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. 

 

Coming soon: preorders

Wondering what books are coming out within the next two months or so? Well, here’s a handy field-guide to the various volumes due to be published between now and the end of April:

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

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

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…

PRE-ORDERS:

Signed and Numbered Hardbacks (125 only)

£21 UK

£24 EU

$50 US & RoW

Paperbacks

£12.50UK

£15.00EU

$30.00US & RoW

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

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

“I know exactly when this photo was taken: July 1975. And I know where it was taken: on the sloping lawn beneath Albion Fay.

         The boy in the photograph is me. The girl is my sister, Angie.
         This is the morning of the day when we went into the caves for the first time.
         It is the day when our lives changed forever.”

Albion Fay, a holiday house in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by nature’s bounty. For the adults, a time for relaxation and to recharge the batteries, while for the children, a chance for exploration and adventure in the English countryside. A happy time for all: nothing could possibly go wrong. Or could it? What should be a magical time ends in tragedy – but what really happened that summer?

With an introduction by ADAM NEVILL

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PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY!

£21 UK

£25 EU

$50 US & RoW

Paperback edition

£12.50UK

£15.00EU

$30.00US & RoW

THE MICHAEL ARMSTRONG SCREENPLAY COLLECTION 1: HOUSE OF THE LONG SHADOWS

House of The Long Shadows (Mock up only - subject to change)

House of The Long Shadows (Mock up only – subject to change)

Spectral’s first paperback title in this new and important series of books will be the 1982 multi award-winning classic, tongue-in-cheek parody of “Old Dark House” horror movies, House Of The Long Shadows, written specifically for the four great horror legends, Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and John Carradine, and directed by genre favourite Pete Walker in 1983.  Simon Marshall-Jones, chief executive for Spectral Press, said “We are particularly excited to be working with London Repertory Company in publishing Michael Armstrong’s screenwriting work – a terrific legacy of such a legendary figure in the British film industry.”

Forthcoming titles will include the genre classics: Mark Of The Devil with its missing end scene; Armstrong’s original thirty minute screenplay of The Image which starred David Bowie; and his outrageous satirical 70’s comedy Eskimo Nell which has just been released on Blu-ray to celebrate the film’s 40th anniversary.

PREORDERS FOR HOUSE OF THE LONG SHADOWS AVAILABLE NOW:

£12.50UK

£15.00EU

$40.00US & RoW

Looking forward to hearing from you very soon!

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

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

The Christmas Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark; paperback cover reveal

"The Christmas Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark", Cover image ©  1971 - 2013 Graeme Morris. Design by John Oakey.

“The Christmas Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark”, Cover image © 1971 – 2013 Graeme Morris. Design by John Oakey.

So, here it is, my good people – the cover to the paperback edition of The Christmas Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark – featuring actor Robert Hardy in The Stall of Barchester, the first of the Ghost Stories for Christmas dramas, broadcast in 1971. The  book itself will be available later this month.

Purchase your copy today – choose from one of three editions:

CONTENTS:

DELUXE EDITION:

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

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 and chapter heading vignettes (by Nick Gucker)

PAPERBACK:

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.

SIGNED, SLIPCASED DELUXE EDITION:

£85 UK

£87 EU

$145 US

UNSIGNED HARDBACK EDITION

£45 UK

£47 EU

$80 US

PAPERBACK EDITION

£17.50 UK

£19.50 EU

$30 US

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Award-winning offer: The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine

The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine cover image

To celebrate John Llewellyn Probert winning the British Fantasy Award for Best Novella at the World Fantasy Convention last weekend, we are making the paperback of The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine available at bargain prices for those who haven’t yet had the immense pleasure of reading John’s gory and blackly comedic paean to the films of Vincent Price. Here’s the press release blurb:

“Someone is killing doctors in the style of the murders in Vincent Price movies, leaving the Bristol police baffled. The only man who could possibly be responsible died years ago . . . or did he . . .?”

The police in Bristol have been confronted by a series of the most perplexingly elaborate deaths they’ve ever encountered in all their years of murder enquiries. The only thing which connects them is their seemingly random nature and their sheer outrageousness. As Detective Inspector Longdon and his assistant Sergeant Jenny Newham (with the help of pathologist Dr. Richard Patterson) race against time to find the murderer, they eventually realise that the link which connects the killings is even more bizarre than any of them dared to think…

As a further incentive the book is postage free in the UK – sadly we can’t offer the same elsewhere,  but the prices quoted do include postage.

UK £5

EU £8

US & RoW $18

Look forward to hearing from you!

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!

Spectral Visions paperbacks and eBooks

To make it convenient for customers to buy the paperback and eBook editions of all the Spectral Visions novellas, all the links have been listed below:

THE RESPECTABLE FACE OF TYRANNY

The Respectable Face of Tyranny by Gary Fry

PAPERBACK

AMAZON UK

AMAZON US

KINDLE

AMAZON UK

AMAZON US

THE NINE DEATHS OF DR. VALENTINE

The Nine Deaths of Dr Valentine cover image

PAPERBACK

AMAZON UK

AMAZON US

KINDLE

AMAZON UK

AMAZON US

And, just for good measure, here’s the link to Stephen Volk’s Whitstable as well:

Whitstable cover image

PAPERBACK

AMAZON UK

AMAZON US

KINDLE

AMAZON UK

AMAZON US

Review and news – 23:04:2013

Whitstable cover image

To kick proceedings off on this sunny Tuesday morning, here’s a new review of Whitstable written by Gef Fox of the Wag the Fox review blog – as usual, just click on the link here to find out what he said.

NEWS

It is with great pleasure that we can announce that orders for the paperback edition of Stephen Volk’s novella are now open. This edition is exactly the same as the hardback, so includes the Afterword by acclaimed British novelist Mark Morris, and it will be published at the same time as the hardback. There will also be an eBook version available a week or so after the publication of the physical books. Prices below INCLUDE postage & packing.  Buy your copy today!

£15 UK

£17.50 EU

$29 USA

$29 RoW

The books will be sent out as soon as they’re ready next month – look forward to hearing from you!