The Eyes of Water cover art: full wraparound

The Eyes of Water by Alison Littlewood

"The Eyes of Water" ©2012 Alison Littlewood/Spectral Press. Cover artwork ©2012 Neil Williams.

After unveiling the front cover artwork to Alison Littlewood’s chapbook The Eyes of Water last week, we now very proudly reveal to you the whole wraparound cover to it. Once again, the mighty Neil Williams has created the perfect visual encapsulation of the story contained within and we couldn’t have wished for anything better. Hope you like it as much as we do!

Dark Musings on The Respectable Face of Tyranny

The Respectable Face of Tyranny by Gary Fry

The reviews of the debut novella in the Spectral Visions line, The Respectable Face of Tyranny by Gary Fry, are trickling in slowly but surely. This latest one is by Anthony Watson, curator of the Dark Musings blog, and you can read what he has to say about the limited hardback edition here. That edition is sadly sold out, but you can still grab yourself a paperback copy for the measly sum of £5.99 UK/9€ EU/$12 US /$12 RoW and all prices are inclusive of post and packing.  There are Paypal buttons below for your convenience, but should you want to pay via cheque or bank transfer, then contact us on spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com for more details.

UK – £5.99 (£4.99 + £1 p&p)

EU – 9€ (6€ + 3€ p&p)

USA  – $12 ($8 + $4 s&h)

RoW – $12 ($8 + $4 p&p)

More reviews soon!

The Eyes of Water by Alison Littlewood: cover concept

The Eyes of Water by Alison Littlewood

"The Eyes of Water" ©2012 Alison Littlewood/Spectral Press. Cover artwork ©2012 Neil Williams.

Once more it’s time to reveal the cover concept artwork for a forthcoming publication, namely Volume VI in the ever-popular chapbook series of short stories from some of the finest contemporary genre authors. This time it’s the turn of Alison Littlewood, author of A Cold Season, her debut novel, which topped several bestseller lists and was the Pick of the Month for March in Richard & Judy’s Book Club. The beautifully eerie artwork is by the very talented Neil Williams once again, and it absolutely nails the tone and atmosphere of the story to perfection – as you will see when you read the blurb:

“Beneath the world . . .

The Mexican cenotés. Flooded caves that fracture the Yucatan Peninsula – places of mystery, the unexplored, and of ancient sacrifice.

When Alex meets an old friend while travelling, he doesn’t realise how far the encounter will take him. For Rick is exploring deep beneath the surface of the world, discovering new cave systems, one leading to the next. And when Alex is compelled to follow he has no way of knowing just how deep he will be expected to go, or how dark are the places he will find there . . .”

“Littlewood is the real deal, a writer with a unique vision and the talent to make us see the world anew through her eyes.” Peter Tennant, Black Static

Sadly,  the chapbook is already sold out – this is why it is important, if you’re keen on getting hold of any of these highly popular little chapbooks, to take out a subscription. Currently, there are two place left before Volume VII (What Gets Left Behind by Mark West) is also sold out and, once those have gone, subscriptions will start with Volume VIII (The Way of the Leaves by David Tallerman – recent winner of the Spectral Press/This Is Horror short story contest). Paypal buttons can be found down the right-hand side of this blog.

More soon!

The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine: a short update

Spectral Press logoAs most of you will be aware, Spectral are publishing a new novella this September, The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine by John Llewellyn Probert, a homage to the films of that venerable actor, the late Vincent Price. Expressions of interest in purchasing a copy of the limited signed hardback are already being solicited, but as an extra incentive, John will personalise each copy to each individual purchaser. So, if you’re keen on getting your hands on one of these beauties, then please either comment below or email us on spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com to let us know and your name will be added to the list. They’re already being claimed, so get your expression of interest in now!

Dreadful Tales takes on Rough Music

Rough Music by Simon Kurt Unsworth

And so, here we are at the start of yet another week and, like we seem to do most Mondays, we bring you news of another new review. Following promptly on the heels of their review of Paul Finch’s King Death, Dreadful Tales posted a write-up on Volume V in the chapbook series, Simon Kurt Unsworth’s Rough Music. Again written by Colum McKnight, it’s yet another perceptive and in-depth review. It can be found here.


We are currently drawing up a list of prospective purchasers of the second novella in the Spectral Visions line, so if any of you out there are interested in securing a copy then please let us know either by leaving a comment here or contacting us via spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com. We’ll be looking to put the limited signed hardback edition of the book on pre-order around June/July time (publication is due in September) and it’s most likely to retail for between £15 and £16, and the cover will either be cloth boards with foil blocking and dustjacket OR full-colour cover boards, plus there’ll be coloured endpapers and a silk ribbon bookmarker. There will also be a paperback to follow shortly after that. Details of the book can be found here.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

The Respectable Face of Tyranny: the Hardback has landed

The Respectable Face of Tyranny hardbacks

We very rarely blog on a Saturday, but we do occasionally make exceptions, and this is one of them – we just had to show you this photograph of the limited hardbacks, sitting pretty on Gary Fry’s table before being signed. Copies will start shipping next week.


King Death: a new review from Dreadful Tales

King Death by Paul Finch

One of the pleasures of running Spectral Press is when we receive a review of one of the previous publications in the chapbook line and that’s exactly what happened yesterday, when Colum McKnight of Dreadful Tales posted a write-up of Paul Finch’s King Death chapbook. It’s quite an in-depth review, but to discover what Colum says about it, please click here.

Talking about King Death, the anthology in which it’s due to be reprinted, The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2012 edited by Paula Guran (Prime Books), is scheduled to be published in July, according to Amazon at least. It’s a chance for those of you who missed it to catch this beautifully-told and atmospheric tale set in Great Britain’s fourteenth-century plague years. That book can be pre-ordered from Amazon and I encourage all to get your hands on a copy as soon as you can!

Order Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2012 from Amazon UK or Amazon US.

More reviews soon!

News and a few reminders

Spectral Press logoThis blog entry is going to do exactly what it says on the tin – bring you a small bit of news and also remind people of a few things that are going on in the world of Spectral, to wit:


This book has now been printed and delivered to Gary for signing. All copies will start shipping early next week, so people should get their copies in early May at the very latest. To those who bought copies, many thanks for your patience!


There’s a competition for those who buy a paperback copy of Gary Fry’s Spectral Visions novella, The Respectable Face of Tyranny, in which one lucky winner will win a fantastic signed proof-sheet of the book’s cover – you can get the full details of the contest, as well as how to order the book, from here.


Submissions for the first Spectral Christmas Ghost Story Annual are still open, but you now have just over two months in which to get them in – for further details please go here.


Also, subscriptions are still available for the limited quarterly chapbooks – and now you also have the option of subscribing for 1, 3, or 5 years. Currently, all subs will start with issue #7 (Mark West’s What Gets Left Behind) but there are only four places left before it’s sold out. The chapbooks are extremely popular items, often selling out before publication, so it really does pay to take a subscription out if you don’t want to miss another issue. Convenient Paypal buttons to order a subscription can be found down the right-hand side of this blog (if you want to pay by any other method, please contact us at spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com – cheques, postal orders and bank transfers acceptable).

Lastly, watch out for some more reviews of current Spectral publications plus further details of the second Spectral Visions novella, The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine by John Llewellyn Probert, due out in September.

Onwards and upwards!

Spectral Visions #2: The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine

Spectral LogoDo you remember all those wonderful films starring Vincent Price, like Masque of the Red Death, Theatre of Blood, The Abominable Dr. Phibes, Dr. Phibes Rises Again and Witchfinder General? Well, John Llewellyn Probert, author of the second in the Spectral Visions series of novellas, certainly does. The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine is a gruesome but immensely fun and very warm tribute to Vincent Price and the films he starred in, and John’s novella is one of the most enjoyable reads this editor has had in a long while. Here’s what the man said on his Facebook status announcing Spectral’s acquisition of the book:

“I am seriously delighted to announce that my novella The Nine Deaths of Dr Valentine is to be published by Spectral Press later this year. It’s my tribute to Theatre of Blood and The Abominable Dr. Phibes, amongst others, and is the most fun I’ve had writing ever. Someone is killing doctors in the style of the murders in Vincent Price movies. The Bristol police are baffled. The only man who could possibly be responsible died years ago. Or did he…..?” (Cue dramatic music!)

The novella is scheduled to be published in September, with a launch and a signing at this year’s FantasyCon in Brighton. John will also be giving a reading from the book, something which I urge all attendees to experience as, if you’ve never witnessed a JLP reading, then your life is definitely incomplete. I am very much looking forward to working on this one.

More details soon!

A Rough Music solo spot

Rough Music by Simon Kurt Unsworth

Just a quick blog today, to  let you know about a brief review of Simon Kurt Unsworth’s chapbook which has just been posted at Paul D. Brazill’s You Would Say That, Wouldn’t You blog, which you can read here. You can also read a Short Sharp Interview with Spectral mainman Simon Marshall-Jones on the same site, which can be accessed here.