2017 BFS Awards – short list

The nominees for the 2017 British Fantasy Society Fantasy Awards has been published. As usual, it’s  list of many categories, of which The Alchemy Press features in three of them: Best Independent Press; Best Anthology (Something Remains, a tribute to the late Joel Lane, edited by Peter Coleborn and Pauline E Dungate); and Best Short Story (“Charmed Life” by Simon Avery from Something Remains). Fingers crossed.

The winners will be announced at FantasyCon at the end of September. The full list is available here.




Hekla’s Children reviewed


Hekla’s Children by James Brogden. Titan £7.99

Reviewed by Peter Coleborn

Quite simply, I was captivated by this novel almost instantly. I admit that some may think I’m somewhat biased: I’ve known James Brogden for many years and have included some of his short stories in the magazines I edited for the British Fantasy Society, as well as publishing a collection of his finely crafted short stories (Evocations, The Alchemy Press). However, and trust me in this, if I hadn’t enjoyed Hekla’s Children I wouldn’t have read it so quickly and you wouldn’t be reading this review.

Nathan is a teacher who has a simple task, guide four teenagers round Sutton Park as part of the Duke of Edinburgh scheme. Except that he’s too infatuated with Sue and hangs back observing them from a distance. As the children cross a stream and continue trekking, he sees the terrain alter. The stream is now a river, the ground becomes a wooded hill. Yet within moments the real world returns – all except the four kids.

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Alchemy Press book launch


For those going to FantasyCon by the Sea this year, The Alchemy Press launches two anthologies at noon on Saturday 24 September:

Promises to be a great book launch. Many of the contributors will be in attendance.


Ghosts at the Gladstone

Renegade Writers (along with Penkhull Press and The Alchemy Press) is hosting an afternoon of ghost and spooky stories at the Gladstone Museum, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent on 31 October (from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm). The event is free but you will need to reserve tickets.

Put it in your diary now!


New books


Recent (and one forthcoming)  books

  • Joe Abercrombie – Half the World –Harper £12.99
  • Mike Chinn — Give Me These Moments Back — Alchemy Press £9.99
  • James S A Corey – Star Wars: Honor Among Thieves – Arrow £8.99
  • Jan Edwards — Leinster Gardens and Other Subtleties — Alchemy Press £6.99
  • Francesca Haig – The Fire Sermon – Harper £12.99
  • Kevin Hearne – Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi – Century £19.99
  • Kameron Hurley – Rapture – Del Rey £8.99
  • Tom Isbell – The Prey – Harper £7.99
  • Emmi Itaranta – Memory of Water – Harper £7.99
  • Tom Lloyd – Old Man’s Ghosts – Gollancz £16.99
  • Peter Newman – The Vagrant –Harper £14.99
  • Naomi Novak – Uprooted – Macmillan £16.99 (May)
  • Justina Robson – Glorious Angels – Gollancz £16.99
  • David A Sutton — Dead Water and Other Weird Tales — Alchemy Press £9.99
  • Adrian Tchaikovsky – Guns of the Dawn – Tor £16.99
  • Adrianne ‘Tex’ Thompson – Medicine for the Dead – Solaris £7.99
  • David Wingrove – The Ocean of Time – Del Rey £14.99
  • David Wingrove – The Empire of Time – Del Rey £8.99


Kneeling in the Silver Light edited by Dean M Drinkel

Kneeling in the Silver Light: Stories from the Great War edited by Dean M Drinkel. Cover art by Chris Rawlins. ISBN 978-0-9929809-1-7

“The Unknown Soldier” … “On the Side of the Angels” … “The Wolves of Vimy” … “The Secret of Blackwater Island” …  “Where the White Long Roadway Lies” … Here are nineteen stories that look back on the horrors of The Great War, stories in the tradition of Arthur Machen’s “The Bowmen”, which gave rise to the myth of the Angel of Mons. Here are tales that create their own myths of that terrible war.


The Alchemy Press Books Of…

The latest two Alchemy Press Books Of are now available from Amazon and other online stores.

The Alchemy Press Book of Pulp Heroes 3 edited by Mike Chinn. Cover art by Bob Covington. ISBN 978-0-9929809-0-0

An alien visitor arrives on Earth to solve our problems – whether we want it or not. The world’s greatest superhero is lost, and only his deadliest enemy can save him. Why did the best cop in the city end his days as a forgotten drunk? And once, in fin-de-siècleParis, there were three very different girls who grew up to be three very different women with three things in common: they were brilliant, they were beautiful, and they worked for Erik of the Paris Opéra. Twelve stories of supermen, cops, Mysterymen, samurai and private eyes from the likes of Kim Newman, Rod Rees, Tony Richards and more … thrilling tales of pure Pulp Adventure.

The Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic 2 edited by Jan Edwards and Jenny Barber. Cover art by Edward Miller. ISBN 978-0-9573489-9-8

In the footsteps of volume one, here are a further twelve tales of myth and magic, of legendary creatures, set in the modern age, with stories from:  Sarah Ash, James Brogden, Carl Barker, Andrew Coulthard, KT Davies, Pauline E Dungate, Chico Kidd, Tanith Lee, Christine Morgan, Lou Morgan, Marion Pitman and Adrian Tchaikovsky.