Thanks to Robert Morrish, who writes the Spotlight on Publishing column for Cemetery Dance magazine, Spectral has just received a short review of the very first publication from the imprint, Gary McMahon’s What They Hear in the Dark. It’ll be printed in Cemetery Dance magazine #66, available soon. In the meantime, however, you can read what Robert says about this dark little tale on his Twilight Ridge blog, saying of Spectral that “… they’re definitely a publisher to keep an eye on in the future…” (The review is the fifth one down)
Spectral is just over six months old now, and still the positive reviews keep coming in. The latest has just been posted by Black Abyss, where they review both Gary McMahon’s What They Hear in the Dark and Gary Fry’s Abolisher of Roses. The people at Black Abyss consider “Spectral Press’s new range of chapbooks…” to be ” …really something special…” and that “this series is already proving to be unmissable…” The review can be found here.
So, if you’ve been dithering over the decision whether to order a four issue subscription to this rapidly rising publishing star of the horror, supernatural and dark fiction scene then this is further incentive to get your order in now. Purchasing couldn’t be easier – there are Paypal buttons provided on the front page for your convenience. If you want to pay through any other means please contact Spectral at spectralpress[at]gmail[dot]com for further details. However, there aren’t many places left from Volume IV onward, so if you’re interested in subscribing it’s advisable to buy one soon. (If you’d like to reserve a subscription, then write to the above email address telling us so and we’ll keep you a place for a whole month).
The reviews keep coming in for both Gary Fry’s Abolisher of Roses and Gary McMahon’s What They Hear in the Dark. The Morpheus Tales Review Supplement #13 carried write-ups of both, saying of Spectral Volume II that “… [y]ou are unlikely to find better outside of a Best of Horror collection by Stephen Jones…’ which is high praise indeed. Adrian Brady concludes his bite-sized review of Spectral Volume I with the words ‘… [i]f the quality of the fiction and chapbook are anything to go by then Spectral Press have a grand future ahead of them…’ – it’s more than gratifying to see that people are definitely getting what the imprint is all about.
You can read the full reviews by downloading the Morpheus Tales Review Supplement from here completely free – Abolisher of Roses is reviewed on page 13 and the What They Hear in the Dark review can be found on page 31.
(There’s also a review of Nowhere Hall [Spectral Volume III] author Cate Gardner’s collection from Strange Publications, Strange Men in Pinstripe Suits and Other Curious Things, in there as well, which is definitely worth checking out if you want an utterly different take on things…)
If you liked what you read of Gary McMahon’s grim take on urban horror in the first chapbook Spectral published, then you may be interested in his latest series of novels, the Concrete Grove trilogy, published by Solaris. The first one, The Concrete Grove, is due out this month on the 7th (despite what it says on the website) and I can thoroughly recommend that you get your mitts on a copy. Gary is definitely a rising star in the horror scene. More details of the novel can be found if you follow this link.
It’s that time of year again, when the British fantasy Society release their BfS Awards shortlist. It’s always an exceptionally strong list of contenders they field and this year is no exception. And I am pleased to see that some of the people involved with Spectral have been nominated to the list, too, to wit:
BEST NOVEL – Pretty Little Dead Things (Angry Robot) by Gary McMahon (What They Hear in the Dark)
BEST NOVELLA – Sparrowhawk (Pendragon Press) by Paul Finch (King Death)
BEST COLLECTION – One Monster is Not Enough (Gray Friar Press) and Walker in the Dark (Ash-Tress Press), both by Paul Finch (King Death)
BEST ARTIST – Daniele Serra (cover artist for Cate Gardner’s Nowhere Hall)
BEST SMALL PRESS – Gray Friar Press, run by Gary Fry (Abolisher of Roses)
First, Michael Wilson over at Read Horror webzine gave Gary McMahon’s What They Hear in the Dark a short review, giving it a thumbs up. Michael will also be reviewing the other Gary’s Abolisher of Roses at some point in the near future – in the meantime, here’s what he said about Mr. McMahon’s chapbook.
Antipodean writer Angela Slatter, of Sourdough & Other Stories (Tartarus Press) and The Girl with no Hands (Ticonderoga) fame (both of which I have reviewed), asked me to participate in one of her fun little ‘Drive-by Interviews’, which she published today. You can see what I said by clicking here.
Don’t forget, too, that copies of Cate Gardner’s Nowhere Hall are now available on pre-order, but I urge you to get your order in quickly as there are only FIVE copies left (15th June 2011)…. =)
… and this time it’s from Lisa Morton, and posted at The Black Glove online review pages. I have to say that the write-up is extremely insightful, and really gets to the heart of both chapbooks…. so, without further ado, you can find the review here.
This week as has seen a few more reviews coming to roost at Spectral Towers, so I thought it only politic to introduce these newcomers to the world at large. They are:
Stephen Theaker, in Theaker’s Quarterly and Paperbacks, had this to say about Abolisher of Roses, mentioning that it “lives up to the standard set by the first, What They Hear in the Dark by Gary McMahon”.
Secondly, Des Lewis (of Null Immortalis fame) also wrote a review of Gary Fry’s chapbook in My Last Balcony, which you can find here.
Finally, we have a combined review of Volumes I & II in the new online incarnation of that British institution, Starburst Magazine. The reviewer notes that “Spectral produces really superb signed, limited editions..” which is all you need to know, really. Anyway, you can find the review here, but you’ll have to login or register to see the review in full – however, I guarantee that it’s worth doing!
Spectral is going places – so I suggest you subscribe today so you don’t get left behind!! =)
Another fine write-up of Gary Fry’s Abolisher of Roses was posted recently on The Eloquent Page website, which you can read here. I’m especially chuffed that Spectral has, in its own small way, helped rejuvenate the reviewer’s interest in the short story form – that’s one of the raisons d’etre of the imprint’s existence, to inspire people to read more shorter fiction pieces.
Also, there are now only SIX copies of Spectral Volume I, Gary McMahon’s What They Hear in the Dark, left – so I suggest you get your skates on people!! As fine an example of grim as you can get anywhere, and at a reasonable price too… =)
Today, there’s a pair of reviews posted on Jim McCleod’s Ginger Nuts of Horror site, and feature positive notices of both Gary McMahon’s What They Hear in the Dark and Gary Fry’s forthcoming contribution to Spectral, Abolisher of Roses, which will be published in early May. Jim starts off with…
“… I’m going to say right away that both these chapbooks were stunning pieces of writing, that rise above being mere genre pieces. These are both top quality writing, by two talented and gifted writers. If the other writers that Spectral Press have on their books are even half as good, then they are on to a winner….” – as positive a thumbs up as any I’ve read!
To see what Jim says about the chapbooks, then pop along to the site, which can be accessed here. The rise of Spectral is gaining pace….