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Sale of the Season – pre-Christmas Book sale at Alchemy Press! All Your Christmas Shopping Solved! #books #christmas #horror #fantasy

via Sale of the Season

Sale of the Season

The ideal gift!

In the run up to Christmas, we are selling some of our books at super knockdown prices. Many of these titles are in low supply so this offer applies while in-house stocks last. The following paperbacks are on offer at £5.00 each plus p&p (£2.00 per book or £3.00 for two or more books up to 2 Kg in weight. UK orders; for overseas queries please email (see end of this post).

First up are anthologies, a fantastic place to discover new stories by a variety of authors.


Next, single-author collections. Here you can learn more about the writer you perhaps came across recently.



Two non-fiction books and a couple of novels next:.

Most of the above paperbacks will still be available to buy from Amazon and other online booksellers at the normal prices. Many Alchemy Press titles are also available for the Kindle eBook reader.

And now a few hardcover/limited edition books. These are £10.00 each plus £2.00 p&p in the UK. Overseas, please email.



Finally, also available directly from us while in-house stocks last. Prices are as listed plus £2.00 p&p in the UK


Contact us, the Alchemy Press, using this form (or and we’ll confirm availability and price. Payment only via PayPal.Remember, in-house supplies are limited.


Christmas is coming! #givebooksforchristmas #books #christmasshopping

I don’t usually include outright adverts here… but… if you happen to be looking for a Yuletide gift I can recommend 🙂


All titles available in paper and kindle formats in UK and USA:

Winter Downs US  / UK   /  AU 
Indie Bound
Book Depository

Sussex Tales US / UK
Fables & Fabrications US  / UK
Leinster Gardens & Other Subtleties  US / UK

horrors-vol-1-ver-3cAnd with my editing hat on…
The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors
Amazon :  US / FR  / AU /  UK  

Indie bound
Book Depository
Barnes & Noble


Interview with Peter Coleborn & Jan Edwards

Q&A with Jenny Barber for Alchemy Press Book of Horrors #horror #fiction #alchemypress #anthology


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Today it’s my pleasure to welcome Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards to talk about their new anthology The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors, the joys of editing, horror and short fiction!

horrors-vol-1-ver-3cToday sees the launch of your latest anthology The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors – what inspired you to choose the theme and what horrors can we look forward to seeing in it?

Peter: Besides the very general theme ‘horror’ the book has no theme. I feel that stories in themed anthologies, especially tightly themed ones, can become too similar. I enjoy variety. I enjoy coming across something unexpected. In this I mirror the views expressed by Mark Morris, editor of the wonderful New Fears series.

I use the word ‘horror’ as a wide catch-all net. What you will find between the covers is 25 well-written yarns that will hopefully chill you, or at the least make you…

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Fetch the Bat Biscuit mobile for the Book of Horrors! #fantasycon #cooking #alchemypressbookofhorrors

20181018_105215Bat biscuits are a thing in this house or have been today and yesterday.  An assembly line process that can be messy.

Fortunately I have elves to clear up. (Well maybe make that one grumpy troll but we can’t be picky)

And the process in detail?

  • First make your biscuits: Spelt flour, sugar, butter, egg, syrup and sweet spices.  (I made 80 in all!)
  • Coat the tops in dark chocolate (fair trade variety – no palm oil!)
  • Add sprinkles
  • Bag up and apply appropriate branding

Why have I slaved in the kitchen for two mornings running you may ask?

61uxuJqR9CL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Jan’s artisan Bat Biscuits are destined for The Alchemy Press Book of Horror launch at Fantasycon in Chester. The only way to get you hands on one of these fabulous goodies is to buy the even more fabulous book!

My Fantasycon programme

My Fantasycon 2018 Programme

Where to find me! Most of the time I shall be in the Colonade (dealers) Room at the Alchemy Press tableFriday – 12 Noon to 6pm. Saturday 10am to 6pm, Sunday 9am to 1pm  

but also:

What’s in Horrors?

TOC for The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors

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There was an avalanche of stories submitted to The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors – especially in the final month of the submission’s window. To be honest, we didn’t expect to receive around 310 manuscripts seeking a home in this anthology. We were worried that we’d have too few submissions.

We read the stories as soon as possible after receiving them (but as indicated, January was a particularly busy month), maintaining a database of comments in order to narrow down to a shortlist.

Yet we managed it quickly – and then the shortlist itself needed to be pruned, and even so we couldn’t cut back to the original idea: an anthology containing a dozen stories. So we succumbed and settled on 25 stories. Without further ado, in alphabetical order (alphabetically by first name that is!), here’s what you’ll be reading in the latter part of 2018.

  • Adrian Cole: Broken Billy

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Leinster Gardens review

A rather nice review for Leinster Gardens and Other Subtleties has just been posted on  the Chat About Books blog!