Saturday, 31 December 2011

Alchemy 2011

It has, it must be said, been quite a funky year for Alchemy members in 2011.

Debbie ventured into e-publishing and saw the release of her short story collection Maniac and Other Stories, and her novels Hamelin's Child (adult thriller) and Edge of Dreams (YA fantasy). She also saw the publication of her stories On the Edge of Forever in the Kindle Coffee-Break Collection anthology (edited by Saffina Desforges) and Moira on the Everyday Fiction site.

Not only that, Debbie has also guest blogged on Steve Lockley's Confessions of a Technophobe blog with When Too Much is Not Enough, had several posts on the You're Booked crime writers blog and regularly blogs at Authors Electric.

Jan was especially prolific this year - she saw the publication of Grey Magic for Cat Lovers in New Horizons/ BFS Journal (Summer 2011); Mayday Springs Askew in Tales from the Greenmantle (July 2011); The Clinic in the Alt-Dead anthology; Ballad of Lucy Lightfoot in Full Fathom Forty:40th Anniversary of the BFS; Roberta in Ethereal Tales #12; Redhill Residential in True Personal Ghost Stories; Valkenswaard in Unspoken Water #2; Wade's Run in Ghost Stories; Oblation in Andromeda's Offspring #3 and she finished off the year with the publication of Thirteenth Day in the Estronomicon Chrismas edition.

She's also had acceptances for several stories due out in 2012, guest blogged on Steve Lockley's Confessions of a Technophobe blog with Do We Dare To Comment?, and looks set to take over the world sometime soon!

Jenny has been mostly slush reading for Fantasy Magazine and judging the BFS Best Newcomer award, but has also guest blogged on Floor to Ceiling Books with Alice in Zombieland, and regularly posts over at the Girls' Guide to Surviving the Apocalypse blog.

Mike has seen the release of his e-novella Sailors of the Skies (available from Amazon), has had his story Cold Rain published in the Morpheus Tales Urban Horror Special, his story Only the Lonely appeared in Dark Valentine Issue #4/Spring 2011 and his story Sons of the Dragons appeared in Kzine Issue 1. Not only that but his story Saving Prince Romero is about to come out in the next PS Publishing antho - Postscripts #26/27 - Unfit For Eden and he was also interviewed by Stuart Young in Redeye Extra.

Peter edited and published the excellent Peter Atkins collection Rumours of the Marvellous and also had his story Who Wanders in the Mire published in the Christmas edition of Estronomicon. He was interviewed on the Red Moon Chronicle site and edited four fantastic issues of Dark Horizons - the British Fantasy Society's fiction magazine.

Sam saw the publication of the next volume in her Vampire Gene series - Hateful Heart by Murky Depths and her collection Zombies in New York and Other Bloody Jottings was published by Telos Publishing. She also had her short stories Walking the Dead published in the BFS Journal/Spring 2011 and The Toymaker's House in Full Fathom Forty:40th Anniversary of the BFS.

She edited talespinning by David J. Howe for Telos Publishing, conducted an extensive signing tour, won the BFS Best Novel and Short Story awards and guest blogged on Steve Lockley's Confessions of a Technophobe blog with The Changing Face of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Series.

Here's hoping next year will be even more successful!

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

The Alchemy Press

Group member Peter Coleborn's Alchemy Press has co-published, with Airgedlamh Productions, Rumours of the Marvellous by Peter Atkins. The signed, number edition -- 14 of Atkins' best tales -- was launched at FantasyCon 2011 last September. Also on hand to personally dedicate the book was cover artist Les Edwards. The book can be ordered from the Alchemy Press website or via Amazon.

The Alchemy Press has also published a Kindle novella: "Sailors of the Skies" by Alchemy Writers member Mike Chinn. This is a fabulous tribute to the pulp/noir stories from the 30s/40s -- and stars Damian Paladin. This eBook costs just 86p / 99c -- read a review of it on the Amazon website.

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Jan and Peter's Estro Xmas

Special Christmas congratulations to Alchemy members Jan Edwards and Peter Coleborn who both have stories in the special Xmas edition of Estronomicon - available to download free here!


The Night Before Christmas - Neil Williamson
Two Years to the Day - Neil Davies
The Advent Calendar's Last Window - Bob Lock
Five-Thirty, Christmas Morning - John Forth
The Thirteenth Day - Jan Edwards
Christmas Present - Marion Pitman
Ho, Ho - Ian Hunter
Driving Home for Christmas - Mark Howard Jones
Proof - James Bennett
Jarly and the Saga of the Snowball - Stuart Young
Christmas with Julia - Stewart Horn
Who Wanders in the Mire - Peter Coleborn
Bitten by the Birds of Paradise - Matt Finucane
Schrodinger's Gifts - Neil Williamson

Jan and Sam Hammered Out

Alchemy Members Jan Edwards and Sam Stone both have fiction due out in the Hammer Out Book of Ghosts in January 2012.

Published by Fantom Films, all money raised from the anthology will go to the charity Hammer Out which helps fund research, raise awareness and provide support for people suffering from brain tumours.

The hardback edition can be had for £10.99 here.

Foreword by Tracey Childs
Immortal Monster by Sam Stone
The Widow and the Deserter by Alex Barrett
Sleeping Lions by Niall Boyce
Orbyting by Jan Edwards
The Noise from the Flat Upstairs by S.E. Branson
Tower Song by Richard Howard
Deadline by Paul W.T. Ballard
The Attic Nursery by Raven Dane
Chillers and Breathers by Sam Stone
We Attract that which we Fear the Most by Louise Jameson
Last Rites by Simon Guerrier

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Jan's Valkenswaard is out!

Excellent news: Unspoken Water #2 is now out and available for sale here.
Buy it for Jan's story Valkenswaard and you get a host of bonus other stories too! :-) Including:

Little Dead Girl by C. M. Saunders
A Breath of Air by Rebekah Brown
Crossing by Karen Ellery
Heartless by Thomas Williams
Sea Monkeys by Steve Lockley
The Crossroads by Stephen Palmer
Valkenswaard by Jan Edwards
The Magic Circle by Sarah Doyle

Available from and includes free "freebies" while stocks last.

You know you want to...

Monday, 28 November 2011

Debbie's Coffee Break

Our Debbie's story On the Edge of Forever can now be found in the Kindle Coffee-Break Collection anthology (edited by Saffina Desforges). At just 99p, how can you miss it!

Jan's Oblation

News hot off the wotsit:
Alchemy superstar Jan Edwards has another story accepted! Her SF story Oblation will be appearing in the December issue of Andromeda's Offspring.

Get in!

Monday, 7 November 2011

Jan Navigates Dark Currents!

In other news... congrats to our Jan who has had her story Damnation Seize My Soul accepted for the Newcon Press anthology Dark Currents. More news on that when we get it!

Mike is a Dark Thing

Well done our Mike who has just had his story All Under Hatches Stow’d accepted for the anthology Dark Things Quarterly #1 coming out from Pill Hill Press soon. Hatches was originally published in The Second Black Book of Horror in 2008 so you have multiple opportunities to get your hands on his funky wordage!

Monday, 10 October 2011

Jan's Story Book

Congratulations to Alchemy Writer Jan Edwards who has just heard that her story Jack Out of the Box will be published in the Wicked East Press anthology - Father Grim's Story Book.

More news on publication dates when we get it!

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Alchemy for the Win!

Double lots of congratulations are due to Alchemy writer Sam Stone who won not one, but two (!) British Fantasy Awards this weekend. Her story Fool's Gold, published in The Bitten Word, won Best Short Story; and her novel Demon Dance won Best Novel.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Moira is live!

Debbie Bennett's story Moira is now live on the Everyday Fiction site here. Go read and comment!
And congratulations again to our Debs!

Alchemy across the Blogosphere

Alchemy member Jenny Barber has a guest post up on the fabulous Floor to Ceiling Books blog - Alice in Zombieland

And don't forget you can also catch Debbie Bennett on the recently moved KindleUK blog which is now Do Authors Dream of Electric Books

Friday, 9 September 2011

For those of you who have been eagerly awaiting it - Alt Dead, one of the many anthologies in which you can find Jan Edwards this year, is now out!

And! You can get the Alt-Dead: Kindle Edition for the bargain price of £2.13, while the Alt-Dead: Paperback Edition is available for £6.99

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Jan in Unspoken Water

And more congrats to our Jan who is having her story Valkenswaard published in Issue Two of Unspoken Water.

Edited by Ian Hunter, Issue Two also has fiction & poetry by C. M. Saunders, Rebekah Brown, Karen Ellery, Thomas Williams, Steve Lockley & Stephen Palmer and is due out soon.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Jan's Ethereal

Congrats to Alchemy member Jan Edwards who will be having her story Roberta published in Issue 12 of Ethereal Tales.

No news when the issue is due out but stay tuned.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Sam Stone's Coffee Morning!

Alchemy member Sam Stone will also be launching lovely things at Fantasycon 2011...

On Saturday 1st October, you can find her from 11:00am to 12:00pm in the Bar Rogue of the Royal Albion Hotel, Brighton launching both her new vampire novel Hateful Heart and her anthology Zombies in New York and Other Bloody Jottings.

Published by The House of Murky Depths, Hateful Heart is the fourth in Sam's acclaimed and award winning Vampire Gene series of novels. In this, Lilly, Gabriele and Caesare encounter a terrifying threat from the past, one which seems intent in wiping vampires from the face of the Earth.

Published by Telos Publishing, Zombies in New York and Other Bloody Jottings features thirteen stories of horror and passion, and six mythological and erotic poems from the pen of the new Queen of Vampire fiction. The stories have already received film interest from America, and Sam's work is shortlisted for the British Fantasy Award this year in both the Best Novel and Best Short Fiction categories.

Rumours of the Marvellous

Coming soon from Alchemy Press and Airgedlámh, may we present the fabulous Rumours of the Marvellous!

Edited by our own Peter Coleborn, this collection of short stories by Peter Atkins will be launched at FantasyCon 2011 on Saturday 1st October at 1pm in the Regency Lounge of the Royal Albion Hotel in Brighton.

Rumours is a signed limited edition, signed by author Peter Atkins, Glen Hirshberg (introduction) and cover artist Les Edwards

Ordering details should be available soon.

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Jan Gets True Ghost!

Congrats to our Jan for another acceptance! Her story Redhill Residential will be appearing in the anthology True Personal Ghost Stories at some point in the not too distant future. TPGS is edited by Christopher Nadeau and Laurie Ricard, and will be published digitally by CN Infinity Anthologies.

More news when when we know it!

Sunday, 31 July 2011

We've just heard that our fabulous Debbie Bennett has had her story Moira accepted for Every Day Fiction. Congratulations our Debs! News on when it will be appearing as soon as we know!

Friday, 29 July 2011

Pete interviewed!

Alchemy member Peter Coleborn has been interviewed on the Red Moon Chronicle site here!

Sam goes Full Fathom Forty

We have just heard that Alchemy member Sam Stone will also be appearing in the British Fantasy Society's 40th Anniversary anthology! Go Sam!

Full Fathom Forty will be launched at Fantasycon in October but is available for preorder here.

Press Release Blurb!
For forty years the British Fantasy Society has been promoting and appreciating fantastic fiction in all its guises. Now, to celebrate the many worlds of wonder and terror, the BFS presents an anthology of works by members and friends of the Society past and present. Here you will find angels and vampires, werewolves and killers, magicians and gentlemen, alien worlds and urban nightmares. Let the British Fantasy Society be your guide through a selection of the best fiction to be found on this world ... or beyond!

Full author list for the anthology:
Nina Allan
Suzanne Barbieri
Carl Barker
Mike Barrett
Ramsey Campbell
Jonathan Carroll
Adrian Chamberlin
Simon Clark
Raven Dane
Jan Edwards
Murray Ewing
Paul Finch
Christopher Fowler
Matthew Fryer
Stephen Gallagher
Cate Gardner
R B Harkess
Ian Hunter
Wilf Kelleher Jones
Jasper Kent
Joel Lane
Stephen Laws
Mark Lewis
Alison J Littlewood
Steve Lockley
Graham Masterton
Peter Mark May
Geoff Nelder
Kim Newman
Stan Nicholls
Martin Owton
Cas Peace
John Llewellyn Probert
Tina Rath
Steven Savile
Robert Shearman
Jim Steel
Sam Stone
Deborah Walker
Conrad Williams

Bloggin' all over the world!

The Alchemy Writers have been putting themselves about a bit online lately -

First up - Open House month on Steve Lockley's Confessions of a Technophobe blog, where you can find Jan Edwards asking Do We Dare To Comment?, Debbie Bennett talking about When Too Much is Not Enough, and Sam Stone discussing The Changing Face of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Series.

Debbie can also be found over on the You're Booked crime writers blog where she's talked about The Nature of Violence, the importance of a good cover, Self Publishing and E-Books, why she decided to publish her novels as Kindle editions and The Struggle of Getting Published.

Debbie also regularly blogs on the Kindle Authors UK blog too.

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Zombie Jan

News hot off the wossname! Massive congrats to Alchemy member Jan Edwards who has just heard that her story Midnight Twilight has been accepted for the upcoming anthology Alt Zombie. Edited by Peter Mark May, Alt Zombie will be coming out from Hersham Horror Books in April 2012.

More details when we get 'em!

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Rumours of the Marvellous

Peter Coleborn's Alchemy Press is due to start publishing again this year, with a short story collection by the brilliant Peter Atkins.

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Jan Goes Full Fathom Forty!

The very excellent Jan Edwards has just had confirmation that her story The Ballad of Lucy Lightfoot will be published in the British Fantasy Society's anniversay anthology Full Fathom Forty.

FFF will be launched at this year's Fantasycon in Brighton and will be available to both members and non-members.

Huge congrats to our Jan! \o/

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Award Nominated Alchemy!

The British Fantasy Society Awards shortlist is now out and Alchemy members Jan Edwards and Sam Stone have both made the finals!

Jan is nominated for the Best Short Story category for her story Otterburn, which appeared in the Christmas edition of Estronomicon here.

Sam is nominated for both the Best Novel category, for Demon Dance; and Best Short Story for Fool's Gold which appeared in the Newcon Press anthology The Bitten Word and can be read here.

Huge congrats to both. (Alchemy for the win!)

Monday, 23 May 2011

Sam on Tour!

New Alchemy member Sam Stone is out and about promoting her Zombie and Vampire books - for more info on everything, check out her blog here!

For Zombies in New York and Other Bloody Jottings - Sam's short fiction and poetry collection - you can find her at the following places:

Preston Waterstones, 4th June. 12-4pm
Wigan Waterstones, 11th June 12-4pm
Cambridge Waterstones, 23rd July 2-5pm
Manchester Deansgate Waterstones, 30th July 2-5pm
Claudia Con Uk, 13th August - ALL DAY
London Date 27th August TBA

After that, the almighty Vampire Gene Tour starts, celebrating the launch of Hateful Heart, the next book in Sam's fabulous series...

You can catch Sam at:

The Asylum Steampunk Weekend, Lincoln. 9th-11th Sept - ALL WEEKEND
LLandudno Waterstones, 17th Sept, 12-4pm
Warrington Waterstones, 24th Sept, 12-4pm Sci-Fi/Fantasy Day.
FantasyCon, 30th Sept - 2nd Oct, ALL WEEKEND

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Mike in Postscripts

We now have confirmation that Mike's story 'Saving Prince Romero' will be in issue 26/27 of PS Publishing's Postscripts – Unfit for Eden. Possibly coming out sometime around July...

Monday, 11 April 2011

Mike's Dragon

News hot of the press - our Mike Chinn has just had his story 'Sons of the Dragon' accepted for an upcoming edition of the new Kimota e-zine.

More details when we get them!

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Debbie on Kindle

If you want to get hold of some of Debbie Bennett's fictionary goodness, our Debs has two books out on Kindle...

Hamelin's Child - a powerful crime thriller.

And a truly excellent short story collection - Maniac and Other Stories

Get both - you know you want to!

Monday, 4 April 2011

Mike is Morpheus!

And congrats to our Mike too! He's had his story 'Cold Rain' accepted for the Morpheus Tales Urban horror special.

More news on that as we get it!

Jan's Alt-Dead

Congratulations to Alchemy member Jan Edwards! Her story 'The Clinic' will be appearing soon in the Hersham Books anthology Alt-Dead.

The full line up of the book is:

The Shufflers by Steven Savile & Steve Lockley
The Men in High Castles by Ian Woodhead
Mr Huxton goes Camping by Mark West
Last Supper by Dave Jeffery
A Real Buried Treasure by Stuart Neild
Shape without Form, Shade without Colour by Steve Bacon
In Bits by R. J. Gaulding
Running with the Dead by Zach Black
Z Cruise by Katherine Tomlinson
Fisher of Men by Adrian Chamberlin
The Clinic by Jan Edwards
Unfinished Business by Stuart Hughes
Talk Show by Richard Barber
Everybody Floats by Gary McMahon
Till Death Do Us Part by Stuart Young
The Jacket by Johnny Mains

Rock on our Jan! ;-P

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Mike Chinn, the Robot Kid

If you've not seen it, Alchemy Writers' member Mike Chinn was interviewed by Stu Young about Mike's work on comics. The interview is available here.