Monthly Archives: August 2013

Also from The Alchemy Press – William Meikle and Neil Williamson

Q&A time with Neil Williamson, author of “Deep Draw” (for the sign of Aquarius) inastrologica the forthcoming Alchemy Press anthology Astrologica: Stories of the Zodiac, edited by Allen Ashley oct 2013.

William Meikle interviewed on“The Penge Terror”, which will feature in The Alchemy Press Book of Pulp Heroes 2   Oct 2013ph2

(NB – Alchemy Press has relocated from Blogger to Word Press between these two articles)


Jonathan Oliver: Interviewed for Alchemy Press book of Urban Mythic

In the run up to the publication of forthcoming titles  Alchemy Press books   will be posting short interviews with the various contributors of their autumn releases.

This week they are talking to Jonathan Oliver, josoon to appear in The Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic, edited by Jan Edwards and Jenny Barber.

Tell us a little about yourself and what you like to write.
By day I’m the editor-in-chief of three imprints, by night I tinker with my own words. Well, that isn’t technically true. I’m not vastly prolific so I sort of fit writing in, in bits and pieces when I can. Mainly in lunch-breaks. I like to write whatever takes me, to be honest. I tend towards the darker end of the spectrum, but of late my stories have often been slightly more hopeful.

What was it that inspired “White Horse”?
The White Horse at Uffington is quite close to us, so it seemed like the perfect setting to talk about myth and magic. As nobody really knows who created it or for what reason, I decided to come up with a legend of my own. At its heart, the story is about parenthood (especially fatherhood) and how we overcome mistakes made and the parts of ourselves we’re often not that comfortable with. Man, that sounds way too deep! The literary inspirations certainly came from writers such as Alan Garner and Robert Holdstock, who explore our relationship to myth and landscape.

How urban do you like your fantasy and who are your must-read authors?Hmmm, I like my fantasy pretty varied. It doesn’t necessarily have to be urban, but my favourites in that field are probably China Mieville (especially Perdido Street Station), Christopher Fowler, Mervyn Peake (Gormenghast is really one vast city), Gaie Sebold to pick just a few.

As an editor at Rebellion you’ve been involved with publishing tie-in fiction and co-creating shared worlds – what’s the appeal in those for you?
Yeah, that’s for the Abaddon side of things. It’s great fun creating a whole new world in collaboration with someone. We never published tie-in fiction as such; instead we decided on the types of fiction we wanted to publish and then set up worlds for the authors to play in. The joy really came with seeing writers go mad with what you had set up and put their own spin on things.

What will you be up to next?
I’ve just finished a pretty dark story called “Turn”, so that’s gone out for consideration. Currently working on something set in the world of silent movies (which features my sweariest character yet!) and am sort of prodding the novel in my mind. It will happen at some point. Having written two already, I’m just massively aware of what hard work they are. But yes, the novel will happen. Even if it breaks me. Which it probably will.


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The Komarovs by Chico Kidd – coming soon from The Alchemy Press!

A new e-novella coming soon from The Alchemy Press: “The Komarovs” by Chico Kidd. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnother weird and wondrous story featuring Captain da Silva.

Storytelling Cafe at the Gladstone Museum, Stoke on Trent – September 5th.

Storytelling Cafe at the Gladstone Museum, Stoke on Trent – September 5th.
On the evening of Thursday 5 September there will be a Storytelling Cafe at the Gladstone Pottery Museum. Members of Renegade Writers, Room in the Roof and Newcastle Library’s writing group will be entertaining the audience with readings and this event is a must for fans of fiction and short stories! Free but tickets are strictly limited and can be booked by calling Gladstone on 01782 237777. Doors open at 7pm.

The Bestiarum Vocabulum: contains The Black Hound of Newgate

My latest story ‘Black Hound of Newgate’ will be out very soon in …


The Bestiarum Vocabulum,  which is the second of the Tres Liborum Prohibitorum series.

Edited by Dean M. Drinkel
Cover art James Powell

Jason D. Brawn
Adrian Chamberlin
Lily Childs
Raven Dane
Nerine Dorman
Christine Dougherty
Dean M. Drinkel
Tim Dry
Jan Edwards
D.T. Griffith
Lisa Jenkins
Emile-Louis Tomas Jouvet
Rakie Keig
Amelia Mangan
Peter Mark May
Christine Morgan
Joe Mynhardt
Sandra Norval
John Palisano
Martin Roberts
Andy Taylor
Tej Turner
Robert Walker
Mark West
Barbie Wilde
D.M. Youngquist

Merry-Go-Round – Bryn Fortey

Merry-Go-Roundbryn book

Bryn Fortey has enjoyed a lifelong flirtation with words. His first sale was “A Saleable Commodity” to International Storyteller in 1969.  Bryn’s first horror story publication was “Prison” in David Sutton’s New Writings in Horror & The Supernatural 1 in 1971. The similarly titled New Writings in SF 28, edited by Ken Bulmer, included his first science fiction sale, “Wordsmith”, in 1976. Bryn’s poem “A Taxi Driver On Mars” was placed first in the Data Dump Awards for SF poems published in the UK during 2008 and was nominated for the American Rhysling Anthology the following year.

Following a break from writing during a period of family bereavements, his comeback story was “Ithica or Bust” in The Alchemy Press Book of Ancient Wonders edited by Jan Edwards and Jenny Barber in 2012.

Bryn and The Alchemy Press are pleased to announce Merry-Go-Round & Other Stories, the best of Bryn Fortey, to be published in 2014. “Merry-Go-Round” was lead story in Mary Danby’s 12th Fontana Book of Great Horror Stories (1979).