News 07:10:2014

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 off, let’s start with an interview with Mark Morris, editor of The Spetral Book of Horror Stories: this one’s been conducted by Teodor Reljic and posted to Schlock Magazine – you can find that one HERE. On the same website you’ll also find a Spectral Press publisher spotlight, written by yours truly – that one’s right HERE.

THE SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES – PRICES INCLUDE POSTAGE!

£12.50 UK

£15 EU

$30 US & RoW

BLACK MOUNTAIN 10: THE WATCHER by Simon Bestwick

"Black Mountain: The Watcher" ©2014 Simon Bestwick/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Neil Williams.

“Black Mountain: The Watcher” ©2014 Simon Bestwick/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Neil Williams.

Next up is the news that the penultimate episode of Simon Bestwick’s Black Mountain eBook serial, The Watcher, is now available at Amazon – the cover has once again been created by Neil Williams and the book formatted by Graeme Reynolds. The UK edition is HERE and the US one is HERE.

For centuries the Bala Triangle has kept its secrets. But now Rob Markland, having investigated it from afar for so long, was determined to make it give them up at last.

Into the woods of Coed Capel and Coed Dinas, the ruins of Maes Carnedd and Blas Gwynedd, four people ventured. Only one would return, driven mad by what he’d witnessed.

By the presence that still haunted the empty farmhouse at Ty Mynwent.

That waited by the lake of Llyn Daioni, in the long-abandoned pod houses of Hafan Deg.

By the Watcher.

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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 Spectral Book of Horror Stories is available for sale now and has been selling very well (we have to order  even MORE copies from the printers!) – but that isn’t a surprise as it contains original stories from the stellar likes of Ramsey Campbell, Conrad Williams, Alison Moore, Robert Shearman, and Angela Slatter (along with fourteen other high-profile names). With a table of contents like this you really cannot afford to miss it. So, why not get in on the act and ORDER A COPY TODAY! (Also available as a paperback and eBook from Amazon)

PRICES INCLUDE POSTAGE!

£12.50 UK

£15 EU

$30 US & RoW

We look forward to hearing from you!

"We are the Martians: the Legacy of Nigel Kneale" edited by Neil Snowdon. Artwork ©2014 David Chatton Barker

“We are the Martians: the Legacy of Nigel Kneale” edited by Neil Snowdon. Artwork ©2014 David Chatton Barker

This book will be published in two editions: a LTD HARDBACK featuring everything listed below plus an unproduced and never before published screenplay by Kneale (likely to retail for between £30 – £50) and an UNLIMITED PAPERBACK which will have everything except the screenplay (although we’re still debating that one). Even though the books will not be out until later next year we have already sold a substantial amount – if you would like a copy of either edition then please register your interest by emailing us at spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com today. We are taking a £20 deposit now for the hardback edition with the balance payable at time of publication. Interest in the book is sure to be high – SO WHY NOT RESERVE YOUR COPY TODAY?

The list of contributors reads like a veritable who’s who – take a look at this:

Mark Gatiss  (Sherlock, Doctor Who, The League of Gentlemen) Introduction

Mark Morris (Toady, The Immaculate, Stitch… Editor –  Cinemacabre and The Spectral Book of Horror Stories.)

Stephen Volk (Ghostwatch, Afterlife. The Awakening and Whitstable).

Stephen Laws (Spectre, Ghost Train, Macabre)

Gary McMahon (The Concrete Grove, Pretty Little Dead Things, What They Hear in the Dark)

Ramsey Campbell (The Doll who Ate His Mother, The Face that Must Die, Incarnate, Midnight Sun, Nazareth Hill, Nedding Ghosts… Film Critic for Video Watchdog & BBC Radio Merseyside)

Ashley Thorpe (Director of The Screaming Skull, The Hairy Hands, Borley Rectory)

Mark Chadbourn (Scissorman, Jack of Ravens, The Burning Man… Scriptwriter Doctors, Shadow State)

Jonathan Rigby (Film Critic & author of Engilsh Gothic, American Gothic, Studies in Terror)

Lynda E. Rucker (The Moon will Look Strange)

Kim Newman (Film Critic & Author of Anno Dracula, The Quorum, Life’s Lottery, An English Ghost Story, Nightmare Movies)

Maura McHugh(Twisted Fairy Tales, The Mysteries of Unland)

Tim Lucas (Film Critic & Author of Throat Sprockets, The Book of Renfield, Mario Bava: All the Colours of the Dark… Editor of Video Watchdog)

Thana Niveau(From Hell to Eternity)

Stephen Bissette (Artist, Editor, Publisher – Swamp Things, Gore Shriek, Taboo… Writer for Video Watchdog, Deep Red, Fangoria…)

Kier-La Janisse (Film critic & Author House of Psychotic Women, A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi)

John Llewellyn Probert (The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine, The Catacombs of Fear)

Tony Earnshaw (Film Critic & Author Beating the Devil, Under Milk Wood Revisited, An Actor and a Rare One,The Christmas Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark)

Jeremy Dyson (The League of Gentlemen, Funland… Author Bright Darkness: The Lost Art of the Supernatural Horror Film, Never Trust a Rabbit, The Haunted Book)

Richard Harland Smith (Film Critic Video Watchdog, Movie Morlocks)

Also featuring interviews/conversations with Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen, Doctor Who, Sherlock), Peter Sasdy(Director of The Stone Tape), Judith Kerr (widow of Nigel Kneale & author of The Tiger who Came to Tea, When Hitler Tole Pink Rabbit), and Herbert Wise (Director of Kneale adaptation of The Woman in Black)

And potentially there will also be interviews with Joe Dante, Dennis Bartok (film maker and director of American Cinematheque), John Landis, and John Carpenter (all subject to other commitments).

Looking forward to hearing from you!

The Spectral Book of Horror Stories – available now!

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 Spectral Book of Horror Stories is selling extremely well and has garnered a lot of good press from various bloggers, magazines. and review sites (more reviews due soon!). With original stories from the stellar likes of Ramsey Campbell, Conrad Williams, Alison Moore, Robert Shearman, and Angela Slatter (along with fourteen other high-profile names) you really cannot afford to miss this one. So, why not get in on the act and ORDER A COPY TODAY! (Also available as a paperback and eBook from Amazon)

PRICES INCLUDE POSTAGE!

£12.50 UK

£15 EU

$30 US & RoW

We look forward to hearing from you!

The Spectral Book of Horror Stories launch at FCon

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

A very brief FCon report today (still recovering!) but we just had to tell everyone about the launch of The Spectral Book of Horror Stories at this year’s event. To say it was spectacular would be very short of the mark – the room was absolutely packed, with the queue snaking around the room. THIRTEEN of the authors were signing around a couple of small tables but every one enjoyed themselves (Conrad Williams averring that it was the best signing he’d been involved in in the last twenty years). Many books were sold and some were even sold afterwards too. We think we can safely declare the event a resounding success.

Get in on the act – ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY! (Paypal buttons below)

£12.50 UK

£15 EU

$30 US & RoW

A fuller FCon report will appear soon, plus more of the Joel Lane Archive!

Spectral Book of Horror Stories: Launch on Saturday!

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 three days from now, The Spectral Book of Horror Stories will be launched at 12 noon at FantasyCon 2014 at the Royal York Hotel, York. About half of the contributors will be there to sign it, so it should be a great little event – if you’re attending we will see you there!

ON THE TOUR – RAMSEY CAMPBELL

THE DOG’S HOME – ALISON LITTLEWOOD

FUNERAL RITES – HELEN MARSHALL

SLAPE – TOM FLETCHER

THE NIGHT DOCTOR – STEVE RASNIC TEM

DULL FIRE – GARY McMAHON

THE BOOK AND THE RING – REGGIE OLIVER

EASTMOUTH – ALISON MOORE

CARRY WITHIN SOME SMALL SLIVER OF ME – ROBERT SHEARMAN

THE DEVIL’S INTERVAL – CONRAD WILLIAMS

STOLEN KISSES – MICHAEL MARSHALL SMITH

CURES FOR A SICKENED WORLD – BRIAN HODGE

THE OCTOBER WIDOW – ANGELA SLATTER

THE SLISTA – STEPHEN LAWS

OUTSIDE HEAVENLY – RIO YOUERS

THE LIFE INSPECTOR – JOHN LLEWELLYN PROBERT

SOMETHING SINISTER IN SUNLIGHT – LISA TUTTLE

THIS VIDEO DOES NOT EXIST – NICHOLAS ROYLE

NEWSPAPER HEART – STEPHEN VOLK

You can also order your copy using the buttons below – ORDER TODAY!

£12.50 UK

FOR THOSE ATTENDING FCON 2014 YOU CAN ORDER AT THE SPECIAL PRICE BELOW AND PICK IT UP FROM THE CONVENTION VENUE.

FCon 2014 Special £10

£15 EU

$30 US & RoW

 

27:08:2014 – New SBoHS 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

After yesterday’s rather dull and rain-laved day, this morning is bright and pleasingly chilly, a herald of the coming autumn (our favourite season of the year). And so it is with great pleasure that we can tell you about the latest review of The Spectral Book of Horror Stories – a very in-depth one too, from Jez Winship, which he posted to his rather wonderfully named Sparks in Electric Jelly blog. To read it, just click HERE.

This is going to be a very special anthology, so we really do encourage you to pre-order your copy today of this first volume in a projected annual series – ordering buttons below (if you want to pay by any other means, please contact us at spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com and we’ll happily send you details). All prices are INCLUSIVE of postage and packing:

£12.50 UK

FOR THOSE ATTENDING FANTASYCON 2014 YOU CAN ORDER AT THE SPECIAL PRICE BELOW AND PICK IT UP AT THE CONVENTION VENUE.

FCon 2014 Special £10

£15 EU

$30 US & RoW

25:08:2014 – Interview, review, and news

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

On this Monday morning, which is a Bank Holiday for us here in the UK, we present the final mini-interview of contributors to Spectral’s forthcoming The Spectral Book of Horror Stories, conducted by Angela Slatter. So, who’s the lucky person featured today? Well, it’s Simon Marshall-Jones, the erstwhile publisher/editor/El Presidente/Dictator for Life of Spectral itself. What does he have to say? Furthermore, will it make sense to anyone? To find out, go HERE.

We’ll follow that up with a new review of the volume, by Anthony Watson and posted to his Dark Musings blog – that one can be accessed HERE.

This is going to be a very special anthology, so we really do encourage you to pre-order your copy today of this first volume in a projected annual series – ordering buttons below (if you want to pay by any other means, please contact us at spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com and we’ll happily send you details). All prices are INCLUSIVE of postage and packing:

£12.50 UK

FOR THOSE ATTENDING FANTASYCON 2014 YOU CAN ORDER AT THE SPECIAL PRICE BELOW AND PICK IT UP AT THE CONVENTION VENUE.

FCon 2014 Special £10

£15 EU

$30 US & RoW

NEWS

Don’t forget that we have a new website, which is now live and ready to use. It features a shop, from which it is easier to order books and accessories, and even has a swish postage calculation system which will work out how much postage and packing you should pay. Aside from that, there will also be the usual news and reviews, plus plenty of other material for you to read and digest. Sign up today to be alerted to new posts and other stuff. The URL is https://www.spectralpress.co.uk/

From tomorrow, both here and on the new website, we will be celebrating the life of JOEL LANE: BLACK COUNTRY PROPHET, the writer who sadly died last year at the far-too-young age of 50. Allen Ashley asked various writers and figures in the genre to choose their favourite stories of his and to write a brief introduction explaining why they chose that particular story, to be followed by the story itself. The first entry will be introduced by legendary editor/anthologiser Stephen Jones. Look out for it.

22:08:2014 – mini-interview and news

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’s Friday, the one day everybody agrees is the best day of the week, because the weekend is here! It also means that it’s time for another one of Angela Slatter’s mini-interviews of contributors to The Spectral Book of Horror Stories, and today she talks to herself about her story The October Widow. You can read it for yourself HERE.

NEWS

In other Spectral Book of Horror Stories news, the eBook edition is now available for pre-order at Amazon UK & US. Just click the links below to order your copy:

AMAZON UK

AMAZON US

Even more exciting news is the fact that the new Spectral Press website is LIVE – go HERE to have a look. We shall be blogging on THIS site for a while longer to maintain continuity but we do encourage you to go on over and sign up to get regular updates on what’s happening in the world of Spectral. The new site is much more flexible and easier to use, the shop is fully enabled, and finding what you’re looking for is also a whole lot easier. You can also contact us directly through the contact form should you have any questions.

More next week!

20:08:2014 – Stephen Laws gets the Slatter treatment

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

Mid-week yet again, and time once more for one of Angela Slatter’s mini-interviews of contributors to The Spectral Book of Horror Stories. Under the spotlight today is Stephen Laws, whose story The Slista appears in the book’s Table of Contents – read the exchange HERE.

BUY YOUR COPY TODAY – PUBLICATION DATE 6TH SEPTEMBER!!

This is going to be a very special anthology, so we really do encourage you to pre-order your copy today of this first volume in a projected annual series – ordering buttons below (if you want to pay by any other means, please contact us at spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com and we’ll happily send you details). All prices are INCLUSIVE of postage and packing:

£12.50 UK

FOR THOSE ATTENDING FANTASYCON 2014 YOU CAN ORDER AT THE SPECIAL PRICE BELOW AND PICK IT UP AT THE CONVENTION VENUE.

FCon 2014 Special £10

£15 EU

$30 US & RoW