Whitstable: latest review and launch


The latest review of Stephen Volk’s Whitstable has just winged its way in through our email inbox, and it’s from the venerable SFX  magazine. Even better than that, however, is that the reviewer, Ian Berriman, liked it so much he gave it FIVE stars: in fact, it’s the ONLY five star review in the book section this issue, even beating Neil Gaiman. The last paragraph sums the book up nicely:

“Although Whitstable never enters supernatural territory, it’s a moving tale which should delight any admirers of the late actor – and one which is crying out to be adapted into a biodrama. How about it, BBC Four?”

We would wholeheartedly agree with the last-mention part – it would make a brilliant televisual presentation, and everyone here at Spectral Towers hopes fervently that it does get adapted for the screen.

DF Lewis, of Weirdmonger fame, has started a real-time review of the book on his blog – you can find that here.

Whitstable cover image

Talking of Whitstable, tomorrow evening sees the official launch of the novella at the Whitstable Museum, Whitstable, Kent. We have been reliably informed that the event has sold out, which pleases us no end – so, if any of you are heading down to the Kent coast this weekend to attend, we’ll see you there!

Reviews and news – 22:04:2103

Creakers front cover by Neil Williams

To start the week off, here’s a new, short review of Paul Kane’s Spectral chapbook Creakers – this one is from Theresa Derwin and has been posted to her Terror Tree blog. You can read what Theresa thought of it here.



This month’s issue of Fortean Times (#301 – cover above), the magazine that brings to light all the weirdness this world has to offer, has extensive coverage of Peter Cushing’s centenary, including a long article by Stephen Volk on the actor and his reasons for writing Whitstable. There are also quotes from various luminaries of the horror world about Cushing’s influence on them in their formative years and also why he’s so important to the genre. Also featured is a two page extract from the novella to whet your appetite – the issue will be available soon from your favourite newsstand.

As you know, the book is being launched next month at the Whitstable Museum on the evening of 25th May between 5pm-6:30pm. Stephen Volk will be joined on stage by Wayne Kinsey for a spirited Q&A session, who will also be launching his own book, The PC Scrapbook, the same weekend. Tickets are extremely limited, so secure your place to this event NOW! Tickets can be bought from here.

Whitstable book launch

Whitstable cover image

Spectral is very proud to announce that Stephen Volk’s Whitstable novella will launched in… WHITSTABLE MUSEUM, WHITSTABLE, KENT on 25th May 2013 between 5pm & 6:30pm, as a part of the Whit Lit Festival – a very fitting place in which to do so.  There will be a Q&A session with Stephen, and afterwards there will a book signing (Spectral will be there with both hardbacks and paperbacks for sale). This is a ticketed event, and entry will cost £6 – tickets can be obtained from either Whit Lit Festival or TicketSource. Places are extremely limited, so if any of you lovely people intend to go please secure your ticket today!

Whitstable is a beautifully picturesque maritime town on the northeast Kent coast, famous for its Oyster Festival and, of course, the place where Helen and Peter Cushing decided to live in the course of Helen’s illness. The environs of Whitstable have been inhabited since paleolithic times and the town was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. Its oysters have achieved fame throughout the world, and have been harvested since at least Roman times. We here at Spectral can’t think of a more wonderfully appropriate setting in which to officially launch this literary tribute to one of Britain’s finest actors.

This promises to be an absolutely scintillating event – look forward to seeing you there!

New reviews – 05:04:2013

So, here we are again with links to more reviews of  forthcoming and current Spectral publications:

Whitstable cover image

First, here’s another write-up of Stephen Volk’s Whitstable – this one’s been posted to Geek Syndicate by Phil Ambler and is nicely in-depth. You can find it by clicking here. It is advisable to order your copy today – stocks are steadily going down and this is sure to be a much sought-after item. Click on the Spectral Shop option on the menu bar above to get the ordering details.

Spectral Press is talking to Whitstable Museum about a possible launch there over the weekend of 25th to 27th May – more details on that when we have them.

Creakers front cover by Neil Williams

Next up is a review of Paul Kane’s Spectral chapbook Creakers, copies of which will be sent out to subscribers this weekend. This short review has been brought to you by Jim McLeod via his Ginger Nuts of Horror review blog, and that one can be directly accessed from here. Individual copies still available, but in extremely limited numbers – fewer than 15 copies in fact – or, better yet, why not get yourself a year’s subscription (4 issues) to the chapbook line? Details of ordering can be found in the Spectral Shop.

More reviews soon!