Well, it appears another small press has bitten the dust.
Pill Hill Press was one of the first small presses to take a chance with me, an unknown Australian with a penchant for slightly bizarre short stories. I’ve appeared in three of their anthologies, and had another two accepted, and pending publication. But they may now not see the light of day; an announcement on their forum indicates that they are shutting down because of other priorities. Shame.
Mind you, this is something we should have seen coming for a while. Ever since the person in charge went on maternity leave there has been very little communication, and now things have come to a head. I can understand it, though – a new mother of twins cannot be also expected to run a small press publishing house. And this is a pitfall of the small presses – small workforces mean personal issues become large for everyone. I wish Jessey and her family all the very best, and I am thankful for the opportunities she gave me at the start of my professional career.
Now, the two anthologies. Psycho Cinema was one, and my story was one I was especially proud of. I wrote it specifically for the anthology, so I hope one day I can find a new home for it. The other was the third of the Monster Hunter series – Use Enough Gun. This one is an entirely different kettle of fish. The editor – Miles Boothe – has such a passion for this series and all it entails that he has taken it upon himself to ensure that the anthology stays alive! To do this, he has set up Emby Press. While so many small presses seem top have closed (haven’t heard from Ephemera, Mystichawker and even Wicked East in a lo-o-o-ong time), it’s good to see some one taking up the challenge and starting a new one.
I for one will do as much as I can from the other side of the world to help Miles in this, even it means just submitting the best stories I can pull together to fit his themes. Bravo, and thanks, Miles.