Black Country Prophet: Joel Lane Archive 3

This Joel Lane story was suggested for the Archive by Peter Coleborn of Alchemy Press. The story was originally published in the anthology Swords Against The Millennium edited by Mike Chinn and jointly published by Saladoth and Alchemy Press. In the author notes Joel mentions being inspired by the writings of Clark Ashton Smith and … Continue reading

01:09:2014 – Nigel Kneale contributors revealed

And so, as promised, today we reveal the list of contributors to We are the Martians: The Legacy of Nigel Kneale – and what a line-up it is! Feast you eyes on the below: 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 … Continue reading

29:08:2014 – Nigel Kneale book teaser

In the latter half of next year, Spectral Press will be publishing a book which will look at the influence of the great British genre innovators, responsible for writing some of the most groundbreaking science fiction and horror television of the fifties, sixties, and seventies: We are the Martians – The Legacy of Nigel Kneale, … Continue reading

Afternoon extra: Spectral Book of Horror Stories has landed

Proof that the books are ALIVE!! ALIIIIIIIVE!!!!! And in plenty of time for Fantasy Con too…

Black Country Prophet – Joel Lane Archive 2

Today, we bring you the second in our celebration of the life and work of the much-missed writer Joel Lane, who died last year at the age of 50 due to complications arising from sleep apnoea and diabetes. Today, writer Rosanne Rabinowiz chooses her favourite story of Joel’s and introduces it below. Midnight Flight Commentary … Continue reading

27:08:2014 – New SBoHS review

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 … Continue reading

Black Country Prophet – Joel Lane Archive 1

About The Joel Lane Archive: When Joel Lane sadly left us in November 2013, Simon Marshall-Jones and I discussed a way of preserving the memory and oeuvre of the finest short story writer of his generation. To this end, and with the particular assistance of Nicholas Royle who has been handling Joel’s literary estate, we … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

22:08:2014 – mini-interview and news

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 … Continue reading

21:08:2014 – News: new website approaching

We are excited to announce that we will be launching a new website (spectralpress.co.uk) within the next two weeks or so, created by the lovely Sarah Swainger – a much easier to use site incorporating a shop with added purchasing flexibility and navigability. There will be additional features, like links to Facebook and Twitter. as well … Continue reading

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