Archive for July, 2014

Well – it’s been a while, hasn’t it.  Things have been very quiet round here lately – you might almost say I took a year off.  Partly I had my own writing project to work on (my novel Meat) and partly, lets be honest, I was just exhausted.  It takes it out of you, running a small press – trying to sell books, keep writers happy (herding cats anyone?) and keep up with the admin and paperwork.  But I am pleased to say that things are moving again here – and it is with a certain ship-launching, bottle-of-campaign excitement that I can reveal the first cover of 2014 – Alexander Zelenyj’s Songs for the Lost.  Zelenyj is an absolute master of emotional horror, melancholy, passion and the delicate art of drawing on classic pop-culture and genre forms to create something highly complex, challenging and really quite visionary.  This is a spectacular big book and a fitting way to ‘break my fast’ as it were.

Songs 10 Final

We will be running our usual online ordering fun and games for the first 26 copies – keep your eyes open for that.  I will also be rushing these through and hope to have some of them available at FantasyCon 2014.

Most exciting of all, there will also be a small second book by the same author released alongside and forming a companion piece.  Ballads To The Burning Twins will essentially be a poetry collection – or more accurately a set of imaginary ‘lyrics’ that is intimately connected to the main Songs For The Lost.  I hope to make it a slim hardcover, but no promises yet!

Full details will be released shortly, but buyers of the special bundles will get both books plus some other exclusive goodies.  So well worth getting ready to pounce!

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Sensorama Line-up Revealed

Posted: July 13, 2014 by allenashleywriter in Uncategorized

I have some exciting news: I have now made all 21 acceptances for “Sensorama”. The next stage will be to sort out formatting, get some very short author bios, put the book in the right order and so forth. But for now I can reveal, in no particular order as they say on certain TV talent shows, the stories I have selected are:
Gary Budgen – “Blinding a Few Dogs”
Christine Morgan – “Little Fingers”
Terry Grimwood – “Space”
David McGroarty – “The Impression of Craig Shee”
Kelda Crich – “Wide Shining in the Remote”
Rhys Hughes – “The Taste of Turtle Tears”
David Turnbull – “The Sound Cyclones”
Douglas Thompson – “Musk”
Aliya Whiteley – “Good Old Dirt”
David Buchan – “A View from a Crowded Street Corner”
Adam Craig – “Graft”
Jon Michael Kelley – “A Mimicry of Night”
E. Lillith McDermott – “Going Dark”
Mark Patrick Lynch – “Making see”
Richard Mosses – “Stone”
Ralph Robert Moore – “Bang, Bang, Thud”
Tim Nickels – “The War Artist”
Ian Hunter – “Stain”
T. J. (Tracy) Berg – “Watching the Ashbless Bloom”
David Gullen – “Maneater”
Stanley B. Webb – “The Crystal Gazer”
Phew, what a line-up!
More details to follow soon.