The Eyes of Water peer out from The Black Abyss

Eyes of Water cover image

Monday morning appears to come around far too quickly these days, but at least it also appears that a new review of a Spectral publication always comes along to take the edge off it. This Monday morning is no exception: a new review of Alison Littlewood’s chapbook The Eyes of Water has been posted to Colin Leslie’s The Black Abyss website. You can read the review here.

Due to having been so busy last week, we didn’t get a chance to start sending the books out – that will be rectified this week! Apologies, and many thanks for your patience!

More reviews soon!

Spectral visits The Black Abyss

Spectral Logo Just a very quick blog today, to let you know that Spectral supremo Simon Marshall-Jones was called by Grand Inquisitor Colin Leslie to answer some questions at his domicile The Black Abyss. Colin wanted to know about everything Spectral, and my association with the horror genre in general. To see what Simon had to say for himself, please go here.

Another duo of Rough Music reviews

Rough Music by Simon Kurt Unsworth

Today, we have two reviews of Simon Kurt Unsworth’s chapbook story for you, one from a blogger and one from a reader. So, without further ado:

The first one is courtesy of Colin Leslie, which he posted to his Black Abyss blogsite last night – the review can be found here.

Next we have a write-up from reader and subscriber Clayton Stealback – this is what he had to say:

“Every now and then I come across something from an author whose work I haven’t read before and I think, ‘Wow!’ Simon’s offering of Rough Music did that for me and certainly puts him firmly up there with my favourite writers from the small press world. Rough Music is yet another fantastic addition to Spectral’s growing portfolio of limited edition chapbooks.

The story pulled me in from the outset, keeping me glued in my chair and reading until the very end. Simon generates an atmosphere in this story which is nothing short of amazing, being fascinatingly creepy and sublimely haunting. Even now, several weeks after having read Rough Music, the scenes from Simon’s renderings still come into my head…and I smile.

For me, Rough Music isn’t a piece of writing which tells the reader a story: it’s a piece of writing which enthrals the reader. Simon doesn’t just tell the tale: he unravels it, revealing ever more disturbing layers beneath. It’s a brilliant piece of writing, well controlled and masterful, which totally engaged me as a reader and put me firmly behind the eyes of the main character.

To summarise Rough Music up in four words: Downright creepy and enthralling.  I’m going to remember it for a long time, and I’m looking forward to seeing more from Simon in the future.

Great work Simon; great work Spectral!”

There’ll be more reviews very soon – stay tuned!