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.

 

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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.

 

Tony Richards interviewed

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Around eleven in the morning, a flock of harpies landed on her roof.

As their claws alighted on the loose, jittery tiles, Rayven’s eyes snapped open. They had jet-black irises, the pupils indistinguishable from the surrounding pools of dark. She’d been up gone five, and had been fast asleep. But she still awoke like a steel trap springing into action.

Novelist Tony Richards supplied the action-adventure tale “Rayven Black in the City of Night” for The Alchemy Press Book of Pulp Heroes 3. Here he supplies intelligent answers to dumb question.

Writing is a notoriously solitary business. What keeps you at it? The fame that constantly eludes you? Getting a lie in mornings? The rubber?

I simply feel compelled to write a lot of fiction, and have been that way from a very early age. As for that “solitary business” stuff, well, thank God for that. I’d hate to try and write with people leaning over my shoulder going “Ooh, what happens next?” and “You’ve spelled that wrong.”

What was it that inspired “Rayven Black in the City of Night”?

It’s usually quite hard to tell exactly where an idea has come from. But an alternative London plunged into eternal night is a concept I’ve been toying with for quite a while, and I suppose I’d been watching quite a few superhero movies a while back, and Rayven Black popped into my head about three years back. Only trouble was, I didn’t bother writing about her back then, since who would publish such a story?

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