The new Eibonvale Press Chapbook Line is now a reality, with no less than three small books available to order – in both hardcover and paperback.  You don’t see that many hardcover chapbooks around unfortunately but I am really pleased with the results.  The first set of books includes titles by Kristine Ong Muslim, D. F. Lewis and Tom Johnstone.  They can be purchased either individually or as a set on the Eibonvale website: http://www.eibonvalepress.co.uk/chapbooks.html

 

And a reminder – I am still open for submissions for more chapbooks.  Indeed, I hope to keep this permanent. I am especially keen to hear from the under-represented and those not published by Eibonvale before.  You can find full details here: http://www.eibonvalepress.co.uk/infoforwriters.htm

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It has been a while, unfortunately, since Eibonvale Press was open to public submissions.  This is not a condition that I particularly like, since I always valued being open to new authors. However, sheer busyness means that I have to keep careful control of the press to avoid getting swamped – and in the end exhaustion from trying to do too much led to me taking a break entirely.  Now however, I am releasing a call for works specifically for a new line of chapbooks that I am starting.  I am looking for individual works or micro-collections of up to 10,000 words or so.  You can see the full details and download the guidelines here:

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

I am specifically keen to find some new faces here, especially the under-represented, which the press rather needs!  Indeed, I am hoping that about two thirds of these will be people who have not been published by Eibonvale before.

I am seeing this line of chapbooks as visually rather different to the existing Eibonvale books, with covers based more on simple line-art rather than complex collages.  The recent special offer chapbook by Brendan Connell is a simple example of what I have in mind, as is the kind of art that I have used before in the interior of certain books.  For example, here and here.

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I hope to do these chapbooks in both hardcover and paperback, both of which will be quite economically priced volumes.  Tiny hardcovers are very much a possibility with my printers and they are not something I have experimented with until now.  Hardcovers are still my favourite binding, and they do sell – sometimes even outselling the paperback edition – so there is really no reason why I should not make them here.  Hopefully the hardcovers would be a nice collectable matching set!

I am really quite excited about this.  Hopefully these chapbooks will be a lively thread running through Eibonvale Press for a while yet.

Here is a look at the cover of Brendan Connell’s chapbook Curious Births to Light the Universe. This style of art is very different to the usual Eibonvale covers, but one that I really enjoy doing and one that I hope rather lends itself to chapbooks.  I hope there will be more of these.

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Just to reiterate, there will be only 50 copies of this 44 page book of microfictions and they will only be available as a free gift alongside Hardcover preorders of his collection Pleasant Tales, or as a special bundle with the paperback. Visit the Eibonvale Press website for more info and to get copies while they last.  Way over half of them have already sold, so if you want a copy of this, don’t delay too much longer!

Eibonvale Press has been quiet lately while I treated myself to some much needed R&R – but now it is starting to wake up from it’s slumbers and there is new news in the air!

Pleasant Tales by Brendan Connell

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I am happy to present a new collection by a familiar face here at Eibonvale press – Brendan Connell. Pleasant Tales – a follow-up to his earlier Unpleasant Tales (one of Eibonvale’s most successful titles) – is now available to preorder, complete with one of our special offers to get things going. The author has provided an exclusive chapbook entitled Curious Births to Light the Universe, limited to just 50 copies. Buy a hardcover of Pleasant Tales and you will get the chapbook for free while it lasts; we have also prepared a bundle deal with the paperback. You can find full information on the Eibonvale website (link below). I expect this to be a fairly brisk seller (some have already gone before I could even announce it!), so I would suggest that you head on over and grab a copy!

Human Maps by Andrew Hook

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Just a reminder that our latest release, Andrew Hook’s collection Human Maps is also available to order here: http://www.eibonvalepress.co.uk/books/books_humanmaps.htm

Forthcoming Titles

And lastly a quick announcement of some future projects. I am in the process of updating the website (oh boy did it need it!) – including the ‘forthcoming’ section. So it is now a matter of public knowledge that more books are on the way. No going to sleep again now!

We have a new collection by Rosanne Rabinowitz, which will be released near the end of this year. And that will be followed by another familiar face – Douglas Thompson and his remarkable novel Barking Circus. Watch this space for info on these!

In addition, news that might be of interest to writers will be following shortly!

 

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Our latest title is now available to order in Hardcover – an expanded edition of one of Rhys Hughes’ greatest collections, Sangria in the Sangraal, containing two new stories.

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

This book is an entire story-cycle in miniature. One thousand years of the remarkable magical history of a secret region of Spain where few people venture even now. Albarracín is a rose-red town tucked away in the mountains of Lower Aragon. Once the seat of an independent taifa during the dominance of the Caliphate of Cordoba, it remained saturated with ancient mystery long after the separated kingdoms of the peninsular were forged through conquest into the single nation we know today. In Albarracín still lurk the djinn of the wondrous past in their dusty bottles and the ghosts of heroes and villains locked in the crucibles of a rogue alchemist.

As Alarcon once wrote, “A happy time it was when our land still remained in peaceful possession of all the spider’s webs, dust, woodworm, respect, faith, traditions, uses and abuses sanctified by the centuries!”

Above the roofs of the crumbling town serenely float the clouds; but these are not mindless puffs of vapour. On the contrary, they control the destinies of those who dwell below. In a modern world where the East is trying too hard to become the West, only Albarracín has successfully reversed the trend; for in this place the West always was the East; and the true flavour of Oriental magic remains bright on the tips of the swords, in the pulse of the hearts and on the rims of the cups of the men and gods who enter therein.

This new edition contains two stories not included in the original – Señor Chimera’s Hysterical History and The Bone Throwers.

Click here to order a copy: http://www.eibonvalepress.co.uk/books/books_sangria.htm

Planet Suite

Eibonvale’s next title is now available to order through the Eibonvale website – The Planet Suite by Allen Ashley.  This is a new expanded edition of his extraordinary first novel, a vivid and almost hallucinatory SF work referencing Holst and far far more.

There will also be a launch event for the book at the Finchley Literary Festival on the 24th June: http://www.meetup.com/Finchley-Literary-Festival-Meetup/events/230752724/  Come if you can!

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13 Lines on “The Planet Suite”

The Planet Suite is a tour de force of memory, mythology and astronomy.

The Planet Suite is “A work of genius” – Rhys Hughes

The Planet Suite is “the course for the future” – Brian Aldiss

The Planet Suite takes the reader on a whistle stop tour across the planets and bodies of the solar system.

The Planet Suite is a concept and collection of myths, ideas and speculation.

The Planet Suite is the definitive Slipstream novel.

The Planet Suite is “highly recommended” – Tony Lee

The Planet Suite was the first published novel for British Fantasy Award winner Allen Ashley.

The Planet Suite has long been out of print and only available for inflated sums online.

The Planet Suite is a fractal novel consisting of short segments for each major planet.

The Planet Suite is a unique artefact.

The Planet Suite is an essential addition to your bookshelf.

The Planet Suite is now available in this expanded, improved, authorised edition.

 

Testament on The Future Fire

Posted: March 23, 2016 by eibonvale in Hal Duncan, Reviews

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A review of Hal Duncan’s Testament has been published on The Future Fire website.

“Ultimately, Testament is a fascinating exercise in reconsidering revealed truth. Duncan’s book ends with the Fall of an Empire, a Pilate in riot gear, and the Everyman on the precipice of a new world in the making. Given how profoundly we, too, are on the brink, with rising fascism and global catastrophe edging ever forward, it’s well worth considering what roles we ourselves want to play in this new world, whether as readers or revolutionaries.”

Thanks to Cait Coker for this one!

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Order the book here: http://www.eibonvalepress.co.uk/books/books_testament.htm

DSCN3395.JPGA few months ago, I embarked on a series of revisions of existing eibonvale titles – mostly with the aim of fixing some of the earlier cover art, which was starting to feel a little green, and also to address some specific issues that had been bugging me.  One of these was Allen Ashley’s collection Once and Future Cities.  In the image above, you can see the before and after of this project.  As you can see, the primary goals were 1) to switch over from gloss to a matte cover, and 2) to get rid of the clumsey and overwhelming grey and replace it with something warmer and more uniform.  The new book is much more in keeping with Eibonvale’s more recent titles, I think.

The interior has also been totally re-typeset.

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Paperback versions of both Joel Lane’s Scar City and Hal Duncan’s Testament can now be ordered through the eibonvale website – priced £8.50 and £10 respectivly.  As usual postage is free in the UK, the US and Australia.  Apologies for the slight delay due to personal circumstances!

Click here to visit the Eibonvale website.

cover_testament_fullTwo new Eibonvale titles are now available for order – and two very exciting ones.  The first is a substantial new novel by Hal Duncan (author of Vellum and Ink) – Testament.

In the 21st century, a scalpel slices bible pages, passages spliced to restore lost truth. In the days of King Herod, the messias rises, calling to black sheep: walk with me. Now, here, between two aeons and across Æternity, a beloved student rebuilds his Gospel for the era of Anonymous: anarchist, socialist, atheist, revolutionary. Forget the tale you were spun and open your ears to the teacher who said, I will have mercy and not sacrifice. From the Hebridean fishing village of Capernaum, to a Jerusalem under Il Duce Pontius Pilate…

The Empire ends today.

cover_scarcity_fullThe second new title is Scar City, a new collection by Joel Lane.  This book was submitted to Eibonvale shortly before the author’s death and I am very excited indeed to release it now.  It contains 22 stories and an essay by Nina Allan on the author’s Blue trilogy of novels.

Both of these are available to order now in hardcover, with paperbacks to follow.  If anyone is interested in review copies, don’t hesitate to get in touch with details.