Kim Newman interviewed for Alchemy Press Book of Pulp Heroes 3

Jan Edwards interviews Kim Newman for Alchemy Press, about his short story for their new anthology, the Book of Pulp Heroes 2.

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Kim Newman has provided a 19th century adventure, “Angels of Music” for The Alchemy Press Book of Pulp Heroes 3:

In the ’70s – that colourful, hectic decade of garish clothes, corrupt politics, personal excess and trivial music – three girls were sent to the Paris Opéra. They could dance a little, sing a little more, were comely when painted, and cut fine female figures in tights. Were the world just, they would have been stars in the ascendant, rewarded with fame, riches and advantageous marriages.

Writing is a notoriously solitary business. What keeps you at it? The fame that constantly eludes you? Getting a lie-in in the mornings? The rubber?

Can’t do anything else, I’m afraid.

What was it that inspired “Angels of Music”?

Realising that three unrelated characters in 19th century mystery fiction were all opera singers …

There seems to have been a shift in appreciation…

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Review: Elderwood Manor by Christopher Fulbright and Angeline Hawkes

Michael Patrick Hicks reviews Elderwood Manor by Christopher Fulbright and Angeline Hawkes. He makes it sound intriguing – and scary!

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About Elderwood Manor

Things fall apart—Bruce Davenport knows this all too well.

On the heels of his wife’s death, laid-off and penniless with an eviction notice on the door, the only thing left for him and his four-year-old son Cody is Bruce’s childhood home, secluded deep within Ozark forests, haunted by the ghosts of his past.

After he receives a strange phone call from his dying mother, who has lived alone in the house for the past 15 years, Bruce reluctantly returns to the estate with his son.

But they soon find that something else dwells in the home, in the earth, in the woods. Unseen things are out for vengeance and blood. If they can survive the night, they may just find out what truly lies within the walls of…Elderwood Manor.

About the Authors

Christopher Fulbright

Christopher Fulbright is the author of short stories, novellas, and full-length novels of…

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Worldbuilding Wednesday #59: Disability in Mystery Town

Meyari writing about one of her characters who is hard of hearing, and how this relates to her own experience. It changes the narrative because of the character’s different response to certain situations. Read on…

Hearts on Wings: Meyari McFarland

Welcome back to Worldbuilding Wednesday! This time I figured that I’d talk about my heroine for Second Chances, Kimberly Hale. I think she’s a neat character and well, she has a lot more in common with me than most of my other characters do.

You see, she’s hard of hearing, just like me.

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The Speculative Fiction Blog Hop – this week, Sheila Guthrie

Here is my weekly round-up of the Speculative Fiction Blog Hop. Sheila Guthrie is this week's contributor, and has also taken over the organisation of the Blog Hop from Heidi Garrett, who is concentrating on the Speculative Fiction Showcase, together with Cora Buhlert and myself.Sheila has taken up the torch to write about her writing… Continue reading The Speculative Fiction Blog Hop – this week, Sheila Guthrie

Lou Morgan interviewed

Alchemy Press interviews Lou Morgan, one of the contributors to their forthcoming anthology of fantasy, horror and sf short stories, Urban Mythic 2.

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Tell us a little about yourself and your writing.

I’m a novelist and short story writer, and I bounce infuriatingly between any kind of genre that takes my fancy. So far, that’s urban fantasy and horror for both adult and teen readers, because at the end of the day, I just like telling stories.

My first novel, Blood and Feathers, was an urban fantasy involving hellmouths and sarcastic angels with drinking problems, handguns and secrets, and which was nominated for British Fantasy Awards in both the best newcomer and best fantasy novel categories. The sequel, Blood and Feathers: Rebellion, picks up the story, and has also been nominated in the best fantasy novel category for this year’s BFAs. I’ve also written short stories for people like PS Publishing, Jurassic, Fox Spirit and Solaris – and Alchemy Press, of course.

And I have two cats, because that’s the law…

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Harry Manners guest post

Harry Manners is a member of the Speculative Fiction High Five circle on the Kboards. Harry has just published his first novel, post-apocalyptic science fiction Ruin. To quote his Amazon bio: Harry...lives in Bedfordshire, England with his family. When he's not writing, he studies Physics at the University of Warwick, reads a ton-load of books, and generally nerds… Continue reading Harry Manners guest post

The Grimbold Books Kickstarter – What It Means and Why it Matters

I’m reblogging this from Grimbold Books – and hoping to add my contribution to the Kickstarter! I’ve only funded (contributed to!) one Kickstarter so far, from Morbid Anatomy, and it was great fun. So come all ye fantasy readers and other bods…

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356fohThe deployment of Professor Farnsworth is to celebrate the fact that the Grimbold Kickstarter is over 50% funded with 32 days to go – thank you to everyone who has generously made pledges so far, you’re all awesome. If you haven’t been able to support us yet, well that’s fine too, but if you can find it in your heart to spare a quid or two that would be lovely. Every pound brings us closer to the total and it really does make a difference.

Why it matters.

Aside from the fact that if you pledge you get fabulous rewards, you mean? And you do – pledging as little as a fiver will get you TWO free ebooks from the Grimbold back catalogue, many of which have been reviewed on this here blog, so I can testify to their goodness. The goodies only get better as you scroll down…

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Round-up of Indie Speculative Fiction of the Month for July

The Speculative Fiction Showcase is back! It will restart on 31st August with a new feature called 'Indie Speculative Fiction of the Month'. In the mean time, Cora Buhlert has reposted the round-up for July from her blogs Pegasus Pulp and her personal blog. You can read the July instalment here at the Speculative Fiction… Continue reading Round-up of Indie Speculative Fiction of the Month for July