KWP: The Year(s) Ahead – January 2015-July 2016

So, for those who follow KnightWatch Press, whether it be via the blog, Facebook or Twitter (@BarbarellaFem), I wanted to reward your loyalty with lots of news and let you know what’s happening with us through 2015 into early 2016.

As you may be aware, last week a number of the Team travelled to Birmingham including writers, editors and artists, where we held a business planning meeting at The Briar Rose followed by a well deserved curry.

So, after much debating, planning, crossing off events and financial workings out, below is our 2015/2016 release schedule with events we’ll be launching at throughout the UK.

January 2015

Teeming Terrors (edited by Christine Morgan) will be released with an online launch event on Facebook and the chance to win prizes. The stunning art work is courtesy of Stephen Cooney.

February 2015

Myths & Monsters by William Meikle, the eagerly awaited limited numbered & signed hardback edition, will be winging its way to backers from our Indiegogo campaign and those who have pre-ordered the title. The book, which contains thirteen stories, has amazing cover & interior art work by Mark Hogg (MrMarkzilla) and there are thirteen pieces in total to accompany the stories.

Terror Tree’s Pun Book of Horror Stories (edited by Steph Ellis and S G Mulholland) will be launched at Microcon (6th-8th Feb), a con that I’m a guest at, and authors Nick Walters and Richard Freeman will also be there to sign copies. The marvellous cover art is by Bob Veon.

Reality Bites & Strange Fortune (edited by Alex Davis) will be launched at a Midlands venue on 28th Feb with artwork and designs by Stephen Cooney & D R Shires.

Before I share the next release, I have exciting news and a congratulations to share. Author Sean Page is now a proud new father. As a result, things have been a bit hectic in the Page household so the limited numbered and signed chapbook The Girl with the Dark Hair will now be pushed back to February, with a local launch to show off the splendid cover art by Mark Hogg. This is the second KWP Chapbook in the 2014/2015 subscription package.

I’ll also be approaching a number of writers who sent me their flash fiction last year, with a view to launching a short book (ebook only) entitled Flash Fear.

Finally, February closes with Soul Survivors Volume 2 (edited by Christine Morgan, cover art by David R Shires) receiving an online launch.

March 2015

New Tales of The Old Ones (edited by Paul Simpson) with a fabulous Cthulhu cover by Stephen Cooney will have a local release at Southcart Books, Walsall.

Killer Bees from Outer Space (edited by Theresa Derwin, art by Bob Veon) and Chip Shop of Horrors (edited by Stewart Hotston, art by Mark Hogg) have a local launch at The Briar Rose, Birmingham, at 7pm on 28th March. There will be wine, authors will be there to sign your copy and there will be special bulk offers on the day.

April 2015

Mycroft & The Necromancer (written by Michael R Brush, art by Mark Hogg) will be going live at a number of conventions throughout the year including Eastercon/Asylum & local bookshop launches across the UK. This is Michael’s début novel and I’m really excited to be releasing this.

Once Bitten (edited by Steve Lewis, art by Stephen Cooney) is due for release on 11th April. If we can get it ready on time we will also launch this title at Eastercon.

May 2015

The Offering (written by Alison Littlewood, cover art by the talented Jason Zerrillo), the third in the 2014/15 season, will go out to subscribers this month.

Challenger Unbound (edited by Michael R Brush & S G Mullholland, cover art by Jim Pitts) gets its launch with another appearance of Mycroft & The Necromancer on Sat 30th May between 12:30 and 6pm at The Briar Rose, Birmingham. We are hosting Conan Con, a con dedicated to the works of Arthur Conan Doyle, with panels, workshops, readings and a book launch for only £3 entry fee. Tickets will appear soon.

July 2015

Sunny with a Chance of Zombies (edited by Dion Winton-Polak, art by Stephen Cooney) and A Nice Day for a Picnic (edited Alex Davis & Brian Marshall, cover art by Mark Hogg) will both be launched at Edge-Lit on 4 Sat 11th July, at The Quad, Derby. This is always a well organised fun day, and best of all, KnightWatch Press will be one year old under my new ownership. So come along, have birthday cake, have wine and buy a couple of books.

Now for some news I’m very excited about. Tim Waggoner’s chapbook based on his Nekropolis world, the fourth in the KWP series, comes out in July and we’ll be producing 200 signed and individually numbered editions.

August 2015

Asylum, the annual Steampunk con, happens in delightful Lincoln, so we’ll be there touting Mycroft & The Necromancer and Challenger Unbound.

September 2015

Ghosts of Christmas Past (edited by Steve Lockley) and Masks (ed Dean M Drinkel) make their début at Bristolcon on 26th September.

Madame Morte (edited by Alex Davis & Mia, art by Mark Hogg) will almost be ready for its autumn launch. But if copies arrive early we’ll also bring it to Bristolcon.

I’ll also be releasing my delayed collection of short Christmas stories, Season’s Creepings.

October 2015

Playrooms(edited by T M McLean, art by Mark Hogg) will be launched at Fantasycon (23rd-26th Oct), as well as Ten (art by Mark Hogg), Thou Shalt Not (edited by Alex Davis) and Madame Morte.

We’ll be having our annual Halloween Party and releasing Chapbook 5, by Jasper Bark.

November 2015

A Thousand Tiny Knives (editor TBC, art by Luke Spooner), a charity fundraiser for Endometriosis will be launched at Novacon 45, where we’ll also have an evening book party. Last year’s went down very well, as did the free wine.

Wild Things (edited by Steve J Shaw [Great British Horror], art by Emma Bunn) is a new lycanthrope anthology making its appearance around the full moon!

December 2015

Christmas party – after the success and enjoyment of last year’s Christmas party, KWP will be holding another bash to bring in the season.

So, phew what a year that’ll be! Just in summary, here are some of the things you can look forward to in 2016

2016 Chapbooks

Christine Morgan – January 2016
Lily Childs – April 2016
James Everington – July 2016

2016 Future Titles

For Those in Peril (edited by Steve J Shaw)
Dark Architectures (edited by Chris Amies, with art by Lee Hartnup)
Rebel Without a Heart (art by Mark Hogg)
Pushing Boundaries (art by Stephen Cooney)
Her Dark Voice Volume 2
Weird Ales (art byLuke Spooner)
Wedding Blues (art by Bob Veon)
Man’s Beast Friend
Dark Frost

So, that’s all for now. Watch out for new submission calls very shortly.
In the meantime, I need to lie down!

Theresa Derwin