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The latest anthology edited by Allen Ashley, The Once and Future Moon, is now open for submissions!

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This will be an anthology of stories set on / dealing with the abiding influence of the Moon.

You can take a literal or non-literal approach.

The “Once” aspect will deal with how older cultures / earlier civilisations / people in history saw the Moon, considered and reflected upon the Moon. Think Verne, Wells, Godwin. Think mythology. Think the Sumerians. Think the Ancient Greeks. Think beliefs held by vanished cultures. These stories do not have to be factually, scientifically accurate; the Moon element could be seen as poetic, figurative, imaginative, etc. These stories will likely form one-third of the book. Possibly half.

For “Future”, I am looking at both the liveable near-future (e.g. up to 50 years’ time)and slightly further ahead as well. I want stories grounded in how we will live on / adapt to / use the Moon in the near and further future. What issues might we face –some of which have yet to be even thought of by NASA?

I will also look at stories about how the Moon will affect our lives going forward. Will it be the site of the next war? Will it be the focal point of a conflict between science and religious forces (consider how the Moon is central to many religious practices)? What happens if the Moon starts to move closer to us or to move further away? What if the Moon was badly damaged or destroyed? What if the Moon acquired a companion?

You can find the full guidelines here: http://www.eibonvalepress.co.uk/infoforwriters.htm

 

 

631px-FullMoon2010Merry Christmas everybody!  It’s Christmas day and I am releasing a new call for works – mostly because this is the first day in a while when I’ve actually had a bit of time.  🙂

The Once and Future Moon brings back Eibonvale’s familiar and long-time partner Allen Ashley with a new themed anthology – you can probably guess which theme from the title.  Such celestial fiction, and even off-planet fiction, is relatively unusual for the press, so this will be an interesting addition to the catalogue – a slipstream take on what must be one of the ultimate themes.

Submissions open on 1st February – please don’t send anything yet – and publication will be in 2019.  You can find the full guidelines here: http://www.eibonvalepress.co.uk/infoforwriters.htm

Two New Titles Now Available

Posted: December 3, 2018 by eibonvale in Allen Ashley, Chapbooks, New Titles
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Our latest full-size book is Humanagerie, edited by Sarah Doyle and Allen Ashley – a combined poetry and prose fiction collection.  Inspired by notions of the animalistic, Humanagerie is a vivid exploration of the nebulous intersection of human and beast. From cities to wilderness, buildings to burrows, and coastlines to fish-tanks, these thirty-two poems and thirteen short stories explore emergence and existence, survival and self-mythology, and the liminal hinterland between humanity and animality.

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Our latest chapbook is also available now – Crossfaded in Narnia by Ian Kappos – a stunning dark mini-collection filled with broken homes, drug addictions and lost causes.  These five stories follow disaffected youths through the day-to-day routines that help them cope and into more surreal territory, where the destitute and the otherworldly intertwine.

From exploding televisions and absent parents to concerned therapists, crustacean junkies, and friendships cut tragically short, Crossfaded in Narnia burrows into the grit to take a closer look at the mystery beneath.

As usual, it is available in both hardcover and paperback.

I have also launched a new chapbook bundle deal on the website where you can choose any three chapbooks for £15 / £30 – click here for more info.

Editors Sarah Doyle and Allen Ashley report that they have already had a good response to their call for submissions to the next Eibonvale press anthology “Humanagerie”. This is a gentle reminder that submissions close at midnight on 31 may 2018. Here is the spec:

HUMANAGERIE – a new anthology from Eibonvale Press UK. Edited by Sarah Doyle (poetry) and Allen Ashley (fiction).

“Humanagerie” will showcase both poetry and short fiction on the theme of animals. The book will not be about animals as such, but will instead be inspired by the characteristics that animals possess, and the points at which these intersect with – and manifest in – humanity.

We are interested in shifting states; in scenarios that explore duality, hybridity, and liminality; in the fluidity of identity We hope to discover new existential narratives in the spirit of Franz Kafka’s “Metamorphosis” and Hermann Hesse’s “Steppenwolf”. We are seeking poems and short stories that contain some element of the speculative and/or the fantastical, the metaphorical, metaphysical or magical. Closing date is 31 May 2018. Paying £10 per story; £5 per poem. Full guidelines and details of how to submit can be found at the link below.

http://www.eibonvalepress.co.uk/infoforwriters.htm

Just a reminder that the call for works for the humanagerie anthology edited by Allen Ashley and Sarah Doyle is well and truly open.  Download the guidelines here.

“Humanagerie” will showcase both poetry and short fiction on the theme of animals. The book will not be about animals as such, but will instead be inspired by the characteristics that animals possess, and the points at which these intersect with – and manifest in – humanity. It will also be based on the strange and beautiful adjectives used to describe such traits, such as:

Aquiline – eagle
Chelonian – tortoise or turtle
Leporine – hare
Ostracine – oyster
Pieridine / Pierine – butterfly
Vespine – wasp / hornet

and many many more. You will find a much larger list in the guidelines.

We are interested in shifting states, in scenarios that explore duality, hybridity, and liminality. We are asking writers to consider how animalistic attributes might manifest in the human psyche – or vice versa. We want hints of scales, tails, fur and fins… gills, claws, paws and spines… glimpses of horns, tusks, teeth and tongues… stalking, slinking, slithering and stomping… roars, whimpers, howls and song. We want breath, heat, musk. We want landscapes ranging from urban wastelands to frozen tundra, from bedsits to coastlines, from suburbia to savannah – and the imagined worlds between. We want water and we want fish out of water. We want the visceral and the vulnerable, the slippery and the synaesthetic, emergence and extinction.

The submissions window will run from March 1st until May 31st 2018. The word limits are up to 60 lines for poetry and 4,000 words for fiction.

Download the guidelines here.

Eibonvale Press will be open for submissions for a new anthology edited by Allen Ashley and Sarah Doyle. “Humanagerie” will showcase both poetry and short fiction on the theme of animals. The book will not be about animals as such, but will instead be inspired by the characteristics that animals possess, and the points at which these intersect with – and manifest in – humanity. It will also be based on the strange and beautiful adjectives used to describe such traits, such as:

Aquiline – eagle
Chelonian – tortoise or turtle
Leporine – hare
Ostracine – oyster
Pieridine / Pierine – butterfly
Vespine – wasp / hornet

and many many more. You will find a much larger list in the guidelines.

We are interested in shifting states, in scenarios that explore duality, hybridity, and liminality. We are asking writers to consider how animalistic attributes might manifest in the human psyche – or vice versa. We want hints of scales, tails, fur and fins… gills, claws, paws and spines… glimpses of horns, tusks, teeth and tongues… stalking, slinking, slithering and stomping… roars, whimpers, howls and song. We want breath, heat, musk. We want landscapes ranging from urban wastelands to frozen tundra, from bedsits to coastlines, from suburbia to savannah – and the imagined worlds between. We want water and we want fish out of water. We want the visceral and the vulnerable, the slippery and the synaesthetic, emergence and extinction.

The submissions window will run from March 1st until May 31st 2018. The word limits are up to 60 lines for poetry and 4,000 words for fiction.

Download the guidelines here.

 

Planet Suite

Eibonvale’s next title is now available to order through the Eibonvale website – The Planet Suite by Allen Ashley.  This is a new expanded edition of his extraordinary first novel, a vivid and almost hallucinatory SF work referencing Holst and far far more.

There will also be a launch event for the book at the Finchley Literary Festival on the 24th June: http://www.meetup.com/Finchley-Literary-Festival-Meetup/events/230752724/  Come if you can!

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13 Lines on “The Planet Suite”

The Planet Suite is a tour de force of memory, mythology and astronomy.

The Planet Suite is “A work of genius” – Rhys Hughes

The Planet Suite is “the course for the future” – Brian Aldiss

The Planet Suite takes the reader on a whistle stop tour across the planets and bodies of the solar system.

The Planet Suite is a concept and collection of myths, ideas and speculation.

The Planet Suite is the definitive Slipstream novel.

The Planet Suite is “highly recommended” – Tony Lee

The Planet Suite was the first published novel for British Fantasy Award winner Allen Ashley.

The Planet Suite has long been out of print and only available for inflated sums online.

The Planet Suite is a fractal novel consisting of short segments for each major planet.

The Planet Suite is a unique artefact.

The Planet Suite is an essential addition to your bookshelf.

The Planet Suite is now available in this expanded, improved, authorised edition.

 

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Now available to order: Sensorama edited by Allen Ashley

Rising Shadow has just published an interview with Allen Ashley, talking about the new Sensorama anthology and the upcoming Planet Suite reissue.  Click here to read:

http://www.risingshadow.net/articles/476-an-interview-with-allen-ashley-about-sensorama-and-the-planet-suite

Sensorama Launch Event Details

Posted: February 18, 2015 by eibonvale in Allen Ashley, Sensorama
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DSCN2148smThe launch event for the anthology Sensorama edited by Allen Ashley has been confirmed as follows:

The launch will take place at the BFS Open Night on 6 March 2015, starting at 6PM.

The venue is: The Blacksmith & the Toffeemaker pub, St. John’s Street, London, UK.

Nearest tube station: Angel (Northern Line).

Nearest bus route: 153

We shall be offering some nice deals at the event, including discounts and a raffle of the bizarre sketch used in the centre part of the cover artwork.  So come along to the event, meet some of the authors, have a drink and toast this new anthology into the world.

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Sensorama_fullI am excited to announce the release of Eibonvale’s next title – Sensorama, a new anthology of slipstream stories on the theme of the senses, edited by Allen Ashley.  The book can be ordered now and will be available for dispatch from the beginning of March, when a launch event will be held in London – more details of which will follow. There’s no fancy stuff this time – just buy the book!  Or come to the launch event and raise a glass to all the senses.