A new Spectral Volume I review just in…

Thanks to Robert Morrish, who writes the Spotlight on Publishing column for Cemetery Dance magazine, Spectral has just received a short review of the very first publication from the imprint, Gary McMahon’s What They Hear in the Dark. It’ll be printed in Cemetery Dance magazine #66, available soon. In the meantime, however, you can read what Robert says about this dark little tale on his Twilight Ridge blog, saying of Spectral that “… they’re definitely a publisher to keep an eye on in the future…” (The review is the fifth one down)

Many thanks to Robert for the review!

Subscriptions and subscriber benefits

Yet another little reminder that subscription places are still available from Volume #4 onwards (Paul Finch’s King Death, available in December) – however, there are very few of those places left now, just 35 as of today, 19th July 2011. I’ve included Paypal buttons below for your convenience! (If paying by cheque or bank transfer, email Simon Marshall-Jones at spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com for further details).

As an incentive for people to subscribe, as Spectral expands over the next couple of years with the introduction of new lines of books, subscribers will be able to claim discounts off the cover price of these new lines, and they will also be sent an occasional subscriber-only newsletter giving advance notice and details of forthcoming publications (before they’re announced here), along with any new developments with the imprint. There may also be other stuff available as well, like exclusive competitions and what have you. Remember, to take full advantage of any offers, you need to subscribe (or resubscribe) and there aren’t many places left available for the chapbooks!!

Look forward to hearing from you!


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More new titles…

After I announced two new titles last Thursday to be published in 2013, I can reveal the news that I’ve added another two chapbooks to the list, thus completing that year’s publication schedule. Simon Bestwick’s Cold Havens and Terry Grimwood’s Soul Masque have both been moved to later in the year (to become Spectral Volumes X & XI respectively) so that Paul Kane’s Creakers (provisional title) can act as a taster for a short story collection of his which will appear later in the year (but which is not being published by Spectral, I should add) in which the Spectral story will make an appearance. Paul’s chapbook, Spectral Volume IX, will be published in March of that year.

Rounding out 2013, in December, is an as yet untitled chapbook (Spectral Volume XII) from Thana Niveau, an up-and-coming writer whose work has made appearances in well-known genre magazines and anthologies, including last year’s Never Again collection edited by Allyson Bird and Joel Lane.

Exciting times ahead, indeed!!

Cate’s Nowhere Hall competition: the winners!

Remember last month I told you about the two splendiferous competitions that Cate Gardner, author of Spectral Volume III Nowhere Hall, was running in the wake of the chapbook selling out? The one where two lucky people could win either a personalised copy of #1 of the book or a year’s subscription to Spectral?Well, the contest is now closed, names have been drawn from the proverbial hat and we have a pair of winners! But if you want to know  who they are then you’ll just have to jet over to Cate’s website – follow the link here.

CONGRATULATIONS TO BOTH THE WINNERS!! =)

New titles added

Some of the sharper-eyed readers of this website may have noticed, in the top right-hand corner of the front page here, that I have added two more titles to the chapbook line.They will be published (tentatively) in the first half of 2013 (but these things are always subject to change). The titles are:

Spectral Volume IX – Cold Havens by Simon Bestwick

Spectral Volume X – Soul Masque by Terry Grimwood

Terry’s will follow the normal single short story format, but Simon’s will offer a first for Spectral – it’ll contain TWO shorter stories, Comfort Your Dead and The Climb, but they’re no less chilling for all that. Further information will become available as time goes on, so please keep checking back.

Yes, I know that their release dates are 18 months away, but it won’t be all that long before Spectral is celebrating its first birthday. Cate Gardner’s Nowhere Hall is in the process of being prepared for publication (due to be printed early next month), and then a month after that I’ll be starting work on Paul Finch’s chapbook, which will round off the first year of Spectral’s career. And that’s just the start of even greater things for the imprint.

Indeed, Spectral’s first year is speeding by very quickly, and it has brought with it not just the imprint, but other things that have arrived in the wake of its unexpected (but very gratefully received) success. I would like to mark that first anniversary in some way, perhaps a competition of some kind, so I’ll put my thinking head on and see what I can come up with. However, please feel free to suggest something yourselves – either leave a comment here or send an email to me at spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Whatever transpires, I think it’s always worth celebrating a minor success!! =)

More soon!

Black Abyss review

Spectral is just over six months old now, and still the positive reviews keep coming in. The latest has just been posted by Black Abyss, where they review both Gary McMahon’s What They Hear in the Dark and Gary Fry’s Abolisher of Roses. The people at Black Abyss consider “Spectral Press’s new range of chapbooks…” to be ” …really something special…” and that “this series is already proving to be unmissable…” The review can be found here.

So, if you’ve been dithering over the decision whether to order a four issue subscription to this rapidly rising publishing star of the horror, supernatural and dark fiction scene then this is further incentive to get your order in now. Purchasing couldn’t be easier – there are Paypal buttons provided on the front page for your convenience. If you want to pay through any other means please contact Spectral at spectralpress[at]gmail[dot]com for further details. However, there aren’t many places left from Volume IV onward, so if you’re interested in subscribing it’s advisable to buy one soon. (If you’d like to reserve a subscription, then write to the above email address telling us so and we’ll keep you a place for a whole month).

Onwards and upwards!!

A column and an interview

Head on over to Read Horror to have a gander at my second Re(a)d-Letter Day column for them, wherein I talk at some length about the literary and cinematic ‘evolution’ of that ever-popular creature of darkness, the vampire. From Bram Stoker’s Dracula to Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga by way of vintage Aurora model kits, it’s all there…. here’s the link.

I was also interviewed by Jim Mcleod for his Ginger Nuts of Horror website recently. I get to talk about all kinds of things, not just about my publishing ambitions (although they do get a mention!) – find out what I did before becoming a publisher and what my favourite hobby is (and why I do it, as well as why I got back into it after an absence of decades). I am not entirely sure what it all says about me, so I leave that up for you to decide. The interview can be accessed here.

Enjoy! =D

Nowhere Hall book trailer… even though it’s sold out..

Once again, the talent of Mark West have come up with the goods, to bring you the video book trailer for Cate Gardner’s Nowhere Hall, Spectral Volume III. I think, however, that I need to start asking him to work on them a lot earlier, as they keep selling out before’s finished putting one together… O_o

Anyway, please enjoy! And let me know what you think!!

Morpheus Tales review and other stuff…

The reviews keep coming in for both Gary Fry’s Abolisher of Roses and Gary McMahon’s What They Hear in the Dark. The Morpheus Tales Review Supplement #13 carried write-ups of both, saying of Spectral Volume II that “… [y]ou are unlikely to find better outside of a Best of Horror collection by Stephen Jones…’ which is high praise indeed. Adrian Brady concludes his bite-sized review of Spectral Volume I with the words ‘… [i]f the quality of the fiction and chapbook are anything to go by then Spectral Press have a grand future ahead of them…’ – it’s more than gratifying to see that people are definitely getting what the imprint is all about.

You can read the full reviews by downloading the Morpheus Tales Review Supplement from here completely free – Abolisher of Roses is reviewed on page 13 and the What They Hear in the Dark review can be found on page 31.

(There’s also a review of Nowhere Hall [Spectral Volume III] author Cate Gardner’s collection from Strange Publications, Strange Men in Pinstripe Suits and Other Curious Things, in there as well, which is definitely worth checking out if you want an utterly different take on things…)

If you liked what you read of Gary McMahon’s grim take on urban horror in the first chapbook Spectral published, then you may be interested in his latest series of novels, the Concrete Grove trilogy, published by Solaris. The first one, The Concrete Grove, is due out this month on the 7th (despite what it says on the website) and I can thoroughly recommend that you get your mitts on a copy. Gary is definitely a rising star in the horror scene. More details of the novel can be found if you follow this link.