Archive for January, 2015

cover_defeated_fullA great new review of Quentin S Crisp’s collection Defeated Dogs.

http://www.britishfantasysociety.org/reviews/defeated-dogs-by-quentin-s-crisp-book-review/

“Quentin S. Crisp delights, informs, disturbs and confuses in equal measure. Really, what more could a discerning reader ask for?”

Thanks to Craig Lockley for this one!

Another Enthusiastic Songs for the Lost Review

Posted: January 10, 2015 by eibonvale in Uncategorized

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Another tremendously enthusiastic review of Alexander Zelenyj’s Songs for the Lost is online. The reaction this book seems to be getting is really quite exciting. I would remind people that if anyone would like a review copy, it’s definitely not too late. Just email me about it with the details.

“Songs for the Lost is that perfect, excellent blend of literary and dark that I am always looking for and in my opinion, it is an absolute must-read for anyone who loves dark fiction. Highly recommended but not just for anyone. Prepare to be gut punched, and do not read this book while you’re depressed. Once again, it’s a small press that proves that literary and dark can indeed go hand in hand — cheers.”

http://www.oddlyweirdfiction.com/2015/01/about-as-dark-as-it-gets-folkssongs-for.html

One Week into the VAT Apocalypse

Posted: January 9, 2015 by eibonvale in Articles, News

In a previous post, I outlined the massive and crippling problems caused by the new EU VAT rules – so badly thought out that they threaten a vast amount of small enterprise, including this press.  Now, in January, the changes have rolled out for digital products, with all products following some time down the line if we don’t find a way to stop it.

Just over one week into the digital side of the VAT apocalypse, we are starting to get a picture of the damage it is doing and the results are pretty much exactly as predicted – the exact same miserable litany that the activists have been trying to get into the heads of the officials ever since this came to light: business closures, the EU excluded from sales all over the world, even quite major 3rd party platforms unable to comply, even some accountants washing their hands of small businesses because they simply can’t cope with the problems. A new article on the EUVATACTION website details some of what is happening – it’s gloomy reading but kind of vital.  However, please remember that this is just the small percentage of companies who have actually talked to EUVATAction, and that this still excludes vast numbers around the world who don’t even know about it. I have personally been in touch with several relevant providers of digital materials abroad (mostly ebooks) and not one had even heard of this yet.

How we got into this disastrous situation is still beyond me, but i will not start ranting about that again – you can read my frothings on my previous post if it gives you pleasure.  But it is absolutely vital to get the message out that wherever you are in the world, and whatever you are doing, this affects you – not just sellers and publishers.  As buyers in the EU, you are now cut off from material.  As writers anywhere in the world, your markets have been messed around and limited.  And of course the same thing applies to every other subject aside from the literary as well.  Unless you are really happy to do all your research and shopping on Amazon, this affects you or will do if they roll it out for all products as they plan.

The mobilization of activism and pressure against this centred round EUVATACTION and certain facebook groups has been one of the biggest and best organised i have ever seen – that is the one comfort in this bizarre business.

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An absolute rave review of Alexander Zelenyj’s Songs for the Lost from Rising Shadow – this book definitely seems to be having an effect on those who read it.  Maybe you will be next?  🙂  Click through to http://www.eibonvalepress.co.uk to try this strong medicine for yourself!

“Every once in a while – if you’re lucky – you’ll come across a short story collection that is so unique and stunning that it’ll make you marvel at its contents. Alexander Zelenyj’s Songs for the Lost is such a collection. It’s an exceptionally good and original collection of speculative fiction stories that are marked by intelligent storytelling, supernatural elements and beautiful and eloquent literary prose.”

http://www.risingshadow.net/articles/433-a-review-of-alexander-zelenyj-s-songs-for-the-lost