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!

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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!

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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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Something Remains

Peter’s thoughts on the making of Something Remains

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At the 2013 World Fantasy Convention, held in Brighton, Joel Lane’s Where Furnaces Burn won the World Fantasy Award for Best Collection. Due to personal problems Joel wasn’t able to collect the award in person. I had intended to visit Joel soon after, meet up for one of our irregular balti meals with mutual friends Dave Sutton, James Brogden, John Howard, Mike Chinn and Stan Nicholls, and to toast Joel for the win. Sadly, that visit to Birmingham didn’t materialise in time – for not long after the convention Joel passed away in his sleep. His death left a huge cavity in my life.

Last year, after months of sorting out the detritus of his life (in other words, clearing his house in preparation for its sale) Pauline Morgan mentioned the wealth of notes Joel had left behind. The notes were penned in his immaculate handwriting on all manner of…

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Alchemy anthologies

Alchemy Press titles Not to Be Missed!

The Alchemy Press

Alchemy Press anthologies are available in print and eBook (Kindle) formats. Click on the titles for the relevant links — and fill your eReader with excitement, wonder, myth, horror and pulp heroics.

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Gluten Free Sticky Ginger Cake

Ingredients

  • 120 gms treacle  (you can use 140 gms of golden syrup instead of  the treacle and honey mix – but this will make a paler and in my opinion far less flavoursome cake).
  • 20 gms honey (you can go the whole hog with treacle but this is my lip service to healthy!)
  • 115 gms unsalted butter (or substitute olive or other spread – but butter works best)
  • 115 gms dark brown sugar (you can use moist light brown but as with the treacle it does affected colour and to some extent flavour).
  • 250 gms gf flour (you can substitute 40 gms with coconut flour for nuttier flavour)
  • 2/3 tsp ground ginger (or to taste)
  • 1 to 1/2 tsp cinnamon (or to taste. Use mixed spice if prefered)
  • 1.5 tsp gf baking powder
  • 1 tsp xantham gum
  • 1 tsp gf bicarb
  • 3 chunks of stem ginger finely chopped (you can use crystalised ginger, or better still the Buderim ‘naked’ preserved ginger, in which case and half dozen or so chunks (or more according to your preference)
  • 2 tbsp stem ginger syrup (if crystalised ginger is used substitute with maple or similar ‘light’ syrup)
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 fl oz milk

 

Method

  1. Heat over to 180c (350f or gas4)
  2. Grease and line a 2lb loaf tin or 2 X 1 lb tins or deep tray-bake pan.
  3. Put syrups, butter and sugar in pan and gently melt together
  4. Sift all other dry ingredients into large bowl
  5. Add cooled butter/syrup and mix well
  6. Add chopped ginger, eggs and milk and mix well with wooden spoon. (Should be a loose mixture (but not runny) for best results. Add a little more milk if required)
  7. Pour into greased tin and bake for 50-55 mins – sponge should spring back when lightly touched. If making as tray-bakes adjust the baking time.
  8. Leave to cool for 10 mins before removing from tin. (Some people may like to add some water icing before storing but I prefer not as I think the ‘sticky’ top that forms after 12 to 24 hours is rather the point)
  9. Will keep in airtight tin for up to 7 days

 

I found quite by accident (I ran out of ground ginger) that blitzing some crystalised ginger to a paste is a great (if expensive) substitute for the powdered form but needs slightly more cinnamon or mixed spice

 

Something Remains: A tribute to Joel Lane blog by Lynda E. Rucker

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Last year, Peter Coleborn of the award-winning Alchemy Press contacted me about a project he was working on with Pauline E. Dungate that I couldn’t possibly have said no to: an anthology based on some of the unfinished work of the British writer Joel Lane. After Joel’s untimely death in 2013, his loved ones found that he had left a lot of fragments behind. Those of us working on the project were sent scans of the manuscript fragments to choose from, and I selected a fragment called “The Other Side.” What I had to work with were two handwritten pages, one partly notes and prose and the second all prose based on the notes of the previous. I used Joel’s second page of prose almost exactly as it appeared and built my own Lane-esque story around it.

It was an enormous honor to work on this and also an extremely…

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