Spectral news 21:05:2012

Spectral Press logoTo start the week off on some positive notes we thought we’d talk about some things going on in the world of Spectral. First, Alison Littlewood’s chapbook The Eyes of Water will be available within the next two to three weeks.  It’s a fantastic little tale, inspired by a trip to Mexico and a visit to the cenotés of the Yucatán. These flooded cave systems are as dangerous as they are beautiful, as Rick is about to discover…

Secondly, the cover to John Llewellyn Probert’s magnum opus, The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine, is currently being put together by JD Busch – preliminary sketches should be with us soon and then will come the exciting process of turning it into a fabulous cover image. We can’t wait to see what JD comes up with, but his ideas so far are definitely in tune with what we had in mind.

There’s been another quotable quote sent to us for Gary Fry’s The Respectable Face of Tyranny novella, this time from Laird Barron, author of The Croning, who said of it:

The Respectable Face of Tyranny is a bleak tale of personal hell set against a canvas of cosmic horror. In revealing the machinery that powers modern civilization, [Gary] Fry’s gaze is pitiless. Almost as pitiless as the dark forces that feed upon hapless humankind.”

There’s also a new Amazon review of the novella courtesy of Gef Fox (Wag The Fox), which you can find here.

Onto other stuff:

In the New Year (yes, we plan that far ahead), the print run of each chapbook will increase to 125 to allow more people to acquaint themselves with both the chapbooks and the imprint, as well as get to know the work of some of the best authors out there. However, subscriptions to the chapbooks will be increasing in January, too, due to increased postage costs: they are still available at the old price, from Volume VIII onwards, until the end of this year – so take advantage by ordering a subscription now to save some money before the price rise (includes resubscribers).

A word about the future: we here at Spectral Towers are mooting the possibility of increasing the number of chapbook issues to six per year, ie from quarterly to one every two months. This is JUST a possibility at present and an idea we’re throwing around: one of the reasons we’re thinking this way, however, is the fact that we have many wonderful authors lined up to appear in chapbooks and this would be one way of reducing the waiting time for them. We are envisaging, however, that it won’t be happening before the March 2014 issue, Volume XIII, at the earliest. Comments are more than welcome upon the subject – nay, are actively encouraged.

There are a couple of other exciting developments in the initial planning stages, but we’re keeping those under wraps for later in the year until we’ve fleshed them out more fully. We here at Spectral are confident that the imprint has a good future ahead of it, and we certainly intend on keeping moving forward, albeit at a comfortable pace and without overstretching things. We sincerely hope that you’ll be here to share that future with us.

8 comments on “Spectral news 21:05:2012

    • Thanks for your vote of confidence on that, Ray… this is something which I think would certainly enhance Spectral… having said that, rushing into it isn’t something we want to do either…. needs careful consideration….

  1. I agree with Ray – more frequent chapbooks is a great idea. The fact that they’re all by different authors means the quantity/quality equation doesn’t really come into play – each one is something new and different.

    • Bloody computers! I originally duplicated my first reply which would explain the second comment. Now it’s gone. Anyway. More chapbooks? Yes!

    • Hahaha – thanks Karswell…. my main priority, of course, is to maintain quality above all else…. this is what Spectral is predicated upon, and thus will it always be. It’ll mean a lot of hard work, but will ultimately be very much worth it….

  2. I think an increased number of chapbooks is a great idea, an extra 2 a year sounds perfect, as you don’t want to ‘flood the market’, so to speak. I do know that the wait in between stories can seem awfully long so this would be a good way to cut it down. In my humble opinion.

    • Thanks, for your input Paul, it’s much appreciated…. I certainly think there’s a lot of mileage in the idea of six issues a year… as I said above, it’s gping to be a lot of work, but I think it’ll be more than worth it…

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