New reviews – 26:03:2013

Today we have a bumper selection of new reviews to tell you about, including the first one for Paul Kane’s Creakers. First, however, let’s deal with the Whitstable ones:

Whitstable cover image

Review number one is from that bastion of British genre reporting, Starburst magazine online. This one’s by Graeme Reynolds, and you’ll find it here.

Following that, we have this one from the Hellnotes site, and reviewed by David Riley – you can find that one here.

Creakers front cover by Neil Williams

Next up is the very first review of the latest chapbook from Spectral, Creakers by Paul Kane. This one is by Tom Ruffles and appears on his personal blog – read that one here.

More reviews soon!

Monday morning review round-up

The 13 Ghosts of Christmas cover image

So, here we are at the start of yet another week, and we have a couple of reviews of The 13 Ghosts of Christmas to tell you about:

First up is one by the almighty Pablocheesecake of The Eloquent Page – see what he has to say about Spectral’s first anothology here.

Next, we have a write-up from Graeme Reynolds over at Starburst magazine – you can read that one here.


We have emailed everybody who pre-ordered one of these volumes about the slight delay due to the printers being behind on their orders – it is due to be with us on


Orders will be fulfilled as soon as is humanly possible. Once again we apologise most profoundly for this unforeseen delay and we thank you for your continuing patience!


The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine: the paperback

The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine cover image

So here it is, the paperback edition of The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine by John Llewellyn Probert, now available for all you lovely people to buy and make your very own. Prices quoted below include postage and packing. All orders will be processed and sent out in early October, after the dust has settled in the wake of FantasyCon 2012. Your copy is a mere click away!

UK – £7.50

EU – £8.50

US & RoW – $16

Looking forward to hearing from you!


For those of you who may be interested, even slightly, in the  witterings of Spectral mainman Simon Marshall-Jones, may we direct you to a short interview just published on the Starburst Online website. Starburst was for many, many years one of the most essential magazines for all things genre, but sadly, like many things in today’s web-connected world, it ceased publication some years back: now, thankfully, someone has seen sense and resurrected this fine publication, but with the added bonus of not just being available in physical format like the original, but also in a continually-updated online edition. The interview can be found here.

Onwards and upwards, as we are wont to say!

A Brace of New Reviews

This week as has seen a few more reviews coming to roost at Spectral Towers, so I thought it only politic to introduce these newcomers to the world at large. They are:

Stephen Theaker, in Theaker’s Quarterly and Paperbacks, had this to say about Abolisher of Roses, mentioning that it “lives up to the standard set by the first, What They Hear in the Dark by Gary McMahon”.

Secondly, Des Lewis (of Null Immortalis fame) also wrote a review of Gary Fry’s chapbook in My Last Balcony, which you can find here.

Finally, we have a combined review of Volumes I & II in the new online incarnation of that British institution, Starburst Magazine. The reviewer notes that “Spectral produces really superb signed, limited editions..” which is all you need to know, really. Anyway, you can find the review here, but you’ll have to login or register to see the review in full – however, I guarantee that it’s worth doing!

Spectral is going places – so I suggest you subscribe today so you don’t get left behind!! =)