The Quarantined City 3: Spot the Difference

Cover: Detail from Europe after the Rain, 1940–42 by Max Ernst (German, 1891–1976) Oil on canvas, 21-9/16 x 58-3/16 in. The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1942.281 Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT

Cover: Detail from Europe after the Rain, 1940–42 by Max Ernst (German, 1891–1976)
Oil on canvas, 21-9/16 x 58-3/16 in.
The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1942.281
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT

The third in James Everington’s Spectral, The Quarantined City: Spot the Difference serial is now available to purchase at the measly price of £1.99. AND, as a bonus, if you’ve missed the first two episodes, they’ve been reduced in price to £0.99 to enable to you catch up with the plight of Fellows and his obsession with finding the elusive and mysterious author Boursier. Links below:

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The Quarantined City – Into the Rain available now!

Cover: Detail from Europe after the Rain, 1940–42 by Max Ernst (German, 1891–1976) Oil on canvas, 21-9/16 x 58-3/16 in. The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1942.281 Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT

Cover: Detail from Europe after the Rain, 1940–42 by Max Ernst (German, 1891–1976)
Oil on canvas, 21-9/16 x 58-3/16 in.
The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1942.281
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT

Just a very short note to let you all know that the second episode of James Everington’s eBook serial for Spectral is available for purchase now from Amazon on the links below:

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The Quarantined City 2: Into the Rain

Cover: Detail from Europe after the Rain, 1940–42 by Max Ernst (German, 1891–1976) Oil on canvas, 21-9/16 x 58-3/16 in. The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1942.281 Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT

Cover: Detail from Europe after the Rain, 1940–42 by Max Ernst (German, 1891–1976)
Oil on canvas, 21-9/16 x 58-3/16 in.
The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1942.281
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT

The above image will be the cover to the second episode of James Everington’s Spectral eBook serial, The Quarantined City, entitled Into the Rain. Follow the protagonist Fellows as he gets deeper into the writings of the mysterious Boursier and the effects they have on him and his surroundings. The plot thickens, as someone famous once averred.

Once again, Neil Williams has provided layout duties for the cover, which is a detail from Max Ernst’s stunning painting Europe After the Rain, 1941 -1942. The episode will be available from Amazon at the end of this month. Look out for it!

The Quarantined City by James Everington

Cover: Detail from Europe after the Rain, 1940–42 by Max Ernst (German, 1891–1976) Oil on canvas, 21-9/16 x 58-3/16 in. The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1942.281 Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT

Cover: Detail from Europe after the Rain, 1940–42 by Max Ernst (German, 1891–1976)
Oil on canvas, 21-9/16 x 58-3/16 in.
The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1942.281
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT

Available from today from both Amazon UK & US is the first episode (of six) in the latest eBook serial from Spectral Press, The Quarantined City by James Everington, and featuring a detail from Max Ernst’s 1942 painting Europe After the Rain II, with magnificent graphics skills by Neil Williams. You get your copy of the episode from here:

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Also, congratulations are due to Angela Slatter on her Spectral chapbook from last year, Home and Hearth, making it on to Locus magazine’s Recommended Reading list as well as Brian Hodge’s story from The Spectral Book of Horror Stories. Congratulations all round!

Hallowe’en Delight: The Dancers in the Pines

The Dancers in the Pines ©2014 Simon Bestwick/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Neil Williams

The Dancers in the Pines ©2014 Simon Bestwick/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Neil Williams

Yes, we’ve reached the final episode of Simon Bestwick’s Black Mountain monthly Spectral serial, titled The Dancers in the Pines. It’s now available at both Amazon UK and US – so get your copy today!

‘There was no counting the number of victims the Bala Triangle had claimed over the centuries. Rob Markland’s attempts to investigate it had left him a hopeless madman. 

But still some questions had to be answered. What had happened to his girlfriend, Laura Hines, or the scientists, Glenn and Angela Lane, who’d accompanied them on their doomed expedition to Mynydd Du? What had finally driven Rob over the edge?

Rob had the answers, and he was prepared to give them – but only to me. And so here I was, preparing to go in to meet him for one final interview.

When I’d got those answers, I’d never be the same again.

And nor will you.’

Watch out for a new monthly serial starting in January 2015, The Quarantined City by James Everington!

News 07:10:2014

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

First off, let’s start with an interview with Mark Morris, editor of The Spetral Book of Horror Stories: this one’s been conducted by Teodor Reljic and posted to Schlock Magazine – you can find that one HERE. On the same website you’ll also find a Spectral Press publisher spotlight, written by yours truly – that one’s right HERE.

THE SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES – PRICES INCLUDE POSTAGE!

£12.50 UK

£15 EU

$30 US & RoW

BLACK MOUNTAIN 10: THE WATCHER by Simon Bestwick

"Black Mountain: The Watcher" ©2014 Simon Bestwick/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Neil Williams.

“Black Mountain: The Watcher” ©2014 Simon Bestwick/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Neil Williams.

Next up is the news that the penultimate episode of Simon Bestwick’s Black Mountain eBook serial, The Watcher, is now available at Amazon – the cover has once again been created by Neil Williams and the book formatted by Graeme Reynolds. The UK edition is HERE and the US one is HERE.

For centuries the Bala Triangle has kept its secrets. But now Rob Markland, having investigated it from afar for so long, was determined to make it give them up at last.

Into the woods of Coed Capel and Coed Dinas, the ruins of Maes Carnedd and Blas Gwynedd, four people ventured. Only one would return, driven mad by what he’d witnessed.

By the presence that still haunted the empty farmhouse at Ty Mynwent.

That waited by the lake of Llyn Daioni, in the long-abandoned pod houses of Hafan Deg.

By the Watcher.

22:08:2014 – mini-interview and news

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’s Friday, the one day everybody agrees is the best day of the week, because the weekend is here! It also means that it’s time for another one of Angela Slatter’s mini-interviews of contributors to The Spectral Book of Horror Stories, and today she talks to herself about her story The October Widow. You can read it for yourself HERE.

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In other Spectral Book of Horror Stories news, the eBook edition is now available for pre-order at Amazon UK & US. Just click the links below to order your copy:

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Even more exciting news is the fact that the new Spectral Press website is LIVE – go HERE to have a look. We shall be blogging on THIS site for a while longer to maintain continuity but we do encourage you to go on over and sign up to get regular updates on what’s happening in the world of Spectral. The new site is much more flexible and easier to use, the shop is fully enabled, and finding what you’re looking for is also a whole lot easier. You can also contact us directly through the contact form should you have any questions.

More next week!

Black Mountain 7: The Master of the House now available

Black Mountian 7 Cover

Episode 7 of Simon Bestwick’s Spectral serial Black MountainThe Master of the House, is now available on Amazon,with artwork supplied once more by Neil Williams.

1988: The farmhouse called Blas Gwynedd, standing in the very shadow of Mynydd Du, is the last human habitation within the ‘Bala Triangle’, home to a teenage boy, his downtrodden mother and his fanatical, tyrannical father.

Now, at last, the story of the farm’s desertion can be told: a tale of strangeness, insanity, violence and death. The tale of one man’s doomed attempt to prove himself the master of the house.

It can be purchased on the following links:

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Yesterday, the Washington Post published an interview with Lee Harris, ex-Angry Robot Books and now Senior Editor at a new Tor imprint called Imprint, wherein he talked about novellas. One of the novellas he cited as being a great example of the format was Whitstable by Stephen Volk, which really thrilled us here at Chateau Spectrale. You can read the entire interview here.

 

Black Mountain 6: The House by the Cemetery

Black Mountian 6 Cover

Just a short blog today, later than anticipated, just because Der Blogmeister decided to have a lie-in (oh okay… he fell asleep while reading… ), to let you know that the sixth episode of Simon Bestwick’s Black Mountain serial, The House by the Cemetery, is now available for purchase on Amazon. Once again the cover artwork is by Neil Williams.

The watcher by the lake…
It began with a dream; it ended in obsession, insanity and death.
 
The fire in the woods…
The old farmhouse stood on high ground near the mountain of Mynydd Du. Long-abandoned though it was, Ronald Ashington still saw potential in it.
The dancers in the pines…

The Ashingtons had a vision: a luxury hotel, a hidden gem tucked away in the wilds of the Welsh countryside, a home away from home for couples looking to get away from it all. Yes, this house was perfect, except for the name: Ty Mynwent. The house by the cemetery.

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The Last of Russell Ware: Black Mountain episode 5

"The last of Russell Ware" copyright © 2014 Simon Bestwick/Spectral Press. Artwork copyright © 2014 Neil Williams

“The last of Russell Ware” copyright © 2014 Simon Bestwick/Spectral Press. Artwork copyright © 2014 Neil Williams

Now available from the Kindle store on Amazon, the latest installment of Simon Bestwick’s ongoing Spectral Press serial Black Mountain – The Last of Russell Ware. Once more it boasts an exquisite cover by Neil Williams (shown above). Buy your copy today by clicking on the following links:

Amazon UK

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“Author and journalist Russell Ware was the man who’d coined the term ‘The Bala Triangle’, chronicling the phenomena that surrounded the North Welsh mountain Mynydd Du with ever-increasing obsession. 

On the 2nd January, 1981, his career and marriage in ruins, he set off for Bala for the last time. 
The following morning, Ware’s body was found in Llyn Daioni, the lake at the heart of so many of Mynydd Du’s mysteries. An accident, or suicide; either way, his torment, and that of his loved ones, was at an end. 

But in the shadow of Black Mountain, nothing is as it seems. Rob Markland, following in Ware’s footsteps, finds one man willing to break a silence of thirty years, and tell the true story of the last of Russell Ware.”