Black Country Prophet: Joel Lane Archive 6

Notes On Five Poems by Joel Lane As well as being a celebrated fiction writer and essayist, Joel was also a noted poet. My thanks are due to Simon Bestwick for passing many of Joel’s poems over to me. As someone who goes to a lot of poetry readings, what strikes me most about Joel’s … Continue reading

Leytonstone: The First review

And so it begins – here’s the first review of Stephen Volk’s Leytonstone novella, the follow-up to his critically-acclaimed and Spectral’s bestselling Whitstable. This one has been posted to SciFi Bulletin and has been written by Paul Simpson – you can read it HERE. PRE-ORDERS: £21 UK £24 EU $50 US & RoW

News and reviews 07:11:2014

First, there will be a review of Tim Lebbon’s superb novella Still Life in Black Static #43, out very soon. Among other things, Peter Tennant, the reviewer says of it: “Lebbon has produced a strange and compelling story, beautifully written and with a prevailing mood of hope underlying the surface despair, a tale in which what is not … Continue reading

Black Country Prophet: Joel Lane Archive 5

The Lost District was the first collection of Joel’s I ever read and the story ‘Like Shattered Stone”’broke my heart. It’s easy to make assumptions about a writer based on their writing (which are frequently wrong), but that particular story’s portrait of a man subconsciously sculpting the soul of a dying city told me something … Continue reading

Review and news – 05:11:2014

Now that Simon Bestwick’s Black Mountain serial has come to an end, Anthony Watson of Dark Musings has decided to review the work in toto. He originally reviewed the first half some five months ago when it was still gathering steam – so what does he think of it now that it has drawn to a conclusion? To find … Continue reading

Hallowe’en Delight: The Dancers in the Pines

Yes, we’ve reached the final episode of Simon Bestwick’s Black Mountain monthly Spectral serial, titled The Dancers in the Pines. It’s now available at both Amazon UK and US – so get your copy today! ‘There was no counting the number of victims the Bala Triangle had claimed over the centuries. Rob Markland’s attempts to investigate it had … Continue reading

A gallery of future covers….

Today, we thought we’d do something different – present a gallery of covers from future publications…. and so: Black Mountain 11: The Dancers in the Pines is the final installment in Simon Bestwick’s monthly serial – the cover has been created by Neil Williams once more, and it’ll be available from Amazon later this week. … Continue reading

Leytonstone: Press release 24:10:2014

SPECTRAL PRESS PRESENTS: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: AWARD-WINNING WRITER STEPHEN VOLK PRIES INTO THE CHILDHOOD OF HITCHCOCK IN HIS HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED FOLLOW-UP TO WHITSTABLE       One evening in 1906 a chubby little boy of seven, son of a London greengrocer, is taken by his father to visit the local police station. There he suddenly finds … Continue reading

A Duo of Reviews

For the first time in a while, we have two reviews to link you to this morning of chapbooks. The first of them is of Angela Slatter’s Home and Hearth from Mario Guslandi and posted to  the British Fantasy Society – you can find that one HERE. And here’s one of Simon Kurt Unsworth’s Rough Music, which we … Continue reading

SBoHS Leeds event

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 … Continue reading

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