Here's an article I wrote for The Ginger Nuts of Horror website.
29 July 2013
11 July 2013
06 July 2013
152 Kinks - Lola
153 Oasis - Champagne Supernova
154 Thunderclap Newman - Something in the Air
155 Boo Radleys - Lazarus
156 Moby - Extreme Ways
157 Good, the Bad & the Queen - Good, the Bad & the Queen
158 Clash - Jimmy Jazz
159 Iggy Pop - Lust for Life
160 Bonzo Dog Band - Can Blue Men Sing the Whites
161 Julian Cope - Safesurfer
162 Big Star - Thirteen
163 Traffic - Pearly Queen
164 Chicago - I'm a Man
165 Otway & Barrett - Louisa on a Horse
166 Mothers of Invention - Flower Punk
167 Alt-J - Breezeblocks
168 Skids - Into the Valley
169 Boomtown Rats - Rat Trap
170 Slits - Heard It Through the Grapevine
171 Tripping Daisy - Piranha
172 Veruca Salt - 25
173 Ian Hunter - Bastard
174 Lulu - Shout
175 Electric Prunes - I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night
176 Michael Moorcock - A Song for Marlene
177 Fats Domino - Blueberry Hill
178 Vanilla Fudge - You Keep Me Hanging On
179 Flaming Lips - Waiting for a Superman
180 Bow Wow Wow - Go Wild in the Country
181 Art - What's That Sound?
29 June 2013
On the photography front, I have a spread of photos in the 2013 World Fantasy Convention Souvenir Book, images taken at a previous WFC. And I shall be exhibiting some photographs in the art show, too.
28 June 2013
It’s about time I added another post to this blog. Trouble is, even though I am officially retired I seem to be busier than ever. That’s a good thing though, isn’t it? After all, it should help keep the mental processes ticking over nicely. Anyway, I should mention some of the Alchemy Press stuff I’ve been up to of late. In no particular order...
This autumn (or fall, if you prefer) The Alchemy Press is launching three anthologies at The World Fantasy Convention, held in Brighton over the Halloween weekend. These are:
Astrologica: Storiesof the Zodiac edited by Allen Ashley
The Alchemy Press Bookof Pulp Heroes 2 edited by Mike Chinn (a follow up to last year’s volume)
The Alchemy Press Bookof Urban Mythic edited by Jan Edwards and Jenny Barber (a ‘sort of’ follow up to 2012’s Ancient Wonders)
The editors have now selected their stories – for details check out the links.
The Alchemy Press has published another e-novella: “In the Broken Birdcage of Kathleen Fair” by Cate Gardner. As soon as I read this novella I knew we had to publish it. If, like me, you prefer your fiction to touch on the weird, the strange, this should be right up your street. Available for the Kindle and other e-readers.
And we’ve announced a new anthology to be published in July 2014: Kneeling in the Silver Light – Stories of the Great War. This book will commemorate the outbreak of the First World War; editor Dean M. Drinkle will open the submission window later this year.
There are a few more items in the pipeline. I don’t believe in jinxes and the like but ... well, I rather not say too much right now.
01 June 2013
121 Cat Power – Salty Dog
122 Who – My Generation
123 Loudon Wainwright III – Glad to See You've Got Religion
124 Forest – A Glade Somewhere
125 Walkabouts – The Light Will Stay On
126 Pixies – Monkey Gone to Heaven
127 Kirsty MacColl – There's a Guy Works Down the Fishshop...
128 Vapours – Turning Japenese
129 Pink Floyd – Astonony Domine
130 Thin Lizzy – Roisin Dubh (Black Rose)
131 Fisher Z – Pretty Paracetamol
132 Motorhead – Ace of Spades (acoustic)
133 Girls – Vomit
134 Creedence Clearwater Revival – Ramble Tamble
135 Beatles – Strawberry Fields Forever
136 SAHB – Gambling Bar Room Blues
137 Cream – White Room
138 Joni Mitchell – Big Yellow Taxi
139 Supergrass – Caught by the Fuzz
140 Kaiser Chiefs – I Predict a Riot
141 Doors – People Are Strange
142 Sparks – Amateur Hour
143 Joy Division – Transmission
144 dEUS – For the Roses
145 Fall – How I Wrote Elastic Man
146 Dr Feelgood – Roxette
147 Faces – That's All You Need
148 Loving Spoonful – Younger Generation
149 Arlo Guthrie – Alice's Restaurant
150 Seeds – Can't Seem to Make You Mine151 Ralph McTell – Streets of London
30 May 2013
It feels only like yesterday – okay, a few months ago – when I was one of the judges for the World Fantasy Award. In fact, it was in 2008, five years ago. When I agreed to do this I expected to receive a pile of books to read ... but what a pile! In the end, I reckon we (the judges) did a good job. The awards were presented at the World Fantasy Convention held, that year, in Calgary. Alas, I was unable to attend. My fellow judges were Robert Hoge, Dennis L. McKiernan, Mark Morris, and Steve Pasechnick
Here are the winners:
Life Achievement: Leo & Diane Dillon and Patricia McKillip
Novel: Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay (Viking Canada/Penguin Roc)
Novella: Illyria by Elizabeth Hand (PS Publishing)
Short Story: "Singing of Mount Abora" by Theodora Goss (Logorrhea, Bantam Spectra)
Anthology: New Tales of Terror and the Supernatural edited by Ellen Datlow (Tor)
Collection: Tiny Deaths by Robert Shearman (Comma Press)
Artist: Edward Miller
Special Award – Professional: Peter Crowther for PS Publishing
Special Award – Non-professional: Midori Snyder and Terri Windling for Endicott Studios Website
The runners-up can be found on the WFA website.
29 May 2013
27 May 2013
I run the small press The Alchemy Press. It’s a small “small press”: we only publish a few titles per year. This is because of time constraints and, importantly, trying to keep the costs to a manageable level. Last year we published two anthologies, The Alchemy Press Book of Ancient Wonders and The Alchemy Press Book of Pulp Heroes. This year we will be publishing three anthologies:
Astrologica: Storiesof the Zodiac edited by Allen Ashley
The Alchemy Press Book of Pulp Heroes 2 edited by Mike Chinn
The Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic edited by Jan Edwards & Jenny Barber
The line up for these three books is amazing ... and doubly so, because we – The Alchemy Press – only pay a nominal fee. But we do pay something. We also supply a copy of the book (print and ebook editions) to all contributors.
It surprises me when I see other small presses that take stories without offering payment and, worse, without offering contributors’ copies. The small press I've seen – I won’t mention its name here – looks to be, in fact, much bigger than The Alchemy Press. (Apparently there are no royalties, either).
I just checked on Amazon. One of their paperback books will cost you and me and the contributors over £10 to buy. I have to ask: Who gets to keep all the profit? No wonder they are bigger if they have hardly any expenses.
I accept that there are many markets for short stories that do not offer payment in terms of £ or $, but at the very least they provide contributors’ copies. By not offering money or copies I feel that they let down the small presses that attempt to do it properly.