Les Vacances

Many years ago, when I was first starting out in this writing game, I was at one of the British Fantasy Society open nights. These nights have always been fun events with books, banter and booze and varying degrees of measure. They are also a good place to 'talk shop' as my friend CC Adams would say. I was talking with one of the leading editors in the horror scene and amongst the advice he gave me, he said "get yourself published by the reputable presses, presses like Alchemy."

Those were words which stuck with me and I was delighted to have my short story The Girl with Three Eyes published by The Alchemy Press back in 2018 in The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors. Move on to 2020 and I am even more delighted to announce that my novella Les Vacances has been picked up as a reprint by Peter and Jan at Alchemy. I am always nothing short of impressed with the books they put out there and so it a huge privilege to have a standalone story from me bearing the Alchemy name.

Originally printed by Lycopolis Press back in 2018 as part of a wider anthology including stories from Jan Edwards, Dean M Drinkel and Romain Collier, Les Vacances is a foray into folk horror for me as we follow husband and wife Frank and Elizabeth on their holiday abroad.

"Monasteries rising and falling. Heretics and stakes and fire. There were rebellions and revolution and tales of abundance and happiness and new beginnings. Within the book there were also lies and omissions and fallacies all designed to gloss over a dark past many had long forgotten. Many but not all. The vacation of a lifetime."

What will happen to Frank and Elizabeth? Will the locals be friendly? What might have been otherwise? Come grab a copy of find out.

Les Vacances will be part of an online launch of Alchemy Press titles on 16 April on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1127932154218460/  Other titles are The Alchemy Press Book of Horrors 2, Jan Edwards' novella A Small Thing for Yolanda, and Tina Rath's collection Talking to Strangers and Other Warnings. Come along, bring a bottle, and settle down for an evening of books, booze and banter in varying measures ;-)

Pre-orders available here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vacances-Phil-Sloman/dp/191103409X/


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