The Nine Deaths competition: the winners

Some time ago we announced a competition to celebrate the launch of John Llewellyn Probert’s Spectral Visions novella The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine. We have now picked a winner, much later than originally planned due to pressure of work and events but, before we announce who that winner is, here’s a reminder of what was up … Continue reading

Reviews and news 19th October 2012

First off, we received notice this morning of a new review of John L. Probert’s Spectral Visions novella, The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine, posted to the Dread Central website and written by Pestilence. It contains this rather fine quote: “…Probert’s tale remains a total delight from start to finish – aiming somewhere between the thrilling, the … Continue reading

The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine: an Eloquent review

Just a week until the official launch of the second Spectral Visions novella, The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine by John L. Probert, at this year’s gathering of writers, editors and publishers in Brighton at FantasyCon 2012. The reviews are now coming in regularly, and it is with great pleasure that we can announce the latest … Continue reading

The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine: the competition

We were thinking the other day that we hadn’t run a competition for a while so, in order to rectify this obviously heinous situation, we’ve decided that, since John L. Probert’s affectionately gruesome homage to the films of the late actor and horror icon Vincent Price, The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine, is due to be launched … Continue reading

Friday’s winner!

Yes, today we announce the winner of the recent competition for purchasers of the paperback edition to win a signed proof-sheet of the cover to Gary Fry’s The Respectable Face of Tyranny . And that winner is…. STEPHEN BACON Congratulations to Stephen – we’ll get your prize out to you very soon! NEWS Alison Littlewood’s chapbook The … Continue reading

The BFS dive into The Eyes of Water

And so, here we have yet another new review of Spectral’s latest chapbook, The Eyes of Water by bestselling author Alison Littlewood (A Cold Season). This one’s from the British Fantasy Society website, and written by Glen Mehn – you can read what he thought of it here. NEWS The competition to win a signed proof-sheet … Continue reading

Competition reminder…

This time last month, we launched a small competition whereby anyone who purchased a paperback copy of Gary Fry’s Spectral Visions novella, The Respectable Face of Tyranny, could win themselves a signed proof-sheet of the cover (which is infinitely suitable for framing), for which the deadline was today. But we have decided, in our infinite wisdom, … Continue reading

News and a few reminders

This blog entry is going to do exactly what it says on the tin – bring you a small bit of news and also remind people of a few things that are going on in the world of Spectral, to wit: THE RESPECTABLE FACE OF TYRANNY HARDBACK This book has now been printed and delivered … Continue reading


Yes, we here at Spectral have decided that it’s been far too long since we held a competition, and so here’s one that we think you’ll like. Anyone who buys a copy of the paperback of Gary Fry’s The Respectable Face of Tyranny from us will have their name put into a prize draw hat, and … Continue reading

Simon Kurt Unsworth’s Rough Music: the trailer

Once again, Mark West has produced a lovely video book-trailer to go with the latest Spectral chapbook, Simon Kurt Unsworth’s Rough Music, which is due to be launched upon the world at the end of February/beginning of March 2012. This one has, unfortunately, sold out already, but you can still get yourself a subscription (for … Continue reading


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