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A review of The Private Life of Elder Things

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The Private Life of Elder Things will be launched by The Alchemy Press in September 2016 (as part of the FantasyCon 2016 activities). It contains stories by Adrian Tchaikovsky, Adam Gauntlett and Keris McDonald.

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Adam Gauntlett has loved horror ever since reading Stoker’s Dracula, given as a Christmas present. Thank you Santa, whoever you were! It was part of a packet of cheap paperbacks that Santa happened to be giving away down at Sandys Boat Club, but only Dracula captured any kind of attention. Santa must have noticed because for years afterward copies of Armada’s Ghost Book series turned up, regular as clockwork, each Christmas.

Born in Bermuda, Adam has spent about half his life in the United Kingdom, with small snippets here and there in the States. His writing encompasses history, architectural history, games journalism (The horror! The horror!), and horror fiction of all stripes. Among his published credits are more than a few RPG titles, including many for Pelgrane Press’ Trail of Cthulhu line. Among his scenarios are: “Hell Fire”, “The Many Deaths of Edward Bigsby”, “The Long Con”, “Soldiers of Pen and Ink”, “Not So Quiet”, “Millionaire’s Special”, the Dulce Et Decorum Est collection, “Suited and Booted”, “Remember, Remember”, and many others. His short fiction has appeared in The Bermudian magazine, as well as a collection of Bermudian speculative fiction (due 2016).

Keris McDonald discovered H.P. Lovecraft in the local library at seventeen and started running Call of Cthulhu games at college. The Horror on the Orient Express campaign she ran decades ago is still one of her proudest memories – judge her as you wish. She turned to horror writing during a miserable year as a library assistant in the south of England, but nowadays lives a disappointingly pleasant life in the not-very-grim North. Her short stories have appeared in three Ash Tree Press anthologies and the magazines Weird Tales, Supernatural Tales and All Hallows, as well as the Hic Dragones collections Impossible Spaces and Hauntings, and Paul Finch’s Terror Tales of Yorkshire. Her story “The Coat off His Back” was chosen for reprint in Best Horror of the Year: Volume 7 (ed. Ellen Datlow) and her scenario “Master of Hounds” appeared in Worlds of Cthulhu.

However, she now spends most of her writing time under the name ‘Janine Ashbless’, spinning stories of paranormal erotica and dark filthy romance for publishers such as HarperCollins and Ebury/Random House. Her ninth novel, Cover Him with Darkness, an uncompromising tale of fallen angels and religious conspiracy, is out now from Cleis Press.

Adrian Tchaikovsky was born in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire before heading off to Reading to study psychology and zoology. He subsequently ended up in law and has worked as a legal executive in both Reading and Leeds, where he now lives. Married, he is an eager live role-player and has trained in stagefighting and historical combat. He maintains a keen interest in history and the biological sciences, especially entomology. Adrian is the author of the acclaimed ten book Shadows of the Apt series starting with Empire in Black and Gold published by Tor UK. His other works for Tor include standalone novels Guns of the Dawn and Children of Time and the new series Echoes of the Fall starting with The Tiger and the Wolf. Other major works include the short story collection Feast and Famine for NewCon Press and novellas “The Bloody Deluge” (in Journal of the Plague Year) and “Even in the Cannon’s Mouth” (in Monstrous Little Voices) for Abaddon. He has also written numerous short stories and been shortlisted for the David Gemmell Legend Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the British Fantasy Award.

Information about The Private Life of Elder Things:

From the wastes of the sea to the shadows of our own cities, we are not alone. But what happens where the human world touches the domain of races ancient and alien?

Museum curators, surveyors, police officers, archaeologists, mathematicians; from derelict buildings to country houses to the London Underground, another world is just a breath away, around the corner, watching and waiting for you to step into its power.

The Private Life of Elder Things is a collection of new Lovecraftian fiction about confronting, discovering and living alongside the creatures of the Mythos.

- A terrible secret beneath Paddington Station that is about to turn the Circle line into a Shoggoth trap
- An old archaeologist haunted all her life by a death she caused, and the shadowy creature she invoked to do it.
- A string of terrible deaths associated with lurid graffiti of a hound
- A lost mariner in a strange Sargasso where the ships are picked clean of humans by strange slave-takers.
- A new “legal high” from a machine that opens the mind to another world, and makes users visible to those creatures
- A visitor to a country house charged with finding its lost rooms
- A gifted mathematician’s apparently flawed theories attract the attention of beings to whom her numbers make perfect sense.

A REVIEW OF THE PRIVATE LIFE OF ELDER THINGS

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