Two Great Mentions

Posted: January 13, 2019 by eibonvale in Reviews
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Over on Vector, Rosanne Rabinowitz’s collection Resonance and Revolt has been listed as one of the best books of 2018. Am delighted – and congratulations Rosanne!

“Shorter fiction is often an incubator of thought experiments and this proves to be the case with Rosanne Rabinowitz’s first collection, Resonance and Revolt (Eibonvale Press). These stories span historical European settings, contemporary Britain and the near future. The collection is thematically linked around the concepts of resistance and Lynda Rucker discusses in her introduction how Rabinowitz’s evocative prose gifts the reader with a sense of history and also a present that feels layered by the lives of those now past.”

Grab the book here: http://www.eibonvalepress.co.uk/books/books_resonance.htm

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Also, a really nice review of our recent poetry/fiction anthology Humanagerie edited by Sarah Doyle and Allen Ashley has been penned by Sarah James on The Poetry Shed.
 
“As I read, tucked up at home in my own fake-fur blanket, I find myself noting ‘beautiful’ and/or ‘wow’ by every poem and story. The flow between each piece also feels both natural – linking in terms of tone, theme, style – yet highlights other elements in contrast. Tension-building tales with foreign or imaginary settings, for example, are placed alongside quiet wondrous poems of the everyday and faster moving, louder-sounding rhythms.”
 
Thanks to both of these reviewers.  And as always, if you have a blog or website and are interested in receiving review copies of any Eibonvale titles, please just drop me an email.
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Just a reminder! There are only a few days left to EVER get your hands on a copy of Alexander Zelenyj‘s A Test Tube Family, which we are offering as a free extra with the hardcover edition of his collection Blacker Against the Deep Dark. I shall be closing the offer at the end of the 13th January.
 
 
Also, I have both titles in my hands now – first copies. Blacker Against the Deep Dark has turned out nicely dramatic, in spite of my sailing close to the wind with some very dark colours. And Test Tube Family has turned out a very nice and faintly modernist little volume. There will only ever be as many copies of this as there are people who order by the end of this weekend.

cover_deepdark_th.jpgAlexander Zelenyj’s large collection Blacker Against the Deep Dark is now available to order. This is a chance for the press to dive again into the deeper places of genre fiction, as well as what happens when they blend and combine. Emotionally sophisticated, harrowing and searingly powerful stories.

From a man having a conversation with the shadow of a human being blasted into a wall by the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, to a pastor giving shelter to the most bizarre individual to ever walk the Earth; from a secret group at war with the physical manifestations of disease that have run rampant for ages, to a pair of detectives trying to solve the mystery of a deadly otherworldly drug that legend says holds the power to open the gates to Paradise. These, and other dark and weird tales…

These stories play out like an R-rated Twilight Zone; grittily thrusting life’s toughest questions at readers with unabashed confrontation, and in the strangest of places.
Ahlissa Eichhorn, FANGORIA

Screenshot 2018-12-18 21.26.01To celebrate the launch, we have a special offer.  Order the hardcover edition before January 13th and get a copy of Zelenyj’s exclusive chapbook mini-collection A Test Tube Family. We will only be printing enough copies of this to cover these initial orders, so this will remain a very rare book. All hardcover orders placed before that date will receive a copy.

631px-FullMoon2010Merry Christmas everybody!  It’s Christmas day and I am releasing a new call for works – mostly because this is the first day in a while when I’ve actually had a bit of time.  🙂

The Once and Future Moon brings back Eibonvale’s familiar and long-time partner Allen Ashley with a new themed anthology – you can probably guess which theme from the title.  Such celestial fiction, and even off-planet fiction, is relatively unusual for the press, so this will be an interesting addition to the catalogue – a slipstream take on what must be one of the ultimate themes.

Submissions open on 1st February – please don’t send anything yet – and publication will be in 2019.  You can find the full guidelines here: http://www.eibonvalepress.co.uk/infoforwriters.htm

Things are progressing nicely with the next Eibonvale book – Alexander Zelenyj’s large collection Blacker Against the Deep Dark. This is a chance for the press to dive again into the deeper places of genre fiction, as well as what happens when they blend and combine. Emotionally sophisticated, harrowing and searingly powerful stories.

For various complicated reasons, I can’t show you the cover yet, though it has been sent to the printers. However, what I can show you is the cover of the exclusive mini-collection that will be available free with pre-orders / first orders. This tiny chapbook has also been sent to the printers just now.

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Watch this space for the cover reveal, and for more info on how and when to get this freebie. Blacker Against the Deep Dark will be launching with the new year.

 

Two New Titles Now Available

Posted: December 3, 2018 by eibonvale in Allen Ashley, Chapbooks, New Titles
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Our latest full-size book is Humanagerie, edited by Sarah Doyle and Allen Ashley – a combined poetry and prose fiction collection.  Inspired by notions of the animalistic, Humanagerie is a vivid exploration of the nebulous intersection of human and beast. From cities to wilderness, buildings to burrows, and coastlines to fish-tanks, these thirty-two poems and thirteen short stories explore emergence and existence, survival and self-mythology, and the liminal hinterland between humanity and animality.

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Our latest chapbook is also available now – Crossfaded in Narnia by Ian Kappos – a stunning dark mini-collection filled with broken homes, drug addictions and lost causes.  These five stories follow disaffected youths through the day-to-day routines that help them cope and into more surreal territory, where the destitute and the otherworldly intertwine.

From exploding televisions and absent parents to concerned therapists, crustacean junkies, and friendships cut tragically short, Crossfaded in Narnia burrows into the grit to take a closer look at the mystery beneath.

As usual, it is available in both hardcover and paperback.

I have also launched a new chapbook bundle deal on the website where you can choose any three chapbooks for £15 / £30 – click here for more info.

The Eibonvale Chapbook Line is temporarily closing to submissions.  I have had a massive massive response to this and I need to work through them all and actually set about making some more books.  The decision-making has been and is predictably challenging – and if you haven’t heard from me yet, then you should do in the next couple of weeks.

This closure is only temporary and I hope to reopen again when I have released a few more titles.  Thanks to everyone who has sent material in!

Editors Sarah Doyle and Allen Ashley report that they have already had a good response to their call for submissions to the next Eibonvale press anthology “Humanagerie”. This is a gentle reminder that submissions close at midnight on 31 may 2018. Here is the spec:

HUMANAGERIE – a new anthology from Eibonvale Press UK. Edited by Sarah Doyle (poetry) and Allen Ashley (fiction).

“Humanagerie” will showcase both poetry and short fiction on the theme of animals. The book will not be about animals as such, but will instead be inspired by the characteristics that animals possess, and the points at which these intersect with – and manifest in – humanity.

We are interested in shifting states; in scenarios that explore duality, hybridity, and liminality; in the fluidity of identity We hope to discover new existential narratives in the spirit of Franz Kafka’s “Metamorphosis” and Hermann Hesse’s “Steppenwolf”. We are seeking poems and short stories that contain some element of the speculative and/or the fantastical, the metaphorical, metaphysical or magical. Closing date is 31 May 2018. Paying £10 per story; £5 per poem. Full guidelines and details of how to submit can be found at the link below.

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

The special offer for How Many Times? by Rhys Hughes is now live! And remember – hardcover only! Click here to order.

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To recap: The author has provided a bundle of extremely rare signed and numbered chapbooks – highly limited runs of works from 2013 that have previously only been available as ebooks. Only ten copies were ever made of each title and they have never been offered for sale. I have 18 copies in total and the first 18 orders for the hardcover of How Many Times? will receive a randomly selected chapbook as a free gift. This will be strictly first come first served (going by the time the order is placed with Paypal) and for this reason, I will be opening the orders for this title at 6PM UK time, Saturday 31st March. Please be ready to place orders then as I have no idea how quickly these will go! This only applies to orders placed directly with Eibonvale Press and only to the hardback edition. Any questions or anything I have forgotten, please drop me an email!

http://www.eibonvalepress.co.uk/books/books_howmanytimes.htm

Just a reminder that the call for works for the humanagerie anthology edited by Allen Ashley and Sarah Doyle is well and truly open.  Download the guidelines here.

“Humanagerie” will showcase both poetry and short fiction on the theme of animals. The book will not be about animals as such, but will instead be inspired by the characteristics that animals possess, and the points at which these intersect with – and manifest in – humanity. It will also be based on the strange and beautiful adjectives used to describe such traits, such as:

Aquiline – eagle
Chelonian – tortoise or turtle
Leporine – hare
Ostracine – oyster
Pieridine / Pierine – butterfly
Vespine – wasp / hornet

and many many more. You will find a much larger list in the guidelines.

We are interested in shifting states, in scenarios that explore duality, hybridity, and liminality. We are asking writers to consider how animalistic attributes might manifest in the human psyche – or vice versa. We want hints of scales, tails, fur and fins… gills, claws, paws and spines… glimpses of horns, tusks, teeth and tongues… stalking, slinking, slithering and stomping… roars, whimpers, howls and song. We want breath, heat, musk. We want landscapes ranging from urban wastelands to frozen tundra, from bedsits to coastlines, from suburbia to savannah – and the imagined worlds between. We want water and we want fish out of water. We want the visceral and the vulnerable, the slippery and the synaesthetic, emergence and extinction.

The submissions window will run from March 1st until May 31st 2018. The word limits are up to 60 lines for poetry and 4,000 words for fiction.

Download the guidelines here.