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In spite of the on-going project to illustrate Tallest Stories, which has almost brought the press to a stand-still, there have been some new projects trickling in – waiting for me to turn my attention to them at that great moment when Tallest Stories is finally unleashed upon the world.  Some of these projects could be quite quick and some are already underway in the preliminary stages.  However, I trust that the big old echoing world out there will forgive me for keeping Tallest Stories as my priority for the moment!

Defeated Dogs – Quentin Crisp

I have wanted to publish something by Quentin ever since the press first launched.  We were both in the first Strange Tales anthology from Tartarus Press in 2001 and I remember his Cousin X vividly as one of the best stories in the book.  Here we present a retrospective collection and the stories presented here range from elegant philosophical improvisations to superbly crafted classic horror.

Miss Homicide Plays the Flute – Brendan Connell

Unpleasant Tales was one of our most popular titles, so we are very pleased to be working on a new short novel from the same author.  This is a bizarre and elegant mix of crime novel and the author’s signature razor-sharp modernist classicism (if that makes any sense?).  If everything goes according to plan, this will be Eibonvale’s first ever high-quality limited edition.

The Planet Suite – Allen Ashley

Allen is a British author with an eye for sharp and almost satirical literary sci-fi and a real ability to capture both the crazy old world of Britain and the simple humanity that is universal.  We have worked with him before as both an author (Once and Future Cities) and editor (Where Are We Going?), and now we will be producing a new expanded edition (and first hardcover edition) of his first novel.  Filled with the lively energy that often accompanies first novels, this is an extraordinary literary improvisation on the themes of science fiction, the human condition – and Holst’s most famous composition.

An Emporium of Automata – D. P. Watt

This is another reprint – a lightly expanded edition of the now OOP collection originally published by Ex Occidente Press.  These are weird tales with a massive dash of the historical – and the result has a nice blend of a historian’s eye for detail and a masterful sense of passion and phantasmagoria.

Songs for the Lost – Alexander Zelenyj

Experiments at 3 Billion A.M. is one of my personal favourite books in the Eibonvale catalogue.  Alex Zelenyj writes with a haunting and haunted style that is simultaneously deeply rooted in classic horror / SF themes and also moving beyond them into something touching and literary, with an emotion and humanity that both genres all-too-often fail to reach.  Songs for the Lost will be a new collection of stories, slimmer and more concise than the massive Experiments, all revolving around the wispy concept of music.

If you have been wondering why things have been a little quiet here at Eibonvale recently, here’s one reason:

Rhys Hughes’ collection Tallest Stories has been hanging around unfinished for far too long as I slog through the 60, count ‘em, SIXTY interior illustrations I was crazy enough to dedicate myself to producing.  I have allowed other books to jump the queue for obvious reasons (the press would have stopped completely and authors would have given me sulky looks!) but now getting this finished is my number one priority!  Then I can relax again and hopefully things here at Eibonvale Towers will start to look a bit less like a particular kind of asylum.

I have a regular repeating whinge here about interior art.  Every time I take this on, it seems to get more ambitious.  The Smell of Telescopes had 26 illustrations, Experiments at 3 Billion AM 40 illustrations – and now I have blown even that out of the water by setting myself the task of providing an illustrated title page for every one of the 60 stories and miniatures included in this remarkable book.  Every time I do this, I swear to myself never again – it takes just so much time and brain space.  But then soon enough another one comes along and the temptation catches me again.  But in spite of my grumbling, I believe that books always look better for having a bit extra attention lavished upon them, so I hope (with desperate manic laughter) that the wait will be worth it!

Stylistically, illustrating Rhys Hughes is always a challenge as well.  It would be too obvious to respond to his gloriously loopy stories with a kind of silly sketchy cartoon style, and for precisely that reason, I went with something else entirely.   (Well ok, coupled with the fact that I can’t DO a silly sketchy cartoon style (in spite of that one illustration in Experiments at 3 Billion AM that haunts me to this day!))  I wanted to focus more on the macabre foundations and the sometimes extreme surreal oddness of the writing.  Quirky is the word – and a touch of classic decadent styles meets modern digital and conceptual.  Maybe!

Anyway – here is a first glimpse of some of the artwork for this book (along with a few little teasers from the first pages!).  Please note by the way that these are still prototypes and may change before the final book is ready.  I shall be editing and agonising over them for a while yet!

The printing technology available at my printers has progressed a bit since we did our first book by Rhys Hughes – The Smell of Telescopes (was it really six years ago?).  Most notably, matte covers are now available, adding a really nice touch of luxury to the books, as demonstrated by Feather and Where Are We Going?  I shall almost certainly be making use of this matte dust jacket for Tallest Stories, as well as cream paper rather than the white stock used before back in my green early days.  It is possible to re-jig The Smell of Telescopes as well to take advantage of the new possibilities.  It is a little expensive, but it might be worth doing it to coincide with the launch of Tallest Stories.  Any thoughts/opinions on that issue would be very welcome!


In spite of my focus on Tallest Stories, there have been other developments here recently.  I will soon be announcing some new titles that I couldn’t pass up in spite of my engagement with this project – some from familiar Eibonvale names but also some new names for the press.  Watch out for news of that in a few days.

Massive Eibonvale Press Sale Now Online

Posted: January 27, 2012 by eibonvale in News, Special Offers
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Hi everyone!  I have recently launched a massive sale featuring 30% or so off most eibonvale titles, including some of our most popular items.

The reason is that I and the press will shortly be moving, switching from Kentish Town to Hackney, London. I keep a certain stock of books to hand, even though most orders go through the distributors, and I am offering a sale now in an attempt to reduce that stock a bit. After all, every book sold is one less thing to turn my hair grey when it comes to moving!

So far, we have not offered many special deals like this so this is a good chance to get some books with a nice discount.  Quantities of these are sometimes very limited – in some cases a boxful, in some cases only one copy (first come first served!).  So pop over to the new sale page on the Eibonvale website and take a look.

Please note that as these books are so reduced and as I am posting them myself, I cannot offer free shipping! However, I can still offer some nice reductions, especially for larger quantities! See the website for more information.

Offer available until 29th February 2012