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

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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.

 

New books

  • Neal Asher – Dark Intelligence – Pan £8.99
  • Tony Ballantyne – Dream Paris – Solaris £7.99
  • Christopher Fowler – The Sand Men – Solaris £7.99
  • Alexander Freed – Star Wars: Battlefront: Twilight Company – Century £19.99
  • Wayne G Hammond & Christina Scull — The Art of the Lord of the Rings — Harper Collins £25
  • Marcus Hearn – Thunderbirds: The Vault – Virgin £25
  • Dave Hutchinson – Europe at Midnight – Solaris £7.99
  • George RR Martin — A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms — Harper £20
  • Paul Meloy – The Night Clock – Solaris £7.99
  • Adam Nevill – Lost Girl – Pan £7.99
  • Stephen Nicholas & Mike Tucker – Doctor Who: Impossible Worlds – BBC £35
  • Terry Pratchett – The Shepherd’s Crown – Doubleday £20
  • Rob Redman (ed) – Long Grey Beard and Glittering Eye – Fiction Desk £9.99
  • Justin Richards – Doctor Who : The Time Lord Letters – BBC £20
  • Brandon Sanderson – Shadows of Self – Gollancz £18.99
  • Brandon Sanderson – Legion – Gollancz £8.99
  • Brandon Sanderson – Legion: Skin Deep – Gollancz £9.99
  • Yrsa Sigurdardottir – The Undesired – Hodder £14.99

New Books

 

  • Joe Abercrombie – Half a War – Harper £12.99
  • Trevor Baxendale – Doctor Who: Deep Time – BBC £6.99
  • Bradley Beaulieu – Twelve Kings – Gollancz £16.99
  • Jim Butcher – Skin Game – Orbit £8.99
  • Ernest Cline – Armada – Century £16.99
  • Joshua Gaylord – When We were Animals – Del Rey £12.99
  • Laurell K Hamilton – Dead Ice – Headline £ 19.99
  • Robin Hobb – Fool’s Assassin – Harper £8.99
  • Robin Hobb – Fool’s Quest – Harper £20
  • Mark Hodder – The Return of the Discontinued Man – Del Rey £8.99
  • Andrew Michael Hurley – The Loney – John Murray £14.99
  • Erika Johansen – The Invasion of the Tearling – Bantam £14.99
  • James Brogden — Evocations — The Alchemy Press £10.99
  • Jasper Kent – The Last Rite – Bantam £7.99
  • Dean Koontz – Saint Odd – Harper £7.99
  • Mark Lawrence – The Liar’s Key – Harper £14.99
  • Una McCormack – Doctor Who: Royal Blood – BBC £6.99
  • Alexander Maskill – The Hive Construct – Corgi £7.99
  • Weston Ochse – grunt Traitor – Solaris £7.99
  • Seth Patrick – Lost Souls – Pan Macmillan £7.99
  • Gary Russell – Doctor Who: Big Bang Generation – BBC £6.99
  • Yrsa Sigurdardottir – The Undesired – Hodder £14.99 (October)

 

Worlds of the Unknown

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Worlds of the UNKNOWN is a new magazine that endeavours to emulate the feel of three magazine now no longer with us: the pulp magazine Unknown / Unknown Worlds, the golden years of the digest magazine Fantastic, and the short-lived digest magazine Beyond Fantasy Fiction. So far Spectre Press has produced two Volumes of Worlds of the UNKNOWN.

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Volume 1 contains stories by Adrian Cole, Andrew Darlington and Mike Chinn, with artwork by Bob Covington and Jim Pitts, Issue 1 also includes an essay by Mike Ashley about Unknown. The cover art is by Jim Pitts.

Volume 2 contains reprints of Theodore Sturgen‘s ‘IT’ from Unknown; Arthur Machen‘s ‘The Bowmen’ plus one other of his stories to mark 100 years since World War 1; many more original stories; and an article by Jon Harvey about Beyond Fantasy Fiction.  The cover is by Bob Covington who also provided a four-page comic called ‘The Angels of War’.

Both issues are available for £10 plus £1.50 each p&p in the UK. Copies can be obtained by Paypal, using the email jon.harvey @ talktalk.net, or a cheque made out to Jon Harvey, at 56 Mickle Hill, Sandhurst, Berkshire, GU47 8QU.

The publisher (Jon Harvey) is currently organising Volume 3, which contains stories by Andrew Darlington, Marion Pitman plus tales first published in Beyond Fantasy Fiction. Jon states:

 I am looking for more stories in the vein of the three magazines mentioned above.  I am also looking for artists to illustrate various stories and covers.  I have used artists such as Bob Covington, David Fletcher, Fergal Fitzgerald, Russ Nicholson and Jim Pitts in the first two volumes, but I need more artist to help ease the load.  Authors and artists, please contact me at jon.harvey @ talktalk.com.  All copyrights will remain with you, plus original artwork.

If you are interested in a catalogue of Spectre Press publications or you wish to discuss contributions to WOTU magazine, please contact the editor:

jon.harvey @ talktalk.com

New and forthcoming books

Best SFF vol9b

  • Joe Abercrombie – Half the World – Harper £8.99
  • James Brogden — Evocations — The Alchemy Press £10.99
  • Mike Brooks – Dark Run – Del Rey £8.99
  • Eric Brown & Una McCormack – The Baba Yaga – Abaddon £7.99
  • Edgar Cantero – The Supernatural Enhancements – Del Rey £8.99
  • Ernest Cline – Armada – Century £16.99 (16 July)
  • Emily Gee – The Blood Curse – Solaris £7.99
  • Christopher Golden – Star Wars: Dark Disciple – Century £19.99
  • Terry Goodkind – The Law of Nines – Harper £8.99
  • Laurell K Hamilton – Dead Ice – Headline £19.99
  • Andrew Michael Hurley – The Loney – John Murray £12.99 (August)
  • Dave Hutchinson – Europe at Midnight – Solaris £7.99 (November)
  • Paul Kane — Monsters — The Alchemy Press £10.99
  • Drew Karpyshyn – The Scorched Earth – Del Rey £8.99
  • Alex Lamb – Roboteer – Gollancz £14.99 (16 July)
  • Mark Lawrence – The Liar’s Key – Harper £14.99
  • James Luceno – Star Wars: Tarkin – Arrow £8.99
  • KM McKinley – The Iron Ship – Solaris £7.99
  • George Mann – Doctor Who: Engines of War – BBC £7.99
  • Gail Z Martin & Larry N Martin – Iron & Blood – Solaris £7.99
  • George RR Martin, Daniel Abraham & Tommy Patteron – A Game of Thrones (graphic novel volume 4) – Harper £14.99
  • China Mieville – Three Moments of an Explosion – Picador £18.99
  • Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter – The Long Utopia – Doubleday £18.99
  • Jonathan Strahan (ed) – The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year (volume 9) – Solaris £13.99
  • Sabaa Tahir – An Ember in the Ashes – Harper £12.99
  • Adrian Tchaikovsky – Children of Time – Tor £18.99
  • JRR Tolkien & Christopher Tolkien – Beowulf – Harper £10.99
  • JRR Tolkien & Christopher Tolkien – The Fall of Arthur – Harper £8.99

 

 

New and forthcoming books

  • Douglas Adams & James Goss – Doctor Who: City of Death – BBC Books £16.99
  • Guy Adams – A Few Words for the Dead – Del Rey £8.99
  • Clive Barker – The Scarlet Gospels – Macmillan £18.99
  • Lauren Beukes – Broken Monsters – Harper £7.99
  • Peter V Brett – The Skull Throne – Harper £18.99
  • Charlaine Harris – Day Shift – Gollancz £18.99
  • Paul S Kemp – Star Wars: Lords of the Sith – Century £19.99
  • Mark Lawrence – Prince of Fools – Harper £8.99
  • George RR Martin & Lisa Tuttle – Windhaven – Gollancz £16.99
  • John Jackson Miller – Star Wars: A New Dawn – Arrow £8.99
  • Peter Newman – The Vagrant – Harper £14.99
  • Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter – The Long Utopia – Doubleday £18.99 (June)
  • Alastair Reynolds – Poseidon’s Wake –Gollancz £18.99
  • Justin Richards – The Blood Red City – Del Rey £8.99
  • Andrzej Sapkowski – Sword of Destiny – Gollancz £16.99
  • Liesel Schwarz – Sky Pirates – Del Rey £8.99
  • Tad Williams – Sleeping Late on Judgement Day – Hodder £8.99