Archive for August, 2011

Bloody War reviewed in Black Static

Posted: August 21, 2011 by douglasthompson in Reviews

Peter Tennant has reviewed Terry Grimwood’s Bloody War in the latest edition of Black Static, Britain’s leading Horror magazine. Pete writes:

“…Grimwood is bang on the money, with his nebulous Enemies of Democracy,a conflict in which the opponent is always some vague bogeyman used as a pretext by the authorities for greater restrictionson our civil liberties. Equally, there are literary comparisons begging to be made, as for instance with the totalitarian state as portrayed in Orwell’s 1984, but more appositely I feel it brings to mind the work of Philip K. Dick, both in the reality dislocation of the opening chapters, as Pete adjusts to what has gone wrong with his world, and in the ending with its echoes of work like Total Recall and A Scanner Darkly. Grimwood handles this aspect very well, the character’s confusion coming over strongly, the sense of being a stranger in a strange land, victim of a world he never made, with the clues deftly planted. A former biker and reformed criminal, Allman (the name is presumably intended to reference Pete’s status as a representative of all men) is a family man and all round good egg, somebody most readers will be able to identify with, an ordinary guy trying to do right by himself and others, not infallible but willing to own up to his mistakes. We can respect his close relationship with his wife and daughters, the way in which he tries to save his son from being chewed up by the military machine. He is someone who attempts to do the right thing, no matter how difficult that may be and even when he isn’t actually sure what the right thing to do is. Grimwood is equally adept at capturing some of the horror and futility of war, the way in which the civilian population are brainwashed into accepting the unthinkable and pursuing a hateful agenda, with asides on the techniques of the police state…

In conclusion, Bloody War was a potentially excellent dystopian tale, a serious book about serious matters, an engaging and often repellent slice of drama, with a believable protagonist, one whose dilemma is rendered compellingly on the page…”

The Silver Wind - Nina Allan

Nina Allan’s first collection A Thread of Truth, published way back in 2007, was only the second title that Eibonvale Press released. Since then it has become one of our bestsellers, gaining a faithful following among readers and many enthusiastic reviews. Among UK writers of speculative fiction, Nina has gained the deserved reputation of being the one to watch.

I am now very excited to announce that Eibonvale Press will be publishing a brand new collection of her work. In spite of numerous appearances in anthologies and magazines, The Silver Wind is her first book since Thread, and will be eagerly greeted by lovers of slipstream fiction. It takes the form of a tetralogy of four substantial linked stories, together with an epilogue ‘Afterword,’ all on the theme of time; time disjointed, time mysteriously and subtly disrupted.

Two of the pieces are original to this collection, which also features an introduction by acclaimed SF writer and previous winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award Tricia Sullivan.

The Silver Wind will be published very soon. Indeed, it is almost ready for the printers and will be officially launched at FantasyCon 2011 in September as part of a double launch event with David Rix’s new collection, Feather. For the first time ever, Eibonvale will be offering pre-orders on this title. The Silver Wind is priced at £18.50 for the hardback and £6.50 for the paperback. Please visit the book page to read more about the collection and to place your pre-order.

There will also be some signed copies available. ALL pre-orders will be signed, and there will be a small stock of additional signed copies available after the book is launched. Remember, signed copies will only be available direct from Eibonvale Press and through a small number of specialist dealers. These are likely to sell out fast, so if you want one, best to place your order right away!

 

Additional Status Report:  For those of you waiting impatiently for Rhys Hughes’ Tallest Stories and Jeff Gardner’s Glimpse of the Numinous, worry not!  Both are well on the design road now!  For some strange reason, the 60 illustrations required for Tallest Stories are taking a little bit of time!