Yesterday we had a review of a book which was published at Christmastime last year and today we bring you notice of a review of a book that was launched at last year’s FantasyCon at the end of September – John Llewellyn Probert’s The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine. This one’s from the British Fantasy Society website and was written by Richard Webb – you can catch up with what Mr. Webb says about the novella by going here.
Also yesterday we launched the pre-orders for the extremely limited TEN-only special slipcased boxset edition of the Collected Spectral Chapbooks: Volumes I – VIII (January 2011 – December 2012)(The red slipcase in the above photo). We are immensely proud to report that all ten were sold within four hours – a record for Spectral (granted there were only ten to sell, but still…).
If you missed this edition, then fear not: in late September we will be publishing unlimited paperback and eBook editions of The Collected Spectral Chapbooks: Volume One, which will include new illustrations by Nick Gucker accompanying each story. We are looking to launched the book at Andromeda One, a one-day horror, science fiction and fantasy convention in Birmingham on 21st September. Prices are not yet set for the book, however if you would like to reserve a copy then please email us at spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com and let us know! More details in due course.
First, here’s a little article about Peter Cushing and Stephen Volk’s Whitstable that appeared yesterday at Gef Fox’s Wag the Fox blog, written by Simon Marshall-Jones of Spectral. The article gives an insight into the actor and why Stephen wrote the novella, as well as what drives the narrative. You can read the piece here.
As many of you will know, this year will see the publication of This Spectral Season, a single volume gathering all eight chapbooks from Spectral’s first two years, together with some new material from each contributor. The volume will be available as an unlimited paperback and an eBook.. In addition to those, there will also be a very limited edition of TEN sets of all eight chapbooks in their original format, signed and presented in their own slipcase. The slipcases are hand-covered in red Wibalin cloth with the Spectral logo gold foil stamped on the spine, and the contents held in by a custom obi strip, printed on fine quality paper as befits such a piece. Publication date has yet to be set – but is most likely to be this summer. Watch out for further details!
Talking of slipcases, the standard ones are still available for order – black Wibalin cloth with the Spectral logo silver foil stamped on the spine. They are designed to keep all those lovely chapbooks pristine and in order, plus they look absolutely magnificent displayed on the bookshelf! Just pop on over to the Spectral Shop to buy one today!