Darker Terrors: paperback preorders

'Into the Fire' by Les Edwards ©2014

‘Into the Fire’ by Les Edwards ©2014

Those of you with keen eyesight and fast reflexes will have noticed a slight title change for this book: from Darkest Terrors to Darker Terrors. Why? Simple: should this one prove popular then it gives us room for manoeuvre to bring out a companion volume. In the meantime, you can now pre-order the paperback edition of this fine anthology, which will feature stories from Neil Gaiman, Harlan Ellison, Ray Bradbury, Dennis Etchison, Poppy Z. Brite, and Michael Marshall Smith, amongst many others.

The limited hardback is still available too, and you can preorder that one below as well. This one will be signed by Stephen Jones and David A. Sutton (editors), and Les Edwards (cover artist). Both editions will feature an index to ALL the stories published in the six volumes of Dark Terrors. Both editions will be published at Halloween this year. 

 

Announcement: Darkest Terrors author list

'Into the Fire' by Les Edwards ©2014

‘Into the Fire’ by Les Edwards ©2014

As many will know, it’s a rarity that we publish two blogs in a day, but it appears that we here at Spectral aren’t the most patient of people, which isn’t surprising given the calibre of the stellar talent on offer here. Head of Spectral Press, Simon Marshall-Jones, has been overwhelmed, almost to the point of catatonia, by the utter awesomeness represented by this line-up. The Stephen Jones and David A. Sutton edited Darkest Terrors: a Best of Dark Terrors (cover above) will feature stories from the following (story titles to follow in due course):

Michael Marshall Smith
Karl Edward Wagner
Brian Lumley
Caitlín R. Kiernan
Harlan Ellison
Ray Bradbury
Poppy Z. Brite
Neil Gaiman
Stephen Baxter
Dennis Etchison
Lisa Tuttle
Christopher Fowler
Richard Christian Matheson
Gwyneth Jones
Ramsey Campbell
Glen Hirschberg
Donald Tumasonis

On a personal note, if you’d told us we would be publishing these fine people when we started Spectral we’d have accused the speaker as being a fantasist. This, for us, is just the very wonderful icing on an already impressive cake. 

We will be offering this for preorder soon – this is bound to be a popular volume, so make sure you secure your copy asap! Retail for the limited HB is likely to be around £25 – £30 and for the PB around £10 – £12.

Announcement: Darkest Terrors book

'Into the Fire' by Les Edwards ©2014

‘Into the Fire’ by Les Edwards ©2014

It is with immense pleasure that we can announce that Darkest Terrors: A Best of Dark Terrors volume, edited by the esteemed Stephen Jones (The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror) and David A.Sutton, will be published by Spectral Press next year at Halloween. It will feature some of the best stories published in the Dark Terrors series of anthologies published in the late nineties/early noughties -the Table of Contents won’t be finalised for some time to come, but work has already started on putting together a stunning line-up. In the meantime, we secured an absolutely amazing piece of wraparound artwork by Les Edwards (reproduced above) for the cover. It’s called ‘Into the Fire’ and is one of his latest pieces.

Further announcements will be made as soon as the line-up has been established – so please keep checking back over the next few months to stay abreast of developments.

A gallery of future covers….

Today, we thought we’d do something different – present a gallery of covers from future publications…. and so:

The Dancers in the Pines ©2014 Simon Bestwick/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Neil Williams

The Dancers in the Pines ©2014 Simon Bestwick/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Neil Williams

Black Mountain 11: The Dancers in the Pines is the final installment in Simon Bestwick’s monthly serial – the cover has been created by Neil Williams once more, and it’ll be available from Amazon later this week.

"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.

Of course, Dr. Valentine will be in the area very soon, and his rather fetching portrait (and those of his victims) features on John Llewellyn Probert’s second expose of his nefarious exploits, The Hammer of Dr. Valentine. Nick Gucker managed to get this one down on paper before narrowly escaping with his life…

BUY YOUR COPY TODAY!!!!!
 
The Hammer of Dr. Valentine: limited signed hardback (100 only). 

UK £21

EU £24

USA & Everywhere Else $45

"Leytonstone" ©Stephen Volk/Spectral Press 2014. Artwork ©Ben Baldwin 2014

“Leytonstone” ©Stephen Volk/Spectral Press 2014. Artwork ©Ben Baldwin 2014

And then, Stephen Volk gives us his follow up to the critically-acclaimed Whitstable – Leytonstone, which delves into the incident in Alfred Hitchcock’s childhood which shaped the director he was to become in later life. And it’s being graced by another fantastic Ben Baldwin masterpiece (PLEASE NOTE: TYPOGRAPHICAL LAYOUT WILL BE DIFFERENT IN THE FINAL VERSION).

PRE-ORDERS:

£21 UK

£24 EU

$50 US & RoW

Then, a paperback edition of the Johnny Mains-edited Back from the Dead will be issued with this fabulous Les Edwards cover:

Terror by Night - cover for Johnny Main's "Back From the Dead". Artwork © 1974/2013 Les Edwards.

Terror by Night – cover for Johnny Main’s “Back From the Dead”. Artwork © 1974/2013 Les Edwards.

And now… for a preview of a book which will be published later in 2015 with another Ben Baldwin cover – Mark Morris’ Albion Fay… feast thy eyes upon this magnificence!

Albio Fay ©2014 Mark Morris/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Ben Baldwin

Albio Fay ©2014 Mark Morris/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Ben Baldwin