A trio of Rough Music reviews

Rough Music Cover

Here at Spectral, there was a great start to the week yesterday (more on that below) and today we’ve had a boost to that good start in the form of some new reviews of Simon Kurt Unsworth’s Rough Music, the fifth in Spectral’s line of quarterly chapbooks. The first of those reviews is from Anthony Watson, which can be found posted to his Dark Musings blog –  if you’d like to know what he thought of Simon’s story, then please follow the link from here.

The next review is from Gef Fox over at Skull Salad Reviews – see what the wily Mr. Fox has to say about Rough Music here.

And finally, Jassen Bailey of The Crow’s Caw review blog also gives an account of what he thinks of the chapbook – you can find out what Jassen thought of it here.

(Talking of reviews, I’ve just discovered this very short review of Paul Finch’s King Death, posted in The Black Glove horror ‘zine – check it out!)


You know that great start to the week I hinted at above? Well, it was because the limited hardback edition of this novella from Gary Fry SOLD OUT  yesterday!! Yes, all 100 copies have now been spoken for. However, fear not – some copies can be currently ordered from the This Is Horror online shop, and the book will also soon be available from Fantastic Literature in the UK, as well as Jeff ‘N’ Joys (UK), Bad Moon Books (USA), Ziesing Books (USA), Camelot Books (USA), Wrigley Cross (USA) and Nightfall Books (USA) – links to those will be provided to them once the books have been shipped.

You can also buy it in paperback form, but this version omits the bonus novella contained in the hardback – details of how to order this version can be found here.

The Crow’s Caw reviews King Death

As hinted at above, this latest review of Paul Finch’s Spectral chapbook comes from Jassen Bailey’s The Crow’s Caw book review blog. Mr. Bailey himself admits that neither medieval fiction nor movies based in the period are his cup of tea, so does it win him over or not? To find out, click the link here!

More soon!

New Nowhere Hall review

Mondays are normally the bleakest link in the week, but there is a certain type of Monday morning I do like – the type where someone has sent me something that brightens my day considerably. In this case, that someone is Jassen Bailey and the something in question is a new review of Spectral Volume III, aka Nowhere Hall by Cate Gardner, posted on his The Crow’s Caw review website. If you want to know what Mr. Bailey said, then please follow the link from here.

Expect more reviews very soon!!

New Spectral review…

Just received this wonderfully insightful review from Jassen Bailey of  The Bag & The Crow blog…


Gary McMahon has created a dark and dreary story of a married couple who are attempting to live life after the brutal murder of their son Eddie.  Rob and Becky have recently purchased a house, which is a metaphor of their life. The house is in need of some major repairs much like their marriage.

Both are struggling for closure. They discover a room in the cellar which becomes fittingly known as the Quiet Room. Inside the Quiet Room, Rob and Becky are forced to feel; something they apparently haven’t done for some time as evidenced by their individual reactions after spending time in the room. The Quiet Room offers thoughts, no distractions, and very well could be the key to truths. Most of all, it offers absolutely no noise.

Rob and Becky have a difference of opinion as to what the Quiet Room represents. One thing is for sure, they come face to face with their personal demons, past scars, and ghosts in this room.

Gary McMahon’s prose will change your mental forecast. This story will make you feel. What They Hear in the Dark is a well written story woven with loss, pain, ghosts, personal demons, and struggle.  McMahon takes on several major themes without distracting the reader. This is impressive considering it is a chapbook of 22 pages.  This chapbook is highly recommended to all. You will especially enjoy this one if you love tales where life is the ultimate villain.

Jassen Bailey