Archive for March, 2011

For those of you who have already sent me stories for this exciting new Eibonvale anthology, a big thank you. I learnt on previous editing projects not to make snap judgements, so several submissions are being held for a second or third reading. Therefore, if you haven’t heard back from me yet – it could be good news or it could be bad news but I’m certainly not ignoring your stories.

Overall, though, the submission rate is still fairly slow. Although I’m known for being a Dodo and liking to relax on the sofa with a print version of stories, you can send me your submissions as a Word attachment or Rich Text File to

Come on, guys and gals, take a look at the guidelines and busy me up!

New Title – Automatic Safe Dog is Now Available

Posted: March 20, 2011 by Eibonvale in News

Hi folks! Well – as some of you may have seen, Jet McDonald’s novel Automatic Safe Dog has now been released and is available for sale. I have only just got back from a short time away from home, so my apologies that the announcement here is a little late. This novel of corporate/commercialism satire, lurid London strangeness and lots and lots of dogs is definitely one of the more exciting titles we have handled and Jet certainly looks to be a writer to keep an eye on.

Automatic Safe Dog

Cover blurb:
In this, his extraordinary debut novel, Jet McDonald has created a heady brew of volatile cocktail ingredients. Madcap surreal humour blends with vicious parody of the world of work, the vanity of “Creative” types, the torments of unrequited love, animal cruelty and the excesses of consumer society. Words and sentences undergo some kind of alchemy under McDonald’s reckless stewardship, he whips them up into little frenzies like performing pooches and makes them jump through the burning hoops of our open mouths and frazzled brains. Not so much a breath of fresh air as a snort of something industrial, read this book and become initiated into a rebellion of the mind that will leave you inspired and laughing with exhilaration.

Status Report
Look out for Bloody War, Terry Grimwood’s dark apocalyptic novel of modern warfare in the UK, very soon now. That and Automatic Safe Dog will form a pair of releases.

If that wasn’t bad enough, I will then turn my beleaguered attention to designing a triple release – an ambitious project that frankly scares me! This will be Rhys Hughs’ work of utter genius Tallest Stories, the collection of dark short works by Jeff Gardner entitled A Glimpse of the Numinous and David Rix’s very moody collection of pieces linked into a long narrative entitled Feather. I will manage it somehow and I can promise they will be well worth waiting for!!

This will be my fourth full-length anthology and I have to say that submissions so far have been unusually thin. A big thank you to those who have sent in a story and you will all be hearing back from me soon. This book has been publicised at Ralan, Duotrope’s Digest, The British Fantasy Society Newsletter and other venues but – and I know I’m tempting fate here – I am still waiting for the expected flood of stories. The guidelines say “Postal Submissions Preferred”  but I am happy to consider email submissions so long as they fit the guidelines. Email me at

But – no novels, novellas, poems or plays, please!

Betsey, Interzone, and Tony…

Posted: March 11, 2011 by douglasthompson in News

Thanks to everyone who turned out for the packed-out evening of performances at The Betsey Trotwood on Wednesday 9th March. A review of Sylvow will be in the next copy of Interzone to hit the shelves. Also, thanks to Tony Williams who has been widely disseminating his review of Sylvow on various forums….

London: Sylvow reading at Betsey Trotwood

Posted: March 7, 2011 by douglasthompson in News

Anyone in or near London, why not pop into the Bestey Trotwood pub this week: Wednesday 9th March 7pm at the Betsey Trotwood pub: an Ambit Magazine event for an opportunity for hear Douglas Thompson read from his second novel “Sylvow”, along with heroic support from Joel Lane, Nicholas Royle and Donald Gardner.

David Rix and various other Bohemian Eibonvalites will be in attendance…