Archive for September, 2011

As some of you no doubt already know, Eibonvale press will be at FantasyCon 2011 in a bit under a week’s time.  With only days to go, the excitement (and nerves) are mounting.  The major launch event has already been publicised – Nina Allan’s The Silver Wind, David Rix’s Feather and Jet McDonald’s Automatic Safe Dog – but we are very excited over this one and only too happy to mention it again, just to make sure.  There will also be a reading by Terry Grimwood from the excellent disaster/war novel Bloody War, which should not be missed.

Eibonvale in the Dealer Room – Just!

This year, we shall be sharing dealer space with Tartarus Press, making an interesting and, in my opinion, rather effective and contrasting blend of books – the lavishly colourful Eibonvale titles alongside their exquisite characteristic paper dustjackets.  The only thing that bothers me about this is that if I am sitting there surrounded by Tartarus titles for most of the convention, how will I ever be able to resist buying them all?

Niiiiice Discounts on all Titles for F-Con

We shall be offering substantial discounts on all titles sold at the con this time – up to about 25% off the full price or so.

Signatures Signatures Signatures

In addition, many of the books will be signed and, if the authors are attending the convention, you may be able to get them inscribed as well.  Eibonvale titles are not often signed so this is a rare chance to grab copies.   As well as signed books by Nina Allan, Allen Ashley, Terry Grimwood, Jet McDonald, David Rix and Douglas Thompson, we also have a few signed bookplates left for Brendan Connell’s Unpleasant Tales – a rare chance to grab this guy’s signature on UT in the UK!  I’d have to count it up to be sure, but Unpleasant Tales is probably the title with the most rave reviews so far – so don’t miss this chance (and other commercial blather like that – gawd I am still not used to playing salesman).

Anyway – in the hopes of a successful and reasonably chaos-free Con for everyone – we extend our best regards and hope to see you there!!

Unpleasant Tales… don’t taste alone.

Posted: September 25, 2011 by douglasthompson in Reviews

Brendan Connell’s Unpleasant Tales has received another rave review… this one from Melissa Voelker, over at, who seems to have been licking the pages… naughty, naughty, Melissa!

“…I have heard many novels described as “great examples of prose” before, but this is truly one of only a few modern books I would easily give such a title to. One of the only ones that a word such as “prose,” with its implications of poetic achievement in non-poetry writing, would really seem to fit. The descriptions here, the choices of words that flow across the page, are so lush and deep and lovely (even when describing the most horrible of things) that it was as if I could see them painted on canvas across my mind’s eye. They were real, they were surrounding me, I could smell them and touch them and taste them on my tongue (and considering some of the subject matter I would have probably preferred that my senses were left well enough alone thank you very much). And all of these beautiful, brilliant descriptions and lush paragraphs were used to flesh out the weirdest things I have ever read…”

Releasing the Cover Blurb for Feather by David Rix

Posted: September 23, 2011 by Eibonvale in New Titles, News

Feather by David Rix

Who is Feather?

The wandering girl – the running girl. Fragmentary, oblique, a damaged product of innocence lost, on the run from a deprived childhood and eccentric domineering father. Unable to engage emotionally with all the lives she passes through, hurt, but always hoping, always moving on.

In these nine stories and novellas, David Rix weaves an enigmatic web of fictions, at the shifting intersections of Slipstream, Horror and Science Fiction. Feather lurks at the edges of some of these tales and erupts from the centre of others, but her presence and personality haunt them all, like some eerie melody played on an underwater violin.

Perhaps Feather is a symbol of something fundamentally human, an avatar for the collision of our common humanity with the insanely alien environment of the modern world. But don’t expect answers. Ultimately, Feather is also the muse of David Rix himself, and in sharing her with him, you will come to savour the very act of questioning, and discover that strange world where mystery and innocence meet what we see as normal.


Forward: The Tiny Window on River Street
Yellow Eyes
The Angels
Touch Wood
The Book of Tides
To Call the Sea
The Whispering Girl
Endword: The Sea Train

Do not forget that this title is available now for preorder and that all preorders will be SIGNED by the author.  There wont be many signed copies available after the launch.  Click the image above to visit the Eibonvale Press website and reserve your copy.  Available in Hardcover and Paperback.  

“Feather” by David Rix now available for pre-order…

Posted: September 18, 2011 by douglasthompson in News

David Rix’s long-awaited second book “Feather” is now available for pre-order in the run up to its official launch (alongside Nina Allan’s Silver Wind) at Fantasycon in Brighton on September 30th. Fans of David’s first book “What The Giants Were Saying” will remember the enigmatic character of Feather, and be intrigued to learn more about her in this new sequence of stories. David Rix is a unique and original voice in contemporary slipstream horror, and this quirky voyage through the mind and life of his favourite avatar is not to be missed. Read more about David’s reflections on the new book over at his personal blog:

Unpleasant Tales, pleasant review…

Posted: September 10, 2011 by douglasthompson in Reviews

Brendan Connell’s Unpleasant Tales has received something of a late tackle from Max Wedge over at the Page Horrific website. Max writes:

“UNPLEASANT TALES is almost too potent for even the bravest soul to absorb in one or two sittings, yet there is plenty at hand for the next time you wish to test the strength and stamina of your horror muscle…the prose itself is always impressive. There is a real artist at work here, and for lovers of the bizarre, Connell’s collection is a must-have–one that will reward even the most discerning reader of horror fiction”.

Releasing the Cover Blurb for Silver Wind by Nina Allan

Posted: September 2, 2011 by Eibonvale in New Titles, News

The Silver Wind by Nina Allan

Martin Newland is fascinated by the nature of time. Watches and clocks are for him metaphorical time machines, a secret means of coming to terms with his clouded past and voyaging forward into the future. But was his first timepiece a Smith, given to him on his fourteenth birthday, or the Longines he received as a present four years later? Was it the small brass travelling clock unearthed in a run-down house for which he is to act as estate agent? Who is the maker of these time machines? Clues abound but contradict each other: was it an ex-seaside circus performer, or a ‘miracle dwarf’ engaged in a government project to subvert the course of time into parallel realities? As Martin pursues these mysteries, is he haunted by the spirit of his dead brother, or by the death of his beloved sister? The answer to all these questions is yes.

A complication is the description a watch-maker gives to any extra feature added to a clock or watch that goes beyond the simple display of time, and The Silver Wind is a book of complications. Nina Allan has constructed a remarkable and original narrative in which five separate segments of story interlock and interweave like the perfectly honed cogs of a watch mechanism. Time, memory, love, hope and regret all complicate Martin’s quest for the truth. In the implied spaces and overlaps between these five moments in time the reader is granted a mysteriously enriching vision of the everyday world.


Do not forget that this title is available now for preorder and that all preorders will be SIGNED by the author.  There wont be many signed copies available after the launch.  Click the image above to visit the Eibonvale Press website and reserve your copy.  Available in Hardcover and Paperback.