Book launch and news – 16:07:2015

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Tomorrow evening between 6:30 – 8:30 Johnny Mains will be hosting the launch of Best British Horror 2015, published by Salt, at the Covent Garden branch of Waterstones in London. There will be readings and the book will be on sale at the venue after.

You may be asking the question Why are you promoting someone’s else’s book? The answer is simple: the anthology features stories originally published by Spectral Press in the first Spectral Book of Horror Stories  – ‘Eastmouth’ by Alison Moore, ‘Something Sinister in Sunlight’ by Lisa Tuttle, and ‘The Slista’ by Stephen Laws. So do please come along if you can for a great evening of shivery literary delights.

Waterstones Covent Garden is located at 9-13 Garrick St, London, WC2E 9BA (020 7836 6757). The book will be available from there, plus Amazon and Salt Publishing.

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"Smoke Billows, Soot Falls" ©2015 Lisa L. Hannett/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2015  Neil Williams.

“Smoke Billows, Soot Falls” ©2015 Lisa L. Hannett/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2015 Neil Williams.

Lisa Hannett’s Smoke Billows, Soot Falls chapbook will published very soon, and to whet your appetite here’s the blurb to go with it (also it has that beautifully atmospheric cover artwork by Neil Williams shown above).

“On busy days Amund Endqvist can ghost fifty people before lunch, and half again as many by closing time. After working in the Korgodok for nearly twenty years, he is expert at keeping Hakodeshi prisons empty, its streets cleaner than ever in the city’s long history. Without complaint, Amund has performed this public service, hunched over a Davenport in the old church’s nave. Until today his work has been automatic, swift, and clear.

But when his wife’s file crosses Amund’s desk, an insistent inner voice whispers rebellion. What has Yvonne done? Does she deserve to lose her life?

And will Amund be the one to ghost her?”

Each chapbook is in an edition of 125 signed copies only and individual copies are available at £4UK/£7.00EU/$16US/$16RoW (all prices inclusive of P+P – see buttons below). Subscriptions can also be taken out at £16UK/£23.50EU /$45US/ $45US RoW per sub per year (again, all prices inclusive of postage and packing). There are now also options to order 3 year and 5 year subs – please refer to Paypal buttons in right sidebar for prices. 

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Shirley Jackson Awards: three nominations

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

It is with immense, nay ECSTATIC, pleasure that we can announce that The Spectral Book of Horror Stories has been nominated in three categories in the extremely prestigious Shirley Jackson Awards 2014, named after the writer who brought us the classics The Haunting of Hill House (brilliantly brought to the big screen as The Haunting by Robert Wise in 1963), We have Always Lived in the Castle, and the short story ‘The Lottery’. The nominations are:

The Spectral Book of Horror Stories, edited by Mark Morris, BEST ANTHOLOGY
‘The Dog’s Home’ by Alison Littlewood, BEST SHORT FICTION
‘Newspaper Heart’ by Stephen Volk, BEST NOVELETTE

The awards ceremony will be held at Readercon on July 12th, at the Burlington Marriott, Burlington, Massachusetts.

The rest of the nominees can be seen HERE.

Congratulations to all concerned, and the best of luck to all the nominees!

THE SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES VOL 1

£12.50 UK

£15 EU

$30 US & RoW

THE SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES vol 2 edited by Mark Morris

Spectral Book of Horror Stories 2, edited by Mark Morris - ©2015 respective individual authors/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2015 Vincent Chong

Spectral Book of Horror Stories 2, edited by Mark Morris – ©2015 respective individual authors/Spectral Press. Artwork ©2015 Vincent Chong

Volume 2 in the annual anthology series is coming along well too – once again edited by the inestimable Mark Morris and featuring cover artwork by Vincent Chong, this is guaranteed to follow in the magnificent steps of its predecessor. You can also pre-order a copy on the buttons bleow

THE SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES vol 2 – PRICES INCLUDE POSTAGE!

£12.50 UK

£15 EU

$30 US & RoW

FANTASYCON 2015 PREORDERS

If you’re going to be attending FantasyCon 2015 this year in Nottingham, UK, where this book will be launched, then why not take advantage of this offer of preordering your copy and then picking it up at the event? Overseas visitors can save postage and spend what they’ve saved on books and beer! 

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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)

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UK £10

EU £15

US & RoW $30

This Is Horror Awards 2014

This Is Horror Awards logo ©2015 This is Horror

This Is Horror Awards logo ©2015 This is Horror

It is with great pleasure that we can announce that The Spectral Book of Horror Stories has been nominated for Anthology of the Year in the This Is Horror Awards 2014. Additionally, Vincent Chong’s masterful artwork for the cover of book has also been nominated for Book Cover of the Year in the same awards.

The list of the rest of the nominees can be seen HERE.

We here at Spectral are particularly proud of this book and extremely pleased with the reception it has received – for it to be nominated is testament to the quality of the stories within its covers.

THE SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES (All prices include postage)

£12.50 UK

£15 EU

$30 US & RoW

Onwards and upwards!

SBoHS Leeds event

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

Just a quick heads up about a forthcoming event – on the evening of November 21st 2014 Waterstones in Leeds will be staging a Spectral Book of Horror Stories event. Editor Mark Morris is going to be there, as will Gary McMahon, Alison Littlewood, and Reginald Oliver, to sign copies and do readings – and publisher Simon Marshall-Jones is also looking to be there to look on admiringly. After the readings will be a Q&A followed by the signing.

For those who know about these things, yes there will be wine available during the event.

More details soon!

 

 

The Spectral Book of Horror Stories launch at FCon

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

A very brief FCon report today (still recovering!) but we just had to tell everyone about the launch of The Spectral Book of Horror Stories at this year’s event. To say it was spectacular would be very short of the mark – the room was absolutely packed, with the queue snaking around the room. THIRTEEN of the authors were signing around a couple of small tables but every one enjoyed themselves (Conrad Williams averring that it was the best signing he’d been involved in in the last twenty years). Many books were sold and some were even sold afterwards too. We think we can safely declare the event a resounding success.

Get in on the act – ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY! (Paypal buttons below)

£12.50 UK

£15 EU

$30 US & RoW

A fuller FCon report will appear soon, plus more of the Joel Lane Archive!

British Film Institute event

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On Wednesday 18th December, at 6:10pm, the British Film Institute in London will be hosting an event called Shades of Darkness as part of their Gothic Season, where the dramatised ghost story Feet Foremost will be shown, to be followed by a panel discussion, chaired by Matthew Sweet, featuring actor Reece Shearsmith, author Helen Wheatley, and A Ghost Story for Christmas director Lawrence Gordon Clark. Spectral will be there in the guise of publisher Simon Marshall-Jones and Tony Earnshaw (editor of the new Spectral volume on Lawrence’s contribution to British genre television); paperback copies of The Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark will be available for sale and signing on the night, as well as order forms for those wanting the hardback edition (which will be available next month).

"The Christmas Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark", Cover image ©  1971 - 2013 Graeme Morris. Design by John Oakey.

“The Christmas Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark”, Cover image © 1971 – 2013 Graeme Morris. Design by John Oakey.

Tickets for the event can be bought here.

Do please come along if you can!

Fantastiq – the Festival of Fantasy, Sci-Fi & Horror

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It is with great pleasure that Spectral can announce that we will be at Fantastiq – the Festival of Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Horror, held on Friday 9th August – Sunday 11th August 2013 at the Derby Quad, Derby, UK. We will be sponsoring an evening with Stephen Volk on the Friday from about 5pm onwards. There will be a Q&A on Stephen’s contribution to and career in genre television and cinema, including his involvement in the infamous Ghostwatch drama, as well as his other films and series, and, of course, he will also be talking about his latest novella Whitstable (from which Stephen will be performing a short reading). Simon Marshall-Jones will be taking part for at least a small part of the Q&A as well, to talk about the novella from the publisher’s perspective.

Following the Q&A there will be a signing session, where Whitstable will receive its second official launch, and there will be copies of the paperback for sale on the night. After the signing, Spectral is proud to present a showing of the 1958 Dracula, starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, a scene from which features in the novella itself.
Hope to see you there!
For more details of the event, please go here.

Reviews and news – 22:04:2103

Creakers front cover by Neil Williams

To start the week off, here’s a new, short review of Paul Kane’s Spectral chapbook Creakers – this one is from Theresa Derwin and has been posted to her Terror Tree blog. You can read what Theresa thought of it here.

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This month’s issue of Fortean Times (#301 – cover above), the magazine that brings to light all the weirdness this world has to offer, has extensive coverage of Peter Cushing’s centenary, including a long article by Stephen Volk on the actor and his reasons for writing Whitstable. There are also quotes from various luminaries of the horror world about Cushing’s influence on them in their formative years and also why he’s so important to the genre. Also featured is a two page extract from the novella to whet your appetite – the issue will be available soon from your favourite newsstand.

As you know, the book is being launched next month at the Whitstable Museum on the evening of 25th May between 5pm-6:30pm. Stephen Volk will be joined on stage by Wayne Kinsey for a spirited Q&A session, who will also be launching his own book, The PC Scrapbook, the same weekend. Tickets are extremely limited, so secure your place to this event NOW! Tickets can be bought from here.

Whitstable book launch

Whitstable cover image

Spectral is very proud to announce that Stephen Volk’s Whitstable novella will launched in… WHITSTABLE MUSEUM, WHITSTABLE, KENT on 25th May 2013 between 5pm & 6:30pm, as a part of the Whit Lit Festival – a very fitting place in which to do so.  There will be a Q&A session with Stephen, and afterwards there will a book signing (Spectral will be there with both hardbacks and paperbacks for sale). This is a ticketed event, and entry will cost £6 – tickets can be obtained from either Whit Lit Festival or TicketSource. Places are extremely limited, so if any of you lovely people intend to go please secure your ticket today!

Whitstable is a beautifully picturesque maritime town on the northeast Kent coast, famous for its Oyster Festival and, of course, the place where Helen and Peter Cushing decided to live in the course of Helen’s illness. The environs of Whitstable have been inhabited since paleolithic times and the town was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. Its oysters have achieved fame throughout the world, and have been harvested since at least Roman times. We here at Spectral can’t think of a more wonderfully appropriate setting in which to officially launch this literary tribute to one of Britain’s finest actors.

This promises to be an absolutely scintillating event – look forward to seeing you there!