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Caledonia Dreamin’ Launch Event!

Posted: March 22, 2014 by eibonvale in Caledonia Dreamin', events

Caledonia Dreamin FINAL 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.

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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.

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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

Final Cover copy

Final Cover copy

http://www.eibonvalepress.co.uk/specials.html

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.

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Click here for more info: http://www.eibonvalepress.co.uk/specials.html

Cover Reveal: Caledonia Dreamin’

Posted: October 6, 2013 by eibonvale in Caledonia Dreamin', New Titles

Our next book to be released is Caledonia Dreamin’, an anthology based on the glorious and unique words of the Scottish.  Glaikit, mockit, droukit, drouthy, couthy, scunner, thrawn – the Scots language is rich with words too gallus not to glory in, dialect terms that deserve better than to be boxed away as precious oddities. Here we’ve collected some of the strangest writers of Scottish descent to bring these terms to life – that’s Scottish by heritage or residence, adoption or initiation…

And here is the cover!  – hopefully finished aside from any 11th hour polishing and tweaks that arise (they usually do the moment I publish the damn thing!). This is one of Eibonvale’s odder attempts I think – with a full dictionary on the jacket and more text than art. Bit of a mind-fuck really if anyone starts to seriously try and elucidate the illustrations!  Or so i hope!   Anyway, here it is. November 1st is the official release date and I am really hoping to have some copies for WorldCon 2013!

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The dust has barely settled from the fun and games of Rustblind and Silverbright (final contents list coming soon!) and here I am issuing a new call for works for a new anthology!  This one will be edited by Chris Kelso and Hal Duncan and it focusses squarely on celebrating those beautiful and wild words of the Scottish language.  The words of the editors can put it much better than I can though:

“Glaikit, mockit, droukit, drouthy, couthy, scunner, thrawn – the Scots language is rich with words too gallus not to glory in, dialect terms that deserve better than to be boxed away as precious oddities. For us, those words aren’t quaint parochialisms of a past preserved in amber; they’re wild wee beauties, straight razors slashing keen to the quick of meaning. We want stories that wield them as weapons for today, for tomorrow. We want you to pick up one of these words and flick it open to gleam in the light of the 21st century. Play with it, work with it, give us a story that riffs on it with relish – the sound, the sense. Run wild with it, ye ramstouger rannigants, and send us the result.”

Click here to download the full guidelines in RTF or PDF format.