Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Alchemy Novellas

We've now posted the submission guidelines on the Alchemy Press blog. Click here.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Announcing Alchemy Novellas

The Alchemy Press intends to start a new line, Alchemy Novellas. In the first instance, we will publish four novellas a year as eBooks. Then the novellas will be collected together and published as a print book – so readers have the best of both worlds.

Our proposed publication schedule for the eBooks is February, May, August and November. 

We are looking for original, unpublished novellas that touch on almost all areas of Fantasy and Horror. There will be a payment for both eBook and print publication. If you are interested and want to learn more please send a query email to alchemypress [@]

Keep an eye on this blog and our Facebook site for status updates.

Sex, Lies and the Kindle

Sex, Lies and Family Ties by Sarah J Graham is now available for your Kindle via Amazon UK and Amazon USA.

Amazon shows the estimated page size as 14 pages. It's not; it's in the region of 214. Amazon is looking into it.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Sex and Lies reviewed

Sex, Lies and Family Ties by Sarah J Graham has received a five star review on Amazon.

BFS Award

Rumours of the Marvellous didn't win the BFS Best Collection Award, announced at the end of September. That honour went to the equally excellent Everyone's Just So, So Special by Robert Shearman. Well done Rob.

A Hot Time in the Old Town...

“Ty Oleson stepped out onto his porch, enjoying the bite of a desert winter. He searched his pants for a pipe, smiling just for the sheer hell of it. It sure was a glorious sunset: brilliant orange just on the horizon, shading to pink, then purple up into the higher sky. Nights like this, he reckoned it was easy to see why so many artsy folks came to Arizona. It was the light, they said – and most days he never could understand what was so special about it. But nights like this…

The flash was unexpected. Like summer lightning, but silent and a hell of a lot brighter. It came from towards the horizon – for a moment washing out all the other colours, leaving Ty blinking away a purple after-image. He lit his pipe, filling the cold evening air with deep fragrant smoke, giving himself time to think.

He hadn’t seen anything like that since the Great War: when the Krauts would waste days shelling the Allies’ trenches; turning the nights into endless, deafening, lurid flashes of high explosive. And even then, he’d seen nothing to compare; nothing so bright…

He stepped off the porch, favouring his left leg – a souvenir of the war. There were no more flashes; the night darkened as the orange slowly dimmed. Gradually the stars came out.

Ty waited a half hour or so, until it was full night and the thin scrape of moon didn’t offer up enough light to see as far as the first fence. Eventually he shrugged. Whatever it was, clearly it wasn’t going to happen again; and it was getting too cold to just sand around. He turned and began limping back to his shack.”

From “There’ll be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight”. Read more in the Kindle edition of Mike Chinn’s Paladin Mandates.

Rumours reviewed

Two recent reviews of Rumours of the Marvellous have appeared. Thank you to the two men with discerning taste:

Rumours is a beautifully produced book … and will no doubt reach out to the collector demographic, but for those of us who worship content … its core appeal lies in the author’s undoubted ability to tell a story and to tell it well.” – Peter Tennant, Black Static #30, 2012

"Rumours of the Marvellous is a superb collection of short stories by Peter Atkins that fall in the borderland between SF, fantasy, horror and the supernatural." – David V Barrett, Fortean Times, November 2012

Monday, October 1, 2012

Sex, Lies & Family Ties -- extract

Sex, Lies and Family Ties by Sarah J Graham is available as print book and eBook editions, and can be bought from a number of online dealers (click here for a list).

In the meantime, you can read the first 20 pages here.

The Alchemy Launch...

Many thanks to Heide Goody for the photograph -- the official launch, Saturday at FantasyCon, of The Alchemy Press Book of Ancient Wonders and The Alchemy Press Book of Pulp Heroes. Many thanks to everyone who came along.

We also announced three new anthologies for 2013 -- details to follow.