Whitstable: news and pre-orders

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As most of you horror aficionados know, 2013 is the centenary of one of the finest actors Britain has ever produced – Peter Cushing. There will be many celebrations to mark the event, and Spectral Press is joining in by publishing a novella, called Whitstable by Stephen Volk, the writer mostly known for his groundbreaking drama Ghostwatch and the recent celluloid chiller The Awakening. The novella is set, as the title implies, in his beloved home town of Whitstable, situated on the Kent coast. Although there are no supernatural elements present in the story, the monsters Peter fights are all too real.

There will, of course, be a campaign to promote its release in May, including a competition to be run in conjunction with The Classic Horror Campaign, wherein one lucky person will win a signed copy. Also, internationally renowned magazine Fortean Times will be running a feature on Peter Cushing by Mr. Volk, with reference to the novella including a short extract from it. In tandem, Fortean Times  will also be holding a competition/giveaway, with signed books up for grabs.

In view of the likely popularity of the book, we here at Spectral Press have decided to put the limited hardback edition (signed and numbered) on pre-order now, rather than later, so people can assure themselves of obtaining a copy of this absolutely wonderful book. We are also offering, in conjunction with Cosmic Hobo Productions, a special deal which includes a copy of the 2CD set of Peter narrating his memoirs of the Hammer years. Below are two price points: one for just the book only and the other for the book and 2CD offer.

All prices include postage and packing.

£21 Whitstable HB UK

£28 Whitstable HB + 2 CD UK

£23.50 Whitstable HB (EU)

£31.50 Whitstable HB + 2CD (EU)

$45 Whitstable HB (US & RoW)

$57 Whitstable HB + 2CD (US & RoW)

Look forward to hearing from you!

Monday morning goodness: 29th October 2012

Various bits of news to get through this morning, so you won’t find us dallying on this beautifully sunny but cold autumn day:

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First up is a new review of Mark West’s What Gets Left Behind, the latest in Spectral’s renowned chapbook line. This one’s from Stanley Riiks, editor of the Morpheus Tales Review Supplement, which he has posted (due to space restrictions in the latest Supplement) on his own blog. We particularly like this quote:

“I can’t remember when I’ve read a short story this good. West has done a grand job and the usually excellent quality of the Spectral Press chapbooks is nudged up to stunning with this.”

The rest of the review can be read here.


Whitstable cover image

Last Friday we revealed the cover (by stellar artist Ben Baldwin – above) to the forthcoming Spectral Visions novella from Stephen Volk (GhostwatchAfterlife), Whitstable. Although the book won’t be published until next May, in time to celebrate the centenary of the birth of the English actor and wonderful human being Peter Cushing, it has already generated quite a lot of interest and reservations are already being made. To make what promises to be a great book even better, Spectral has arranged a superb deal with Cosmic Hobo Productions: for a special price, not only will you get the limited signed and numbered hardback edition of the book, but you’ll also get a 2 x CD audiobook of Peter Cushing reading his memoirs of the Hammer years, Past Forgetting. You can reserve your copies of both book and CDs by contacting us on spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com. This is sure to be a popular book, so get those reservations in today!

You might also like to know that Stephen will be appearing with revered genre writer Ramsey Campbell at the Newcastle Winter Book Festival on Saturday November 24th 2012 at 6:45pm at the Literary & Philosophical Society, 23 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SE. He will be previewing Whitstable at the event, details of which can be obtained here.

Finally, to wrap things up, we are proud to announce that the thirteenth story in the first Spectral Ghost Story Annual (The Thirteen Ghosts of Christmas) will be John Forth’s The Green ClearingJohn joins the host of other fine writers (details here) whose stories have made it into what we here at Spectral Towers hope will become an annual tradition looked forward to by all lovers of spooky tales! Congratulations John!

Onwards and upwards!!