Shirley Jackson Awards: three nominations

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

It is with immense, nay ECSTATIC, pleasure that we can announce that The Spectral Book of Horror Stories has been nominated in three categories in the extremely prestigious Shirley Jackson Awards 2014, named after the writer who brought us the classics The Haunting of Hill House (brilliantly brought to the big screen as The Haunting by Robert Wise in 1963), We have Always Lived in the Castle, and the short story ‘The Lottery’. The nominations are:

The Spectral Book of Horror Stories, edited by Mark Morris, BEST ANTHOLOGY
‘The Dog’s Home’ by Alison Littlewood, BEST SHORT FICTION
‘Newspaper Heart’ by Stephen Volk, BEST NOVELETTE

The awards ceremony will be held at Readercon on July 12th, at the Burlington Marriott, Burlington, Massachusetts.

The rest of the nominees can be seen HERE.

Congratulations to all concerned, and the best of luck to all the nominees!

THE SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES VOL 1

THE SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES vol 2 edited by Mark Morris

Spectral Book of Horror Stories 2, edited by Mark Morris - ©2015 respective individual authors/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2015 Vincent Chong

Spectral Book of Horror Stories 2, edited by Mark Morris – ©2015 respective individual authors/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2015 Vincent Chong

Volume 2 in the annual anthology series is coming along well too – once again edited by the inestimable Mark Morris and featuring cover artwork by Vincent Chong, this is guaranteed to follow in the magnificent steps of its predecessor. You can also pre-order a copy on the buttons bleow

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SBoHS 1 – DLS Review

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

Reviews are still coming in of the debut volume of The Spectral Book of Horror Stories edited by Mark Morris – case in point is this latest one from DLS reviews, written by Chris Hall – hop over to the site by clicking HERE to read his verdict.

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Don’t forget that the second volume, which Mark is working on at the moment, will be with us later this year – you can preorder that one below (and there’s also a special preorder option for those attending Fantasy Con 2015 in Nottingham – save on postage!).

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FANTASYCON 2015 PREORDERS

If you’re going to be attending FantasyCon 2015 this year in Nottingham, UK, where this book will be launched, then why not take advantage of this offer of preordering your copy and then picking it up at the event? Overseas visitors can save postage and spend what they’ve saved on books and beer! 

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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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Reviews and News – 02:02:2015

"The Hammer of Dr. Valentine" ©2014 John Llewellyn Probert/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Nick Gucker. Layout ©2014 Neil Williams.

“The Hammer of Dr. Valentine” ©2014 John Llewellyn Probert/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Nick Gucker. Layout ©2014 Neil Williams.

We begin our week with a new review of John Llewellyn Probert’s The Hammer of Dr. Valentine from Paul Feeney, which has been posted to his Sound and Fury blog – read it HERE.

The Hammer of Dr. Valentine: limited signed hardback (100 only). 

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NEWS

We are pleased to be able to announce that Brian Hodge’s Spectral Book of Horror Stories tale, ‘Cures for a Sickened World”, has made it into Locus magazine’s annual ‘Recommended Reading’ list – you can see the rest of the list HERE.

We have acquired another book for 2016 since last week which we’d like to tell you about: Andrew Hook will join the Theatrum Mundi roster with his contemporary fantasy conspiracy thriller The Greens – featuring creatures from myth and legend, alien technology, and mad conspiracy stuff, all mashed together with families, parenthood, and genealogy. Intrigued? Then stay tuned for information as it becomes available!

Also, there’s a late addition to the contents of We Are the Martians: The Legacy of Nigel Kneale, edited by Neil Snowdon – The Quatermass Conclusion, a 1980 interview with the man himself, conducted by David A. Sutton, which was originally featured in a magazine called Fantasy Media. The book is due out from Spectral Screen in December this year.

 

This Is Horror Awards 2014

This Is Horror Awards logo ©2015 This is Horror

This Is Horror Awards logo ©2015 This is Horror

It is with great pleasure that we can announce that The Spectral Book of Horror Stories has been nominated for Anthology of the Year in the This Is Horror Awards 2014. Additionally, Vincent Chong’s masterful artwork for the cover of book has also been nominated for Book Cover of the Year in the same awards.

The list of the rest of the nominees can be seen HERE.

We here at Spectral are particularly proud of this book and extremely pleased with the reception it has received – for it to be nominated is testament to the quality of the stories within its covers.

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Onwards and upwards!

Best British Horror 2015

BBH2015

We are extremely proud to announce that THREE stories from The Spectral Book of Horror Stories edited by Mark Morris have been selected to be reprinted in the Johnny Mains-edited Best British Horror 2015, the second volume in this new annual anthology series. The stories chosen are:

Eastnouth Alison Moore
Some Sinister in Sunlight Lisa Tuttle
The Slista  Stephen Laws

Best British Horror 2015 will be available in May 2015 – cover image above.

A trio of reviews – 01:12:2014

Another dull, overcast Monday morning, but it’s been considerably brightened by three reviews of Spectral books, which we’d like to tell you about:

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, the British broadsheet newspaper The Guardian printed a review by Keith Brooke of The Spectral Book of Horror Stories over the weekend – you can read that one HERE.

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"The Hammer of Dr. Valentine" ©2014 John Llewellyn Probert/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Nick Gucker. Layout ©2014 Neil Williams.

“The Hammer of Dr. Valentine” ©2014 John Llewellyn Probert/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Nick Gucker. Layout ©2014 Neil Williams.

Next, we have two reviews of John Llewellyn Probert’s The Hammer of Dr. Valentine: the first one is from Sparks in Electrical Jelly, written by Jez Winship, which can be found HERE, and the other is from The Eloquent Page and is written by Paul Holmes, and that can be found HERE.

The Hammer of Dr. Valentine: limited signed hardback (100 only). 

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Spectral Book of Horror Stories: This Is Horror verdict

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

The latest review to come to our attention is This Is Horror‘s thoughts on The Spectral Book of Horror Stories, edited by Mark Morris. The review is by Ross Warren, and it can be found right HERE.

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SBoHS Leeds event

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

Just a quick heads up about a forthcoming event – on the evening of November 21st 2014 Waterstones in Leeds will be staging a Spectral Book of Horror Stories event. Editor Mark Morris is going to be there, as will Gary McMahon, Alison Littlewood, and Reginald Oliver, to sign copies and do readings – and publisher Simon Marshall-Jones is also looking to be there to look on admiringly. After the readings will be a Q&A followed by the signing.

For those who know about these things, yes there will be wine available during the event.

More details soon!

 

 

Spectral Book of Horror Stories: New Review

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

This morning we want to bring you a new review of The Spectral Book of Horror Stories: this one’s from the Morpheus Tales Review Supplement October 2014 issue (available for FREE HERE and also includes my ‘Ramblings of a Tattooed Head’ column), and was written by J. S. Watts – here it is in full:

Review: The Spectral Book of Horror Stories edited by Mark Morris

I am so impressed by this polished short story collection that I almost don’t know how to start this review. For this reason I’m going to begin with some basic facts. The Spectral Book of Horror Stories is published by Spectral Press, who are going from strength to strength in my estimation, contains over three hundred pages of eclectic horror fiction, nineteen short stories (written by nineteen of the best contemporary horror writers) and aims to be the first volume in an annual series of horror anthologies. It is unthemed (according to its editor, but I’ll come back to that later), contains supernatural and non-supernatural stories “of madness, of dread, of warped longing and twisted love”. Contributors include Stephen Volk, Lisa Tuttle, Stephen Laws and Angela Slatter, to name just four of the Grand Masters and Mistresses of Horror who have written for this anthology.

The collection is so good there was only one story out of the nineteen presented here that I didn’t connect with, no mean feat in an anthology of this size, and no, I’m not going to name it. That would be unfair on the story and its author. It wasn’t a bad story (all the stories are superbly crafted), it was just that, to me, it didn’t seem as outstanding as the other eighteen, but in a collection this good it really comes down to a question of taste and the stories are so varied there is surely something here that will please everyone.

So I return to my original dilemma, with eighteen (okay, nineteen) outstanding horror tales to choose from, how am I going to describe this collection in a way that will do it justice and whet readers’ appetites. My solution lies in challenging the “unthemed” claim made by Mark Morris. Yes, it contains both supernatural and non-supernatural horror, ghosts, demons, rock’n roll, ancient books, celebrity bus tours, spooky monsters and serial killers, pagan renewal and sacrifice, unspecified evil, eviscerated corpses, madness, isolation and supernatural life-inspectors and might therefore be considered unthemed, but, apart from the sheer quality of the stories themselves, there is, to my mind, a theme running through these eclectic tales: the unknown. Even in the most graphic of these stories, there is as much unsaid as said, as many questions left unanswered as those spelled out in dripping blood or salt tears. The authors leave the reader’s imagination to do some of the legwork and it pays off big-time: these are stories that will continue to echo round your head long after you have finished reading them, assuming you have a head left, of course – there are at least two characters within these stories who have a physical absence in the head department and many more who certainly have a lack within it.

I’m not sure what else I can tell you about The Spectral Book of Horror Stories other than go buy it, or borrow it from a friend, but definitely be good and read it, because, to quote from Stephen Laws’ strange and dark story, “You must be gud, or The Slista will come get you.”

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