It’s Hammer time!*

Spectral Press logo*Apologies, but we just couldn’t resist….

Remember yesterday we mentioned that there was a sequel to the award-winning novella The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine in the works? Well, John Llewellyn Probert, the mastermind behind the deadly and dastardly doctor, has been writing furiously for the last few months (in between cackling maniacally and laughing heartily), as well as subjecting his beautiful wife to a complete visual enactment of the entire manuscript, and the result is The Hammer of Dr. Valentine, a brilliant follow-up to the critically-acclaimed first installment of the trilogy (yes, I DID say trilogy). Once again, the limited hardback will not only contain the story but also the films referenced within it in a separate appendix, as per The Nine Deaths. In addition, J D Busch will be gracing it with a wraparound cover, which he is working on at this very moment – expected a glimpse of it as soon as it’s ready!

Although not officially on preorder, nevertheless you can order your copy of the limited hardback ahead of time at a very special price. inclusive of postage and packing (see below). The price will be reverting to normal in mid-March.

But you don’t want to hear me waffling, you want to know what it’s about, don’t you? Well, to whet your appetite, here’s the blurb for it….

Two years ago, a series of horrific murders shocked the city of Bristol. These were killings so elaborate in their planning, and so outrageous in their execution, that they made national headlines for weeks. 
 
Now the journalists who wrote the stories behind those headlines are beginning to die, in ways even more gruesome, even more flamboyant, and even more unbelievable than the murders they themselves wrote about at such length in the national dailies all those months ago.
 
Dr Edward Valentine, brilliant surgeon and the maniac responsible for the Nine Deaths, has not been seen since he escaped the police following a final confrontation.
 
Has he returned? 
 
Is he now intent on punishing the British tabloid press that he feels has misrepresented him?
 
Has he chosen as the most appropriate method of punishment that most British of institutions, the Hammer Horror film?
 
And how many times will the Hammer of Dr Valentine strike before he can be stopped?
 
Of course, there’s only one way to find out…
 
The Hammer of Dr Valentine
 
A new novella by John Llewellyn Probert
 
Currently in pre-production from Spectral Press
THE HAMMER OF DR. VALENTINE (April/May 2014)

£18 UK

£21 EU

$38 US & RoW

More news soon!

A Spectral Miscellany 24:02:2014

Today, we would just like to remind people that Spectral is not just about The Christmas Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark, and that we have other goodies on offer. See below for a wholesome raft of books available NOW!

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

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

STILL LIFE by Tim Lebbon (Spectral Visions IV)

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.

Hardback edition (125 only)

UK £21

EU £23.50

US & RoW $42

Paperback edition (Due to contractual reasons, the paperback edition of Still Life is limited to 100 only!!)

UK £12.50

EU £15

US & RoW $25

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

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

GHOSTS by Paul Kane (Spectral Collection I)

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.

Hardback edition

UK £21

EU £23.50

US & RoW $42

SPECIAL COMBINED OFFER (Still Life by Tim Lebbon [Spectral Visions IV] + Ghosts by Paul Kane [Spectral Collection I])

UK £35

EU £42

US & RoW $90

Paperback edition (unlimited)

UK £12.50

EU £15

US & RoW $25

STILL LIFE & GHOSTS paperback: combined offer

UK £22.50

EU £25

US & RoW

THE HAMMER OF VALENTINE by John Llewellyn Probert: preorder

You remember the highly successful The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine, the novella which won last year’s British Fantasy Award for Best Novella? Well, this April/May, it’ll be getting a sequel, called The Hammer of Dr. Valentine. It will feature more madness and mayhem – a plot teaser will forthcoming but let’s just say that there are a certain group of people with which the good doctor is not entirely happy and the newly reinstated and promoted DCI Longdon is equally unhappy at the man’s reappearance…

JD Busch, who provided the original cover artwork for The Nine Deaths returns with another wraparound cover, previews of which we will show you once we receive them. In the meantime, you can order a copy for a special price: it will be available only until mid-March, when the price will revert to normal, so ACT FAST! See below:

THE HAMMER OF DR. VALENTINE

£18 UK

£21 EU

$38 US & RoW