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!

News – 26:01:2015

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 first episode of the new Spectral Press eBook serial The Quarantined City by James Everington, The Smell of Paprika, will be available very shortly on Amazon. Above is the rather gorgeous cover – a detail from Max Ernst’s 1942 painting Europe After the Rain II, reproduced by kind permission of the The Wadsworth Museum, Hartford, Connecticut. Layout duties have been ably performed by Neil Williams.

Here’s the blurb:

The Quarantined City: sealed off from the outside world, with only the sight of the ocean to remind its inhabitants of life beyond. No one knows why the city has been quarantined and conspiracy theories abound.

But for Fellows life continues largely as before. He walks the streets, hunts out rare books; the sun continues to shine and the gulls circle above.

There’s the small matter of the ghost haunting his house, but Fellows doesn’t let himself think of that.

But when he tracks down a story by the reclusive writer known as Boursier, his old certainties fade as he becomes aware that the secrets of the city, the ghostly child, and the quarantine itself, might be more connected than he thinks…

Look out for it!

"The Hammer of Dr. Valentine" ©2014 John Llewellyn Probert/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Nick Gucker. Layout ©2014 Neil Williams.

“The Hammer of Dr. Valentine” ©2014 John Llewellyn Probert/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Nick Gucker. Layout ©2014 Neil Williams.

Also, classic long-running Hammer magazine Little Shoppe of Horrors gives The Hammer of Dr Valentine a thumbs up in a review by Alan Wright. The review will appear in a future issue of the magazine – we’ll let you know which one in due course. In the meantime, why not get yourself a copy of the book:

The Hammer of Dr. Valentine: limited signed hardback (100 only). 

UK £21

EU £24

USA & Everywhere Else $45

Copies to preorder customers are starting to go out today!

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 part three

Black Mountain 3: The Strange Death of Britt Nordenstam. Artwork © 2014 Neil Williams/Spectral Press

Black Mountain 3: The Strange Death of Britt Nordenstam. Artwork © 2014 Neil Williams/Spectral Press

Good morning from a cold but beautifully sunny and bright blue sky day here at Château Spectrale.  Today, we are going to tell you about the latest ‘episode’ in the ongoing eBook monthly serial from Spectral, Black Mountain by Simon Bestwick. The cover artwork, by the inestimable Neil Williams, is shown above. Continuing the chronicling of the strange events around Lake Bala in North Wales, the third in the series, The Strange Death of Britt Nordenstam, looks at what happens when an archaeology professor takes student volunteers on a dig at the remains of a medieval village around the lake’s shores, and one of their number goes mysteriously missing, vanishing completely without trace. The woman is just one of a line of people to do so over the years. The events will have tragic repercussions that go well beyond the fate of the woman in question, the Britt Nordenstam of the title, setting in motion a chain of events that will deeply change a number of people’s lives forever. 

Jut what is going on in North Wales – and how many more victims will it claim?

Black Mountain 3: The Strange Death of Britt Nordenstam will be available on Amazon by the end of the week. Additionally, the opening chapter, Black Mountain 1: The Red Key, will also be made available, as is Black Mountain 2: The Ghosts of Hafan Deg.

Spectral Visions paperbacks and eBooks

To make it convenient for customers to buy the paperback and eBook editions of all the Spectral Visions novellas, all the links have been listed below:

THE RESPECTABLE FACE OF TYRANNY

The Respectable Face of Tyranny by Gary Fry

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KINDLE

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THE NINE DEATHS OF DR. VALENTINE

The Nine Deaths of Dr Valentine cover image

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And, just for good measure, here’s the link to Stephen Volk’s Whitstable as well:

Whitstable cover image

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The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine: the Kindle edition

The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine cover image

Someone is killing doctors in the style of the murders in Vincent Price movies, leaving the Bristol police baffled. The only man who could possibly be responsible died years ago…

… or did he?

Yes, that’s right, the (mis)adventures of everybody’s favourite monstrous villain Dr. Valentine is now available as an eBook from Amazon – just click on the appropriate link below and it’ll be yours in no time!

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The Respectable Face of Tyranny will also be available as on Kindle early next week!

More soon!

New review and news – 05:06:2013

Whitstable cover image

Just a very quick post this morning, to tell you about the very latest review of Stephen Volk’s Whitstable which has just crossed the virtual Spectral Publishing desk – this one’s from Matthew Dent and has been posted to his A Man with a Blog blog. Not only does he have nice things to say about the novella, but he also has good things to say about Spectral too! You can read Matthew’s review here.

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Some of you will be pleased to know that the previous novellas in the Spectral Visions series, The Respectable Face of Tyranny by Gary Fry and The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine by John Llewellyn Probert, will soon be available in eBook form. Keep checking back here for when they’ll be available.

More soon!