Chester Literary festival

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Penkhull Press author Jan Edwards will be reading from her WW2 crime novel, Winter Downs, at this year’s Chester Literary Festival — at 11.00 am on Tuesday 27 November. More details here and here

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Horror story anthology

Penkhull Press writer Jan Edwards has teamed up with Peter Coleborn to edit The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors.

Twenty-five tales of horror and the weird, stories that encapsulate the dark, the desolate and the downright creepy. Stories that will send that quiver of anticipation and dread down your spine and stay with you long after the lights have gone out.

Who is Len Binn, a comedian or…? What secrets are locked away in Le Trénébreuse? The deadline for what? Who are the little people, the garbage men, the peelers? What lies behind the masks? And what horrors are found down along the backroads?

The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors is officially published on 1st November 2018.

 

City of Secrets now available

City of Secrets by Misha Herwin is now available in print and eBook formats from (most) online booksellers.

Letty Parker lives by her wits. Estranged from her family, she sells pies on the streets of Bristol. But this is a Bristol full of dark secrets, peopled by gangs, monsters, dragons and gargoyles – and by creatures older than time. When her friend and stepsister disappear, when members of Jeb’s gang vanish, Letty is plunged headlong into a conspiracy where homeless children are being spirited away to a place where a terrible fate awaits them. These are the poor and the lost children of the streets whom no one seems to care about – except for Letty. But what if a rich child went missing? Would the authorities then act? Together, Letty and Jeb hatch a plan…

Fables and Fabrications reviewed

There is a new review, by Andrew Darlington, of Fables and Fabrications, see here for the full essay.

Fables and Fabrications, by Jan Edwards, is described as:

You’ll be drawn to this book – in her words, like a hungry she-bear scenting tethered sheep. Announced as ‘fourteen tales of mystery, mirth and the macabre’ this is not the grind-core slasher-horror of gut-wrenching torture-porn, more the luring strangeness of some lost golden age.

The book is available in print and Kindle versions via Amazon.

 

Winter Downs is a winner

We at Penkhull Press are delighted to report that Winter Downs by Jan Edwards (and published by our good selves) has won the 2018 Arnold Bennett Book Prize, announced over the weekend just past.

In the January of 1940 a small rural community on the Sussex Downs, already preparing for invasion from across the Channel, finds itself deep in the grip of a snowy landscape, with an ice-cold killer on the loose.

Bunch Courtney stumbles upon the body of Jonathan Frampton in a woodland clearing. Is this a case of suicide, or is it murder? Bunch is determined to discover the truth but can she persuade the dour Chief Inspector Wright to take her seriously?

Winter Downs is first in the Bunch Courtney Investigates series. Winter Downs is available from Amazon in print and eBook formats.

 

6×6 Reading Cafe: March 2018

The writers showcasing at our March 13th 6×6 have been selected! It was a tough choice picking just six from the file, with competition as fierce as ever, but without further ado – listed alphabetical order by author – here is our final pick:

‘Letter from America’ by Lisa Culligan

‘Shadows on the Grass’ (Extract) by Misha Herwin

‘The Ducking Phone’ by Kenneth Kay

‘The Sprout and I’ by Lynn Smith

‘A Treasure Lost’ (Extract) by Sherrie Lowe

‘Holiday from Hell’ by Pauline Woodhouse

As regulars will know the main aim of 6×6 is to allow writers from across the region the opportunity to showcase their work, so we are especially pleased to see not one  but two books being promoted. Remember to bring your wallets because these titles will be available to purchase at the event!

For further details visit the 6×6 website.

 

 

Shadows on the Grass

Shadows on the Grass came out as an e-book in January and after the first flurry of excitement, there’s time now to sit back and reflect on the whole process. This book has taken many, many years to write. Not because I am a slow writer, quite the opposite in fact, but because it started out life in a very different form. Back in the day I was interested in writing historical novels, I was also, at more or less the same time, researching my family history.

My parents came to England after WW2 and settled in a country that was totally foreign to them. Because at that time Poland was behind the Iron Curtain they had very little contact with any of their relatives and neither did we. Curious to know more about my family background I began asking questions and listening to the stories my mother told about her childhood.

Read the full essay here

Shadows on the Grass is available from Amazon as an eBook and in print format.