Spectral Vol. IV: King Death cover design

So, here it is – the stunning artwork pictured below, created by the estimable Neil Williams, will be the cover to Paul Finch’s King Death, due out 5th DECEMBER 2011 (bear in mind that there’s a little extra text to go there as well yet). The chapbook itself will be available to pre-order in October, but as there are only 30 copies left before it sells out let me know if you’re interested in purchasing one by sending an email to spectralpress[ATgmail[DOT]com please and I will reserve you one! (Then I’ll contact you in October re: payment)

In 1348, England is stricken by the Black Death.

The worst pandemic in human history has reached the kingdom of the warlike Edward III, a monarch who in battle against human adversaries cannot imagine defeat.

Two thirds of his subjects now perish. Woods become wild again, farmland goes to rack and ruin, villages, towns and castles are left empty, inhabited only by ghosts.

Little wonder that fear of the supernatural reaches an all-time high. Little wonder stories ignite about witches and demons spreading the plague, about ‘King Death’, an awesome harbinger of doom from whom there is no protection.

Cynical opportunist Rodric doesn’t believe any of these. With reckless indifference, he sets out to enrich himself…

“Paul Finch’s supernatural stories combine a poetic imagination with a sharp eye for the complexities of human evil.” – Joel Lane

A teaser….

… for Spectral Volume IV, due out this December – a little early I know but it may just tickle your fancy or even inspire you to take out a subscription to Spectral (details elsewhere on this site)… =)

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KING DEATH – Paul Finch

In 1348, England is stricken by the Black Death.

The worst pandemic in human history has reached the kingdom of the warlike Edward III, a monarch who in battle against human adversaries cannot imagine defeat.

Two thirds of his subjects now perish. Woods become wild again, farmland goes to rack and ruin, villages, towns and castles are left empty, inhabited only by ghosts.

Little wonder that fear of the supernatural reaches an all-time high. Little wonder stories ignite about witches and demons spreading the plague, about ‘King Death’, an awesome harbinger of doom from whom there is no protection.

Cynical opportunist Rodric doesn’t believe any of these. With reckless indifference, he sets out to enrich himself…

“Paul Finch’s supernatural stories combine a poetic imagination with a sharp eye for the complexities of human evil.” – Joel Lane

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More news soon… =)