Announcement: Darkest Terrors author list

'Into the Fire' by Les Edwards ©2014

‘Into the Fire’ by Les Edwards ©2014

As many will know, it’s a rarity that we publish two blogs in a day, but it appears that we here at Spectral aren’t the most patient of people, which isn’t surprising given the calibre of the stellar talent on offer here. Head of Spectral Press, Simon Marshall-Jones, has been overwhelmed, almost to the point of catatonia, by the utter awesomeness represented by this line-up. The Stephen Jones and David A. Sutton edited Darkest Terrors: a Best of Dark Terrors (cover above) will feature stories from the following (story titles to follow in due course):

Michael Marshall Smith
Karl Edward Wagner
Brian Lumley
Caitlín R. Kiernan
Harlan Ellison
Ray Bradbury
Poppy Z. Brite
Neil Gaiman
Stephen Baxter
Dennis Etchison
Lisa Tuttle
Christopher Fowler
Richard Christian Matheson
Gwyneth Jones
Ramsey Campbell
Glen Hirschberg
Donald Tumasonis

On a personal note, if you’d told us we would be publishing these fine people when we started Spectral we’d have accused the speaker as being a fantasist. This, for us, is just the very wonderful icing on an already impressive cake. 

We will be offering this for preorder soon – this is bound to be a popular volume, so make sure you secure your copy asap! Retail for the limited HB is likely to be around £25 – £30 and for the PB around £10 – £12.

Michael Armstrong Screenplays: Addendum

House of The Long Shadows (Mock up only - subject to change)

House of The Long Shadows (Mock up only – subject to change)

As a follow up to yesterday’s announcement of the Michael Armstrong Screenplay Collection, Spectral is considering putting the entire collection of 40+ titles on subscription. We understand that there will be some who want the full run, while others will only want selected titles. Each individual volume will be a uniform price (£10 each- postage is extra) to make things easier. Speculative subscription price for the entire collection will £375 – £425 or so. What we would like to gauge is how many would like such a service to be offered?

Additionally, we could offer it on a basis of £50 per four titles OR £125 per ten titles. Please do let us know, either by commenting below or sending an email to spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com. We would love to hear from you!

A full list of the titles to be published will appear next week.

Press release: The Michael Armstrong Script collection

House of The Long Shadows (Mock up only - subject to change)

House of The Long Shadows (Mock up only – subject to change)

 

SPECTRAL PRESS IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE FOLLOWING:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Michael Armstrong

Michael Armstrong

London Repertory Company Joins Forces With Spectral Press To Publish The Entire Screen Play Output Of Michael Armstrong

February 25th 2015, London, UK – London Repertory Company are delighted to announce a working relationship with Spectral Press who will be publishing the complete screen play output of the LRC’s Artistic Director Michael Armstrong (Mark Of The Devil, Eskimo Nell) in paperback and e-book format, with the first edition due in April.

Spectral Press is a British Fantasy Award-nominated independent, specialising mainly in the supernatural, quiet horror, and ghost story end of the literary fiction spectrum.  It publishes chapbooks, novellas, collections and anthologies.  Alongside the fiction, Spectral also publishes non-fiction books on cinema and televisual media through the Spectral Screen imprint.

Genre movie legend Michael Armstrong is making history by being the first screen writer to publish his entire set of filmed and unfilmed screen plays in their original uncut texts before front office changes and including all missing scenes and dialogue, thereby enabling readers to experience the films exactly as he intended them for an audience.

Published in the same font and precise page layout of Armstrong’s unique writing style, each title will be accompanied by a detailed writing history as to its sources and creative problems, front office cuts, changes and alterations, casting choices, production history and an outline of the circumstances that led to certain screen plays ending up on a screen, others being shelved, and many never actually having even been read by anyone in the industry.

London Repertory Company will be the sole publisher for a unique signed and numbered hardback collectors’ set while Spectral Press will be responsible for all paperback and e-book editions of the screen plays.  All proceeds from the publications will go directly to London Repertory Company to whom Armstrong has donated all royalties to aid the LRC’s efforts to regenerate traditional repertory theatre and allied apprenticeship training in the UK.

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Spectral’s first paperback title will be the 1982 multi award-winning classic, tongue-in-cheek parody of “Old Dark House” horror movies, House Of The Long Shadows, written specifically for the four great horror legends, Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and John Carradine, and directed by genre favourite Pete Walker in 1983.  Simon Marshall-Jones, chief executive for Spectral Press, said “We are particularly excited to be working with London Repertory Company in publishing Michael Armstrong’s screenwriting work – a terrific legacy of such a legendary figure in the British film industry.”

Forthcoming titles will include the genre classics: Mark Of The Devil with its missing end scene; Armstrong’s original thirty minute screenplay of The Image which starred David Bowie; and his outrageous satirical 70’s comedy Eskimo Nell which has just been released on Blu-ray to celebrate the film’s 40th anniversary.

For further information, please visit www.michaelarmstrong.co.uk and http://www.spectralpress.co.uk

PREORDERS FOR HOUSE OF THE LONG SHADOWS AVAILABLE NOW:

£12.50UK

£15.00EU

$40.00US & RoW

For further information or to arrange interviews with Michael Armstrong, please contact:

London Repertory Company

info@londonrepertorycompany.com

www.londonrepertorycompany.com

PO Box 59385, London, NW8 1HL, UK

Telephone/Fax: +44 (0) 207 258 1944

Twitter: @LondonRepCo

For downloads and photographs, please visit www.londonrepertorycompany.com/press

News – 24:02:2015

Spectral Book of Horror Stories, edited by Mark Morris - ©2014 respective individual authors/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Vincent Chong

Spectral Book of Horror Stories, edited by Mark Morris – ©2014 respective individual authors/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Vincent Chong

First, it is with great pleasure that we can announce that renowned anthology editor Ellen Datlow has chosen two stories from the First Spectral Book of Horror Stories for her The Best Horror of the Year Volume 7, due out later this year. The stories selected are Rio Youers’ Outside Heavenly and Alison Littlewood’s The Dog’s Home. Congratulations in particular to Rio and Alison, and also to all the other writers too!

The book is still available (order on the Paypal buttons below), and is chock full of excellent stories to thrill and chill. Buy your copy today!

£12.50 UK

£15 EU

$30 US & RoW

RICOCHET by Tim Dry

This novella is selling very nicely, copies going out left, right, and centre. This is sure to be a popular title, so why not grab a copy today!

Tim Dry ans Simon Marshall-Jones talk "Ricochet"

Tim Dry ans Simon Marshall-Jones talk “Ricochet”

Also, the author Tim Dry and the publisher Simon Marshall-Jones will be appearing on Nicholas Vince’s Book Club Google+ Hangout on 22nd March 2015 at 7pm and on Youtube shortly afterwards. More details can be found right HERE.

(In case you don’t know, Nicholas Vince played the Chatterer Cenobite in the Hellraiser films and Kinski in Nightbreed)

PRICES INCLUDE POST AND PACKING

UK £10

EU £15

US & RoW $30

The Quarantined City – Into the Rain available now!

Cover: Detail from Europe after the Rain, 1940–42 by Max Ernst (German, 1891–1976) Oil on canvas, 21-9/16 x 58-3/16 in. The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1942.281 Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT

Cover: Detail from Europe after the Rain, 1940–42 by Max Ernst (German, 1891–1976)
Oil on canvas, 21-9/16 x 58-3/16 in.
The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1942.281
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT

Just a very short note to let you all know that the second episode of James Everington’s eBook serial for Spectral is available for purchase now from Amazon on the links below:

AMAZON UK

AMAZON US

Review and news – 20:02:2015

First off, let’s have a review:

"Leytonstone" ©Stephen Volk/Spectral Press 2014. Artwork ©Ben Baldwin 2014

“Leytonstone” ©Stephen Volk/Spectral Press 2014. Artwork ©Ben Baldwin 2014

The latest one to slide gracefully across our virtual desk is this one of Stephen Volk’s Leytonstone by Mark West, who posted it to his Strange Tales website – the review can read by clicking HERE.

PRE-ORDERS:

Signed and Numbered Hardbacks (125 only)

£21 UK

£24 EU

$50 US & RoW

Paperbacks

£12.50UK

£15.00EU

$30.00US & RoW

NEWS

"Ricochet" by Tim Dry ©2015 Tim Dry/Theatrum Mundi. Artwork ©2015 John Oakey

“Ricochet” by Tim Dry ©2015 Tim Dry/Theatrum Mundi. Artwork ©2015 John Oakey

The photo above shows the rather lush newly arrived copies of Tim Dry’s Ricochet – if you’d like to get your hands on one then order through the Paypal buttons below:

PRICES INCLUDE POST AND PACKING

UK £10

EU £15

US & RoW $30

We are The Martians: contents list

"We are the Martians: the Legacy of Nigel Kneale" edited by Neil Snowdon. Artwork ©2014 David Chatton Barker

“We are the Martians: the Legacy of Nigel Kneale” edited by Neil Snowdon. Artwork ©2014 David Chatton Barker

Prepare to be bowled over – we’ve just received the contents list of the Nigel Kneale book which is due to be published later this year. To secure your copy of the limited hardback, please send a deposit through the relevant button below:

£20 UK & EU

$30 US & RoW

"Quatermass & The Pit"  Artwork ©2015 David Chatton Barker

“Quatermass & The Pit” Artwork ©2015 David Chatton Barker

So, without further ado, here it is (please note: some topics still need to be confirmed but this will give customers a general idea of what to expect:

Neil Snowdon (editor, film programmer, journalist) – Introduction, conversations with Mark Gatiss, Joe Dante, John Landis (tbc), Dennis Bartok (American Cinematheque) and Judith Kerr (Kneale’s wife).

Mark Gatiss – Foreword

Mark Morris (author) – BEASTS (Overview series as a whole)

Stephen Volk (author and screenwriter) – THE STONE TAPE (“THE STONE TAPE was the biggest impact in terms of how I thought about writing, the genre, television and GHOSTWATCH”)

Stephen Laws (author) – Quatermass & The Pit – the penguin script book and the influence it had..

Jeremy Dyson (author, screenwriter/dramatist) – BEASTS (specifically focussed on BABY, the influence it had on him at a very young age)

Gary McMahon (author) – THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN (movie version)

Ramsey Campbell (author and film critic) – A reminiscence

Tony Earnshaw (critic, author, film programmer) – THE WOMAN IN BLACK: An interview with director Herbert Wise

Lynda E. Rucker (author) – WISHING FOR A NIGEL KNEALE CHILDHOOD (how Lynda wishes she’d encountered Kneale’s work sooner)

Ashley Thorpe (film maker and critic)

THE STONE TAPE: An interview with director Peter Sasdy, framed by personal reminiscence.

Jonathan Rigby (actor and critic) – TBC

Maura McHugh (author and critic) – ECHOES AND INFLUENCE (“I’ve been thinking about echoes of people’s work come to you via the people who were directly influenced by an author. Kind of like ghosts. For instance, I remember when I first saw Apocalypse Now, and suddenly realised that so many other films had been influenced by them. So, Kneale’s work would have influenced me before I even saw his original films. I’m always interested in now this domino effect works in reverse – you end up back at the source, to the original tile.”)

Mark Chadbourn (author, screenwriter) – Kneale as King Of Hauntology

Richard Harland Smith (critic) – The Entertainer & Look Back in Anger, how they connect with the genre material.

Kim Newman (author, critic, broadcaster) – THE LESSER SPOTTED KNEALE (taking a look at the less known and less seen works like Kneale’s TV adaptation of Wuthering Heights and his ITV comedy series Kinvig)

Thana Niveau (author) – STRONG FEMALE ROLES (particularly those in BEASTS, STONE TAPE and Q&tP)

John Llewellyn-Probert (author) – QUATERMASS & THE PIT (Lifelong influence, also personal connection to the scientists of Kneale via John’s other work as surgeon and molecular scientist)

Keir-La Janisse (critic) – YEAR OF THE SEX OLYMPICS

Tim Lucas (author, critic, editor) – The prose writing of Nigel Kneale – short fiction (TOMATO CAIN & OTHER STORIES) and the QUATERMASS novel.

Stephen Bissette (Comics artist and critic) – TBC

David A. Sutton – Nigel Kneale interview from Fantasy Media magazine 1980

PLUS: An unpublished script for one of the many ‘lost’ Kneale projects that were tragically never made‎.

The Quarantined City by James Everington

Cover: Detail from Europe after the Rain, 1940–42 by Max Ernst (German, 1891–1976) Oil on canvas, 21-9/16 x 58-3/16 in. The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1942.281 Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT

Cover: Detail from Europe after the Rain, 1940–42 by Max Ernst (German, 1891–1976)
Oil on canvas, 21-9/16 x 58-3/16 in.
The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1942.281
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT

Just a small reminder that the first episode of James Everington’s Spectral Press serial The Quarantined CityThe Smell of Paprika, is available to download from Amazon. The cover features a detail from Max Ernst’s 1942 amazing painting Europe After the Rain II, with magnificent graphics skills by Neil Williams. You get your copy of the episode from here:

AMAZON UK

AMAZON US

Episode 2, Into the Rain, will be available by the end of the month.

Leytonstone by Stephen Volk

"Leytonstone" ©Stephen Volk/Spectral Press 2014. Artwork ©Ben Baldwin 2014

“Leytonstone” ©Stephen Volk/Spectral Press 2014. Artwork ©Ben Baldwin 2014

AVAILABLE NEXT MONTH!!!

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 himself, inexplicably, locked up for a crime he hasn’t committed – or has he? Blinking into sunlight, traumatised by his overnight stay, he is told by his father the next morning: “Now you know what happens to naughty little boys!” But the incident is the catalyst for a series of events that will scar, and create, the world’s leading Master of Terror in the century to come…

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The boy is Alfred Hitchcock.

The story is the gripping and evocative new novella by Stephen Volk, writer of the highly-acclaimed novella Whitstable – which featured Peter Cushing as its central character and was published in 2013 (also by Spectral Press) to coincide with the centenary of the great actor’s death.

Leytonstone – like Whitstable – elevates fact (in this case an anecdote the famous director told repeatedly throughout his life) into resonant and poignant fiction, lifting the veil on not only the innocent and troubled young “Fred” but his emotionally needy mother and a father constantly struggling to do the right thing. But what none of them knows is that, after that fateful night and its consequences, their lives will be changed forever…

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STEPHEN VOLK is best known as the writer of BBC TV’s notorious Halloween “hoax” Ghostwatch, starring Michael Parkinson, which caused outraged viewers to jam the switchboards, and even raised questions in Parliament. He also created the award-winning drama series Afterlife and the recent supernatural mystery film The Awakening starring Rebecca Hall and Dominic West. His play, The Chapel of Unrest, was presented exclusively for one night only at London’s Bush Theatre starring Jim Broadbent and Reece Shearsmith. His short stories have earned selection in Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Best British Mysteries, and Best British Horror, and he has been a Bram Stoker, British Fantasy and Shirley Jackson Award finalist. He is the author of two short story collections: Dark Corners and Monsters in the Heart – the latter of which won a British Fantasy Award for “Best Collection” in 2014. He has also won a BAFTA.

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Cover image by Ben Baldwin

Publication date: March 2015

Available in limited signed and numbered hardback (125 copies), unlimited paperback, and eBook.

Retail: £21UK/£24EU/$50US & RoW

ALL PRICES INCLUDE POSTAGE/

Available from the publishers: Spectral Press, 13 Montgomery Crescent, Bolbeck Park, Milton Keynes, MK15 8PP

PRE-ORDERS:

Signed and Numbered Hardbacks (125 only)

£21 UK

£24 EU

$50 US & RoW

Paperbacks

£12.50UK

£15.00EU

$30.00US & RoW

Within the Wind…: This Is Horror Review

"Within the Wind, Beneath he Snow" ©2014 Ray CluleySpectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Jim Burns

“Within the Wind, Beneath he Snow” ©2014 Ray CluleySpectral Press. Artwork ©2014 Jim Burns

Let’s end this exciting week with another new review, this time of Ray Cluley’s Arctic chiller Within the Wind, Beneath the Snow, the first title from the new Theatrum Mundi imprint. You can read the review HERE.

WITHIN THE WIND, BENEATH THE SNOW by Ray Cluley 

All prices include postage and packing

UK £15

EU £16

US & RoW $30