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:
Just a quick note to state that we have a launch event scheduled for Caledonia Dreamin’! It will take place at Kilmarnock, Scotland, in the Dick Institute (actually a substantial museum and cultural centre). The event starts at 18:15 on 2nd of April. See here for more details: Sadly I wont be able to be there myself, and I rather miss the chance to meet the people involved in this exceptional collection – but it should be a great event, so if you can possibly make it up there, do so! Entry is free and copies will be available of course – no doubt with a bit of a discount! Also readings from those present.
Tags: Caledonia Dreamin', chris kelso, hal duncan
Our first review of ‘Caledonia Dreamin’ came in last week, Eibonvale’s groundbreaking anthology of dark fiction of Scottish descent exploring some of the wonderful words afforded us by the Scots dialect. That our first reviewer’s first language is not even English, never mind Scots, is just one reason for us to take our hats off to her. Margrét Helgadóttir writes:
“These tales are weird, terrifying, dark, beautiful, disturbing and funny. It was quite a thought-provoking read. Some of these stories are amongst the best stories I have read for quite a while and I recommend the book for not only the lovers of Scotland, the Scots language or linguistics in general, but for all fans of the weird and unexplainable, or people who enjoys plain good writing…
…There is a sincere voice throughout Caledonia Dreamin’, either the characters speak directly to you or whisper to you as if from the corner of a bizarre dream. In hindsight I think that this is the main reason why I spent such a long time reading this book. It’s such a challenging voice, difficult to not be moved or troubled by. And I can’t help but wonder if it’s the Scottish language that creates this feeling of the sincere and true voice. The editors have done a fine job creating this flow and expression.”
Read Margrét’s review in full over at the Future Fire review site.
Just discovered a small technical error on our sales page. *sigh* – not one that affected ordering so if you have placed an order, I should have it safe – but one that affected FINDING it, which I guess is kind of important. That has been fixed now.
And hey – it doesn’t do any harm to remind people as well, so to reiterate – we currently have some nice ‘choose your own bundle’ offers connected to our three latest titles, Rustblind and Silverbright, Miss Homicide Plays the Flute by Brendan Connell and Caledonia Dreamin. All three of these are up there among the most exciting titles we have ever released, I think. ‘Homicide’ is our first ever luxurious limited edition, a beautiful book and a unique and strange read. Rustblind and Silverbright has been attracting rave reviews – one of our most successful titles. And in the short time since publication, Caledonia Dreamin has proved one of our best sellers.
See here for more info: http://www.eibonvalepress.co.uk/specials.html
Tags: Caledonia Dreamin', Miss Homicide, Rustblind and Silverbright, Special Offer
I think it is time for another sale here at Eibonvale Press – to clear some space and make a little cash ready for our next two titles. This time, if you buy the hardcover of one of our three latest titles, you can choose another three books for a special bundle price. That’s any eibonvale book you fancy! So here’s a chance to stock up a bit.
Our three latest titles are Miss Homicide Plays the Flute by Brendan Connell and the anthologies Rustblind and Silverbright and Caledonia Dreamin’. All three of these are up there among the most exciting titles we have ever released, I think. ‘Homicide’ is our first ever luxurious limited edition, a beautiful book and a unique and strange read. Rustblind and Silverbright has been attracting rave reviews – one of our most successful titles. And in the short time since publication, Caledonia Dreamin has proved one of our best sellers.
Click here for more info: http://www.eibonvalepress.co.uk/specials.html
Tags: anthology, Sensorama
Just a reminder here that Eibonvale Press is currently calling for works for Allen Ashley’s anthology Sensorama - an anthology of slipstream stories based upon, celebrating and exploring the senses.
From the Guidelines:
“This will be an anthology of stories based upon, celebrating and exploring the senses. I am looking for short stories within the range 1000 to 6000 words which deal with the senses as an integral component of both plot and theme. I will expect stories to be broadly within the SF / Fantasy / Horror / Slipstream / Fabulist field. I will also consider more mainstream work which has some elements or references to the broad fantasy canon. I will expect to include stories that explore the traditional five senses of: Sight, Hearing, Touch, Smell and Taste. I will also consider work which explores other senses or quasi senses – e.g. the “sixth” sense of intuition or other qualities such as Extra-Sensory Perception, Precognitive Ability, etc.”
Reading period is 1 January 2014 to 30 April 2014.
Payment: £10 plus hardcover copy
Please check here for more info and keep those submissions coming!: http://www.eibonvalepress.co.uk/infoforwriters.htm
And in the meantime I now have to work out how to cover-illustrate the concept of 5 elements with a vague hint of possible other elements of quasi elements!
Tags: Rustblind and Silverbright, short stories
Pauline Masurel has handed in a rave review of Eibonvale’s railway anthology ‘Rustblind and Silverbight’ over at The Short Review website. Pauline writes:
“There are twenty-four stories in this chunky book, which is billed as A Slipstream Anthology of Railway Stories. Many of the stories take liberties with reality, slipping effortlessly into fantastic worlds, but many of them are also quite strongly rooted in reality. This seems appropriate, given that railways are part of the edgelands, borderline places that divide landscapes. The book isn’t a cyberpunk, geek-fest of futuristic fiction but more of an insidious virus eating away at veracity. If ‘strangeness’ is the primary defining feature of slipstream literature then this collection has it by the carriage-load…
…This book may not be the ideal Christmas gift for a trainspotting old buffer (although it might be just the ticket if he or she has suitably open-minded, eclectic reading tastes). But I think it could induce at least a modest portion of train-appreciation in the most vehement rail-deniers. Reading this anthology I became convinced that every story should have a railway in it somewhere; it’s just that no one has realised this before. Try it out for yourself, but don’t forget to mind the gap…”
Our thanks to Pauline. Please do support her website by reading the review in full.
Tags: Brendan Connell, Miss Homicide Plays the Flute
Finland’s finest Sami Airola, has reviewed Brendan Connell’s Miss Homicide Plays The Flute in glowing terms, over at his Rising Shadow website. Sami writes:
“…In my opinion Miss Homicide Plays the Flute is a superb feast of extraordinary storytelling, seductive decadence and experimental strangeness. It’s a gorgeous combination of different elements and nuances that melt together and produce a beautiful and seducing symphony of sublime pleasures and perversions to readers who appreciate reading something out of the ordinary. (By the way, if you truly want to enjoy the excellence of this novel, pour yourself a glass of wine, put a CD of classical music to your CD player and press play, sit in a comfortable chair, lean back and let yourself be seduced by the story.)
If you appreciate quality and good prose and read literary novels, do yourself a favour and read Miss Homicide Plays the Flute immediately. It’s a unique novel about the art of assassination and poisoning, musical instruments and history (Brendan Connell stirs these elements into a perfect mix of strange beauty and irresistable elegance). If you like thrillers, enjoy classical music, love weird stories and are fond of decandence, you won’t be disappointed by Miss Homicide Plays the Flute, because it offers all of these things and much more in an unforgettably weird package. It’s a literary treasure that awaits to be discovered by as many readers as possible.
Our warm thanks to Sami, as to all our other reviewers and critics for taking the time to offer perspectives on our titles.
Tags: Allen Ashley, Sensorama
Ok everyone – at last some press news! I have released a call for submissions for a new Eibonvale Press anthology, Sensorama edited by Allen Ashley – more info here! Submissions opening in the new year. This is a great subject for a book and fertile ground for writing, so I am very excited to see what people come up with!
Download the guidelines here: http://www.eibonvalepress.co.uk/Sensorama_guidelines_-_Eibonvale_Press.pdf
Regarding opening for other, more general submissions, I fear that due to extreme personal exhaustion and to wanting to preserve at least a little of my own writing capability, Eibonvale will probably not be opening to general submissions for a while yet. Apologies to those who are interested, and I am not really happy at becoming something I always disliked in a press (a closed door) but please remember that this enterprise is still just me and my increasingly sparse free time so I really don’t have much choice about that for now. I just ask you to bear with me there and know that it is something I really want to do and will get to as soon as I feel I have the space to deal with it and do you all justice.
“A most welcome reprinting of a collection originally published in 2010 by Ex Occidente Press, who specialize in extremely expensive limited editions. For this trade paperback version Eibonvale Press provided a gorgeous cover design, but of course it’s the content that really makes this book one of Eibonvale’s finest publications to date…
D.P. Watt has a decidedly unique imagination and a love of esoteric wordplay (sample sentence: “I had not taken you for one who skulks behind the scenes to see God’s entrance debased to pure mechanism”). His writing is reminiscent of horrormeisters like Thomas Ligotti and Robert Aickman, yet it displays the verve, literary mastery and idiosyncratic worldview that denote a standalone master of the form…”
Please do check out Adam’s review in full at: http://www.fright.com/edge/AnEmporium.htm