Monday, February 18, 2019

UNEARTHED: Story Announcement!

Graveyard, Cemetery, Victorian, Mausoleum, Tomb, Dead

We're very pleased to announce the title and author listing for the upcoming Unearthed anthology!

The book will feature 12 new stories of mystery and curiosity, from underground tombs to interstellar relics, from a feast fit for a king to a . Appearing in the anthology will be:

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Disinfection Protocol by Michael O'Brien

The Sarcophagus: Or, Look Upon My Works, Ye Mighty, and Tremble by Graham Tedesco-Blair

Hearing Things by Meredith Peruzzi

Rán for Your Life: A Tale of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet by Keith R.A. DeCandido

The Jar of the Alabaster Assassin by Paul Driscoll

Long Time Dead by John Peel

Quadrireme by James K. Maddox

In the Heart of the King by Richard Gurl

Whose Cuisine Reigns Supreme? by Sharyna Tran

Raffles the Amateur Cracksman: An Egyptian Cameo by James Bojaciuk

Was I a Viking Old? by I.E. Kneverday

Kill the Cat: A Story from the Owl's Flower Pantheon by Kara Dennison

Featuring illustrations by Ginger Hoesly, Sophie Iles, and Monica Marier

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More information will be coming soon, including sneak previews of the art and stories!

Sunday, February 10, 2019

THE CHRONOSMITH CHRONICLES: Who is Mordicai?


While the upcoming series The Chronosmith Chronicles jumps off from Seasons of War: Gallifrey, we make sure to note that Gallifrey is not required reading for the new books. And that's completely true! While readers of the charity novel might catch some things that new readers won't, the new books will be completely stand-alone and enjoyable on their own.

That said, according to Kara's calendar of weird holidays, it's National Inventors Day in the United States. And no one fits the bill there better than our own Mordicai.

So who is Mordicai?


When Kara and Paul first teamed up to write Gallifrey, they had to create four characters. Funnily (and luckily!) enough, each of them quickly took to two of the four plotted-out personalities. Kara "adopted" Savalia and Kendo, with Paul in charge of Mordicai and Tor Fasa. Once their personalities and histories were worked out individually, the notes were brought together of a series of Skype calls, and their stories intersected into what became the charity novel.

Each of the characters had (and has) a short title, with Mordicai's being "The Engineer." This was a very on-the-nose term in Gallifrey, being the name he actually ended up calling himself by. But Mordicai will just be himself as a Chronosmith: an engineer who keeps things working.

Mordicai and Savalia—our Soldier-Poet—make up the romantic leads of the team, and we have very firm rules in place for them. They've had a lot of their relationship trial-by-fire already, after all. At first glance, the two have very little in common: Mordicai is very logic-bound and rule-driven, while Savalia learns rules for the purposes of bending them (from a creative standpoint, at least). They're both past attempting to change each other's ways, though; both ways of thinking have their uses, after all, and aren't necessarily at odds with each other.


Going forward, Mordicai is absolutely the brains, and the designated driver, of the Chronosmiths. Where Savalia leans on emotion, Kendo on diplomacy, and Fasa on influence, Mordicai will always be the most down-to-earth (so to speak).

Saying much more would give away what we have planned... and we have a lot planned! In the meantime, there are still copies of Seasons of War: Gallifrey, both digital and physical, should you be curious about the origins of the series. Pick up your copies now, as we won't be doing a second printing of this particular book!

And stay tuned for more news about The Chronosmith Chronicles and our other upcoming projects.

Monday, February 4, 2019

UNEARTHED Authors: Meet John Peel


Sci-fi congoers and fans of Doctor Who—among other things!—will already know of John Peel. He's known in the Who community for being one of a very few people to commit Terry Nation’s* legendary Daleks to print, both in TV novelizations and original books. Star Trek and Eerie, Indiana fans may also be familiar with his books in those franchises.

And he's joining us for Unearthed!

John's done much more than contribute to the lore of your favorite shows, though. He's the creator of the Dragonhome, Diadem, and 2099 series as well. And he's contributed to a variety of anthologies, including charity works!



So what will you find him in right now? Most recently, he penned his very first audio play as part of the Sounds of Thunder 2019 annual. Toby Hadoke stars in the production, which also features writing from Kate Orman, Simon A. Brett, and more. Check out the website to find out more!

Plus, his short story "The Gutter God" appears in the anthology Tales of the Shadowmen 15: Trompe l'Oeil.

Coming soon, you can read his contribution to the charity anthology Unearthed, coming from Altrix Books and raising funds for the American Research Center in Egypt. What can you expect? Obviously we don't want to give too much away, but his story deals with a a pair of resurrectionists who dig where they shouldn't, and come up with much more than they bargained for.

Check out John's story, and many more, in Unearthed this spring! And to follow his work, drop a like on his Facebook page!

* Amended. Our co-creator isn’t allowed to type names anymore until she’s off the post-surgery painkillers.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

#FunAtWorkDay: How Exactly Does Altrix Work?


The Internet is amazing, isn't it? Bit by bit, it makes the world around us a little more accessible. Within our own lifetimes, our reach has increased exponentially, enabling us to meet, befriend, and collaborate with people anywhere in the world.

That's a big part of why Altrix exists, why it functions... and, occasionally, why we have to get a bit creative with how we do our business.

First, a little setup for those of you who haven't known us very long. "We" are Paul Driscoll and Kara Dennison, two writers who collaborated on a charity novel and created an imprint under which to release it. Once the book was done, we fancied doing more... and so Altrix Books became more permanent. We hire and collaborate with other writers, printers, artists, and designers to get our work done, of course. But, at the core, Altrix is Paul and Kara.

The two of us met online, and were introduced mainly for the purposes of writing the book. We don't live near each other at all; Paul is in the northern UK, and Kara is on the East Coast of the US. We have been in the same room before, but for most of the time, we're an ocean and a bit apart making things happen.


At present, Paul handles things that involve numbers—sales, orders, shipping, and the like—and Kara handles social media and online presence. In the future, though, we're hoping to ship out of both the US and UK, to make sure readers have a variety of options when it comes to getting their books.

As for editorial work, we divide that up, too! Both of us handle editing, a pitch to Altrix (as opposed to an anthology overseen by one of us) requires the all-clear from us both, and we divide up editing duties on major projects.

Interested in learning more about us? We'll have more information on our 2019 slate soon, including what each of us has on our personal to-do lists!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

UNEARTHED Update: Buried Treasures


Unearthed, our soon-to-be first release of 2019, is moving into its final stages before publication! We're looking forward to offering small samples of what's to come on our social media once orders open. For now, here's a look at where we stand:

The Stories

Save for one author with special dispensation due to extenuating circumstances, all stories are now in. Kara has been editing them and placing them in the full manuscript as they arrive, with a little shuffling around each other here and there as the completed anthology takes place.

Formatting and editing have been a very fluid process, meaning that once the final story is in, it can join the rest as soon as it's edited and formatted.


The Illustrations

As we've mentioned, Monica Marier and Sophie Iles will be creating illustrations for Unearthed, helping us cover the broad range of subject matter with their unique styles. They each have copies of the manuscript and are divvying up the stories. We've gotten in a couple of works-in-progress so far, and they're looking great!


The Cover

Ginger Hoesly will be handling our cover. She's been given the manuscript as well, and we're looking forward to hashing out something with her.


Getting It to You

Since we have readers on both sides of the Atlantic, we're looking for ways to make acquiring this book (and our others going forward) as simple, reliable, and affordable as possible. We'll be offering information as soon as we're ready to open orders!


Keep your eyes on our Facebook and Twitter for a taste of what's in store in the coming weeks!

Sunday, January 6, 2019

A Quick Thank-You to Our Readers


We like being able to touch base with all of you every week, but sometimes there's not particularly exciting news to give. At the moment, we're at a sort of mid-point with most of our projects. Things are happening, but they're either basic deadlines being met or decisions being made that we can't reveal until a later date. Suffice to say, things are happening under the surface that you'll be hearing about before long.

That said, it's a good time to stop and, again, say "thank you" to Altrix's early adopters.

As many of you know, we originally started as a vanity imprint simply so that Seasons of War: Gallifrey would have a home. But the more the two of us talked, the more we realized there was more we could be doing. We're both writers with things we want to put out there—whether it's ideas for anthologies, new universes, or essays.

We were lucky to already have Altrix in play when we decided to let the Chronosmiths keep going in their own universe, but there was more that we could do. We aren't a major group (we're two people working out of home offices an ocean apart), so you won't see dozens and dozens of books pouring out each year. We know that, at our size, we have to choose everything very carefully; we'd rather promise a small number and see it through (with potential surprises) than promise the moon and under-deliver.

The other part of small-size projects like this is just how acutely our personal lives can affect them. Kara knows this full well via her collaboration with Ginger on Owl's Flower: if one person is sick, burned out, or on a day-job deadline, things cam get stalled. Yet another reason we work with care: to set up a venture that we can tackle and help each other with even when the unexpected happens.

Watching Unearthed come together story by story is a treat: it feels that much more real every time a set of edits is done. As Kara works away on that, Paul is working away on our summer release, with much the same result. And, of course, the Chronosmiths are brewing. We've had an exciting development there that we can't wait to announce... a truly magical addition to their first series of adventures ahead.

Knowing we have both writers and readers excited about what's ahead keeps us motivated. And having people pitching in with resources and assists as we find our way is going to make us better than we would have been at the start.

So again, thank you for all your support. The best is yet to come. And hopefully, before long and once a few things have been filed and signed, some news is to come.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Where are we going in 2019?


2019 is just around the corner... literally! And we're working away behind the scenes on our offerings for the new year. There are some things on the books we aren't quite ready to officially announce, but we're happy to offer you some teasers so you can start anticipating.

What's coming to Altrix for the new year?

Early 2019: Unearthed

As promised, our first charity anthology will be coming in the first few months of the year. We don't have a specific publication date set yet, but we're looking forward to having some previews for you in the coming weeks! It's all coming together rather nicely, and we can promise a variety of stories from familiar names, up-and-coming writers, and a few new faces.


2019-2020: The Chronosmith Chronicles Year 1

The first books are underway! Our lineup of Year 1 titles is close to completion, and we're looking forward to sharing a closer look at the journey ahead with you. Seasons of War: Gallifrey won't be required reading, of course—these books will stand alone and feature the characters in an entirely new universe.


Summer 2019: A New Charity Anthology

Currently scheduled for this summer is another charity anthology, this one specifically Doctor Who related. We can't tell you much right now, but we'll say this: you won't see the Doctor anywhere in it. Beyond that, you'll just have to wait and see.


We have a few other projects that we're looking over between us that won't be ready to announce until we've made some final decisions on them, but suffice to say we're going to be bringing you at least the above this year. We look forward to dropping some specific dates on you soon!