Reviews 19:03:2015

We have a couple of reviews for you this morning:

"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

First up is a new write-up of Tim Dry’s Ricochet, this one from Nic Parker and posted to her Devoted to Thrills website – you can find the review HERE and ordering buttons below:

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Tim Dry ans Simon Marshall-Jones talk "Ricochet"

Tim Dry ans Simon Marshall-Jones talk “Ricochet”

Also, don’t forget that Tim Dry and publisher Simon Marshall-Jones will be talking to Nicholas Vince on Sunday evening 22nd March at 7pm UK time on Google+. They’ll be talking about Tim’s book and about Spectral Press/Theatrum Mundi amongst many other things.

BLACK MOUNTAIN by Simon Bestwick

The Dancers in the Pines ©2014 Simon Bestwick/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Neil Williams

The Dancers in the Pines ©2014 Simon Bestwick/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Neil Williams

And here’s a review of the first Spectral serial, Black Mountain, published last year – this one appears on the British Fantasy Society’s website and has been written by Dave Brzeski. You can read it HERE.

The serial is still available to purchase from Amazon.

Reviews – 11:03:2015

Today we have even more reviews of Spectral/Theatrum Mundi titles plus an interview, so let’s get straight on with it.

"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

From the illustrious Ginger Nuts of Horror we have out first review of Ricochet by Tim Dry, written by Paul M. Feeney which you can find HERE. As soon as you’ve finished that you should go on and read the interview of ‘Renaissance Man’ Tim Dry, also conducted by Mr. Feeney – that one is right HERE.

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Dr. V's Hammer has landed!

Dr. V’s Hammer has landed!

And HERE’S another review from Chris Hall of DLS Reviews, talking about John Llewellyn Probert’s The Hammer of Dr. Valentine. Get your copy of the limited hardback or the unlimited paperback today!

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Review & News 02:03:2015

The first Monday of a new month and we already have a lot to get through, so here we go:

"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

We have a new review of Tim Dry’s Theatrum Mundi novella Ricochet – this one is from Chris Hall of DLS Reviews and clicking HERE will take you right to it.

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NEWS

aurealis-awards-finalist-high-resCongratulations are due to Angela Slatter for receiving a nomination for her Spectral chapbook Home and Hearth in the prestigious Aurealis Awards. The ceremony will held in Canberra on April 11th. Good luck to Angela and to all the nominees!

Chapbooks

For those of you who have subscribed to the chapbooks and have been wondering where they are, wonder no more. Spectral is relaunching the line with a new look designed by regular Spectral graphics artist Neil Williams, and the first one will be Lisa Hannett’s eerie Smoke Billows, Soot Falls, which will be due out within the next two months. We thank all our subscribers for their incredible patience in this – we promise that the wait will have been worth it!

New books

Also, we have news about more acquisitions. The first one we would like to tell you about is The Laws of Horror, a series of interviews conducted by novelist Stephen Laws at the Manchester Festival of Fantastic Film over the years. With interviewees of the calibre of Hammer beauty Ingrid Pitt, directors Norman J. Warren, Freddie Francis, Roy Ward Baker and John Landis, plus many others, this is going to be one hell of a book.

Still with film, we are looking at issuing a regular series of small books on individual films, which are intended to analyse and provide background to whichever film it is in question. The plan at the moment is to issue six a year, but nothing has been set completely in stone yet. At present, the titles will concentrate on horror films, but if successful will eventually expand to include cult films of a genre nature.

Finally, we may be publishing some new work by artist, writer , and lecturer Stephen Bissette, who should be well known from his work on Swamp Thing and his publishing venture Spiderbaby Graphix, which issued the seminal From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell.

More news soon!

News – 24:02:2015

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

First, it is with great pleasure that we can announce that renowned anthology editor Ellen Datlow has chosen two stories from the First Spectral Book of Horror Stories for her The Best Horror of the Year Volume 7, due out later this year. The stories selected are Rio Youers’ Outside Heavenly and Alison Littlewood’s The Dog’s Home. Congratulations in particular to Rio and Alison, and also to all the other writers too!

The book is still available (order on the Paypal buttons below), and is chock full of excellent stories to thrill and chill. Buy your copy today!

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RICOCHET by Tim Dry

This novella is selling very nicely, copies going out left, right, and centre. This is sure to be a popular title, so why not grab a copy today!

Tim Dry ans Simon Marshall-Jones talk "Ricochet"

Tim Dry ans Simon Marshall-Jones talk “Ricochet”

Also, the author Tim Dry and the publisher Simon Marshall-Jones will be appearing on Nicholas Vince’s Book Club Google+ Hangout on 22nd March 2015 at 7pm and on Youtube shortly afterwards. More details can be found right HERE.

(In case you don’t know, Nicholas Vince played the Chatterer Cenobite in the Hellraiser films and Kinski in Nightbreed)

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Review and news – 20:02:2015

First off, let’s have a review:

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

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

The latest one to slide gracefully across our virtual desk is this one of Stephen Volk’s Leytonstone by Mark West, who posted it to his Strange Tales website – the review can read by clicking HERE.

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NEWS

"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

The photo above shows the rather lush newly arrived copies of Tim Dry’s Ricochet – if you’d like to get your hands on one then order through the Paypal buttons below:

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Ricochet: first review

"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

It’s always exciting when we receive a first review of a publication, and this one for Tim Dry’s Ricochet, the second Theatrum Mundi title, is no exception. It’s by Paul Simpson at Sci-Fi Bulletin, and you can access it HERE.

And above you can see the full cover in all its magnificent glory, courtesy of John Oakey. The book will be available at the end of this month – so why not grab a copy now!

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Tim Dry’s Ricochet and other news

"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

Ricochet, Tim Dry’s debut novella, will be published towards the the end of February through Theatrum Mundi – it’s on preorder now (see Paypal buttons below). In the meantime, read what Barbie Wilde, Actress (Hellraiser II: Hellbound, Death Wish 3) and Author (The Venus Complex, “Zulu Zombies”, “Sister Cilice”) says about Tim’s book:

“Surrealistic, bizarre, ironic, funny, haunting, poetic. These are the words that popped into my mind while I was reading Ricochet, actor and artist Tim Dry’s debut novella. The way that Dry synthesises his thoughts from mind to page makes him a wildly inventive word artist. Read this book — not for its narrative arc, as this novella is a series of vignettes and short stories — but for the sheer exhilaration of a literary roller coaster ride through Dry’s vivid and audacious imagination. My personal favorites were: the mysterious fate of Trojan Darkly; Baudelaire and the Angel of Death; the blackly disturbing incident at the cliff; Michael Caine and the giant slugs; the clairvoyant’s extraordinary end; the nightmares of the Circle Line; and Ellen’s alien Nazi night visitors. Entertaining to the max and highly recommended.”

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LEARNING TO READ WITH THE NECRONOMICON by Lavie Tidhar

Spectral is pleased to announce that in December 2016 we will be publishing, through the Theatrum Mundi imprint, Lavie Tidhar’s Learning to Read with the Necronomicon, his take on Alice in Wonderland – that is, if HP Lovecraft had been asked to write it. Thoroughly bizarre in truly Carrollian fashion, it will be illustrated by Sarah Anne Langton and will be released in small hardback format, in the style of a Victorian children’s book with coloured boards. This is going to be quite a special little item. More details to follow.

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

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Theatrum Mundi: the first hint…

We here at Château Spectrale are already laying the foundations for the new Theatrum Mundi imprint (in amongst editing and preparing new Spectral Press titles), so we thought you would like to see a hint of something coming your way next year – below is the cover artwork for Tim Dry’s unclassifiable novella Ricochet, created by John Oakey. We would like to think that the new imprint will complement Spectral’s output perfectly while bringing in a whole new readership.

'Ricochet' © Tim Dry/Spectral Press/Theatrum Mundi 2014. Artwork © John Oakey 2014.

‘Ricochet’ © Tim Dry/Spectral Press/Theatrum Mundi 2014. Artwork © John Oakey 2014.

Hope you like!

Theatrum Mundi: the first titles

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We don’t like to stand still here if we can help it, and so we’re going to begin the new working week with some news of the books which will be launching the new Theatrum Mundi imprint.

Ray Cluley’s Within the Wind, Beneath the Snow is a novelette set in the frozen wastes of the far north, and it will be graced with a cover by the legendary science fiction artist Jim Burns. It will be published in November 2014 in a limited signed hardback with dustjacket only. Here’s the blurb:

Gjerta Jørgensen patrols the frozen coastline of Greenland.  She is the first woman to do so as part of Slædepatruljen Sirius, an elite dogsled team pushed to the limits of physical survival, risking hunger, exhaustion, frostbite and attack.  But out here, where beautiful frozen desolation shows you little but snow, ice, and darkness, there is more to fear than this.  She can hear it within the wind.  It waits beneath the snow.

The darkteeth.

With only Søren Olsen and a dozen dogs for company, Gjerta must face these dangers and the darkness that hides in her past.  Or else succumb to the cold and all it brings to haunt her.

This will be followed by Tim Dry’s Ricochet, 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. This one, too, will only be available in limited signed hardback with dustjacket. Tim Dry was one half of the early-eighties robotic dancing phenomenon Tik & Tok as well as being a member, along with Barbie Wilde (Female Cenobite in Hellbound: Hellraiser II) of the mime/dance troupe Shock who toured the world and supported Gary Numan, and he has also appeared as the creature in the 1982 film Xtro and portrayed J’Quille and a Mon Calamari officer in Star Wars VI: The Return of the Jedi. Latterly however, he has turned his considerable talents to writing, having had short stories in three horror anthologies: The Bestiarum Vocabulum, Demonology, and Phobophobias, all edited by Dean M. Drinkel. Ricochet is the first volume in a projected series of novellas based in the same universe. This one will surprise, enlighten, anger and repulse in equal measure.

We will also be publishing the imprint’s first ever novel, Steven Savile’s epic urban fantasy/horror Glass Town. More specific details will be forthcoming on that one over the coming months, but suffice to say that not only will the story itself be epic, but also the production values – expect a very special volume with this one.

The above is just a small indication of the new imprint – a line of books which would not necessarily fit in with the normal run of Spectral material but which definitely deserve an equal opportunity of being disseminated and read. It’s going to be a heady mix of every possible ingredient and emotion imaginable, designed both to enrage and enrapture. It promises to be maddening and exciting – so why not join us on the adventure?