The Respectable Face of Tyranny: news

Spectral Press LogoFirst up, this is just to let all the purchasers of the limited hardback edition of Gary Fry’s The Respectable Face of Tyranny know that it is due to land within the next week or two due to slight delays caused by the Easter break and some technical issues, which have now been resolved. All purchasers will be receiving their copies directly from Gary Fry himself as, logistically speaking, it’ll be a lot easier for us to do it that way. As it stands, all purchased copies will be with buyers by the end of this month or beginning of May.


An extra bit of news: the Musicks & Mythos audio-CD series of Lovecraft and modern Lovecraftian tales, a joint Spectral/Temple ov Azathoth Records release, will definitely be available from next month. We will have some copies for sale here, but numbers will be limited – so please do let us know whether you’re interested in purchasing one . They will be 2 CD affairs in fold-out digipacks with booklet and are likely to retail for somewhere between £12 – £15 each.

The Lovecraft stories being set to music on the first in the series will be Nyarlathotep and The Music of Erich Zann, whilst the modern master of the Mythos tale will be Joe Pulver with his The Delirium of a Worm Wizard.

More details soon!

More news and more reviews


To start things off, here’s an update on what’s happening with the first release in the audio-CD series of Lovecraft readings accompanied by specially commissioned and composed music, released in conjunction with Temple ov Azathoth Records. The first double-CD will be released in March 2012 and will feature Lovecraft’s The Music of Erich Zann and Nyarlathotep. As to the modern writer whose story will be featured on the first disc, that honour will go to…


Joe’s story will be The Delirium of a Worm Wizard from his Sin & Ashes collection, published by Hippocampus Press of New York.  Final details have yet to be confirmed (such as pricing, packaging format, etc.,) but as soon as they’re available I’ll be passing them on. In the meantime, if anyone is interested in purchasing or reserving copies, then please let me know by emailing me, Simon Marshall-Jones, at spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com.


To round proceedings off, here’s a four-in-one review of all the Spectral Press chapbooks published so far, from writer Alan Baxter and posted to his The Word website – to read what he thinks of them all, just click here. Spectral is indeed continuing to grow – and more reviews are expected soon! Onwards and upwards!!

Musiks and Mythos

As some of you out there may know, I used to run a record label (FracturedSpaces) specialising in strange. avant-garde, atmospheric and weird types of music. I still like to keep my hand in from time to time and in that light (and in a particularly well-favoured conjunction of stars) Spectral Press has teamed up with record label Temple ov Azathoth (a subsidiary label of Somber Soniks Records) to produce the Musiks and Mythos series of discs, which will combine a love of literature with the extraordinary possibilities of music and sound itself.

So, what’s it all about?

Some of the sharper-eyed among you will have immediately been clued in by the word Mythos – and yes, this is all to do with HP Lovecraft. Musiks and Mythos will be a series of ten CDs, to be released over the next few years starting in March 2012, of spoken-word recordings of some of Lovecraft’s best-known stories along with music inspired by his writings. However, to bring it up-to-date, there will also be a modern writer’s interpretation of the Mythos that spawned a thousand nightmares and countless millions of words (as well as secret cults and conspiracy theories) to accompany the old master storyteller.

Each CD will consist of two stories, one by Lovecraft and one by a modern author. There will be two versions of each – spoken-word only and story + music. There will also be a booklet included, with both stories printed within. The first of the series will be released on the 15th March 2012, the anniversary of Lovecraft’s death.

This is the general flavour of what the series is going to c0nsist of – more information will be forthcoming very soon. I’m very excited about this, as it combines two particular passions of mine – music and supernatural literature. In the next few weeks I will be sourcing some contemporary authors to provide the modern material. It’ll be an interesting project, as it will no doubt introduce people to new aspects of music they may not have encountered before, which will also provide a suitably unsettling soundtrack to the cosmic terror that Lovecraft’s so well known for.

Keep a look out for more information soon!