Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Chills & Winter Chills

For a decade, Peter Coleborn edited and co-edited (with Simon MacCulloch) ten issues of Winter Chills/Chills for the British Fantasy Society -- the magazine dropped the "winter" with issue 5. A history of this magazine is currently appearing on the Alchemy Press blog.

Jan's Good Neighbour

And for those of you on Authonomy, for a cracking piece of fantasy fiction, check out Alchemy member Jan Edwards and her excellent novel Good Neighbour

So what's it all about?

Ally Morgan is 17 and she has lived with her American mother in Texas for most of her life. Ally’s mother is killed in a hit and run accident. Then her missing father is found dead. Ally learns that her father was one of the Fey Folk, but believes herself to be human. When she arrives at Tegleigh Manor, in Sussex, there are several attempts to kill or kidnap her, and she soon begins to learn just what she must and can do to survive. Taking her father’s body through a portal in the nearby Hill she enters a new world of intrigue and power plays. The Fey Queen does not believe Ally is who she is said to be. Meanwhile, the Pwca (trickster) is hiding out in the family cellar claiming he owed her father his life. With two young Fey friends, Sian and Turi, Ally sets out to discover who killed her parents and is now attempting to steal her birthright. This is the first book in a proposed YA series about Ally and her Clan.

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Thursday, 22 July 2010

Mike goes Appalachian

Huge congrats to Alchemy member Mike Chinn whose story The Appalachian Collection is due to be published in the Pill Hill Press anthology: BACK TO THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE: More Horror in Rural America (edited by Jessica A. Weiss & Jessy Marie Roberts). The tentative release date is September 2010 - more news when we get it!

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Heroic Fantasy Quarterly

Possible market for your heroic fantasy tales. From their website:

"Welcome to the one-year anniversary issue of Heroic Fantasy Quarterly! One year of adventure, action, and arcane magic. One year of broadswords, short swords, long swords, lust, love, loss, revenge, romance, dragons, goats, stoats, and all points in between. We’ve had stories nominated for international awards while surviving tornadoes, hailstorms from hell, floods, escapes from New York, and soccer tournaments — we and our ISP — won’t be stopped! And all the while we’ve stayed true to our primary goals of publishing on schedule and finding cool tales to stoke the resurgence of adventure fantasy/sword and sorcery."

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Jan's Dark Valentine

More hot publishing news from the Alchemy cabal!

Alchemy member Jan Edwards will be having her story April Love published in Issue 2 of Dark Valentine.

Rock on, that Jan! :-)

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Ace in the Hole: short story

If you missed it when originally published in The Paladin Mandates by Mike Chinn, you can read one of the stories on the Alchemy Press blog.

Piper at the Gates of Fantasy

Just in case you're interested, I'm starting to post to my blog again. I doubt that I'll have time to post long, serious commentaries -- just snippets of news and stuff.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Jen on Authonomy

Alchemy member Jenny Barber now has a book up on Authonomy! (Well, the first five chapters of it...)

The book: Taurus

The pitch: Karis was content to live a life of raiding the waters around Marigan. Until a distress call from her human sister brings her against the might of the Gethine Alliance and the secrets they’ve uncovered in the ghost city of Sagara.

Amy Morgan was only supposed to recover a sword from a maze. One pack of Minotaurs later and she finds herself caught up in a new world where mermaid-pirates hunt the seas, her friends are captured and there’s all manner of trouble waiting for her if she can find her way home.

Kassia was looking for adventure, but an expedition to Sagara gives her more adventure than she ever imagined when she finds something that the violent Gethine Alliance has spent years searching for.

But surviving the Alliance’s attentions is easy compared to what’s waiting for them back on Earth.

That link again.. read me read me read me!