Easter 50% off Bonanza

Hope everyone is having a great weekend. To help you relax we are offering 50% off some of our limited edition signed hardbacks.

Darker Terrors: edited by Stephen Jones and David Sutton, Death’s Sweet Echo by Maynard and Sims and Ghosts by Paul Kane.

Please use the voucher code 50bhm on any of them or all of them. All in stock and ready to go! Every order will receive a free book of ghost stories.

“Between 1995 and 2002, Dark Terrors: The Gollancz Book of Horror was Britain’s premier non-themed anthology of original horror stories.

Over six volumes, it published some of the biggest names in the field as well as many newcomers who have gone on to forge impressive careers in the genre.

Edited by the World Fantasy Award-winning team of Stephen Jones and David A. Sutton, Dark Terrors established itself as a cutting-edge market for some of the most literary and disturbing fiction being produced on both sides of the Atlantic, winning the British Fantasy Award and the International Horror Guild Award in the process.

Now Darker Terrors collects together nineteen of the most memorable stories from the original books in a new volume, which also includes reminiscences by both the editors plus an exclusive Index detailing the authors and their work that were included in the legendary anthology series. For fans of superior horror fiction, things just got Darker…”

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“There is a scratching at the door, but surely no-one is there. The house is empty, so the footsteps on the stairs must be in my imagination. The way that shadow just moved, like breathing, must be a trick of the light.”

In thirteen new ghost stories and strange tales Maynard & Sims prove they are masters of subtle unease, shifting from reality to distorted nightmares with a few deft words, creating an atmosphere of dread with superb characterisation, pacing and plotting.

“Maynard Sims’ work is superbly detailed, and very well written.” British Fantasy Society.

“I wish Maynard & Sims were more prolific short story writers, because every collection they publish is a veritable feast for dark fiction lovers.” Mario Guslandi.
“Proof of what these much underrated writers are capable of producing when at their best.”Peter Tennant.

“Maynard and Sims revitalize the traditional thrills of haunted houses, ghosts, and witches by emphasizing the psychological turmoil of character’s minds.” Cemetery Dance.

BIOGRAPHY
Len Maynard & Mick Sims are the authors of sixteen novels with more scheduled – with supernatural horror, the Department 18 series, crime thrillers and erotic romance. They have written screenplays, and one, based on the first two Department 18 books, won the 2013 British Horror Film Festival Award for Best New Screenplay. Numerous stories and novellas have been published in a variety of anthologies and magazines and Death’s Sweet Echo is their tenth collection. They worked as editors on Darkness Rising, they co-edited and published F20 with The British Fantasy Society, and as editors/publishers they ran Enigmatic Press in the UK, which produced Enigmatic Tales, and its sister titles.

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“They are all around us all the time. But only a few make contact, and only certain people are destined to see the Ghosts. Here, you’ll read a lonely shade’s tale… a deceased old man’s house being invaded… how one person discovers the true meaning of the Christmas spirit, while a parent struggles to come to terms with the sad loss of a child… and what happens when the ghosts of war go on the rampage, or when a monstrous wraith stalks the streets looking for revenge.

Gathering together all of award-winning and bestselling author Paul Kane’s supernatural fiction, including three brand new stories–one a sequel to Charles Dickens’ ‘The Signal-Man’–and featuring an introduction from bestselling horror author Nancy Kilpatrick (Power of the Blood World series), the script of Wind Chimes introduced by its director Brad Watson (7th Dimension), plus suitably atmospheric cover art from Edward Miller, this is one collection that will haunt you forever.”

Spectral Book of Horror Stories 3 on offer…

Yes that’s right.

For 3 days you can get this acclaimed volume three of the highly regarded Spectral Book of Horror Stories series.

You can buy it here and use the voucher code sbohs to get £10 off.

This is a deluxe dust-jacketed limited edition hardback with a surprise… as well as the saving we’ll chuck in a surprise book. Another Spectral horror related book for FREE.

Here’s the blurb:

Twenty-two tales that will keep you up long past the midnight hour and will etch fear into your very being.

“The storm went on for hours. I sped up, trying to outpace it. The thing that followed us, everywhere we went. I wasn’t sure if it was a judgment, if God or somebody was trying to punish us for what we did. Or—and maybe this was worse—it was just like what my sister said, in her messages. About the world coming apart.”

– Lacey by David Wellington

“The Gnasher vaulted over the chain-link fence and the Brute followed after, clearing the top rail in a single stride. Once in Penelope’s backyard, the Gnasher pointed a too-long finger in her direction.”

-Penelope’s Song by Samuel Marzioli

“Chase had a dangling skull earring in his ear and a sterling ball in his lower lip. Maggie sported eyebrow arrows through her flesh, three earrings per ear, and out of sight, a ring in each nipple. Carpenter wasn’t a fan of body piercings, but he had enough tattoos to cover a tabletop. A dragon raged up one arm, a floundering ship slipped under water on the other. Around his neck was tattooed barbed wire. On his chest flew an eagle, talons clawing at air. On his back was a woman on a tropical beach; she was nude and beautiful, seeming to undulate as he flexed his big muscles.”

-Disappearing in the Desert by Billie Sue Mosiman

In stock and ready for immediate dispatch.

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Whirling World: edited by Dean Drinkel

Delighted also announce the Industrial Horror anthology edited by Dean M Drinkel is ready to go. Contracts going out next week, cover done. Can’t wait for this.

This was what Dean asked for in the brief:

“We want stories that will push boundaries (not in terms of extreme gore and violence, necessarily), the entwining of flesh and stark machinery, techno-industrial dystopias, twisted conceptions of body and enhanced beauty, Cronenbergian nightmares, Kafkaesque metamorphoses, posthuman realities, the decay of body, mind, spirit and reason, innumerable sexualities.

We want illogical extrapolations of present social realities, re-envisioning of industrial pasts, where factory and humanity become indistinguishable, where both lines and flesh are blurred.

We certainly don’t just want the usual tired old tropes, if possible: what we want is the disturbing, the challenging, the absurdist, the blackly comedic, the infuriating, the horrific, the abnormal. Here, flesh is reshaped, both voluntarily and involuntarily, a world where gods and demons have assumed corporeality, where humans have either integrated fully into a seething mass of metal, electronics and skin, or have been rejected as the parasitic lifeform it is. In other words, just let your imagination run wild, be experimental with word and structure, and go into areas where the warning lights constantly flash an angry red and life is always a breath away from being extinguished…”

Links to buy coming soon…

A Christmas Horror Storybundle…

horror-sp2Today we have 4 deliciously horrifying hardbacks by some of the big names in the horror genre.

Normally £100 and now only £45. Three of them are signed by the authors (Maynard & Sims and Paul Kane) or editors (Stephen Jones and David A Sutton).

And guess what – Free postage to the US or the UK. (use storybundle as the voucher t checkout).

A great Christmas gift!

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The Spectral Book of Horror Stories 3

coveris now out as an ebook and a limited edition, numbered hardback.

Hardback is at http://shop.ticketyboopress.co.uk/index.php?id_product=107&controller=product

or on Amazon click here

“Twenty-two tales that will keep you up long past the midnight hour and will etch fear into your very being.

“The storm went on for hours. I sped up, trying to outpace it. The thing that followed us, everywhere we went. I wasn’t sure if it was a judgment, if God or somebody was trying to punish us for what we did. Or—and maybe this was worse—it was just like what my sister said, in her messages. About the world coming apart.”

– Lacey by David Wellington

“The Gnasher vaulted over the chain-link fence and the Brute followed after, clearing the top rail in a single stride. Once in Penelope’s backyard, the Gnasher pointed a too-long finger in her direction.”

-Penelope’s Song by Samuel Marzioli

“Chase had a dangling skull earring in his ear and a sterling ball in his lower lip. Maggie sported eyebrow arrows through her flesh, three earrings per ear, and out of sight, a ring in each nipple. Carpenter wasn’t a fan of body piercings, but he had enough tattoos to cover a tabletop. A dragon raged up one arm, a floundering ship slipped under water on the other. Around his neck was tattooed barbed wire. On his chest flew an eagle, talons clawing at air. On his back was a woman on a tropical beach; she was nude and beautiful, seeming to undulate as he flexed his big muscles.”

-Disappearing in the Desert by Billie Sue Mosiman”

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The Fourth Reich Published through Spectral Press…

logoFor followers of the Spectral Press and its new imprint, Critical Density. We have a great deal for you.

Save £3/$3 and get Critical Density’s first book and get this crackingly good read for 99P/99C. If you like Tom Clancy or Dan Brown, you will love this.

Published on 11th November 2016.

Here’s the blurb:

the-fourth-reich“September 1st 1939 – Germany invades Poland, thus triggering the Second World War as well as laying the foundations of German leader Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich, which was intended to last for a thousand years.

April 30th, 1945 – Adolph Hitler allegedly commits suicide in the Führerbunker as Allied Forces close in, Hitler’s dreams shattered and Berlin in burning ruins around him.

Early 2010 – A man with CIA connections is found brutally murdered in his apartment. Global financial systems have collapsed, plunging the world into recession. The Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull erupts, closing European airspace but was it natural or induced? Air Force One, carrying the US President, has its operating system hacked and the plane is controlled by unknown enemies. Threats are made. Prominent figures and leaders from the political, industrial, and religious circles across the globe are systematically killed within three frenzied days of murder. These seemingly unconnected events throw the whole world into turmoil.

Freddy Bartlett, a police detective at SOCA, is given the task of solving the murder, but it turns out not to be as simple as expected. As the clues and events pile, the conclusion is drawn that a Hitler bloodline exists and everything is connected by a vast web of conspiracy, tracing itself back to World War 11; a time the world would rather forget. Truths are uncovered which threaten to shake the very foundations of the modern global village, as a long-hidden secret society from the 30’s harnesses dark occult forces and unleashes Hell on Earth for one purpose and one purpose alone: to institute the Fourth Reich.”

Get your copy on Amazon here.

Mappalujo by Jeff Noon & Steve Beard

Well here’s some fantastic news that Gary has been working on. The new Spectral imprint has re-signed the wonderfully talented, Jeff Noon & Steve Beard. Their amazing book, Mappalujo will be published by Spectral’s rEevolution imprint and the good news is we also have audio rights as well as print and ebook permissions.

So can’t wait for this one and many thanks to Jeff and Steve for supporting me personally by still having confidence in Spectral and of course Gary over at Tickety Boo Towers.

Here’s the blurb for one of the most anticipated science fiction novels of next year, Mappalujo by Jeff Noon & Steve Beard. Jeff is, of course, well known for his groundbreaking novel Vurt published in 1993, (which was followed by a sequel, Pollen, in 1995 and a prequel, Nymphomation, in 1997) and this is surely going to be counted amongst his best works to date.

Prepare to enter the world of Lujo, a city caught somewhere between reality and a dimension which may/may not be real…

Mappalujo is a shared dream set in the twilight realm of Lujo, a city dominated by the surreal cartoons and artificially bred toy creatures of the Zeno Entertainment Company. Since the company’s founder died in mysterious circumstances, Zeno’s visions have become darker and even more sinister. An identity-altering drug is leaking onto the streets. For a few brilliant, flickering moments users are transformed into famous or infamous celebrities, only to find that the other side of fame lies in the gutter, or in death.

The novel follows a lowly salesman, an information gatherer, a private detective and a teenage psychic. Four stories, four people – each of them connected to the bizarre fate of Zeno, its bitter heir, and a hostile faery spirit named Mama Lujo.

Here is one city’s epic tale told in seventy-five chapters, each influenced by a different iconic figure. From Lewis Carroll to Patti Smith, from Sigmund Freud to Raymond Chandler and Sophie Calle – the ghosts haunting the streets of Lujo are all conjured from the collective unconscious of the modern media age.

Mappalujo is baroque science fiction, tumbling with ideas and images, exuberant to the extreme. It documents a world only a few metres and a few minutes away from our own – yet stranger by far.”

You can pre-order here.

Publication date 15th May 2016

We have returned!

After a couple of months’ convalescence and restructuring, Spectral Press is back. We are moving forward, and to that end we are letting you know about a couple of books which will be coming your way within the next two months.

First is Dan Weatherer’s third collection Neverlight: A Father Darkness Collection, available from March 31st. Featuring a varied selection of tales from this up and coming author of the darker side of life, ranging from the traditional ghost story, through to psychological studies and thence to exploring some of our darkest fears. Available in Hardback which comes with a bespoke leather bookmarker. 

Are we mere puppets, a slave to the will of others?

Influence, an inescapable and unseen force exerted upon all of us.  Whether coming by way of our parents or our peers, via the media or education, can we ever say that we are creatures of free will, acting according to our desires and not of those around us? Influence is the white noise that bombards our every waking moment, clouding our thought, hindering our judgement. From it, there can be no escape.

Looking beyond our world, there are those beings that dwell beneath the surface of our planet, ancient entities twisted in their resentment of our freedoms, that would mean us harm. Theirs is an influence ancient in its origin, born from evil and cruel intent.  Their will presses upon us, calling out to our most primal instincts.  We, oblivious, heed their call.

Containing thirty-one short stories that showcase the unmistakable voice of Dan Weatherer, here is an author fast becoming fluent in the art of dark fiction. Are you ready for Neverlight?

Pre-order your copy HERE

 

 

 

Mappalujo: the blurb

"Mappalujo" ©2015 Jeff Noon & Steve Beard/rEvolution SF. Artwork and design by John Oakey ©2015 .

“Mappalujo” ©2015 Jeff Noon & Steve Beard/rEvolution SF. Artwork and design by John Oakey ©2015 .

Here’s the blurb for one of the most anticipated science fiction novels of next year, Mappalujo by Jeff Noon & Steve Beard. Jeff is, of course, well known for his groundbreaking novel Vurt published in 1993, (which was followed by a sequel, Pollen, in 1995 and a prequel, Nymphomation, in 1997) and this is surely going to be counted amongst his best works to date. Prepare to enter the world of Lujo, a city caught somewhere between reality and a dimension which may/may not be real…

Mappalujo is a shared dream set in the twilight realm of Lujo, a city dominated by the surreal cartoons and artificially bred toy creatures of the Zeno Entertainment Company. Since the company’s founder died in mysterious circumstances, Zeno’s visions have become darker and even more sinister. An identity-altering drug is leaking onto the streets. For a few brilliant, flickering moments users are transformed into famous or infamous celebrities, only to find that the other side of fame lies in the gutter, or in death.

The novel follows a lowly salesman, an information gatherer, a private detective and a teenage psychic. Four stories, four people – each of them connected to the bizarre fate of Zeno, its bitter heir, and a hostile faery spirit named Mama Lujo.

Here is one city’s epic tale told in seventy-five chapters, each influenced by a different iconic figure. From Lewis Carroll to Patti Smith, from Sigmund Freud to Raymond Chandler and Sophie Calle – the ghosts haunting the streets of Lujo are all conjured from the collective unconscious of the modern media age.

Mappalujo is baroque science fiction, tumbling with ideas and images, exuberant to the extreme. It documents a world only a few metres and a few minutes away from our own – yet stranger by far.”

Preorder your copy today – copies are already being snapped up so get one while you still can!

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A little self-indulgence

“Bibila Longcrofta” ©2015 Simon Marshall-Jones/Tickety Boo Press. Artwork ©2015 Jim Burns.

Remember a while back we told you that Spectral Press owner/editor-in-chief Simon Marshall-Jones would be having his debut collection of short stories published soon? Well, we can tell you that Biblia Longcrofta will be released into the multiverses on June 30th 2015 and that you can order copies if you so desire from HERE. In the meantime, feast your eyes on the splendiferous Jim Burns cover shown above….

“Biblia Longcrofta by Simon Marshall-Jones, publisher and editor at award-nominated Spectral Press, is a series of connected short fiction stories, semi-autobiographical in nature, set in the imaginary town of Longcroft. Although it has no precise geographical location in the ‘real’ world, nevertheless it is located somewhere on the northern coastline of Britain. It exists contemporaneously and separately in a different time stream from the rest of the world, the reasons for the split lost in the mists of time.

It is no ordinary town, however – here miracles happen on an everyday basis, and the numinous and marvellous sit side-by-side with the banal and mundane. Into this wonderland comes a tattooed stranger called Simeon, a man bored of his old life, but still unsure of what his place in the world is, who he is, and what purpose he has. Through a series of connected incidents, he comes to understand the world around him, and the person he is. Along the way he meets wonders and living myths and, through interacting with them, he finds his true destiny – however, it’s not what he was expecting nor what he would have chosen for himself.”

Simon will also be happy to sign copies for anyone who asks – we will have copies for sale here as well. Contact Simon at spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com for payment details.