A trio of Rough Music reviews

Rough Music Cover

Here at Spectral, there was a great start to the week yesterday (more on that below) and today we’ve had a boost to that good start in the form of some new reviews of Simon Kurt Unsworth’s Rough Music, the fifth in Spectral’s line of quarterly chapbooks. The first of those reviews is from Anthony Watson, which can be found posted to his Dark Musings blog –  if you’d like to know what he thought of Simon’s story, then please follow the link from here.

The next review is from Gef Fox over at Skull Salad Reviews – see what the wily Mr. Fox has to say about Rough Music here.

And finally, Jassen Bailey of The Crow’s Caw review blog also gives an account of what he thinks of the chapbook – you can find out what Jassen thought of it here.

(Talking of reviews, I’ve just discovered this very short review of Paul Finch’s King Death, posted in The Black Glove horror ‘zine – check it out!)


You know that great start to the week I hinted at above? Well, it was because the limited hardback edition of this novella from Gary Fry SOLD OUT  yesterday!! Yes, all 100 copies have now been spoken for. However, fear not – some copies can be currently ordered from the This Is Horror online shop, and the book will also soon be available from Fantastic Literature in the UK, as well as Jeff ‘N’ Joys (UK), Bad Moon Books (USA), Ziesing Books (USA), Camelot Books (USA), Wrigley Cross (USA) and Nightfall Books (USA) – links to those will be provided to them once the books have been shipped.

You can also buy it in paperback form, but this version omits the bonus novella contained in the hardback – details of how to order this version can be found here.

Post-con news, reviews and other things…

FantasyCon 2011 is, very sadly, over, but there’s always next year’s event to look forward to, which many attendees are already doing (this one included). There will be a full report of what happened on these pages within the next few days (including a review of Saturday night’s fabulous theatrical entertainment) but, in the meantime, here’s what you can be getting on with Spectral-wise – to wit, notices of two reviews of Nowhere Hall, two interviews and a new column.

The first review is from The Black Glove online ‘zine, wherein Nickolas Cook calls Spectral “…one of the most exciting, and truly literary, of the small press horror publishers to come out of the UK…” – his write-up is both succint and insightful, and you can read what he said here.

Review number two is by Adrian Brady, and can be found in the new Morpheus Tales Review Supplement (#14) which is available to download for FREE  from here. You’ll find the write-up on page 33, Brady saying of Spectral that “… [I]f this short but scary chapbook is anything to go by, Spectral Press is in the top flight of the small presses…” – gratifying stuff indeed!

In the same issue you will also find a new column, appropriately called Ramblings of a Tattooed Head, in which I will, as is my wont, pontificate and ruminate on matters genre or on whatever subject happens to be keeping me in thrall at that particular moment. This issue the column, which starts on page 25, sets out my stall and my credentials, but I will be looking at whatever aspect of genre is bothering me from the next instalment.

Following the column and starting on page 29, is the first of the interviews with me – this essentially fills out my column with an in-depth discussion and explanation of what it is I do, as well as my motivations and influences. The second interview was conducted by Morgen Bailey for her Writing Blog and goes into similar depth concerning Spectral Press and the processes involved in choosing stories, editing and preparing for publication. The interview can be found here.

Finally, for today at least, is some excellent news: award-winning author Robert Shearman will be writing a chapbook tale for Spectral, which is provisionally slated for a March 2014 publication date. Look out for more details over the coming months!

Anyway, that’s it for now – I need to gather my thoughts regarding FantasyCon 2011, so look for a full convention report here within the next few days.


Another 2-in-1 review…

… and this time it’s from Lisa Morton, and posted at The Black Glove online review pages. I have to say that the write-up is extremely insightful, and really gets to the heart of both chapbooks…. so, without further ado, you can find the review here.

Thanks to Lisa for the great review!!