Archive for March, 2013

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The very first review is just in of Eibonvale’s edition of D.P.Watt’s ‘An Emporium Of Automata’. The Speculative Fiction Junkie wesbite have named the book as one of its TOP FIVE READS OF 2012(!) and praised the book in glowing terms as follows:

“… D.P. Watt’s stunningly excellent collection An Emporium of Automata… I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to give this collection the review it deserves.

These stories make clear that Mr. Watt is a master storyteller in every sense of the word, but–as you should expect by now–there is actually more going on here than simple storytelling. Consider a story like “They Dwell in Ystumtuen.” It begins with a bored and distracted historian trying to recall the details of a public hanging that took place in 19th century Britain. But this image is then juxtaposed with the heart-wrenchingly tragic and brutally violent story of what actually happened to the person who was hanged. The contrast couldn’t be clearer and Mr. Watt states it plainly:

‘Imagine, if you can, dear reader (mindful, kind or otherwise) the infinite neglect of history by the historian. Imagine the millions of lives heaping up, untold, forgotten, yet undead in the graveyard of memory; begging, or praying, with skeletal hands to be brought back to mind, if only for an instant.’

This is as concise and as beautifully written a statement as one can find of a theme that seems to be a near obsession of Mr. Watt’s, which is the overwhelming weight of the absent mass of humanity that has been lost over the ages.

…This preoccupation with not just the humanity before us but with all of the individual humans who are absent is, I believe, at the root of several of the other strengths of Mr. Watt’s work, including the extreme beauty of his prose and the way that his narrators directly address the reader. While these traits obviously owe a debt to the author’s roots in the theater, their real impetus is the urgency that results from the dizzying work of confronting such a terrible vision.

An Emporium of Automata is a truly landmark collection and is as rich a treasure as literature is capable of producing.”

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Well – things have been a little delayed while I brushed up a few last details with a few authors, but I am now in a position to release the full contents list (minus any accompanying material) of our anthology of slipstream, horror and other fantastical fiction connected to the railways.  Congrats to everyone who made it in – and to those that didn’t as well of course.  With over 100 submissions, making a final selection wasn’t easy.  It’s a big book, but I still had to be rather brutal and a good many stories I really liked ended up squeezed out.

Act 1

Tetsudo Fan – Andrew Hook
On The Level – Allen Ashley
The Wandering Scent – Aliya Whiteley
To the Anhalt Station – John Howard
Death Trains Of Durdensk – Daniella Geary
Vivian Guppy and the Brighton Belle – Nina Allan
The Last Train – Joel Lane
Writer’s Block – Stephen Fowler (prose poem)

Act 2

Northern Line Tube Announcement – Anon (Flash Fiction)
The Path of Garden Forks – Rhys Hughes
District to Upminster – Marion Pitman
Wi-Fi Enabled Bakerloo Sunset – RD Hodkinson
Stratford International – D McGroarty
The Cuts – Danny Rhodes
Sleepers – Christopher Harman

Act 3

Embankmen – Gavin Salisbury (Poem)
Sunday Relatives – Douglas Thompson
The Engineered Soul – Jet McDonald
The keeper – Andy Coulthard
Escape on a Train – Steve Rasnic Tem
Choice – Charles Wilkinson
Not All Trains Crash – Steven Pirie
The Turning Track – Mat Joiner and Rosanne Rabinowitz

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The book will now enter the design process and I hope it will be available to order in a few months.  Watch this space or my facebook page for the latest info.

The Defeated Dogs special promotion has now sold out. That was bloody quick! Congrats to Quentin and to everyone who managed to get a copy.

You can still get copies of the book of course.  I have reverted the website to accept standard preorders for unsigned copies (without extras), which will be dispatched as soon as the book is released.

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I am very excited to report that the special promotional copies of Quentin S Crisp’s Defeated Dogs, complete with exclusive chapbook and hair bookmark, are selling out VERY fast. As I write there are only 4 copies remaining and I don’t expect them to remain for long! I suggest you move fast folks!

Once the promotion is over, the title will revert to normal unsigned pre-orders – and no, no hair bookmarks!

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Following on from the massive success of our pre-order promotion for Tallest Stories and An Emporium of Automata, we are continuing with a very special offer for Defeated Dogs. Customers who order one of our 26 promotional preorders will receive:

  • A hardcover copy of Defeated Dogs by Quentin S Crisp hand lettered and personalized as you like
  • An exclusive chapbook containing the author’s new short story The Magical Universe
  • A unique bookmark/sculpture created by the artist Miranda Keyes made out of the author’s hair

Yes – you did read that correctly. The author’s hair. Close examination of the cover of the book will reveal two separate Quentin Crisps, what you might call a before and after image. When I asked for unusual promotion ideas, he was quick to offer both this unusual resource and even suggested an artist to take on the project. Quentin sacrificing his hair for the project and an artist who (among other things) makes jewelry out of fish – all this was something I couldn’t possibly resist! The bookmarks are made by setting the hair within crystal resin and I am still not sure whether to call them bookmarks or beautiful and strange sculptures.

In addition to a truly unusual offer, this also helps underline the fact that Quentin’s writing is far from just neo-classical. He is a highly experimental and original voice, and I am very pleased to offer extras that help emphasize that.

This package is available to order now.  Click here.

Here are some prototypes provided by the artist, posing with the book Where Are We Going?

Here are some prototypes provided by the artist, posing with the book Where Are We Going?