way to dip your toes in the shallows of someone’s writing, giving the reader, us, an idea of what to expect.should we want to read more of their work One thing is for sure, Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards have brought together some very talented people and every story in the book 100% deserves to be included. Unthemed this collection takes the reader to some very dark places.
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.