Ricochet by Tim Dry: press and pre-orders

THEATRUM MUNDI PRESENTS:

RICOCHET

by Tim Dry

 

"Ricochet" by Tim Dry ©2015 Tim Dry/Theatrum Mundi. Artwork ©2015 John Oakey

“Ricochet” by Tim Dry ©2015 Tim Dry/Theatrum Mundi. Artwork ©2015 John Oakey

Tim Dry’s Ricochet is a novella-length blasphemical wedding of fevered edginess, violence, drug-fuelled nightmares, psychedelia, and madness, set in London and Paris, and written in the mould of a collision between Hunter S. Thompson and William Burroughs. Partly a stream of consciousness narrative and partly a morality tale for the end times, it’s a signpost to the apocalypse of the nuclear imagination, the logical implosive endpoint of the Beatnik generation’s experiment. Here lies the carcass of reality in all its rotting, putrid, and fully decomposed glory: it’s what remains of the dreams of the Love Generation, laid bare for all to see.

Ricochet is the first volume in a projected series of novellas based in the same chaotic universe. This one will surprise, enlighten, infuriate, anger and repulse in equal measure.

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Tim Dry is a writer, mime, musician and photographic artist, best known for being featured as J’Quille and a Mon Calamari Officer in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi , playing The Alien in the cult Sci Fi/horror movie Xtro and for being half of the Tik and Tok duo that popularized robotic  mime in the UK in the 1980s.

Tim Dry - photograph © Nicole Klein

Tim Dry – photograph © Nicole Klein

Tim is the author of two published books of memoirs: Falling Upwards—Scenes From A Life and Continuum—The Star Wars Phenomenon As Experienced From The Inside.  He also has short stories in three horror anthologies edited by Dean M Drinkel and published by Western Legends Press: namely The Bestiarum Vocabulum, Phobophobias and The Grimorium Verum. Tim has also contributed articles for Forbes magazine and the Film Review Annual.

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Cover image by John Oakey

Publication date: February 2015

Available in unlimited paperback and eBook.

Paperback £10UK/£15EU/$30US & RoW

ALL PRICES INCLUDE POSTAGE.

 

UK £10

 

EU £15

 

US & RoW $30

Leytonstone: Press release 24:10:2014

SPECTRAL PRESS PRESENTS:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

AWARD-WINNING WRITER STEPHEN VOLK

PRIES INTO THE CHILDHOOD OF HITCHCOCK

IN HIS HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED FOLLOW-UP TO WHITSTABLE

 

 

"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, traumatized 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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As a screenwriter used to creating fear and terror for such directors as William Friedkin and Ken Russell, Stephen Volk has long been fascinated by both Hitchcock’s films and Hitchcock the man. “I wanted to explore what makes a person want to frighten others for a living,” he says. “But I’m all too aware that Hitch was a mass of contradictions, and any absolute ‘truth’ is an elusive beast, as notable recent films have proven. This is my Hitchcock – a scared little boy.”

Whitstable and Leytonstone are parts one and two of Volk’s putative series of thematically related but separate fictions, to be called The Dark Masters Trilogy.

PRAISE FOR STEPHEN VOLK:

“One of the most provocative and unsettling of contemporary writers” Andy Hedgecock (Asst Fiction Editor,  Interzone)

“A master craftsman” Dark Musings

PRAISE FOR “WHITSTABLE”:

“A chilling cat-and-mouse tale… Whitstable is a triumph… as fitting a tribute to the man as could be imagined”  Starburst

“Not only a gripping story but a vivid vignette about one of Britain’s best loved actors”  Hellnotes

“I loved Whitstable! It’s a beautiful love letter to a man, a genre, and an era that means so much to those of us of a certain age” – Mick Garris, producer, Masters of Horror

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:

£21 UK

£24 EU

$50 US & RoW

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

(Note: Advance PDF copies for review purposes only available on request, and will be available in a few months)

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The Spectral Book of Horror Stories: Official press release

Spectral Press logoSPECTRAL PRESS – FORTHCOMING PUBLICATION

Press release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Announcing a Brand New Annual Anthology!

Spectral Book of Horror Stories, edited by Mark Morris - ©2014 respective individual authors/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Vincent Chong

Spectral Book of Horror Stories, edited by Mark Morris – ©2014 respective individual authors/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Vincent Chong

THE SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES

Release date: September 2014

Published by Spectral Press, edited by acclaimed, award-winning novelist Mark Morris (Toady, Stitch, The Immaculate, Fiddleback and the forthcoming Obsidian Heart trilogy) and inspired by the Pan and Fontana books of horror and ghost stories, which were hugely popular in the 1960s and 1970s, The Spectral Book of Horror Storieswill be the first volume of a non-themed annual horror anthology, showcasing all-original stories by the very best writers in the genre.

Each yearly volume will contain around fifteen to twenty stories, and will be available in paperback and e-book format across all platforms.

The cover for each volume will be a new and original work by multi-award-winning artist Vincent Chong.

The Spectral Book of Horror Stories will be launched with a mass signing session at the 2014 British Fantasy Convention in York (September 5-7, 2014), though the book can be pre-ordered direct from Spectral Press.

The final Table of Contents for volume one is:

ON THE TOUR – RAMSEY CAMPBELL

THE DOG’S HOME – ALISON LITTLEWOOD

FUNERAL RITES – HELEN MARSHALL

SLAPE – TOM FLETCHER

THE NIGHT DOCTOR – STEVE RASNIC TEM

DULL FIRE – GARY McMAHON

THE BOOK AND THE RING – REGGIE OLIVER

EASTMOUTH – ALISON MOORE

CARRY WITHIN SOME SMALL SLIVER OF ME – ROBERT SHEARMAN

THE DEVIL’S INTERVAL – CONRAD WILLIAMS

STOLEN KISSES – MICHAEL MARSHALL SMITH

CURES FOR A SICKENED WORLD – BRIAN HODGE

THE OCTOBER WIDOW – ANGELA SLATTER

THE SLISTA – STEPHEN LAWS

OUTSIDE HEAVENLY – RIO YOUERS

THE LIFE INSPECTOR – JOHN LLEWELLYN PROBERT

SOMETHING SINISTER IN SUNLIGHT – LISA TUTTLE

THIS VIDEO DOES NOT EXIST – NICHOLAS ROYLE

NEWSPAPER HEART – STEPHEN VOLK

For more information, please contact Spectral Press on the email address below. Mark Morris can be available for interview about this important new anthology: please contact Simon Marshall-Jones at the email below in the first instance and requests will be forwarded.

Email: spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com

£12.50 UK

FOR THOSE ATTENDING FCON 2014 YOU CAN ORDER AT THE SPECIAL PRICE BELOW AND PICK IT UP FROM THE CONVENTION VENUE.

FCon 2014 Special £10

£15 EU

$30 US & RoW

Whitstable by Stephen Volk: press info

Below is the press-release for the forthcoming novella from Stephen Volk, Whitstable:

Whitstable cover image

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CONTROVERSIAL “GHOSTWATCH” WRITER PUBLISHES NOVELLA

AS TRIBUTE TO HORROR STAR PETER CUSHING

IN HIS CENTENARY YEAR

1971. A middle-aged man, wracked with grief, walks along the beach at Whitstable in Kent.

A boy walks approaches him and, taking him for the famous vampire-hunter Doctor Van Helsing from the Hammer movies, asks for his help. Because he believes his stepfather really is a vampire…

So begins the moving and evocative new novella by Stephen Volk, published by the British Fantasy Award-nominated Spectral Press in May 2013 to coincide with the centenary of the most celebrated and beloved of Hammer’s stars, Peter Cushing.

In Whitstable—which deftly mixes fact with fiction—the actor, devastated after the recent death of his wife and soul mate Helen, is an inconsolable recluse. In that vulnerable state he is forced to face an evil far more real and terrifying than any of the make-believe monsters he tackled on the big screen. And here he is not a crusader or expert with crucifixes to hand—merely a man. A man who in some ways craves death himself, but cannot ignore the pleas of an innocent child…

Stephen Volk is a life-long fan of Cushing and grew up sneaking into cinemas underage in his home town to see Hammer’s gruesome and uncanny fare. A love affair with the macabre and the gothic was kindled, and this book is very much intended as a way of repaying the debt he owes to his favourite actor and the star known universally as “The Gentle Man of Horror”.

The author was aided in his extensive research by film historians and critics, those who have met Cushing, residents of Whitstable, and even Whitstable Museum itself.

“This will engross and enthrall all Hammer fans and those who adore and revere Cushing. It brings his screen persona vividly to life in a modern context when the monsters are all too real.” – Tony Earnshaw, author of An Actor and a Rare One: Peter Cushing as Sherlock Holmes and Beating the Devil: The Making of ‘Night of the Demon’

“Peter Cushing was my first hero, and in my opinion Stephen Volk has done something heroic by putting the man who fought onscreen monsters at the heart of a very human drama. Sad, tinged with a palpable sense of loss, beautifully written, and blessed with an unerring eye for crucial detail, Whitstable is a story to savour. If I may be so bold, I’m convinced that Peter Cushing would have approved” – novelist Gary McMahon

“A wonderful piece” – David Pirie, author of A Heritage of Horror: The English Gothic Cinema

“I loved Whitstable! It’s a beautiful love letter to a man, a genre, and an era that means so much to those of us of a certain age” – Mick Garris, director of The StandBag of Bones, producer, Masters of Horror

STEPHEN VOLK is best known as the writer of TV’s notorious Halloween “hoax” Ghostwatch, starring Michael Parkinson, which caused outraged viewers to jam the switchboards, calls for “heads to roll” at the BBC and even raised questions in Parliament. He also created the ITV drama series Afterlife and the recent feature film The Awakening starring Rebecca Hall and Dominic West, and has worked with directors William Friedkin and Ken Russell.  His previous fiction (some of which is collected in Dark Corners, Gray Friar Press, 2006) has been shortlisted for the British Fantasy Award and Shirley Jackson Award, and his stories have appeared in Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, Best British Mysteries and Best New Horror. He has also won a BAFTA.

Accompanied by a heartfelt Afterword by horror novelist and fellow Hammer devotee MARK MORRIS, Whitstable is the third in the series of SPECTRAL VISIONS novellas. The first two (Gary Fry’s The Respectable Face of Tyranny and John L. Probert’s The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine) have garnered wide acclaim from readers, reviewers and bloggers alike.

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Cover image by Ben Baldwin

Publication date: May 26th 2013 (Peter Cushing’s birthday)