SBoHS 2 – coming soon!

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

The launch of the 2nd Spectral Book of Horror Stories edited by Mark Morris at FCon 2015 is just two months away. We’ve lined up an incredible array of talent for this second volume (see below for ToC) so, in order not to miss out, why not preorder your copy today (Paypal buttons further down). And, for those attending FCon, we’ve even given you the option of preordering your copy ahead of time so that you know you’ve already got one!

FLOTSAM – Tim Lebbon
TOYS FROM THE GINGERBREAD COUNTRY – Richard Jay Goldstein
SUGARED HEAT – Lisa L. Hannett
A GIRL AND HER DOLLS – Adrian Cole
THE LARDER – Nicholas Royle
THE VEILS – Ian Rogers
JOE IS A BARBER – Paul Meloy
LITTLE TRAVELLER – Simon Kurt Unsworth
BEHIND THE WALL – Thana Niveau
MARY, MARY – Ray Cluley
THE MEANTIME – Alison Moore
MARROWVALE – Kurt Fawver
SCRAPING BY – Gary Fry
WHERE THE FOREST ENDS – Sean Logan
WRONG – Stephen Volk
LUMP IN YOUR THROAT – Robert Shearman
HORN OF THE HUNTER – Simon Bestwick
WHO WILL STOP ME NOW? – Cliff McNish

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 by 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! 

£10UK & EU

$15US & RoW

rEvolution SF new book news: VIRULENTBLURBS

 rEvolution SF PRESENTS:

 

rEvolution SF logo "The Bureau of Them" ©2015  rEvolution SF/Spectral Press. Design by John Oakey.

rEvolution SF logo “The Bureau of Them” ©2015 rEvolution SF/Spectral Press. Design by John Oakey.

VIRULENTBLURB VIRELLAS

by Kneel Downe

 “The countdown to FRACTURE DAY has begun…”

 

We are proud to present the newest production from Kneel Downe, Galactic Overlord of the VirulentBlurb Universe. Virella is a novella or short story shot through the stained, cracked, and distorted prism of Downe’s psychotronic imagination. Each one tells a story from every reality and dimension of the ‘Blurb, and every one contains clues and explanations of what has already happened and what is yet to come.

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BLURB.

50 years ago a conflict was waged so vast that it broke the sky and shattered the world. Now all that remains is a single City, a City surrounded by a few square hundred miles of wasteland. It’s a dangerous place, populated by human/animal splices, strange technology, and the wonder drug REGEN.

No sun shines in the sky here… instead, there’s just the Moon, the constellation Orion, and the Endless night from which dust constantly falls.

And yet…

And yet there IS more… for the damage done here is spreading. The wound is infecting the countless mirror realities, the timeless fluidity of the VEIL and even the Mythical poetic world of the EVERLANDS where Amelia sings her songs.

If the wound is not healed soon it will destroy the ALL.

 

VIRULENTBLURB: VIRELLAS will contain a number of tales:

EMILY. England, 1974 – Glam Rock rules the airwaves. The summer is in full bloom but the girl with the mousey hair is troubled. Why is there a spaceman in her wardrobe and a wolf under her bed? Who is the mysterious STARMAN who whispers to her at night through the old radio, teaching her the songs? ALL the songs. And who is the girl in the mirror, the one with bright red hair and purple eyes? The girl who says her name is Amelia?

QUANTUM. Captain Sirius Quantum is in charge of the SS Shardsong, the last of the great VEILSHIPS, cast adrift for a thousand years, and maintained by a crew who cannot remember who they were before coming aboard. All they know is that they are searching for something important, something that can change all creation. But they are not alone: a darkness is chasing them. A hungry darkness. And why, when he tries to sleep, is Sirius haunted by a single phrase – the EVERLANDS?

DELIVERANCE. Hidden deep within the city in solitary confinement inside THE COPPER CASCADE holding facility sits the greatest of this world’s super beings. He is remembering the Purge, when they came for his kind, as well as the days before and after THE FALL. He alone knows how his kindred came to be born, how the world was broken, and just what is yet to come. A storm is coming – a great storm.

GESTALT. Within the timeless fluidity of the VEIL the FIVE WHO WOULD BE FLESH are searching for the reality that broke the ALL. Eradicating each timeline one by one, and rewriting history. But there is a traitor in their midst – one of them is beginning to question if mankind truly deserves to be exterminated.

LOBO. Another day, another drink and another case for DETECTIVE KURT LOBO the WOLF-SPLICED cop. Just who or what is the BONE EATER and why does the case foreshadow worse things to come? If there’s one thing Kurt hates more than technology and poets it’s an unsolved case.

PHOBOS. PHOBOS has been known by many names: THE KING OF THE RUINED CROWN, THE DARK ONE, THE MIRROR LORD, amongst many others. He has been trapped for eternity in reflective glass. But all mirrors are linked and PHOBOS has been to the very end of the ALL. He has even seen how it ends. Now he is trying to save humanity and mould history to his own ends. Tell me, can there ever be sympathy for the Devil?

VIOLET. For the last eighty years VIOLET SUICIDE’S MODSHOP has been the place to get your ANIMAL SPLICE, your LIVING INK TATTOO or your JACKPORTS of any size and material. However, Violet has a secret, hidden safely for decades in her basement. Now it’s time for them to come back for it. Knock, knock, Violet. Someone’s at the door.

JOSHUA. Joshua Knight is credited as being the father of the New Age. DEADBOXES, DREAMCAGES, NEEDLEMASKS and NOONIAN SPHERES all bear his mark. The wonder drug REGEN and advanced DROID intelligence were created with his estranged wife. And of course, The VEIL… that cursed, immersive, alternate reality. On the morning of THE FALL Joshua went missing. He has remained missing for fifty years.

All these stories, and possibly more, will be featured in VIRULENTBLURB: VIRELLAS.

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BIO.

Kneel Downe has been a journalist, covering music, games and science fiction. He has run countless shops, been a chef, a traveller and a failed rock star (don’t tell him that last part).

In 2012 he began to chronicle and share the events of the VirulentBlurb Universe in a style that has been described as “what happens when you put Michael Moorcock, Jeff Noon, P K Dick and Rock Music into a blender.”

He currently lives in the middle of KnoWhere with his favorite human, a dog called Billy Joe, the renegade budgies Alice and Lemmy, and a stray cat called Katrina.

He shares his house with over 200 Daleks of varying size and “makes stuff up” and tells lies for money.

You can find him at @kneeldowne on Twitter and his universe at virulentblurb.com.

And yes… it is his real name.

“The VirulentBlurb began as a Twitter experiment to create a whole living, breathing universe delineated by Tweets alone. Now, three years later it has spawned six books and an audio book. These days it utilises all manner of media: Tweets, scripts and more traditional forms of writing. It has garnered much critical acclaim and has a very loyal (and growing) fanbase.”

Kneel will be available for media interviews – please contact Simon Marshall-Jones at spectralpress@gmail.com in the first instance to arrange.

“Welcome to THE BLURB… please clean your jackport thoroughly before immersion.”

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Will be available as an unlimited paperback, to be published in late 2016. However, should you so wish, you may preorder your copy today using the Paypal buttons below:

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Mappalujo: the blurb

"Mappalujo" ©2015 Jeff Noon & Steve Beard/rEvolution SF. Artwork and design by John Oakey ©2015 .

“Mappalujo” ©2015 Jeff Noon & Steve Beard/rEvolution SF. Artwork and design by John Oakey ©2015 .

Here’s the blurb for one of the most anticipated science fiction novels of next year, Mappalujo by Jeff Noon & Steve Beard. Jeff is, of course, well known for his groundbreaking novel Vurt published in 1993, (which was followed by a sequel, Pollen, in 1995 and a prequel, Nymphomation, in 1997) and this is surely going to be counted amongst his best works to date. Prepare to enter the world of Lujo, a city caught somewhere between reality and a dimension which may/may not be real…

Mappalujo is a shared dream set in the twilight realm of Lujo, a city dominated by the surreal cartoons and artificially bred toy creatures of the Zeno Entertainment Company. Since the company’s founder died in mysterious circumstances, Zeno’s visions have become darker and even more sinister. An identity-altering drug is leaking onto the streets. For a few brilliant, flickering moments users are transformed into famous or infamous celebrities, only to find that the other side of fame lies in the gutter, or in death.

The novel follows a lowly salesman, an information gatherer, a private detective and a teenage psychic. Four stories, four people – each of them connected to the bizarre fate of Zeno, its bitter heir, and a hostile faery spirit named Mama Lujo.

Here is one city’s epic tale told in seventy-five chapters, each influenced by a different iconic figure. From Lewis Carroll to Patti Smith, from Sigmund Freud to Raymond Chandler and Sophie Calle – the ghosts haunting the streets of Lujo are all conjured from the collective unconscious of the modern media age.

Mappalujo is baroque science fiction, tumbling with ideas and images, exuberant to the extreme. It documents a world only a few metres and a few minutes away from our own – yet stranger by far.”

Preorder your copy today – copies are already being snapped up so get one while you still can!

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rEvolution SF: Mappalujo by Jeff Noon & Steve Beard

"Mappalujo" ©2015 Jeff Noon & Steve Beard/rEvolution SF. Artwork and design by John Oakey ©2015 .

“Mappalujo” ©2015 Jeff Noon & Steve Beard/rEvolution SF. Artwork and design by John Oakey ©2015 .

We are immensely proud to present the debut title in the new rEvolution SF line, Mappalujo, a collaboration in the truest sense of the word created from the fertile minds of Jeff Noon (Vurt, Pollen, Automated Alice, Nymphomation) and Steve Beard. This really is cutting-edge science fiction, which brings to the fore the endless possibilities and potentialities of the genre, and is bound to delight long-time fans and surprise new readers alike. We won’t even attempt to summarise it here: however, Jeff & Steve are hard at work writing a distillation of the novel, which will be revealed very shortly.

In the meantime, why not revel in the beautifully minimalist cover image by John Oakey (shown at the top of the blog), each of the squares representing the 75 celebrity viruses which form part of the novel’s plot. The book will be available in the usual formats: a limited signed hardback, in an edition of 75 (one for each virus), unlimited paperback, and eBook. We have made it available to preorder now, but it will be published in the first quarter of 2016.

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Nominations and Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year Vol. 7

British Fantasy Awards nomineeFirst off, it is with immense pleasure that we can announce that Spectral Press has received three nominations in this year’s British Fantasy Awards:

Best Independent Press (4th year in a row – let’s hope we win it this time, eh?)
Best Anthology: The Spectral Book of Horror Stories
Best Novella: ‘Newspaper Heart’, Stephen Volk, Spectral Book of Horror Stories

Thanks to everyone who voted for us!

THE SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES VOL 1

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

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

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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! 

£10UK & EU

$15US & RoW

BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR Vol 7, edited by Ellen Datlow

Best Horror of the Year 7 edited by Ellen Datlow

Best Horror of the Year 7 edited by Ellen Datlow

Also, two stories featured in the Spectral Book of Horror Stories are being reprinted in Ellen Datlow’s annual anthology of horror fiction, namely the Shirley Jackson Award-winning story by Alison Littlewood ‘The Dog’s Home’ and ‘Outside Heavenly’ by Rio Youers. Well done to both Alison and Rio!

It is now on preorder via Amazon UK and Amazon US

Book launch and news – 16:07:2015

BBH2015

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.

NEWS

"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. 

£4UK

£7EU

$16US & RoW

2nd Spectral Book of Horror Stories: Table of Contents

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

It is with great pleasure and immense excitement that we can announce the table of contents for the 2nd Spectral Book of Horror Stories, which is due to be launched at this year’s FantasyCon in October. Without further ado, here’s the list:

HOUSE OF THE HAG – Paul Finch
FLOTSAM – Tim Lebbon
TOYS FROM THE GINGERBREAD COUNTRY – Richard Jay Goldstein
SUGARED HEAT – Lisa L. Hannett
A GIRL AND HER DOLLS – Adrian Cole
THE LARDER – Nicholas Royle
THE VEILS – Ian Rogers
JOE IS A BARBER – Paul Meloy
LITTLE TRAVELLER – Simon Kurt Unsworth
BEHIND THE WALL – Thana Niveau
MARY, MARY – Ray Cluley
THE MEANTIME – Alison Moore
MARROWVALE – Kurt Fawver
SCRAPING BY – Gary Fry
WHERE THE FOREST ENDS – Sean Logan
WRONG – Stephen Volk
LUMP IN YOUR THROAT – Robert Shearman
HORN OF THE HUNTER – Simon Bestwick
WHO WILL STOP ME NOW? – Cliff McNish

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 by 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! 

£10UK & EU

$15US & RoW

News 06:07:2015

"Leytonstone" by Stephen Volk, "The Bureau of Them" by Cate Gardner, and "Albion Fay" by Mark Morris

“Leytonstone” by Stephen Volk, “The Bureau of Them” by Cate Gardner, and “Albion Fay” by Mark Morris

LEYTONSTONE by Stephen Volk, THE BUREAU OF THEM by Cate Gardner, and ALBION FAY by Mark Morris

All three of the books in the photograph above will be launched in paperback at this year’s Edge-Lit event in Derby on July 11th. At the event they will retail for £10 each or £25 for three. If you can’t get to Edge-Lit then please order using the Paypal buttons below. 

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LEYTONSTONE

“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.”

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THE BUREAU OF THEM

“You’re not the first to talk to your dead here, the vagrant said. The living always chase after their dead until they come upon their own.

Formed from shadow and dust, ghosts inhabit the abandoned office building, angry at the world that denies them. When Katy sees her deceased boyfriend in the window of the derelict building, she finds a way in, hoping to be reunited. Instead, the dead ignore, the dead do not see and only the monster that is Yarker Ryland has need of her there.”

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ALBION FAY

“‘I know exactly when this photo was taken: July 1975. And I know where it was taken: on the sloping lawn beneath Albion Fay.

         The boy in the photograph is me. The girl is my sister, Angie.
         This is the morning of the day when we went into the caves for the first time.
         It is the day when our lives changed forever.’

Albion Fay, a holiday house in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by nature’s bounty. For the adults, a time for relaxation and to recharge the batteries, while for the children, a chance for exploration and adventure in the English countryside. A happy time for all: nothing could possibly go wrong. Or could it? What should be a magical time ends in tragedy – but what really happened that summer?”

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rEvolution SF NEWS

rEvolution SF logo "The Bureau of Them" ©2015  rEvolution SF/Spectral Press. Design by John Oakey.

rEvolution SF logo “The Bureau of Them” ©2015 rEvolution SF/Spectral Press. Design by John Oakey.

It is with immense pleasure that we can announce that the first publication from the science fiction imprint will be Mappalujo by Jeff Noon & Steve Beard. It’ll be available in a limited hardback, as well as unlimited paperback and eBook formats. We are looking at a January 2016 publication date.

Then, in July 2016, we will be issuing a limited series of 5 chapbooks (to form a ‘boxset’) by Jeff Noon under the umbrella title of Pixel Dust. Each book will contain 100 microstories, some of which have appeared on Facebook and Twitter. They will also be illustrated by various artists.

News – 02:07:2015

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

2ND SPECTRAL BOOK OF HORROR STORIES

PLEASE NOTE! The submission period for this book is now CLOSED!

WE ARE THE MARTANS: THE LEGACY OF NIGEL KNEALE edited by Neil Snowdon

"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

The deadline for deposits for the hardback edition of the Nigel Kneale volume We are the Martians has now passed- if you would like a copy of this essential volume on one of the masters of science fiction/genre television and film, then the full price has to be paid. This still represents very good value for money – we’ve garnered notable authorities, writers and critics to expound upon the enormous influence Kneale had on subsequent generations of writers and screenwriters, people like Kim Newman, Tim Lucas, Stephen Bissette, Stephen Volk, Ramsey Campbell and many more. And all wrapped up in a fabulous David Chatton-Barker cover. Get your copy today! 

Those who have already paid deposits will be contacted in a couple months’ time for the balance.

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The Grieving Stones: preorder

"The Grieving Stones" ©2015 Gary McMahon/Spectral Press. Artwork by David Verba ©2015 - design by John Oakey.

“The Grieving Stones” ©2015 Gary McMahon/Spectral Press. Artwork by David Verba ©2015 – design by John Oakey.

In anticipation of Spectral Press’ fifth anniversary in January next year, we are putting Gary McMahon’s novella The Grieving Stones (with wonderful cover artwork by David Verba) on preorder. It includes an introduction by Simon Marshall-Jones, owner/editor-in-chief/publisher/dictator-for-life of Spectral Press/Theatrum Mundi/rEvolution SF. We promise that this will be a very special edition which will look fabulous on your bookshelf.

“When she looked at the windows, a premature night had fallen. The house smelled of herbs and butchered meat.”

It seems like such a good idea at the time. Take a group of clients for a weekend-long group therapy session in a remote location, an isolated house near some ancient standing stones. A place with a history of secrecy and witchcraft. Clean up the house. Use this work as part of the therapy process. Talks. Role-play. Team work. Togetherness.

The reality, however, is that everybody has to fight their demons alone.

Alice hopes that the trip might help her to cope better with her husband’s death. What she doesn’t anticipate is finding some allies – ones that remain in the shadows but encourage her to join their sisterhood. Three women who seem to know more about her than she knows about herself.

These dark sisters disturb something inside her that has long been caged: a power that, once released, changes everything.

Get yourself a copy today!

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