Graham Joyce 1954 – 2014

“Why can’t our job here on earth be simply to inspire each other?” These simple words resonate very strongly in the hearts of many today. I very rarely struggle with words, but today I am having difficulty in finding the right ones. Yesterday, someone I was privileged enough to call a friend who also happened … Continue reading

The Spectral Book of Horror Stories launch at FCon

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 … Continue reading

Black Country Prophet: Joel Lane Archive 4

I published this short piece of Joel’s in New Horizons #6 which I edited for the British Fantasy Society in 2010. In many ways it’s indicative of his fiction: there’s the unyielding city, the victim, the confusion of reality and fantasy, and the downbeat ending; but there’s also a glimmer of Joel’s humour: “…it’ll be … Continue reading

Spectral Book of Horror Stories: Launch on Saturday!

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 … Continue reading

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


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