We should have been sitting in a nice room in Glasgow at the Satellite 7 convention, about to listen to David Craig talk about and read from his latest novel Lord of the Hunt, the second book in his Sooty feathers series.
But thanks to COVID-19 we’re still here in Kent, David is in Glasgow (because that’s where he lives) and Satellite 7 has been postponed until next February.
But, hopefully, everyone who should also have been in Glasgow today for the convention would still like to hear about David’s book and hear a reading from it.
David used his permitted daily exercise to walk to one of the locations used in the story, which is not far from his home, as a backdrop to his reading. We hope you enjoy it.
You can watch the video on our YouTube channel here
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect everyone, in oh so many ways. 🙂
For us, the most immediate impact has been that we have not been able to attend conventions or hold book launches. However, we organised a virtual launch event for the four books that we were supposed to be ‘launching’ at Eastercon (see here).
But we are also self-isolating, so although we can do some of our work as usual (we generally work from home anyway) we are unable to despatch books from Elsewhen Towers. However our splendid printer is still operating and can print copies on demand, so we are able to fulfil orders for print editions by having them despatched directly by our printer. This means we can despatch orders in the UK, US and Australia, although delivery times might be a little longer than normal (but so far they have been doing a sterling job) – (see here to order print copies). But, of course, our books are all available as (virus-free) ebooks from your favourite ebook platforms (and they’re cheaper too!). So if you haven’t tried an eBook before, now would be a good opportunity. You don’t need an eReader, there are free eReading apps for desktop computers, laptops, tablets and phones from each of the different book retailers.
Finally, the other impact has been to disrupt our plans for forthcoming titles. We have signed up some brilliant new titles already (and are still considering some others) and editing is underway on the first of them, but with reduced time available from our personnel at the moment our pre-press production times will be longer than normal. To avoid disappointment and missed deadlines, we are refraining from announcing publication dates for the moment. But details of the books themselves will soon be appearing on our website.
While we all prepare for an uncertain future, as Gaia fights back against humanity’s mismanagement of the planet, we need to make some plans and cancel others. We are lucky, here at Elsewhen Press, that we mostly work from home anyway; and spending much of our time with writers and artists we are used to dealing with social isolation 😉
As we have mentioned in previous newsletters, over the next few weeks we were planning on being at: Eastercon in Birmingham, in April; Satellite 7 in Glasgow, in May; and Cymera in Edinburgh, in June. All of those plans are now up in the air to say the least. Cymera has already been cancelled. Satellite have just announced that they’re postponing to next February. Eastercon hasn’t (yet?) been cancelled.
Already a number of our authors and readers have decided not to attend Eastercon, even if it is not officially cancelled. We were supposed to be having a launch party for four titles (Overstrike, Working Weekend, Shadow and Storm, Million Eyes) and at least two of the authors have already told us they won’t be able to attend. With the latest increase in virus activity and government advice, we are now self-isolating. We are just short of the ‘at risk’ age range, but are concerned about underlying health issues. Eastercon is now less than 3 weeks away, so we have made the decision not to attend, even if it goes ahead. This is a huge disappointment for us, our authors and (hopefully) our readers and potential readers. We have already informed the Eastercon committee.
We are investigating options for virtual book launches online and will keep you informed.
To our authors we have said: keep safe, keep writing (self-isolation is just another working day for a writer!), keep sane 🙂
To our readers we say: sorry, we are currently unable to directly fulfil orders for printed copies so we will have them fulfilled by our printer and despatched by them – which may take a little longer than usual. But, of course, our books are all available as (virus-free) ebooks from your favourite ebook platforms (and cheaper too). So if you haven’t tried an eBook before, now would be a good opportunity. You don’t need an eReader, there are free eReading apps for desktop computers, laptops, tablets and phones from each of the different book retailers. And keep safe.
Author C.R. Berry’s first book in the Million Eyes trilogy tells the story of the two investigators who uncovered the powerful people behind a shocking conspiracy, against the Royal family, that has shaped the last 1000 years.
DARTFORD, KENT – 09 March 2020 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to announce the publication of the print edition of Million Eyes, the first book in a new trilogy from author and conspiracy investigator, C.R. Berry, tackling power, corruption and destiny.
What if we’re living in an alternate timeline? What if the car crash that killed Princess Diana, the disappearance of the Princes in the Tower, and the shooting of King William II weren’t supposed to happen?
Ex-history teacher, Gregory Ferro, found evidence that a cabal of time travellers is responsible for several key events in our history. These events all seem to hinge on a dry textbook published in 1995, referenced in a history book written in 1977 and mentioned in a letter to Edward III in 1348. Ferro teamed up with down-on-her-luck graduate, Jennifer Larson, to get to the truth and discover the relevance of a book that seemed to defy the arrow of time. But the time travellers were watching closely. Soon, Ferro and Larson were targeted by assassins willing to rewrite history to bury them.
Million Eyes was initially published in a digital edition in January, to widespread acclaim despite a social media campaign waged against author C.R. Berry by those behind the conspiracy. Thankfully, the attention apparently made it more difficult for them to carry out the threats they had made against Berry. Million Eyes is available from today in a print edition, to encourage more readers to discover the truth that is undoubtedly out there.
Notes for Editors
About C.R. Berry
C.R. Berry caught the writing bug at the tender age of four, and has never recovered. He realised pretty quickly that his favourite characters were usually the villains. He wonders if that’s what led him to become a criminal lawyer. After a few years spent getting a more rounded view of human nature’s darker side, he quit lawyering and turned to writing full-time. He now works as a freelance copywriter and novelist and blogs about conspiracy theories, time travel and otherworldly weirdness. He grew up in Farnborough, Hampshire, a town he says has as much character as a broccoli. He’s since moved to the “much more interesting and charming” Haslemere, in Surrey.
A horror convention – complete with a ‘real’ vampire wandering the halls, for atmosphere – invites folklore specialist, Marcus, as Guest of Honour. Looking forward to a chilled weekend, he instead finds himself battling to save his friends and fans.
DARTFORD, KENT – 06 March 2020 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to announce the publication of Working Weekend, the first fantasy novel from Penelope Hill. What at first appears to be a behind-the-scenes look at the running of a fan convention, from the perspective of the Guest of Honour, soon becomes a supernatural thriller.
Penelope Hill has been enjoying conventions since the 1970s when she first attended a Star Trek convention. She has made many friends at conventions, encountered many authors, and met her late husband Robin at an early Terracon. She says that her mother took her to her first convention, and dealt with her fannish tendencies by teaching her ancient Greek at an early age, and drawing dragons whenever asked. “She was an inspiring woman, an artist, a writer and a wonderful needlewoman. She gave me much to live up to, and I think she’d be pleased to finally see my name in print.”
Peter Buck, Editorial Director at Elsewhen Press says, “Anyone who has been to a genre convention, whether it’s science fiction, alt history, fantasy, horror or something else, knows that there is plenty going on invisibly to make it an enjoyable experience for all the attendees. The committee, particularly for a smaller convention, is always on the lookout for the perfect venue and a special attraction to encourage more fans. So the offer of a gothic mansion-turned-hotel, especially one that has been used as a location in classic horror films, would be too good to pass up. When the owner of the hotel offers to play the role of a real vampire for the weekend to ‘add authenticity’, it is a dream come true. Of course, what starts out as a dream can often turn into a nightmare. That is the setting for this entertaining tale from Penelope Hill, at the fictional horror convention, CoffinCon VII. Good versus evil, ancient powers in conflict; all the while trying to make sure that the rest of the attendees are safe and none-the-wiser as to what is really happening. If you’ve ever been to a fan convention you will recognise many of the characters – the ever-cheerful volunteer gophers, the committee looking forward to finally getting some sleep when it’s all over, the chair-person who’s regretting volunteering and trying to keep everything looking smooth and on plan – but hopefully not an actual vampire!”
Working Weekend is available from today on all popular eBook platforms. The paperback edition will be available from 13th April, having been launched, of course, at a convention (Eastercon)!
Notes for Editors
About Penelope Hill
Penelope Hill has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember, and her fascination with both futuristic and fantastic worlds has fuelled that ambition ever since. She is an avid reader, a long time role-player and games-master, and loves world-building: designing exotic places, writing mythic histories, and crafting cultures. She’s been a costumer and is busy developing her skills as a textile artist, so when she’s not writing, she can usually be found stitching, knitting, knotting, or exercising other creative skills.
During her working life, she spent many years supporting services in local government, and eventually found herself contributing to the development of both local and national policy, particularly around privacy and confidentiality. The research for her PhD helped influence some of that work, but has also brought new perspectives to both her writing and her world-building. While she has published academically, she prefers creative writing, and retirement has given her the opportunity to pursue her long-standing ambition to become a professional author.
She currently lives in Gloucestershire with five cats, a huge library of books, a treasure hoard of fabric and thread, and far too many dice.
Marcus Holland, European Folklore expert and award-winning writer of Horror and Fantasy fiction, is Guest of Honour at the CoffinCon convention being held in an old gothic mansion-turned-hotel. He’s looking forward to the weekend, as he’s hoping for a break from the pressures of work, the enthusiasm of his agent and the demands of his ex-wife. There’s to be a midnight masque, a Real Ale bar, and the convention committee have even arranged to have a ‘real’ vampire wandering the halls, to help add to the atmosphere.
From the moment Marcus arrives, he starts to feel uneasy, but can’t quite put his finger on the reason why. Although he soon comes to realise what is wrong, he knows that he can’t broadcast his concerns without being thought insane. Far from having a relaxing break, he will be working harder than ever in order to safeguard his friends and fans.
Overstrike by CM Angus, finally reveals the truth about a family who manipulate reality to safeguard themselves and all that they hold dear. But even seemingly small changes in a timeline have unforeseen and far-reaching consequences.
DARTFORD, KENT – 14 February 2020 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to announce the publication of Overstrike, the first volume in the Fixpoint trilogy from author, CM Angus. This is a trilogy with a strong narrative spanning four generations of a family who discover their inherited ability to manipulate reality. It enables them to effect changes in order to safeguard themselves and all that they hold dear. But even seemingly small changes in a timeline can have unforeseen and far-reaching consequences. As we follow the stories of the Howards, the trilogy takes us on a journey that goes around and comes around, exploring reality, time and our own sense of self.
Joseph Howard is a fixer, who can manipulate reality. But when he disobeyed orders and triggered alternative events that caused the war to end early in 1945, he created an outcome that was positive for most, but catastrophic for some. For over a half a century Joe has been wracked with guilt and hiding his abilities. But when he senses a reality approaching, in which his newborn great grandson will have no existence, he fears retribution – but by whom? Estranged from his son, and never having taught his family about their gift, time is running out and he knows he must act.
Peter Buck, Editorial Director at Elsewhen Press says, “Having authored a number of technical papers and books, it was no surprise that CM Angus would bring those talents to the world of fiction. He has had much success with short stories published in various anthologies, so we were delighted when he came to Elsewhen Press with his first novel, especially as it is such a powerful start to what promises to be a thrilling trilogy. As the story unfolds we not only learn more about the main characters, in particular the Howard family, but we perhaps discover some things about ourselves: How would we react if our nearest and dearest were threatened by an unseen enemy that nobody else believes exists? How far would we go to protect them? But even larger questions manifest themselves as we read on; the nature of existence and reality, the illusion of free will, the inevitability of the future and the intractability of the past. Meanwhile, we are caught up in the story: in the fate of Matt, Joe, Tom and especially Ethan; and in the inexorable yet uncertain conclusion. And, when we get there, we have the ineffable pleasure of discovering that there is another twist to be pursued in the next book in the trilogy! Entertainment that makes you think about yourself and your own relationship with reality and time – what more could you want from speculative fiction?”
Overstrike is available from today on all popular eBook platforms. The paperback edition will be available from 13th April 2020.
Notes for Editors
About CM Angus
Born and raised in a steel-town in the Northeast of England, CM Angus now lives in Yorkshire with his better half, his children and an awesome dog.
Having struggled with English at school and having never written fiction before, he decided to become a writer while submerged in the bath one Saturday morning in 2014. Since then, he has had stories published in a number of recent anthologies and manages a growing colony of notebooks.
With a background in e-Commerce and technology, he has previously written technical non-fiction and is interested in all things creative, technological and scientific. His work is inquisitive and blends a passion for story telling with a strong scientific grounding.
When not working or writing, he spends his time as a Reiki master, a meditation guide and multi-instrumentalist. With a PhD in esoteric hard sums and a strong interest in Martial Arts, CM Angus jokingly describes himself as a gentleman, a scholar and an acrobat who dreams of, one day, owning some woodland.
Title: Overstrike – Volume I of the Fixpoint Trilogy
When Matt Howard’s grandfather told him he must alter history to protect his newborn son, Matt thought the old man was crazy…
…Then he realised it was true.
Overstrike spans 4 generations of a family haunted by the prospect of an approaching alternate reality where their child has been erased from history.
Touching on themes of retro-causality, ethics and free will, and exploring ideas of cause, effect and retribution, it follows the path of Matt Howard, whose child, Ethan, is at risk, as he, his father and grandfather attempt to use their own abilities to manipulate reality in order to discover and prevent whoever is threatening Ethan.
This is volume I of Fixpoint, a trilogy about a family who discover their inherited ability to manipulate reality. It enables them to effect changes in order to safeguard themselves and all that they hold dear. But even seemingly small changes in a timeline can have unforeseen and far-reaching consequences. Follow the stories of the Howards, on a journey exploring reality, time and our own sense of self.
Fiction / Science Fiction / Time Travel; Fiction / Alternative History; Fiction / Thrillers / Historical
Have you noticed Parallel Worlds in our blogroll under Magazines? If so, you hopefully clicked on it, and would have been rewarded with the great website for Parallel Worlds magazine “The best of escapism, science fiction and fantasy media today”. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you really should. Parallel Worlds is a very high quality magazine that is available in print (very glossy!) or as a pdf and as a podcast.
Issue 5, which came out in January, was packed with interesting articles, reviews, and original fiction. One of those articles was an interview by Allen Stroud of our very own Peter, talking about Elsewhen Press, our books and authors, covers, the publishing process, and conventions – illustrated with some of our covers too. Apparently we’re a mainstay of the science fiction, fantasy and horror independent publishing community. Yay us!
You can buy the printed copy of Parallel Worlds through some specialist bookshops (including Forbidden Planet and Orc’s Nest). Or you can become a Patreon patron and get each copy as soon as it is published. Not long after each issue comes out, a podcast version becomes available on the Parallel Worlds website so you can hear the articles being read to you (although you obviously miss out on the pictures!). When the next issue comes out the previous issue becomes available as a freely downloadable pdf from their website.
So you have no excuse for not reading Peter’s interview!