Reviews and news – 19:03:2013

Whitstable cover image

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 Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine cover image

The latest issue of Black Static, #33, has a review by Peter Tennant of an old favourite here at Spectral Towers – The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine by John Llewellyn Probert. If you want to read the full review then you’ll have get hold of a copy, but this is a quote from Peter’s concluding paragraph:

“One could, at a push, regard [Nine Deaths] as meta- fictional, taking its source material and reinventing it to fit this new reiteration, but it’s more about Probert celebrating the films we all love and applaud for their garish and in your face joie de la mort. The end result is marvellous fun, with a fast paced plot, decent characterisation and some lively death scenes, topped by an appropriately Grand Guignol finale, and horror aficionados will probably get an extra thrill out of spotting the references and in-jokes long ahead of the baffled Longdon and Newham. All in all, an accomplished crowd pleaser from a writer who knows his horror and isn’t afraid to use it.”

There are still a few copies left of the limited signed and numbered hardback but not many – email us on spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com for availability and pricing.


Talking of Black Static, Stephen Volk, the author of Whitstable, writes a regular column for the magazine called Coffinmaker’s Blues – and in the latest issue he talks about Peter Cushing and gives an insight into the reasons behind why he wrote the novella. May we humbly suggest that you go and seek out a copy?

More reviews and news soon!

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