Christmas Ghost Story Annual: an update

Just a tiny update for all those who submitted to Spectral’s first annual Christmas Ghost Story anthology and are awaiting responses – due to an encounter with kidney stones, in which Spectral’s editor came off quite the worse for wear, as well as having to get ourselves prepared for FantasyCon coming up at the end … Continue reading

The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine: the final cover!

So, feast your eyes on the graphic gorgeosity of the cover to the limited hardback of John L. Probert’s Spectral Visions novella above (is gorgeosity a real word?Well, if it isn’t, we don’t care, because it fits absolutely perfectly with what we think of the image…), courtesy of the brilliant JD Busch with graphics and … Continue reading

Subscriptions: get yours now!

Many of our regular subscribers will soon be receiving their last issue of their current subsciption run, and so we encourage them to resubscribe as soon as possible. But we also very much welcome new subscribers as well so, in our latest campaign drive, we would like to offer all NEW subscribers to the critically-acclaimed … Continue reading

The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine: the first reviews

It’s that time again, when we send out review texts of another new Spectral publication and suffer sleepless nights* waiting anxiously for the write-ups to return. As you all know, the latest one is the new John Llewellyn Probert Spectral Visions novella, The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine, and we have been busy sending out … Continue reading

The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine: SOLD OUT!!

Well, the headline to this blog entry says it all – the limited signed edition of John Llewellyn Probert’s Spectral Visions novella, The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine, is now sold out. The launch at FantasyCon is still going ahead, however: those who have ordered/reserved copies will be able to pick them up from there and, … Continue reading

Dr. Slatter sounds out Rough Music

And so, to end this week on a high note, we have notice of the final chapbook review by Angela Slatter, our Antipodean correspondent. This one’s of Simon Kurt Unsworth’s Rough Music, and you can read the good doctor’s diagnosis here. NEWS Meanwhile, even more news about John Llewellyn Probert’s The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine. As … Continue reading

Dr. Slatter reviews The Eyes of Water

Last Friday, we told you about a review of Paul Finch’s King Death written by Australian author Angela Slatter. Well, yesterday she sent us her mini-review of the latest in the series of Spectral chapbooks, Alison Littlewood’s The Eyes of Water. You can read her blog entry on the book here. NEWS: The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine … Continue reading

A Horrifically Horrifying review of The Respectable Face of Tyranny

Despite any impression the title of this blog entry may give you, this latest review of Gary Fry’s The Respectable Face of Tyranny is actually a very good one. The Horrifically Horrifying Horror Blog is the brainchild of Emma Audsley and Shaun Hamilton, and is entirely devoted to our favourite literary genre. This particular review was written … Continue reading

The Eyes of Water at Dread Central

Another brilliant weekend done and dusted, and so now it’s reluctantly back to the grindstone – but at least it’s been leavened somewhat by us receiving another review of the latest chapbook, Alison Littlewood’s The Eyes of Water. The write-up was posted to the Dread Central horror blog, and was written by Pestilence – just pop over … Continue reading

King Death: a view from Down Under

It’s always a good thing to end the week with a review, especially a good one. And so it is with the one sent to me by Australian author Angela Slatter (or should that be DR. Angela Slatter now?), purveyor of beautiful but slightly warped reinterpretations of the classic fairytale, as well as distinctly unsettling … Continue reading


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