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.
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?
If you are looking for beautifully written literary strange fiction and weird fiction, Something Remains is what you have been looking for. It contains excellent and impressive stories that surprise, thrill and shock readers in equal measure. Something Remains is something different for those who want to read quality fiction, so please, take a look at it and let yourself be charmed by uncanny stories. Highly recommended!
Visit the website to read the full review and then pop over to Amazon (or another online bookstore) to get a copy of the book. You’ll love it.
I’ve posted some words on and a few photos of the recent Alchemy Press book launch held during the 2016 British Fantasy Convention in Scarborough:
It can’t be difficult, surely, to organise a book launch (as part of the recent FantasyCon weekend). After all, I have organised and co-organised the British Fantasy Convention itself – several times – plus many one-off events. Ah, as with all best-laid plans, it didn’t quite go according to – well – plan.
If you want to read all about it pop over to my personal blog.
Allen Ashley, one of the esteemed contributors to Something Remains has written of his story “Natural History” in the book.
Joel gave us some of the finest short fiction you could ever hope to read. And now he has given me this story “Natural History” which would never have existed without his notes, his inspiration. The same is true for the other pieces collected in “Something Remains”: meticulously, even tenderly, written by those who loved and admired him.
Read the full essay on Allen’s website, here.
Something Remains is available as a paperback or eBook for the Kindle via Amazon and, probably, other online dealers.
The book is officially launched at FantasyCon later this month.
Des Lewis runs a blog in which be publishes “real-time” reviews — reviews of books as he reads them, usually posting comments on a daily basis. Des begins the review of Something Remains today. The first story he reviews is that by Tim Lebbon. Des says:
This is a frightening portrait of alienation even from a friend, with a scene in a dance club that will stay with you.
You can follow the updates and further reviews in the comments section of Des Lewis’ Gestalt Real-Time Reviews website.
This September, as part of the FantasyCon 2016 activities — on the 24th to be precise — Alchemy Press launches two new titles:
Come along at noon on Saturday to help launch these titles . There will be wine!
Lynda E. Rucker, whose story “The Other Side” features in Something Remains, comments on the collaborative process:
It was an enormous honor to work on this and also an extremely moving experience. I had selected the fragment that spoke to me the most personally, and worked hard to get into a mindset that would produce a story that was truly a collaboration between Joel and me. As someone who had only a passing acquaintance with Joel personally (but who has loved his work since the 1990s), it was surprising how close I felt to him over the course of writing the story.
Something Remains will be launched this September at FantasyCon by the Sea.