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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!

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

Final Cover copy

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

Leaves on the line…

Posted: September 19, 2013 by douglasthompson in News, Reviews, Rustblind and Silverbright, Uncategorized

Rustblind 5-extractOops… looks like my brain has been so overworked and understaffed that it neglected to mention one of our recent reviews. Not to worry, I’ll make it up to you now with an endless string of apologies announced over a deafening tannoy system. The great Sami Airola of the Rising Shadow website has written glowingly of Rustblind and Silverbright, and in considerable depth, giving it 5-out-of-5 stars and describing it as one of the best anthologies of the year. Sami writes:

“…I liked all the stories in this anthology, so it’s difficult for me to choose my favourite stories, but if I had to pick a few stories, I’d probably pick these stories: Nina Allan’s Vivian Guppy and the Brighton Belle, Andrew Hook’s Tetsudo Fan, Rhys Hughes’ The Path of Garden Forks, Joel Lane’s The Last Train, Allen Ashley’s On the Level, Daniella Geary’s Death Trains of Durdensk, Jet McDonald’s The Engineered Soul, Steve Rasnic Tem’s Escape on a Train, Danny Rhodes’ The Cuts, Christopher Harman’s Sleepers, Steven Pirie’s Not All Trains Crash, Matt Joiner and Rosanne Rabinowitz’s The Turning Track, and Douglas Thompson’s Sunday Relatives. All of these stories (and also the ones that aren’t mentioned here) are worth reading and praising.

I dare say that Rustblind and Silverbright is the most versatile speculative fiction anthology of the year. Some of these stories are touching and beautiful while others are weird, shocking and disturbing, so there’s something for everybody in this anthology. This anthology will be of interest to both experienced readers and newcomers, because it contains diverse stories that have plenty of depth and atmosphere in them.

I give this unique and versatile anthology full five stars and I highly recommend it to all readers, because it contains original and fascinating speculative fiction stories about trains and railways. All the stories in Rustblind and Silverbright are fine examples of how versatile and well written speculative fiction stories can be and how much they offer to the readers in terms of depth, characterization and storytelling. If you’re thinking of reading only one anthology this year, please make sure that it is Rustblind and Silverbright, because you won’t regret reading it.”

Our thanks as ever go out to the tireless Sami Airola, Finland’s greatest export.

Astrological Fun and Games at Alchemy Press

Posted: February 21, 2013 by eibonvale in Uncategorized

Just a quick shout out about a new anthology open for submissions.  Allen Ashley, who produced our own book Where Are We Going?, is back with a new project for Alchemy Press - The Alchemy Press Book of Astrologica: Stories of the Zodiac.  

http://alchemypress.blogspot.co.uk/p/astrologica.html

From the guidelines:

‘I am looking for stories about the signs of the Zodiac, the characteristics associated with those signs and/or people born under them. I will also consider stories involving the mythical characters and creatures of the astrological signs, perhaps their history and origin, perhaps their present and future state. Note: I am not saying that one has to believe in the paraphernalia associated with modern astrology; but authors should seek to use some of this as inspiration and underpinning of their narratives.’

You can read the guidelines on the Alchemy Press blog: http://alchemypress.blogspot.co.uk/p/astrologica.html 

 

Hot Safe Dog for beginners…

Posted: February 18, 2013 by douglasthompson in Uncategorized

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Well I suppose a mad-ass book demands a mad-ass review, and Anita Dalton at the ‘I Read Odd Books’ blog has taken an unusual approach in sharing with the world her admiration of (not to say astonishment at) Jet McDonald’s extraordinary debut novel of corporate absurdity and pet furniture ‘Automatic Safe Dog’.
Dazzled and delighted by Jet’s prose and wildfire imagination, Anita has resorted to quoting and analysing extensive tracts of text, culminating in this glowing conclusion:

“I get lots of books sent my way and I have come across a lot of extremely talented writers. I think McDonald’s writing is very near genius… this book was a revelation. A murder mystery, a farce, a romance, a sketch of a lunatic world, a glimpse of an uncaring and venal societal and the way that small venal sins can become mortal sins if we let them go on too long. This is a long book, coming in at 270 pages. McDonald got me hooked despite the animal cruelty and he kept me reading. I devoured this book in three days because the hilarity and silliness thrilled me as I waited for the other shoe to drop. I can’t remember the last time a new book from an author unknown to me proved to be the sort of read I simply could not put down until finished. Highly recommended.”

Our thanks go to Anita for her in-depth analysis and praise.