News: British Fantasy Awards

Spectral Press logoIt’s that time of year when the British Fantasy Society announces its shortlist for the awards to be given out by the Society at FantasyCon, being held in Brighton once more, at the Royal Albert Hotel, in September. All nominees on the shortlist have been voted for by the membership and will now go on to be judged by jury.

British Fantasy Awards nominee And yes, that badge immediately above means exactly what it’s meant to tell you: we are very pleased to announce that Spectral Press have picked up two nominations in this year’s awards. They are:

King Death cover image

Paul Finch’s tale of misplaced medieval hubris is up for the Short Fiction award, alongside works by Simon Bestwick (whose own Spectral chapbook will be out in June next year), Michael Marshall Smith, Adam Nevill and Angela Slatter. Don’t forget, too, that Paul’s story is being reprinted in the Paula Guran-edited Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2012, due out this July.

The second nomination is for Spectral Press itself in the PS Publishing Independent Press Award, where it’ll be up against Chomu Press (Quentin S. Crisp), Gray Friar Press (run by Gary Fry, author of The Respectable Face of Tyranny, published by Spectral last month) and Newcon Press (Ian Whates).

A full list of the nominees for this year’s awards can be found here. FantasyCon 2012 is due to take place over the weekend of 28th – 30th September.

We’ve put in a lot of hard work over the last seventeen months to bring our readers the best in top quality ghostly/supernatural fiction and, although in all honesty our main motivation is to give back to the genre we love what we’ve got out of it as a mark of gratitude, we’d be lying if we said that these nominations haven’t put big grins on our faces and validated all the reasons why we set Spectral up in the first place. It’s nice to see that hard work being recognised and, even if we don’t win, we can take a lot of heart and encouragement from just being on the shortlist. So, thanks to everyone who nominated us!

As a quick aside, let it also be known that FantasyCon 2012 will see the launch of John Llewellyn Probert’s The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine, with a reading, a signing and free wine. A specially-signed edition of the hardback plus a pair of white gloves as worn by John in his author photo for the book will be featured in the FantasyCon Raffle. It’s an event NO T to be missed!

See you in September!

King Death: a new review from Dreadful Tales

King Death by Paul Finch

One of the pleasures of running Spectral Press is when we receive a review of one of the previous publications in the chapbook line and that’s exactly what happened yesterday, when Colum McKnight of Dreadful Tales posted a write-up of Paul Finch’s King Death chapbook. It’s quite an in-depth review, but to discover what Colum says about it, please click here.

Talking about King Death, the anthology in which it’s due to be reprinted, The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2012 edited by Paula Guran (Prime Books), is scheduled to be published in July, according to Amazon at least. It’s a chance for those of you who missed it to catch this beautifully-told and atmospheric tale set in Great Britain’s fourteenth-century plague years. That book can be pre-ordered from Amazon and I encourage all to get your hands on a copy as soon as you can!

Order Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2012 from Amazon UK or Amazon US.

More reviews soon!

King Death at Twilight Ridge

As seems to be traditional around these parts, we’ll start the week with a review. This is the latest write-up on Paul Finch’s King Death, posted on Robert Morrish’s Twilight Ridge blog. To see what the Cemetery Dance columnist thinks about the most recent Spectral chapbook, please click here.

Talking of King Death, as you will most probably have worked out, the picture above is of the front cover of the Paula Guran-edited The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2012, the volume in which Paul’s medieval tale will be featured. And just take a look at some of the illustrious names that will be keeping Paul company!! Stephen King, Joe R Lansdale, Tim Powers, Charles De Lint,  Gene Wolfe…. a heady mix indeed!

COMPETITION REMINDER

Don’t forget, for those of you who want to enter the Spectral/This Is Horror Short Story Competition, you have until midnight GMT on 31st January 2012 (tomorrow) to get your entries in. We’ve already had some cracking stories sent in and there’s still time to enter, so why not add yours to the list? Details of submission guidelines and prizes can be found here.

News: Who says Monday mornings can’t be good?

Spectral Press is DEFINITELY on the up and up, as this first blog of the week will show. The editor here at Spectral Towers is currently doing a victory dance, albeit one that’s slightly arthritic. Now I can hear you all say “And why is he doing a victory dance, especially first thing on a Monday morning?” (although that could be because he hasn’t had anywhere near enough coffee yet)….

Although I was told just over a week ago, I can officially announce that Paul Finch’s King Death is going to be reprinted in Prime Books’ Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2012, edited by Paula Guran. And what great writers will be keeping Paul company – Gene Wolfe, Tanith Lee, Tim Powers, Joe R. Lansdale, Charles de Lint, and Lisa Tuttle, as well as future Spectral chapbook author Angela Slatter. This is the best news that a new independent press could possibly hope for, and shows that Spectral isboth on the right track and has a great future ahead of it!

You can see the full Table of Contents list here.

In similar news, Ellen Datlow will also be “writing extensively about Spectral’s debut” (quoting the revered editor herself) in her summary for Best Horror of the Year Volume 4, due out in May, I believe. Yet another indication that Spectral is going places…

Onwards and upwards!! =)