OUT NOW – Mandigo and the Hellhounds by Anders Reemark

We are delighted to be publishing Mandigo and the Hellhounds by Anders Reemark, translated from the Danish by Nina Sokol.

Artwork: Alison Buck
Artwork: Alison Buck

It is available from today in eBook formats, and will be launched in a print edition at FantasyCon by the Sea in Scarborough in September.

It is the first book in the Mandigo YA fantasy series following the adventures of Mandigo as he discovers that magic is real and he is much more significant than he thought, and is suitable for all ages from 8 to 80+

Originally published in Danish (as Mandigo og Helvedeshundene) by L. Stender e-books in 2015, we are proud to be publishing the English edition.

Although the mediaeval setting and characters have a Scandinavian feel, Anders’ story itself is timeless, transcending national borders and cultures, and appealing to everyone. Readers in any country will empathise with Mandigo as his life takes sudden and unexpected turns, he discovers the truth about his own past, and starts to fear for his future and that of everyone he loves.

“The novel is fast-paced and filled with adventure and good ideas. …and in this book, like in all great trilogies, you know that although the forces of good win a battle… the war has just begun!” Himmelskibet – Magasinet For Fantastik, the leading Danish magazine of the fantastic

The Dark Chronicles – banished immortals and their struggle to return to heaven

Elsewhen Press publishes Can’t Dream Without You, the first of The Dark Chronicles from rising star of Canadian speculative fiction, Tanya Reimer.

DARTFORD, KENT – 8 January 2016 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to announce the publication today of Can’t Dream Without You by Canadian author Tanya Reimer, the first of her tales from The Dark Chronicles.

Cover by Alison Buck inspired by MC Escher
Cover by Alison Buck inspired by MC Escher

Legends say that, tens of thousands of years ago, Whisperers were banished from the heavens, torn in half, and dumped on a mortal realm that they didn’t understand. Longing for their other halves, they went from being powerful immortals to lonely leeches relying on humans to survive. Over the years, they earnt magic from demons, they left themselves Notebooks with hints, and by pairing up with human souls, they eventually found their other halves. Humbled by their experiences, they discovered the true purpose of life and many were worthy of returning to the heavens. But many were not.

The Dark Chronicles are stories that share the heartache of select unworthy Whisperers on their journey back to immortality after The War of 2019. Can’t Dream Without You is one such story, in which we meet Steve and Julia. Steve isn’t a normal boy. He plays with demons, his soul travels to a dream realm at night using mystical butterflies, and soon he’ll earn the power to raise the dead. Al thinks that destroying him would do the world a favour, yet he just can’t kill his own son. Wanting to acquire the power that raises the dead before Steve does, Al performs a ritual on Steve’s sixteenth birthday. He transfers Steve’s dark magic to Julia, an innocent girl he plans to kill. But Steve is determined to save Julia and sucks her soul to Dreamland. From the dream world, he invokes the help of her brother to keep her safe.

Five years later, Steve can’t tell what’s real or what’s a nightmare. Julia’s brother wants to kill him, a strange bald eagle is erasing memories, and Steve’s caught in some bizarre bullfight on another realm with a cop hot on his trail looking to be Julia’s hero. All the while, Steve and Julia must fight the desperate need to make their steamy dreams a reality.

Can’t Dream Without You is published in digital editions today by Elsewhen Press. It will be published in a print edition in April.

Notes for Editors

About Tanya Reimer

Tanya ReimerBorn and raised in Saskatchewan, Tanya enjoys using the tranquil prairies as a setting to her not-so-peaceful speculative fiction. She is married with two children which means among her accomplishments are the necessary magical abilities to find a lost tooth in a park of sand and whisper away monsters from under the bed. As director of a non-profit Francophone community center, Tanya offers programming and services in French for all ages to ensure the lasting imprint and growth of the Francophone community in which she was raised. What she enjoys the most about her job is teaching social media safety for teens and offering one-on-one technology classes for seniors.

Tanya was fifteen when she wrote her first column. She has a diploma in Journalism/Short Story Writing. Today, she actively submits to various newspapers, writes and publishes the local Francophone newsletter for her community, and maintains a blog at Life’s Like That. In 2014 her debut novel Ghosts on the Prairies a Sacred Land story for adults was published by Elsewhen Press, followed by Petrified a young adult Whispering novel, from Sunbury Press.

 

Third and final volume of epic Celtic fantasy series Evil Above the Stars published today

Embarking on a journey in space and time finally leads September Weekes to discover her true identity – the key to the survival of all the universes.

DARTFORD, KENT – 2 January 2016 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to announce the publication today of Unity of Seven by Peter R. Ellis. Following on from The Power of Seven, it is the third and final volume in the epic Celtic fantasy series Evil Above the Stars. Launched a year ago with Seventh Child and then The Power of Seven, this series has been thrilling readers of all ages. Appealing right across the speculative fiction genre, it is especially popular with fans of JRR Tolkien and Stephen Donaldson.

Artwork: Alison Buck
Artwork: Alison Buck

September is back home and it is still the night of her birthday, despite having spent over three months in Gwlad battling the Malevolence at the seventh conjunction of the planets. She no longer has the Maengolauseren nor the powers it gave her. It is back to facing the bullies at school and her struggles with her weight and studies, but she worries about how well the people of Gwlad have recovered from the terror of the Malevolence. She is also unsure what happened to Malice/Mairwen as she’d been told that twins could be joined together. Is Malice inside her? Could she turn to evil?

She must discover a way to return to the universe of Gwlad, and the answer seems to lie in her family history. The five Cludydds before September and her mother were their ancestors. The clues take her on a journey in time and space which reveals that while in great danger she is also the key to the survival of all the universes. September must overcome her own fears, accept an extraordinary future and, once again, face the evil above the stars.

This exciting series from Peter R. Ellis explores intriguing possibilities: If old theories are correct until a new idea comes along, could it be that the universe actually changes with our perception of it? Were the ideas embodied in alchemy ever right? What realities were the basis of Celtic mythology?

Unity of Seven is published in digital editions today by Elsewhen Press. It will be published in a print edition in March.

Notes for Editors

About Peter R. Ellis

Peter R. EllisPeter would like to say he’s been a writer all his life but it is only since retiring as a teacher in 2010 that he has been able to devote enough time to writing to call it a career. Brought up in Cardiff, he studied Chemical Physics at the University of Kent at Canterbury, then taught chemistry (and a bit of physics) in Norwich, the Isle of Wight and Thames Valley. His first experience of publishing was in writing educational materials which he has continued to do since retiring. Of his fictional writing, Evil Above the Stars is his first published speculative fiction series.

Peter has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy since he was young, has an (almost) complete collection of classic SF by Asimov, Ballard, Clarke, Heinlein and Niven, among others, while also enjoying fantasy by Tolkien, Donaldson and Ursula Le Guin. Of more recent authors Iain M Banks, Alastair Reynolds and China Mieville have his greatest respect. His Welsh upbringing also engendered a love of the language (even though he can’t speak it) and of Welsh mythology like the Mabinogion. All these strands come together in the Evil Above the Stars series. He lives in Herefordshire with his wife, Alison, who is a great supporter.

 

Bookworm IV: Full Circle – final instalment of Christopher Nuttall’s best-selling fantasy series

In the fourth and final book of the internationally popular Bookworm epic fantasy series, a new Emperor has arisen and the Empire is collapsing into chaos. Elaine and her surviving friends head for Ida in the hope of confronting the Witch-King.

DARTFORD, KENT – 02 October 2015 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to announce the publication of Bookworm IV: Full Circle, the fourth and final book in the best-selling Bookworm series by Christopher Nuttall.

Artwork: Alison Buck
Artwork: Alison Buck

The first book in the series, Bookworm, was published by Elsewhen Press in 2013 becoming a best-seller almost overnight. It won the Gold Award for Adult Fiction in the 2013 Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards and the German translation rights were acquired by Random House and published in January 2015 under their Blanvalet imprint (as Die Bibliothek der Schwarzen Magie 1 – Die Wissende). The next two titles in the series were also immediate bestsellers, reaching the top 10 in Fantasy in various countries. Bookworm IV is already high in the charts based on pre-orders alone.

The series takes place in a rich world with a magical elite who wield political power in the Golden City, the greatest city on the planet and capital of a Great Empire. Elsewhere, an old aristocracy control a variety of kingdoms in an ever- changing web of alliances and intrigue; those without their own magic ever keen to attract sorcerers to their court. Wars in centuries past unleashed magical power, not all of which has been controlled or contained. Throughout the lands, the Inquisitors from the Empire keep a watchful eye on the use of magic, helping the Grand Sorcerer maintain a fragile peace.

We entered this world in the first book where we met Elaine, an orphan with limited magical talent, enough to ensure a magical training but very inexperienced and lucky to get a position working in the Great Library. Her life changed dramatically when she triggered a magical trap and ended up with all the knowledge from the library – including forbidden magic that no one is supposed to know – stuffed inside her head. This unwanted gift didn’t give her greater power, but it did give her a better understanding of magic, allowing her to accomplish far more than ever before.

As the series has progressed, Elaine has come to understand her true heritage and the identity of the old evil behind the unexpected changes being wrought throughout the Empire: the Witch-King who is pulling all the strings from his tomb as he prepares to rise again. In this final book, Elaine and her loyal friends race towards Ida determined to try to stop him before he destroys the whole world.

Bookworm IV: Full Circle is available from today on all popular eBook platforms. It will be out in paperback in November 2015.

Notes for Editors

About Christopher Nuttall

Christopher NuttallChristopher Nuttall has been planning sci-fi books since he learnt to read. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Chris created an alternate history website and eventually graduated to writing full-sized novels. Studying history independently allowed him to develop worlds that hung together and provided a base for storytelling. After graduating from university, Chris started writing full-time. As an indie author he has self-published a number of novels, but this is his eighth fantasy to be published by Elsewhen Press. The fourth and final instalment in the bestselling Bookworm series, Bookworm IV: Full Circle concludes Elaine’s story. Chris is currently living in Edinburgh with his wife, muse, and critic Aisha and their son.

 

Forbidden Alliance – even having escaped the oppressive Citidome, the future isn’t perfect

With recent research showing that English girls are unhappy with their body and appearance, the next book in the Blueprint trilogy returns to a future where such concerns are manipulated to exert social control

DARTFORD, KENT – 04 September 2015 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to announce the publication of Forbidden Alliance, the second book in the Blueprint trilogy by scientist and medical writer Katrina Mountfort. The popular first book of the trilogy, Future Perfect published by Elsewhen Press last year, introduced an uncomfortable vision of a future world, in which Britain is now known as State 11. As a result of bio-terrorist attacks the population live in Citidomes for protection and are kept under control by a combination of government manipulation and social pressure that is fed and maintained by reality TV shows. MindValues advocate acceptance and non-attachment, ensuring the elimination of personal relationships. The BodyPerfect cult encourages a tall, thin, androgynous appearance, and peer pressure reinforces a shallow culture in which looks are everything.

Researchers for the recently published Children’s Society Good Childhood 2015 report surveyed the well-being of children in England and compared the results with data from 14 other countries as part of the Children’s Worlds project. One of the worrying findings was that girls in England ranked second lowest for happiness with their body, lowest for self-confidence and third lowest for happiness with their appearance. Even more worrying was a much more marked gender imbalance in England than in most other countries, with the mean ‘satisfaction with aspects of self’ score for boys about 15% higher than for girls. “It’s upsetting to see young people become obsessed with body image from an early age”, says Katrina Mountfort. While researchers and public policy-makers need to understand the implications of these results for society as whole, it falls to speculative fiction authors like Katrina to consider what would happen if this gets out of hand or, worse, is deliberately manipulated by a ruthless state.

Artwork: Alex Storer
Artwork: Alex Storer

In Future Perfect, Caia and Mac fled their oppressive lives and discovered that life is possible outside in the surviving villages. Sixteen years on, they now call themselves Cathy and Michael, have three children and Citidome life is a distant memory. But for Cathy, village life is no longer idyllic. While Michael is famed as the leader of the Alliance of Outside Communities, she is left literally holding the baby. While Michael unveils his most audacious plan yet to liberate rebels from the Citidomes, will his devotion to the cause cost him the love of his wife and daughter? And will his plan endanger his life, as well as those of his allies?

Forbidden Alliance is also the story of their sixteen year-old daughter Joy. Fiercely intelligent but with limited career options, she fights against the future her father has planned for her: marriage to village boy Matt. Forbidden from seeing the nomadic canal-dwelling boy she has loved since childhood, she finds friendship from an unexpected source: BodyPerfect ex-citizen Ryan. In addition to the issues explored in Future Perfect, Forbidden Alliance poses additional questions of leadership, family loyalties and whether it is possible to justify the sacrifice of human lives for the greater good.

Forbidden Alliance is available from today on all popular eBook platforms. It will be out in paperback in November 2015.

Notes for Editors

About Katrina Mountfort

Katrina MountfortKatrina Mountfort was born in Leeds. After a degree in Biochemistry and a PhD in Food Science, she started work as a scientist. Since then, she’s had a varied career. Her philosophy of life is that we only regret the things we don’t try, and she’s been a homeopath, performed forensic science research and currently works as a freelance medical writer. She now lives in Saffron Walden with her husband and two dogs. When she hit forty, she decided it was time to fulfil her childhood dream of writing a novel. Future Perfect, the first book in the Blueprint trilogy, was her debut novel.

References

The Good Childhood Report 2015, The Children’s Society http://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/

Children’s Worlds, the International Survey of Children’s Well-Being, http://www.isciweb.org/
 

Christopher Nuttall’s latest novel The Mind’s Eye explores the impact of the emergence of telepathy

Best-selling SF author presents a worrying, yet believable scenario for both public and state reactions to the emergence of telepathic powers in some members of the human race

DARTFORD, KENT – 07 November 2014 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to announce the publication today of The Mind’s Eye by Christopher Nuttall. Chris uses an alternative history, albeit set in the very near-future, to explore the likely impact of the appearance of telepathic abilities in some members of the human race. While telepathy and related psionic abilities have long been a mainstay of science-fiction, the impact of their emergence has not been as well imagined as, say, that of fantastic mutations. Almost everyone has something to hide, thoughts they wouldn’t want made public. Governments have secrets they wish to keep, whether for national security or just to hold on to power. How would the general populace react to mind-readers in their midst? How would telepaths respond when threatened by a frightened mob, or constrained by politicians fearful of the disclosure of scandals and long-buried secrets. Intelligence agencies would be both alarmed at the threats and intrigued by the possibilities. Would all nations respond in the same way? And then there are the endless possibilities for criminals and terrorists…

Artwork: Alison Buck
Artwork: Alison Buck

For centuries, men have been dreaming of telepathy, the power to read and influence the minds of others. In The Mind’s Eye, telepaths are finally starting to appear all around the world. Men and women are developing awesome powers with the potential to dramatically change society. Governments are soon starting to become aware of them, even recruiting them, while striving to keep knowledge of their abilities hidden from the general public. Academic researchers too are discovering telepaths and it isn’t long before awareness of their existence starts to spread. But non- telepaths, ordinary people, don’t want to have their minds read or controlled; the telepaths soon find themselves widely regarded with fear and hatred. Inevitably, some of them want to fight back.

Like all the best science fiction, this thrilling action adventure also shines a spotlight onto the shortcomings of our own society as well as what being a human really means.

The Mind’s Eye is published today by Elsewhen Press in a digital edition in popular eBook formats, available from all good eBook retailers. It will be published in a paperback edition in December 2014.

Notes for Editors

About Christopher Nuttall

Christopher NuttallChristopher Nuttall has been planning sci-fi books since he learned to read. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Chris created an alternate history website and eventually graduated to writing full-sized novels. Studying history independently allowed him to develop worlds that hung together and provided a base for storytelling. After graduating from university, Chris started writing full-time. As an indie author he has self-published a number of novels, but The Mind’s Eye is his eight novel to be published by Elsewhen Press. Chris is currently living in Scotland with his wife, muse, and critic Aisha.

 

TimeStorm, Highly Commended debut novel by Australian author is published today as an eBook

Steve Harrison’s time slip adventure drags old-fashioned hero from 18th century into modern world… literally

DARTFORD, KENT – 22 August 2014 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to announce the publication today in eBook formats of TimeStorm, a thrilling time slip adventure novel from Australian writer Steve Harrison. Steve was recently Highly Commended for TimeStorm in the Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW) National Literary Awards, in the inaugural fantasy/science fiction category of the Jim Hamilton Award for an unpublished novel of sustained quality and distinction by an Australian author.

Artwork by Alison Buck, based on a photograph by nodff/shutterstock.com
Artwork by Alison Buck, based on a photograph by nodff/shutterstock.com

TimeStorm starts in 1795, when a convict ship leaves England for New South Wales in Australia. Nearing its destination, it encounters a savage storm but, miraculously, the battered ship stays afloat and limps into Sydney Harbour. Here, the convicts rebel, overpower the crew and make their escape, destroying the ship in the process. Fleeing the sinking vessel with only the clothes on their backs, the survivors struggle ashore. Among the escaped convicts, seething resentments fuel an appetite for brutal revenge against their former captors while, for their part, the crew attempts to track down and kill or recapture the escapees. However, it soon becomes apparent that both convicts and crew have more to concern them than shipwreck and a ruthless fight for survival; they have arrived in Sydney in 2017.

TimeStorm is a thrilling epic adventure story of revenge, survival and honour set in a strange new world of unfamiliar technology and equally unfathomable social norms. In the literary footsteps of Hornblower, comes Lieutenant Christopher ‘Kit’ Blaney, an old-fashioned hero, a man of honour, duty and principle. But dragged into the 21st century… literally.

A great fan of the grand seafaring adventure fiction of CS Forester, Patrick O’Brien and Alexander Kent, and modern action thriller writers such as Lee Child, Steve Harrison combines several genres in his debut novel. The book was inspired by a replica 18th century sailing ship on Sydney Harbour and a question from Steve’s brother, Tony: “What if that was a real convict ship?” TimeStorm explores that question in a fast-paced story as a group of desperate men from the 1700s clash in modern-day Sydney.

TimeStorm is published today by Elsewhen Press in a digital edition in popular eBook formats available from all good eBook retailers. It will be published in a paperback edition in November.

About Steve Harrison

Steve HarrisonSteve Harrison was born in Yorkshire, England, grew up in Lancashire, migrated to New Zealand and eventually settled in Sydney, Australia, where he lives with his wife and daughter.
As he juggled careers in shipping, insurance, online gardening and the postal service, Steve wrote short stories, sports articles and a long running newspaper humour column called HARRISCOPE: a mix of ancient wisdom and modern nonsense. In recent years he has written a number of unproduced feature screenplays, although being unproduced was not the intention, and developed projects with producers in the US and UK. His script, Sox, was nominated for an Australian Writers’ Guild ‘Awgie’ Award and he has written and produced three short films under his Pronunciation Fillums partnership.

Out now: bestselling author Christopher Nuttall’s latest title in alternative history/fantasy series

Third book in the Royal Sorceress series set in an alternative 1830s where scientists have discovered magic and Lady Gwendolyn Crichton must protect the British Empire

DARTFORD, KENT – 8 August 2014 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to announce that the next book in the Royal Sorceress series is available from today as an eBook. Necropolis is the third book in this fantasy series, hugely popular with readers of alternative history and steampunk as well as fantasy, from author Christopher Nuttall who is ranked by Amazon as one of the bestselling authors of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Artwork by Alison Buck
Artwork by Alison Buck

The British Empire is teetering on the brink of war with France. A war that may, for the first time, see magicians in the ranks on both sides. The Royal Sorceress, Lady Gwendolyn Crichton, will be responsible for the Empire’s magical resources when the time comes. Still struggling to overcome prejudice within the Royal College of Sorcerers, she has at least earnt the gratitude of much of the aristocracy, if not their respect. Just when Gwen needs to be firmly focussed on training new sorcerers, her adopted daughter Olivia, the only known living necromancer, is kidnapped. Her abduction could signal a terrible new direction in the impending war. But Intelligence soon establishes that it was Russian agents who took Olivia, so an incognito Gwen joins a British diplomatic mission to Russia, an uncertain element in the coming conflict. Once she has arrived in St Petersburg, she discovers that the Tsar is deranged and with the help of a mad monk has a plan that threatens the entire world.

Immediately following on from The Great Game, Necropolis sees Gwen thrust into the wider international arena as political unrest spreads throughout Europe and beyond, threatening to hasten an almighty conflict. “Once again Christopher Nuttall combines exciting fantasy with believable alternate history that is almost close enough for us to touch.”

The Royal Sorceress series has been widely praised, with Risingshadow describing the first book as “one of the most interesting and entertaining alternate history books ever written” and the character of Lady Gwen as “one of the most intriguing heroines in modern fantasy”.

Available on popular eBook platforms, Necropolis will be published in November in a paperback edition.

About Christopher Nuttall

Christopher NuttallChristopher Nuttall has been planning sci-fi books since he learned to read. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Chris created an alternate history website and eventually graduated to writing full-sized novels. Studying history independently allowed him to develop worlds that hung together and provided a base for storytelling. After graduating from university, Chris started writing full-time. As an indie author he has self-published a number of novels, but this is his sixth fantasy to be published by Elsewhen Press, and the third in the Royal Sorceress series about Lady Gwendolyn Crichton. The first was The Royal Sorceress, followed by The Great Game. Necropolis continues Gwen’s story. Chris is currently living in Borneo with his wife, muse, and critic Aisha.

The Black Hole Bar – out NOW

Artwork by Alison Buck
Artwork by Alison Buck

Dave Weaver’s much-anticipated new novel The Black Hole Bar is available from today as an eBook. Heralded as Science Fiction’s answer to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, we accompany Simon Trentham, a traveller with time to kill before his scheduled launch to Titan, into the eponymous tavern in the Docklands Spaceport. Here he, and we, encounter its denizens – writers who meet every month to escape the harsh realities of living under the Domes, necessary as protection against the effects of the dirty bombs that had laid waste to London and other cities twenty years previously. But even in a world of fundamentalist armies, refugees, mega-corporations and corporate states, this motley band – each with lives crossed by tragedy and drama – tell tales that are variously strange, amusing and occasionally downright scary. Simon, who also writes, persuades them to let him participate and soon starts taking the competition much more seriously than he intended.

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You are invited to join Simon, read the tales as the writers compete to win a trophy – The Rock, a small piece of meteorite – and score each one on the downloadable scorecard. At the end you may disagree with the writers themselves when they cast their votes for the winner of The Rock! Add your choice to our poll and see for yourself who other readers think should have won.

The Black Hole Bar by Dave Weaver is published by Elsewhen Press and is available from today as an eBook from iTunes (click here), Kobobooks (click here), Google Play (click here), Barnes & Noble (Nook UK | BN.com), Amazon Kindle stores (UK | AU | CA | US | BR | DE | ES | FR | IN | IT | JP | MX) and other retailers worldwide. It will be published in a paperback edition in September 2014. The downloadable scorecard and the readers’ poll are available on the Black Hole Bar page on our website here.

 

“enthralling science fiction” – review of Entanglement on sci-fi online

Entanglement coverCharles Packer reviewed Entanglement by Douglas Thompson on the sci-fi online website, describing it as “shot through with dry wit”. Remarking that any reader of Douglas’ previous work will be prepared for a multi-layered experience, he says “each story illuminates as much about the human condition in all its glory and hubris as it does the varied and imaginative alien environments.”  He goes on to say that this book “represents as much a philosophical discussion on the human condition as it does enthralling science fiction.” He concludes that it is “well worth picking up.”

You can read the full review here.