Green Figs

figThis recipe uses up all of those unripe green figs that are still clinging on to your tree as autumn approaches.

Across most cooler climates is wise to remove any unripened  figs larger than a pea from your tree. This is because when larger fruit are left to overwinter not only will they seldom (if ever) ripen but they are also liable to deter new fruits from forming for the following season.

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Water Spaniels? from Misha Herwin

Misha’s Spaniels

Misha Herwin


Yesterday I was at a dog show. It was an open show for Irish Water Spaniels and it set me thinking about the breed and the part these dogs play in  my books.

For those of you that don’t know, an Irish Water Spaniel is quite a rare creature. It looks a little like a poodle, with a brown curly coat. Unlike poodles, however, they have a bare chest and a thin whip like tail, which they wag with great enthusiasm. It is best not be anywhere near striking rage of these because they can really hurt. They also have a silky fringe which covers their eyes. Eyes which can be as melting as chocolate, or as evil as a large puddle of stinking mud.

Even the most loving and devoted of owners admit that these dogs have “character” which is, in the dog world, an euphemism for being bloody…

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IMDB Listed! (YAY!!)

White Witch DVD CoverIt seems a very long time ago that I was involved in writing a Dr Who script for Reeltime Pictures, but we now have an IMDB listing for White Witch of Devil’s End!

It is official. I am a now screen writer! YAY!!!!!!

Team comprises Jan Edwards, Debbie Bennett, Sam Stone, Raven Dane, Suzanne Barbieri and David Howe  and features the wonderful Damaris Hayman in a reprise of her role of Miss Hawthorne from the Dr Who story The Daemons.




Stormy Weather for Spooks

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Our Spooks 6X6 event went very well despite the weather and people braved the storm for a great evening of spooky tales. The lightning and thunder was surprisingly apt!


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Stephanie Hutton: Stephanie has published flash fiction and short stories online and in print, including work in Friday Flash Fiction, Ink in Thirds, Sick Lit Magazine, Spelk and Bacopa Literary Review. She recently won the Writers HQ Competition and is currently shortlisted for the Cardiff Review Short Story Award and longlisted for the Black Pear Press Short Story Competition.  Her 6×6 story was called ‘Playmate’.

Peter Coleborn: Peter is a writer of weird and dark  fiction with  stories published in the UK, USA and EU. He is better known as and editor for the multiple award winning Alchemy Press with over forty titles published since 1999. He has also edited a great many publications for the British…

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Going for a song…

Bargain books! – Alchemy hardcover titles on offer!

The Alchemy Press

Some of The Alchemy Press’s limited edition hardcovers are going for a song via Amazon. Okay, not a song, as such … but we are selling brand new copies at a heavy discount. Now is a good time to buy the book you’ve been intending to read!

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Don’t forget, these are all limited, signed hardcovers. And a warning: some of these books are in short supply so order them soon.

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Forty years and still counting

Peter’s 40th Fcon anniversary!

Peter Coleborn

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This year’s FantasyCon is less than a month away and that has set me reminiscing. Out with the abacas (actually, I checked in Silver Rhapsody) and – ye gods – this will be my fortieth British Fantasy Convention. Yup, my first was FantasyCon 2 back in 1976! And you know what: I have, for my sins, attended everyone since over these past forty years, even the one-day events in Champagne Charlie in London. Is this a record? Can anyone else match this claim to fame (or is it infamy)?

It’s silly regretting not attending the first FantasyCon. It was a one-day event held in Birmingham and the travel up from Portsmouth, where I was then living, seemed a bit excessive just to meet some people I had only encountered in name through the pages of Dark Horizons and the BFS Bulletin. There was no internet, no online social…

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