|Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2004 - 02:18 am: |
Been a while since I had much in the way of good writing news to announce, but I'm happy to say that Elastic Press have accepted my short story collection for publication.
Its tentative title is "The Ephemera", it'll contain 14 or 15 stories that have been published over the last ten years, and it'll be in print in August 2006.
That's all I know for now. Details will emerge. But for the moment I'm sitting back with the fat smugness of first-book fulfilment.
|Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2004 - 02:48 am: |
Yay! Whoo! Another reason to PART-AY!
And well-deserved too.
|Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2004 - 05:15 am: |
Excellent - well done!
You say "14 or 15" does that mean the contents list isn't finalised yet, or are you able to let us know what'll be in it?
|Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2004 - 06:02 am: |
The bulk of it is pretty set but there's room for tweaking here and there, Keith.
I'll post a contents list when the TOC is finalised.
|Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2004 - 07:39 am: |
That's great news, Neil. Look forward to it. I am a great fan of Elastic Press books.
|Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2004 - 07:44 am: |
Congratulations, Neil. That's excellent news.
Nancy Jane Moore
|Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2004 - 08:18 am: |
Congrats, Neil. I'll look forward to it.
|Posted on Wednesday, October 13, 2004 - 10:27 am: |
Congratulations Neil. I'm really looking forward to this one. I've read some great stories of yours over the years.
|Posted on Thursday, October 14, 2004 - 12:19 am: |
Congratulifications! Great news. Does that mean we have to write 14 or 15 new songs? Or would a 15 verse proggie epic cover it? Wait...
Concept album... !
Yes, I think so. My work here is done.
|Posted on Thursday, October 14, 2004 - 02:03 am: |
Thanks again, everyone.
Des - I've really enjoyed Elastic's books as well. It's great that there's a UK publisher so enthusiastic about short story collections.
Si - 14 or 15 new songs would be pretty much a requisite I think. We've only got the 30-odd at the moment, and I fear we'll run out! But we won't be using my ficition as source material - we reserve that for other people's books, remember.
|Posted on Thursday, October 14, 2004 - 06:34 am: |
14 or 15 neilw stories all in one place together? Well that's gotta be worth having!
Many congrats Neil, but that release date just has to be brought forward!
|Posted on Thursday, October 14, 2004 - 01:10 pm: |
Congrats Neil, that's really good news. Looking forward to reading the collection.
|Posted on Monday, October 18, 2004 - 12:08 pm: |
Excellent news, Neil!
I like what I've seen of Elastic Press so far.
|Posted on Thursday, October 21, 2004 - 01:40 pm: |
Time to pass on a little more info to keep the fires of discussion going.
I am very much looking forward to seeing the collection, having read some excellent stories from you in the past but also having no doubt missed many as well.
Any info on stories definately part of the collection?
Any previously unpublished work?
Will there be short intros by you talking about circumstances surrounding creation of the stories?
Will a scalp tingler be enclosed with each signed edition?
|Posted on Monday, October 25, 2004 - 02:49 am: |
Thanks Eric, but I think I'll let the fires of discussion slip down to glowing coals for now. There's such a long time between now and the pub. date that *potentially* anything might change between now and then, although the core of the collection will definitely feature the stories published in TTA and Interzone.
One thing I can tell you is that there will definitely be a scalp tingler included with each book... or possibly some other device, real or metaphorical, guaranteed to produce the same effect... with leanings towards the metaphorical, most likely.
That's all for now I think. Watch those coals though for signs of serious stoking some time around August next year.
|Posted on Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 06:55 am: |
The cover art for Neil's forthcoming collection, "The Ephemera", can be viewed here. God knows why Amazon have it at 20% off! Wish they would tell me
Cover designer is Gregor Scharff.
|Posted on Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 08:30 am: |
There it is in all its golden glory! But who wrote (or rather didn't write) the synopsis??
|Posted on Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 10:37 am: |
Hey, cheers, Andrew, yes it's stoking time.
You can see the cover image over at the Amazon link above, and I can exclusively reveal that it will contain the following 16 stories previously published all over the shop:
Shine, Alone After The Setting Of The Sun
The Bone Farmer
The Happy Gang
Softly Under Glass
The Bennie and The Bonobo
A Horse In Drifting Light
Sins of the Father
Hard To Do
The Codsman and His Willing Shag.
|Posted on Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 10:40 am: |
And yes, I'm loving the cover.
But T, are you dissing the synopsis? Hey, I challenge you to show me where that synopsis is not factually correct. I dare you, go on!
It's the very paragon of succinctness, that synopsis.
But I suppose we'll get round to doing a longer version at some point in the future.
|Posted on Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 10:48 am: |
Going back through the messages on this thread, I see a young man named Eric had some questions:
Eric: Any info on stories definately part of the collection?
Neil: See the list above. That's it, definitive.
Eric: Any previously unpublished work?
Neil: All of the stories are previously published with the exception of The Apparatus, which is due out imminently in the next issue of Lovecraft's Weird Mysteries, and The Codsman And His Willing Shag, which is with an editor right now.
Eric: Will there be short intros by you talking about circumstances surrounding creation of the stories?
Neil: No there won't. I don't find those sorts of things particularly relevant unless the writer is well known and of particular interest.
Eric: Will a scalp tingler be enclosed with each signed edition?
Neil: There will with your copy, mate. I'll fly over and administer it personally. Everyone else will have to make do with The Apparatus, which I'm told has much the same effect.
|Posted on Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 10:49 am: |
Oh, and because Chris B asked nicely, the pub. date is now May 1st.
|Posted on Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 03:57 pm: |
that's gorgeous. You must be really happy, Neil, even without the scalp tingler. Congrats and I'm looking forward to reading it!
|Posted on Friday, December 23, 2005 - 05:15 am: |
OK, I can't argue with the succinctness of the synopsis. That synopsis is definitely succinct.
There's a good few favourites of mine in that list, along with a good few I'm looking forward to reading.
|Posted on Friday, December 23, 2005 - 05:47 am: |
I have sent a more detailed synopsis through to Amazon, but they take sometimes take weeks updating their sites.
But, as a special preview, this is what it looks like:
Nothing lasts forever. Everything is ephemeral.
Time slips by, people change, happiness is fleeting.
Neil Williamson's collection of bittersweet tales features sixteen stories of impermanence: from the ends of love affairs and the brief sanity of wartime convalescence, to the fading away of old languages and the dying of humanity itself.
An artist communicates solely through a bizarre mosaic, a father and his dying daughter seek hope in plague-ridden Scotland, a London pensionerís existence is inextricably bound to that of his pet canary, and in the jungles of Borneo a criminal searches for his missing son hoping for reconciliation before the end of the world.
"Emotionally complex and displaying a keen eye for detail, the stories in Neil Williamson's collection The Ephemera are a rich and rewarding read from a stylish new Scottish talent" Ė Jeff Vandermeer
"Subtle, evocative and compelling, The Ephemera is a collection that shines with reflection and intelligence" - Liz Williams
|Posted on Friday, December 23, 2005 - 10:22 am: |
That's excellent! Looking forward to it.
|Posted on Friday, December 23, 2005 - 04:26 pm: |
Even with a cover of used fish-wrapping, I would want this book.
|Posted on Saturday, December 24, 2005 - 04:20 am: |
Cheers for all that folks. Not long to wait now. :D
And Anna, that's probably the nicest image anyone has ever attached to my work. I thank you for that.
|Posted on Saturday, January 07, 2006 - 07:57 pm: |
its wonderful to see this book and i am really happy if i can read it too . i wish all the best for the publishing .
thanks and i am proud to be a little part of it
|Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 01:26 am: |
Hey Gregor - many thanks for this.
And for your wonderful image, it fits the stories perfectly.
|Posted on Thursday, February 09, 2006 - 03:14 am: |
"The Ephemera" is about to go down in Elastic Press history as our first title available not only as a paperback, but as a limited edition hardback!
For more information on purchasing the hardback, which can be pre-ordered NOW, visit the hardback thread at the Elastic Press board here at Nightshade...
|Posted on Thursday, February 09, 2006 - 03:48 am: |
I am, it goes without saying, absolutely thrilled to simtheroons about this.
See? I'm so thrilled I've invented a new word to describe the unique properties of my thrilledness.
Many thanks to Andrew and Elastic for having such faith in The Ephemera! I think the hardcover edition will really enhance Gregor's artwork to the max.
"Smitheroons", I tell you. Everyone will be saying it tomorrow.
|Posted on Friday, March 31, 2006 - 07:42 am: |
Got the paperback copies of "The Ephemera" back from the printers today and they look stunning! Pre-order info will go on the website next week. The hardbacks will be delivered a little bit later, but definitely in time for EasterCon in Glasgow (only a handful of those remain unsold).
|Posted on Friday, March 31, 2006 - 02:27 pm: |
I can only reiterate the "smitheroons" thing from February, except more so.
I've been book-fondling all day. I just can't keep my hands off them (http://www.williamson01.fsnet.co.uk/neil/ephemerainthereal.htm).
A marvelluss job done by Andrew and all of his Elastic people.
|Posted on Friday, April 14, 2006 - 01:29 am: |
Just getting ready to catch my flight to Glasgow for EasterCon. I'll be manning the dealer's table from today until Sunday night, and will be participating in a panel about publishing from 10-11am on Sunday morning.
This evening, in the mezzanine area of the con hotel from 6-7pm, we'll be launching Neil Williamson's collection, The Ephemera. Neil will be reading from the collection and signing books afterwards. This will be a joint signing together with a Pendragon Press title. Hope to see some of you there...
Pre-ordered copies of this title (paperback and hardback) will be mailed during the last week of April. Just drool over that gorgeous cover!
|Posted on Friday, April 28, 2006 - 03:26 am: |
Those of you that bought copies of the 26 edition lettered and signed hardback of Neil Williamson's The Ephemera will have noticed that your specific letter was accompanied by a simple comment or phrase. This was Neil's idea - which I liked so much I'll use suitably varied for our next title - and the full list was as below:
The A to Z of Ephemera
A is for the Air in your lungs
B is for Beauty, and Bounty
C is for Childhood
D is for Death (subjectively speaking)
E is not for Eternity, nor is it for Ever
F is for Fortune, Fame and Fifteen minutes
G is for the Golden Age (whenever *that* was)
H is for a Heartbeat
I is for Inspirations, Innovations and Ideas
J is for the Journey, which after all is half the fun
K is for Karma and Korma, but both bring a warm glow
L is for Laughter, Loneliness and Love
M is for Musician and Money, rare companions
N is for Now, but never for Never
O is for Old age
P is for Polaroids
Q is for Quantum. Thereís nothing more ephemeral than Quantum
R is for Rain
S is for Spots, Sex and Sea monkeys
T is for Tears, Tantrums and Trust
U is for the Universe, from bang to crunch
V is for Vinyl
W is for a Wish, and the Whisper that carries it
X is for a teenagerís belief in the power of mail-order X-ray specs
Y is for Youth
Z is for the Zephyr of memory, brushing us with recall then snatching it away
The hardbacks are long gone, of course, but the paperback is available now
|Posted on Friday, April 28, 2006 - 04:11 am: |
Well, bang goes my dream of ebay wars with avid collectors paying simply obscene amounts of money to find out what the rest of the alphabet says.
Not that I'd see a penny of it, but it would have been kind of cool, no?
|Posted on Friday, April 28, 2006 - 03:25 pm: |
What a list! I also, would have doled it out letter by letter, making us crawl sea bottoms and climb clouds to get the next one. Ah, X. Personally, I'm glad you spilled these on us, Andrew, as I would have died grasping, probably by D. Food needs be damned, B beckons heartlessly, just out of reach...
|Posted on Sunday, May 07, 2006 - 05:11 am: |
An interview with Neil Williamson by Charles Packer can now be read online at the SFRevu site, here
|Posted on Sunday, May 07, 2006 - 06:41 am: |
As pointed out elsewhere, I meant that the above interview is at the Sci-Fi Online site. Clicking the link in my earlier posting will still take you there, however!
|Posted on Monday, May 08, 2006 - 01:26 am: |
Thanks for posting this Andrew. I didn't realise myself that it was up until I saw this.
|Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2006 - 02:46 pm: |
Another great review of The Ephemera can be found online at the Whispers of Wickedness website, here. We're fast selling out of the first batch, with it proving to be a bookstore favourite. Why not pick one up from our US stockists Shocklines today?
|Posted on Friday, May 19, 2006 - 12:28 am: |
Another excellent review of The Ephemera is now online at Yet Another Book Review. It concludes: Itís a strong collection from a talented writer who transcends genre, and should be bought, read and cherished. Who could argue with that?