The 13 Ghosts of Christmas: cover reveal

On this cold but sunny Monday morning, let us brighten the start to your week by showing you the stunning artwork that will be gracing the cover to the very first Spectral Christmas Ghost Story Annual, created specifically for it by Vincent Shaw-Morton. Let’s say right here and now that Vincent has captured the exact vibe we were looking for with this thoroughly evocative piece.

13 Ghosts 2012 cover image

The 13 Ghosts of Christmas © 2012 respective authors/Spectral Press. Artwork © 2012 Vincent Shaw-Morton

A reminder of the stories going into the collection:

Where the Stones Lie – Richard Farren Barber
A Taste of Almonds  – Raven Dane
All that is Living – Nicholas Martin
And May All your Christmases  – Thana Niveau
Carnacki: A Cold Christmas in Chelsea – William Meikle
Concerning Events in Leinster Gardens – Jan Edwards
December  – Paul Finch
An Odd Number at Table – John Costello
We are a Shadow  – Neil Williams
Lost Soldiers – Adrian Tchaikovsky
Ritualism – Gary McMahon
Now and Then – Martin Roberts
The Green Clearing by John Forth

HARDBACK EDITION: Limited, numbered edition, with an introduction on the ghost story by Johnny Mains, then a preface by Simon Marshall-Jones followed by the thirteen stories, each of which will feature a brief introduction before them. Cover image will feature artwork by Vincent Shaw-Morton, with gold-foil stamping on the title on cover and spine. There will also be coloured endpapers and a silk ribbon bookmarker to set things off nicely. As an exclusive bonus, the hardback will include a preview of Stephen Volk’s Spectral Visions novella Whitstable, due to be published in May 2013.  Edition size 100 numbered copies only!

You can now pre-order this volume – but hurry, as nearly half of the print run have been already claimed or reserved. Secure your copy today!

All prices are inclusive of p+p.

£27.00 UK

40€ EU

$50.00 US & RoW

PLEASE NOTE: This is a very special edition of the annual, hence the prices, coupled with the rather high postage rates that have been decided by the powers-that-be at Royal Mail.

Spectral visits The Black Abyss

Spectral Logo Just a very quick blog today, to let you know that Spectral supremo Simon Marshall-Jones was called by Grand Inquisitor Colin Leslie to answer some questions at his domicile The Black Abyss. Colin wanted to know about everything Spectral, and my association with the horror genre in general. To see what Simon had to say for himself, please go here.

Read Horror review and something a little different…

Just a quick little blog-post this morning:

First, Michael Wilson over at Read Horror webzine gave Gary McMahon’s What They Hear in the Dark a short review, giving it a thumbs up. Michael will also be reviewing the other Gary’s Abolisher of Roses at some point in the near future – in the meantime, here’s what he said about Mr. McMahon’s chapbook.

Antipodean writer Angela Slatter, of Sourdough & Other Stories (Tartarus Press) and The Girl with no Hands (Ticonderoga) fame (both of which I have reviewed), asked me to participate in one of her fun little ‘Drive-by Interviews’, which she published today. You can see what I said by clicking here.

Don’t forget, too, that copies of Cate Gardner’s Nowhere Hall are now available on pre-order, but I urge you to get your order in quickly as there are only FIVE copies left (15th June 2011)…. =)

Prize-winners, all…

Well, better late than never, I suppose…. =)

As some of you may know, last year Spectral set up a prize-draw to entice people to take out a subscription to the chapbooks – well, in January I drew a name out of the hat (well, a box actually…) and John Howard, who fortuitously lived not far away in Birmingham, was the person whose name was drawn. As it would prove more expensive to send it than give the prize in person, sensibly (for once) I chose the latter. And so, on February 19th, my wife and I headed north to deliver it unto the hands of John, and, as the above photo shows, John was highly pleased with his framed edition of the very first Spectral chapbook (signed by both Gary and I) and an annotated and signed manuscript. And I got a couple of rum and diet cokes to keep me very happy… EPIC WIN ALL ROUND, I SAY!

CONGRATULATIONS TO JOHN ON WINNING THE PRIZE!!