Off to FantasyCon

Posted: September 4, 2014 by eibonvale in Uncategorized

Ok – i am off on the train to FantasyCon 2014 in the morning! I’ll be in the dealer room as usual most of the time, so do drop by for a chat. I will also be offering some very nice bargains and specials on books.

The main focus of this convention is:
Songs for the Lost by Alexander Zelenyj, our newest title and one of our most spectacular.
Rustblind and Silverbright, which is currently shortlisted for the British Fantasy Award.
And also earlier books that still deserve a good push like – well, all of them!  But notably Defeated Dogs (Quentin Crisp) and the Limited Edition Miss Homicide Plays the Flute (Brendan Connell).

I am relying on you all to clear out my table! Dragging massive loads of books around is far better when you only have to do it one way!

See you there I hope!

Ok folks! We are now good to go on the special lettered edition bundles of our latest title: Alexander Zelenyj’s massive new collection Songs For The Lost and its companion book Ballads To The Burning Twins with matching lettered bookplates, one of a range of very rare Deathray Bradburies ticket stubs that will serve very well as bookmarks, and best of all, Forgotten Hymns Of The Death Angels – a signed lettered ‘zine-style’ chapbook produced by the author containing four additional stories that will not be available for sale outside this offer.

Zelenyj is an author distinguished by the extraordinary levels of bleak honesty and human pain in his writing – an almost unique perspective on the human condition in my experience, coupled with roots deep into classic genre forms which are then transmuted into something entirely new – a classic facet of slipstream writing.  His works remain among the strongest, strangest and most emotional I have ever been privileged to publish.

The bundles will open for orders on:

WEDNESDAY  27/08/14 – 21:00 London Time.

at this link: http://www.eibonvalepress.co.uk/specials.html

At that time the order buttons will go live (refreash the page!).  In the meantime though you can find more info there so take a look.

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They often sell fast so keep an eye out, especially if you want a chance at the coveted letter A!

The slightly late hour is to give buyers in Canada and the USA a chance. Alexander Zelenyj is a Canadian author after all!

And just to reiterate – the price of Songs is a little higher than usual due to printing costs because it is a HUGE book! 34 stories no less. Over twice the size of many of our publications. It is a book that will last you a long time and take you to many places. This is our first book in far too long – and I am starting to feel as though we are coming back with a bang!

 

New Arrivals!

Posted: August 23, 2014 by eibonvale in Songs for the Lost, Special Offers
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New arrivals! Alexander Zelenyj’s Songs For The Lost and it’s companion ‘extra’ Ballads To The Burning Twins – actually a full hardcover poetry/lyrics/photography collection. Some ‘extra’! If all goes well, I will get the lettered preorders for these plus special extras open this weekend. Keep an eye out here or on the Eibonvale facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/eibonvale ) and newsletter – remember the first customer to order gets the coveted letter A!

Well – it’s been a while, hasn’t it.  Things have been very quiet round here lately – you might almost say I took a year off.  Partly I had my own writing project to work on (my novel Meat) and partly, lets be honest, I was just exhausted.  It takes it out of you, running a small press – trying to sell books, keep writers happy (herding cats anyone?) and keep up with the admin and paperwork.  But I am pleased to say that things are moving again here – and it is with a certain ship-launching, bottle-of-campaign excitement that I can reveal the first cover of 2014 – Alexander Zelenyj’s Songs for the Lost.  Zelenyj is an absolute master of emotional horror, melancholy, passion and the delicate art of drawing on classic pop-culture and genre forms to create something highly complex, challenging and really quite visionary.  This is a spectacular big book and a fitting way to ‘break my fast’ as it were.

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We will be running our usual online ordering fun and games for the first 26 copies – keep your eyes open for that.  I will also be rushing these through and hope to have some of them available at FantasyCon 2014.

Most exciting of all, there will also be a small second book by the same author released alongside and forming a companion piece.  Ballads To The Burning Twins will essentially be a poetry collection – or more accurately a set of imaginary ‘lyrics’ that is intimately connected to the main Songs For The Lost.  I hope to make it a slim hardcover, but no promises yet!

Full details will be released shortly, but buyers of the special bundles will get both books plus some other exclusive goodies.  So well worth getting ready to pounce!

Sensorama Line-up Revealed

Posted: July 13, 2014 by allenashleywriter in Uncategorized

I have some exciting news: I have now made all 21 acceptances for “Sensorama”. The next stage will be to sort out formatting, get some very short author bios, put the book in the right order and so forth. But for now I can reveal, in no particular order as they say on certain TV talent shows, the stories I have selected are:
Gary Budgen – “Blinding a Few Dogs”
Christine Morgan – “Little Fingers”
Terry Grimwood – “Space”
David McGroarty – “The Impression of Craig Shee”
Kelda Crich – “Wide Shining in the Remote”
Rhys Hughes – “The Taste of Turtle Tears”
David Turnbull – “The Sound Cyclones”
Douglas Thompson – “Musk”
Aliya Whiteley – “Good Old Dirt”
David Buchan – “A View from a Crowded Street Corner”
Adam Craig – “Graft”
Jon Michael Kelley – “A Mimicry of Night”
E. Lillith McDermott – “Going Dark”
Mark Patrick Lynch – “Making see”
Richard Mosses – “Stone”
Ralph Robert Moore – “Bang, Bang, Thud”
Tim Nickels – “The War Artist”
Ian Hunter – “Stain”
T. J. (Tracy) Berg – “Watching the Ashbless Bloom”
David Gullen – “Maneater”
Stanley B. Webb – “The Crystal Gazer”
Phew, what a line-up!
More details to follow soon.

Smells Like Sensorama Spirit

Posted: June 30, 2014 by allenashleywriter in Uncategorized

Two more acceptances to crow about, with several more to be confirmed shortly. I have taken Aliya Whiteley’s “Good Old Dirt” – sense is Taste. Aliya has been widely published and was a prizewinner in the BFS Short Story Competition in 2012. The other acceptance is “Musk” by Douglas Thompson. The sense here is Smell – so I now have all five of the primary human senses covered. A familiar writer to all Eibonvale followers, Doug has recently had his latest novel published by Elsewhen Press.

I am on my third round of reading with many of the stories; some of which don’t fall neatly into one of the traditional five senses and that’s a good thing. Expect to hear more from me very soon.

Sensorama Update

Posted: June 12, 2014 by allenashleywriter in Uncategorized

Good news: I have two new acceptances to announce. They are “The Taste of Turtle Tears” by Rhys Hughes and “The Sound Cyclones” by David Turnbull. Rhys’ story is for the sense of Taste, of course and David’s is for the sense of Hearing. Rhys is well known for many wonderful books, including “Tallest Stories” from Eibonvale; David has been widely published, including the opening story in “Astrologica” (Alchemy Press, UK, 2013).

For those of you still waiting to hear back from me, I am busy with second readings and will be in touch with everyone soon. Watch this space!

Brendan Backlog…

Posted: May 24, 2014 by douglasthompson in Uncategorized

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Well, we’ve been falling behind recently on our blogging of reviews at Eibonvale Press, and we wouldn’t want anyone to think we weren’t mega grateful for every book review we get, so here goes. Like waiting for the proverbial buses therefore, here we have six reviews in a row for Brendan Connell’s Avant Garde masterpiece “Miss Homicide Plays The Flute”.

First up, seasoned reviewer Mario Guslandi writing at the Book Noir website gives the book 5 our of 5 stars and says:

“Brendan Connell is an atypical but gifted fantasist, author of various novels and short story collections which are very hard to label in terms of literary genre. Miss Homicide Plays the Flute isn’t exactly a novel and, although the main character is an assassin by trade, does not quite belong to crime fiction. Revolving around Sereana Plevier, a flautist who occasionally becomes an enrolled killer to manage to pay her bills and who continuously changes her identity and her look by means of wigs, fake noses and coloured lenses, the book is a phantasmagoria of episodes and odd events taking place during one of the girl’s murderous tasks…

…. Mixing crime and fantasy, mainstream and speculative fiction, Connel serves a delicious, extremely dish apt to satisfy the taste of many kinds of readers, including the more demanding and seasoned lovers of refreshing and entertaining fiction.”

Then we have an extremely in-depth review of at the Large hearted Boy website, which says:

“Brendan Connell’s Miss Homicide Plays the Flute is one of the year’s most inventive novels, and masterful in its language.”

The website goes on to feature Brendan Connell’s own Book Notes music playlist for his novel, an interview with the author and various other goodies so check it out.

Then we have the redoubtable Djibril al-Ayad writing at the Future Fire, who says:

“This strange little title is the eighth book published by prolific and acclaimed author Brendan Connell, in a typically high quality and quirkily packaged edition by Eibonvale Press. To all intents and purposes this is a crime novel, featuring a sociopathic assassin, art thefts, family feuds and sexual transgression, but it is so full of experimental features, nonlinear digressions, dreamlike descriptions and rambling, pedantic detail that I suspect it rather thinks of itself as “literary” in genre.

…It’s a complicated, highly crafted book, not without flaws, but also not without that spark of genius that dares to take this sort of a risk.

…I can’t deny the masterful writing, research, storytelling and sheer craftsmanship that this book contains. I felt the same about Dorian Gray and Perfume, and those are indubitably works of genius. If the words “experimental”, “pedantic” and “literary” in the first paragraph of this review didn’t put you off, then you’ll probably be very impressed by the quality of Miss Homicide Plays the Flute, and recognise, as I do, the exquisite craft that Connell has put into it.”

Then Catherine Ramsdell over at the Pop Matters website says:

Miss Homicide Plays the Flute’ Is Playful, Witty, Disturbing and Strange

Of course, I substituted book for hobby. And I like strange. I like curious even better. Most likely if you don’t enjoy curious or strange you aren’t going to enjoy Miss Homicide Plays the Flute. No matter which term you use—avant-garde, experimental, surreal, weird—you probably aren’t going to find this book prominently displayed at your local Barnes and Noble bookstore (although I do believe it’s available on their website).

Some chapters appear to be more poetry than prose, and Connell can make even the ugliest of things seem beautiful. ..

Then our old friend Adam Groves over at the Fright Site writes:

“…Particularly notable is Connell’s highly playful and inventive use of language, resulting in one paragraph printed backward (complete with a note instructing that it’s “to be viewed in a mirror”) and sentences like “Rotting meat spoiled polluted odour corruption frozen stock-shot burgundy liver perfume seaweed fat to the tune of starfish.”

The insanity of the story is complimented by the author’s miscellany, if miscellany is even the correct term for the odd dreams, lengthy “recipes” of murderous methodology, brief glimpses of Hell, lengthy descriptions of the artwork the heroine admires and overall obsession with ancient Greece (evident in passages like a description of a nightclub that devolves into a highly eccentric dissertation on Greek dance). Such things may qualify as deviations from the main narrative, or perhaps it’s the other way around. Either way this is a fascinating oddity that resembles nothing so much as itself.”

And last but not least we have Sami Airola at Rising Shadow enthusing as follows:

“Brendan Connell’s Miss Homicide Plays the Flute is a fantastic novel. It’s a brilliant example of what can be achieved when an author has enough imagination and vision, and isn’t afraid of writing something different and experimenting with different kind of storytelling.

…This novel made a huge impression on me, so I can’t help but praise it as much as I can.

Brendan Connell is an author who has a distinct writing style that separates him from other authors. No matter what he writes about, he writes quality and he isn’t afraid of experimenting with unusual material and combining different elements. He’s an undisputed modern master of decadence and weird stories. His prose can be as sharp as shards of glass and there’s underlying and seductive eroticism in his stories. ..”

Sensorama: Further Acceptances and Absolutely the Final Call

Posted: April 29, 2014 by allenashleywriter in Uncategorized

Last time I delivered the exciting news that I had taken two stories. Both dealt with the theme of Sight. This time I can pass on the news that I have now accepted two stories dealing with the sense of Touch. They are “Space” by Terry Grimwood (previously in “Where Are We Going?”) and “Little Fingers” by Christine Morgan (previously in “Astrologica”). Further acceptances will be following very soon. And no, I’m not doing it sense by sense; it just turned out that way! So, if you have submitted a Sight or Touch story, it’s still in with a shout. All five of the traditional sense will be represented in the eventual book.
If you haven’t submitted yet, I am going to be very strict with the deadline, folks, because, let’s face it, you have had a comfortable four months to get your act together! So, I shall be receiving and considering suitable stories submitted up until 12 midnight British Summer Time on Wednesday 30 April.
Full details if you need them:

http://www.eibonvalepress.co.uk/infoforwriters.htm

Sensorama Acceptances

Posted: April 15, 2014 by allenashleywriter in Uncategorized

Exciting news: I have just made my first two official acceptances for my anthology “Sensorama: Stories of the Senses” due to be published by Eibonvale Press (UK) later this year. I have taken a story from Gary Budgen (previously in “Where Are We Going?”) and a story from David McGroarty (previously in “Astrologica”). For those of you who have already submitted, I will be making final decisions, including a few more acceptances soon. For those of you who have yet to submit, I am open until 12 midnight BST 30 April. Yep, that’s only two weeks away. So, don’t delay. Full details are here:

http://www.eibonvalepress.co.uk/infoforwriters.htm