Solstice Shorts Dusk: Crowd Fund reward 2: Original Art

We try to make our Crowd fund rewards varied and desirable, (as desirable as the projects we are trying to fund!) and we are helped in that by the generosity of our authors and artists.

Here’s a spectacular reward:

An original oil painting from cover artist Kevin Threlfall. About 30cm square (12″ for those of my vintage) Mist Descending, is painted on canvas board and unframed to make posting it affordable.(Someone has pledged for this one, but the prints are still available, see below!)

Kevin did the covers for Weird Lies, Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed and With Paper for Feet.

A versatile artist happy in many media, and also a generous one. If you can’t stretch to original art we have prints available too. Find these and other epic rewards on our Crowd fund

#Arachne5 thank you Artists

Over the years (five of them!) we’ve published books (16 of them!) and that’s meant we’ve needed covers.

Some of them I’ve done myself either due to lack of funds or because I had a good idea and a photo that would work, others we’ve had competitions to find artists, and yet more we’ve gone back to artists we’ve worked with because we LOVE their designs. (Some we would like to have gone back to but they aren’t doing book covers any more.)

Mostly they are shy folk and don’t much show their faces, but we still want to give them all a thank you.

Thank you to:

Annie Rickard Straus (Lovers’ Lies)






Zoe Lee (The Other Side of Sleep)






Melina Traub (Mosaic of Air)






Gail Brodholt (Stations)






Lucy Reynolds (The Dowry Blade)






Karen Keogh (London Lies, Foraging)






Ed Boxall (Devilskein & Dearlove, The Old Woman from Friuli)






Kevin Thelfall (Weird Lies, With Paper for Feet, Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed)






Gordy Wright (Brat, and forthcoming: Spellbinder, Wolftalker and possibly A Gift of Rivers – no image yet only asked him this week)

Come to the PARTY on the 8th September.

Tour posters have arrived

This could almost pass for organised.

Tour posters for With Paper for Feet and Happy Ending NOT Guaranteed

Just got to get them out to the venues and other willing post-uppers now.

(both cover designs by Kevin Threlfall btw)


Kevin Threlfall Prints for Longest Night Crowd Fund

Kevin Threlfall-Weird Lies cover designs 3 v3 front onlyOne of the lovely things about running a tiny publishing house is that you get involved in all the decisions and every element of the process, including the covers, which leads on to getting to know, however slightly, a lot of artists and designers. One such artist is Kevin Threlfall, who did the cover for our award-winning anthology Weird Lies.

We also had a wonderful design for Mosaic of Air from Kevin, which ultimate we decided not to use, because we are hanging in to it for an as yet unfinished novel for which it will work even better.

Mosaic of Air-Kevin Threlfall-v2Kevin exhibited with us at our first ever Cover Artists’ show in September 2014, and kindly said that we could keep whatever did not sell, and use it however we saw fit.

How we saw fit is to offer the four remaining prints as rewards for thecrowd fund for  Solstice Shorts Festival 2015: Longest Night.

These are they:








As you can see, the blue bird print has already gone, (thank you Wendy!) but if you likethe look of them,the other three are available at £100 a piece plus postage, from our Indiegogo campaign page.

Each print is approximately 400mm wide by 500mm high and printed on canvas.

last chance to see…

Our Cover Artists Exhibition at Lauderdale House closes soon, your last chance to see the pictures ‘in the flesh’ is this Sunday. There have been modest sales, but we’d really like all the artists to go away with at least one picture sold. They are a brilliant, diverse lot, and the exhibition looks terrific (though I say it myself, who curated and hung most of it!)

If you are thinking, I can’t possibly afford a piece of original art, then two of the artists have limited edition books with their illustrations in, for a very modest sum, which will obviously be an investment for when they are famous… more info in the catalogue

Obviously you can buy direct from the artists at any time, contact details for all of them here but there is something about seeing their work together, on the wall, that is rather special!

Ed Boxall

Ed Boxall

Annie Rickard Straus

Annie Rickard Straus

Karen Keogh

Karen Keogh

Zoe Ann Lee

Zoe Ann Lee

Melina Traub

Melina Traub

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Kevin Threlfall

Solstice Shorts crowd fund – seven days to go – new rewards added

Only seven days to go in the crowd funding for Solstice Shorts, and to entice you to part with your cash, a couple of new rewards.

For £5 (or more) each: 20 A4 posters of the cover art by Annie Rickard Straus for Lovers’ Lies

Lovers' Lies poster

and for £10 (or more…) 1 only of an A3 poster based on the cover art by Kevin Thelfall, used for a reading of Weird Lies at Misty Moon gallery (this image is not identical as it is just the background – we didn’t keep the file for the poster because it was just too big). Imagine some words, and a stray fish…

Weird Lies Poster Backgorund

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Arachne Press Cover Artists’ Exhibition

We put a lot of thought into our covers, and we really appreciate our cover artists so we decided to give them a bit of an extra thank you, and celebrate their talents with an exhibition.


Running from 1st-12th October, in the Long Gallery at Lauderdale House, Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill, N6 5HG the exhibition is open by appointment (they have lots of classes and meetings booked into the long gallery); just ring 0208 348 8716 to find out when you can get in – don’t be shy, they are very friendly and enthusiastic. Unfortunately it’s a listed building  so althoguh the long gallery is absolutely gorgeous, it isn’t accessible by wheelchair (we tried to find somewhere that was, but costs were utterly prohibitive).

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We are holding the private view in conjunction with the launch of our latest book, The Other Side of Sleep on October 1st at 7.30 pm. RSVP to let us know you’d like to come – there will be modest amounts of drink, and readings, and artists and poets to talk to, possibly some music….