The Spectral Book of Horror Stories launch at FCon

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

A very brief FCon report today (still recovering!) but we just had to tell everyone about the launch of The Spectral Book of Horror Stories at this year’s event. To say it was spectacular would be very short of the mark – the room was absolutely packed, with the queue snaking around the room. THIRTEEN of the authors were signing around a couple of small tables but every one enjoyed themselves (Conrad Williams averring that it was the best signing he’d been involved in in the last twenty years). Many books were sold and some were even sold afterwards too. We think we can safely declare the event a resounding success.

Get in on the act – ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY! (Paypal buttons below)

£12.50 UK

£15 EU

$30 US & RoW

A fuller FCon report will appear soon, plus more of the Joel Lane Archive!

Spectral Book of Horror Stories: Launch on Saturday!

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

Just three days from now, The Spectral Book of Horror Stories will be launched at 12 noon at FantasyCon 2014 at the Royal York Hotel, York. About half of the contributors will be there to sign it, so it should be a great little event – if you’re attending we will see you there!

ON THE TOUR – RAMSEY CAMPBELL

THE DOG’S HOME – ALISON LITTLEWOOD

FUNERAL RITES – HELEN MARSHALL

SLAPE – TOM FLETCHER

THE NIGHT DOCTOR – STEVE RASNIC TEM

DULL FIRE – GARY McMAHON

THE BOOK AND THE RING – REGGIE OLIVER

EASTMOUTH – ALISON MOORE

CARRY WITHIN SOME SMALL SLIVER OF ME – ROBERT SHEARMAN

THE DEVIL’S INTERVAL – CONRAD WILLIAMS

STOLEN KISSES – MICHAEL MARSHALL SMITH

CURES FOR A SICKENED WORLD – BRIAN HODGE

THE OCTOBER WIDOW – ANGELA SLATTER

THE SLISTA – STEPHEN LAWS

OUTSIDE HEAVENLY – RIO YOUERS

THE LIFE INSPECTOR – JOHN LLEWELLYN PROBERT

SOMETHING SINISTER IN SUNLIGHT – LISA TUTTLE

THIS VIDEO DOES NOT EXIST – NICHOLAS ROYLE

NEWSPAPER HEART – STEPHEN VOLK

You can also order your copy using the buttons below – ORDER TODAY!

£12.50 UK

FOR THOSE ATTENDING FCON 2014 YOU CAN ORDER AT THE SPECIAL PRICE BELOW AND PICK IT UP FROM THE CONVENTION VENUE.

FCon 2014 Special £10

£15 EU

$30 US & RoW

 

News 22:07:2014 – Spectral Book of Horror Stories launch

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

We have a launch date for The Spectral Book of Horror Stories High Noon on 6th September 2014 at the Royal York Hotel, York. The launch will be attended by the editor Mark Morris, publisher Simon Marshall-Jones and cover artist Vincent Chong, as well as some of the contributors to the volume such as Ramsey Campbell, Gary McMahon, Conrad Williams, Reggie Oliver, Stephen Laws, Helen Marshall, and Robert Shearman to name but a few.

If you are attending the convention, you can pre-order the book at the special price of £10 and pick it up at the launch – see ordering details below:

£12.50 UK

FOR THOSE ATTENDING FCON 2014 YOU CAN ORDER AT THE SPECIAL PRICE BELOW AND PICK IT UP FROM THE CONVENTION VENUE.

FCon 2014 Special £10

£15 EU

$30 US & RoW

British Film Institute event

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On Wednesday 18th December, at 6:10pm, the British Film Institute in London will be hosting an event called Shades of Darkness as part of their Gothic Season, where the dramatised ghost story Feet Foremost will be shown, to be followed by a panel discussion, chaired by Matthew Sweet, featuring actor Reece Shearsmith, author Helen Wheatley, and A Ghost Story for Christmas director Lawrence Gordon Clark. Spectral will be there in the guise of publisher Simon Marshall-Jones and Tony Earnshaw (editor of the new Spectral volume on Lawrence’s contribution to British genre television); paperback copies of The Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark will be available for sale and signing on the night, as well as order forms for those wanting the hardback edition (which will be available next month).

"The Christmas Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark", Cover image ©  1971 - 2013 Graeme Morris. Design by John Oakey.

“The Christmas Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark”, Cover image © 1971 – 2013 Graeme Morris. Design by John Oakey.

Tickets for the event can be bought here.

Do please come along if you can!

WFC Book Launch: news

Spectral Press logoSometimes, things don’t work out as we would wish, despite our best efforts and diligence. We were hoping to launch the hardbacks of Tim Lebbon’s Still Life and Paul Kane’s Ghosts collection at this year’s World Fantasy Convention but, due to reasons beyond our control at the the printers, they won’t be delivered to the event on time. Now, we could have gone to another printers who would have been able to do the job for us BUT, there’s one thing that stopped us: OUR COMMITMENT TO QUALITY. Customers expect (and deserve) a certain level of quality from our books and we would not dare to step even a little bit below that mark. We would rather delay the launch of a product and get the best than rush something through that might potentially be less than what our customers expect. We are not willing to compromise on this one. So, the hardbacks will be delivered here to Spectral Towers AFTER the event, but they WILL be to our usual high standards (we know the company and trust them).

Now, what does this mean in terms of the launch event? Simple: instead of the hardback being launched, we will be launching the paperback editions of the titles instead. Furthermore, both Tim and Paul will be there to sign them, along with Nancy Kiilpatrick (who wrote the introduction to Paul’s volume), and cover artists Edward Miller (aka Les Edwards) and Jim Burns. Jim will also hopefully be bringing along some posters of the cover art and Les will have his artwork on display. The paperbacks will be available at the special convention price of £10 each (usual price £12.50).  (For those of you who want the hardbacks but haven’t yet ordered one, there will be order forms available – alternatively you can be pre-order the tomes directly from us elsewhere on this blog.) Furthermore, we also hope to have several other Spectral authors present, including Mark Morris, who will hopefully be reading from his Spectral novella, to be published in 2015.

We sincerely apologise to all those who have already purchased hardbacks and were coming along to collect their copies at WFC. Rest assured, though, they will be sent to you after the event and we will pay postage.

Many thanks for your patience!

Pre-orders: Still Life novella by Tim Lebbon & Ghosts collection by Paul Kane

A little later than planned, due to internet issues, here’s today’s blog:

Safe Harbour by Edward Miller ©2007 - 2013. All rights reserved

Safe Harbour by Edward Miller ©2007 – 2013. All rights reserved

At the end of October/beginning of November, Spectral will be launching two books by top-class writers, Still Life by Tim Lebbon and Ghosts by Paul Kane (cover artwork by Edward Miller shown above). They will be officially launched at World Fantasy Con in Brighton, but you can preorder copies of the LIMITED (125 each) SIGNED HARDBACKS of one or both now (at a special price) so you can be sure you’ll get one. Please see Paypal buttons below for details of prices. (If paying by any other means, please contact spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com for details)

The prolific Tim Lebbon is a New York Times bestselling author, whose output ranges right the way from short stories to novellas to novels, and covers the spectrum from original material through to franchises like Star Wars and onward to novelisations of films like Cabin in the Woods. His Spectral novella is an original story, and will feature cover artwork by the legendary Jim Burns, whose artistic visions have graced many a mainstream book jacket over the last few decades – watch out for the reveal as soon as the artwork is finished!

Paul Kane is also a prolific writer, and has achieved mass-market success Arrowhead trilogy, as well as critical acclaim for his books, The Hellraiser Films and their Legacy (non-fiction) and the Hellbound Hearts anthology, stories directly inspired by the Hellraiser mythos created by Clive Barker (edited in collaboration with his wife Marie O’Regan). Ghosts is a collection of all his supernatural fiction penned over the last fifteen years or so, plus a couple original to the collection. It will also feature an introduction by Canadian author/editor Nancy Kilpatrick plus, as a bonus with the hardback edition, the film script of Wind Chimes written by Paul and directed by Brad Watson (and introduced by the latter). As an extra, the book will also come with a DVD of the film so you can watch it as well!

All prices include P+P!

Still Life by Tim Lebbon (Spectral Visions IV)

UK £21

EU £23.50

US & RoW $42

Ghosts by Paul Kane (Spectral Collection I)

UK £21

EU £23.50

US & RoW $42

SPECIAL COMBINED OFFER (Still Life by Tim Lebbon [Spectral Visions IV] + Ghosts by Paul Kane [Spectral Collection I])

UK £35

EU £42

US & RoW $90

PLEASE NOTE:  we apologise for the high postage rates abroad, but it’s out of our control – sorry!!

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Whitstable: latest review and launch

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The latest review of Stephen Volk’s Whitstable has just winged its way in through our email inbox, and it’s from the venerable SFX  magazine. Even better than that, however, is that the reviewer, Ian Berriman, liked it so much he gave it FIVE stars: in fact, it’s the ONLY five star review in the book section this issue, even beating Neil Gaiman. The last paragraph sums the book up nicely:

“Although Whitstable never enters supernatural territory, it’s a moving tale which should delight any admirers of the late actor – and one which is crying out to be adapted into a biodrama. How about it, BBC Four?”

We would wholeheartedly agree with the last-mention part – it would make a brilliant televisual presentation, and everyone here at Spectral Towers hopes fervently that it does get adapted for the screen.

DF Lewis, of Weirdmonger fame, has started a real-time review of the book on his blog – you can find that here.

Whitstable cover image

Talking of Whitstable, tomorrow evening sees the official launch of the novella at the Whitstable Museum, Whitstable, Kent. We have been reliably informed that the event has sold out, which pleases us no end – so, if any of you are heading down to the Kent coast this weekend to attend, we’ll see you there!

Whitstable book launch

Whitstable cover image

Spectral is very proud to announce that Stephen Volk’s Whitstable novella will launched in… WHITSTABLE MUSEUM, WHITSTABLE, KENT on 25th May 2013 between 5pm & 6:30pm, as a part of the Whit Lit Festival – a very fitting place in which to do so.  There will be a Q&A session with Stephen, and afterwards there will a book signing (Spectral will be there with both hardbacks and paperbacks for sale). This is a ticketed event, and entry will cost £6 – tickets can be obtained from either Whit Lit Festival or TicketSource. Places are extremely limited, so if any of you lovely people intend to go please secure your ticket today!

Whitstable is a beautifully picturesque maritime town on the northeast Kent coast, famous for its Oyster Festival and, of course, the place where Helen and Peter Cushing decided to live in the course of Helen’s illness. The environs of Whitstable have been inhabited since paleolithic times and the town was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. Its oysters have achieved fame throughout the world, and have been harvested since at least Roman times. We here at Spectral can’t think of a more wonderfully appropriate setting in which to officially launch this literary tribute to one of Britain’s finest actors.

This promises to be an absolutely scintillating event – look forward to seeing you there!

FantasyCon: the 2012 edition

FantasyCon 2012 logo

It’s that time of the year once more, when the widely dispersed clans of Writers, Publishers and Editors all gather in some hotel somewhere (in the Royal Albion Hotel in Brighton again this year) and chat about all things genre and books. This year, unlike our previous attendances, things are slightly different for us: we have a book launch going on, a reading to host, a panel to moderate and an awards ceremony to be nervous about. In between we shall be meeting up with various people to talk ‘business’ over drinks, and we are hoping to be able to report some good things when we get back in terms of new novellas and chapbooks. Spectral is definitely going through some exciting times, and we have a feeling that even better things will be coming your way in 2013 and beyond!

Anyway, for those interested, here’s our FantasyCon schedule for this year:

Friday 28th September, Bar Rogue, 9pm – 10pm: launch of The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine by John Llewellyn Probert. There will be free wine, and John will be signing both the hardbacks and the paperbacks. Posters will also be given away as well as Spectral badges.

Saturday 29th September, Readings Room 134, 9:30pm – 10pm: Spectral at the Movies reading, with Stephen Volk and John L. Probert.

Sunday 30th September, Fitzherbert Room, 10 am – 11am: Panel, Market Information for Newcomers, with Christopher Teague (Pendragon Press) and Peter Mark May (Hersham Horror).

Sunday 30th September, Regency Lounge, 1pm onwards: nervously pacing up and down and biting fingernails at the Awards Ceremony….

If any of you out there are planning on attending, then please do make yourself known to us. This promises to be a great event, the highlight of the year, and what a great setting into the bargain. There will be a further post nearer the time with more details of the event itself, such as Guests of Honour and the programme of events due to be held.

More news soon!