Coming up soon: two new books

Spectral Press logoNews of some two new books due to arrive in mid-2015:

THE BUREAU OF THEM by Cate Gardner

First, we have Cate Gardner’s new novella The Bureau of Them, due to be published in June and launched at this year’s Edge-Lit event in Derby in July (alongside Mark Morris’ Albion Fay and Stephen Volk’s Leytonstone). Expect a story of Cate’s trademark dark surrealism and slightly-twisted realities, plus a cover from David Chatton-Barker which will be with us in a couple of weeks. In the meantime you can preorder the limited hardback and the unlimited paperback:

LIMITED HARDBACKS

£21UK

£24EU

$50US & RoW

PAPERBACKS

£12.50UK

£15EU

$40US & RoW

BACK FROM THE DEAD edited by Johnny Mains

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.

Some years ago, Johnny Mains issued this eBook only volume of stories with the subtitle The Legacy of the Pan Book of Horror Stories. Spectral will be reissuing it with new material in paperback in May, with a cover by Les Edwards (see above). Preorder on the buttons below:

£12.50UK

£15EU

$40US & RoW

Look forward to hearing from you! 

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. 

 

Darkest Terrors: pre-orders

'Into the Fire' by Les Edwards ©2014

‘Into the Fire’ by Les Edwards ©2014

We are so looking forward to seeing this volume in print – it has such an incredible ToC, the kind every publisher dreams of. Apart from the authors listed below, the book will also feature a new introduction by Stephen Jones and an Afterword from David A. Sutton, the editors of the volume, and will be rounded off with an index of stories and authors featured in all the original Gollancz Dark Terrors series. It will be available in two formats: limited hardback with cloth and foiled stamped covers wrapped in a dustjacket featuring that absolutely gorgeous painting by Led Edwards shown above; and a paperback edition. It will be published at Halloween 2015, but you can secure a copy of the limited hardback now if you so wish so you don’t miss out – edition size will be 100 signed and numbered copies only.

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

All prices include postage and packing.

£35UK

£37EU

$60US & RoW

Look forward to hearing from you!

Leytonstone by Stephen Volk

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

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

AVAILABLE NEXT MONTH!!!

One evening in 1906 a chubby little boy of seven, son of a London greengrocer, is taken by his father to visit the local police station.

There he suddenly finds himself, inexplicably, locked up for a crime he hasn’t committed – or has he? Blinking into sunlight, traumatised by his overnight stay, he is told by his father the next morning: “Now you know what happens to naughty little boys!” But the incident is the catalyst for a series of events that will scar, and create, the world’s leading Master of Terror in the century to come…

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The boy is Alfred Hitchcock.

The story is the gripping and evocative new novella by Stephen Volk, writer of the highly-acclaimed novella Whitstable – which featured Peter Cushing as its central character and was published in 2013 (also by Spectral Press) to coincide with the centenary of the great actor’s death.

Leytonstone – like Whitstable – elevates fact (in this case an anecdote the famous director told repeatedly throughout his life) into resonant and poignant fiction, lifting the veil on not only the innocent and troubled young “Fred” but his emotionally needy mother and a father constantly struggling to do the right thing. But what none of them knows is that, after that fateful night and its consequences, their lives will be changed forever…

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STEPHEN VOLK is best known as the writer of BBC TV’s notorious Halloween “hoax” Ghostwatch, starring Michael Parkinson, which caused outraged viewers to jam the switchboards, and even raised questions in Parliament. He also created the award-winning drama series Afterlife and the recent supernatural mystery film The Awakening starring Rebecca Hall and Dominic West. His play, The Chapel of Unrest, was presented exclusively for one night only at London’s Bush Theatre starring Jim Broadbent and Reece Shearsmith. His short stories have earned selection in Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Best British Mysteries, and Best British Horror, and he has been a Bram Stoker, British Fantasy and Shirley Jackson Award finalist. He is the author of two short story collections: Dark Corners and Monsters in the Heart – the latter of which won a British Fantasy Award for “Best Collection” in 2014. He has also won a BAFTA.

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Cover image by Ben Baldwin

Publication date: March 2015

Available in limited signed and numbered hardback (125 copies), unlimited paperback, and eBook.

Retail: £21UK/£24EU/$50US & RoW

ALL PRICES INCLUDE POSTAGE/

Available from the publishers: Spectral Press, 13 Montgomery Crescent, Bolbeck Park, Milton Keynes, MK15 8PP

PRE-ORDERS:

Signed and Numbered Hardbacks (125 only)

£21 UK

£24 EU

$50 US & RoW

Paperbacks

£12.50UK

£15.00EU

$30.00US & RoW

AUTUMN SALE!! GET YOURSELF A BARGAIN!

We all like bargains – especially people who love books! So, to celebrate Spectral’s favourite time of year, Autumn (and the approach of Hallowe’en), we are holding our first ever sale, with some high quality books at excellent prices on offer. We will be running this sale until Christmas, after which prices will return to normal – so get ordering today!

ALL PRICES INCLUDE POSTAGE AND PACKING!

Robert Hardy in "The Stalls of Barchester", directed by Lawrence Gordon Clark

Robert Hardy in “The Stalls of Barchester”, directed by Lawrence Gordon Clark

THE CHRISTMAS GHOST STORIES OF LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK – UNSIGNED HARDBACK:

Foreword by MARK GATISS

Introduction by TONY EARNSHAW

Seven short stories by M. R. JAMESThe Stalls of Barchester CathedralThe Treasure of Abbot ThomasA Warning to the CuriousThe Ash TreeLost HeartsCasting the RunesCount Magnus

Exclusive new introductions to each story by LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK

Q&A with LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK by TONY EARNSHAW

Illustrated with photographs as well as chapter heading vignettes (by Nick Gucker)

SALE PRICE – UK £25

SALE PRICE – EU £27

SALE PRICE – US & RoW $45

STILL LIFE by Tim Lebbon

"Still Life" © Tim Lebbon/Spectral Press 2013. Artwork © Jim Burns 2013

“Still Life” © Tim Lebbon/Spectral Press 2013. Artwork © Jim Burns 2013

Jenni’s husband was part of the Road of Souls––his flesh swarmed by ants and pecked by rooks, bones crushed to powder by wheels of dread––and yet she still saw him in the pool.

            The incursion has been and gone, the war is over, and the enemy is in the land, remote and ambiguous.  The village outskirts are guarded by vicious beasts, making escape impossible.  The village itself is controlled by the Finks, human servants to the enemy––brutal, callous, almost untouchable. 

            Everything is less than it was before… time seems to move slower, the population is much denuded, and life itself seems to hold little purpose.  This is not living, it’s existing.

            But in a subjugated population, there is always resistance. 

            For Jenni, the happiest part of this new life is visiting the pool in the woods, seeing her dead husband within, and sharing memories of happier times.  It calms her and makes her feel alive.

            But the resistance comes to her for help. 

            And when her dead husband tells her it is time to fight, Jenni’s life is destined for a shattering change.  

“Tim Lebbon conjures up the horror of a world distorted by fear, distrust, and something unspeakable. With respectful nods to H.P Lovecraft Still Life rubs reality up against nightmares in this compact, engrossing treat.” Muriel Gray

SALE PRICE – UK £15

SALE PRICE – EU £17

SALE PRICE – US & RoW $30

GHOSTS by Paul Kane

"Ghosts" © Paul Kane/Spectral Press 2013. Artwork © Edward Miller 2007 - 2013.

“Ghosts” © Paul Kane/Spectral Press 2013. Artwork © Edward Miller 2007 – 2013.

They are all around us all the time. But only a few make contact, and only certain people are destined to see the Ghosts. Here, you’ll read a lonely shade’s tale… a deceased old man’s house being invaded… how one person discovers the true meaning of the Christmas spirit, while a parent struggles to come to terms with the sad loss of a child… and what happens when the ghosts of war go on the rampage, or when a monstrous wraith stalks the streets looking for revenge. Gathering together all of award-winning and bestselling author Paul Kane’s supernatural fiction, including three brand new stories–one a sequel to Charles Dickens’ ‘The Signal-Man’–and featuring an introduction from bestselling horror author Nancy Kilpatrick (Power of the Blood World series), the script of Wind Chimes introduced by its director Brad Watson (7th Dimension), plus suitably atmospheric cover art from Edward Miller, this is one collection that will haunt you forever.

SALE PRICE – UK £15

SALE PRICE – EU £17

SALE PRICE – US & RoW $30

Looking forward to hearing from you!

The paperbacks have landed!

LGCPB

As you can see from the face of Spectral’s publisher (and he’s cracking a rare smile), the paperbacks of The Christmas Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark have arrived here at headquarters – and very nice looking they are too (thanks to John Oakey Design). Copies will be sent out from today onwards, but please be aware that both the hardback editions will be available from next month due to house move. We here at Spectral apologise for any inconvenience caused by this.

In the meantime, you can order your copies below:

CONTENTS:

DELUXE EDITION (50 only):

Foreword by MARK GATISS

Introduction by TONY EARNSHAW

Seven short stories by M. R. JAMESThe Stalls of Barchester CathedralThe Treasure of Abbot ThomasA Warning to the CuriousThe Ash TreeLost HeartsCasting the RunesCount Magnus

Exclusive new introductions to each story by LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK

Count Magnus teleplay by BASIL COPPER

Lost Hearts short stage play by LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK

Q&A with LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK by TONY EARNSHAW

Filmography, awards, of LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK by TONY EARNSHAW

Illustrated with unseen behind the scenes photographs, chapter heading vignettes by Nick Gucker,  as well as examples of storyboards by Lawrence Gordon Clark.

SIGNED, SLIPCASED DELUXE EDITION:

£85 UK

£87 EU

$145 US

UNSIGNED HARDBACK (100 only):

Foreword by MARK GATISS

Introduction by TONY EARNSHAW

Seven short stories by M. R. JAMESThe Stalls of Barchester CathedralThe Treasure of Abbot ThomasA Warning to the CuriousThe Ash TreeLost HeartsCasting the RunesCount Magnus

Exclusive new introductions to each story by LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK

Q&A with LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK by TONY EARNSHAW

Illustrated with photographs as well as chapter heading vignettes (by Nick Gucker)

UNSIGNED HARDBACK EDITION

£45 UK

£47 EU

$80 US

PAPERBACK (Unlimited):

Foreword by MARK GATISS

Introduction by TONY EARNSHAW

Seven short stories by M. R. JAMESThe Stalls of Barchester CathedralThe Treasure of Abbot ThomasA Warning to the CuriousThe Ash TreeLost HeartsCasting the RunesCount Magnus

Exclusive new introductions to each story by LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK

Filmography, awards, of LAWRENCE GORDON CLARK by TONY EARNSHAW

Basic edition – text only plus chapter heading vignettes by Nick Gucker.

PAPERBACK EDITION

£17.50 UK

£19.50 EU

$30 US

News: Spectral is on the move!

Spectral Press logoSpectral is ACTUALLY on the move, as next month we’ll be dismantling the Tower and taking it (and the imprint) lock, stock and barrel to new environs. These are exciting times, and we very much look forward to effecting the move as efficiently and quickly as we can, with as little disruption to service as possible. However, unfortunately, the timing of the move has had a knock-on effect with our publishing schedule as you can imagine, so please bear with us. Read on to find out what’s happening.

Firstly, there will be no Christmas Ghost Story Annual this year – there just won’t be the time to devote to it to do it justice. Rest assured, however, it WILL be back again next year! Apologies to all who were looking forward to the volume! Also, for those who missed last year’s debut of the annual, there’ll be a special offer on the paperbacks coming next week – look out for that.

Secondly, the hardback editions of The Christmas Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark will be delayed until sometime in January – again, apologies for any inconvenience. We will be messaging all those who bought copies individually to let them know about this situation. However, it also means that we can concentrate on taking the time to produce something extra special and beautiful.

We would just like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers for their patience this year – matters haven’t always gone smoothly on several projects, but we tried our best to minimise the disruption. Your co-operation is very much appreciated!

Onwards and upwards!

WFC Book Launch: news

Spectral Press logoSometimes, things don’t work out as we would wish, despite our best efforts and diligence. We were hoping to launch the hardbacks of Tim Lebbon’s Still Life and Paul Kane’s Ghosts collection at this year’s World Fantasy Convention but, due to reasons beyond our control at the the printers, they won’t be delivered to the event on time. Now, we could have gone to another printers who would have been able to do the job for us BUT, there’s one thing that stopped us: OUR COMMITMENT TO QUALITY. Customers expect (and deserve) a certain level of quality from our books and we would not dare to step even a little bit below that mark. We would rather delay the launch of a product and get the best than rush something through that might potentially be less than what our customers expect. We are not willing to compromise on this one. So, the hardbacks will be delivered here to Spectral Towers AFTER the event, but they WILL be to our usual high standards (we know the company and trust them).

Now, what does this mean in terms of the launch event? Simple: instead of the hardback being launched, we will be launching the paperback editions of the titles instead. Furthermore, both Tim and Paul will be there to sign them, along with Nancy Kiilpatrick (who wrote the introduction to Paul’s volume), and cover artists Edward Miller (aka Les Edwards) and Jim Burns. Jim will also hopefully be bringing along some posters of the cover art and Les will have his artwork on display. The paperbacks will be available at the special convention price of £10 each (usual price £12.50).  (For those of you who want the hardbacks but haven’t yet ordered one, there will be order forms available – alternatively you can be pre-order the tomes directly from us elsewhere on this blog.) Furthermore, we also hope to have several other Spectral authors present, including Mark Morris, who will hopefully be reading from his Spectral novella, to be published in 2015.

We sincerely apologise to all those who have already purchased hardbacks and were coming along to collect their copies at WFC. Rest assured, though, they will be sent to you after the event and we will pay postage.

Many thanks for your patience!

Whitstable news

Whitstable cover image

It is with great pleasure that we can announce that the limited signed and numbered hardback edition of Stephen Volk’s Whitstable is now SOLD OUT – however, never fear, the paperback edition is freely available and can be purchased below (the book will be here in a couple of weeks and as soon as we have it we’ll send it on). Prices include postage and packing – just click the appropriate Paypal button and leave the rest to us! (If you want to pay by cheque the please contact us first: spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com)

£15 UK

£17.50 EU

$29 USA

$29 RoW

Look forward to hearing from you!

13 Ghosts: hardbacks and paperbacks

The 13 Ghosts of Christmas cover image

Okay, for those who would like to grab copies of The 13 Ghosts of Christmas, in either the hardback or paperback editions, we’ve conveniently put the Paypal buttons here in one blog. All prices include post and packing.

PLEASE NOTE: There are very numbers of each edition available – act now!!

HARDBACK EDITION

£27.00 UK

40€ EU

$50.00 US & RoW

PAPERBACK EDITION

£12.50 UK

£15 EU

$22 US and RoW

Look forward to hearing from you!!