New and Forthcoming Titles – June 18

New Fiction

Immanion Press is releasing two fiction titles this month. ‘Mythumbra’ is the fifth collection of short stories by Storm Constantine, gathering all of her uncollected works. The previous volumes were ‘Mythophidia’, ‘Mytholumina’, ‘Mythangelus’ and ‘Mythanimus’.  This new book collects stories from various magazines and anthologies published over the last couple of years. It also includes a previously unpublished piece, ‘Master of None’.

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‘Long Indeed Do We Live’ is set upon a desiccated, barren future earth, where life exists only in artificial domes. But the spirit of nature – perhaps vengeful – is persistent and can find its way through the cracks. ‘From the Cold Dark Sea’ is a Lovecraftian story of the peculiar inhabitants of a mansion, next to the ocean in Cornwall. A young woman goes there to restore a mysterious old book that seems to tell a weird history of creatures of the sea. The peculiar inhabitants of the nearby town might well have stepped from the pages. ‘A Winter Bewitchment’ spins an elegant tale of fantasy, exploring the mysteries of feminine allure. A countess, bored of her marriage, wants one last splendid fling, but it’s the witchcraft of her young companion which enables this, and the results are unpredictable. ‘The Saint’s Well’ is a tale of the unseen in the landscape and how ancient beliefs persist in hidden corners of the countryside. An agent of the Vatican investigates the alleged manifestation of a saint in a small Welsh village in the 1950s. Is this down purely to the imagination of a child, or something more – and of much earlier times. These are but tasters for the tales within this collection, which presents Storm Constantine at her story-telling best. Includes black and white illustrations by the author and Danielle Lainton. Cover by Danielle Lainton.

Contents:

The Drake Lords of Kyla, Long Indeed Do We Live, A Winter Bewitchment, The Saint’s Well, At the Sign of the Leering Angel, Master of None, In the Earth, From the Cold Dark Sea, In Exile, The Secret Gallery, The Foretelling.

Para Spectral is the fifth in the ‘Para’ series of anthologies, stories written by various writers within Storm Constantine’s Wraeththu Mythos. Each volume has had a theme for authors to play with, and the most recent book, subtitled ‘Hauntings of Wraeththu’ is essentially a collection of ghost stories – although with unusual twists. The tales have been written by regular contributors to the Mythos and we welcome a new author to the ranks in Zane Marc Gentis.

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Hara are by nature acutely psychic, able to perceive far more beyond physical senses that humans ever could. In a haunted spot – whatever its nature, if only a lingering sense of guilt or terror from a past conflict – hara are more susceptible to witness whatever might have remained hidden to the majority of human eyes.

What ghosts might haunt a Wraeththu har? Phantoms of the dead – whether humans, hara or something else? Perhaps they perceive ‘stone tape’ memories of the past that have soaked into buildings, fields and forests to replay ancient events at certain times? They might face chaotic entities that cause havoc, or manifestations from etheric realms, beings that leak into earthly reality from the otherlanes. They could even experience inner hauntings, where a har harbours secrets of which he’s never spoken that come to plague him. All these and more manifest in Para Spectral. Includes 7 b/w illustrations by Storm Constantine. Cover by Ruby.

Contents:

Introduction – Storm Constantine
The Wraeththu: A Brief Definition of Their Origin
Recalled to Life – Maria J. Leel
A Handful of Sea Coins – Nerine Dorman
The Museum – Amanda Kear
The Kinder Lie – Fiona Lane
The Hardest Hue to Hold – E. S. Wynn
The Ghost of Who I Was – Zane Marc Gentis
Winds of Vengeance – Martina Bellovičová,
The Strangest Ghost of Apaley – Christiane Gertz,
The Emptiness Next Door – Storm Constantine,
Alas, What is Done in Youth – Wendy Darling

Future Fiction Releases

We’ve had inquiries about future Wraeththu Mythos novels. So, to answer readers’ questions: ‘Last Ride to Lyonis’ by Maria J. Leel is currently being written – we aim to bring this book out in early 2019. As for ‘Rosa Mundi’ by Kris Dotto – a book that has become almost legendary among Wraeththu enthusiasts – the author has not been able to complete the book. If we get any further news about this title it will appear on our blog or on our Facebook page. E. S. Wynn’s ‘Voices of the Silicon Beyond’, the concluding volume in his ‘Gold Country’ Wraeththu Mythos series will be published in August.

The final volume of the new editions of Tanith Lee’s ‘Blood Opera Sequence’ – ‘Darkness I’ – will be published in July with cover art by John Kaiine, 7 interior illustrations by Freda Warrington and an introduction by Sarah Singleton. John Kaiine has also asked us to bring out a new edition of Tanith’s novel ‘Vivia’, which we aim to publish in the last quarter of 2018.

Non-Fiction News

The Heart of the Elders: Good Elders and Their Influences’, by Lillith ThreeFeathers and Joy Marie Wedmedyk, will be published early this summer. The authors share astounding real-life experiences, magical blessings, and spiritual connections that prove the importance of Elders in Paganism. They provide essential advice to students and Elders on dedication, patience, accountability, being present for the experience, and using personal failure as a stepping stone. Building upon decades of unique personal experiences, they offer a practical guide to navigating respectful relationships across spiritual traditions. They include insights from interviews with more than thirty active Pagans/Neopagans, including noted teachers, writers, and Elders. No other book deals with the particular challenges of identifying Elders, their roles in our culture, and their impact on those they guide. The information gathered by the authors offers an adventure that will support your own personal path.

We’ve recently begun to work with author Simon Court on ‘The Inner Ways of Magic’ a four-volume series of books on path-working and visualisation. The series presents a complete manual of magic in the Western Esoteric Tradition, but focusing entirely with “inner” work, exercises using the imagination – also known as pathworking, the term used within the Tradition for vivid fantasy journeys. The first volume in the series ‘Paths of Earth and Moon’ will be released in the autumn and the subsequent titles will be published every 6 months.

Cornelia Benavidez’s new book ‘Transpiration: Poetry and Storytelling’ will also be published later this year. The first part of the book covers the author’s extremely interesting life growing up, and how her spiritual path developed. This is followed by her visionary and magical poetry. In the author’s own words from the introduction:

“All people wish and endeavour to be understood and to test boundaries for themselves. We desire to test and affirm what is true, for life is full of theories, possibilities and mysteries.  Storytellers, poets, scientists and adventurers all mine for their own kind of gold and, when they find it, their triumph is in not just the eureka of the find but the joy of sharing the journey as well as the discovery. In sharing with others, we are not just entertaining one another but teaching others of the joys and perils of the quest, be they internal or external. Perhaps one reason we have the drive to quest so bravely is to satisfy our hope of the other realities and possibilities available to us in life and beyond.  In this work are some of the highlights of my journey, what I have experienced and learned that has shaped my creativity and spiritual leanings. I hope that my journey from child to now makes you smile and encourages you to love in the face of our complex human existence and, most of all, teases your heart to write and speak of your own journey of experience and discovery.”

An as yet untitled book on dark goddesses, including pathworkings to visit these intriguing and sometimes almost forgotten deities, is still being written. It will include contributions from Caroline Wise, Andrew Collins and Storm Constantine, among others. More news when the project is further under way.

 

 

 

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Unity of Vision in a Story Collection

Rhys Hughes, whose short story collection ‘Salty Kiss Island’ has recently been released by Immanion Press, shares his thoughts on creating a unity of vision in compiling a collection of short stories.

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My new collection of stories is my favourite among my books of stories, but I wasn’t fully aware of this fact until I actually held a published copy in my hands and took a deep breath. The sigh that came out was one of deep contentment and then I knew.

I have often said that such-and-such a book is my personal favourite and there have been many candidates for that distinction but Salty Kiss Island has a quality, I’m not sure what, that most others don’t have, an unplanned quality. Purity perhaps.

Not purity in the sense of lacking bite and darkness, but purity in the unity of the visions that the book assembles and disseminates. The stories just seem to fit together very nicely. They amplify each other. I feel great delight at the final sum of the parts.

We write stories over a long period of time, years, even decades, and when we collect them together into a book we can’t really know what the end result will be like. The stories weren’t written to be together, they are discrete pieces existing on their own.

And now they are suddenly required to appear with other stories, to dwell with neighbours between the covers of a book, and they are asked to do this because they have themes in common, or an approach or tone that categorizes them. They are allied.

How will they get along? This is impossible to predict accurately until the book is ready. Sometimes they will interfere with each other, quarrel, contradict, attenuate, decay. If they are juxtaposed like this, elements that weren’t weaknesses may become so.

For example, any repetition of ideas, moods, events and reactions will be plain to see. Such repetition may not be self-plagiarism on the part of the author, it may not be indolence, it might be convergent evolution, the same solution to utterly different texts.

But it won’t look that way to the reader, it will appear like a limitation or an obsession, unless the repetition has strong intertextual attributes and adds its pulsation to the bigger rhythm, to the heartbeat of the entire book, the general health of the fictive gestalt.

That is a difficult thing to engineer. It means that every time a story is being composed, the author responsible must take care not only with the aesthetic parameters of that particular work but also consider how it will unite with and complement every other story he or she has written or will write. This is surely too much to ask. The writer therefore must fall back on the emergency option of serendipity.

Happy chance can assemble a short story collection from many pieces that turns out to be harmonious, cohesive, synchronised. The stories may amplify each other in ways the author never imagined, reveal aspects that were hidden before the gathering. Such a story collection has the unity of a novel while remaining a true collection.

I never supposed that the majority of my fantastical love stories would appear in a single volume. It wasn’t planned at all. I didn’t even realise I was in thematic thrall while writing them. Each was just a new tale and a striving to express burning ideas, to get them out of my head and onto the page, where they would leave me alone.

But I truly believe it has turned out very well, better than I had hoped, and that Salty Kiss Island is an important stage of personal fulfillment on the somewhat rickety career ladder of my writing life. I am not especially successful in terms of sales, despite the critical acclaim my work garners, yet I am satisfied now. This book exists.

Every writer has a host of influences and inspirations. These might be situations and circumstances, remarkable people, abstractions, sensations, the desire to be different or to be the same. And other authors will always play a large part in the creation of a prose style, in the fundamentals of a writer’s vision and method. We attempt to imitate, then we rapidly go off on tangents, and our tangents collide and mesh with other tangents given off by other influences, and fly off again.

My fantastical love stories were influenced by my love of whimsy and invention, by certain individuals, by memories of (and yearnings for) the tropical life, by music from Brazil and Cape Verde, by the sea and stars, by the incredible writers Amado, Pessoa, Couto, Vian, Calvino, by hope and anticipation, and always by language.

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New Fiction Titles for June 2017

We’re pleased to announce two new fiction titles this month. First up is Storm Constantine’s ‘A Raven Bound with Lilies: Stories of the Wraeththu Mythos‘.

Wraeththu – a new species or the next step in the evolution of humankind? Androgynous, and stronger in mind and body than their human predecessors, Wraeththu rose from the ruins of human civilisation to start afresh. New custodians of a battered planet, they have a choice:  work and grow to become worthy custodians of the world, or succumb to the lingering humanity within them, and perish as their forerunners did. Naturally magical, often possessing unearthly beauty, and sometimes deadly, the Wraeththu have captivated readers since Storm Constantine’s first novel, The Enchantments of Flesh and Spirit, was published in 1988.

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Since then, the author has completed three trilogies, three novellas and numerous short stories. This anthology collects all her published Wraeththu stories into one volume, and also includes extra material, including the author’s first explorations of the androgynous race and their world, dating back to the late 1970s.

From the ‘creation story’ Paragenesis, through the bloody, brutal rise of the earliest Wraeththu tribes, when hara fought for control and power, (Pro Lucror), and on into a future where they have overcome their savage beginnings, and strange mutations are starting to emerge from hidden corners of the earth, (Painted Skin), the fifteen stories within this book explore different shades and colours of the Wraeththu world.

With sumptuous illustrations by official Wraeththu artist Ruby, as well as pictures from Danielle Lainton and the author herself, A Raven Bound with Lilies is a must for any Wraeththu enthusiast, and is also a comprehensive introduction to the mythos for those who are new to it.

The second new titles is from Rhys Hughes, a prolific creator of strange and wonderful short stories. Salty Kiss Island collects for the first time Rhys’s fantastical love stories.

What is a fantastical love story? It isn’t quite the same as an ordinary love story. The events that take place are stranger, more extreme, full of the passion of originality, invention and magic, as well as an intensification of emotional love. Also, the voice that tells them has rather a different tone to a conventional romantic narrator.

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The stories in Salty Kiss Island are set in this world and others, spanning the spectrum of possible and impossible experiences, the uncharted territories of yearning, the depths and shoals of the heart, mind and soul. They are adventure yarns, whimsies and comedies, tragedies and paradoxes. They are melancholy, gleeful, philosophic or mystical. A love of language runs through them, parallel to the love that motivates their characters to feats of preposterous heroism, luminous lunacy and grandiose gesture. They include tales of minstrels and their catastrophic serenades, dreamers sinking into sequences of ever-deeper dreams, goddesses and mermaids, sailors and devils, messages in bottles that can think and speak but never be read, shadows with an independent life and voyagers of distant galaxies who are already at their destinations before they arrive.

The authors of these books are available for interview, as well as guest posts on blogs, and review PDF copies can be applied for by mailing info(at)immanion-press(dot)com.

Para Animalia – New Wraeththu Anthology Call for Submissions

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Para Animalia: Creatures of Wraeththu

Following on from the previous anthologies of Wraeththu Mythos stories, this new collection will focus upon the Wraeththu’s relationship with the animal kingdom – creatures both existing and imaginary.

We are calling for submissions to this anthology, of stories between 3,000 and 10,000 words. As with the former anthologies, we are mainly looking for pieces that do not involve characters from the original Wraeththu books, although such characters may have ‘cameo appearances’ if it suits the story. Writers who were included in the previous collections may also expand upon characters (or their descendants or ancestors) who they created for their earlier stories, if they so wish.

Contributors can explore how various Wraeththu tribes interact with animals, have spiritual or working relationships with them, or even encounter zoological mysteries out in the world. Stories may also include Wraeththu shape-shifting, or their relationship with the sedim. As long as the story focuses around some kind of animal, your imagination is otherwise given no restriction. The stories can also be set in any time period of Wraeththu history.

Please let us know if you are interested in contributing and provide a short synopsis of your idea, by mailing Storm at the above email address. The deadline for completed submissions is 31st March 2015.  As before, there will be a one off payment of $25 per story. Contributors are welcome to submit more than one.

If you know of anyone who might like to contribute, please feel free to pass this information to them.