Showing posts from May, 2014

New life for organic font

I'm addicted to all the new public domain material being released.

Today's gem is definitely one for font fanatics - and anyone interested in the 17th century.

It's an Alphabet of Organic Type from around 1650. It takes the form of a series of stunning prints – titled Libellus Novus Elementorum Latinorum – designed by the Polish goldsmith Jan Christian Bierpfaff (1600-ca.1690).

It's engraved by fellow-countryman Jeremias Falck (1610–1677). According to BibliOdyssey blog, Bierpfaff worked as an apprentice at the Mackensen family of metalworkers in Cracow, a group “who introduced the Dutch auricular (‘shell or ear-like’) style of ornament into the Polish gold and silver workshops”.

You can see the influence of this auricular style in Bierpfaff’s letterforms but also the unmistakable baroque stylings of the grotesque. The result is "wonderfully surreal", the writhing forms hovering somewhere between the monstrous and floral.

Just for fun, I put together a new mo…

Isle be seeing you ...

Back from a trip to the isles with my daughter - and I've realised I've taken over 800 photographs. In four days!

I don't think I care ... it was fabulous. Oban itself was a gem. While Fingal's Cave on Staffa was a highlight, there was so much to see everywhere: Kilmartin, Dunadd, Loch Gilp, Kilchurn Castle, Inverary, Loch Fyne ...

It was especially great because I went with my daughter, Lauren. It was terrific fun. We're already planning our next trip north. Skye, perhaps?

I also have the title of the next manuscript - but not the story. Yet.

By Pamela Kelt

The Spanish Connection

Editing my father’s book brought back many family memories.

Called Not With A Whimper, it’s a Cold War thriller set in Spain in the 1970s.

Scottish-born, he first went abroad in his thirties. For £35 each, he found us a fortnight package holiday in the south of Spain. The hotel was a converted bodega, literally on the beach near Chipiona. He fell in love with the continental lifestyle overnight.

Once I began reading, I found to my astonishment that I recognised many of the locations in the book, all from that first holiday.

Read more in a short article at Reader's Entertainment about the Spanish connection.

By Pamela Kelt

View the video trailer here.

Love in the Cold War

This is cocktail #2 to mark the launch of Not With A Whimper, an original Cold War thriller.

The heart is easy to do. Just cut a maraschino cherry in two, then nip at the sides with a pair of kitchen scissors.

Ingredients: 1 measure vodka 1 measure dry martini 1 measure apricot brandy Dash cranberry bitters Cocktail cherry
Shake the first three ingredients over ice, pour into a glass and drop in the cherry. If you add another ice cube, it makes it easier to dash in the bitters. Don't stir it right away and let them sink to the bottom. If you don’t have cranberry bitters, a few drops of grenadine or hibiscus juice would do, although it won’t look quite as dramatic.

By Pamela Kelt

Checkpoint Charlie

Today is a special occasion. It’s the launch of my late father’s original Cold War thriller, Not With A Whimper.
I was given his manuscripts some months ago, and as soon as I read the first few paragraphs, I was on a mission to get his first novel published. For the whole story, do pop along to a small website I put together in my father's memory: Peter A. W. Kelt.
Thanks to Crooked Cat, his novel is out today.

Set in Spain at the end of Franco’s reign, it’s a riveting tale of espionage and conspiracy, written in a tight, Chandleresque style.
So, here’s a cocktail on the Cold War theme: Checkpoint Charlie, as a reminder of the US, British, French and Soviet sectors.

Ingredients: 1 measure Bourbon 1 measure Pimms 1 measure vodka 1 measure Chambord
Shake over ice. Take a seat and sip. Beware, it packs a punch.

By Pamela Kelt

Out today - Not With A Whimper

Today sees the arrival of an original Cold War thriller, Not With A Whimper. Written by my late father some years ago, it's a gripping quasi-Chandleresque tale set in Andalusia in the paranoid 1970s.

I was given his manuscripts some months ago and decided to see if I could get his first novel published.

And here we are. A big thanks to Laurence and Stephanie at Crooked Cat Publishing for taking on the project and for the striking cover; also to Simon Marshal-Jones for his editing skills.

If you'd like to know more about how it all came about, do drop by a website dedicated to my father, Peter A. W. Kelt.

Not With A Whimper - out soon

Please visit the website for more information.

By Pamela Kelt

True Haven - a Regency-style fantasy

I don't remember my dreams as a rule, but one morning, I sat upright, astonished. What a strange dream, I said.

Oh? (Said my husband, who has dreams you don't want to imagine.)

Well, I said. It's about a lantern and a world within a world ...

It sounds bonkers, and it was, but I thought there might be a story in it. So, I fiddled about and came up with True Haven. It's a Regency-style fantasy adventure, I think. The adjectives are an after-thought.

It probably came about because I was lucky enough to live in Bath for a few years, and somehow this worked itself into a story.

I needed some strange science. I got it. Thanks, Rob. My uber-consultant. His fees are quite reasonable.

And this week, Crooked Cat has said 'yes'. Thank you, Laurence and Steph. You do like to take chances! Well, Bath is a fun place and makes the mind spin.

I wonder what folks will make of it? 

Pamela Kelt

Countdown to a Cold War thriller ...

It's only a week to go before my late father's novel, Not With A Whimper, is released.

My complimentary editor's copy is sitting by my keyboard.

Join me and some fellow thriller enthusiasts at the Facebook launch.

Looks like they've heard about it on the Costa de la Luz, where the book is set.

By Pamela Kelt

Video launch for Not With A Whimper

Not long until the launch of Not With A Whimper.

Now that's it's May (although the weather is decidedly unseasonal), it seemed timely to launch the book trailer.

It's a smattering of 1970s retro tints topped up by jangly music in the vein of Callan, for any of you who remember the gritty TV show with Edward Woodward. One of my Dad's favourites.

Now on Youtube for your delectation.

By Pamela Kelt