Rough Music: first impressions

Due to the marvels of modern technology, even though I will be sending Simon Kurt Unsworth’s Spectral chapbook off to the printers this morning, the first reviews have already started to come in. Wonders will never cease, eh? Anyway, the first of these is from Jim McLeod’s Ginger Nuts of Horror blog, wherein he explains that the tale had something of a personal resonance for him – the question is, though, did he like it or loathe it? Find out here.

The second review is from Geoff Nelder and I reproduce it here in full (with his kind permission):

Rough Music by Simon Kurt Unsworth

Short story that is Volume 5 of Spectral – 24pg A5 print booklet with card covers, signed and numbered, 100 only, a limited edition published in March 2012 by Spectral Press

When Cornish’s slumber was disturbed by a one-man-band beating the hell out of what might have been a saucepan with a heavy spoon, he was irritated, annoyed but not unduly concerned. Alas, the unruly incident, both visual and acoustic, incremented the following night. Was someone out to torment the community or him in person? After another night, he suspected the latter and the reader, reading between both the lines and the sheets is able to suspect why. This tale is more cunning than it first appears, and the resolution of the conflict(s) is sufficiently intriguing for the reader to determine whether the rough music is real or … something else. 

Unsworth has penned a worthy addition to Spectral Press’s unbroken record of fine literary pieces of horror.

The chapbook will be sent to subscribers and individual purchasers starting at the end of this month.

Meanwhile, Gary Fry’s novella The Respectable Face of Tyranny is, gratifyingly, selling very steadily – in fact two-thirds of the limited edition hardback print run have already been accounted for. If you wish to get your hands on one of these lovely little volumes, featuring full-colour covers (a Neil Williams effort, based on a photograph of Saltwick Bay by Philip Haigh), coloured endpapers and a silk ribbon bookmarker, then I suggest you hop over to here and order one now – they’re sure to do one of Spectral’s patented vanishing tricks very soon!

More news and reviews soon!!

More King Death reviews

Today, we have a bumper crop of reviews for the latest Spectral chapbook, Volume IV of the series, in fact we have THREE of them to tell you about.

First we have one from Jim Mcleod’s Ginger Nuts of Horror website, wherein it cites the Spectral chapbooks as “…a top quality product in both production values and the quality of the writing…” – you can read the specifics of what Jim says about Paul Finch’s entry in the burgeoning Spectral library here.

Next comes a write-up from pablocheesecake via his The Eloquent Page review site. As he notes here this is a departure from the usual Spectral story, in that it’s historical supernatural fiction – but does that affect his approach to and judgement of the story? I’ll let you discover what he thinks by directing you to the review here. (He also makes note of the excellent cover artwork by Neil Williams – a nice and welcome touch I felt)

Lastly, but certainly not least, we have the very latest review from Read Horror magazine, this time written by Dan Howarth. He calls this particular story “…deeply unnerving reading…” but you should go ahead anyway and read what he has to say in his in-depth review of the chapbook, which can be found here.

Thanks to all who reviewed the book – more soon!

A bumper crop of new reviews…

Today, I bring notice of not one, not even two, but THREE reviews of Cate Gardner’s Nowhere Hall:

First up is Walt Hicks’ write-up at the Page Horrific site, run by David T. Wilbanks. Hicks calls the Spectral line of chapbooks ‘wonderful’ and that indeed sets the tone for the rest of the review. Interested parties can read what else was said here.

Review number two is from Anthony Watson’s Dark Musings blog. Anthony is a subscriber, so it’s always great to hear when those who have very kindly sent me their hard-earned money have good things to say about the imprint – in fact, Anthony says “…It’s great to see horror so well served by a publisher with such high standards of quality. Continued success seems assured for Spectral – which is great news indeed…” – comments like that make it all worthwhile. Read the rest here.

Finally, Jim Mcleod weighs in with his assessment over on Ginger Nuts of Horror, and I am glad to report that it’s another positive one. Don’t just take my word for it, however: head on over to the site and read the write-up for yourself, which can be found here.

Rest assured, there’s a lot more supernatural goodness in store over the coming years – so why not take out a subscription today to ensure you secure YOUR copies of future chapbooks? Look for the convenient Paypal buttons down the right-hand side of this blog.

Onwards and upwards!

Spectral I & II reviews….

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….