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

News and reviews 14:01:2014

It’s a beautifully sunny but frosty morning here in the grounds of Château Spectrale, and we will celebrate by telling you of some recent reviews which have come our way: First, we have a write-up of our two latest books, Tim Lebbon’s Still Life novella and Paul Kane’s Ghosts collection – this one appears on Anthony Watson’s Dark … Continue reading

Black Static gets all soulful

One of the go-to genre magazines in the UK is Black Static, from the people who brought you Interzone , one of the longest-established science fiction magazines in the world. Black Static is definitely set to follow in its hallowed footsteps, and one of the first sections many go to is the reviews, headed by Peter Tennant. In the latest … Continue reading

New reviews – 22:07:2013

Here we are on a Monday morning yet again and yes, we have more reviews to tell you about. Stephen Volk’s Whitstable is still attracting great notices, and we have two to tell you about today: The first one is from The Horror Hothouse and Simon Ball is the man responsible for the review – you can read … Continue reading

New reviews – 21:05:2013

We haven’t posted any reviews for a while now, so let’s rectify that by telling you about two of them that have landed on Spectral’s virtual desk within the last week or so. They’re both from Black Static #34 and, as usual, have both been written by Peter Tennant. In order to read the full reviews then … Continue reading

Reviews and news – 19:03:2013

The reviews keep coming in for Whitstable and here’s the latest – this one’s by writer Tom Ruffles and it’s been posted to his personal blog. You can read the review by clicking here. The latest issue of Black Static, #33, has a review by Peter Tennant of an old favourite here at Spectral Towers – The … Continue reading

A Spectral Miscellany

For the first post of the week, we bring you a selection of this, that and the other, including the latest quote, some reviews and a bit of news. Let’s start with that quote, concerning the very first Spectral Visions novella: “Like a jam session between Billy Bragg and H P Lovecraft or a mash-up … Continue reading

Black Static visits Nowhere Hall: a review

Yes, Cate Gardner’s Nowhere Hall has been out for a while now, but the fine reviewer at Black Static magazine, Peter Tennant, has been saving a few things by this excellent writer so he could review them all at once. And so, in the latest issue of the magazine (#27), Peter reviews not just Cate’s chapbook, … Continue reading

Awards news: What They Hear in the Dark receives accolade

A great day for Spectral or, more specifically, Gary McMahon, as his Spectral chapbook, What They Hear in the Dark, was awarded the Chapbook of the Year accolade in the inaugural This Is Horror Awards. Also, another (future) Spectral chapbook author, Simon Bestwick, was runner-up in the same category with Angels of the Silences (Pendragon … Continue reading

King Death by Paul Finch: the first reviews

Yes, the new Spectral chapbook, King Death by Paul Finch (which isn’t due out until December), has already received its first couple of write-ups. The first of those is from Mark West (who, I will declare, is responsible for the Spectral Press video book trailers and the author of What Gets Left Behind [Spectral Volume VII]) … Continue reading


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