Archive for December, 2013

Rustblind 5
Pauline Masurel has handed in a rave review of Eibonvale’s railway anthology ‘Rustblind and Silverbight’ over at The Short Review website. Pauline writes:

“There are twenty-four stories in this chunky book, which is billed as A Slipstream Anthology of Railway Stories. Many of the stories take liberties with reality, slipping effortlessly into fantastic worlds, but many of them are also quite strongly rooted in reality. This seems appropriate, given that railways are part of the edgelands, borderline places that divide landscapes. The book isn’t a cyberpunk, geek-fest of futuristic fiction but more of an insidious virus eating away at veracity. If ‘strangeness’ is the primary defining feature of slipstream literature then this collection has it by the carriage-load…

…This book may not be the ideal Christmas gift for a trainspotting old buffer (although it might be just the ticket if he or she has suitably open-minded, eclectic reading tastes). But I think it could induce at least a modest portion of train-appreciation in the most vehement rail-deniers. Reading this anthology I became convinced that every story should have a railway in it somewhere; it’s just that no one has realised this before. Try it out for yourself, but don’t forget to mind the gap…”

Our thanks to Pauline. Please do support her website by reading the review in full.

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Final Cover copy
Finland’s finest Sami Airola, has reviewed Brendan Connell’s Miss Homicide Plays The Flute in glowing terms, over at his Rising Shadow website. Sami writes:

“…In my opinion Miss Homicide Plays the Flute is a superb feast of extraordinary storytelling, seductive decadence and experimental strangeness. It’s a gorgeous combination of different elements and nuances that melt together and produce a beautiful and seducing symphony of sublime pleasures and perversions to readers who appreciate reading something out of the ordinary. (By the way, if you truly want to enjoy the excellence of this novel, pour yourself a glass of wine, put a CD of classical music to your CD player and press play, sit in a comfortable chair, lean back and let yourself be seduced by the story.)

If you appreciate quality and good prose and read literary novels, do yourself a favour and read Miss Homicide Plays the Flute immediately. It’s a unique novel about the art of assassination and poisoning, musical instruments and history (Brendan Connell stirs these elements into a perfect mix of strange beauty and irresistable elegance). If you like thrillers, enjoy classical music, love weird stories and are fond of decandence, you won’t be disappointed by Miss Homicide Plays the Flute, because it offers all of these things and much more in an unforgettably weird package. It’s a literary treasure that awaits to be discovered by as many readers as possible.

Highly recommended!”

Our warm thanks to Sami, as to all our other reviewers and critics for taking the time to offer perspectives on our titles.

Ok everyone – at last some press news! I have released a call for submissions for a new Eibonvale Press anthology, Sensorama edited by Allen Ashley – more info here! Submissions opening in the new year. This is a great subject for a book and fertile ground for writing, so I am very excited to see what people come up with!

Download the guidelines here: http://www.eibonvalepress.co.uk/Sensorama_guidelines_-_Eibonvale_Press.pdf

Regarding opening for other, more general submissions, I fear that due to extreme personal exhaustion and to wanting to preserve at least a little of my own writing capability, Eibonvale will probably not be opening to general submissions for a while yet.  Apologies to those who are interested, and I am not really happy at becoming something I always disliked in a press (a closed door) but please remember that this enterprise is still just me and my increasingly sparse free time so I really don’t have much choice about that for now.  I just ask you to bear with me there and know that it is something I really want to do and will get to as soon as I feel I have the space to deal with it and do you all justice.