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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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.

And the winner is…

Three weeks ago we ran a competition to name a new science fiction imprint we will be setting up in the next year or so, for which we received a lot of entries amongst which were some truly brilliant suggestions. Unfortunately, as great as they were (which made choosing one extremely difficult), there could only be one winner and one runner-up. So, in reverse order as is customary, the runner up was:

KATE PROBERT with Distant Earth (inspired by Arthur C. Clarke).

Congratulations – Kate wins a signed copy of the very publication to be issued under the new imprint.

The grand prize winner though is JAY EALES (who wins all the imprint’s output as it gets published) with:

rEvolution SF

This perfectly encapsulates the aims and ambitions of the new line: fiction which provokes a response – cutting edge, adventurous, arcane, challenging, boundary-pushing, and genre-busting. Fiction that ventures into unexpected areas, and delves into places not traditionally associated with science fiction. Thinking people’s science fiction – in other words, the EVOLUTION of science fiction through REVOLUTIONary literature.

Well done and congratulations to Jay!

NEWS

"VURT" by Jeff Noon

“VURT” by Jeff Noon

And, in further rEvolution SF news, we are proud to announce that sci-fi alumni Jeff Noon (Vurt, Pollen, Automating Alice) will be the first author published by the imprint. Expect it within the next 12 months. 

Something a little different…

 

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As is often said, “From small acorns do great trees grow…” and our esteemed chief editor and publisher Simon Marshall-Jones took that to heart. As a collector of diecast vintage commercial vehicles from the years 1900 – 1970, the promotional item pictured above was a natural choice – although, disappointingly, no vintage vehicle models were available to customise. Instead, however, we have this DAF Turbo artic instead in 1:87th scale, which is still verily imposing. We all have to start somewhere…

Many thanks to Taff of Oxford Diecast Models for sending me in the right direction – and thanks also to Tony Graham of Code 3 Models for producing the model. Now, next step is to make the real thing happen – now that WOULD be imposing…

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Shirley Jackson Awards: three nominations

Spectral Book of Horror Stories, edited by Mark Morris - ©2014 respective individual authors/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Vincent Chong

Spectral Book of Horror Stories, edited by Mark Morris – ©2014 respective individual authors/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Vincent Chong

It is with immense, nay ECSTATIC, pleasure that we can announce that The Spectral Book of Horror Stories has been nominated in three categories in the extremely prestigious Shirley Jackson Awards 2014, named after the writer who brought us the classics The Haunting of Hill House (brilliantly brought to the big screen as The Haunting by Robert Wise in 1963), We have Always Lived in the Castle, and the short story ‘The Lottery’. The nominations are:

The Spectral Book of Horror Stories, edited by Mark Morris, BEST ANTHOLOGY
‘The Dog’s Home’ by Alison Littlewood, BEST SHORT FICTION
‘Newspaper Heart’ by Stephen Volk, BEST NOVELETTE

The awards ceremony will be held at Readercon on July 12th, at the Burlington Marriott, Burlington, Massachusetts.

The rest of the nominees can be seen HERE.

Congratulations to all concerned, and the best of luck to all the nominees!

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THE SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES vol 2 edited by Mark Morris

Spectral Book of Horror Stories 2, edited by Mark Morris - ©2015 respective individual authors/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2015 Vincent Chong

Spectral Book of Horror Stories 2, edited by Mark Morris – ©2015 respective individual authors/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2015 Vincent Chong

Volume 2 in the annual anthology series is coming along well too – once again edited by the inestimable Mark Morris and featuring cover artwork by Vincent Chong, this is guaranteed to follow in the magnificent steps of its predecessor. You can also pre-order a copy on the buttons bleow

THE SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES vol 2 – PRICES INCLUDE POSTAGE!