We’ve extended our summer sale to the end of August!

30% off backlist short story titles with a minimum spend of £10.

Buy some books!

Pre Christmas local delivery

If you or the person you are buying for are in SE4 or SE23 we will hand deliver you book with a message optional gift wrap up to Christmas eve. Just not on Monday, as I will be fretting over the festival then.

Support your local publisher!

Flash Book-Flood Sale


Usually we have an ‘at home’ for Jolabokaflod, around the beginning of December, where local book enthusiasts pile into Arachne towers and eat mince pies and drink tea (or depending on the hour, mulled cider) but that’s not possible this year so we are having a sale instead!
What is Jolabokaflod?
An invention of  the Icelandic peoples, it literally translates as Yule Book Flood. You can see where this is going… the tradition is that EVERYONE (I’m looking at you) buys everyone else a book which is handed over on Christmas Eve, and the receipient (that’s everyone) snuggles up with their books and hot chocolate (insert your prefered beverage) and reads until dawn.
There is a small but determined band of publishers, booksellers, writers and readers who want this adopted as a univeral tradition, join in!

How do I get at the sale?
go to our webshop
Use this code JOLABOKAFLOD at checkout to get 20% off when you spend over £30

Another discount code LOWTIDE will get you last year’s Solstice Shorts anthology Time and Tide STANDARD edition half price.

I THINK you can only use one code at a time, we’ve never had two running together before so this could be interesting!

PLUS check out the ongoing special offers (these are not affected by the codes!).

Also, remember that if you buy a copy of this year’s Solstice Shorts anthology Tymes goe by Turnes before 17th December (publication date) then you get a free ticket to this year’s online festival on 21st December 2020 at 8pm GMT.
TICKETS for the online event are available here for a suggested donation of £5
We hope you’ll join us! (Open mic sessions available – get your ticket and send us an email.)

An invitation to tea and Jolabokaflod

Iceland has a tradition of giving books on Christmas eve, known as Jolabokaflod.

What a desirable tradition, we should adopt it at once!

To aid your taking up of this idea, on Sunday 25th November, 3-6pm, for those within reach of South East London, join us at an ‘at home’ with Arachne, come round to ours for tea and cake, and the opportunity to browse books and buy as many as you can carry!

The stupendously easy way to do your christmas/solstice/Jolabokaflod shopping in comfort.

RSVP! (So we know how many cakes to make – yes gluten-free option – maybe vegan something or other, might not be cake though.)

Optional £5+ donation to our crowd fund for those responding before 4pm on Tuesday 20th November.


Makers Market Blackheath Conservatoire

A slight change of pace from all the frenetic DUSK activity – I will be having a stall at Blackheath Conservatoire 19-21 Lee Road SE3 9RQ TOMORROW SUNDAY 17th December, selling books! If you are in the area drop in for a chat.

Unlike last weekend it is indoors and having seen some of the other stallholders work, I shall have to lock the cash away very firmly so i don’t spend it all on last minute gifts.

last posting day for Christmas delivery… or is it?

Thinking you’ve left it too late to send an Arachne book to a loved one, or to get it delivered to you in time to wrap it up?

Not necessarily.

All our books post as large letters, so we can get it them the post TODAY or Monday and it should in theory arrive in time. And if you live sufficiently local to us, we’ll hand deliver – provided your letter box will take an A5 envelope. (SE3, SE4, SE6, SE9, SE10, SE13, SE14, SE23, SE26)

Or you can come along to Solstice Shorts on Monday and pick up an armful!

Highly recommended Christmas reads available from our shop:


Arachne Press Solstice Shorts full COVER


For younger readers (9+) (Signed copies available)

Devilskein full cover print






poetry (Signed copies available)

dont touch garden Full cover final PRINT FILE